Case Studies

The following case studies are a representative of JRM Associates Real Estate Advisors, Ltd.’s advanced capabilities in capitalization, leasing and tenant representation, transaction research as well as asset management.


Challenge: Obtain $10 million in equity to support development of a mixed-used, residential and retail high rise in downtown Evanston, Illinois amid capital market perceptions of product over-saturation in the market.

Results: With plans to develop a downtown high-rise featuring 253 residential units, 150,000 square feet of retail and a 1,600-space parking garage, developers turned to JRM Associates’ Capital Markets Services Group to obtain a significant share of the equity required to turn their development vision into reality. Given prevailing concerns of an over-supplied market, JRM Associates needed to present the equity investment opportunity to a broad range of prospective sources. By leveraging the strength of its existing relationships, JRM Associates succeeded in providing access to five, qualified equity investors. Of these, two offered competitive terms to satisfy the developers’ equity requirements.

Tenant Representation and Leasing Services

Challenge: Reconcile a variety of existing lease issues for a leading auto manufacturer’s Technological Institute on the campus of the University of Chicago, including a significant, and unexpected, invoice for tenant improvements on 20,000 square feet of space, pre-existing, and onerous lease obligations negotiated by a previous manager; whether additional rent provisions should be passed through as Additional Rent; and opportunities for finding new home near the U of C campus.

Results: Since it was retained, JRM Associates Real Estate Advisors, Ltd. has established a veteran real estate team to successfully resolve outstanding lease issues, manage ongoing issues and leading the Institute’s effort to acquire and develop new space on the U of C Campus.

Transaction Research

Challenge: Evaluate development opportunities for a 775-acre land acquisition in the Portland, Oregon market.

Results: JRM Associates Real Estate Advisors, Ltd. has split this complex assignment into multiple phases, incorporating significant market research through local brokerage, appraisal and financing contacts, the thorough evaluation of municipal expectations and public funding possibilities for the site, including gathering input from economic development officials, consultation with land planners and prospective architects, and long-term, future direction of the development plan if the parcel is acquired.

Asset Management

Challenge: Repositioning of foreclosed Atlanta office center.

Results: Working on behalf of a Midwestern lender that recently foreclosed on a 300,000-square-foot downtown office complex, JRM Associates Real Estate Advisors. Ltd. provided a comprehensive market analysis of the asset, including a thorough study of its potential for redevelopment. JRM Associates prepared complete requests for proposals for the facility’s long-term property management, including its marketing for lease and sale, and supervised selection of the best proposal.