President's Desk CCIM Feature

Benefits and Beyond

The CCIM Institute’s strategic plan includes a series of guiding principles for the ongoing progress and success of our organization. To “provide high-quality member services at the individual, chapter, national, and international levels,” is paramount among these principles. As this eventful year winds down, I’m pleased to share with you the new resources and tools designed to fulfill this goal and help individual CCIM members lead the commercial real estate industry now and in the years ahead.

This fall, CCIM is scheduled to roll out a new, revolutionary benefit — CCIMREDEX. Members can use this online data exchange platform as a central repository for property data, related transaction attachments, and images. All data entered into CCIMREDEX will be directed to various Web-based industry applications without the need to re-enter the information into additional online platforms. CCIMREDEX applications eventually will be integrated into local, regional, and national listing services, marketing products and services, contact management systems, analytical services, financial services, and other geographic information systems products.

In addition, the institute’s “technology tools stimulus package” made four tremendous resources available to every member through STDBonline earlier this year. Members now have unlimited access to these online benefits: Pictometry oblique aerial images, which create a lifelike three-dimensional view so that users can see land features and structures clearly and in their entirety; an enhanced set of Express Packages geared to key property types as well as niche sectors such as seniors housing and self-storage facilities; data and information sources on submarkets and comparisons to other submarkets; and advanced annotation tools to provide users with a more effective way to identify information on street, aerial, and hybrid maps.

Access to business-building technology for designees and candidates remains vital to your ongoing success and supports the institute’s core values. But let me also bring this to your attention: CCIM members receive and can take advantage of approximately 40 specific member benefits that do not fall into the technology category.

You may be quite familiar with some of these benefits, such as Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine, the MailBridge preference-based e-mail network, and the Life After the Pin designee education program. Others may not be as well known, but nevertheless are extremely valuable to you as a commercial real estate professional.

For example, did you know that CCIM employs a legislative analyst to monitor legislation on Capitol Hill and within your state? Were you aware that the institute participates in more than 25 industry trade shows in the U.S. and select events in Europe and Asia to promote the CCIM brand and foster global business opportunities for members? In addition, there are more than 25 affinity opportunities for discounts on insurance, financial services, travel, and more through our affiliation with the National Association of Realtors.

Our members are the most valuable component of the CCIM Institute. We strive to provide new and enhanced benefits to add value for your dues dollars. If you haven’t already taken advantage of these excellent benefits, now is a great time to start.