CHICAGO—To many people, the holidays and the end of the year mean parties to attend and gifts to buy. And for those involved in commercial real estate, it also means evaluating the deals completed in the last 12 months and what to expect in the coming year. In the past few holiday seasons, the look ahead was typically hopeful but not without worries that the developing recovery could still derail. This year, however, on the heels of solid jobs reports and other good economic news, confidence has increased. Brian Tader, who is the current president of Lee & Associates of Illinois, took some time with to answer a few questions about commercial real estate in the Chicago area and where it might be heading in the New Year. His office is part of Lee’s Midwest network that includes Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

-Coming to the end of 2014, how do you see CRE in the Chicago area shaking out?

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