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Real Estate Gifts 

With the upturn in the economy, charitable giving is on the rise. Philanthropy is now a $4 trillion-plus industry, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Although the majority of donations are cash or securities, real estate can also be donated to nonprofit organizations. Both individ

Contributions Matter 

The year is coming to a close. Now is the time to consider charitable donations for today and tomorrow.

Individuals may think about what charities have made a difference in their lives. Or ask themselves what legacy they want to create. Now Alfred Nobel is not remembered as a cannon manufacturer but for funding the prestigious Nobel Prizes.

ESOPs 

Many commercial real estate brokers have inquired about the use of employee stock ownership plans within their companies, particularly as they relate to succession planning. A major motivator for small business owners in establishing an ESOP is that it can be used to buy out an owner at the appropriate time.

2015 Tax Law Changes 

As individuals and companies plan for 2015, certain tax issues must be considered in personal and business financial planning. Here is a summary of changes to benefit plan contributions. New Rules and Increased Limits Withholding Rules. Income subject to FICA

Paying It Forward 

Those who contribute to the CCIM Foundation are giving to those who seek the CCIM designation. The CCIM Foundation provides the scholarships allowing many commercial real estate professionals to earn the CCIM designation. To accomplish the goal of raising funds for scholarships, the Foundation needs a sol

Digital Assets 

29408 As technology has progressed, establishing digital accounts for individuals and their businesses has grown immensely. These digital assets are often archived and need to be taken into consideration for estate planning or business succession planning. Differentiating between digital accounts and d

Workforce Benefits 

The Family and Medical Leave Act requires that employers with 50 or more employees provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of unpaid job protected leave for family and medical reasons in a 12-month period. There has been significant publicity lately about large companies going further and providing women

Liability Solutions 

Commercial real estate practitioners need to be concerned about liability issues that can result from handling complex transactions. Claims have been filed for various reasons, including failure to deliver leased properties on time because construction was not completed misrepresentation of

Mutually Beneficial 

When donors work with professionals, they can maximize their tax deductions. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, Americans donated an estimated $358 billion to charities in 2014, a 7.1 percent increase compared to 2013. That's great news for philanthropies.  Charitable donation planning

Succession Planning 

Foreign Capital Buys Offices In 2014, foreign capital was particularly focused on office assets, purchasing $17 billion of U.S. office properties, according to CBRE. That amount represents 45 percent of last year’s foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate. More

Real Estate Asset Protection 

Ownership of real estate has many benefits from an investment and tax standpoint. There is downside risk, however, since the value of real estate holdings may be significant and can be used to cover damages awarded in a lawsuit. Therefore,