The "Better Way" Blog

We take a different approach at brokering. We see things from every angle, and don’t seek the easiest route or solution – we seek the correct one. Get inside the heads of the experts at Cardinal and learn what gives us our competitive edge.


The Kaiteki Approach to Real Estate Solutions

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately in Virginia real estate markets. I’m consulting on the sale and redevelopment of a large parcel owned by a Japanese chemical company. I’ve learned a lot not only about this market but also...

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Waterskiing in SouthPark? It’s possible

Are you interested in knowing what may be the next big thing in the Queen City? Read on and check out Crystal Lagoons. Founded by a biochemist-turned-real estate developer, Crystal Lagoons builds Carribean beach experiences ANYWHERE. You name it:...

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“Are Carolinas hurt by Trump tariffs?”

Dear El Cardinal, I haven’t heard much about the Carolinas Industrial market lately. Are we immune to the pressures resulting from the Trump tariffs? Should we be worried? – Tariff-ied Ted, Dear Tariff-ied, In May, Trump more than...

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From Dumpy to Praise-Worthy in 7 Steps

I recently got a listing on a landfill located on Tyvola Road at I-77 in Charlotte. I’m in the midst of doing the due diligence and submitting a work plan to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. It got me thinking: How do you sell a...

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Important Update from John

You may have heard that I’m moving on from Brennan Investment Group (BIG). I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with those folks. Brennan’s mission is to be the leading value-add owner/operator of industrial real estate in the nation....

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24 Hours of Work and Play

Last week, I drove 17 hours with my boys to our summer home in Northern Michigan. (My wife likes to fly and let the boys road trip.) We listened to lots of bad music like “Polo G Featuring Lil Tjay” (my sons’ choice), survived off fast...

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“See me on LoopNet”

Dear El Cardinale’, I enjoy reading your stuff. Do you ever write for other publications? – A Reader Friend Dear Friend, Thanks for the kind words and feedback. Yes, I do write for other outlets. You can find my most recently published...

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I’m Doing a Podcast!

If you’ve been reading my newsletter for a while, you know by now that I like to play with technology. It’s fun to explore new ways of being more efficient at work and at home. To that end, I’d like to announce that I’m branching out...

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“What’s Your Summer Routine?”

Dear El Cardinale’, I recall you and I talking about a unique way you have to optimize your vacation time. Please remind me what tips you have to share. – Vacation Envy Dear VE, You are right. I do value vacation time and can’t...

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Why Brokers Aren’t Going the Way of the 8-Track Tape

I get asked a lot about my future as a commercial real estate broker. Friends and colleagues wonder about the need for a professional broker when there is so much information out there about real estate that people can find on their own. And not...

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