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Power of the Pin 

Though he is based in the small market of Champaign, Ill., Alex Ruggieri, CCIM, vice president of Sperry Van Ness Ramshaw Smith Co., knows the value of thinking big. Ruggieri, who consistently ranks in Sperry Van Ness&rsquo top 10 percent

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

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

Redefining GSA Leases 

While few see an upside to the down economy, this turbulent cycle has prompted many commercial real estate companies to evaluate the efficiency of their business processes. The federal government is no exception. Earlier this year, the U.S. General Services

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

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

Office Optimism 

There are many reasons why today's national office market is inching along at a snail's pace compared to the lightning speed it was moving at less than 12 months ago. The credit squeeze, economic turbulence, and capital market volatility are

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

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.,

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

Let's Make a Deal 

A longtime client has asked for your help in selling one of its out of state properties. You're not licensed in that state and haven't worked with any brokers in that market. Potential buyers are ready to deal and your

Leasing Large 

Many commercial real estate pros spend their careers searching for a business changing transaction, but few expect to find it while biking through the neighborhood. Yet that's how Michael Hoadley, CCIM, president of Spinnaker Real Estate Ventures LLC in Chicago,

CCIM Spotlight: Rebuilding a City 

Condominium conversions were hot last year, and like many commercial real estate investors, Quentin D. Dastugue, CCIM, chief executive officer of Property One in New Orleans, and his partners transformed one of their apartment complexes into for sale units. Sales

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

Learn to Earn 

Though he started out in commercial real estate by managing one 440 unit apartment complex, Beau Beery, CCIM, CPM, vice president of commercial real estate with AMJ of Gainesville in Gainesville, Fla., &ldquo quickly became enthused about the financial potential

Landmark Achievement 

When the National Association of Realtors decided to investigate a new facility in Washington, D.C., it left the investment analysis to an expert a CCIM. As the 2002&ndash 2003 Real Property Operations Committee chair, James L. Helsel Jr., CCIM, CRE,

LEEDers of the Pack 

As sustainable design gains a foothold in the commercial real estate sector, many industry professionals see this as a chance to become knowledgeable on all things green. While buildings can earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and

Niche Knack 

When it comes to commercial real estate brokerage, the days of trying to be everything to everyone are numbered, experts say. Instead, many commercial real estate professionals are discovering a wide range of opportunities in narrow niches. “Today's broker must

High-Profile Designation 

CCIM Institute understands that its members are facing greater challenges than ever before. That&rsquo s why the institute has invested time and resources into refining its image, improving and expanding member benefits, and extending the reach of the CCIM brand

Industrial Leasing Insights 

Commercial Investment Real Estate asked industrial real estate experts nationwide to share the biggest leasing challenges in their markets and strategies they are using to secure deals. Here’s what they said Kansas City, Mo.Greatest challenge The ownership over leasing paradigm

Leading the Charge 

Despite the turbulent commercial real estate market and volatile economy, more than 900 industry and allied professionals earned the CCIM designation last year — a 59 percent increase over 2009. Though no one is predicting a rapid recovery, commercial real

LEEDing the Way 

Opus Northwest management is incorporating green features into Crescent ridge Corporate Center I, in Minnetonka, Minn., according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s Existing Building guidelines. To stay in the black, commercial real estate owners,

Investor Insights 

When it comes to investing in today&rsquo s commercial real estate market, industry pro and author Kenneth D. Rosen, CCIM, founder and president of Kendar Realty in Coral Gables, Fla., has some simple advice &ldquo Stick with what you know.&rdquo

International Expansion 

As commercial real estate continues to evolve into a global industry, CCIM members such as Michael T. Tseng, CCIM, CRE, CRS, chief executive officer of REPro International in Taipei, Taiwan, are helping to expand the designation’s presence worldwide. The first

International Insider 

While the economy is hampering transaction volume nationwide, international investors remain active and ready to make deals in prime U.S. markets. LyLy Lê Fisher, CCIM, CIPS, broker owner of Fisher & Co. Real Estate in Austin, Texas, specializes in