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Do the Right Thing 

"I’m in a dilemma," says Christopher E. Hughes, CCIM, president of Hughes Realty Group, Ltd., in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who recently discovered that the two investment properties along a busy stretch of highway he was working to sell were

Done Deals 

Some demanding commercial real estate deals take a year, some take two, and occasionally one takes a decade. Some transactions are undertaken with zest for their big bucks potential others may involve more complicated motivations, including not only personal but

Buy in to Buyers Brokerage 

Twenty years ago, investment brokers accepted open listings as the standard way to sell property. Today, few commercial investment real estate professionals draw most of their income this way. However, a broker representing a buyer often works the buyer like

Building Business Relationships 

It's not just the customers who drive your business. Whether you're a solo practitioner or you work for a multistate corporation, you depend on a vast network of people with varying expertise to help get the job done. Establishing, fostering,

Be a Team Player 

We used to say, “If you're in the door, you're in the deal,” but in the current fast changing atmosphere, that isn't the case. Today, commercial real estate practitioners must find ways to meet more complex client demands, offer a

Building a Powerful Portfolio 

A client inherits $100,000 and asks you for advice on an investment strategy. With stock returns uncertain in today's market, what is the best response? Invest in commercial real estate. Adding commercial real estate to a portfolio in the form

Cash Flow Tips 

Business owners have been cutting expenses, reducing payroll, and trying to chase down new sources of cash flow for two years. Yet, as the economic recovery lags, many realize they need to do even more. But what is left to

The Auction Advantage 

During the last 24 months, sold and closed commercial real estate transactions have been in short supply, while unsold properties seem to have increased exponentially. The last cycle in which CCIM practitioners experienced a somewhat similar market was the late

Choosing a New Path 

After almost 30 years as an independent broker, B.K. Allen, CCIM, GRI, owner of B.K. Allen Real Estate in Reston, Va., decided to affiliate with a national commercial real estate company. “I was doing more administrative work than interacting with

“Not in My Backyard!” 

Real estate professionals facing opposition to development or zoning changes these days must hack their way through a forest of initials. In many communities the original NIMBYs Not in My Backyard have subdivided into CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) dwellers,

Affordable Housing Resources 

There are many resources for affordable housing in private, nonprofit, and government sectors. Funding sources exist at all levels, but many federal programs, such as the low income housing tax credits, are distributed at the state level through the state

25 Tips for a More Profitable Year 

What better time to plant the seeds of success than at the beginning of a new century? By cultivating new skills and weeding out bad habits, you can improve your productivity and harvest the rewards of greater profitability. To get

Helpful Hiring Hints 

Help wanted Commercial real estate company seeks professional with strong sales and people skills and considerable industry experience who fits the company's culture. Anyone who's ever hired a commercial real estate professional knows the demands of trying to find the

Help! I Need Somebody 

Hiring a personal assistant to help boost productivity may sound appealing to many commercial real estate professionals. Given that everyone starts off with the same 24 hours each day, using every minute allows only 1,440 minutes a day. Take away

A Guide to Giving 

Last year donors gave charities more than $300 billion in total gifts. Less than 3 percent came in the form of real estate equities — despite the fact that more than 40 percent of the nation’s wealth is in real

Understanding Corporate Structure 

Corporate real estate departments all wrestle with common issues, including how to meet the needs of their internal clients, reduce occupancy costs, and use the corporate assets entrusted to them to drive shareholder value. However, beyond these overriding concerns, corporate

Make It Rain! 

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Secrets of Successful Presentations 

A fantastic presentation doesn't just happen. For all but a few gifted souls, it's a painstakingly mapped out, repeatedly rehearsed performance on which a considerable financial reward hinges. Talk about pressure Anyone can point and click through 15 slides and

Solo Success 

Working solo was the right career move for Benedict J. Frederick III, CCIM. “I love what I do. Work is not work. I just get to have fun all day long,” says the founder of Ben Frederick Realty in Baltimore.

Step It Up! 

How&rsquo s business? Pretty simple question isn&rsquo t it? Every day someone asks this or a similar question that seems innocent enough. And, like the vast majority of commercial real estate practitioners, you probably respond with a simple answer &ldquo

Selling a Service 

When people ask me what I do, I tell them I offer a service I help resolve issues that my clients have by disposing of or investing in real estate. I get hired to solve problems. I am in a

That's Entertainment! 

Donald Eaton, CCIM, CPM, entertains clients in a bucolic setting — on his boat on a New Hampshire lake. Eaton, vice president of Eaton Partners in Manchester, N.H., takes groups of five or six on his 24 foot boat several

REITs Right Now 

Throughout much of the 1990s, real estate investment trusts have been significant players in commercial real estate from both the capital markets and property acquisition perspectives. After last year’s market correction, REIT stocks were repriced as income generating stocks with

Remote Control 

It's 10 a.m. Do you know where your brokers are? Many commercial real estate company owners have embraced the virtual office concept to lower operating costs, which presents a management challenge keeping track of brokers and sales associates. The same

Thinking Big 

How do they do it? Those brokers and sales agents who operate in small markets or who work solo or with just a partner or two? How do they survive in a market as tough as today’s? Common thought might