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Solo Success 

Working solo was the right career move for Benedict J. Frederick III, CCIM. “I love what I do. Work is not work. I just get to have fun all day long,” says the founder of Ben Frederick Realty in Baltimore.

Step It Up! 

How&rsquo s business? Pretty simple question isn&rsquo t it? Every day someone asks this or a similar question that seems innocent enough. And, like the vast majority of commercial real estate practitioners, you probably respond with a simple answer &ldquo

Selling a Service 

When people ask me what I do, I tell them I offer a service I help resolve issues that my clients have by disposing of or investing in real estate. I get hired to solve problems. I am in a

Understanding Corporate Structure 

Corporate real estate departments all wrestle with common issues, including how to meet the needs of their internal clients, reduce occupancy costs, and use the corporate assets entrusted to them to drive shareholder value. However, beyond these overriding concerns, corporate

That's Entertainment! 

Donald Eaton, CCIM, CPM, entertains clients in a bucolic setting — on his boat on a New Hampshire lake. Eaton, vice president of Eaton Partners in Manchester, N.H., takes groups of five or six on his 24 foot boat several

Vanishing Vacancy 

As companies began leaving what was once the hub of Telecom Valley in Petaluma, Calif., numerous vacancy signs littered the empty buildings. Despite these vacant properties, builders continued to build, wooing new tenants away from existing landlords by offering modern

Top Appraisal Tips 

Appraisals rarely make or break commercial real estate deals, but they can delay them — much to the consternation of brokers waiting on commission checks. Often the problem is due to the lack or unavailability of critical property information. However,

Connecting With Corporate Clients 

More than ever before, corporations today are outsourcing real estate functions, including strategic planning and financial structuring, transaction management, and design and construction consulting, according to a recent Ernst & Young Real Estate Advisory Services study. But they are steering

The Coaching Experience 

In commercial real estate, the way we focus our time and energy is at the core of designing the future we desire. The old adage that insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting a different outcome is true for

Clicking with Clients 

Nathan F. Anderson, CCIM, SIOR, couldn't tell you what some of his clients look like. It's not necessarily because the industrial sales and leasing specialist with Kessinger Hunter & Co. in Kansas City, Mo., has too many clients to keep

The ABCs of TICs 

Interest in structured tenancy in common ownership as replacement property for 1031 exchanges has grown dramatically since the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Procedure 2002 22 in March 2002. One of the largest TIC deals took place last October when

Thinking Big 

How do they do it? Those brokers and sales agents who operate in small markets or who work solo or with just a partner or two? How do they survive in a market as tough as today’s? Common thought might

Fast-Moving Deals 

Traditionally, commercial property buyers have had 30 days to 60 days to perform due diligence on potential property purchases before putting down sizeable deposits. But in today's competitive climate, diligence periods are shrinking to as few as five days to

From Concept to Reality 

The long term goals of public private real estate partnerships can be noble better downtowns, more livable communities, and a broadened tax base. In addition, these ventures often provide civic minded commercial real estate professionals with opportunities to get in

A Time to Buy 

By now it’s well known The commercial real estate recovery already has begun in core markets, where big deals are closing regularly. But there’s a lot of action in secondary and tertiary markets too. As these transactions illustrate, investors everywhere

Deal or No Deal? 

What's a transaction broker to do? In 2008, commercial real estate deals were down 71 percent from 2007, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Total 2008 volume was only $126 billion, far below 2007's market peak of $437 billion. " This

Asset Management Strategies 

Through the acquisition, management, and sale phases of an investment property, it is up to the commercial real estate consultant to mix instinct and strategy for the benefit of the client. This can be a challenge in the hands on

End-Game Strategies 

Most commercial real estate investors are clear on the benefits of owning income property, but many underestimate the importance of creating an end game strategy for the timely and favorable disposition of their assets. In fact, many investors today find

Mastering Your Future 

Do your clients care what diplomas hang on your office walls? Probably not, say most commercial real estate professionals who responded to an e mail survey on graduate degrees. "An advanced degree means little to a client except as a

Finding Common Ground 

When local university students began calling Midwest Realty Group LLC in Portage, Mich., pretending to be prospective clients for a real estate class assignment, Rick R. DeKam, CCIM, a partner in the office, always could pick them out. Rather than

Secrets of Successful Presentations 

A fantastic presentation doesn't just happen. For all but a few gifted souls, it's a painstakingly mapped out, repeatedly rehearsed performance on which a considerable financial reward hinges. Talk about pressure Anyone can point and click through 15 slides and

The Private Investment Pool 

Last year, national and local private investors purchased more than $60 billion of commercial real estate through November, accounting for more than half of all commercial real estate investment, according to Real Capital Analytics. This makes working with private investors

Walking Tall 

Though Robert M. Mauk, CCIM, isn't a jockey, he spends a great deal of time in the winner's circle. The champions who share the spotlight with Mauk are the thousands of schoolchildren who take part in Winners Walk Tall, a

Personnel Assets 

To recruit and retain talented professionals, commercial real estate companies must recognize that employees are one of their most valuable assets. Highly skilled employees bring companies new business, increase revenues, build strong client relationships, provide referrals, and gain industry recognition.

Looking Good 

Todd Gold, CCIM, president of REOC Partners in San Antonio used to show clients his appreciation by employing typical entertaining methods. "Lunches, breakfasts, broker events, etc. It was nothing extra special," he admits. "Then, someone in the office had the