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The Dreaded Reverse Starker Exchange 

In 1991, when the Treasury Department issued reams of new regulations on how to structure an acceptable tax deferred exchange, many thought that nearly every conceivable exchange question had been addressed. Not so. The regulations provide extensive detail on deferred

Exclusive-Use Covenants Often Restrict Retail Leases 

Exclusives, or restrictions imposed upon the permitted activities of tenants for the benefit of an anchor or other significant tenant, are fairly common in retail leases. A recent case decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of

Buyers Guide(21) 

Robo Reserves Weighing a little more than six pounds, Drobo, a data storage robot, automatically backs up documents, spreadsheets, photos, music, and other vulnerable computer files. The device can hold up to 16 terabytes of data in four serial advanced

Deal Makers(23) 

Industrial Gerard J. Keating, CCIM, SIOR, of NAI Hiffman in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., represented Potlatch Corp. in a more than $30 million, 624,719 sf build to suit distribution center lease in Elwood, Ill., from CenterPoint Properties Trust. Darrell Okada, CCIM,

A Healthy Disposition 

Medical office buildings enjoyed healthy transaction activity in 2010. Sales volume increased by 80 percent over 2009, according to Real Capital Analytics. MOB acquisitions totaled more than $3.1 billion in volume by year end. MOBs have attracted a great deal

Deal Makers(5) 

OfficeBIG Deal Christopher R. Fox, CCIM, of Gateway Commercial Cushman & Wakefield in Clayton, Mo., and a partner represented an undisclosed seller in the $39.7 million sale of a 232,521 sf office building in Maryland Heights, Mo., to a private

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

Deal Makers(9) 

OfficeTimothy C. Macker Jr., CCIM, of Coldwell Banker Commercial in Los Angeles and two partners represented the seller, Palrock 520 Broadway, and the buyer, a private investor, in the $75 million sale of the 113,000 sf 520 Broadway building in

Depreciation Correction Catch-Up Offers Significant Deductions 

In certain situations, a taxpayer may be able to file amended returns and benefit from tax recovery plus interest. Under a blanket consent provided by Rev. Proc. 96 31, 1996 20 IRB 11, taxpayers now can correct certain erroneous depreciation

A Fresh Angle 

Aerial property images play a key role in commercial real estate marketing. They provide a wealth of information about the nature of a property and the surrounding area. And the right kind of imagery not only facilitates the sale of

Greening to Compete 

Are sustainability and energy efficiency upgrades playing a role in today&rsquo s down commercial real estate market? Definitely, say those in the field. &ldquo I recently lost a 20,000 square foot office tenant to a Silver LEED Leadership in Energy

Global Perspective: Russia's Retail Market 

Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine asked Andrey Vasyutkin, chief of GVA Sawyer’s shopping and entertainment consulting department in Moscow, how Russia’s retail market is performing amidst the global recession. CIRE What retail sectors are performing well despite the global economic

Connect With Colleagues 

In today’s commercial real estate industry, sharpening your skills and building your network are essential to remain competitive in the marketplace. The CCIM & IREM Success Series 2007 conference, Oct. 19–20 in San Antonio, is an ideal opportunity to achieve

Developer Plots New Story Line for Adult Movie Theater 

An adult movie theater isn't everyone's idea of a good investment. When Juan Creixell, CCIM, president of CSA Realty Group in Austin, Texas, learned that the notorious Cinema West building was for sale, however, he jumped on the opportunity. In

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

Click With Caution 

The statute of frauds, which dates back to 17th century England and continues in some form in every state, requires that contracts for the transfer of real estate interests and for the sale of goods above a certain dollar amount

The Downsizing of Corporate America 

Corporate America is scrambling to compete in a global economy. As CEOs in corporate board rooms refocus on the bottom line, they're looking hard at real estate. Instead of just another cost of doing business, corporate real estate is taking

The Case for Conversion 

In today&rsquo s economy, owning or leasing your own building is a luxury that few companies can afford. Most corporate real estate budgets have been slashed and companies are cautious with the dollars they spend and the real estate they

Finding a Foreign Focus 

Building a business in a foreign country is not the easiest path to take in commercial real estate, especially in a place like China that offers so many barriers to entry language, political structure, and cultural disposition to name a

Get Ready for the Euro 

With the implementation of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) on January 1, 1999, Europe will enter a new monetary era, when the currencies of 11 European nations permanently will be pegged to the new euro. The charter nations are

Economic Development Organizations Foster Land Deals 

A few CCIMs are finding opportunities to broker land deals by working with quasi governmental entities responsible for promoting job creation in their communities. Just ask James Mascaro, CCIM, eastern region development director of DP Partners in Harrisburg, Pa. Mascaro’s

Fore! Cast 

While Tiger Woods is the most recent golfer to capture the nation's affections, it's John and Jane Doe who have developers' attention, as a large number of players teeing off nationwide has helped spur myriad new golf course development and

Evaluating Appraisals 

During most commercial real estate sale transactions, an appraiser is required to value the property and issue a report. However, both experienced and new users of appraisal services often are not aware of the type of report they need and

Going Green 101 

Recently, Dustin C. Gellman, CCIM, chief executive officer of GreenPoint Partners in Chicago, and former CCIM President Richard E. Juge, CCIM, SIOR, cofounder of GreenPoint Partners and president of Re Max Commercial Brokers in Metairie, La., discussed some of the

Drop the Puck! 

As a native Minnesotan and a Minnesota Wild fan &mdash with a son who plays hockey &mdash I can&rsquo t help but view the current real estate investment market as a financial hockey game. Buyers and sellers are squaring off