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CCIM Institute Releases 2014 Designation Course Schedule 

Investment, financial, and market analysis courses are available in classroom and online. The CCIM Institute, the world’s largest network of commercial real estate professionals headquartered in Chicago, has released its 2014 designation curriculum course schedule. The courses, encompassing a wide

Industry Execs Share Market Optimism 

The improving economy, availability of equity capital investment, and increased foreign investment in the U.S. are key reasons why 86 percent of commercial industry executives are feeling more optimistic than last year, according to an Akerman Senterfitt survey. Three hundred

Michigan CCIM Champions New State Tax Law 

Mark A. Baker, CCIM, of Michigan Commercial Properties in Grand Rapids, Mich., ignited the push for new legislation that requires tax collectors to provide proper customer service and communication when dealing with delinquent real estate tax bills. Gov. Richard Snyder

Thriving Economy Spurs CRE Activity in Latin America 

Economic growth, including expansion of office using companies in Peru, Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, and Chile, is spurring commercial real estate investment and transaction activity, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s Latin America Prime Office Market Overview. “Strengthening economies, in several cases

CCIM Experts Lend Insight at Realtors® Commercial Trends Forum 

Two CCIMs discussed economic and financing issues impacting the commercial real estate market. Two CCIM experts offered perspectives on the commercial real estate market's recovery during the Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., May 16. The

Commercial Mortgage Delinquencies Drop in 1Q13 

Commercial mortgage loan delinquencies improved in the first quarter of this year and are expected to continue their decline, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Commercial Multifamily Delinquency Report. “The improving economy and property fundamentals are supporting loan payments and

Federal Tax Policy with Fiscal Cliff Updates 

Federal tax code has not substantially changed for over two decades. 2013 brings a new set of rules and guidelines for all U.S. tax payers. Keep in mind that filing for 2013 is not due until April 2014. Individuals, families,

Healthcare Construction Expected to Jump in 2014 

Join us in Denver October 25 26, 2013, for CCIM Live Reach for New Heights , the CCIM Institute’s annual conference. Network with the industry’s top leaders and attend education sessions examining commercial real estate issues from all angles, including

221 Commercial Real Estate Professionals Earn the Distinctive CCIM Designation 

CCIM Institute, one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world, welcomed 221 new Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designees during its annual meeting in Denver last week. The CCIM Institute confers the CCIM designation, commercial real estate’s

2Q13 NNN Cap Rates Remain at Historic Lows 

Capitalization rates for single tenant net leased assets remained at near record lows in 2Q13, according to the Boulder Group’s 2Q13 Net Lease Market Report (PDF). The retail sector’s national average cap rate dropped 25 basis points to 7.00 percent,

Cap Rates Contract in Auto Parts Sector 

Capitalization rates for auto parts chains, including AutoZone, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, compressed from 4Q11 to 4Q12, according to The Boulder Group’s National Auto Parts Net Lease Report. A shortage of both investment grade assets below $2

Net-Lease Drug Store Cap Rates Decline 

Median asking capitalization rates shrunk for all major net lease drug stores in 4Q12 as minimal supply continues to plague the sector, according to The Boulder Group’s Net Lease Drug Store Report. Cap rates for Rite Aid compressed to 9

U.S. REIT Gains Outpace Equity Market 

U.S. real estate investment trusts continued their upward trajectory in the first four months of the year, according to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts’ May 2013 REIT report. The FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index gained 15.4 percent

Construction Upticks Expected in Asia, India 

Global construction volume is predicted to reach $15 trillion by 2025 with 60 percent of total growth concentrated in China, India, and the U.S., according to a benchmark study by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics. China leads the pack,

Impacts of Federal Tax Changes Explored in CCIM Webinar 

Taxation policy analyst examines potential impacts of legislation on commercial real estate. Evan M. Liddiard, CPA, a National Association of Realtors® senior policy representative on national taxation and 20 year veteran of Capitol Hill, discussed the potential effects federal tax

Government Shutdown Impacts CCIM Members 

As the U.S. government shut down today for the first time since 1995, CCIMs across the nation who work with government agencies are feeling immediate effects. Alex Johnson, CCIM, president and principal broker of Laurex Realty in Plano, Texas, put

Lead Paint in Commercial Buildings-EPA Request for Information 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is exploring new regulations that would create rigorous lead abatement practices in commercial buildings, similar to those that exist for residential properties. These potential new rules would apply to a myriad of real estate industry

154 Commercial Real Estate Professionals Earn the Distinctive CCIM Designation 

Candidates sat for the Institute’s Comprehensive Exam in Chicago and Tokyo, Japan, last week. CCIM Institute, one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world, has awarded 154 commercial real estate professionals the prestigious CCIM designation. During the

Hotel Investment Tops $15 Billion 

Hospitality transactions and property transfers increased slightly in 2012 from the previous year, totaling $15.3 billion, according to Lodging Econometrics’ Winter 2013 U.S. Transaction Trends Report. Blackstone Group’s $1.9 million purchase of the Studio 6 and Motel 6 portfolio from

Study Examines How Communities Can Assist Aging Population 

Communities can better service an advanced age population by sustaining affordable and accessible living fundamentals for this age bracket, according to a MetLife Mature Market Institute Stanford Center on Longevity study. In addition to inexpensive and accessible housing and transportation,

Hotel Sector Expansion Continues 

The hospitality industry is expected to maintain, and in some instances surpass, the record breaking growth it saw in 2012, according to Marcus & Millichap’s 4Q12 National Hospitality Report. Occupancy will jump 70 basis points to nearly 62 percent this

Conditions Improve for Small Deals 

Commercial members of the National Association of REALTORS ® reported gradual improvements in lending and transaction volume in 2013, according to George Ratiu, NAR’s manager of commercial and quantitative research, in a recent NAR Economists’ Outlook blog post. According to

Canadian Multifamily Continues to Perform 

Canada’s multifamily sector continued to see gains in 2012, according to CBRE’s Capital Markets Multi Housing 2013 Annual Report. The overall vacancy rate was a low 2.3 percent at year end, and the country’s national average rental rate grew by

Federal Budgets: Get It While They're Hot 

National coverage of budget proposals is hot. Reviewing each proposal makes the future outlook cold. There are several differences between the House budget, led by Rep. Paul Ryan, and the Senate democrats' budget. The good news is that the two

Corporations Advised to Examine Workplace Quality 

Companies should examine how effectively workplace policies and practices meet the needs of employers and employees, according to CoreNet Global’s corporate real estate industry advocacy statement, which is based on responses from 7,500 CoreNet Global members. Ninety three percent of