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2010 Rising Stars 

Return on investment is one of the most important principles in commercial real estate. But when it comes to earning the designation, the ROI on a CCIM education is something you &ldquo simply can&rsquo t calculate in a T bar

Betting On Troubled Assets 

Today&rsquo s $108 billion of distressed commercial real estate reported by Real Capital Analytics has created an opening for risk takers of all sizes. Weak properties are prime targets for small to midsize investor owners who have enough cash and

Redefining GSA Leases 

While few see an upside to the down economy, this turbulent cycle has prompted many commercial real estate companies to evaluate the efficiency of their business processes. The federal government is no exception. Earlier this year, the U.S. General Services

Retail Returns 

Despite the retail market’s slow trek toward recovery, Carmen R. Austin, CCIM, associate broker at Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate in Baton Rouge, La., sees a lot of opportunity in this struggling sector. Infused with energy from this year’s International

Retail Tenanting Techniques 

Upticks in consumer spending and hints at economic improvement are fueling some long awaited positive momentum in the retail sector. Despite the mild industry buzz, the latest data reports offer the view many property owners see when they look around

Stay the Course 

During the past 18 months, the meager economy has drained profitability from many commercial real estate companies, leaving behind unprecedented challenges. Business models that allowed companies to weather past economic storms may not hold water in the current market &ldquo

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

Rewarding Relocation 

While details often make or break commercial real estate projects, sometimes the best solutions come into focus when you take a step back. &ldquo You have to understand the small things to really

Second-Generation Space 

With more than 140 million square feet of industrial space in the construction pipeline this year, according to Grubb & Ellis, industrial users have no shortage of new properties to consider. While national credit tenants are paying top dollar for

Niche Knack 

When it comes to commercial real estate brokerage, the days of trying to be everything to everyone are numbered, experts say. Instead, many commercial real estate professionals are discovering a wide range of opportunities in narrow niches. “Today's broker must

Power of the Pin 

Though he is based in the small market of Champaign, Ill., Alex Ruggieri, CCIM, vice president of Sperry Van Ness Ramshaw Smith Co., knows the value of thinking big. Ruggieri, who consistently ranks in Sperry Van Ness&rsquo top 10 percent

Leading the Charge 

Despite the turbulent commercial real estate market and volatile economy, more than 900 industry and allied professionals earned the CCIM designation last year — a 59 percent increase over 2009. Though no one is predicting a rapid recovery, commercial real

International Expansion 

As commercial real estate continues to evolve into a global industry, CCIM members such as Michael T. Tseng, CCIM, CRE, CRS, chief executive officer of REPro International in Taipei, Taiwan, are helping to expand the designation’s presence worldwide. The first

Investor Insights 

When it comes to investing in today&rsquo s commercial real estate market, industry pro and author Kenneth D. Rosen, CCIM, founder and president of Kendar Realty in Coral Gables, Fla., has some simple advice &ldquo Stick with what you know.&rdquo

LEEDers of the Pack 

As sustainable design gains a foothold in the commercial real estate sector, many industry professionals see this as a chance to become knowledgeable on all things green. While buildings can earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and

Landmark Achievement 

When the National Association of Realtors decided to investigate a new facility in Washington, D.C., it left the investment analysis to an expert a CCIM. As the 2002&ndash 2003 Real Property Operations Committee chair, James L. Helsel Jr., CCIM, CRE,

LEEDing the Way 

Opus Northwest management is incorporating green features into Crescent ridge Corporate Center I, in Minnetonka, Minn., according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s Existing Building guidelines. To stay in the black, commercial real estate owners,

Financing’s Revival 

As much of the commercial real estate market waits in the wings for a cue, multifamily deals continue to capture the spotlight. But as the drama of the economic recession begins to lift, financing sources are auditioning new players for

High-Profile Designation 

CCIM Institute understands that its members are facing greater challenges than ever before. That&rsquo s why the institute has invested time and resources into refining its image, improving and expanding member benefits, and extending the reach of the CCIM brand

International Insider 

While the economy is hampering transaction volume nationwide, international investors remain active and ready to make deals in prime U.S. markets. LyLy Lê Fisher, CCIM, CIPS, broker owner of Fisher & Co. Real Estate in Austin, Texas, specializes in

Industrial Leasing Insights 

Commercial Investment Real Estate asked industrial real estate experts nationwide to share the biggest leasing challenges in their markets and strategies they are using to secure deals. Here’s what they said Kansas City, Mo.Greatest challenge The ownership over leasing paradigm

Finding Value in Vacant Properties 

Despite its run down exterior, the 125 year old brick property located at Kingston, N.Y.'s busiest intersection evokes many fond memories. “Depending upon who you ask in town, it's the old Chevy dealership, a pool hall, an Army Navy recruiting

Learn to Earn 

Though he started out in commercial real estate by managing one 440 unit apartment complex, Beau Beery, CCIM, CPM, vice president of commercial real estate with AMJ of Gainesville in Gainesville, Fla., &ldquo quickly became enthused about the financial potential

Mapping Out the Market 

Distressed is the word almost anyone would use to sum up the current commercial real estate market. But CCIMs like Ron Opfer, director of commercial assets for Coldwell Banker Premier Realty in Henderson, Nev., choose not to view the down

CCIM Spotlight: Knot an Ordinary Deal 

Over the years countless commercial real estate deals have evolved from casual conversations among stu dents taking CCIM courses. In fact many CCIMs form relationships with their classmates that help them make critical