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How Much Space Do We Need? 

No company ever seems to have the right amount of office space. Firms grow and shrink throughout the years for many reasons however, they must contract for space over a set lease term of five, 15, or even 20 years.

CCIM Connections 

Faith in RetailThe retail sector continues to reinvent itself to appeal to today’s consumers. No one understands the nuances of this evolution better than Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s retail sales and leasing division in New

A Stronger Asset 

The current economic landscape has assembled an array of factors to structurally change real estate investment standards. The intertwining of the U.S. and global economies, deeper integration of liability and equity markets, and the accelerated adoption of real estate investment

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Richard A. Brugge Jr., CCIM, of Cushman & Wakefield in Tampa, Fla., and a partner represented Prisa Rocky Point FL LLC in the $85.5 million sale of 494,813 sf of office space in Tampa to Parmenter Realty

Medicare Tax Concerns 

The new 3.8 percent Medicare contribution tax on unearned income, effective for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2012, may directly affect many owner operators and other real estate professionals. Passed by Congress in 2010 as part of the Patient

A Bridge to Success 

In a strengthening multifamily market, bridge financing can be an attractive option for investors seeking to acquire or reposition multifamily properties with low occupancy numbers, planned renovations, or other operational challenges. High demand in today’s market has created a scarcity

Market Trends 

Maybe the Worst Is Over? While the number of stores closed in 2012 increased by 9.6 percent over 2011, the amount of retail square footage lost to the market decreased by 28.8 percent, according to the International Council of Shopping

Novel Inspiration 

Commercial real estate may not seem like suspense novel material, but truth can be stranger than fiction, according to literary great Mark Twain. On a quest to follow in his footsteps, Robin Eschliman, CCIM, senior vice president of business development

Medical Office Momentum 

The re election of President Barack Obama and last year’s favorable Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have removed some uncertainty as to whether or not the healthcare law will take effect. While some provisions

Brand Expansion 

One of my key goals this year is to promote the CCIM designation worldwide and the value CCIMs bring to the marketplace. Our organization is made up of a diverse group of commercial real estate professionals who reflect multiple disciplines

Tools to Go Solo 

After working in commercial real estate for 13 years, Chad Grout, CCIM, principal broker at Urban Grout Commercial Real Estate, in Nashville, Tenn., started his own business in 2011. He was driven not only by the challenge and opportunity of

Outlook Is Favorable for Canadian Markets 

The Canadian commercial real estate market is expected to remain on a healthy upswing through year end, according to Avison Young’s 2013 Forecast. The national office vacancy rate in 2012 decreased 0.2 percent from 2011 to 7.1 percent. Western markets

Prospecting 101 

One common thread links the newest CCIM candidate to the most seasoned commercial real estate veteran the need to acquire new clients and maintain existing relationships. Without clients, you don’t have a business, so prospecting is the lifeblood of any

Shopping Center Shift 

For neighborhood and community shopping center owners, it’s a time for reflection. Though they haven’t experienced the numerous headline grabbing store closures plaguing big box and mall owners, they are facing many changes in consumer behavior — and too few

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Retained Life Estates 

This sixth article in a series on real estate gifting issues covers retained life estates. The first five articles cover options when donating real estate, outright donations and bequests, bargain sales, charitable gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts. Commercial real

Five Essential Tips for Working With Inbound Investors 

In “Cross Border Migration,” CCIMs describe the changing inbound investment landscape. But how can U.S. based advisers foster business relationships with international investors? CCIMs offer these five tips. 1. Remember They’re not from here. “Be extremely patient,” says Ernest L.

Deduction Denied 

In the recent case of Joseph Mohamed Sr., et. ux. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2012 52, the U.S. Tax Court determined that a taxpayer and his spouse, after making almost $20 million worth of charitable real estate gifts to qualified

International Beat 

England’s Big Deal Until recently, office acquisitions outside of London were rare. But the sale leaseback of One Angel Square in Manchester, England, for £142 million, about $217 million, by German based RREEF Real Estate, signals that foreign investors are

Development Déjà Vu 

An oil producing formation called the Cline Shale was recently discovered in West Texas. Soon workers descended upon the tertiary cities of Midland and Odessa, drawn by the new oil field jobs. Brian J. O’Boyle, CCIM, managing broker with Apartment

Fast-Growing Fast Casual 

The fast casual food segment may be small, but its growth is outpacing the restaurant industry, attracting new competitors and spurring evolutionary changes from quick service and full service brands. Fast casual sales were about $31 billion in 2012, up

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Andrew Cheney, CCIM, and R. Craig Coppola, CCIM, of Lee & Associates in Phoenix represented Mainspring Capital in the 10 year, more than $24 million lease renewal of the 93,753 sf Corporate at Pima Center Building C

Regional Outlook 

South South Florida’s Big Deals Institutional buyers are dipping into smaller markets for strong retail assets Iowa based Principal Global Investors, along with Woolbright Development in Boca Raton, Fla., purchased the Pompano Marketplace in Pompano Beach, Fla., for around $30

May/June 2013 Online Deal Makers 

Retail Stephen V. Jacquemin, CCIM, of S.J. Financial Group in Ellisville, Mo., represented B Biasbas Real Estate Holding Co. in the more than $2.2 million purchase of a 13,651 sf retail property in St. Louis from St. Louis Investment Properties.

Beyond the E-tail Era 

The sharp rise in e tailing and its game changing impact has created a new normal in the retail real estate sector. Major national retailers are evolving their strategies in an effort to “survive and thrive” in this new market

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Charitable Remainder Trusts 

This fifth article in a series on real estate gifting issues covers charitable remainder trusts. The first four articles cover options when donating real estate, outright donations and bequests, bargain sales, and charitable gift annuities. The first three articles cover