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Kristian is a licensed Illinois Commercial Real Estate broker with over 15 years of experience representing small to medium sized businesses in office and retail focusing on the EW Corridor and SW Suburbs of Chicagoland. Currently, Kristian is the Regional Vice President of Commercial Affiliated where he continues to represent businesses in obtaining the best lease deals in the market to improve the functionality of their space. He also is in charge of recruiting quality brokers to join the expanding commercial team at Commercial Affiliated. For each tenant representation assignment he becomes his client's "in-house" broker walking them through the process from initial meeting till occupancy. He is the founder of Commercial Main N State, a blog providing tips and market rental trends to businesses on #CRE. He was the 2014-2016 Chair of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors® Commercial Alliance and was on the Board of Directors of Mainstreet from 2014-2016 and 2017. In 2015 he won the President’s Award and was a featured broker in the Who’s Who of Commercial Real Estate for the Suburbs.

A Broker Defends His State: Why Do Business in Illinois?

I am compelled to answer this question of why do business in Illinois on a multitude of fronts. First of all, I have lived in the State of Illinois my entire life, went to college, work and now raising my three children here. If anyone has been keeping even just a little bit of an […]

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What CRE Brokers Can Learn From Residential Real Estate Agents

What CRE Brokers Can Learn From Residential Real Estate Agents Working in commercial real estate (CRE) from time to time I have crossed paths occasionally with residential real estate agents and it clear that there are many differences between the two industries. Many times there is a stigma within the CRE professional network regarding residential agents especially when they […]

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Discover Commercial Real Estate Day 2015 – Illinois

Throughout my career and especially as chair of Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) commercial committee known as Commercial Alliance I have been approached by many residential agents seeking direction on how to break into commercial real estate (CRE). I personally fell into CRE without looking for such a career. This makes it a little difficult for […]

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Theresa’s Rules of CRE Deal Velocity

In commercial real estate just as with any business transaction, time is of the essence. In fact, we learn that in real estate school. It is the hallmark of a any sales and marketing professional and the mindset is essential to effectively closing deals. Through my own trial and error I have learned that as […]

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Schulz Properties, Ltd. Announces Vice President Kristian Lee Will Serve as Chair for The MORe Commercial Committee

Theresa Schulz, Managing Broker of Schulz Properties, Ltd., is proud to congratulate Kristian Lee, Vice President who has been appointed as Chair of the 2014-2015 Commercial Committee for Mainstreet Organization of Realtors® (MORe). This is Lee’s second year representing Schulz Properties on MORe’s Commercial Committee. As the largest real estate association in Illinois, MORe serves […]

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What is Professionalism? Here Are 4 Key Traits for #CRE

As I stated in my last post, How is Professionalism Regulated in Commercial Real Estate?, I attended a daylong seminar with members of Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS™ on July 1st. This seminar was focused on how to “raise the bar” on professionalism within the organization. My initial blog was asking the question how commercial real […]

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How is Professionalism Regulated in Commercial Real Estate?

I started the second half of 2014 at an all-day interactive seminar at Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS™ (MORe) in Downers Grove, Illinois. This was a brainstorming event on how to raise the bar of professionalism in real estate within our association. Though 99% of the people participating were residential agents it got me thinking about […]

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What CRE Pros Need to Understand About “Special Use”

As you visit various shopping centers across the country you will see an assortment of companies and business types. These companies range from clothing stores, grocery, insurance offices, fitness centers, dentists, dance studios, doctors, real estate companies and the list goes on. To the everyday person this is common place and one takes no second […]

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Missing: #CRE Broker Profile

With the continued advances in technology and social media entrepreneurs are creating new ways to market commercial real estate (CRE) properties for brokers. These services range from free to paid and offer CRE brokers more opportunities to bring exposure to their listings reaching audiences they never did before. There is a downside though. As we […]

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Why Tenants AND Landlords Should Love Tenant Rep Brokers

I have recently completed a transaction where I was the representative for the Landlord on a property and executed a lease with a tenant who did not understand the talent (Tenant Rep) AND time required to open a new location! Although the tenant was a very smart medical doctor, they had no experience in commercial […]

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Dress Your #CRE Listings for Success

We all know we are at first a visual being. Read any sales book and even dating reference guide and they will state the first impression we provide to another can make or break a deal. For the majority sales people dress conservatively, business attire, using the old mantra “dress for success.” This is true […]

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Top 3 Reasons to Attend ICSC Deal Making Conferences

I recently attended the 2013 ICSC Chicago Deal Making conference at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. This annual event is billed as: “… a great opportunity for owners, developers, retailers, brokers, lenders, municipalities, property asset managers and product and service providers to gather under one roof to exhibit, make deals and form successful business partnerships.” […]

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Importance of Staging #CRE Properties

In residential real estate there has become a business in staging homes for sale. Realtors® have gotten certified in staging through organizations such as the Real Estate Staging Association.  Wikipedia states that staging is: “… the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a […]

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#CRE Lease Negotiations: Breaking Negotiations

Being a fan of the AMC show Breaking Bad just as the other 5.9 million viewers of the final season 5.5 episode, there was one scene which grabbed my attention. This scene did not just enhance my respect for the writers of the show but also made me think about how in CRE we negotiate […]

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