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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

Tech Support 

Though rumored to be technological slowpokes, many commercial real estate professionals are on the fast track when it comes to integrating technology into their businesses. But with a constant stream of new products and services, how do you determine which

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

Tech:Take 2 

Tech is back. And it's coming to a market near you. Out in Silicon Valley, Calif., the venture capital angels are rustling their wings as they search for new bioscience companies to fund. Down in the Telecom Corridor of Richardson,

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

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.

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

MailBridge Delivers 

Now more than ever, CCIM designees are leveraging their technology oriented member benefits to create and strengthen deal making opportunities. MailBridge, a preference matching e mail marketing and information platform, is one of the CCIM Institute&rsquo s most useful &mdash

Lease Logistics 

As investors seek capital support from public markets, accounting procedures for all types of leased properties have come under closer scrutiny. Lease administration software programs record and track lease information as well as perform necessary accounting, basic analysis, and reporting

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

Mapping a Better Presentation 

Today’s desktop mapping software goes far beyond the simple programs that produce directional maps to guide potential buyers to property sites. In fact, if that’s all you’re looking for in a mapping program, use one of the free on line

A Man(ager)'s Best Friend 

Like dogs and their owners, property managers and their software choices seem to share certain characteristics that defy explanation. However, matching up property managers and programs can be as dangerous as recommending pit bulls to beagle lovers. Choosing the right

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

Cutting the Cord 

Tired of tripping over computer cables in your office? Is the lack of a conference room broadband connection hampering client presentations? If so, it's time you considered going wireless. Wireless networks let commercial real estate professionals access company files, print

Digital Dynamos 

A proliferation of feature laden personal digital assistants and smartphones crowds today's market. Each successive model integrates more capabilities as manufacturers grope for the right combination of price, features, and form. In addition to providing basic PDA functions, many of

The eBay Effect 

Once thought to be a sales tactic best suited for distressed and hard to market properties, auctions are gaining ground in today's market as an efficient and effective disposition strategy. In fact, the National Association

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

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

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

Excel at Financial-Analysis Calculations 

Solving time value of money problems commonly encountered in the financial analysis of commercial real estate investments can be accomplished quickly and accurately with the aid of computer spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. Specifically, Excel can calculate discounted cash

Warehouses Think Big 

If you asked a commercial real estate industry outsider to describe a warehouse, most likely he would answer "cramped, dark, and dusty." In today's industrial market, that reply is far from the truth. New warehouses are mammoth concrete structures through

REDEX Rolls Out 

On March 31, CCIM TECH launched CCIMREDEX, an online property listing and marketing database that is poised to revolutionize the way CCIM designees and candidates do business. Commercial Investment Real Estate asked Todd Kuhlmann, CCIM, vice president of Dallas based

Revolutionize Your Work 

How do you catch up with commercial real estate professionals who are ahead on the technology curve? In a word, change. Change How You Work. "I use technology big time," says Stefan M. Cihylik, CCIM, a broker with the Frederick

REDEX Extras 

Roll out the red carpet CCIMREDEX, CCIM Institute&rsquo s real estate data exchange platform, has arrived. In addition to a host of listing services, this newest member benefit also integrates several marketing and analysis programs that offer discounted (and sometimes