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Rev Up Your Business With High-Speed Internet Access 

It wasn't so long ago that 14.4 kilobytes per second modems were the norm. However, speeds quickly have progressed past 28.8 kps and 56 kps to integrated services digital network &mdash or ISDN &mdash lines, digital subscriber lines, cable modems,

Software Suite Updated for 2000 

There’s a new Microsoft Office suite in town, and if you didn’t run out and purchase this software when it first hit the shelves in late summer, you may be considering doing so now. Is Microsoft Office 2000 for you?

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

Site to Do Business Offers a Portal to Success 

An online tour through the Site to Do Business at the recent 2000 CCIM Commercial Real Estate Conference and Sponsor Showcase in Chicago helped users better understand the services and information that are available to them. STDB (http www.stdbonline.com )

Survey Gauges How Commercial Real Estate Companies Use Technology 

Last December, CCIM Institute and the Institute of Real Estate Management conducted an online member survey to gauge how much commercial real estate companies invest in technology. The survey's main goal was to understand the correlation between companies' technology investments

Tablets Take Charge 

When Apple introduced its first tablet computer last year, iPad ads featured lounging Web surfers and newspaper readers. CCIMs these were not. In the fast moving world of commercial real estate,

Technology Follows You Around 

Wouldn’t it be easier for your customers to find you if they only needed one phone number to reach you? What if you had only one place to retrieve voice mail, e mail, and faxes? How about accessing your e

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. 

Invest in Automation 

Adversity often gives rise to innovative ideas. At least, that was the case for William J. Byrd, CCIM, a broker with Colliers International in Houston, when faced with the challenge of successfully marketing a 1,100 acre land tract with significant

Face Time 

Web based videoconferencing can help brokers build stronger and more personal client relationships. Videoconferencing is similar to telephone conference calls except all parties can see each other via Web cameras and have the option to use voice over Internet protocol,

For Hire Online 

When Carol T. Kellogg, CCIM, moved to Charlotte, N.C., in November 2004, she worked with several local executive search groups to find a job. It was a frustrating experience. “I worked with four headhunters, but none of them had real

IM Connected 

As the time between mak ing an offer and closing on a property shrinks, many commercial real estate pros are learning that new communi cation tools help them keep pace with the industry. For example, in most cases a sales

Following Leads 

Unlike in the past, today's tech savvy commercial real estate clients expect online strategies to be part of their brokers' overall marketing plans. In fact, most clients realize that static Web sites and e mailed listings no longer are enough

PDF Power 

Brokers often negotiate and finalize contracts by exchanging revisions with the other party. In many instances, the seller's broker e mails the buyer's broker a contract as a Microsoft Word file, which the latter opens and changes. But is it

Picture Perfect 

In today's electronic world, commercial real estate professionals are exposed to digital photography daily, and many of us frequently use digital images in our businesses. Understanding digital photo production is the first step to creating visually appealing marketing materials

Online Help 

There are many small ways that technology can help you out in a last minute effort to close a deal or present a property. The key is knowing where to find these resources before you need them. www.mimeo.com This online

Paperless Payoff 

Facing an overwhelming number of files and documents to scan, some commercial real estate professionals resist converting their brokerage from paper to digital, hoping for an easier solution. However, those looking to increase services while gaining a competitive advantage may

Data Defense 

You have a meeting with a prospective client to look at some retail space, but as you're driving the client calls to say he'll be 45 minutes late. Instead of turning around and heading back

The Analysis Advantage 

Analyzing property investment opportunities based only on available market information, generalized market predictions, and gut instincts can lead to what commercial real estate professionals may think are the best decisions for their clients. But these strategies can be risky, particularly

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

Smartphone Showdown 

The Apple iPhone has a definite cool factor among design professionals, but is there enough substance behind the style to get business professionals to give up their BlackBerrys? Perhaps. The introduction of the faster iPhone 3G gives business users the

New Year, New Tools 

While many outside the industry assume that commercial real estate is all about location, location, location, CCIMs realize that the three most critical factors in transactions really are location, demographics, and timing. A variety of mapping and demographics programs are

One-Stop Marketing 

I 've maintained many client relationships for nearly 30 years, and over time the nature of these relationships has changed. Today my clients expect higher levels of service faster than ever before, and technology plays an increasingly important role in

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

Powerful Platform 

CCIM Institute has teamed up with ESRI, a private geographic information systems and mapping software company, to launch a new commercial property information exchange portal that allows institute members to enter all their property information into a database just once