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Retail Roller Coaster 

Investors are maneuvering quickly to catch up with a retail property market that has done a 180 degree turn in the past year. This once hot sector has cooled considerably in the wake of the capital markets crisis, the residential

Rewarding Relocation 

While details often make or break commercial real estate projects, sometimes the best solutions come into focus when you take a step back. &ldquo You have to understand the small things to really

REITs Expected to Remain Steady 

Since the early 1990s, the public equity market for real estate, primarily in the form of real estate investment trusts and real estate operating companies, has seen tremendous growth. However, a number of significant changes last year coupled with events

Ready for the Rebound 

Today's debt market is highly competitive Hundreds of players are trying to provide debt capital to commercial real estate in an environment that has very little product. This lack is due to low mortgage turnover little debt was issued in

In the Retail Ring 

The retail property investment market looks a little like a battered prize fighter these days. It's down, but by no means out. Given the one two punch of the credit crisis and the tepid economic recovery, retail investment sales are

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

A Smarter Cell Phone 

Smartphones — the generic label for cellular phones combined with personal digital assistants — seem like an idea whose time has come. Doesn't everyone want to give up carrying multiple gadgets? Who wouldn't like downloading e mail on the road

May 2004 Online Deal Makers 

Specialty Neil E. Merin, CCIM, SIOR, of NAI Merin Hunter Codman in West Palm Beach, Fla., represented JEC LLC in the $3 million sale of 11,500 sf of medical office property in Jupiter, Fla., to the Report Investment Corp. «

Self Employment and Partnerships May Be More Taxing Than Ever 

Self Employment Taxes and Health Care A section of the Clinton Administration's Health Security Bill contains a revenue generating proposal that could significantly affect the amount of taxes paid by self employed real estate professionals. The bill proposes, among other

Shopping Spree 

Editor's note In 1995, members of The Bierschenk Group, Inc., spent three months looking for the right multitenant retail property to complete a client's exchange. Such an intensive search of one property type yielded considerable insight into how to evaluate

September Online Deal Makers(1) 

OfficeSoozi Jones Walker, CCIM, SIOR, and Bobbie Miracle, CCIM, of Commercial Executives in Las Vegas represented the Kelley Family Trust in the more than $2.5 million sale of a 10,069 sf office building in Henderson, Nev., to MMB Group Management

September 2004 Online Deal Makers 

OfficeGregory R. Gill, CCIM, SIOR, of Charles Dunn Co. in Seal Beach, Calif., and two partners represented Equity Office Properties in an approximately $2.8 million, 10,348 sf, eight year office lease to Wachovia Securities LLC. He and two partners also

Seniors Get an Assist 

After the ups and downs of the early 1990s, the seniors housing market has settled on a winning concept to meet the diverse needs of the growing seniors population. After experimenting with independent living, continuing care, and congregate care retirement

The Secrets to Success 

Boiled down to its essentials, marketing is whatever makes the phone ring. It's whatever encourages potential clients to seek you out initially and whatever drives repeat clients to pick up the phone and call you again. At one time, the

Self-Employment Tax Can Snare Limited Partners and LLC Members 

The self employment (SE) tax "punch" has been one of the fastest growing components of the federal tax burden over the last dozen years. In 1980, the maximum tax imposed on self employment earnings capped out at $2,098. In 1996,

For Sail 

As many boaters prepare for another season on the high seas—or the local river or lake—the facilities that often launch their journeys—marinas—are reemerging as a potential niche for commercial real estate professionals. Although the specialty, particularly with regard to new

S Corporation Shareholders Benefit From Supreme Court Ruling 

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of taxpayers in a potential windfall decision for shareholders of S corporations. Many small companies, including real estate related ventures, elect to be treated as S corporations with the Internal Revenue Service.

Single-Tenant Investments 

Determining the ideal course of action for today's investor is a constant challenge for commercial brokers faced with a wide array of investment options. Recently, investors from all parts of the country have shown a significant interest in single tenant

Smart Selections 

Business books are like potato chips You can’t really stop after just one. And for business book junkies, there is certainly no dearth of material. Nearly 5,000 business related titles were published last year, according to R.R. Bowker, which tracks

Review Tax Changes to Maximize Employee Benefit Plans 

In light of changing legislation, commercial real estate companies should review their employee benefits plans. The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 contained numerous changes to fundamental retirement plan rules for small businesses. Effective for plan years

Signposts to Recovery 

Inspired by a torrent of current data and events, I coined a new designation for myself. These three letters may serve as a beacon to light the way forward, to cut through the fog of uncertainty, and to lead us

Rising Stars(1) 

Success can be achieved in many different ways. These CCIMs use diverse strategies and strengths to reach for excellence in commercial real estate. CIRE recognizes these individuals for their drive, determination, and industry achievements. Using their unique abilities, each of

The Rising Tide of Seniors Housing 

To visualize the demographics of the seniors housing market, imagine a shoreline as the tide comes in, each wave slowly yet inexorably creeping higher up the beach. But out on the horizon is a tsunami, a tidal wave of unbelievable

Smooth Moves 

Despite the best intentions and careful tax planning, common errors often can cause bumps in the road or completely detour tax deferred exchanges. Misconceptions and inexperience often collide with an increasing number of complex situations. Unfortunately, the exchange crashes, or

ROI Check-Up 

Many investors ignore the return on investment that property condition assessments often can deliver. PCAs yield an ROI in three ways protecting buyers from bad purchases providing buyers with information for price negotiations with sellers and finding opportunities to improve