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Analyze This 

When it comes to figuring out different investment scenarios, commercial real estate professionals have a fairly short list of products from which to choose. The product they use depends on the complexity of their deals, or sometimes the size of

Are You E-Savvy? 

Because of the Internet, every aspect of commercial real estate transactions is going to be tipped upside down. I've identified a handful of technology trends that are re engineering our business, from how we get listings, to how we manage

10 Tablet Apps for Commercial Real Estate 

In CIRE’s September October 2011 issue, CCIMs discussed how they use tablets to enhance their business. Most commercial real estate professionals who own tablets are familiar with listing service apps such LoopNet and CoStarGo, but we asked CCIMs to share

Biotech Boom 

Nearly five years have passed since the high tech boom and bust. Emerging from the dust is a more mature, focused industry that offers unexpected opportunities for commercial real estate professionals. This special Web series offers a look at what's

Excel at Financial Analysis Calculations 

Editor’s note While industry trends come and go, some investment principles remain infinitely valuable for commercial real estate professionals. A version of this article, originally published in the September October 2000 issue, is the most viewed article on Commercial Investment

Finding the Right Site 

Technology, competition, speed to market, and a highly fragmented consumer marketplace have changed the world of retail site selection. On top of that, e commerce still wages the shopping war of bricks vs. clicks. But despite these changes, many fundamentals

Dive Into Digital Imaging 

Remember when a camera and a roll of film were all that was needed to take photographs for use with property listings and presentation materials? Times have changed. Today, digital cameras and scanners, coupled with computers, various software programs, and

High-Tech Productivity 

Despite ongoing laments about the speed at which everyone must adapt to continually evolving high technology tools, the fact remains that those who refuse to keep abreast of new technology appear destined to be dusted by it. Indeed, for commercial

The Google Solution 

“As a sole practitioner, I’ve searched for the best way to sync e mail, contacts, and calendars on my desktop, laptop, and smartphone,” says Joel Kahn, CCIM, owner of Equity Alliance in Bedford, N.H., and senior technology consultant with CCIM

Holding Hands With Handhelds 

An e mail survey of commercial real estate professionals who use personal digital assistants reads like a wish list for Santa Claus. Many industry people — especially those on the road — are tired of juggling PDAs, pagers, laptops, cell

Digital Decisions 

In a profession that relies on sight as well as smarts, commercial real estate practitioners have taken to digital cameras like ducks to water. The main advantage of digital is immediacy. Moments after the shutter is pushed, you can view

Inspect These Gadgets 

Jay R. Lucas, CCIM, president of CCIM Technologies in Dallas, recently went to a prospect’s office to present four properties. He began to set up his laptop in the crowded presentation room when he noticed something was missing the projector.

It's Still About the Client 

Recent technology innovations have helped commercial real estate professionals become more effective and efficient at their jobs. Tablets and cloud computing provide greater mobility. Business social networks increase knowledge sharing, and customer relation management tools, combined with greater access to

More Power to You 

There you are, stuck in traffic, calling your client to explain, and your cell phone dies. While waiting for a weather delayed flight, you catch up on e mail correspondence until your notebook nods off. Working in a restaurant between

PDF Security 

Commercial real estate brokers share information daily with their clients, fellow agents, lenders, attorneys, and other industry professionals. Due to the need for rapid communication and information access, e mail and various online services quickly are replacing traditional communication methods,

Understanding E-mail Etiquette 

E mail is useful during all stages of the broker client relationship, from initial contact to when the deal is closed. To ensure your messages are clear and professional, use these fundamental e mail etiquette guidelines. Be Professional. "E mail

Software Buyers Guide:Investment Analysis 

Argus 11.1 www.realm.com products argus_main.html Features Argus allows users to create valuation models that calculate cash flows, structure debt terms, perform sensitivity analyses, and produce Microsoft Excel reports. The latest version features custom data overviews, high quality report packaging, enhanced

Plugging Into Productivity 

In an increasingly wired world, commercial real estate practitioners are figuring out how to adapt. Today, deals happen at warp speed the marketplace is local and global at the same time, and the amount of information available online seems practically

Tech in Check? 

Your information technology manager gives you a ballpark estimate for adding transaction management software to your intranet. Your marketing person wants to use an e mail blast service to target 1031 exchange clients. Your office manager tells you the color

Can You See Me Now? 

Camera phones may not be on the cutting edge in terms of picture quality, but that doesn't stop savvy commercial real estate professionals from using them to improve their business. From marketing to documenting information and even keeping track of

Who Triumphed at the Technology Shootout? 

At the ReFocus CCIM conference in October, 10 exhibitors took part in the Technology Shootout Facilitating the Transaction session. Each exhibitor had 10 minutes to explain why their product is an indispensable weapon in a CCIM’s deal making arsenal. The

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

Wired for the Future 

When the so called Internet economy emerged in the late 1990s, a new and lucrative market for technology intensive real estate opened up for property developers. The companies that were the driving force behind the dot com revolution demanded extensive

Beyond Basic Training 

“Sara is the lifeblood. She makes the wheels go round,” says Brown Bethune, CCIM, senior sales associate at Prudential Burroughs & Chapin Realty, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., about Sara P. Jones, his office's administrative assistant. “She keeps us out in

High-Tech Note Taking 

At the Fall 2000 Comdex show in Las Vegas, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates unveiled prototypes of a new portable personal computer called the tablet PC. Two years later, seven computer manufacturers launched their versions of the product. While some computer