President's Desk

In the Zone

 

The ongoing mission of CCIM Institute is to elevate our members to the highest levels of success in the commercial real estate profession. We do that in many ways, one of which is by creating opportunity for CCIMs across the globe - everything from our premier educational offerings, to the findaccim.com online directory, to our official publication in your hands now, just to name a few. The institute is devoted not only to helping you identify opportunities across all property types and regions, but also arming you with the latest best practices and expert intelligence to ensure you maximize each and every one of them.

 

This issue of Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine is focused on getting you in the opportunity zone - both figuratively and, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, literally. Industry experts compare the pros and cons of the opportunity zone and 1031 tax-deferred exchange programs, complete with an insightful developer and investor perspective.

The cover story explores trends and the state of the office investment market. Investors are exhibiting a healthy appetite to acquire office assets even as they face challenges such as soaring construction costs, disruptive technologies, and expansion of coworking.

In the retail sector, we examine two fascinating trends: cannabis stores and pop-up shops. You'll learn the impact of each on the industry and where they're headed.

Rounding out this edition, CIRE takes a deep dive into the growing phenomenon of suburban creep. In short, there's no lack of expert intelligence and real-world examples to help put you on the path to success this year.

It wouldn't be an issue of CIRE without the Deal Makers column, a celebration of CCIMs who were very much in the zone by closing deals of $3 million or more. Cheers to them and to all of you - may you seize every opportunity in 2019.

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