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BARBERMurphy marks its 10-year anniversary with record volume
January, 2017
In 2016, The BARBERMurphy Group celebrated its 10th year in business with its best year ever. Wayne Barber, a principal in the firm attributed their success to strong demand and a great brokerage team.

Collin Fischer of BARBERMurphy Group Achieves CCIM Designation
November, 2016
Shiloh, IL, Collin Fischer, CCIM of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the CCIM designation awarded by the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

BARBERMurphy Group: Commercial real estate remains strong in Southwestern Illinois
Illinois Business Journal, September 2016
The commercial real estate sector continues to be strong in Southwestern Illinois, according to Wayne Barber, a principal in the BARBERMurphy Group. The year 2015 was the 10-year-old firm's best, and 2016 has continued in the same vein, he said. "There's interest in the immediate Metro East and the outlying counties both," Barber said. "So, despite what you read and hear about the State of Illinois, things are good."

BMG Active in the I-55 Corridor Development Plan Area
Mike Pierceall, AICP, CEcD - BARBERMurphy Group Newsletter - August 2016
Recently Southwestern Illinois has experienced growth and development in a number of its communities and one of the key players involved in bringing in new investments to the area is BARBERMurphy Group, the leading commercial real estate brokerage firm in Downstate Illinois. One area of growth is centered in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon in Madison County.

TIF, Business District, and Enterprise Zone Overview
Provided by Economic Development Resources
A snapshot on how TIFs (Tax Increment Financing), Business Districts and Enterprise Zones work.

St. Clair County best location, location, location for NGA
Illinois Business Journal, March 2016
The purpose of this letter is to state my endorsement and support for the selection of the Scott Air Force Base site in St. Clair County for the relocation and expansion of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project. There are many locational considerations that require close attention and evaluation in making this decision, which I believe clearly point to the advantages that the St. Clair County site as proposed presents. Additionally, the NGA project will have positive economic impact for the entire region including outlying areas that have experienced loss of jobs and economic growth.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate; BARBERMurphy Group: Demand growing for industrial and investment properties
Illinois Business Journal, March 2016
2015 was the best year the 10-year-old BARBERMurphy Group has ever had, according to Wayne Barber, a principal of the firm. He says 2016 might be even better. With 18 licensed brokers and more than 500 active listings, the brokerage is the largest commercial Realtor in Southern Illinois. Paul Murphy, another firm principal, specializes in investment (i.e., income producing) property. He said that demand for leased offices, retail buildings and multi-family residential units has been strong.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Engineers and Architects - FGM Architects, Wingate Elementary, Mascoutah School District
Illinois Business Journal, February 2016
District officials remain excited about Wingate Elementary, which was designed to support the curriculum and to provide a learning environment which will foster student's efforts to realize and achieve their academic potential.

Investment Real Estate and the 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange
Robert Anna, CCIM, Broker Associate, February 2016
While some sectors of the commercial real estate market in Southern Illinois have yet to fully recover from the last economic downturn, investment real estate has been a notable exception. BARBERMurphy Group has experienced a very significant increase in sales of investment properties over the past few years, and investment real estate was by far the hottest sector in 2015.

BarberMurphy Group brokers sale of former Sauget industrial plant
Illinois Business Journal, January 2016
Shiloh-based BARBERMurphy Group celebrated year's end by landing a huge commercial real estate deal - one that will rehabilitate and rejuvenate a longtime dormant industrial plant, which will again be available for heavy industrial uses. Steve Zuber, principal at BARBERMurphy Group, says the 200,000-square-foot, 39-acre site of the former Big River Zinc Corp., located in Sauget about three miles southeast of downtown St. Louis off of Illinois Route 3, was purchased by Jet Enterprises and Holding Co. for an undisclosed amount.

Sauget Industrial Plant Sold
Belleville News Democrat, October 5, 2015
A metro-east industrial plant that has mostly remained vacant during the past decade is about to see some new life. The former Big River Zinc plant located off Illinois 3, at 2401 Mississippi Ave. in Sauget, has been purchased by Jet Enterprises and Holding Co. LLC. The holding company has partnered with Kentucky construction company All Purpose Steel Construction Inc. to develop a metal and steel fabrication plant at the site. Steve Zuber, of Barber Murphy Group in Shiloh, was the real estate broker in the transaction and will be managing the site for Jet Enterprises and Holding Co.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois: Commercial Real Estate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2015
After dabbling with a part-time interest in the industry, Matt Barriger decided in mid-2005 to accept the challenge of making a full-time career in real estate. At the agency, Barriger focuses on representation for sellers, buyers, tenants and landlords in all aspects of commercial real estate; including office, retail, industrial, land, multi-family and investment properties.

Eastport surge continues with planned new buildings
Illinois Business Journal, June 2015
Spec buildings that disappeared from the Southwestern Illinois horizon in recent years are making a comeback, with several large projects in Collinsville among them. Ben Cahill, vice president of brokerage services for The Maune Co., says his St. Louis-based company will break ground in June on a $4.3 million, 53,000-square-foot, “semi spec” building that could house as many as 10 tenants, at 1607 Eastport Drive in the Eastport Plaza area. Semi spec means some tenants are already assured, while others will be sought. “There’s unquestionably an uptick in business. If you even heard about a builder talking about a spec building two years ago, you wouldn’t have believed it,” he said during a recent City of Collinsville presentation. It will be Maune’s third project at Eastport, and it should be done in December. Two other buildings were constructed previously, just east of the planned site. A fourth looks likely and would be built just to the west.

Development to come with hospital moves
St. Louis Business Journal, May 29, 2015
New hospitals in the fast-growing Illinois suburbs of O’Fallon and Shiloh may contribute to those communities’ ongoing commercial development boom, but the prospect of losing a hospital in Belleville could have the reverse effect. That’s what Wayne Barber Jr., principal of Shiloh, Illinois-based commercial real estate firm BARBERMurphy Group, said about the planned opening of the 94-bed, $125 million Memorial Hospital East in early 2016 in Shiloh and the anticipated move of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from its longtime location in downtown Belleville to a new 144-bed, $253 million facility in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms
St. Louis Business Journal, January 16-22, 2015
The St. Louis Business Journal ranks BARBERMurphy Group as Top Illinois Based Broker for Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms in the St. Louis/Illinois Market.

The Village of Shiloh has purchased the Yorktown Golf Course
Belleville News Democrat, December 9, 2014
The Village of Shiloh has purchased the 33-acre, 18-hole Yorktown Golf Course located off Lebanon Avenue and Hartman Lane in Shiloh, according to BARBERMurphy Group. Broker Tony Smallmon said the Shiloh commercial real estate brokerage firm represented both the seller and buyer in the transaction.

BARBERMurphy Group - October 2014 Newsletter
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun spoke at a Metro East forum for business professionals this week and projected that the residential market would continue in this sluggish recovery into 2015. Yun said, "we're having an economic expansion, but it's a sluggish expansion".

Industrial Tenants Scramble For Building Space
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
The commercial real estate market has been through some tough times over the last six years but it’s heating up and industrial real estate is leading the way. “The market has been very good,” said Wayne Barber, a principal with the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “We’re experiencing a problem again that we have had in the past in that we are running out of inventory — the availability of existing buildings — particularly for purchase and to a lesser degree for lease.”

Video Business Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
Brock Wilkerson is on the ground floor of a high-flying business that he feels is bound for even greater heights. In that regard the Southern Illinois native is not unlike some of the largest companies in the country, who are chasing after the commercial drone industry, which he hopes really takes flight once federal regulators figure out a rule playbook about a year from now. Wilkerson’s McLeansboro-based company, Insight Aerial Productions, recently added use of an unmanned aerial vehicle to take bird’s-eye video of ground-level scenes for real estate customers and others. Previously used only fixed-wing aircraft for the work. The dual approach is providing his viewers a new perspective.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Terry Johnson, Broker, BARBERMurphy Group.
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
After selling his company Johnson Properties, Inc. to BARBERMurphy Group in January, Terry Johnson joined the expanded company as a broker and continues to serve his longtime clients. BARBER-Murphy Group is now considered the largest commercial real estate brokerage firm in Southern Illinois. BARBERMurphy Group has a total of 18 experienced brokers working in 20 counties in Southern Illinois. The company has expanded its research, property listings and informational systems, with the goal of creating the most comprehensive market data.

BARBERMurphy Group - July 2014 Newsletter
Video marketing is fast becoming one of the most popular ways for potential buyers to get their first impression and insight to listed properties. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and now a video is worth ten times that. Over one billion people view YouTube videos each month, and over six billion hours of video is watched.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 15, 2014
BARBERMurphy Group, a Metro East commercial real estate broker, has acquired Johnson Properties., of Fairview Heights. Terms of the deal, completed Jan. 8, were not disclosed. The transaction means that six Johnson Properties commercial brokers are relocation to BARBERMurphy's office in Shiloh. Paul Murphy, a BARBERMurphy principal, said the combined firm has 18 brokers working in 20 Illinois counties.

Belleville News Democrat, January 14, 2014
Commercial real estate and brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh has announced that it has acquired another metro-east commercial real estate brokerage firm, Johnson Properties Inc. in Fairview Heights. Six commercial brokers from Johnson Properties will relocate to BARBERMurphy Group's offices in Shiloh, including Johnson Properties President Terry Johnson, who will serve as a broker with BARBERMurphy Group.

Property Check List for the Upcoming Winter Season
We wanted to pass along a friendly reminder from all of us at BARBERMurphy that your building should be winterized, particularly if it is not occupied.

Slag Removal set to begin at former Chemetco site in Hartford
St. Louis Business Journal, September 17, 2013
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on Friday ordered that the pile of heavy metals at the site of the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill., should be removed.
The copper smelting factory went bankrupt and closed in 2001, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Chemetco pleaded guilty to conspiracy and to violating the Clean Water Act in 2000, according to the newspaper.

Slag Removal to Begin at Former Chemetco Site
Belleville News Democrat, September 17, 2013
Court signs final approval for Chemetco plant clean-up in Madison County, a brownsfield and real estate project that was spearheaded by Steve Zuber of the BARBERMurphy Group. The reclamation project is scheduled to begin in sixty days.

Pending court order will signal green light for Chemetco project to begin reclaiming metals
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Pending approval of an official court order by the U.S. District Court, an Illinois-based company will move full-stream ahead in refining and recycling metals contained in the slag piles surrounding the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill. Paradign Minerals & Environmental Services - a privately held, secondary recycling company incorporated in Illinois in 2009 - has been working in close partnership with the Us EPA over the past three years.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Eight years of commercial real estate experience with BARBERMurphy Group has given broker associate Collin Fischer widespread knowledge of the Southwestern Illinois market According to Fischer, there has been an influx of investment sales throughout the brokerage in recent months. These sales stem from the many lucrative opportunities on the market right now, many of which are being snapped up by new clients who are delving into commercial real estate investments for the first time.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 22, 2013
This Metro East community has continued to grow despite the recession and sluggish recovery, and a wave of new retail construction could spur the local economy further. As long as nearby Scott Air Force Base remains a key defense facility, the O’Fallon economy should slowly and steadily move in the right direction, said Collin Fischer, a commercial real estate broker with BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “And the growth could become explosive if the economy fully recovers,” he said.

Illinois Realtors Appoint Joe Hardin Committee Chairman
November 7, 2012
Joe Hardin, Broker Associate of BARBERMurphy Group, has been appointed the Committee Chairman for the Illinois Association of Realtors Community Resource Working Group and has also been appointed the Chairman of Monroe County Economic Committee. Joe & his wife Betty are long time residents of Columbia, Illinois.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Joe Hardin - Broker Associate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2012
Joe Hardin, broker associate at the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh, transitioned into the real estate business in 2000 after a 26-year career with Southwestern Bell. Bringing his business expertise as a SW Bell area manager along with him, Hardin - who has been with BARBERMurphy since mid-2006 - specializes in land and commercial properties in St. Clair and Monroe counties.

Hoyleton Ministries Serving Diverse Population Innovatively for More than a Century.
Illinois Business Journal, July 2012
Since 1895, Hoyleton Ministries - Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, Puentes de Esperanza and the Hoyleton Children’s Home Foundation - have been dedicated to helping all people realize the quality of life that God intends for them. has continuously served a diverse, growing population across Southwestern Illinois.

Steve Zuber Named Principal for BARBERMurphy Group
April 1, 2012
Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM, has been named a principal in Southern Illinois commercial real estate firm, BARBERMurphy Group. The announcement was made by Wayne Barber, Jr., SIOR, co-founder and principal. "Steve has been a broker associate for six years and has demonstrated his ability to help lead and grow our firm," said Barber. "Paul Murphy, co-founder and managing principal, and I are delighted to recognize the important role that Steve plays in our company."

Scott Reichmann hired by Barber Murphy Group
December 22, 2011
Scott has over 30 years of experience in the design/build industrial/commercial construction industry in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. He has helped owners and developers select appropriate sites, locate incentives and alternative financing, worked on behalf of owners with design professionals in conceptual design, and successfully estimated, managed and constructed millions of square feet of industrial and commercial facilities of all kinds.

Steve Zuber Achieves CCIM Designation
November 7, 2011
Shiloh, IL, Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the CCIM designation awarded by the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

O’Fallon Under Construction Again
Belleville News Democrat, Scott Wuerz, May 16, 2011
O'FALLON -- Commercial construction was nearly frozen the last two years in O'Fallon as the city tried to cope with the effects of the national recession, but city Zoning Director Ted Shekell says he is finally starting to see some signs of a thaw.

Spotlight on Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Agencies
Illinois Business Journal, May 2011
To more aggressively market listed properties, BARBERMurphy Group is now offering clients’ a unique vertical website to bolster online traffic as well as improving online presence and visibility. Barber says the vertical website offers benefits over general websites because they focus on a specific segment of Commercial Real Estate.

Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy of the BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently.
St. Louis Business Journal, Greg Edwards, December 31, 2010
Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy, founders of real estate brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently, selling properties in southern Illinois. Barber, along with Steve Zuber, represented both buyer and seller in the

Eastport surge continues with planned new buildings
Illinois Business Journal, June 2015
Spec buildings that disappeared from the Southwestern Illinois horizon in recent years are making a comeback, with several large projects in Collinsville among them. Ben Cahill, vice president of brokerage services for The Maune Co., says his St. Louis-based company will break ground in June on a $4.3 million, 53,000-square-foot, “semi spec” building that could house as many as 10 tenants, at 1607 Eastport Drive in the Eastport Plaza area. Semi spec means some tenants are already assured, while others will be sought. “There’s unquestionably an uptick in business. If you even heard about a builder talking about a spec building two years ago, you wouldn’t have believed it,” he said during a recent City of Collinsville presentation. It will be Maune’s third project at Eastport, and it should be done in December. Two other buildings were constructed previously, just east of the planned site. A fourth looks likely and would be built just to the west.

Development to come with hospital moves
St. Louis Business Journal, May 29, 2015
New hospitals in the fast-growing Illinois suburbs of O’Fallon and Shiloh may contribute to those communities’ ongoing commercial development boom, but the prospect of losing a hospital in Belleville could have the reverse effect. That’s what Wayne Barber Jr., principal of Shiloh, Illinois-based commercial real estate firm BARBERMurphy Group, said about the planned opening of the 94-bed, $125 million Memorial Hospital East in early 2016 in Shiloh and the anticipated move of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from its longtime location in downtown Belleville to a new 144-bed, $253 million facility in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms
St. Louis Business Journal, January 16-22, 2015
The St. Louis Business Journal ranks BARBERMurphy Group as Top Illinois Based Broker for Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms in the St. Louis/Illinois Market.

The Village of Shiloh has purchased the Yorktown Golf Course
Belleville News Democrat, December 9, 2014
The Village of Shiloh has purchased the 33-acre, 18-hole Yorktown Golf Course located off Lebanon Avenue and Hartman Lane in Shiloh, according to BARBERMurphy Group. Broker Tony Smallmon said the Shiloh commercial real estate brokerage firm represented both the seller and buyer in the transaction.

BARBERMurphy Group - October 2014 Newsletter
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun spoke at a Metro East forum for business professionals this week and projected that the residential market would continue in this sluggish recovery into 2015. Yun said, "we're having an economic expansion, but it's a sluggish expansion".

Industrial Tenants Scramble For Building Space
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
The commercial real estate market has been through some tough times over the last six years but it’s heating up and industrial real estate is leading the way. “The market has been very good,” said Wayne Barber, a principal with the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “We’re experiencing a problem again that we have had in the past in that we are running out of inventory — the availability of existing buildings — particularly for purchase and to a lesser degree for lease.”

Video Business Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
Brock Wilkerson is on the ground floor of a high-flying business that he feels is bound for even greater heights. In that regard the Southern Illinois native is not unlike some of the largest companies in the country, who are chasing after the commercial drone industry, which he hopes really takes flight once federal regulators figure out a rule playbook about a year from now. Wilkerson’s McLeansboro-based company, Insight Aerial Productions, recently added use of an unmanned aerial vehicle to take bird’s-eye video of ground-level scenes for real estate customers and others. Previously used only fixed-wing aircraft for the work. The dual approach is providing his viewers a new perspective.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Terry Johnson, Broker, BARBERMurphy Group.
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
After selling his company Johnson Properties, Inc. to BARBERMurphy Group in January, Terry Johnson joined the expanded company as a broker and continues to serve his longtime clients. BARBER-Murphy Group is now considered the largest commercial real estate brokerage firm in Southern Illinois. BARBERMurphy Group has a total of 18 experienced brokers working in 20 counties in Southern Illinois. The company has expanded its research, property listings and informational systems, with the goal of creating the most comprehensive market data.

BARBERMurphy Group - July 2014 Newsletter
Video marketing is fast becoming one of the most popular ways for potential buyers to get their first impression and insight to listed properties. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and now a video is worth ten times that. Over one billion people view YouTube videos each month, and over six billion hours of video is watched.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 15, 2014
BARBERMurphy Group, a Metro East commercial real estate broker, has acquired Johnson Properties., of Fairview Heights. Terms of the deal, completed Jan. 8, were not disclosed. The transaction means that six Johnson Properties commercial brokers are relocation to BARBERMurphy's office in Shiloh. Paul Murphy, a BARBERMurphy principal, said the combined firm has 18 brokers working in 20 Illinois counties.

Belleville News Democrat, January 14, 2014
Commercial real estate and brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh has announced that it has acquired another metro-east commercial real estate brokerage firm, Johnson Properties Inc. in Fairview Heights. Six commercial brokers from Johnson Properties will relocate to BARBERMurphy Group's offices in Shiloh, including Johnson Properties President Terry Johnson, who will serve as a broker with BARBERMurphy Group.

Property Check List for the Upcoming Winter Season
We wanted to pass along a friendly reminder from all of us at BARBERMurphy that your building should be winterized, particularly if it is not occupied.

Slag Removal set to begin at former Chemetco site in Hartford
St. Louis Business Journal, September 17, 2013
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on Friday ordered that the pile of heavy metals at the site of the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill., should be removed.
The copper smelting factory went bankrupt and closed in 2001, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Chemetco pleaded guilty to conspiracy and to violating the Clean Water Act in 2000, according to the newspaper.

Slag Removal to Begin at Former Chemetco Site
Belleville News Democrat, September 17, 2013
Court signs final approval for Chemetco plant clean-up in Madison County, a brownsfield and real estate project that was spearheaded by Steve Zuber of the BARBERMurphy Group. The reclamation project is scheduled to begin in sixty days.

Pending court order will signal green light for Chemetco project to begin reclaiming metals
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Pending approval of an official court order by the U.S. District Court, an Illinois-based company will move full-stream ahead in refining and recycling metals contained in the slag piles surrounding the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill. Paradign Minerals & Environmental Services - a privately held, secondary recycling company incorporated in Illinois in 2009 - has been working in close partnership with the Us EPA over the past three years.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Eight years of commercial real estate experience with BARBERMurphy Group has given broker associate Collin Fischer widespread knowledge of the Southwestern Illinois market According to Fischer, there has been an influx of investment sales throughout the brokerage in recent months. These sales stem from the many lucrative opportunities on the market right now, many of which are being snapped up by new clients who are delving into commercial real estate investments for the first time.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 22, 2013
This Metro East community has continued to grow despite the recession and sluggish recovery, and a wave of new retail construction could spur the local economy further. As long as nearby Scott Air Force Base remains a key defense facility, the O’Fallon economy should slowly and steadily move in the right direction, said Collin Fischer, a commercial real estate broker with BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “And the growth could become explosive if the economy fully recovers,” he said.

Illinois Realtors Appoint Joe Hardin Committee Chairman
November 7, 2012
Joe Hardin, Broker Associate of BARBERMurphy Group, has been appointed the Committee Chairman for the Illinois Association of Realtors Community Resource Working Group and has also been appointed the Chairman of Monroe County Economic Committee. Joe & his wife Betty are long time residents of Columbia, Illinois.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Joe Hardin - Broker Associate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2012
Joe Hardin, broker associate at the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh, transitioned into the real estate business in 2000 after a 26-year career with Southwestern Bell. Bringing his business expertise as a SW Bell area manager along with him, Hardin - who has been with BARBERMurphy since mid-2006 - specializes in land and commercial properties in St. Clair and Monroe counties.

Hoyleton Ministries Serving Diverse Population Innovatively for More than a Century.
Illinois Business Journal, July 2012
Since 1895, Hoyleton Ministries - Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, Puentes de Esperanza and the Hoyleton Children’s Home Foundation - have been dedicated to helping all people realize the quality of life that God intends for them. has continuously served a diverse, growing population across Southwestern Illinois.

Steve Zuber Named Principal for BARBERMurphy Group
April 1, 2012
Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM, has been named a principal in Southern Illinois commercial real estate firm, BARBERMurphy Group. The announcement was made by Wayne Barber, Jr., SIOR, co-founder and principal. "Steve has been a broker associate for six years and has demonstrated his ability to help lead and grow our firm," said Barber. "Paul Murphy, co-founder and managing principal, and I are delighted to recognize the important role that Steve plays in our company."

Scott Reichmann hired by Barber Murphy Group
December 22, 2011
Scott has over 30 years of experience in the design/build industrial/commercial construction industry in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. He has helped owners and developers select appropriate sites, locate incentives and alternative financing, worked on behalf of owners with design professionals in conceptual design, and successfully estimated, managed and constructed millions of square feet of industrial and commercial facilities of all kinds.

Steve Zuber Achieves CCIM Designation
November 7, 2011
Shiloh, IL, Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the CCIM designation awarded by the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

O’Fallon Under Construction Again
Belleville News Democrat, Scott Wuerz, May 16, 2011
O'FALLON -- Commercial construction was nearly frozen the last two years in O'Fallon as the city tried to cope with the effects of the national recession, but city Zoning Director Ted Shekell says he is finally starting to see some signs of a thaw.

Spotlight on Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Agencies
Illinois Business Journal, May 2011
To more aggressively market listed properties, BARBERMurphy Group is now offering clients’ a unique vertical website to bolster online traffic as well as improving online presence and visibility. Barber says the vertical website offers benefits over general websites because they focus on a specific segment of Commercial Real Estate.

Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy of the BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently.
St. Louis Business Journal, Greg Edwards, December 31, 2010
Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy, founders of real estate brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently, selling properties in southern Illinois. Barber, along with Steve Zuber, represented both buyer and seller in the $1.2 million sale of a 196,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Benton, Ill., to fiberglass products company Komet. Meanwhile, Murphy brokered the $1.5 million sale of three apartment buildings in Swansea, Ill., to Willamsburg Apartments of St. Louis.

BARBERMurphy expands headquarters, adds brokers, doubles transaction volume in 2010, preparing for rebound
Illinois Business Journal, January, 2011
Moving into a brand-new headquarters, adding new brokers to its team and doubling its transaction volume compared to 2009 are good reasons the BARBERMurphy Group can remember 2010 in a positive light.

Joe Hardin, Broker Associate Installed the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2010/2011 President
BARBERMurphy Group would like to congratulate Joe Hardin on being installed as the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2011 President. Congratulations also go out to Collin Fischer for being the only commercial broker nominated for the Readers' Choice Award for Realtor of the year.

BARBERMurphy Group, Inc. Adds a New Associate
October 29, 2010
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Mike Pierceall as an associate in its' Shiloh, Illinois office.

 Steve Zuber, SIOR achieves Designation from Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
Swansea, IL
Steve Zuber, SIOR of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the SIOR - Industrial Specialist Designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, SIOR a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR Designation. Click here for Complete Article.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, IL, December 7, 2009
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, recently added Tara Keller as Sales Associate in its' Swansea office. Click here for Complete Article.

 The Illinois Business Journal Ranks BARBERMurphy Group #1 for 2008 Transaction Volume
Illinois Business Journal, May 2009
In 2008 the BARBERMurphy Group experienced a 30 percent increase in transaction volume, resulting in sales of 650 acres and a total of 2.75 million square feet of Southern Illinois real estate. Barber and Murphy say their success is partly due to the well-crafted strategy to hire knowledgeable and personable people with Southern Illinois roots and a high level of real estate expertise. Click here for Complete Article.

 Plum Creek to Gain Offices, Retail
Belleville News Democrat, October 23, 2008
EDWARDSVILLE -- Builders of the Park at Plum Creek will break ground today on a new office and retail building. Builders Piedmont Partners has already leased 1,400 square feet of the to-be-built 8,000-square-foot building to a new clothing store, What to Wear. The building is part of a 14-acre development located on Illinois 159, north of Governor's Parkway at Terra Verde Street in Edwardsville.

  Property Prospect  Real Estate Agent Works on Development
The Telegraph, September 18, 2008
Cathy Hamilton has worked both sides of the table in real estate. As a former economic development consultant and now a broker associate for BARBERMurphy Group, she understands what it takes to make a deal and is sharing that insight with the River Bend Growth Association on its most recent economic development initiative.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, Ill., August 28, 2008
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Chris Zittel as a Sales Associate in its' Swansea office.

 Rising Stars of Southwestern Illinois
Illinois Business Journal - July 2008
Building on a strong background in local government and personal finance, the BARBERMurphy Group's Cathy Hamilton has found a comfortable niche as a broker associate with a major player in the commercial real estate industry.

 Eastport to get multipurpose $3.6 million building
Belleville News Democrat, May 10th, 2008
Construction has begun on a $3.6 million multipurpose building at Eastport Plaza. Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Co. is building the 47,000  square-foot speculative building at the Collinsville business park, where many new warehouses and businesses have taken root within the last few years. Development Co. of St. Louis is developing the site, and real estate agency BARBERMurphy is co-marketing the property at 1605 Eastport Drive, which will house office and warehouse space as well as service center and is scheduled for completion by September. BARBERMurphy principal owner Wayne Barber said Eastport has been a popular place for major business. He said Ameren Corp.'s recent announcement to lease 34,000 square feet at another spec building at the Collinsville business park is indicative of the regions commercial growth.

 Distribution center planned for former steel plant site in Granite City
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday January 31, 2008
A California company plans to redevelop more than 90 acres in Granite City into a $25 million to $50 million distribution center for an import-export operation. National Voyage Corp., based in Huntington Beach, Calif., bought 86 acres of a former Granite City Steel property at 1020 Niedringhaus Avenue for $1.7 million. The deal closed last month. Most recently, the property was a steel fabrication plant owned by Cara Metals of Illinois LLC, said Wayne Barber, principal of Swansea-based BarberMurphy Group Inc., the broker of the deal. A majority of the property had been unused for the last couple of years, Barber said. National Voyage also has an adjacent 7.55 acres under contract for $150,000.

  Southwest Illinois: Realizing The Vision
St. Louis Post Dispatch, Friday, August 31, 2007
As the travel time between St. Charles and Illinois becomes longer, expanding companies are looking for prime Illinois locations to capture this fast-growing market. In particular, retailers, banks, professionals and service related businesses want a strong foothold in Illinois. And BARBERMurphy Group has 10 Illinois "cornfed" brokers working the boon from Edwardsville to Monroe County.

  Developers Close Deal on Villages at Wingate
Belleville News Democrat, August 22, 2007 Developers closed the deal Monday on 172 acres along Green Mount Road in Shiloh as the site of the new Villages at Wingate. The $100 million project will be developed by the Shiloh Investment Co. and J2K, TTW LLC and is planned to feature a mix of residential and retail development. The development will be located along Green Mount Road north of Belleville's Green Mount Manor and Green Mount Commons on Illinois 161.

 Last show for Skyview Drive-In?
Belleville News Democrat, August 9, 2007
The Skyview Drive-In at 5700 N. Belt West in Belleville is for sale, and a couple of potential buyers are looking into converting the 17.5-acre twin-screened lot and adjacent -- and long-shuttered -- Quad Cinema into housing.  Wayne Barber, of the Swansea real estate firm Barber-Murphy Group, which is listing the property, said two parties are conducting separate feasibility studies on the site.  Barber said he expects results from both studies in the next 30 days.  He also believes the land could be ideal for retail development too.

  Last St. Louis area drive-in theater up for sale, may be re-developed.
Illinois Business Journal, August, 2007
The last remaining drive-in movie theater in metropolitan St. Louis has gone on the sale block.  The Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, owned and operated by Bloomer Amusement Co., has been listed for sale with Swansea-based Barber Murphy Group.  The entire property encompasses 17.5 acres and includes the drive-in theater, which is still operating, and the former Quad Cinema, an indoor theater that is closed and vacant.  The owner is open to selling all or part of the acreage.

 New eateries planned for Belleville
Belleville News Democrat, July 14, 2007
A new restaurant will reportedly soon open in the former site of the Washington Street GrilleBob Kerin, real estate agent for the Barber-Murphy Group in Swansea, confirmed that he has recently received a contract from a local business person to buy the building, which has been closed since early this year.  Kerin said he was unable to release much information about the deal.

  Plans to put retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, remains up for sale
Belleville News Democrat, July 6, 2007
Plans to put a retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, so the nearly four-acre site at 4400 North Belt West in Belleville remains up for sale.  Real Estate agent Wayne Barber, co-owner of the Barber-Murphy Group, said he couldn't reveal what business was considering the site.

 Spotlight On Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Brokers/Agents
Illinois Business Journal, May 1, 2007
When Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launched their own commercial real estate agency in January 2005, they hadn't envisioned having 10 licensed agents on board, just two years later. But that's what happens with a hard-working, experienced team of professionals in a region poised with growth.

 Financial complex coming to Belleville
Belleville News Democrat  April 25, 2007
Construction of a new $1.3 million financial office building soon will get under way on Illinois 159. Located at Illinois 159 and Fahey Place just south of Illinois 15, the new First State Bank building will house First State Bank of Red Bud, Exit Realty and Allegiant Title Co. Collin Fischer, an associate of BarberMurphy Group in Swansea, which is marketing the property, said another 4,500 square feet of space remains available for lease with room enough for about four more tenants.

 Belleville welcomes Mexican restaurant
Belleville News Democrat  April 23, 2007
Bob Kerin, of commercial real estate broker BARBERMurphy Group, Swansea, said his firm is listing the former Washington Street Grille property, 318 E. Washington St., Belleville. The historic downtown Belleville building that is up for sale was built more than 150 years ago and initially served as horse stables. It was later converted to a series of restaurants. The Carriage House Restaurant and Pasta House preceded Washington Street Grille's opening in 2004.

  Barber, Murphy Launch New Firm
St. Louis Business Journal Article  April 29, 2005
After 15 years and 12 years respectively, veteran commercial real estate agents Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launch a new company, BarberMurphy Group, based in Swansea, Illinois.

.2 million sale of a 196,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Benton, Ill., to fiberglass products company Komet. Meanwhile, Murphy brokered the

Eastport surge continues with planned new buildings
Illinois Business Journal, June 2015
Spec buildings that disappeared from the Southwestern Illinois horizon in recent years are making a comeback, with several large projects in Collinsville among them. Ben Cahill, vice president of brokerage services for The Maune Co., says his St. Louis-based company will break ground in June on a $4.3 million, 53,000-square-foot, “semi spec” building that could house as many as 10 tenants, at 1607 Eastport Drive in the Eastport Plaza area. Semi spec means some tenants are already assured, while others will be sought. “There’s unquestionably an uptick in business. If you even heard about a builder talking about a spec building two years ago, you wouldn’t have believed it,” he said during a recent City of Collinsville presentation. It will be Maune’s third project at Eastport, and it should be done in December. Two other buildings were constructed previously, just east of the planned site. A fourth looks likely and would be built just to the west.

Development to come with hospital moves
St. Louis Business Journal, May 29, 2015
New hospitals in the fast-growing Illinois suburbs of O’Fallon and Shiloh may contribute to those communities’ ongoing commercial development boom, but the prospect of losing a hospital in Belleville could have the reverse effect. That’s what Wayne Barber Jr., principal of Shiloh, Illinois-based commercial real estate firm BARBERMurphy Group, said about the planned opening of the 94-bed, $125 million Memorial Hospital East in early 2016 in Shiloh and the anticipated move of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from its longtime location in downtown Belleville to a new 144-bed, $253 million facility in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms
St. Louis Business Journal, January 16-22, 2015
The St. Louis Business Journal ranks BARBERMurphy Group as Top Illinois Based Broker for Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms in the St. Louis/Illinois Market.

The Village of Shiloh has purchased the Yorktown Golf Course
Belleville News Democrat, December 9, 2014
The Village of Shiloh has purchased the 33-acre, 18-hole Yorktown Golf Course located off Lebanon Avenue and Hartman Lane in Shiloh, according to BARBERMurphy Group. Broker Tony Smallmon said the Shiloh commercial real estate brokerage firm represented both the seller and buyer in the transaction.

BARBERMurphy Group - October 2014 Newsletter
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun spoke at a Metro East forum for business professionals this week and projected that the residential market would continue in this sluggish recovery into 2015. Yun said, "we're having an economic expansion, but it's a sluggish expansion".

Industrial Tenants Scramble For Building Space
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
The commercial real estate market has been through some tough times over the last six years but it’s heating up and industrial real estate is leading the way. “The market has been very good,” said Wayne Barber, a principal with the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “We’re experiencing a problem again that we have had in the past in that we are running out of inventory — the availability of existing buildings — particularly for purchase and to a lesser degree for lease.”

Video Business Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
Brock Wilkerson is on the ground floor of a high-flying business that he feels is bound for even greater heights. In that regard the Southern Illinois native is not unlike some of the largest companies in the country, who are chasing after the commercial drone industry, which he hopes really takes flight once federal regulators figure out a rule playbook about a year from now. Wilkerson’s McLeansboro-based company, Insight Aerial Productions, recently added use of an unmanned aerial vehicle to take bird’s-eye video of ground-level scenes for real estate customers and others. Previously used only fixed-wing aircraft for the work. The dual approach is providing his viewers a new perspective.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Terry Johnson, Broker, BARBERMurphy Group.
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
After selling his company Johnson Properties, Inc. to BARBERMurphy Group in January, Terry Johnson joined the expanded company as a broker and continues to serve his longtime clients. BARBER-Murphy Group is now considered the largest commercial real estate brokerage firm in Southern Illinois. BARBERMurphy Group has a total of 18 experienced brokers working in 20 counties in Southern Illinois. The company has expanded its research, property listings and informational systems, with the goal of creating the most comprehensive market data.

BARBERMurphy Group - July 2014 Newsletter
Video marketing is fast becoming one of the most popular ways for potential buyers to get their first impression and insight to listed properties. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and now a video is worth ten times that. Over one billion people view YouTube videos each month, and over six billion hours of video is watched.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 15, 2014
BARBERMurphy Group, a Metro East commercial real estate broker, has acquired Johnson Properties., of Fairview Heights. Terms of the deal, completed Jan. 8, were not disclosed. The transaction means that six Johnson Properties commercial brokers are relocation to BARBERMurphy's office in Shiloh. Paul Murphy, a BARBERMurphy principal, said the combined firm has 18 brokers working in 20 Illinois counties.

Belleville News Democrat, January 14, 2014
Commercial real estate and brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh has announced that it has acquired another metro-east commercial real estate brokerage firm, Johnson Properties Inc. in Fairview Heights. Six commercial brokers from Johnson Properties will relocate to BARBERMurphy Group's offices in Shiloh, including Johnson Properties President Terry Johnson, who will serve as a broker with BARBERMurphy Group.

Property Check List for the Upcoming Winter Season
We wanted to pass along a friendly reminder from all of us at BARBERMurphy that your building should be winterized, particularly if it is not occupied.

Slag Removal set to begin at former Chemetco site in Hartford
St. Louis Business Journal, September 17, 2013
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on Friday ordered that the pile of heavy metals at the site of the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill., should be removed.
The copper smelting factory went bankrupt and closed in 2001, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Chemetco pleaded guilty to conspiracy and to violating the Clean Water Act in 2000, according to the newspaper.

Slag Removal to Begin at Former Chemetco Site
Belleville News Democrat, September 17, 2013
Court signs final approval for Chemetco plant clean-up in Madison County, a brownsfield and real estate project that was spearheaded by Steve Zuber of the BARBERMurphy Group. The reclamation project is scheduled to begin in sixty days.

Pending court order will signal green light for Chemetco project to begin reclaiming metals
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Pending approval of an official court order by the U.S. District Court, an Illinois-based company will move full-stream ahead in refining and recycling metals contained in the slag piles surrounding the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill. Paradign Minerals & Environmental Services - a privately held, secondary recycling company incorporated in Illinois in 2009 - has been working in close partnership with the Us EPA over the past three years.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Eight years of commercial real estate experience with BARBERMurphy Group has given broker associate Collin Fischer widespread knowledge of the Southwestern Illinois market According to Fischer, there has been an influx of investment sales throughout the brokerage in recent months. These sales stem from the many lucrative opportunities on the market right now, many of which are being snapped up by new clients who are delving into commercial real estate investments for the first time.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 22, 2013
This Metro East community has continued to grow despite the recession and sluggish recovery, and a wave of new retail construction could spur the local economy further. As long as nearby Scott Air Force Base remains a key defense facility, the O’Fallon economy should slowly and steadily move in the right direction, said Collin Fischer, a commercial real estate broker with BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “And the growth could become explosive if the economy fully recovers,” he said.

Illinois Realtors Appoint Joe Hardin Committee Chairman
November 7, 2012
Joe Hardin, Broker Associate of BARBERMurphy Group, has been appointed the Committee Chairman for the Illinois Association of Realtors Community Resource Working Group and has also been appointed the Chairman of Monroe County Economic Committee. Joe & his wife Betty are long time residents of Columbia, Illinois.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Joe Hardin - Broker Associate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2012
Joe Hardin, broker associate at the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh, transitioned into the real estate business in 2000 after a 26-year career with Southwestern Bell. Bringing his business expertise as a SW Bell area manager along with him, Hardin - who has been with BARBERMurphy since mid-2006 - specializes in land and commercial properties in St. Clair and Monroe counties.

Hoyleton Ministries Serving Diverse Population Innovatively for More than a Century.
Illinois Business Journal, July 2012
Since 1895, Hoyleton Ministries - Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, Puentes de Esperanza and the Hoyleton Children’s Home Foundation - have been dedicated to helping all people realize the quality of life that God intends for them. has continuously served a diverse, growing population across Southwestern Illinois.

Steve Zuber Named Principal for BARBERMurphy Group
April 1, 2012
Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM, has been named a principal in Southern Illinois commercial real estate firm, BARBERMurphy Group. The announcement was made by Wayne Barber, Jr., SIOR, co-founder and principal. "Steve has been a broker associate for six years and has demonstrated his ability to help lead and grow our firm," said Barber. "Paul Murphy, co-founder and managing principal, and I are delighted to recognize the important role that Steve plays in our company."

Scott Reichmann hired by Barber Murphy Group
December 22, 2011
Scott has over 30 years of experience in the design/build industrial/commercial construction industry in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. He has helped owners and developers select appropriate sites, locate incentives and alternative financing, worked on behalf of owners with design professionals in conceptual design, and successfully estimated, managed and constructed millions of square feet of industrial and commercial facilities of all kinds.

Steve Zuber Achieves CCIM Designation
November 7, 2011
Shiloh, IL, Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the CCIM designation awarded by the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

O’Fallon Under Construction Again
Belleville News Democrat, Scott Wuerz, May 16, 2011
O'FALLON -- Commercial construction was nearly frozen the last two years in O'Fallon as the city tried to cope with the effects of the national recession, but city Zoning Director Ted Shekell says he is finally starting to see some signs of a thaw.

Spotlight on Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Agencies
Illinois Business Journal, May 2011
To more aggressively market listed properties, BARBERMurphy Group is now offering clients’ a unique vertical website to bolster online traffic as well as improving online presence and visibility. Barber says the vertical website offers benefits over general websites because they focus on a specific segment of Commercial Real Estate.

Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy of the BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently.
St. Louis Business Journal, Greg Edwards, December 31, 2010
Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy, founders of real estate brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently, selling properties in southern Illinois. Barber, along with Steve Zuber, represented both buyer and seller in the $1.2 million sale of a 196,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Benton, Ill., to fiberglass products company Komet. Meanwhile, Murphy brokered the $1.5 million sale of three apartment buildings in Swansea, Ill., to Willamsburg Apartments of St. Louis.

BARBERMurphy expands headquarters, adds brokers, doubles transaction volume in 2010, preparing for rebound
Illinois Business Journal, January, 2011
Moving into a brand-new headquarters, adding new brokers to its team and doubling its transaction volume compared to 2009 are good reasons the BARBERMurphy Group can remember 2010 in a positive light.

Joe Hardin, Broker Associate Installed the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2010/2011 President
BARBERMurphy Group would like to congratulate Joe Hardin on being installed as the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2011 President. Congratulations also go out to Collin Fischer for being the only commercial broker nominated for the Readers' Choice Award for Realtor of the year.

BARBERMurphy Group, Inc. Adds a New Associate
October 29, 2010
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Mike Pierceall as an associate in its' Shiloh, Illinois office.

 Steve Zuber, SIOR achieves Designation from Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
Swansea, IL
Steve Zuber, SIOR of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the SIOR - Industrial Specialist Designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, SIOR a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR Designation. Click here for Complete Article.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, IL, December 7, 2009
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, recently added Tara Keller as Sales Associate in its' Swansea office. Click here for Complete Article.

 The Illinois Business Journal Ranks BARBERMurphy Group #1 for 2008 Transaction Volume
Illinois Business Journal, May 2009
In 2008 the BARBERMurphy Group experienced a 30 percent increase in transaction volume, resulting in sales of 650 acres and a total of 2.75 million square feet of Southern Illinois real estate. Barber and Murphy say their success is partly due to the well-crafted strategy to hire knowledgeable and personable people with Southern Illinois roots and a high level of real estate expertise. Click here for Complete Article.

 Plum Creek to Gain Offices, Retail
Belleville News Democrat, October 23, 2008
EDWARDSVILLE -- Builders of the Park at Plum Creek will break ground today on a new office and retail building. Builders Piedmont Partners has already leased 1,400 square feet of the to-be-built 8,000-square-foot building to a new clothing store, What to Wear. The building is part of a 14-acre development located on Illinois 159, north of Governor's Parkway at Terra Verde Street in Edwardsville.

  Property Prospect  Real Estate Agent Works on Development
The Telegraph, September 18, 2008
Cathy Hamilton has worked both sides of the table in real estate. As a former economic development consultant and now a broker associate for BARBERMurphy Group, she understands what it takes to make a deal and is sharing that insight with the River Bend Growth Association on its most recent economic development initiative.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, Ill., August 28, 2008
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Chris Zittel as a Sales Associate in its' Swansea office.

 Rising Stars of Southwestern Illinois
Illinois Business Journal - July 2008
Building on a strong background in local government and personal finance, the BARBERMurphy Group's Cathy Hamilton has found a comfortable niche as a broker associate with a major player in the commercial real estate industry.

 Eastport to get multipurpose $3.6 million building
Belleville News Democrat, May 10th, 2008
Construction has begun on a $3.6 million multipurpose building at Eastport Plaza. Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Co. is building the 47,000  square-foot speculative building at the Collinsville business park, where many new warehouses and businesses have taken root within the last few years. Development Co. of St. Louis is developing the site, and real estate agency BARBERMurphy is co-marketing the property at 1605 Eastport Drive, which will house office and warehouse space as well as service center and is scheduled for completion by September. BARBERMurphy principal owner Wayne Barber said Eastport has been a popular place for major business. He said Ameren Corp.'s recent announcement to lease 34,000 square feet at another spec building at the Collinsville business park is indicative of the regions commercial growth.

 Distribution center planned for former steel plant site in Granite City
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday January 31, 2008
A California company plans to redevelop more than 90 acres in Granite City into a $25 million to $50 million distribution center for an import-export operation. National Voyage Corp., based in Huntington Beach, Calif., bought 86 acres of a former Granite City Steel property at 1020 Niedringhaus Avenue for $1.7 million. The deal closed last month. Most recently, the property was a steel fabrication plant owned by Cara Metals of Illinois LLC, said Wayne Barber, principal of Swansea-based BarberMurphy Group Inc., the broker of the deal. A majority of the property had been unused for the last couple of years, Barber said. National Voyage also has an adjacent 7.55 acres under contract for $150,000.

  Southwest Illinois: Realizing The Vision
St. Louis Post Dispatch, Friday, August 31, 2007
As the travel time between St. Charles and Illinois becomes longer, expanding companies are looking for prime Illinois locations to capture this fast-growing market. In particular, retailers, banks, professionals and service related businesses want a strong foothold in Illinois. And BARBERMurphy Group has 10 Illinois "cornfed" brokers working the boon from Edwardsville to Monroe County.

  Developers Close Deal on Villages at Wingate
Belleville News Democrat, August 22, 2007 Developers closed the deal Monday on 172 acres along Green Mount Road in Shiloh as the site of the new Villages at Wingate. The $100 million project will be developed by the Shiloh Investment Co. and J2K, TTW LLC and is planned to feature a mix of residential and retail development. The development will be located along Green Mount Road north of Belleville's Green Mount Manor and Green Mount Commons on Illinois 161.

 Last show for Skyview Drive-In?
Belleville News Democrat, August 9, 2007
The Skyview Drive-In at 5700 N. Belt West in Belleville is for sale, and a couple of potential buyers are looking into converting the 17.5-acre twin-screened lot and adjacent -- and long-shuttered -- Quad Cinema into housing.  Wayne Barber, of the Swansea real estate firm Barber-Murphy Group, which is listing the property, said two parties are conducting separate feasibility studies on the site.  Barber said he expects results from both studies in the next 30 days.  He also believes the land could be ideal for retail development too.

  Last St. Louis area drive-in theater up for sale, may be re-developed.
Illinois Business Journal, August, 2007
The last remaining drive-in movie theater in metropolitan St. Louis has gone on the sale block.  The Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, owned and operated by Bloomer Amusement Co., has been listed for sale with Swansea-based Barber Murphy Group.  The entire property encompasses 17.5 acres and includes the drive-in theater, which is still operating, and the former Quad Cinema, an indoor theater that is closed and vacant.  The owner is open to selling all or part of the acreage.

 New eateries planned for Belleville
Belleville News Democrat, July 14, 2007
A new restaurant will reportedly soon open in the former site of the Washington Street GrilleBob Kerin, real estate agent for the Barber-Murphy Group in Swansea, confirmed that he has recently received a contract from a local business person to buy the building, which has been closed since early this year.  Kerin said he was unable to release much information about the deal.

  Plans to put retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, remains up for sale
Belleville News Democrat, July 6, 2007
Plans to put a retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, so the nearly four-acre site at 4400 North Belt West in Belleville remains up for sale.  Real Estate agent Wayne Barber, co-owner of the Barber-Murphy Group, said he couldn't reveal what business was considering the site.

 Spotlight On Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Brokers/Agents
Illinois Business Journal, May 1, 2007
When Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launched their own commercial real estate agency in January 2005, they hadn't envisioned having 10 licensed agents on board, just two years later. But that's what happens with a hard-working, experienced team of professionals in a region poised with growth.

 Financial complex coming to Belleville
Belleville News Democrat  April 25, 2007
Construction of a new $1.3 million financial office building soon will get under way on Illinois 159. Located at Illinois 159 and Fahey Place just south of Illinois 15, the new First State Bank building will house First State Bank of Red Bud, Exit Realty and Allegiant Title Co. Collin Fischer, an associate of BarberMurphy Group in Swansea, which is marketing the property, said another 4,500 square feet of space remains available for lease with room enough for about four more tenants.

 Belleville welcomes Mexican restaurant
Belleville News Democrat  April 23, 2007
Bob Kerin, of commercial real estate broker BARBERMurphy Group, Swansea, said his firm is listing the former Washington Street Grille property, 318 E. Washington St., Belleville. The historic downtown Belleville building that is up for sale was built more than 150 years ago and initially served as horse stables. It was later converted to a series of restaurants. The Carriage House Restaurant and Pasta House preceded Washington Street Grille's opening in 2004.

  Barber, Murphy Launch New Firm
St. Louis Business Journal Article  April 29, 2005
After 15 years and 12 years respectively, veteran commercial real estate agents Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launch a new company, BarberMurphy Group, based in Swansea, Illinois.

.5 million sale of three apartment buildings in Swansea, Ill., to Willamsburg Apartments of St. Louis.

BARBERMurphy expands headquarters, adds brokers, doubles transaction volume in 2010, preparing for rebound
Illinois Business Journal, January, 2011
Moving into a brand-new headquarters, adding new brokers to its team and doubling its transaction volume compared to 2009 are good reasons the BARBERMurphy Group can remember 2010 in a positive light.

Joe Hardin, Broker Associate Installed the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2010/2011 President
BARBERMurphy Group would like to congratulate Joe Hardin on being installed as the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2011 President. Congratulations also go out to Collin Fischer for being the only commercial broker nominated for the Readers' Choice Award for Realtor of the year.

BARBERMurphy Group, Inc. Adds a New Associate
October 29, 2010
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Mike Pierceall as an associate in its' Shiloh, Illinois office.

 Steve Zuber, SIOR achieves Designation from Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
Swansea, IL
Steve Zuber, SIOR of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the SIOR - Industrial Specialist Designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, SIOR a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR Designation. Click here for Complete Article.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, IL, December 7, 2009
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, recently added Tara Keller as Sales Associate in its' Swansea office. Click here for Complete Article.

 The Illinois Business Journal Ranks BARBERMurphy Group #1 for 2008 Transaction Volume
Illinois Business Journal, May 2009
In 2008 the BARBERMurphy Group experienced a 30 percent increase in transaction volume, resulting in sales of 650 acres and a total of 2.75 million square feet of Southern Illinois real estate. Barber and Murphy say their success is partly due to the well-crafted strategy to hire knowledgeable and personable people with Southern Illinois roots and a high level of real estate expertise. Click here for Complete Article.

 Plum Creek to Gain Offices, Retail
Belleville News Democrat, October 23, 2008
EDWARDSVILLE -- Builders of the Park at Plum Creek will break ground today on a new office and retail building. Builders Piedmont Partners has already leased 1,400 square feet of the to-be-built 8,000-square-foot building to a new clothing store, What to Wear. The building is part of a 14-acre development located on Illinois 159, north of Governor's Parkway at Terra Verde Street in Edwardsville.

  Property Prospect  Real Estate Agent Works on Development
The Telegraph, September 18, 2008
Cathy Hamilton has worked both sides of the table in real estate. As a former economic development consultant and now a broker associate for BARBERMurphy Group, she understands what it takes to make a deal and is sharing that insight with the River Bend Growth Association on its most recent economic development initiative.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, Ill., August 28, 2008
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Chris Zittel as a Sales Associate in its' Swansea office.

 Rising Stars of Southwestern Illinois
Illinois Business Journal - July 2008
Building on a strong background in local government and personal finance, the BARBERMurphy Group's Cathy Hamilton has found a comfortable niche as a broker associate with a major player in the commercial real estate industry.

 Eastport to get multipurpose $3.6 million building
Belleville News Democrat, May 10th, 2008
Construction has begun on a $3.6 million multipurpose building at Eastport Plaza. Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Co. is building the 47,000  square-foot speculative building at the Collinsville business park, where many new warehouses and businesses have taken root within the last few years. Development Co. of St. Louis is developing the site, and real estate agency BARBERMurphy is co-marketing the property at 1605 Eastport Drive, which will house office and warehouse space as well as service center and is scheduled for completion by September. BARBERMurphy principal owner Wayne Barber said Eastport has been a popular place for major business. He said Ameren Corp.'s recent announcement to lease 34,000 square feet at another spec building at the Collinsville business park is indicative of the regions commercial growth.

 Distribution center planned for former steel plant site in Granite City
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday January 31, 2008
A California company plans to redevelop more than 90 acres in Granite City into a $25 million to $50 million distribution center for an import-export operation. National Voyage Corp., based in Huntington Beach, Calif., bought 86 acres of a former Granite City Steel property at 1020 Niedringhaus Avenue for

Eastport surge continues with planned new buildings
Illinois Business Journal, June 2015
Spec buildings that disappeared from the Southwestern Illinois horizon in recent years are making a comeback, with several large projects in Collinsville among them. Ben Cahill, vice president of brokerage services for The Maune Co., says his St. Louis-based company will break ground in June on a $4.3 million, 53,000-square-foot, “semi spec” building that could house as many as 10 tenants, at 1607 Eastport Drive in the Eastport Plaza area. Semi spec means some tenants are already assured, while others will be sought. “There’s unquestionably an uptick in business. If you even heard about a builder talking about a spec building two years ago, you wouldn’t have believed it,” he said during a recent City of Collinsville presentation. It will be Maune’s third project at Eastport, and it should be done in December. Two other buildings were constructed previously, just east of the planned site. A fourth looks likely and would be built just to the west.

Development to come with hospital moves
St. Louis Business Journal, May 29, 2015
New hospitals in the fast-growing Illinois suburbs of O’Fallon and Shiloh may contribute to those communities’ ongoing commercial development boom, but the prospect of losing a hospital in Belleville could have the reverse effect. That’s what Wayne Barber Jr., principal of Shiloh, Illinois-based commercial real estate firm BARBERMurphy Group, said about the planned opening of the 94-bed, $125 million Memorial Hospital East in early 2016 in Shiloh and the anticipated move of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from its longtime location in downtown Belleville to a new 144-bed, $253 million facility in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms
St. Louis Business Journal, January 16-22, 2015
The St. Louis Business Journal ranks BARBERMurphy Group as Top Illinois Based Broker for Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms in the St. Louis/Illinois Market.

The Village of Shiloh has purchased the Yorktown Golf Course
Belleville News Democrat, December 9, 2014
The Village of Shiloh has purchased the 33-acre, 18-hole Yorktown Golf Course located off Lebanon Avenue and Hartman Lane in Shiloh, according to BARBERMurphy Group. Broker Tony Smallmon said the Shiloh commercial real estate brokerage firm represented both the seller and buyer in the transaction.

BARBERMurphy Group - October 2014 Newsletter
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun spoke at a Metro East forum for business professionals this week and projected that the residential market would continue in this sluggish recovery into 2015. Yun said, "we're having an economic expansion, but it's a sluggish expansion".

Industrial Tenants Scramble For Building Space
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
The commercial real estate market has been through some tough times over the last six years but it’s heating up and industrial real estate is leading the way. “The market has been very good,” said Wayne Barber, a principal with the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “We’re experiencing a problem again that we have had in the past in that we are running out of inventory — the availability of existing buildings — particularly for purchase and to a lesser degree for lease.”

Video Business Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
Brock Wilkerson is on the ground floor of a high-flying business that he feels is bound for even greater heights. In that regard the Southern Illinois native is not unlike some of the largest companies in the country, who are chasing after the commercial drone industry, which he hopes really takes flight once federal regulators figure out a rule playbook about a year from now. Wilkerson’s McLeansboro-based company, Insight Aerial Productions, recently added use of an unmanned aerial vehicle to take bird’s-eye video of ground-level scenes for real estate customers and others. Previously used only fixed-wing aircraft for the work. The dual approach is providing his viewers a new perspective.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Terry Johnson, Broker, BARBERMurphy Group.
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
After selling his company Johnson Properties, Inc. to BARBERMurphy Group in January, Terry Johnson joined the expanded company as a broker and continues to serve his longtime clients. BARBER-Murphy Group is now considered the largest commercial real estate brokerage firm in Southern Illinois. BARBERMurphy Group has a total of 18 experienced brokers working in 20 counties in Southern Illinois. The company has expanded its research, property listings and informational systems, with the goal of creating the most comprehensive market data.

BARBERMurphy Group - July 2014 Newsletter
Video marketing is fast becoming one of the most popular ways for potential buyers to get their first impression and insight to listed properties. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and now a video is worth ten times that. Over one billion people view YouTube videos each month, and over six billion hours of video is watched.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 15, 2014
BARBERMurphy Group, a Metro East commercial real estate broker, has acquired Johnson Properties., of Fairview Heights. Terms of the deal, completed Jan. 8, were not disclosed. The transaction means that six Johnson Properties commercial brokers are relocation to BARBERMurphy's office in Shiloh. Paul Murphy, a BARBERMurphy principal, said the combined firm has 18 brokers working in 20 Illinois counties.

Belleville News Democrat, January 14, 2014
Commercial real estate and brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh has announced that it has acquired another metro-east commercial real estate brokerage firm, Johnson Properties Inc. in Fairview Heights. Six commercial brokers from Johnson Properties will relocate to BARBERMurphy Group's offices in Shiloh, including Johnson Properties President Terry Johnson, who will serve as a broker with BARBERMurphy Group.

Property Check List for the Upcoming Winter Season
We wanted to pass along a friendly reminder from all of us at BARBERMurphy that your building should be winterized, particularly if it is not occupied.

Slag Removal set to begin at former Chemetco site in Hartford
St. Louis Business Journal, September 17, 2013
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on Friday ordered that the pile of heavy metals at the site of the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill., should be removed.
The copper smelting factory went bankrupt and closed in 2001, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Chemetco pleaded guilty to conspiracy and to violating the Clean Water Act in 2000, according to the newspaper.

Slag Removal to Begin at Former Chemetco Site
Belleville News Democrat, September 17, 2013
Court signs final approval for Chemetco plant clean-up in Madison County, a brownsfield and real estate project that was spearheaded by Steve Zuber of the BARBERMurphy Group. The reclamation project is scheduled to begin in sixty days.

Pending court order will signal green light for Chemetco project to begin reclaiming metals
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Pending approval of an official court order by the U.S. District Court, an Illinois-based company will move full-stream ahead in refining and recycling metals contained in the slag piles surrounding the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill. Paradign Minerals & Environmental Services - a privately held, secondary recycling company incorporated in Illinois in 2009 - has been working in close partnership with the Us EPA over the past three years.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Eight years of commercial real estate experience with BARBERMurphy Group has given broker associate Collin Fischer widespread knowledge of the Southwestern Illinois market According to Fischer, there has been an influx of investment sales throughout the brokerage in recent months. These sales stem from the many lucrative opportunities on the market right now, many of which are being snapped up by new clients who are delving into commercial real estate investments for the first time.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 22, 2013
This Metro East community has continued to grow despite the recession and sluggish recovery, and a wave of new retail construction could spur the local economy further. As long as nearby Scott Air Force Base remains a key defense facility, the O’Fallon economy should slowly and steadily move in the right direction, said Collin Fischer, a commercial real estate broker with BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “And the growth could become explosive if the economy fully recovers,” he said.

Illinois Realtors Appoint Joe Hardin Committee Chairman
November 7, 2012
Joe Hardin, Broker Associate of BARBERMurphy Group, has been appointed the Committee Chairman for the Illinois Association of Realtors Community Resource Working Group and has also been appointed the Chairman of Monroe County Economic Committee. Joe & his wife Betty are long time residents of Columbia, Illinois.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Joe Hardin - Broker Associate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2012
Joe Hardin, broker associate at the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh, transitioned into the real estate business in 2000 after a 26-year career with Southwestern Bell. Bringing his business expertise as a SW Bell area manager along with him, Hardin - who has been with BARBERMurphy since mid-2006 - specializes in land and commercial properties in St. Clair and Monroe counties.

Hoyleton Ministries Serving Diverse Population Innovatively for More than a Century.
Illinois Business Journal, July 2012
Since 1895, Hoyleton Ministries - Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, Puentes de Esperanza and the Hoyleton Children’s Home Foundation - have been dedicated to helping all people realize the quality of life that God intends for them. has continuously served a diverse, growing population across Southwestern Illinois.

Steve Zuber Named Principal for BARBERMurphy Group
April 1, 2012
Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM, has been named a principal in Southern Illinois commercial real estate firm, BARBERMurphy Group. The announcement was made by Wayne Barber, Jr., SIOR, co-founder and principal. "Steve has been a broker associate for six years and has demonstrated his ability to help lead and grow our firm," said Barber. "Paul Murphy, co-founder and managing principal, and I are delighted to recognize the important role that Steve plays in our company."

Scott Reichmann hired by Barber Murphy Group
December 22, 2011
Scott has over 30 years of experience in the design/build industrial/commercial construction industry in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. He has helped owners and developers select appropriate sites, locate incentives and alternative financing, worked on behalf of owners with design professionals in conceptual design, and successfully estimated, managed and constructed millions of square feet of industrial and commercial facilities of all kinds.

Steve Zuber Achieves CCIM Designation
November 7, 2011
Shiloh, IL, Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the CCIM designation awarded by the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

O’Fallon Under Construction Again
Belleville News Democrat, Scott Wuerz, May 16, 2011
O'FALLON -- Commercial construction was nearly frozen the last two years in O'Fallon as the city tried to cope with the effects of the national recession, but city Zoning Director Ted Shekell says he is finally starting to see some signs of a thaw.

Spotlight on Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Agencies
Illinois Business Journal, May 2011
To more aggressively market listed properties, BARBERMurphy Group is now offering clients’ a unique vertical website to bolster online traffic as well as improving online presence and visibility. Barber says the vertical website offers benefits over general websites because they focus on a specific segment of Commercial Real Estate.

Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy of the BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently.
St. Louis Business Journal, Greg Edwards, December 31, 2010
Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy, founders of real estate brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently, selling properties in southern Illinois. Barber, along with Steve Zuber, represented both buyer and seller in the $1.2 million sale of a 196,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Benton, Ill., to fiberglass products company Komet. Meanwhile, Murphy brokered the $1.5 million sale of three apartment buildings in Swansea, Ill., to Willamsburg Apartments of St. Louis.

BARBERMurphy expands headquarters, adds brokers, doubles transaction volume in 2010, preparing for rebound
Illinois Business Journal, January, 2011
Moving into a brand-new headquarters, adding new brokers to its team and doubling its transaction volume compared to 2009 are good reasons the BARBERMurphy Group can remember 2010 in a positive light.

Joe Hardin, Broker Associate Installed the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2010/2011 President
BARBERMurphy Group would like to congratulate Joe Hardin on being installed as the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2011 President. Congratulations also go out to Collin Fischer for being the only commercial broker nominated for the Readers' Choice Award for Realtor of the year.

BARBERMurphy Group, Inc. Adds a New Associate
October 29, 2010
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Mike Pierceall as an associate in its' Shiloh, Illinois office.

 Steve Zuber, SIOR achieves Designation from Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
Swansea, IL
Steve Zuber, SIOR of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the SIOR - Industrial Specialist Designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, SIOR a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR Designation. Click here for Complete Article.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, IL, December 7, 2009
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, recently added Tara Keller as Sales Associate in its' Swansea office. Click here for Complete Article.

 The Illinois Business Journal Ranks BARBERMurphy Group #1 for 2008 Transaction Volume
Illinois Business Journal, May 2009
In 2008 the BARBERMurphy Group experienced a 30 percent increase in transaction volume, resulting in sales of 650 acres and a total of 2.75 million square feet of Southern Illinois real estate. Barber and Murphy say their success is partly due to the well-crafted strategy to hire knowledgeable and personable people with Southern Illinois roots and a high level of real estate expertise. Click here for Complete Article.

 Plum Creek to Gain Offices, Retail
Belleville News Democrat, October 23, 2008
EDWARDSVILLE -- Builders of the Park at Plum Creek will break ground today on a new office and retail building. Builders Piedmont Partners has already leased 1,400 square feet of the to-be-built 8,000-square-foot building to a new clothing store, What to Wear. The building is part of a 14-acre development located on Illinois 159, north of Governor's Parkway at Terra Verde Street in Edwardsville.

  Property Prospect  Real Estate Agent Works on Development
The Telegraph, September 18, 2008
Cathy Hamilton has worked both sides of the table in real estate. As a former economic development consultant and now a broker associate for BARBERMurphy Group, she understands what it takes to make a deal and is sharing that insight with the River Bend Growth Association on its most recent economic development initiative.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, Ill., August 28, 2008
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Chris Zittel as a Sales Associate in its' Swansea office.

 Rising Stars of Southwestern Illinois
Illinois Business Journal - July 2008
Building on a strong background in local government and personal finance, the BARBERMurphy Group's Cathy Hamilton has found a comfortable niche as a broker associate with a major player in the commercial real estate industry.

 Eastport to get multipurpose $3.6 million building
Belleville News Democrat, May 10th, 2008
Construction has begun on a $3.6 million multipurpose building at Eastport Plaza. Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Co. is building the 47,000  square-foot speculative building at the Collinsville business park, where many new warehouses and businesses have taken root within the last few years. Development Co. of St. Louis is developing the site, and real estate agency BARBERMurphy is co-marketing the property at 1605 Eastport Drive, which will house office and warehouse space as well as service center and is scheduled for completion by September. BARBERMurphy principal owner Wayne Barber said Eastport has been a popular place for major business. He said Ameren Corp.'s recent announcement to lease 34,000 square feet at another spec building at the Collinsville business park is indicative of the regions commercial growth.

 Distribution center planned for former steel plant site in Granite City
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday January 31, 2008
A California company plans to redevelop more than 90 acres in Granite City into a $25 million to $50 million distribution center for an import-export operation. National Voyage Corp., based in Huntington Beach, Calif., bought 86 acres of a former Granite City Steel property at 1020 Niedringhaus Avenue for $1.7 million. The deal closed last month. Most recently, the property was a steel fabrication plant owned by Cara Metals of Illinois LLC, said Wayne Barber, principal of Swansea-based BarberMurphy Group Inc., the broker of the deal. A majority of the property had been unused for the last couple of years, Barber said. National Voyage also has an adjacent 7.55 acres under contract for $150,000.

  Southwest Illinois: Realizing The Vision
St. Louis Post Dispatch, Friday, August 31, 2007
As the travel time between St. Charles and Illinois becomes longer, expanding companies are looking for prime Illinois locations to capture this fast-growing market. In particular, retailers, banks, professionals and service related businesses want a strong foothold in Illinois. And BARBERMurphy Group has 10 Illinois "cornfed" brokers working the boon from Edwardsville to Monroe County.

  Developers Close Deal on Villages at Wingate
Belleville News Democrat, August 22, 2007 Developers closed the deal Monday on 172 acres along Green Mount Road in Shiloh as the site of the new Villages at Wingate. The $100 million project will be developed by the Shiloh Investment Co. and J2K, TTW LLC and is planned to feature a mix of residential and retail development. The development will be located along Green Mount Road north of Belleville's Green Mount Manor and Green Mount Commons on Illinois 161.

 Last show for Skyview Drive-In?
Belleville News Democrat, August 9, 2007
The Skyview Drive-In at 5700 N. Belt West in Belleville is for sale, and a couple of potential buyers are looking into converting the 17.5-acre twin-screened lot and adjacent -- and long-shuttered -- Quad Cinema into housing.  Wayne Barber, of the Swansea real estate firm Barber-Murphy Group, which is listing the property, said two parties are conducting separate feasibility studies on the site.  Barber said he expects results from both studies in the next 30 days.  He also believes the land could be ideal for retail development too.

  Last St. Louis area drive-in theater up for sale, may be re-developed.
Illinois Business Journal, August, 2007
The last remaining drive-in movie theater in metropolitan St. Louis has gone on the sale block.  The Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, owned and operated by Bloomer Amusement Co., has been listed for sale with Swansea-based Barber Murphy Group.  The entire property encompasses 17.5 acres and includes the drive-in theater, which is still operating, and the former Quad Cinema, an indoor theater that is closed and vacant.  The owner is open to selling all or part of the acreage.

 New eateries planned for Belleville
Belleville News Democrat, July 14, 2007
A new restaurant will reportedly soon open in the former site of the Washington Street GrilleBob Kerin, real estate agent for the Barber-Murphy Group in Swansea, confirmed that he has recently received a contract from a local business person to buy the building, which has been closed since early this year.  Kerin said he was unable to release much information about the deal.

  Plans to put retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, remains up for sale
Belleville News Democrat, July 6, 2007
Plans to put a retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, so the nearly four-acre site at 4400 North Belt West in Belleville remains up for sale.  Real Estate agent Wayne Barber, co-owner of the Barber-Murphy Group, said he couldn't reveal what business was considering the site.

 Spotlight On Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Brokers/Agents
Illinois Business Journal, May 1, 2007
When Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launched their own commercial real estate agency in January 2005, they hadn't envisioned having 10 licensed agents on board, just two years later. But that's what happens with a hard-working, experienced team of professionals in a region poised with growth.

 Financial complex coming to Belleville
Belleville News Democrat  April 25, 2007
Construction of a new $1.3 million financial office building soon will get under way on Illinois 159. Located at Illinois 159 and Fahey Place just south of Illinois 15, the new First State Bank building will house First State Bank of Red Bud, Exit Realty and Allegiant Title Co. Collin Fischer, an associate of BarberMurphy Group in Swansea, which is marketing the property, said another 4,500 square feet of space remains available for lease with room enough for about four more tenants.

 Belleville welcomes Mexican restaurant
Belleville News Democrat  April 23, 2007
Bob Kerin, of commercial real estate broker BARBERMurphy Group, Swansea, said his firm is listing the former Washington Street Grille property, 318 E. Washington St., Belleville. The historic downtown Belleville building that is up for sale was built more than 150 years ago and initially served as horse stables. It was later converted to a series of restaurants. The Carriage House Restaurant and Pasta House preceded Washington Street Grille's opening in 2004.

  Barber, Murphy Launch New Firm
St. Louis Business Journal Article  April 29, 2005
After 15 years and 12 years respectively, veteran commercial real estate agents Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launch a new company, BarberMurphy Group, based in Swansea, Illinois.

.7 million. The deal closed last month. Most recently, the property was a steel fabrication plant owned by Cara Metals of Illinois LLC, said Wayne Barber, principal of Swansea-based BarberMurphy Group Inc., the broker of the deal. A majority of the property had been unused for the last couple of years, Barber said. National Voyage also has an adjacent 7.55 acres under contract for $150,000.

  Southwest Illinois: Realizing The Vision
St. Louis Post Dispatch, Friday, August 31, 2007
As the travel time between St. Charles and Illinois becomes longer, expanding companies are looking for prime Illinois locations to capture this fast-growing market. In particular, retailers, banks, professionals and service related businesses want a strong foothold in Illinois. And BARBERMurphy Group has 10 Illinois "cornfed" brokers working the boon from Edwardsville to Monroe County.

  Developers Close Deal on Villages at Wingate
Belleville News Democrat, August 22, 2007 Developers closed the deal Monday on 172 acres along Green Mount Road in Shiloh as the site of the new Villages at Wingate. The $100 million project will be developed by the Shiloh Investment Co. and J2K, TTW LLC and is planned to feature a mix of residential and retail development. The development will be located along Green Mount Road north of Belleville's Green Mount Manor and Green Mount Commons on Illinois 161.

 Last show for Skyview Drive-In?
Belleville News Democrat, August 9, 2007
The Skyview Drive-In at 5700 N. Belt West in Belleville is for sale, and a couple of potential buyers are looking into converting the 17.5-acre twin-screened lot and adjacent -- and long-shuttered -- Quad Cinema into housing.  Wayne Barber, of the Swansea real estate firm Barber-Murphy Group, which is listing the property, said two parties are conducting separate feasibility studies on the site.  Barber said he expects results from both studies in the next 30 days.  He also believes the land could be ideal for retail development too.

  Last St. Louis area drive-in theater up for sale, may be re-developed.
Illinois Business Journal, August, 2007
The last remaining drive-in movie theater in metropolitan St. Louis has gone on the sale block.  The Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, owned and operated by Bloomer Amusement Co., has been listed for sale with Swansea-based Barber Murphy Group.  The entire property encompasses 17.5 acres and includes the drive-in theater, which is still operating, and the former Quad Cinema, an indoor theater that is closed and vacant.  The owner is open to selling all or part of the acreage.

 New eateries planned for Belleville
Belleville News Democrat, July 14, 2007
A new restaurant will reportedly soon open in the former site of the Washington Street GrilleBob Kerin, real estate agent for the Barber-Murphy Group in Swansea, confirmed that he has recently received a contract from a local business person to buy the building, which has been closed since early this year.  Kerin said he was unable to release much information about the deal.

  Plans to put retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, remains up for sale
Belleville News Democrat, July 6, 2007
Plans to put a retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, so the nearly four-acre site at 4400 North Belt West in Belleville remains up for sale.  Real Estate agent Wayne Barber, co-owner of the Barber-Murphy Group, said he couldn't reveal what business was considering the site.

 Spotlight On Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Brokers/Agents
Illinois Business Journal, May 1, 2007
When Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launched their own commercial real estate agency in January 2005, they hadn't envisioned having 10 licensed agents on board, just two years later. But that's what happens with a hard-working, experienced team of professionals in a region poised with growth.

 Financial complex coming to Belleville
Belleville News Democrat  April 25, 2007
Construction of a new

Eastport surge continues with planned new buildings
Illinois Business Journal, June 2015
Spec buildings that disappeared from the Southwestern Illinois horizon in recent years are making a comeback, with several large projects in Collinsville among them. Ben Cahill, vice president of brokerage services for The Maune Co., says his St. Louis-based company will break ground in June on a $4.3 million, 53,000-square-foot, “semi spec” building that could house as many as 10 tenants, at 1607 Eastport Drive in the Eastport Plaza area. Semi spec means some tenants are already assured, while others will be sought. “There’s unquestionably an uptick in business. If you even heard about a builder talking about a spec building two years ago, you wouldn’t have believed it,” he said during a recent City of Collinsville presentation. It will be Maune’s third project at Eastport, and it should be done in December. Two other buildings were constructed previously, just east of the planned site. A fourth looks likely and would be built just to the west.

Development to come with hospital moves
St. Louis Business Journal, May 29, 2015
New hospitals in the fast-growing Illinois suburbs of O’Fallon and Shiloh may contribute to those communities’ ongoing commercial development boom, but the prospect of losing a hospital in Belleville could have the reverse effect. That’s what Wayne Barber Jr., principal of Shiloh, Illinois-based commercial real estate firm BARBERMurphy Group, said about the planned opening of the 94-bed, $125 million Memorial Hospital East in early 2016 in Shiloh and the anticipated move of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from its longtime location in downtown Belleville to a new 144-bed, $253 million facility in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms
St. Louis Business Journal, January 16-22, 2015
The St. Louis Business Journal ranks BARBERMurphy Group as Top Illinois Based Broker for Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms in the St. Louis/Illinois Market.

The Village of Shiloh has purchased the Yorktown Golf Course
Belleville News Democrat, December 9, 2014
The Village of Shiloh has purchased the 33-acre, 18-hole Yorktown Golf Course located off Lebanon Avenue and Hartman Lane in Shiloh, according to BARBERMurphy Group. Broker Tony Smallmon said the Shiloh commercial real estate brokerage firm represented both the seller and buyer in the transaction.

BARBERMurphy Group - October 2014 Newsletter
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun spoke at a Metro East forum for business professionals this week and projected that the residential market would continue in this sluggish recovery into 2015. Yun said, "we're having an economic expansion, but it's a sluggish expansion".

Industrial Tenants Scramble For Building Space
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
The commercial real estate market has been through some tough times over the last six years but it’s heating up and industrial real estate is leading the way. “The market has been very good,” said Wayne Barber, a principal with the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “We’re experiencing a problem again that we have had in the past in that we are running out of inventory — the availability of existing buildings — particularly for purchase and to a lesser degree for lease.”

Video Business Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
Brock Wilkerson is on the ground floor of a high-flying business that he feels is bound for even greater heights. In that regard the Southern Illinois native is not unlike some of the largest companies in the country, who are chasing after the commercial drone industry, which he hopes really takes flight once federal regulators figure out a rule playbook about a year from now. Wilkerson’s McLeansboro-based company, Insight Aerial Productions, recently added use of an unmanned aerial vehicle to take bird’s-eye video of ground-level scenes for real estate customers and others. Previously used only fixed-wing aircraft for the work. The dual approach is providing his viewers a new perspective.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Terry Johnson, Broker, BARBERMurphy Group.
Illinois Business Journal, September 2014
After selling his company Johnson Properties, Inc. to BARBERMurphy Group in January, Terry Johnson joined the expanded company as a broker and continues to serve his longtime clients. BARBER-Murphy Group is now considered the largest commercial real estate brokerage firm in Southern Illinois. BARBERMurphy Group has a total of 18 experienced brokers working in 20 counties in Southern Illinois. The company has expanded its research, property listings and informational systems, with the goal of creating the most comprehensive market data.

BARBERMurphy Group - July 2014 Newsletter
Video marketing is fast becoming one of the most popular ways for potential buyers to get their first impression and insight to listed properties. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and now a video is worth ten times that. Over one billion people view YouTube videos each month, and over six billion hours of video is watched.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 15, 2014
BARBERMurphy Group, a Metro East commercial real estate broker, has acquired Johnson Properties., of Fairview Heights. Terms of the deal, completed Jan. 8, were not disclosed. The transaction means that six Johnson Properties commercial brokers are relocation to BARBERMurphy's office in Shiloh. Paul Murphy, a BARBERMurphy principal, said the combined firm has 18 brokers working in 20 Illinois counties.

Belleville News Democrat, January 14, 2014
Commercial real estate and brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh has announced that it has acquired another metro-east commercial real estate brokerage firm, Johnson Properties Inc. in Fairview Heights. Six commercial brokers from Johnson Properties will relocate to BARBERMurphy Group's offices in Shiloh, including Johnson Properties President Terry Johnson, who will serve as a broker with BARBERMurphy Group.

Property Check List for the Upcoming Winter Season
We wanted to pass along a friendly reminder from all of us at BARBERMurphy that your building should be winterized, particularly if it is not occupied.

Slag Removal set to begin at former Chemetco site in Hartford
St. Louis Business Journal, September 17, 2013
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on Friday ordered that the pile of heavy metals at the site of the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill., should be removed.
The copper smelting factory went bankrupt and closed in 2001, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Chemetco pleaded guilty to conspiracy and to violating the Clean Water Act in 2000, according to the newspaper.

Slag Removal to Begin at Former Chemetco Site
Belleville News Democrat, September 17, 2013
Court signs final approval for Chemetco plant clean-up in Madison County, a brownsfield and real estate project that was spearheaded by Steve Zuber of the BARBERMurphy Group. The reclamation project is scheduled to begin in sixty days.

Pending court order will signal green light for Chemetco project to begin reclaiming metals
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Pending approval of an official court order by the U.S. District Court, an Illinois-based company will move full-stream ahead in refining and recycling metals contained in the slag piles surrounding the former Chemetco plant in Hartford, Ill. Paradign Minerals & Environmental Services - a privately held, secondary recycling company incorporated in Illinois in 2009 - has been working in close partnership with the Us EPA over the past three years.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2013
Eight years of commercial real estate experience with BARBERMurphy Group has given broker associate Collin Fischer widespread knowledge of the Southwestern Illinois market According to Fischer, there has been an influx of investment sales throughout the brokerage in recent months. These sales stem from the many lucrative opportunities on the market right now, many of which are being snapped up by new clients who are delving into commercial real estate investments for the first time.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 22, 2013
This Metro East community has continued to grow despite the recession and sluggish recovery, and a wave of new retail construction could spur the local economy further. As long as nearby Scott Air Force Base remains a key defense facility, the O’Fallon economy should slowly and steadily move in the right direction, said Collin Fischer, a commercial real estate broker with BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh. “And the growth could become explosive if the economy fully recovers,” he said.

Illinois Realtors Appoint Joe Hardin Committee Chairman
November 7, 2012
Joe Hardin, Broker Associate of BARBERMurphy Group, has been appointed the Committee Chairman for the Illinois Association of Realtors Community Resource Working Group and has also been appointed the Chairman of Monroe County Economic Committee. Joe & his wife Betty are long time residents of Columbia, Illinois.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate, Joe Hardin - Broker Associate
Illinois Business Journal, September 2012
Joe Hardin, broker associate at the BARBERMurphy Group in Shiloh, transitioned into the real estate business in 2000 after a 26-year career with Southwestern Bell. Bringing his business expertise as a SW Bell area manager along with him, Hardin - who has been with BARBERMurphy since mid-2006 - specializes in land and commercial properties in St. Clair and Monroe counties.

Hoyleton Ministries Serving Diverse Population Innovatively for More than a Century.
Illinois Business Journal, July 2012
Since 1895, Hoyleton Ministries - Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, Puentes de Esperanza and the Hoyleton Children’s Home Foundation - have been dedicated to helping all people realize the quality of life that God intends for them. has continuously served a diverse, growing population across Southwestern Illinois.

Steve Zuber Named Principal for BARBERMurphy Group
April 1, 2012
Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM, has been named a principal in Southern Illinois commercial real estate firm, BARBERMurphy Group. The announcement was made by Wayne Barber, Jr., SIOR, co-founder and principal. "Steve has been a broker associate for six years and has demonstrated his ability to help lead and grow our firm," said Barber. "Paul Murphy, co-founder and managing principal, and I are delighted to recognize the important role that Steve plays in our company."

Scott Reichmann hired by Barber Murphy Group
December 22, 2011
Scott has over 30 years of experience in the design/build industrial/commercial construction industry in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. He has helped owners and developers select appropriate sites, locate incentives and alternative financing, worked on behalf of owners with design professionals in conceptual design, and successfully estimated, managed and constructed millions of square feet of industrial and commercial facilities of all kinds.

Steve Zuber Achieves CCIM Designation
November 7, 2011
Shiloh, IL, Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the CCIM designation awarded by the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

O’Fallon Under Construction Again
Belleville News Democrat, Scott Wuerz, May 16, 2011
O'FALLON -- Commercial construction was nearly frozen the last two years in O'Fallon as the city tried to cope with the effects of the national recession, but city Zoning Director Ted Shekell says he is finally starting to see some signs of a thaw.

Spotlight on Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Agencies
Illinois Business Journal, May 2011
To more aggressively market listed properties, BARBERMurphy Group is now offering clients’ a unique vertical website to bolster online traffic as well as improving online presence and visibility. Barber says the vertical website offers benefits over general websites because they focus on a specific segment of Commercial Real Estate.

Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy of the BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently.
St. Louis Business Journal, Greg Edwards, December 31, 2010
Wayne Barber Jr. and Paul Murphy, founders of real estate brokerage firm BARBERMurphy Group, together brokered nearly $3 million in commercial deals recently, selling properties in southern Illinois. Barber, along with Steve Zuber, represented both buyer and seller in the $1.2 million sale of a 196,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Benton, Ill., to fiberglass products company Komet. Meanwhile, Murphy brokered the $1.5 million sale of three apartment buildings in Swansea, Ill., to Willamsburg Apartments of St. Louis.

BARBERMurphy expands headquarters, adds brokers, doubles transaction volume in 2010, preparing for rebound
Illinois Business Journal, January, 2011
Moving into a brand-new headquarters, adding new brokers to its team and doubling its transaction volume compared to 2009 are good reasons the BARBERMurphy Group can remember 2010 in a positive light.

Joe Hardin, Broker Associate Installed the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2010/2011 President
BARBERMurphy Group would like to congratulate Joe Hardin on being installed as the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 2011 President. Congratulations also go out to Collin Fischer for being the only commercial broker nominated for the Readers' Choice Award for Realtor of the year.

BARBERMurphy Group, Inc. Adds a New Associate
October 29, 2010
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Mike Pierceall as an associate in its' Shiloh, Illinois office.

 Steve Zuber, SIOR achieves Designation from Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
Swansea, IL
Steve Zuber, SIOR of BARBERMurphy Group has achieved the SIOR - Industrial Specialist Designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, SIOR a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR Designation. Click here for Complete Article.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, IL, December 7, 2009
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, recently added Tara Keller as Sales Associate in its' Swansea office. Click here for Complete Article.

 The Illinois Business Journal Ranks BARBERMurphy Group #1 for 2008 Transaction Volume
Illinois Business Journal, May 2009
In 2008 the BARBERMurphy Group experienced a 30 percent increase in transaction volume, resulting in sales of 650 acres and a total of 2.75 million square feet of Southern Illinois real estate. Barber and Murphy say their success is partly due to the well-crafted strategy to hire knowledgeable and personable people with Southern Illinois roots and a high level of real estate expertise. Click here for Complete Article.

 Plum Creek to Gain Offices, Retail
Belleville News Democrat, October 23, 2008
EDWARDSVILLE -- Builders of the Park at Plum Creek will break ground today on a new office and retail building. Builders Piedmont Partners has already leased 1,400 square feet of the to-be-built 8,000-square-foot building to a new clothing store, What to Wear. The building is part of a 14-acre development located on Illinois 159, north of Governor's Parkway at Terra Verde Street in Edwardsville.

  Property Prospect  Real Estate Agent Works on Development
The Telegraph, September 18, 2008
Cathy Hamilton has worked both sides of the table in real estate. As a former economic development consultant and now a broker associate for BARBERMurphy Group, she understands what it takes to make a deal and is sharing that insight with the River Bend Growth Association on its most recent economic development initiative.

 BARBERMurphy Group Adds a New Sales Associate
Swansea, Ill., August 28, 2008
BARBERMurphy Group, one of Southern Illinois' fastest growing commercial real estate agencies, has recently added Chris Zittel as a Sales Associate in its' Swansea office.

 Rising Stars of Southwestern Illinois
Illinois Business Journal - July 2008
Building on a strong background in local government and personal finance, the BARBERMurphy Group's Cathy Hamilton has found a comfortable niche as a broker associate with a major player in the commercial real estate industry.

 Eastport to get multipurpose $3.6 million building
Belleville News Democrat, May 10th, 2008
Construction has begun on a $3.6 million multipurpose building at Eastport Plaza. Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Co. is building the 47,000  square-foot speculative building at the Collinsville business park, where many new warehouses and businesses have taken root within the last few years. Development Co. of St. Louis is developing the site, and real estate agency BARBERMurphy is co-marketing the property at 1605 Eastport Drive, which will house office and warehouse space as well as service center and is scheduled for completion by September. BARBERMurphy principal owner Wayne Barber said Eastport has been a popular place for major business. He said Ameren Corp.'s recent announcement to lease 34,000 square feet at another spec building at the Collinsville business park is indicative of the regions commercial growth.

 Distribution center planned for former steel plant site in Granite City
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday January 31, 2008
A California company plans to redevelop more than 90 acres in Granite City into a $25 million to $50 million distribution center for an import-export operation. National Voyage Corp., based in Huntington Beach, Calif., bought 86 acres of a former Granite City Steel property at 1020 Niedringhaus Avenue for $1.7 million. The deal closed last month. Most recently, the property was a steel fabrication plant owned by Cara Metals of Illinois LLC, said Wayne Barber, principal of Swansea-based BarberMurphy Group Inc., the broker of the deal. A majority of the property had been unused for the last couple of years, Barber said. National Voyage also has an adjacent 7.55 acres under contract for $150,000.

  Southwest Illinois: Realizing The Vision
St. Louis Post Dispatch, Friday, August 31, 2007
As the travel time between St. Charles and Illinois becomes longer, expanding companies are looking for prime Illinois locations to capture this fast-growing market. In particular, retailers, banks, professionals and service related businesses want a strong foothold in Illinois. And BARBERMurphy Group has 10 Illinois "cornfed" brokers working the boon from Edwardsville to Monroe County.

  Developers Close Deal on Villages at Wingate
Belleville News Democrat, August 22, 2007 Developers closed the deal Monday on 172 acres along Green Mount Road in Shiloh as the site of the new Villages at Wingate. The $100 million project will be developed by the Shiloh Investment Co. and J2K, TTW LLC and is planned to feature a mix of residential and retail development. The development will be located along Green Mount Road north of Belleville's Green Mount Manor and Green Mount Commons on Illinois 161.

 Last show for Skyview Drive-In?
Belleville News Democrat, August 9, 2007
The Skyview Drive-In at 5700 N. Belt West in Belleville is for sale, and a couple of potential buyers are looking into converting the 17.5-acre twin-screened lot and adjacent -- and long-shuttered -- Quad Cinema into housing.  Wayne Barber, of the Swansea real estate firm Barber-Murphy Group, which is listing the property, said two parties are conducting separate feasibility studies on the site.  Barber said he expects results from both studies in the next 30 days.  He also believes the land could be ideal for retail development too.

  Last St. Louis area drive-in theater up for sale, may be re-developed.
Illinois Business Journal, August, 2007
The last remaining drive-in movie theater in metropolitan St. Louis has gone on the sale block.  The Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, owned and operated by Bloomer Amusement Co., has been listed for sale with Swansea-based Barber Murphy Group.  The entire property encompasses 17.5 acres and includes the drive-in theater, which is still operating, and the former Quad Cinema, an indoor theater that is closed and vacant.  The owner is open to selling all or part of the acreage.

 New eateries planned for Belleville
Belleville News Democrat, July 14, 2007
A new restaurant will reportedly soon open in the former site of the Washington Street GrilleBob Kerin, real estate agent for the Barber-Murphy Group in Swansea, confirmed that he has recently received a contract from a local business person to buy the building, which has been closed since early this year.  Kerin said he was unable to release much information about the deal.

  Plans to put retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, remains up for sale
Belleville News Democrat, July 6, 2007
Plans to put a retailer at the former site of Wagner Buick-Pontiac-GMC haven't been realized, so the nearly four-acre site at 4400 North Belt West in Belleville remains up for sale.  Real Estate agent Wayne Barber, co-owner of the Barber-Murphy Group, said he couldn't reveal what business was considering the site.

 Spotlight On Industry Leaders: Commercial Real Estate Brokers/Agents
Illinois Business Journal, May 1, 2007
When Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launched their own commercial real estate agency in January 2005, they hadn't envisioned having 10 licensed agents on board, just two years later. But that's what happens with a hard-working, experienced team of professionals in a region poised with growth.

 Financial complex coming to Belleville
Belleville News Democrat  April 25, 2007
Construction of a new $1.3 million financial office building soon will get under way on Illinois 159. Located at Illinois 159 and Fahey Place just south of Illinois 15, the new First State Bank building will house First State Bank of Red Bud, Exit Realty and Allegiant Title Co. Collin Fischer, an associate of BarberMurphy Group in Swansea, which is marketing the property, said another 4,500 square feet of space remains available for lease with room enough for about four more tenants.

 Belleville welcomes Mexican restaurant
Belleville News Democrat  April 23, 2007
Bob Kerin, of commercial real estate broker BARBERMurphy Group, Swansea, said his firm is listing the former Washington Street Grille property, 318 E. Washington St., Belleville. The historic downtown Belleville building that is up for sale was built more than 150 years ago and initially served as horse stables. It was later converted to a series of restaurants. The Carriage House Restaurant and Pasta House preceded Washington Street Grille's opening in 2004.

  Barber, Murphy Launch New Firm
St. Louis Business Journal Article  April 29, 2005
After 15 years and 12 years respectively, veteran commercial real estate agents Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launch a new company, BarberMurphy Group, based in Swansea, Illinois.

.3 million financial office building soon will get under way on Illinois 159. Located at Illinois 159 and Fahey Place just south of Illinois 15, the new First State Bank building will house First State Bank of Red Bud, Exit Realty and Allegiant Title Co. Collin Fischer, an associate of BarberMurphy Group in Swansea, which is marketing the property, said another 4,500 square feet of space remains available for lease with room enough for about four more tenants.

 Belleville welcomes Mexican restaurant
Belleville News Democrat  April 23, 2007
Bob Kerin, of commercial real estate broker BARBERMurphy Group, Swansea, said his firm is listing the former Washington Street Grille property, 318 E. Washington St., Belleville. The historic downtown Belleville building that is up for sale was built more than 150 years ago and initially served as horse stables. It was later converted to a series of restaurants. The Carriage House Restaurant and Pasta House preceded Washington Street Grille's opening in 2004.

  Barber, Murphy Launch New Firm
St. Louis Business Journal Article  April 29, 2005
After 15 years and 12 years respectively, veteran commercial real estate agents Wayne Barber, Jr. and Paul Murphy launch a new company, BarberMurphy Group, based in Swansea, Illinois.