Suite Life Magazine
Technology’s Transformative Effect on Consumer Habits, Retail Space
If you haven’t heard the term, “omnichannel fulfillment,” you probably will soon. It refers to the multiple means by which consumers can obtain retail goods. For example, they can buy online for in-store pickup, buy in store and have it delivered, or conduct the entire transaction online. The Retail... Read more
Popularity of 1031 Exchanges Reflects Market Strength
Over the last year or so, Southwest Florida’s real estate market has been heating up, making 2015 a banner year for property owners who wanted to sell during the downturn but couldn’t, even at significantly reduced prices. Today, buyers outnumber sellers, even as real estate prices continue to rise.... Read more
Small Tenants DO Matter!
For some landlords, determining which tenant should occupy a space on their rent roll is harder than ever. Although the goals of most landlords are fairly consistent—fill vacancies, increase cash flow, stabilize asset and hope to add overall value — many fail to execute on valuable leases for reasons... Read more
Top 10 Tips for Successfully Appealing Property Taxes
With preliminary 2015 property tax values estimated to rise 5.5% in Lee County and 8.4% in Collier County over 2014, I expect to see an increase in the number of property tax appeals from local property owners. In case you are among them, I have the following top 10... Read more
Repurposing Office Space a Prudent Investment
In Southwest Florida, many of our commercial office buildings are designed with large, private offices built around a cluster of cubicles — the traditional way. But as our economy recovers and the workforce evolves, tenants are demanding a different type of office environment that’s in short supply in our... Read more
Customers, Employees Agree They’re in Good Hands With Ted Todd Insurance
Ask Ted Todd about his insurance agency and he’s likely to talk about the importance of good office design, climbing Mt. Fuji or employee health and wellness — basically, anything other than the nuts and bolts of his industry. “It might seem a little silly for a guy who’s... Read more
Mutual of Omaha Bank Local Leadership, National Name Lend Strength, Stability to Community Banking in Southwest Florida
During its 105 years in business, Mutual of Omaha has become a household name, indelibly identified with the popular TV series, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” Now the insurance industry icon is counting on brand awareness to do the same for its full-service banking subsidiary, Mutual of Omaha Bank.... Read more
GCG Construction Rebranding, Major Project Secure Market Presence of Small But Mighty Contractor
As a commercial general contractor, there’s no question that GCG Construction (GCG) has a good name in the industry. Since its establishment as Gulfcoast Consulting Group in 2000, the company has maintained an excellent reputation for the quality and scope of its commercial projects, which range from small tenant... Read more
A Conversation with Florida CCIM President-Elect Randy Krise
In a commercial real estate market dominated by large national firms, independent agents and small brokerages have become the exception rather than the rule. That doesn’t bother Randy Krise, CCIM, broker/owner of Krise Commercial Group in Fort Myers. He began buying, selling and developing real estate on his own... Read more
The Picture of Success Jursinski & Associates’ High-Profile Office Raises the Bar for Commercial Redevelopment
Even before construction was completed in 2012, the south Fort Myers law office of Kevin F. Jursinski & Associates (KFJ) was stopping traffic along one of the most heavily traveled stretches of U.S. 41. Since then, the striking, contemporary structure has become a landmark for area motorists and a... Read more