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New Year, New Tools 

While many outside the industry assume that commercial real estate is all about location, location, location, CCIMs realize that the three most critical factors in transactions really are location, demographics, and timing. A variety of mapping and demographics programs are

Online Tools Help Brokers Effectively Manage Time and Communications 

Brokers constantly are on the go — visiting sites, researching properties, preparing documents, and meeting with clients. To successfully accomplish all of these tasks, communication and time management skills are essential. Yet sometimes even seasoned real estate pros struggle to

For Hire Online 

When Carol T. Kellogg, CCIM, moved to Charlotte, N.C., in November 2004, she worked with several local executive search groups to find a job. It was a frustrating experience. “I worked with four headhunters, but none of them had real

Wireless Technology Is the Way to Go 

This could be considered a breakout year in technology, according to industry professionals who attended Comdex, the world's largest technology convention, in November in Las Vegas. Unlike the recent past, this show introduced a whole new generation of technology and,

Survey Gauges How Commercial Real Estate Companies Use Technology 

Last December, CCIM Institute and the Institute of Real Estate Management conducted an online member survey to gauge how much commercial real estate companies invest in technology. The survey's main goal was to understand the correlation between companies' technology investments

Save Time Online 

Technology can help busy commercial real estate professionals achieve more work in less time. Online applications in particular improve productivity and profitability. Three of the top timesaving tools on CCIM's STDBOnline (www. stdbonline.com) are no exception. Learn how these new

Beyond Demographics 

Access to consumer information has improved the site selection process, but in today’s competitive market, traditional demographics may not provide the most complete picture of a trade area’s potential. Commercial real estate professionals can obtain more accurate assessments of

Following Leads 

Unlike in the past, today's tech savvy commercial real estate clients expect online strategies to be part of their brokers' overall marketing plans. In fact, most clients realize that static Web sites and e mailed listings no longer are enough

Listen Up 

Podcasts, or digital media files, are a convenient, cost effective way for commercial real estate professionals to reach existing clients, attract new business, and demonstrate the value of their companies’ intellectual property. Businesses also can use podcasts to communicate with

Preparing for the Next Internet Age 

Commercial real estate professionals learned in the late 1980s and early 1990s to repackage their services to deal with a market downturn. Other industries, too, remade themselves as market forces demanded. Many employees of large oil companies who lost their

Redefine Online 

In the past decade, thousands of commercial real estate Web sites have appeared online as companies learned how to structure information, communicate with clients, and promote their capabilities electronically. But now that Web sites are de rigueur marketing tools, it's

Mobile Internet Access Opens Business Doors From Anywhere 

Mobile Internet access is an important strategy for commercial real estate professionals to consider in an increasingly technological world. Hundreds of different devices that access the Internet now exist, freeing people from their desks. This not only has profound implications

The Analysis Advantage 

Analyzing property investment opportunities based only on available market information, generalized market predictions, and gut instincts can lead to what commercial real estate professionals may think are the best decisions for their clients. But these strategies can be risky, particularly

Why Go Wireless? 

New York's 2.8 million square foot Time Warner Center and Rockefeller Center concourse have implemented in building wireless systems that can help achieve increased tenant occupancy and retention and higher lease rates. On the operations side, building owners and managers

Video Primer 

As sites like YouTube continue to grow, commercial real estate professionals are starting to see results from Web video marketing. For example, when our company, Duemelands Commercial, includes videos for new retail property sales listings on our Web site, we

Speeding Up Internet Connections 

For too long, the answer to the question of how fast your Internet connection should be has hovered between modems that transmit 28.8 kilobytes per second and modems that transmit 56 kbps. Before that, the choice was between 14.4 kbps

Wireless Technology Will Improve Buildings' Functionality 

The technology that commercial properties use to control their energy, security, facilities, and management systems is ever changing. This year, advances in combining wireless local area networks with the use of Internet appliances signals a quantum leap in the property

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

On Location 

As social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter become more popular around the globe, real estate professionals are exploring ways to leverage the potential power of these tools. Recent trends indicate that the next wave of social networking has

Technological Crossroads: Deciding Which Cyber Paths to Take 

More than a few commercial real estate veterans have fretted about being made obsolete by technology and the Internet. It wasn't just the fear of not knowing how to master a powerful computer the very industry itself has been changing

Rev Up Your Business With High-Speed Internet Access 

It wasn't so long ago that 14.4 kilobytes per second modems were the norm. However, speeds quickly have progressed past 28.8 kps and 56 kps to integrated services digital network &mdash or ISDN &mdash lines, digital subscriber lines, cable modems,

Face Time 

Web based videoconferencing can help brokers build stronger and more personal client relationships. Videoconferencing is similar to telephone conference calls except all parties can see each other via Web cameras and have the option to use voice over Internet protocol,

Paperless Payoff 

Facing an overwhelming number of files and documents to scan, some commercial real estate professionals resist converting their brokerage from paper to digital, hoping for an easier solution. However, those looking to increase services while gaining a competitive advantage may

Software Suite Updated for 2000 

There’s a new Microsoft Office suite in town, and if you didn’t run out and purchase this software when it first hit the shelves in late summer, you may be considering doing so now. Is Microsoft Office 2000 for you?

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