President's Desk

A Look Ahead

Barbara Crane, CCIM

The much-anticipated midterms marked the end of an eventful 2018. Now both the country and the commercial real estate industry are looking ahead to the new year and what's to come. That sentiment is at the heart of this issue of Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine.

Look no further than the cover story by CCIM Institute Chief Economist K.C. Conway. His market forecast for 2019 provides the type of expert insights you've come to rely on from the association's official publication. Also authored by Conway,  CCIM Institute's 4Q2018 Commercial Real Estate Insights report serves as the perfect companion piece to this feature. The report is produced in partnership with the Alabama Center for Real Estate at the University of Alabama. Read the full report at www.ccim.com/insights.

The rest of the issue takes a comprehensive look at all areas of the industry - everything from a legislative outlook, to the latest trends in commercial real estate, to the best practices needed to bring it all together. Supplementing this exceptional editorial content, CCIM Institute offers top-notch continuing education through our Ward Center. Led by industry leaders, these classes take a deep dive into a variety of topical subjects like blockchain and 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, empowering you to make the most of the current landscape in commercial real estate.

On a related note, as a senior instructor myself, I'd be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to invite members of the CCIM community to give back by becoming an instructor for the institute. If you're a CCIM currently practicing in the industry and have strong presentation skills and a proficiency in technological tools, I encourage you to contact us to learn more. I speak from experience when I say it's one of the most rewarding choices I've made in my career. Another is becoming your 2019 president.

As we all look to the future, I'm confident that CCIM Institute is well-positioned to shepherd us through whatever 2019 throws our way. The staff and volunteer leaders are deeply committed to the vision we have set for ourselves: to shape commercial real estate by being the most influential, innovative, and internationally recognized organization in the industry.  

Barbara Crane, CCIM

2019 CCIM Institute President

bcrane@ccim.net

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