5 for Friday with Craig Hau with Sperry Van Ness/The Group Commercial, LLC

Craig Hau | Senior Advisor | SVN/The Group Commercial
Craig Hau | Senior Advisor | SVN/The Group Commercial

This week, our 5 for Friday features Craig Hau, Senior Advisor with Sperry Van Ness/The Group Commercial, LLC based out of Fort Collins, Colorado.

1. What is your geographic market and product specialty?

I specialize in the sale and leasing of office and industrial properties as well as the development and construction of small office commercial real estate. My geographic market is in North Colorado/North Denver to the Wyoming border, East (including Greeley, CO) and West into the Foothills communities.

2. What’s your latest best practice tip that you can share?

I use DocuSign for coordinating contract and LOI client signatures electronically on-line.  It saves time and works great, I highly recommend it.

3. What’s been the biggest change over on how you run your business in the past decade?

Over the past decade we have been doing a lot more buyer broker listing agreements with larger regional/national buyers/tenants. We locate land to buy for their proposed business improvements, as well as buildings for their proposed business expansions.

4. What business book do you like to recommend to your colleagues?

“Brokers Who Dominate: 8 Traits of Top Producers” by Rod Santomassimo.

5. What’s a fun fact that not everyone knows about you?

When asked a question that I do not know the answer for, I always respond with, “I’m sorry, but I do not know that answer to that question”.  I then say, “I will find out what the answer is and I’ll get back to you”.  I then find the answer, follow up with them, and let them know what it is. Most people think you’ll forget so it’s really fun to see how they respond.

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1Q 2013 Northern Colorado CRE Market Sets Stage for a Strong Year by Steve Kawulok

Steve Kawulok
Steve Kawulok, Managing Director, SVN/The Group Commercial

In a detailed Northern Colorado commercial real estate market report and analysis, Steve Kawulok, Managing Director of Sperry Van Ness/The Group Commercial says the first quarter sales volume of 2013 was less than 4Q 2012, but with high activity levels, foretelling a strong year ahead.

Other key findings about the Northern Colorado market in this report are:

  • Retail properties were sought after although investors paid slightly less for investment properties in general.
  • Vacancy rates continued to decline, particularly in the industrial category.
  • Rents are projected to increase in 2013.
  • Land meant for residential development has started to sell if located in an infill area, and oriented to smaller lot, affordable homes.
  • Medical office and clinical properties are in high demand from investors.
  • Industrial properties, especially those with yard space, are in high demand from the energy industry.

Read the entire Tri-County Northern Colorado 1Q 2013 Commercial Real Estate Market Trends and Commentary.


Steve Kawulok

Sperry Van Ness/The Group Commercial 

Fort Collins, CO


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