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National Flood Insurance Program Update 

In 2012, the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act (“the Act”) was enacted. The goal of this legislation was to stabilize and revise the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Provisions of the Act will roll out in stages, including some

Hotel Development Remains Sluggish 

The hotel construction pipeline continues to grow, albeit at a very sluggish pace, and is expected to remain in slow growth mode through early 2014, according to the fall 2013 Lodging Econometrics Lodging Real Estate Trends report. Political and economic

Office Outlook: Vacancy Declines, Rents Rise in 2014 

Office vacancy across the U.S. is expected to continue declining next year, dropping approximately 80 basis points to 14.3 percent by year end, according a CBRE Group office market outlook. The positive trend is expected to continue into 2015 with

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

Is Video Worth It? 

From shoes to cars to houses, industries are embracing product videos. They give consumers a chance to view before they buy. For businesses, videos provide an opportunity to control the marketing message, are easily shared, and provide details beyond pictures

Market Trends 

Invest in Detroit Now Despite the dire bankruptcy headlines, the time to buy in downtown Detroit is now, if Dan Gilbert hasn’t already bought it. Since 2007, the founder of Quicken Loans moved his corporate headquarters and 7,000 employees from

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Paul B. Natalizio, CCIM, of Cornerstone Realty Capital in Stoneham, Mass., arranged the $29 million financing of a 100 unit multifamily property in Boston for the Mount Vernon Co. Multifamily Big Deal Robert G. Lowe, CCIM, of

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.

Inspired Entrepreneur 

As an experienced marathon runner, David P. Ellermann, CCIM, managing broker owner of Ellermann Commercial Brokerage in Chicago, knows the importance of pacing yourself to reach the finish line. Yet his path to the designation, which he earned in just

Cap Rate Calculations Today 

Since the market crash five years ago, CCIMs and other commercial real estate professionals have been asked far too often, “What is it worth?” With a paucity of sales from which to extract investment benchmarks, many of us were limited

International Beat 

Singapore’s Big Deal The Hong Kong based Park Hotel Group sold the Park Hotel Clarke Quay in Singapore to Ascendas Hospitality Trust for $238 million, or around $700,000 per room, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. The sale tops the list

Retail Remodel 

In today’s slowly improving economy, retail success depends upon regularly updating the customer experience and a constant focus on managing occupancy costs. One way to accomplish both of these goals is to combine store remodeling campaigns with commercial lease restructuring

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

Follow the Money 

If you are like many commercial real estate brokers these days, 85 percent of your transactions are lease deals and only 15 percent are sales. Purchase transactions are often a frustrating secondary source of income, as closings are harder to

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

Technology’s Influence on Industrial Real Estate 

The market for industrial real estate is changing rapidly due in part to consumers’ use of emerging technologies. The cost, speed, and mobility of retrieving information and new infrastructure to quicken the pace of transporting and delivering goods to consumers

Cross-Border Migration 

As the immigration debate raged in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, inbound international investors were quietly establishing themselves as big players in the Federal City’s commercial real estate market. Cross border investment in the District of Columbia jumped 83.3 percent

Modern Logistics 

The Great Recession jolted real estate markets, which are still feeling the aftershocks. While the industrial real estate market is seeing strong signs of recovery, to understand today’s investing environment, we must look at the changes since 2008. Post Crash

September/October Online Deal Makers 

Retail Joseph Belinske IV, CCIM, of the Reichle Klein Group in Toledo, Ohio, represented DFG South Haven LLC in the $2.3 million purchase of a 40,040 sf retail strip center in South Haven, Mich., from Equity Alliance of South Haven

Arizona CCIMs Succeed in Battle Against Metal Theft 

The rise in metal theft is a $1 billion problem plaguing property owners, tenants, and contractors as well as municipalities and state governments across the country. The Southern Arizona CCIM Chapter, whose members and their clients were suffering financial losses

Office Sector Records Best Quarter Since 2007 

U.S. office markets achieved pre recession numbers in 4Q12 as markets absorbed 20.1 million square feet of office space, 13 msf more than the previous quarter, according to Cassidy Turley’s preliminary 4Q12 office report. Despite the economic uncertainty caused by

Sequestration Commences 

Much to the dismay of many Americans, $85 billion in sequester “cuts” began on March 2. “Sequestration” is the term that refers to automatic spending cuts across the board of federal agencies totaling $85 billion in 2013. This is a

Development Outlook Improves for 2014 

Commercial construction is expected to strengthen after modest gains in the second half of the year are predicted to continue into 2014. Overall nonresidential construction spending is forecast to rise 7.6 percent next year, according to the American Institute of

CCIM Institute's New Online Courses Designed to Expand Market Knowledge and Skills 

Ward Center for Real Estate Studies launches four new topics for industry professionals. A global leader in commercial real estate education and networking, CCIM Institute is launching four new online courses aimed at building communication skills, using high tech marketing

Industrial Sector Poised for More Growth in 2014 

The industrial sector is projected to lead commercial real estate in both investment and development potential in 2014, according to PWC Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014. The report aggregates perspectives from more than 1,000 commercial real