“Wharf Owner Chooses Portland Science Center Over Office Tenant to Fill Last Vacancy,” June 16, 2015

The Portland Science Center will be opening soon at 68-72 Commercial Street on the Maine Wharf. Compass Commercial Brokers managing partner Steve Bauman represented owner Stephen Goodrich as the property’s broker, and praises Goodrich’s vision for Portland’s downtown.


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“26 Condo Units Proposed for Group of Buildings in Heart of Old Port,” June 5, 2015

Historic preservation officials respond favorably to an initial look at the plans for the four buildings located at 10 Exchange St.

The apartments on the upper floors of 10 Exchange St. have been empty since the city condemned the building for safety violations in 2009.

But with vacant housing scarce and a new wave of residential construction gaining momentum, a local businessman wants to rehabilitate portions of four buildings at that Old Port address, which were constructed in the immediate aftermath of the Great Fire of 1866, and convert them into new residences. Compass Commercial Brokers exclusively represented this transaction.(read more)



“New York Investor Buys Portland Complex” December 24, 2014

A New York City-based investor has purchased a 71,000-square-feet office campus in Portland for $8.4 million, stating that it plans to eventually expand the complex.

The Roundhouse Complex at 125 Presumpscot St. was sold to Portland Roundhouse Holdings LLC by Presumpscot Street Properties LLC, according to the Mainebiz Real Estate Insider, a weekly newsletter. Compass Commercial Brokers sold and continues to represent this property.

The complex’s tenants include Pediatric Development Center, Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, PC Construction Co., Casella Organics, Maine Revenue Services and Administrative Office of the Courts.(read more)

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“Portland Landlord with a Past Buys Building with a History,”August 30, 2013

One of downtown Portland’s most prominent and historic buildings has been sold.

Joseph Soley’s 5 Monument Square LLC bought the People’s United Bank Building at 465 Congress St. on Aug. 22 for $5.6 million, said Steve Baumann, the owner of Compass Commercial Brokers, which represented Soley.

The 10-story, 155-foot-tall building was built in 1909. It was the tallest building in Maine at the time and was known then as the city’s first skyscraper. It stands at Congress and Preble streets, overlooking Monument Square just to the east of the Time & Temperature Building.

Soley, an art buff, said Thursday that he fell in love with the building in 1969, when he drove from Baltimore to Portland on his motorcycle. (read more)


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“Vacated Medical Buildings Find New Life,” July 6, 2010

The southern Maine commercial real estate market has seen a trend with medical office tenants moving
into larger medical campuses with a concentration of medical users. With the impending integration of
the new health reform bill and an ever‐growing population, the trend seems to have medical offices
needing newer more efficient space along with these campus styled medical locations.  Examples of this currently include the Fore River Campus at Mercy Hospital and the Intermed building off of Marginal Way where Intermed consolidated most of their satellite medical offices into a new tower overlooking the city.   (PDF)



“Baumann Revamps Plans for Shops at 188 Middle,” March 16, 2010

Steve Baumann has always had a knack for finding new creative uses for pieces of Portland’s commercial property regardless of the economic climate, and the Shops at 188 Middle is no exception.

Baumann, a former Paragon Commercial Real Estate vice president who now works with Compass Commercial Brokers in Portland, says he is getting closer to filling up the former Canal National Bank building on Middle Street with a new upscale restaurant and several retail shops and boutiques that he describes as elegant, but still affordable.

“You can reposition real estate. You just have to be creative,” says Baumann. (PDF)


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“Extreme Makeover,” July 28, 2008

New tenants and a hands-on development approach mean big changes for a once-seedy section of Portland’s Old Port

When Steve Baumann’s family bought two blocks of building in the heart of the Old
Port in 2003, they began writing a brand new chapter in what had been one of the longestrunning real estate soap operas in Portland’s history — eventually turning a major downtown liability into a budding asset.

The seller of the properties, on Fore Street and cobblestone-clad Wharf Street, was Joseph Soley, a notorious landlord who was ultimately called to account by the court system. (PDF)


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“Investing in the Future,” December 27, 2005

Family working toward new vision for Old Port. The Baumanns hope to attract diverse tenants to their buildings on Wharf and Fore Streets,” (PDF)

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“Thinking and planning your way through the three party tax deferred exchange,” September 1, 2000

Those of us who regularly deal with IRC Section 1030 Tax Deferred Exchanges know the general rules… Click to keep reading. (PDF)


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