Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chicagoland Office Leasing Market on the Rise

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(Crain’s) — The suburban office leasing market is limping back to health.
The overall vacancy rate for suburban office properties declined in the first quarter for the third straight time, trundling down to 24.8%, from 25% in the fourth quarter, according to data provided by Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Direct vacancy, which excludes sublease space, was 21.3%, down from 21.5%.
Tenant demand is steadily increasing, and dealmaking should pick up dramatically during the second quarter, predicts Gregg Raus, an executive vice-president with Jones Lang who represents suburban office tenants.

That would be a marked change from a year ago, when the suburbs posted a 25.4% vacancy rate, the highest in more than a decade.

After a quiet start, “the accelerator is starting to be pressed a little harder,” with many tenants looking to capture favorable deal terms while the market still favors them, Mr. Raus says.

A lot of large users — those who want 50,000 square feet or more — are in the market, which contributes to a sense of urgency, says Tom Saletta, a principal with Chicago-based White Oak Realty Partners.

“Certainly from a tenant’s standpoint, they’re stepping out a little early to hopefully take advantage of some of the competitive market conditions,” Mr. Saletta says. “Maybe a year from now, when these larger users have committed somewhere, there may not be so many options.”

White Oak recently inked deals with Armour-Ekrich Meats LLC and Farmers Insurance Exchange at the two building, 691,000-square-foot Central Park of Lisle complex, which the firm bought last year.
Net absorption — the change in leased space compared with the previous period — was 83,899 square feet, compared to -240,514 in the first quarter of 2010, signaling a turnaround in demand.
Asking rents across all markets during the first quarter averaged $21.52, up from $21.49 in the fourth quarter.

Financial strength will help office users get good deals right now, Mr. Raus says.
“If you’re a good-credit tenant, you can almost write your own deal terms,” he says. “That’s worth gold for landlords now.”

Not everyone will share in the improvement, though. Softer markets such as the northwest suburbs have fewer properties that can compete for the best tenants, and are still a couple years away from normalized vacancy levels, Mr. Raus says.

“There’s really only a handful of buildings with the financial wherewithal to really go after transactions,” he says of the submarket.

Meanwhile, tenants that have traditionally leased class B spaces will move to better buildings, Mr. Raus predicts, as they seek to capitalize on the window of opportunity for favorable lease terms.
“Landlords with cash are willing to put it up to fill up their buildings,” he says, and are competing aggressively with concession offers to prospective tenants.

Significant leases in the first quarter included:
• Box maker Packaging Corp. of America leased the entire 59,000-square-foot building at 1955 W. Field Court in north suburban Lake Forest.
• Vernon Hills-based computer reseller CDW Corp. renewed its lease for 122,000 square feet at Woodland Falls Corporate Center in Mettawa, downsizing from about 152,000 square feet.
• North Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories Inc. extended its 86,000-square-foot lease at 100 S. Saunders Road in Lake Forest.
• Armour-Eckrich Meats LLC leased 71,479 square feet at Central Park of Lisle, 4225 Naperville Road.
• Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank signed a lease extension for its regional headquarters at Continental Towers I in Rolling Meadows, downsizing by about half to 52,801 square feet.
• Consulting firm RSA Medical LLC leased 50,652 square feet at CityGate Centre, 2135 CityGate Lane in west suburban Naperville.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Realtor Addison, IL - 5 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

DuPage County Realtor, Robert Rizza explains ways to get more for your home

 Robert Rizza, Addison IL Realtor explains 5 ways to add value to your home and increase your chances of getting more when you sell your home.  In this economy, it becomes increasingly difficult for sellers to move forward without compromise.  The following tips are affordable ways to hold on to value of your home without depleting your bank account.

By hiring a knowledgeable and resourceful realtor in Chicagoland, you will have your own professional consultant.  He/she can help you determine why your home may not be selling and give you more valuable tips for speeding up the process.

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

5. Hire a home stager, or consider ways to make your home appealing without getting stuck in the "all white" trap.

4.  Improve the appearance of your kitchen by painting your cabinets or adding a new stain.

3. Sometimes you can avoid major kitchen and bathroom remodeling if you are ready to sell. Instead, highlight the existing pleasant features by taking on less expensive updates such as installing new lighting, faucets, mirrors, nozzles  and cabinet doorknobs. You'll may be surprised how big an impression these small, relatively inexpensive updates can make.

2. Create a visual representation of how a space can be utilized.  For instance, if you have a large patio, add a small table set and decorate it comfortably to allow viewers to imagine themselves enjoying this space.

1. Have a welcoming and "home-y" walkway.  An inviting entrance can set the right tone. Make sure your landscaping is fresh and appealing.

For more real estate tips or to view homes for sale in Chicagoland, visit Bob's Website and conduct your own Chicagoland property search.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Choosing Real Estate in Chicagoland, IL

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Chicago and its surrounding suburbs is one of the greatest cities in America. It has a well known history and has had steady population growth. Chicago is large in size, but is remarkably organized. It’s main neighborhoods offer a wide variety of diversity. It can be assumed that a top reason that so many seek real estate here is due to the green life available. Hundreds of buildings are implementing the new standards and winning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification (LEED). Not only these buildings save up a lot of energy but they also have nice green rooftops with vegetation making them look unique. 

As previously mentioned, Chicago is a large city. If you are planning to move here you cannot simply come here scout a place you would like to buy and buy it. There are hundreds of places on sale in all the different neighborhoods of the city and suburbs. You will have to be extremely lucky to be able to do this job yourself. When it comes to real estate, no one should be reliant upon luck alone. In order to be fully prepared, you will need to talk to a realtor or real estate agent in Chicagoland. Local real estate agents know the market and can help you find what you are looking for. 

A real estate agent in Addison, Ilinois, Bob Rizza  has a great history and line of satisfied customers behind him. He  can help you make the home of your dreams a reality. The only thing you need is to tell your Addison Illinois realtor your budget and what are you looking for. Addison IL real estate agents like Robert Rizza have worked the market for decades and can understand your needs, so they will see all the houses on the market and suggest to you only the ones that are within the parameters you specified. This way you won’t waste your valuable time on going from place to place. 

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Real Estate in Addison Ilinois

Thinking about moving to Addison Illinois?  Below is town information that may be useful when making your decision. To search real estate in Addison IL, visit Robert Rizza's website.

The Village of Addison, Illinois is an easy 30 minute drive of the City of Chicago and is home to a thriving commercial base that keeps property taxes low and community involvement high. According to Mayor Larry Hartwig, Addison has "a wonderful entertainment corridor that is a destination for people throughout DuPage County"

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Education in Addison

Addison offers great opportunity for public and private education in their districts. Addison's Elementary School District offers 8 schools including 6 elementary schools and 1 junior high school. There are two parochial elementary schools, Lutherbrook Education Center as well as COD, the College of DuPage, a well known Community College and DeVry University another well known College offering courses in Business, Engineering & Information Technology, Liberal Arts and more. Addison is also the home of the brand new Addison Public Library which was built in 2008. It is a magnificent building with 54,600 square feet and has both Adult Services and a Children's Library section.

City Facts:

  • Population: 36,918
  • County: DuPage
  • Area Code: 630
  • Central ZIP Codes: 60101, 60114
  • Representative: Dennis Reboletti (R) 46th District
  • Average Household Income: $61,377 in 2008
  • Average Home Price: $299,000


School Districts:

List of Schools


  • College of DuPage
  • DeVry University

High Schools

  • Addison Trail High School

Middle Schools

  • Indian Trail Junior High

Elementary Schools

  • Ardmore Elementary School
  • Army Trail Elementary School
  • Fullerton Elementary School
  • Lake Park Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Stone Elementary School
  • Wesley Elementary School
  • St. Joseph Catholic School (Private Parochial)
  • St. Philip the Apostle Catholic School (Private Parochial)


  • Technology Center of DuPage (Vocational Education - Offers courses to DuPage county High School Students.


Addison Public Library

Addison Public Library
4 Friendship Plaza
Addison, Illinois 60101
Phone: 630.543.3617

Nearby Hospitals

Alexian Brothers Medical Center

800 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village

Central DuPage Hospital

0N025 Winfield Road, Winfield

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

200 Berteau Ave., Elmhurst

GlenOaks Hospital

701 Winthrop Ave., Glendale Heights

Parks and Recreation

Addison Park District

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sell Your Home Faster!


Tips from the Experts

Here is some of what experts advise to speed up your sale:
Finish the "honey do" list. Just about every homeowner has a string of little repairs that never quite get done. Now's the time. Fix the screens, oil that squeak, patch the cracks, paint the trim. Stuff that you've long since stopped noticing could be shouting "Deferred maintenance!" to every potential buyer.

The cost: A few bucks if you're handy, a couple of hundred or so if you hire someone who is.
Get inspected. A pre-sale inspection can help in two ways, says real estate columnist Tom Kelly. Professional inspections can identify problems that could thwart a sale in time to fix them. And if there are no major problems, he said, an inspection can publicize that fact to skittish buyers.
"Having an inspection (report) right on the counter during the open house . . . shows the buyers that the seller's got nothing to hide," said Kelly, author of several real-estate books.
The cost: Around $400.

Pack up the clutter. "Clutter eats equity," said real-estate broker Barb Schwarz, CEO of StagedHomes.com and a pioneer of the concept of professionally preparing houses for sale.
Too much stuff makes rooms look smaller and focuses buyers' attention on your possessions rather than the home you're trying to sell. That's why many professional stagers recommend removing as much as a third of your things to better show off rooms and closets.
"Since you're going to have to pack it up anyway, do it now," advised Schwarz, who said she has staged more than 5,000 homes. Buyers "can't imagine themselves living there if they can't see the space."
The cost: $150 to $300 a month for three months' storage.
Depersonalize and neutralize. The first items that should go in those packing boxes: family photos, collections and just about anything else that says "you." Streamline your artwork and consider toning down bold decorating statements, said Ilyce Glink. That means neutral shades if you need to repaint walls or replace carpets.
"Buyers have a hard enough time envisioning how their stuff will look on your walls," Glink said. "By neutralizing your decor, you can help give them the blank canvas they need to imagine your house as theirs."
The cost: $10 and up for paint; $500 and up for new carpet.

If you're thinking of buying your first home, it helps to have a game plan. Liz Pulliam Weston offers a practical, one-year plan for making your dream come true.
Clean like a fiend. "I mean Q-Tip clean," said Schwarz, who recommends taking a cotton swab to faucets and fixtures, scouring fingerprints from all the switch plates, shining windows until they're spotless and vacuuming up every last dog hair from the baseboards. "You should be able to eat off the kitchen floor, the bathroom floor."
You'll need to banish suspect smells as well; you don't want your house to become known in real-estate circles as "the cat pee place." If your pets have had one too many accidents, you may need to replace the affected carpet and padding and have the underlying floor sealed. If you're not sure how your place smells, get your least tactful friend to take a few whiffs and tell you the honest truth.
The cost: $10 or so in home cleaning products, if you do it yourself; $75 and up if you hire help.