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Digital Aerial Photography Is Looking Up 

During the last 18 months, aerial photography has advanced greatly, mainly because it has gone digital and hit the Internet Yet few people know about it, and that may be the most amazing thing about this technology. Many commercial real

E-Brokerage Revolution Promises to Re-Engineer the Industry 

Although the commercial real estate market is one of the major sectors of the U.S. and world economies, it has been one of the last to embrace technology. The insurance, financial services, accounting, legal, retail, and manufacturing sectors long have

Commercial Brokers Use Tech-Savvy Strategies to Boost Their Business 

The 2002 Realcomm conference, held in Las Vegas in June, examined how technology is gaining a foothold in the commercial real estate industry and evaluated the latest tools brokers need to embrace it. In the conference session &ldquo Who Is

Digital Cameras Are an Essential Tool for Today's Broker 

Due to their ability to communicate a vast amount of information about a property at a glance, photographs have been a critical element in the marketing of commercial real estate properties for decades. For many years, traditional film cameras were

Drawing Conclusions About Graphics 

Publisher is just one of the many hats that commercial real estate professionals wear today. Though they may not be creating books or magazines, very likely they are publishing Web sites, producing printed property fliers, or sending photographs to Web

Digital Transformation Requires a Multifaceted Approach 

If they haven't done so already, many commercial real estate companies are considering the transition from a paper based operation to a digital process. However, creating a digital office entails more than implementing new technology it means evaluating all business

Exclusive Tools 

As a part of their CCIM Institute benefits, members have access to STDBonline, a powerful geographic information system. For more than 10 years, STDBonline has provided GIS analytic services to more than 15,000 users. STDBonline&rsquo s most popular uses are

Get IT Together 

Technology helps commercial real estate professionals to work faster, communicate better, and stay connected at all times. However, trying to figure out all the components of information technology is something that can take practitioners away from their daily business routines.

Implement a Disaster Recovery Plan to Protect Against the Unexpected 

In light of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, disaster recovery planning has taken on a serious, new meaning. A carefully designed disaster management plan can help businesses rebound and continue operations if the unexpected occurs. Whether it is a

Industry Conference Highlights Technology's Role in Brokerage Evolution 

Technology products and systems showcased at this year's Realcomm conference in Chicago affect how commercial real estate professionals develop, lease, manage, buy, and sell property. Of all the industry segments, brokerage in particular benefits from these technological advances. The following

Commercial Property Tours Go High-Tech 

How can you show properties to potential buyers and tenants from around the country any time of the day or night, without scheduling appointments? On the Internet, of course. Taking a page from residential real estate practitioners, more and more

Follow These Strategies to Complete a Successful Technology Relocation 

Relocating a company's information technology infrastructure is often the most complex and costly piece of the moving puzzle. It also is the most important, as IT systems are the lifeblood of most companies. To prevent business disruptions, brokerage owners must

Exposing Yourself on the Net 

If you have e mail and a Web site, you may think you’re fully accessible on the Internet. If you don’t have a presence on the Net, you may be skeptical about its ability to generate business for you. In

Increased Connectivity Defines Tomorrow's Smart Buildings 

Looking at the typical life cycle of a commercial property, a building developed today has a projected life expectancy of at least 30 years. If owners have financial goals reflecting that life span, they must understand the next generation of

Redefine Online 

In the past decade, thousands of commercial real estate Web sites have appeared online as companies learned how to structure information, communicate with clients, and promote their capabilities electronically. But now that Web sites are de rigueur marketing tools, it's

Mobile Internet Access Opens Business Doors From Anywhere 

Mobile Internet access is an important strategy for commercial real estate professionals to consider in an increasingly technological world. Hundreds of different devices that access the Internet now exist, freeing people from their desks. This not only has profound implications

Online Tools Help Brokers Effectively Manage Time and Communications 

Brokers constantly are on the go — visiting sites, researching properties, preparing documents, and meeting with clients. To successfully accomplish all of these tasks, communication and time management skills are essential. Yet sometimes even seasoned real estate pros struggle to

New Year, New Tools 

While many outside the industry assume that commercial real estate is all about location, location, location, CCIMs realize that the three most critical factors in transactions really are location, demographics, and timing. A variety of mapping and demographics programs are

Software Suite Updated for 2000 

There’s a new Microsoft Office suite in town, and if you didn’t run out and purchase this software when it first hit the shelves in late summer, you may be considering doing so now. Is Microsoft Office 2000 for you?

Tablets Take Charge 

When Apple introduced its first tablet computer last year, iPad ads featured lounging Web surfers and newspaper readers. CCIMs these were not. In the fast moving world of commercial real estate,

Speeding Up Internet Connections 

For too long, the answer to the question of how fast your Internet connection should be has hovered between modems that transmit 28.8 kilobytes per second and modems that transmit 56 kbps. Before that, the choice was between 14.4 kbps

Survey Gauges How Commercial Real Estate Companies Use Technology 

Last December, CCIM Institute and the Institute of Real Estate Management conducted an online member survey to gauge how much commercial real estate companies invest in technology. The survey's main goal was to understand the correlation between companies' technology investments

Technology Follows You Around 

Wouldn’t it be easier for your customers to find you if they only needed one phone number to reach you? What if you had only one place to retrieve voice mail, e mail, and faxes? How about accessing your e

Save Time Online 

Technology can help busy commercial real estate professionals achieve more work in less time. Online applications in particular improve productivity and profitability. Three of the top timesaving tools on CCIM's STDBOnline (www. stdbonline.com) are no exception. Learn how these new

Technological Crossroads: Deciding Which Cyber Paths to Take 

More than a few commercial real estate veterans have fretted about being made obsolete by technology and the Internet. It wasn't just the fear of not knowing how to master a powerful computer the very industry itself has been changing