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2015 Legislative Outlook 

As of November 2014, the 113th Congress had only passed 185 bills — 99 fewer than the previous year. As a result, many of CCIM Institute’s legislative and regulatory priorities remained unchanged at year end. The gridlock between Democrats and

Legislative Outlook 2016 

With the election looming, will anything get done in Congress? While average working Americans will be required to report to their jobs 251 of the 366 days in 2016, our U.S. representatives scheduled themselves to be in session for 111 days. This is the fewest House workdays since 2006 when the gavel sounded

Political Action 

The Realtors Political Action Committee, or RPAC, and the Realtor Party may sound like “D.C. things,” but they’re much more than that for CCIM members, says Leil Koch, CCIM, 2014 chair of the National Association of Realtors Commercial Committee and

Wind Resistant 

Environmentalism is so deeply embedded into the U.S. culture - including its business culture - that even a radical change in U.S. presidential administrations won't set it off course. Some good business practice that commercial real estate professionals have adopted are susceptible to the political winds.

Legislative Outlook 

Legislators are gearing up to tackle some big issues when the 115th Congress is back in session Jan. 3, and Trump is sworn into office Jan. 20. The Republican party is expected to push to get as much done as possible before the midterm election in 2018 when multiple seats in both the House and Senate will be up for grabs. Specific to commercial real estate, here are some key issues the industry is watching: banking regulations, tax reform, and infrastructure spending.Urban 24-hour cities across the U.S. with global trade and cultural connectivity such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami continue to lead the nation in population and job growth - two key drivers for healthy office leasing activity. 

While the appeal of suburbia is by no means disappearing, urban population growth has steadily continued to outpace that of suburbs nationally during the past five years, according to U.S. Census data. This is attributable to the increasing number of people across generational groups - from millennials to baby boomers - choosing to live in dense urban cities, opting for the live-work-play lifestyle, and inevitably affecting office leasing in these markets.

2014 Legislative Outlook 

Peering over a fiscal cliff is not a comforting way to begin a new year. On January 2, 2013, Congress somehow managed to negotiate a deal on the American Taxpayer Relief Act that prevented financial collapse. Nearly 10 months later,