We provide commercial real estate knowledge and expertise that transcends typical brokerage services. We’re in the business of listening, understanding, and adding value. Below please find our list of advisory services covering various asset classes and specialties. Our goal is to listen, collaborate and serve your commercial real estate needs with Character, Competency and Certainty.

Retail Properties

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a local strip center, larger anchored or shadow anchored malls or large regional power centers, the SVN Retail Team stands ready to serve your needs. We have market expertise on all sizes of local retail centers located within our own geographic area of focus and have access to a national network of retail properties all over the country regardless of size.

Single Tenant Net Leased Investments

Our national team of Single Tenant Net Leased Investment Advisors is extremely active in the STNL investment arena. Our team is here to provide guidance in the sale / acquisition or disposition of your next single tenant property. The experience and reach of the team allows buyers and sellers to locate their ideal properties whether they are local or national. We understand the value placed on the tenant’s credit, lease terms, and location of the property and how they impact the property’s value.

When you’re looking to buy or sell a Class C office building in a tertiary market, a suburban Class A building, or a CBD trophy high-rise, the SVN Office Team stands ready to serve your needs. In today’s world of rampant vacancies, we can help evaluate the needs of the asset and client and work in conjunction with our office leasing Advisors to stabilize the asset before or after sale.

SVN Restaurant Resource Group

The SVN Restaurant Resource Group provides high level services to clients in the hospitality industry. Restaurants, Nightclubs, Taverns, Bakeries, Caterers, Hotels, and Food Processors and Manufacturers rely on our experience, our local market knowledge, our industry relationships, and our technology advantage.

SVN’s hospitality Advisors are industry experts who assist clients in all of the following areas:

Site Search and Selection

Whether you are planning a fast, casual, or fine dining establishment, our Advisors help you find the location that makes the success of your business possible. We thoroughly analyze an array of data, including but not limited to local demographics, traffic counts and patterns, spending habits, zoning, and pedestrian traffic. Our resources and experience make us a powerful ally in the downtown market, the city’s neighborhoods and the surrounding suburbs. With a national network of over 900 SVN advisors our consultants can provide site selection and transaction services across the United States.

Tenant Representation

Our Advisors allow tenants to focus on the thing they do best – running their business. Once we analyze your specific space needs, we use our experience with real estate owners to negotiate the best terms and conditions for your lease. Today’s commercial real estate market is complex and challenging, and our Group has the experience and expertise to put you in the best location with the best property owner. That is what we do best.

Landlord Representation

The SVN Restaurant Resource Group develops strategies to help landlords create great returns on their real estate assets. We position your property in the market, we develop strong marketing campaigns, we target the most appropriate tenants, and we guide negotiations to completion. Our team understands local market conditions for tenants and landlords alike, and with our understanding of trends we create profitable combinations of properties and businesses.

Business Sales & Acquisitions

The SVN Restaurant Resource Group team of licensed business brokers assists operators in the profitable purchase and disposition of businesses. Our experience in Confidential Sales, Stock Sales, Asset Sales, Subleasing, and Assignment for the benefit of creditors assures you of a successful result. Our creative and experienced professionals possess years of experience in contract negotiation, liquor licensing, zoning, and code compliance. We do not charge marketing fees for our business sale clients.


The SVN Restaurant Resource Group positions clients to benefit from its location specific market knowledge, and its creative and aggressive planning and execution. Our goal is to optimize the outcome for clients in all market conditions, whether favorable or unfavorable. Whether the market is improving slowly or rapidly, contact us early in the leasing process to insure a well planned campaign with the best possible outcome.

In addition to its internal resources, SVN utilizes a myriad of marketing avenues to provide maximum exposure and search optimization for our clients, including…

Multiple Listing Service (MLS) | Loopnet | CIMLS | CoStar | BizBuySell.com | Cityfeet | LinkedIn | Food Industry News

Trade Groups and Associations

Below is a partial list of groups our advisors are active members of…

Chicago Restaurant Brokers Association | Illinois Restaurant Association | Chicago Culinary Museum & Chef’s Hall of Fame | Les Amis d’ Escoffier Society | International Council of Shopping Centers | National Association of Realtors | Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors | Chicago Association of Realtors | Illinois Association of Realtors

Team Members

Jim Martin | Marcus Sullivan | Tim Rasmussen | Leslie Karr | Scott Reinish | Lorile Herlihy | Michael Elam

The national Industrial Team offers both national reach and local expertise across all industrial property types. If you’re looking to buy, sell or lease light industrial or flex space, a large industrial park, or a free standing net-leased industrial building, the SVN Industrial Team stands ready to serve your needs. SVN Advisors provide specific knowledge of the factors that impact industrial investment such as market demographics, site plans, tenant mixes, tenant credit, and traffic patterns, bringing the highest value proposition to their clients.

When looking to buy, sell or lease un-entitled raw land for future development, immediately break ground on fully entitled land, receive assistance in site selection, or land bank for speculative purposes, the SVN Land Team stands ready to serve your needs. SVN advisors arm clients with all the information that could affect their investment such as site specifics like location, population shifts, cycles of consumer behavior, development opportunities and new zoning laws to name just a few.


SVN has worked with developers, owners, banks and investors across the country to help them determine highest and best use in order to maximize both NOI and valuation. SVN Leasing Advisors leverage state of the art technology and business intelligence platforms that go far beyond the tools of typical brokerage firms. Our SVN Leasing Team can assist principals in adding value to their properties to increase velocity of lease-up and maximizing occupancy at market leading percentages.

Tenant Representation Retail-Office-Industrial

SVN offers Tenant Representations services for local, regional and national tenants. Our capabilities equip tenants with the best market knowledge available. Utilizing our tenant representation services will ensure that landlords compete for your tenancy, thus providing you with the right space at the right price.

Our national Multi-Family Team offer both national reach and local expertise. When you’re looking to buy or sell a single property or a geographically diversified portfolio, SVN Advisors have the capability and capacity to advise you on all of your multi-family needs. Our team routinely works on properties ranging in scope and scale from a small apartment property in a tertiary market to large institutional caliber multi-state portfolios. We don’t discriminate based upon size (large or small) as we value long-term client relationships which requires working at all ends of the multi-family property spectrum.

The national auction platform of SVN offers both the national reach and local expertise across all property types to ensure that an asset auctions in an environment that creates maximum competition for maximum value. By doing so, we can best arrive at a property’s true market value. The auction process removes the paradigm of pricing by encouraging vast market penetration and creates the best forum to understand a property’s true market value. Formats that are used by SVN Advisors include open out-cry auction and sealed bid auction. More information about each format is listed below:

Open Out-Cry Auction: This is by far the most traditional and recognized method of the auction process. Terms are set by the seller. Pre-sale marketing and due diligence are conducted beforehand and the auction event takes place at a predetermined date, time and location. Bidders are pre-qualified with certified funds to bid and the event is open and conducted live in a competitive environment.

Sealed Bid: While this is similar to the Open Out-Cry Auction, offers are submitted in a Sealed Bid format to a certain location at a predetermined date, time and location. Offers are then opened in a closed-door environment. The price is reviewed by the seller with the terms of the offering having been preset. This format provides for more control over the transaction and is usually best suited for hard to value assets. In this case, the seller has the flexibility to request “best and final” offers from qualified buyers in the competitive range of pricing.

The national Sale/Leaseback Team of SVN offers both national reach and local expertise across all major asset classes. For high net worth individuals and institutional investors looking to make investments in the corporate real estate of credit worthy businesses, or corporations looking to reduce balance sheet liabilities while receiving favorable financing the sale/leaseback may be an excellent opportunity. Our Advisors can assist investors in finding sale/leaseback opportunities that meet their credit and investment criteria. SVN affiliates can also assist commercial real estate owners in finding a long-term capital partner fluent in the sale/leaseback process.