President's Desk

New Year, New CIRE

A message from the global president of CCIM Institute.

Eddie Blanton

It’s a new year, and there’s plenty to look forward to in 2020. I hope you are as excited as I am about the debut of the newly redesigned Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine you have in your hands.

It’s not just a change in look to a more modern, clean feel, but you’ll find a few exciting additions to the content, as well. For example, in the new By the Numbers column, we’re bringing the data trends and their impact to you — and the story behind it. In this issue, an expert from Moody’s Analytics shares data trends and its implications on the office sector.

We’ve kept the perennial favorite, CCIM Q&A, and added a Candidate Spotlight. Each issue, you’ll hear one person’s fascinating journey on their way to earning the pin.

Turning your attention to the global landscape, check out the Worldview section for a quick CRE snapshot of a featured market from around the world.

Of course, the high-quality, compelling features that you’ve come to expect are included in this and every issue. The cover story provides an exceptional capital markets update from CCIM Institute’s Chief Economist K.C. Conway, MAI, CRE. In the other features, you’ll learn about the impact of 5G on the industry, the legislative outlook and public policy priorities from the institute’s advocacy team, what’s driving the growth in socially responsible development, and the challenges and opportunities in the cannabis sector.

Lastly, to further enhance your CIRE experience, a monthly companion podcast debuted this month. You can read an excerpt from one episode in this edition of the magazine and then head over to to hear the full podcast. There are already several episodes available for you to binge-listen, so I encourage you to take a listen and subscribe.

I hope you enjoy the new CIRE offerings. Let us know what you think. In the meantime, here’s to a successful 2020.

Eddie D. Blanton, CCIM
2020 CCIM Institute President
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