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High-Tech Productivity 

Despite ongoing laments about the speed at which everyone must adapt to continually evolving high technology tools, the fact remains that those who refuse to keep abreast of new technology appear destined to be dusted by it. Indeed, for commercial

Excel at Financial Analysis Calculations 

Editor’s note While industry trends come and go, some investment principles remain infinitely valuable for commercial real estate professionals. A version of this article, originally published in the September October 2000 issue, is the most viewed article on Commercial Investment

10 Tablet Apps for Commercial Real Estate 

In CIRE’s September October 2011 issue, CCIMs discussed how they use tablets to enhance their business. Most commercial real estate professionals who own tablets are familiar with listing service apps such LoopNet and CoStarGo, but we asked CCIMs to share

Biotech Boom 

Nearly five years have passed since the high tech boom and bust. Emerging from the dust is a more mature, focused industry that offers unexpected opportunities for commercial real estate professionals. This special Web series offers a look at what's

Are You E-Savvy? 

Because of the Internet, every aspect of commercial real estate transactions is going to be tipped upside down. I've identified a handful of technology trends that are re engineering our business, from how we get listings, to how we manage

Finding the Right Site 

Technology, competition, speed to market, and a highly fragmented consumer marketplace have changed the world of retail site selection. On top of that, e commerce still wages the shopping war of bricks vs. clicks. But despite these changes, many fundamentals

Inspect These Gadgets 

Jay R. Lucas, CCIM, president of CCIM Technologies in Dallas, recently went to a prospect’s office to present four properties. He began to set up his laptop in the crowded presentation room when he noticed something was missing the projector.

It's Still About the Client 

Recent technology innovations have helped commercial real estate professionals become more effective and efficient at their jobs. Tablets and cloud computing provide greater mobility. Business social networks increase knowledge sharing, and customer relation management tools, combined with greater access to

MailBridge Delivers 

Now more than ever, CCIM designees are leveraging their technology oriented member benefits to create and strengthen deal making opportunities. MailBridge, a preference matching e mail marketing and information platform, is one of the CCIM Institute&rsquo s most useful &mdash

Holding Hands With Handhelds 

An e mail survey of commercial real estate professionals who use personal digital assistants reads like a wish list for Santa Claus. Many industry people — especially those on the road — are tired of juggling PDAs, pagers, laptops, cell

Excel at Basic Mortgage Calculations 

It’s probably happened to you at one time after computing a basic mortgage calculation, you’re unable to recreate your steps. Financial calculators make the calculations simple, but you can’t save the results or print them. However, you can do just

Digital Decisions 

In a profession that relies on sight as well as smarts, commercial real estate practitioners have taken to digital cameras like ducks to water. The main advantage of digital is immediacy. Moments after the shutter is pushed, you can view

Dot-Com, Inc. 

The technological revolution has greatly changed corporate America. The growing technology sector is challenging traditional business models and implementing new ways of thinking. As a result, new corporate cultures are evolving and commercial real estate service providers may find themselves

Dive Into Digital Imaging 

Remember when a camera and a roll of film were all that was needed to take photographs for use with property listings and presentation materials? Times have changed. Today, digital cameras and scanners, coupled with computers, various software programs, and

The Google Solution 

“As a sole practitioner, I’ve searched for the best way to sync e mail, contacts, and calendars on my desktop, laptop, and smartphone,” says Joel Kahn, CCIM, owner of Equity Alliance in Bedford, N.H., and senior technology consultant with CCIM

Conversion Connections 

“The greatest thing about CCIM is the people I’ve met,” says John Lauriello, CCIM, principal of Southpace Properties in Birmingham, Ala. Those connections, as Lauriello discovered, can make or break niche conversion projects. Last year, he was retained by the

Deliver With Demographics 

Technology has taken a giant leap forward in the last few years by expanding the traditional tool of demographic research into an analysis of lifestyles and consumer spending behavior. The old school strategy was to look at population count, income,

Wired for the Future 

When the so called Internet economy emerged in the late 1990s, a new and lucrative market for technology intensive real estate opened up for property developers. The companies that were the driving force behind the dot com revolution demanded extensive

Who Triumphed at the Technology Shootout? 

At the ReFocus CCIM conference in October, 10 exhibitors took part in the Technology Shootout Facilitating the Transaction session. Each exhibitor had 10 minutes to explain why their product is an indispensable weapon in a CCIM’s deal making arsenal. The

In the Zone 

When asked to spearhead the Houston Gulf Coast CCIM Chapter&rsquo s Web site redesign, Colin Fox, CCIM, president of Colin Fox & Associates in Houston, wanted the site &ldquo to provide more relevance and value to both our broker and

Lease Logistics 

As investors seek capital support from public markets, accounting procedures for all types of leased properties have come under closer scrutiny. Lease administration software programs record and track lease information as well as perform necessary accounting, basic analysis, and reporting

Living Mobile 

Before the iPhone burst onto the scene, the word apps meant very little to anyone who wasn&rsquo t whiling away happy hour nursing a plate of potato skins at T.G.I. Friday&rsquo s. Now inescapable, the term refers to computer software

A Man(ager)'s Best Friend 

Like dogs and their owners, property managers and their software choices seem to share certain characteristics that defy explanation. However, matching up property managers and programs can be as dangerous as recommending pit bulls to beagle lovers. Choosing the right

Mapping a Better Presentation 

Today’s desktop mapping software goes far beyond the simple programs that produce directional maps to guide potential buyers to property sites. In fact, if that’s all you’re looking for in a mapping program, use one of the free on line

REDEX Rolls Out 

On March 31, CCIM TECH launched CCIMREDEX, an online property listing and marketing database that is poised to revolutionize the way CCIM designees and candidates do business. Commercial Investment Real Estate asked Todd Kuhlmann, CCIM, vice president of Dallas based