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Clear the Air 

From asbestos to lead based paint, environmental problems and their associated risks always have been a concern in the commercial real estate industry. Today, property owners and investors can add vapor intrusion to that list of worries. An indoor air

FHA Facts 

In today’s tight credit market, multifamily owners and developers are challenged with finding financing that works now as well as in the uncertain future. In such turbulent times, the Federal Housing Administration loan programs serve as good, reliable sources of

Investment Strategies Resource Guide 

CCIM Q&A Written Results Sellers respond to this CCIM&rsquo s comprehensive offers. Jan.Feb.09 Investment Analysis Exchange Your Strategy Investors should consider alternatives to 1031 transactions. Nov.Dec.08 Group Investment Insights A survey of CCIMs reveals the latest trends in syndication management.

Finding Financing in Today's Market 

As the national overview indicates, multifamily is still an active property sector however, financing for transactions remains difficult. In this regional roundup, CCIMs nationwide share strategies for securing multifamily financing in their markets. New York "It's important to be aligned

Just Due It 

The current economy and the lack of available credit have created a new paradigm for commercial real estate investors. Many lenders are indicating that, in the future, an appraisal won’t be enough to obtain financing Market feasibility studies will be

A Changing Market Requires Changing Strategies 

The world in terms of acquiring multifamily properties has changed a great deal since last fall. Debt and equity providers have made major adjustments in their expectations and underwriting criteria. But multifamily borrowers are fortunate that Fannie Mae and Freddie

April Online Deal Makers 

OfficeMatthew T. McKeever, CCIM, of Cushman & Wakefield in Orlando, Fla., represented Orlando Sentinel Communications Co. in the more than 5 year, more than $2 million lease of 15,000 sf of office space in Orlando to an undisclosed lessee. John

CCIMs Shape Policy 

While we have watched Wall Street and auto industry executives ask the U.S. Congress for financial bailouts, the commercial real estate industry continues to suffer from its own paralyzing crisis. The severity of the capital markets freeze gives new urgency

Deal Makers(35) 

Industrial BIG Deal J. Jeffrey Castell, CCIM, of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker in Indianapolis and Kevin H. Huchingson, CCIM, of Colliers Dickson Flake Partners in Little Rock, Ark., represented Caterpillar in the more than $25 million purchase of a 715,000

A Tale of Two Hoteliers 

As Charles Dickens once wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” In a career that exceeds 27 years, this transaction rates as the most difficult, psychologically exhausting, intellectually stimulating, messy, and dare I say

Distressed Property Acquisitions 

Although disarray in the lending markets has inhibited commercial property acquisition nationally, opportunities to acquire distressed properties, especially in the multifamily sector, abound. However, before hurrying into a deal, prospective buyers should take protective measures to guard against the inherent

International Beat(16) 

Markets to Watch Shanghai, China — Normally a thriving office market, Shanghai office demand slowed in 3Q08 due to the global economic slump. With vacancies reaching 9.8 percent, prime rental rates stayed flat at 9.9 renminbi ($1.44) per square meters

International Beat(15) 

Markets to WatchJapan – The highest rates reported since December 2004, vacancy rates for class A and class S (class A landmark properties) in Tokyo rose to 3.5 percent and 6.0 percent, respectively, in 4Q08, reports CB Richard Ellis. The

A New Business Plan 

In our current economy, it’s important that commercial investment real estate professionals devise a new business plan to survive, both now and in the future. Currently, business planning is less about expansion and more about survival as customers, vendors, and

Multifamily Federal Financing Guide 

The commercial mortgage backed securities market, which in recent years represented up to 66 percent of all commercial loans, has ceased to exist. This means the universe of commercial real estate debt currently outstanding now must be squeezed into a

MOBs Go Green 

Adding green features to to commercial real estate properties has become a mainstream trend in the industry. And while all major property sectors have jumped on the green bandwagon, several niche markets also are beginning to realize the benefits of

Top Deals 

As predicted, 2008 was not an easy year for CCIMs. But despite the challenges, they still closed transactions in every commercial real estate sector and in every U.S. region. Commercial Investment Real Estate received more than $3.4 billion in deals

Wrangling Opportunity 

Just as the golden leaves of the Aspen trees blanketed Colorado’s Rocky Mountains last fall, the U.S. financial markets began a historically rapid descent into dormancy. Why then would John Meltzer, CCIM, CRE, president of Meltzer Properties in Ouray, Colo.,

Seeking Sustainability 

"You can’t just say, ‘I’m going to do green stuff,’ ” says Rick Walker, vice president of sustainability services for Transwestern in Milwaukee. “You need to be specific about what it means to be green.” With more commercial real estate

Restructuring Infrastructure 

The infrastructure sector has become an increasingly popular investment class in recent years. While countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom already have established infrastructure platforms to facilitate private capital flows, investing in U.S. infrastructure has been relatively

Deal or No Deal? 

What's a transaction broker to do? In 2008, commercial real estate deals were down 71 percent from 2007, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Total 2008 volume was only $126 billion, far below 2007's market peak of $437 billion. " This

Regional Outlook(29) 

National Stats Most Improved Hospitality Markets (1 08–9 08) Market Index Value (measures changes in room supply and demand, ADR, and RevPAR) New Orleans 111.6 San Francisco 104.7 New York 103.3 Houston 102.7 Denver 101.9 Source Marcus & Millichap Research

Buyers Guide(29) 

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CCIM Career News 

Daniel Canvasser, CCIM, of Grubb & Ellis Co. in Southfield, Mich., has been promoted to office group senior associate.  Donald Catalano, CCIM, president of Corporate Realty Consultants in Commack, N.Y., donated a van to the Disabled American Veterans Association.Charles C.

CCIM Spotlight(3) 

From left Michael R. Shelton, CCIM, Steven W. Moreira, CCIM, Julie LaBelle, CCIM, Philip T. Spinney, CCIM, Brian Stoll, and Fred Passarelli. In summer 2004, commercial real estate was