Category Archives: Member Articles

Keys to an Effective Environmental Risk Management Program (ERMP)

By Donald McFadden, C.G., Director of Environmental Services, St.Germain Collins Managing environmental risk in commercial real estate (CRE) lending can be challenging. Although it’s something the lending community has been doing for decades, it has historically been viewed as unnecessary … Continue reading

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Office Market Overview

by Nate Stevens, Associate Broker at CBRE | The Boulos Company The Greater Portland office market continued to improve in 2016 as the vacancy rate fell for the 7th consecutive year for a direct vacancy of 6.17 percent and total … Continue reading

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New Initiative Launched to Reduce Energy, Water and Transportation Emissions

Downtown Portland Property Owners Band Together to Save Money and Resources Portland is joining the ranks of forward-thinking cities across the U.S. and Canada as it launches the Portland 2030 District, a groundbreaking high-performance building district in downtown Portland that … Continue reading

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Tenant Funded Leasehold Improvements: Hidden Risks

By Raymond A. Pelletier, Esq., Verrill Dana LLP In most cases, significant tenant fit-ups and renovations are financed by means of a per square foot tenant improvement allowance paid by the landlord and amortized over the term of the lease. … Continue reading

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Where Healthcare Credit meets Retail Rent: Why you should be adding Urgent Care Facilities to your Tenant Mix

By Cameron Woodford, Associate Advisor at SVN | The Urbanek Group In the last few years the “urgent care” or “quick care” industry has been on fire and with good reason. Key market changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act as … Continue reading

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Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure = Sustainable Growth: Perspectives on Stormwater Service Fee Programs and Credits

By Maura Ryan, Marketing Director at St.Germain Collins | Sentry EHS® At MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event in November, a panel discussed stormwater service fees—why they are needed, and what measures property owners can take to reduce their fees. Stormwater … Continue reading

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The New-Old Humpty Dumpty

by George Casey, CEO of Stockbridge Associates, LLC Here are 10 trends likely to come amidst a full-circle return to housing finance and economics like it was before homeownership became a policy priority. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty … Continue reading

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The Art of the Donald | Presidential primary politics as a real estate development deal?

by George Casey, CEO of Stockbridge Associates, LLC Like most of you, I suspect, I have just been shaking my head at what has been going on this Presidential Primary season. As the group Three Dog Night sang in the … Continue reading

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Energy Islanding: Creating Microgrids for Grid Resiliency and On Site Generation

Geoff Sparrow, ReVision Energy and Dan Kelley, Woodard & Curran Microgrids are a localized grouping of electricity sources that operate and connect to the centralized grid but can also disconnect and function autonomously. These systems can serve a number of … Continue reading

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The Right Equation for Responsible Development: Spotlight on the Circular Block Building

In the second of a 6-part series exclusive to the Maine Real Estate Insider, we’ll provide an up-close look at the most notable commercial development projects of the past year that are helping to fuel Maine’s economy in terms of … Continue reading

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