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Church and State


Eric Szerlag and Bill McLeod of the Thomas Duke Company go the extra mile whether or not a transaction demands it. Because that’s who they are, that’s what the company is about. Now and ...

Timing is Everything – and It Takes Planning


“Buy low, sell high.” Of course. It sounds simple. But market prices rise and fall over time, and a business ready to change locations usually needs to act immediately. To reap a profit on ...

Not Your Average Commercial Real Estate Firm


When our client brought a 21,575 square-foot medical office building in Clinton Township to us for property management services, he was clear that he wasn’t planning to hold it for long. John Bridges, CPM, ...

Assisting Transitions in Farmington


After 40 successful years on Orchard Lake Road, the family owners of Dan’s Subs were ready for a new chapter. They wanted to sell the building—but without the loud display of a “For Sale” ...

A True Story of Value Add and its Rewards Part 3: The Deal.


Once we had created tremendous new value and interest in a once-obsolete building, it was time to close the big deal for our client. With his insider knowledge of this business corridor and community, ...

Service From A to S


Sound, successful real estate service requires a whole alphabet of expertise. Start with Acquisition expertise. Thanks to the Thomas Duke Company’s many relationships with lenders, during the recession we learned of a bank-owned foreclosure ...

A True Story of Value Add and its Rewards Part 2 – Repositioning


With the acquisition complete, it was time for the Thomas Duke Company to add value. Imagine what we started with: heavily partitioned offices with tiny, dark-tinted ribbon windows near the ceiling of each, water ...

A True Story of Value Add and its Rewards


Transformation is rarely quick and easy. The process is full of challenges and risks. But with perseverance—and, in this case, expert help—the end result more than rewards the trouble. Recently an investor in California ...

Keep Calm and Close the Deal


Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Except the ending. When the out-of-state owners of the 17,064 SF building at 339 S. Main Street in Rochester wanted to sell, they interviewed local brokerage ...

The Right Team for the Job


The Thomas Duke Company successfully leased 50409 Independence Street in Canton, Michigan, adding Goldwater Bank and The Village Pharmacy to the existing Coldstone Creamery, The Village Grocery, and more.   After years of vacancy, ...