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Bob Canter’s blog on corporate real estate offers practical insights on industry issues of value to small businesses, franchises, investors and real estate brokers.

Helpful Articles

Canter Center Series on Commercial Real Estate

  • Personal Guarantee of the Lease: Reduce Your Exposure Download (PDF)
  • Understanding CRE Market Statistics, Part 1 Download (PDF)
  • Understanding CRE Market Statistics, Part 2 Download (PDF)

Economic and market insights

  • Google Place Pages Local Search is Looking Up Straight-Up Download (PDF)
  • Keeping Customers in an Economic Downturn Mercury News Download (PDF)
  • Plotting a Better Course for Your Company Newsweek Download (PDF)
  • How to React to an Economic Slowdown FranTrends Download (PDF)
  • A Conversation with Michael Gerber (Business Week) Download (PDF)
  • For Once a Buyer’s Market for Small Retailers-Reuters Download (PDF)
  • It’s All About Business Results ( Download (PDF)
  • Recommended Reading for the Entrepreneur ( Download (PDF)
  • The Difference Between Leading and Managing Tips for Entrepreneurs Download (PDF)

Commercial real estate and rents

  • Protection for Commercial Tenants when Landlord is in Financial Difficulty Download (PDF)
  • The Impact on Corporate Real Estate of Lease Accounting Changes under GAAP Download (PDF)
  • Choose the best real estate for your franchise (All Business) Download (PDF)
  • Execs Expect Commercial Property Values and Rents to Keep Falling Download (PDF)
  • Lease Audits Reduce Operating Costs PRWeb Download (PDF)
  • Empty Mall Stores Trigger Rent Cuts WSJ Download (PDF)

Small business loans and financing

  • Credit Tightens for Small Business NYT Download (PDF)
  • Despite Downturn Financing Still Exists for Small Companies (New York Times) Download (PDF)
  • Financial Plans Vital to Business Success (The Arizona Republic) Download (PDF)
  • Franchise Financing Options Download (PDF)
  • The 25 Riskiest Franchises for Lenders NuWire Download (PDF)
  • Save on your Franchise Start Up costs Download (PDF)
  • Qualify for Franchise Loans Even with Bad Credit- American Business Journals Download (PDF)
  • New Environmental Regs Impact SBA Loans Due Diligence CPN Download (PDF)
  • Small Businesses Squeezed out of Loans (Miami Herald) Download (PDF)
  • What Type of Tenant Are You? (Performance Realty Solutions) Download (PDF)
  • What You Should Know about Your Business Credit (The Richfield Reaper) Download (PDF)


  • Mom and Pop vs. Franchisees: Pros and Cons Fox Small Business News Download (PDF)
  • Fascinated by Franchising 5 Things you need to know Download (PDF)
  • Franchisees need to know what they’re getting into Herald Tribune Download (PDF)
  • Are you ready to open a second restaurant QSR Magazine Download (PDF)
  • Economy Forcing some Companies to Change Business Model BizJournal Download (PDF)
  • Expensive Mistakes to Avoid as a New Franchisee (Entrepreneur) Download (PDF)
  • Finding the Franchise that’s Right for You (The Richfield Reaper) Download (PDF)
  • Franchising Outpaces other Sectors of Economy in Growth & Jobs (PR Newswire) Download (PDF)
  • Franchise Consultants Their Roles and Responsibilities NuWire Download (PDF)
  • Franchise is Method of Business ( Download (PDF)
  • How to Replicate Success (MITSloan Management Review) Download (PDF)
  • Faltering Economy Spurs Interest in Franchising (St Louis Post Dispatch) Download (PDF)
  • Is it Time to Buy a Franchise? ( Download (PDF)
  • Six “Must Haves” for Buying a Franchise (MoreBusiness) Download (PDF)
  • The Pros and Cons of Buying a Franchise Business Download (PDF)

Retail & Restaurants

  • Shopping Center Owners Must Be Alert to Troubled Tenants Download (PDF)
  • How I did it: Jerry Murrell 5 Guys Burgers and Fries Download (PDF)
  • Small Banks say they win in small business lending USA Today Download (PDF)
  • Shopping Malls Reel As Vacancy Rates Soar Download (PDF)
  • Report…10,000 stores could close BizJournal Download (PDF)
  • What Makes a Great Shopping Experience @ Wharton Download (PDF)
  • Retail Real Estate Faces Huge Challenges CPMI Download (PDF)
  • Quiznos 123 Fit Smashburger Buyers Beware Maumau Download (PDF)
  • Pizza Chains Were Struggling; Then the Economic Downturn Hit WSJ Download (PDF)
  • IFA: what restaurant chains need to do during hard economic times Download (PDF)
  • Ghost Malls Coming to You Seeking Alpha Download (PDF)
  • How retailers can beat the inflation heat Download (PDF)
  • How to Find the Best Location (Entrepreneur) Download (PDF)
  • Zappos CEO Customer Focus Key to Record Sales During Retail Slump Download (PDF)