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Retail Absorption Reaches Five-Year High 

In 4Q12, retail absorption climbed to its highest level since 2008 as demand reached nearly 20 million square feet, according to CoStar. Although vacancy decreased in 4Q12, it remains above 7 percent. And total absorption last year was less than

CRE Industry Jobs Increase 27 Percent 

Despite a drop in overall U.S. unemployment from 8.5 percent in December 2011 to 7.8 percent in December 2012, commercial real estate related job postings increased by 27 percent during the same period, according to the Cornell SelectLeaders Job Barometer.

E-Commerce Impacts Retail and Industrial Sectors 

E commerce continues to drive growth through nontraditional channels for the retail and industrial sectors, according to a CBRE report. Coupled with the consumption habits of the post baby boomer generation, e commerce will drive retailers to repurpose their sales

Site Selection 

In commercial real estate, each project is different from the last. Properties, personalities, financing terms, market conditions, and other factors continue to change and can make the life of a commercial real estate professional uncertain to say the least. One

CCIM Institute Honors 2012 Instructor of the Year 

The CCIM Institute recognized excellence in education during its annual business meetings in Denver last month. The Institute’s 2014 President Karl Landreneau, CCIM, honored two individuals for their contributions to CCIM education during his inaugural celebration on Oct. 23. Mark

New Report Reveals 8 Drivers of Growth 

New catalysts for growth are sprouting up in primary, secondary, and tertiary markets all across the U.S., according to a Sperry Van Ness 1Q13 market trends report. Growth is occurring in these eight distinct market clusters Energy Markets – New

Home Prices Continue to Climb 

The single family housing market continued to make progress as median home prices surged 16.4 percent year over year across 24 U.S. metro areas through April 30, according to a recent ZipRealty housing trends report. The average home price nationwide

Global Retailers Eye Hong Kong 

Hong Kong is the most sought after global retail market, drawing more new retailers than any other city worldwide, according to a 2013 CBRE retail survey of more than 320 retailers in 200 cities around the globe. Fifty one new

Off Balance 

“We are looking for a relationship.” “We are a relationship bank.” Often borrowers hear these phrases when requesting a commercial mortgage loan from a bank however, in these circumstances, relationship is really just a marketing friendly code word for compensating

Small-Market Valuations 

The demand for high quality commercial real estate in primary and many secondary markets has been gaining strength during the past 12 to 18 months. As the availability of good product in primary markets has diminished, some potential buyers are

Foreign Investors Favor Top U.S. Markets 

The U.S. is home to four of the top five cities ranked by members of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate as best markets for investment. New York ranked No. 1, followed by London, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.,

Construction Spending Dips at Midyear 

Despite minor spending declines in the residential, private nonresidential, and public construction sectors in June, overall spending on construction put in place totaled $884 billion for the month and registered its second highest level since August 2009, according to the

Industry Jobs Jump 25 Percent in 1Q13 

An increase in commercial real estate industry job postings bodes well for continued recovery, according to the May 2013 Cornell University SelectLeaders Job Barometer report. Job postings were up 25 percent year over year in the first quarter, thanks in

Chasing Yield 

As competition for core properties continues to intensify, office investors have been casting a wider net to move capital off the sidelines and to capture higher returns. The question is, How much risk are buyers willing to assume when the

Study Reveals Top-Priced Office Space 

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

Lots of Land 

Land prices in many areas of the U.S. are on the rise amid increasing demand, but the level of demand and the reasons behind it vary from market to market. Land values increased an average of 13 percent in 2012,

CCIM Institute Education Helps Build Commercial Real Estate Portfolios 

As community banks build their commercial real estate loan portfolios, it is increasingly important for lenders to make wise decisions about which projects to finance. For James R. Purgerson Jr., CCIM, senior vice president of Citizens Bank & Trust in

Slow but Steady 

The U.S. economy is now midway through its fourth year of recovery. Ignoring any occasional stock market euphoria, the economy remains on a consistent path of slow improvement. Real gross domestic product is on track to grow at a rate

Net-Leased Retail Cap Rates Plummet 

Capitalization rates for net leased retail properties declined by 25 basis points between 3Q12 and 4Q12, according to The Boulder Group’s 4Q12 National Net Lease Research Report. With limited construction and diminished supply, the number of net leased retail properties

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

CCIM Institute President Interviewed on National Radio Show 

Wayne D’Amico, CCIM, shares association insights as panelist on national Commercial Real Estate Show. CCIM Institute 2013 President Wayne D’Amico discussed the value professional associations, including the CCIM Institute, offer in today’s commercial real estate industry as a panelist on

Shopping Centers Post NOI Gains 

Net operating income for retail shopping centers rose 4.3 percent per square foot in 4Q12, according to an International Council of Shopping Centers and National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries joint report. “Retail was the best performing property type

Commercial Real Estate Transaction Volume Rises Nearly 60 Percent 

National CCIM Market Trends Report Shows Commercial Real Estate Gaining Momentum in 3Q13. Deal flow among members of the CCIM Institute increased 57 percent year over year according to an August 2013 intelligence survey conducted by the National Association of

11 Ways to Finance Commercial Real Estate Energy Retrofits 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings account for 35 percent of U.S. (and 40 percent of global) electricity consumption. Most commercial real estate professionals accept that energy efficient buildings can, and do, impact the value of the

Report Examines Future Role of GSEs in Multifamily Financing 

With approximately 15 million American households occupying rental housing, the availability of multifamily property financing is as integral to the U.S. economy’s overall health as financing for the single family housing market, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. In a