President's Desk

N.E.T. Working for You

Commercial real estate is a great industry to be working in today: Markets are performing well, capital is flowing, and opportunities for expansion are plentiful. But strong market fundamentals are not the only reason why commercial real estate is growing at an unprecedented pace. Business-building opportunities, education, and tools, such as those offered through the CCIM Institute, are distinguishing an elite group of professionals -- CCIMs -- who provide their clients with unmatched knowledge and service. I'd like to highlight a few of the benefits you receive as a member of our industry-leading organization.

The institute's brand is built on three important principles: networking, education, and technology. Networking long has been a primary focus of our organization. However, recent programs such as CCIM Partners, which provides the framework for designees to connect with other CCIMs around the country, have been created to formalize this important aspect of our business. Local chapter events and activities provide another conduit for CCIMs to form partnerships and meet new colleagues. We've made great strides in our efforts to collaborate with industry organizations, such as the Institute of Real Estate Management, to provide networking and educational opportunities that enhance business opportunities for members of both groups. The CCIM & IREM Success Series 2006 conference, which took place Oct. 20-21 in Tampa, Fla., is just one example of our commitment to creating alliances with like-minded industry organizations.

Education is the foundation upon which the institute was built and continues to drive our growth today. The institute is in the process of refining its educational curriculum to ensure the courses we provide are at the forefront of the profession. Part of this process is to evolve the institute's advanced educational offerings. These online courses, which focus on topics such as taxation, disposition strategies, and sale-leasebacks, can help CCIM designees sharpen their skills and gain a clear understanding of leading practices in today's market.

Technology is the area where the institute has accelerated to the front of the pack in recent years, and there are no signs of a slowdown. The institute's premier tech tool -- STDBOnline -- ranks No. 1 of the institute's many benefits, according to recent member surveys. No other online platform in commercial real estate provides as many critical tools for CCIMs to conduct business. From site analysis to marketing packages to demographic reports to satellite images, STDBOnline provides members with top-of-the-line tools. The institute is committed to building its partnership with STDBOnline and ensuring our members have access to the most-advanced online resources in the market.

In addition, CCIMNet, the institute-backed national property database, just added its 200,000th listing, providing a public venue branded with the CCIM name where members can list properties for sale and lease. CCIMNet users can search by company and CCIM name as well as by property type, offering designees a one-point online marketing contact.

While these are a few of the key resources the institute makes available to you, there are many more worth exploring. Visit www.ccim.com or call the headquarters at (312) 321-4460 for more details about our programs and services.

Steven R. Price, CCIM

Steven R. Price, CCIMPresidentsprice@ccim.net

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