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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

Standing Out Online 

In the early 1990s, many commercial real estate professionals perceived the Internet as a distant technological galaxy that would never impact their daily business. Yet in less than a decade, the industry has succumbed to the Web's gravitational pull Today

Tax Squeeze 

The feeble transaction market is pushing commercial real estate professionals to expand their scope to include non transaction services that clients need in today&rsquo s shaky economy. Tax consultation, particularly property valuation protests, is a recession resistant service that is

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

Retail Buys Into Green 

When commercial real estate pros think about energy efficient buildings, what usually comes to mind are sleek office properties with state of the art mechanical and structural systems. But office isn&rsquo t the only segment getting into green. Some retail

Why Go Green? 

Federal, state, and local governments are giving commercial real estate developers and owners many reasons to consider going green, mostly in the form of financial and tax incentives. The U.S. Energy Act of 2005 provides a number of incentives for

Think Before You Brand 

Most commercial real estate companies have similar goals serve clients well, achieve profitability, grow the business. While identifying your company's goals is important, determining how effectively you are reaching your intended audience is just as critical. "Businesses have a vision

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.,

Retail's New Reality 

Imagine you’ve been cast to star in a new deal making reality TV show. The objective is to outwit the competition, overcome obstacles out of your control, and complete as many deals as possible — or risk elimination from the

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

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

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

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

TIC Talk 

The explosion of tenancy in common transactions has been a hot topic among commercial real estate professionals for several years now. TIC investors will purchase between $5 billion and $10 billion of real estate in 2006 alone, industry

Today’s Office Tenets 

Though commercial real estate is rapidly becoming a globalized industry, many factors affecting it remain rooted in local economies. Now more than ever, market specific drivers such as companies’ expansion plans, shadow space availability, job creation, and even traffic congestion

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

2004 Compensation Trends 

The CCIM designees and candidates who responded to Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine's recent compensation survey provide a glimpse of their earning power in the industry. The online survey, which was conducted in April, tracked 653 respondents' annual income, income

Written Results 

The seller’s paradise of yesterday has evaporated, leaving a bid ask gap that turns many of today’s deals to dust. To help bring sellers’ expectations in line with the current market, industry pros such as George C. Larsen, CCIM, principal

CCIM Spotlight: Honor Role 

Career education is a lifelong process for many commercial real estate professionals. However, for Mark L. Levine, CCIM, CIPS, MAI, director and professor at the University of Denver's Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate & Construction Management in Denver,

Team Works 

It often takes a team to cinch a commercial real estate deal, with each player bringing unique skills to the transaction. Over the years, Jane C. Doggett, CCIM, a broker with Highwoods Properties, and Carter Worthy, CCIM, broker owner of

Brand-Name Recognition 

Establishing a unique identity in today's marketplace is a challenge, particularly in the competitive commercial real estate world. How can you stand out among the bevy of local and national companies vying for business in your market? While service and

Business Beyond Borders 

Commercial real estate increasingly is becoming a global business. At CCIM Institute’s 2004 conference, Albert S. P. Wong, CCIM, CIPS, Silvia G. Gangel, CCIM, and Colin Fox, CCIM, participated in a roundtable discussion on conducting business in three rapidly growing

Catching a Deal 

The small fish in a big pond isn&rsquo t always a bad catch, especially when that fish offers a one of a kind investment opportunity in a top tier U.S. office market. While some commercial real estate pros might

Energy Wise 

Green long has been corporate America's favorite color but not just because it's the color of money. Industry giants ranging from General Electric to Wal Mart are experimenting with eco friendly designs to boost their public images and become more