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On the Edge 

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone contains a multifunctional home screen with a semi curved design. The right edge of the phone curves into a 2,560 x 160 pixel second menu that contains shortcuts to frequently used apps, alerts, and

Technology Unleashed 
Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine looks at new technology for CRE professionals.
Technology Solutions 

The Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case by Anker provides 120 percent longer battery life for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. The case juices the smartphone for an extra 60 hours of audio, 17 hours of 3G talk time, 13 hours of video, and 12 hours of web browsing. The black matte exterior case contains raised edges

Brainy Apps 
As a commercial real estate professional, your office has to be wherever you are. Get work done with these apps used by CCIMs.
It’s a Whole New Business 

Foreign Capital Buys Offices In 2014, foreign capital was particularly focused on office assets, purchasing $17 billion of U.S. office properties, according to CBRE. That amount represents 45 percent of last year’s foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate. More

Risky Business 

Employees rely on anytime-anywhere data access. As a result, using consumer file sharing applications at work is extremely prevalent. These apps deliver convenience, making them an easy choice for document access, information sharing, and collaboration. However, drawbacks exist. What is the potential cost to

Servicing Startups 

Commercial real estate brokers can capitalize on a growing market by understanding its unique needs and challenges. Startups aren't exactly synonymous with big money for commercial real estate brokers. New businesses are often looking for small spaces and short-term deals. However, brokers would be wise to gi

Digital Transformation Requires a Multifaceted Approach 

If they haven't done so already, many commercial real estate companies are considering the transition from a paper based operation to a digital process. However, creating a digital office entails more than implementing new technology it means evaluating all business

Exclusive Tools 

As a part of their CCIM Institute benefits, members have access to STDBonline, a powerful geographic information system. For more than 10 years, STDBonline has provided GIS analytic services to more than 15,000 users. STDBonline&rsquo s most popular uses are

The Genius of GIS 

Experience and technology are a potent combination in commercial real estate land acquisition and site selection. While there is no substitute for local area knowledge, having the ability to specify, analyze, and package local market information to meet a particular

Beware of Internet Imposters 

Before the Internet, "People would become what we call ‘Xerox brokers’ they’d Xerox other brokers’ packages," William Spivock, CCIM, remembers. Spivock, of Commercial Specialists in Las Vegas, recently ran across the Information Age equivalent of this unauthorized copying. Spivock found

E-Brokerage Revolution Promises to Re-Engineer the Industry 

Although the commercial real estate market is one of the major sectors of the U.S. and world economies, it has been one of the last to embrace technology. The insurance, financial services, accounting, legal, retail, and manufacturing sectors long have

Seeing Tech's Potential 

Building information modeling can streamline the design, development, and operation of properties of all types.

Work Smarter 

This year, the commercial real estate industry will continue to face challenges. CCIM members are looking for information that will help them save time, cut costs, and enhance their productivity. In the current economic climate, for example, retail leasing specialists

Crowdfunding 

Real estate ownership is one of the oldest — and most inefficient — businesses. Real estate companies or “sponsors” looking to raise equity for new development, project repositionings, or acquisitions still rely heavily on old school methods such as their

Stability Through Tech Disruption? 

Could technology help the CRE industry weather economic instability with creative, innovative approaches to doing business? Here are some software tools for communication and data analysis that could help streamline your business rather than cause unrest.

Making the Move to Virtual Inspections 

Cost and time savings for off-site inspections are still dependent on the human element, even as interest grows during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hang Out with Google+ 

Google+ received a lot of fanfare when it launched more than two years ago. Since then, however, Google’s social networking site hasn’t gotten nearly as much respect or ink as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or even Pinterest. And, understandably, many commercial

Flier Right 

Once the cornerstone of commercial real estate marketing efforts, printed property fliers have since been overshadowed by listing services, emails, and other digital platforms. But given the wealth of marketing options, why haven’t fliers disappeared altogether? “If CBRE, Colliers, NAI,

Introducing DealShare 

For years, CCIM designees have successfully shared their property haves and wants via the members only MailBridge email platform. This fall, MailBridge became DealShare, offering all CCIM members a more efficient, robust way to make connections and do business online.

Waste Not, Want Not 

Globechain Founder May Al-Karooni shares how in just five short years, her company has become a fast-growing marketplace that connects businesses, charities, and people that want to reuse unwanted items, the majority of which are typically disposed of or recycled by businesses. 

Speeding Up Internet Connections 

For too long, the answer to the question of how fast your Internet connection should be has hovered between modems that transmit 28.8 kilobytes per second and modems that transmit 56 kbps. Before that, the choice was between 14.4 kbps

Preparing for the Next Internet Age 

Commercial real estate professionals learned in the late 1980s and early 1990s to repackage their services to deal with a market downturn. Other industries, too, remade themselves as market forces demanded. Many employees of large oil companies who lost their

Digital Dynamos 

A proliferation of feature laden personal digital assistants and smartphones crowds today's market. Each successive model integrates more capabilities as manufacturers grope for the right combination of price, features, and form. In addition to providing basic PDA functions, many of

Online Video Transmissions Offer a Cost-Effective Alternative 

In today's fast paced world, businesses require up to the minute information from all over the world. Spending hours flying to remote locations for meetings is not always an option. And telephone conferences, while helpful, lack the personal touch often