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Fast-Growing Fast Casual 

The fast casual food segment may be small, but its growth is outpacing the restaurant industry, attracting new competitors and spurring evolutionary changes from quick service and full service brands. Fast casual sales were about $31 billion in 2012, up

Partial-Interest Plan 

Partial interest properties can seem like a myth in the real estate world. These properties are not only rare, but also notoriously difficult to sell. If you ever happen across a partial interest property, here’s how to work with the

Market Trends 

High Priced Office Markets The location for the top five most expensive streets for office space — San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Fairfield County, Conn., and Washington, D.C. — haven’t changed in two years, they’ve simply shuffled places,

Retail Performance Gap Widens 

Uneven population growth and consumer purchasing power in the U.S. continues to increase the retail sector’s performance gap, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s U.S. Summer Retail Outlook. “Competitive centers that are well tenanted and ideally located are seeing vacancy rates

Hang Out with Google+ 

Google+ received a lot of fanfare when it launched more than two years ago. Since then, however, Google’s social networking site hasn’t gotten nearly as much respect or ink as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or even Pinterest. And, understandably, many commercial

Retail Construction Returns 

Approximately 18.0 million square feet of U.S. retail space was created in the last 12 months, according to Cassidy Turley’s 2014 Retail Forecast. In comparison, only 23.2 million sf were added between 2009 and 2012. Expanded space and redevelopment in

Time-Tested Technology 

With more than 50 years in the business, John M. “Jack” Peckham III, CCIM, CIPS, RECS, of Peckham Boston Advisors in Boston, has been instrumental in the evolution of commercial real estate. With a keen sense of how technology could

Tourist-Market Investment Tips 

The atmosphere may be laid back in tropical tourist destinations, but solid investment opportunities can make some big waves. For example, Curtis A. Skomp, CCIM, senior commercial agent and broker associate with Coldwell Banker Commercial Schmitt Real Estate Co. in

Policy Advocate 

As a member of the CCIM Institute, you are fortunate to have a strong legislative advocate working on your behalf. CCIM, in conjunction with the National Association of Realtors and the Institute of Real Estate Management, is one of the

March/April 2013 Online Deal Makers 

Retail David Denton, CCIM, of DAR Development in Grand Rapids, Mich., represented an undisclosed lessor in the 10 year, $2.1 million lease of 21,177 sf of retail space in Grandville, Mich., to JoAnn Stores. Ed Colson Jr., CCIM, of Cassidy

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Bargain Sales 

This third article in a series on real estate gifting issues covers bargain sales. Commercial real estate professionals and their clients should consider all options when discussing the charitable donation of real property. Real Estate Gifting Realized, a new program

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Andrew Briner, CCIM, and John McManus, CCIM, of Cushman & Wakefield in Oakland, Calif., negotiated the more than $27.2 million sale of a 552,450 sf industrial property in Manteca, Calif., from Metlife to Duke Realty. Briner and

CCIM Connections 

Financing’s Future Since Richard L. Podos, CEO and president of Lance Capital in New York, appeared on the Commercial Financing panel at the CCIM Live conference last October, the presidential election and fiscal cliff have come and gone. Have the

Choices of a New Generation 

Rose Cabezut, CCIM, qualifying broker with Eylim in Albuquerque, N.M., began working in commercial real estate full time in June 2008. It was inauspicious timing, to say the least. While many established industry professionals could rely on the client network

Market Trends 

Retail — and Waistline — Expansion How many burgers can America eat? Although it seems like there is a fast food or fast casual restaurant on every outpad in America, restaurant chains are gearing up for an expansive year, according

Taxing Changes 

In the wee hours of Jan. 1, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and the tax changes that resulted will drastically alter the way commercial real estate professionals plan for major transactions. Additionally, tax provisions written

Practice Due Decency 

Your mother always told you to be a good person, but was her concern your values or your business prospects? Decency during business negotiations may be the right thing to do, but it can also further personal relationships that create

Virtual Visionary 

With more than 50 years in the business, John M. “Jack” Peckham III, CCIM, CIPS, RECS, of Peckham Boston Advisors in Boston, has played a pivotal role in commercial real estate’s evolution. Peckham has not only served as one of

Taking Credit 

In the current economic climate, creative thinking is critical when it comes to securing the financing needed to purchase or rehabilitate real estate. With underwriting standards still extremely tight, banks remain less likely to lend, and when they do, loan

Tourist Attraction 

Serving as a powerful economic engine, travel and tourism generate an estimated $1.9 trillion in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Travel Association. And, where there are travelers and tourists, there are prime opportunities for commercial real estate

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Business Opportunities for Real Estate Professionals 

This seventh article in the series on real estate gifting issues discusses the opportunities available to real estate professionals when working with donors or charitable organizations on real estate donations. A real estate professional’s involvement may occur at various stages

Regional Outlook 

South Nashville’s Big Deal In June, Nashville cut the ribbon on Tennessee’s most expensive municipal project the $600 million Music City Center. With the new 1.2 msf convention center, Nashville hopes to corner the market on trade shows and events,

Healthcare Is Top Sector to Watch 

Nearly one third of commercial real estate professionals predict that the healthcare sector will provide the greatest investment opportunity this year, according to a DLA Piper state of the market report. The sector’s overall investment stability and stellar performance played

Marketplace Fairness Act: Action by May 6 

Call to Action Contact your U.S. Senator and ask them to support Senate Bill 743 (formerly numbered S. 336) to modernize our nation’s tax policy and provide equity between online and brick and mortar retailers. See instructions below for more

National Association of Realtors® Honors 25 CCIMs for Excellence 

Designees recognized for local achievements during NAR Annual Conference in San Francisco. The CCIM Institute, the world’s largest network of commercial real estate professionals headquartered in Chicago, is pleased to announce that 25 CCIM designees were honored for their initiatives