Article submitted by Mike Stinson, CCIM,  Sales and Leasing Agent at Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate

Written by Mark Heschmeyer, Costar Group Febuary 22, 2012

Retail properties went through a see-saw swing last year with strong leasing during the first half of the year surging upward only to deflate later in the year as several economic shocks threatened to derail the economic recovery. However, the industry is starting to regain some momentum as 2012 progresses, according to new retail outlooks from Marcus & Millichap, Savills US and Colliers International retail groups.

With retail sales now exceeding pre-recession highs following a generally positive holiday retail season, performance improvements in the retail property sector have begun to spread, according to John J. Kerin, president and CEO, and Hessam Nadji, managing director research and advisory service of Marcus & Millichap in their 2012 National Retail Report

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Mike Stinson, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, is a graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU). A real estate licensee since 2004, Mike specializes in the sale and leasing of commercial real estate. A Designee member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM), Mike’s other professional memberships include Baton Rouge’s Commercial Investment Division (CID), the LSU Alumni Association, REALTOR Land Institute (RLI), an associate member of Louisiana REALTORS® (LR), and an associate member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate is a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce (BRAC); the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; the Baton Rouge Growth Coalition; the Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau; the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB); and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Several agents, on an individual basis, are members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM); the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR); and the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID).