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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

Get IT Together 

Technology helps commercial real estate professionals to work faster, communicate better, and stay connected at all times. However, trying to figure out all the components of information technology is something that can take practitioners away from their daily business routines.

Finding the Perfect PC 

Though notebook computers are increasingly common to many professionals (see "In Search of the Right Laptop," CIREJ, March April 1998), desktop personal computers still are popular thanks to their plummeting prices and soaring performance. So where mobility is not an

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

A Fresh Angle 

Aerial property images play a key role in commercial real estate marketing. They provide a wealth of information about the nature of a property and the surrounding area. And the right kind of imagery not only facilitates the sale of

Follow These Strategies to Complete a Successful Technology Relocation 

Relocating a company's information technology infrastructure is often the most complex and costly piece of the moving puzzle. It also is the most important, as IT systems are the lifeblood of most companies. To prevent business disruptions, brokerage owners must

Drawing Conclusions About Graphics 

Publisher is just one of the many hats that commercial real estate professionals wear today. Though they may not be creating books or magazines, very likely they are publishing Web sites, producing printed property fliers, or sending photographs to Web

Industry Conference Highlights Technology's Role in Brokerage Evolution 

Technology products and systems showcased at this year's Realcomm conference in Chicago affect how commercial real estate professionals develop, lease, manage, buy, and sell property. Of all the industry segments, brokerage in particular benefits from these technological advances. The following

Implement a Disaster Recovery Plan to Protect Against the Unexpected 

In light of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, disaster recovery planning has taken on a serious, new meaning. A carefully designed disaster management plan can help businesses rebound and continue operations if the unexpected occurs. Whether it is a

Online Tools Help Brokers Effectively Manage Time and Communications 

Brokers constantly are on the go — visiting sites, researching properties, preparing documents, and meeting with clients. To successfully accomplish all of these tasks, communication and time management skills are essential. Yet sometimes even seasoned real estate pros struggle to

Mobile Internet Access Opens Business Doors From Anywhere 

Mobile Internet access is an important strategy for commercial real estate professionals to consider in an increasingly technological world. Hundreds of different devices that access the Internet now exist, freeing people from their desks. This not only has profound implications

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

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,

Video Primer 

As sites like YouTube continue to grow, commercial real estate professionals are starting to see results from Web video marketing. For example, when our company, Duemelands Commercial, includes videos for new retail property sales listings on our Web site, we

Is Your Site Seen? 

As great a marketing tool as the Internet is, Web sites that do not generate traffic may as well not exist. To be effective marketing tools and income generators, Web sites should promote not only your company and your services,

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

Wireless Technology Will Improve Buildings' Functionality 

The technology that commercial properties use to control their energy, security, facilities, and management systems is ever changing. This year, advances in combining wireless local area networks with the use of Internet appliances signals a quantum leap in the property

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

Technological Crossroads: Deciding Which Cyber Paths to Take 

More than a few commercial real estate veterans have fretted about being made obsolete by technology and the Internet. It wasn't just the fear of not knowing how to master a powerful computer the very industry itself has been changing

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

Why Go Wireless? 

New York's 2.8 million square foot Time Warner Center and Rockefeller Center concourse have implemented in building wireless systems that can help achieve increased tenant occupancy and retention and higher lease rates. On the operations side, building owners and managers

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

On Location 

As social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter become more popular around the globe, real estate professionals are exploring ways to leverage the potential power of these tools. Recent trends indicate that the next wave of social networking has

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

Listen Up 

Podcasts, or digital media files, are a convenient, cost effective way for commercial real estate professionals to reach existing clients, attract new business, and demonstrate the value of their companies’ intellectual property. Businesses also can use podcasts to communicate with