Category Archives: Member Articles

The Evolution of Retail Ownership

By John Meador, Associate Broker, The Boulos Company The consumer retail sector continues to strategize around how to reposition physical stores to offset the growing demand of online shoppers. Many experts suggest that retailers have figured it out—companies understand the … Continue reading

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Environmental Liability of Former Dry Cleaner Properties

By Keith Taylor, C.G., P.G. – Technical Lead & Senior Environmental Geologist at St.Germain Collins Modern dry cleaning operations today follow strict rules to ensure that the common dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethene (PCE) is properly managed and disposed of.  However, … Continue reading

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Retail Trends Moving Forward in 2019

Karen Rich, Broker, Malone Commercial Brokers I was happy to present the Greater Portland Retail portion of the MEREDA 2019 Forecast conference last month in Portland, where we took a look back at 2018 and where retail trends are moving … Continue reading

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Maine’s Affordable Housing Needs Go Through the Roof, Leading to Call for New State Tax Credit

Greg Payne, Director, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition Maine is experiencing a fundamental mismatch between its housing stock and its housing needs, and that mismatch is creating enormous problems for our families and our state’s economic well-being. For tens of thousands of Mainers, … Continue reading

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Build-to-Recruit

How the Right Workspace Can Help Your Recruiting Efforts by Jessica Estes, Partner, Broker, The Boulos Company As of August, the unemployment rate was 2.4% in Cumberland County, Maine. At this level, economists will tell you that everyone who wants a … Continue reading

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The times they are a changin’

by Justin Lamontagne, CCIM, SIOR, Partner, Broker at NAI The Dunham Group My mind wandered recently while on a long solo drive, as it often does. I had the music cranking and, in typical Maine fashion, cell phone coverage was … Continue reading

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Selecting the Right Project Delivery Method

Kenneth E. Rubinstein, Attorney, Preti Flaherty Cordelia Pitman, Director of Preconstruction Services, Wright-Ryan Construction Identifying the right construction project delivery method is critical to successful execution. Three of the most common delivery methods are Design-Bid-Build, Construction Manager (CM) at Risk, … Continue reading

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Are you in for a (price) shock?

Strategic considerations in allocating risks of Tariffs, price escalation and supply chain disruptions in construction contracting By:  Robert Ruesch, Esq., Verrill Dana, LLP Compared to where we were ten years ago, the real estate and construction segments of our economy … Continue reading

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Change is Necessary to Propel Housing Forward

Investment in off-site building is the first step toward addressing the country’s shortages of labor and housing. By George Casey, Stockbridge Associates In November 2016, I put forth the thesis that the home building industry was reaching the point of … Continue reading

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START-UP SEEKING SPACE FOR SUBLEASE – How Start-ups Can Benefit From Subleasing

by Samantha Marinko Associate, CBRE | The Boulos Company Maine is the home to a plethora of creative minds—entrepreneurs, artists, techies, chefs—it’s a melting pot of talent from all facets nestled comfortably in the northeast corner of New England. With … Continue reading

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