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Private Mortgage Loans Provide a Short-Term Financing Alternative 

Private mortgage loans are made by private lenders instead of traditional financing sources such as banks, lending institutions, or government agencies. They usually are short term (6 months to 3 years) hard money or asset based loans, and the decision

Northern Markets Flourish in the Sunshine State 

During the past decade, north Florida's sunny cities have invested both energy and money in revitalization efforts. City and community support helped rejuvenate Ocala, located in the north central region of the Panhandle. Community raised money was used to construct

Receivership 101 

The gloomy news about the real estate recession continues to pour in. Trepp recently confirmed that the current commercial mortgage backed securities delinquency rate is the highest in its history. Commercial mortgage defaults likely will continue at staggering levels in

Open Season on Lease-Stripping Transactions 

In a proposed regulation, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is trying to close the door on lease stripping transactions, which property owners have used for many years to shift income and deductions between taxpayers to minimize tax obligations. The IRS

Property Prescriptions 

Today, CCIM asset managers are no longer just asset managers they&rsquo re asset value physicians. For some, this means providing emergency, life saving care &ldquo As a court appointed receiver, my role is often like a battlefield surgeon&rsquo s,&rdquo says

Rebuilding Multifamily 

While some commercial real estate professionals have no problem finding properties to market, in New Orleans, many are trying to rebuild what they used to have. As the city continues to work through the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, the

New Guidance for Passive Loss Relief 

In the mid 1980s, Congress wanted to perform economic "surgery" to excise the tax shelter industry from the otherwise healthy economy. For this delicate operation, it chose just the right tool a chainsaw Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 469. These

Pre-Underwriting Helps to Sell Properties 

Residential homebuyers often get pre qualified to facilitate their negotiating and purchasing process. Commercial property brokers can use a less common but similar process for their income property listings — although it's the property that gets pre qualified, or pre

Pennsylvania Rings with Opportunity 

Pennsylvania, like many states, weathered the recession earlier this decade and has emerged poised for commercial real estate growth and activity. Along the way, some things have changed "Pittsburgh has undergone—like most large industrial...employment regions—a shift to service employment," says

Real and Imaginary Computer Viruses 

You’re putting together a last minute property presentation for an important client and you’re trying to get the cash flow projections correct, you’re downloading demographic data from the Web, and you’re building maps off your CD ROM mapping program. Suddenly,

Presentation Software Listing 

Authorware Professional Mac Windows Vendor Macromedia, 600 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (415) 252 2000. List price $4995 Minimum system hardware requirements Mac Mac Plus & higher Mac 11 or higher 4MB RAM System 6.07 or higher WIN 386

Property Market Predictions 

Since fourth quarter 2000, U.S. economic growth has slowed dramatically, especially in the Deep South and the southern Midwestern states. While the overall economy has not stopped growing, some sectors and regions have experienced declines. On the East and West

Plug in to Outlets 

It’s those three little words that often are impossible to resist What a deal. For serious shoppers, it’s the designer overcoat marked down to $400 from its original $1,200 price tag others may be happy with a pair of seersucker

Profiting from Distressed Properties 

Editor's note Turning around a distressed property can be a lucrative, albeit risky, investment for commercial real estate professionals. This case study examines how one CCIM used in depth market analysis and skilled asset management to turn a struggling industrial

New Funding for Affordable Housing Encourages Public/Private Partnerships 

Affordable housing is a critical socioeconomic issue in many regions, and demand is rising nationwide. Yet financing and developing affordable housing can be challenging. Many affordable housing projects involve more planning and entail greater risks than similar market rate projects

Ready for Reform? 

On July 21, 2010, the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law. The risk retention requirements under Dodd Frank for asset backed securitizations, including commercial mortgage backed securities, have garnered substantial attention from the

Promoting Preservation 

In the past, many U.S. towns and cities demolished historic areas in the name of urban renewal and replaced them with housing developments and strip malls. But today, preservation has become the new ethic, the key to creating many small

Planning Your Next Rent Holiday 

A n automotive products marketer that aggressively tried to expand sales became a victim of the recent recession it had to retrench quickly and found itself with excess real estate inventory. A downsizing conglomerate had to prune dead wood from

A Public Financing Solution 

When representatives of regional developer Lane4, the Kansas City Wizards Major League soccer franchise, and medical information technology company Cerner Corp. walked into my office a year ago, they had a massive project in mind A 4,000 employee office campus,

Property Condition Review 

Commercial real estate professionals know that a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to presenting a property for sale or lease. But a well performed property condition review that reveals the truth behind the pretty picture may

Raise Your Voice 

CCIM Members On May 5, CCIM Institute members and their colleagues from the Institute of Real Estate Management will go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. You need to be there. No matter what your role in

Outdoor Advertising 

One of your clients owns a well located multitenant office building and wants to generate some ancillary income to augment the rental revenue. Another client who owns an acreage abutting an interstate highway is looking for a way to help

Profiting from the Information Revolution 

Today's technology is advancing so quickly that it's "impossible to predict what office technology will be like in five years," says Scott Rooth, CCIM, The Brookstone Companies, Cashiers, North Carolina. Five years ago, "the most important technological invention was the

Real Estate/Advertising Partnership Revitalizes Oceanfront Community 

Creating partnerships with other service providers is a common business practice for commercial real estate professionals. But partnering commercial brokerage with a full service marketing firm "might be a first," says Jim Donahoe, CCIM, a principal in Chandler, Brooks, &

Power of the Pin 

Though he is based in the small market of Champaign, Ill., Alex Ruggieri, CCIM, vice president of Sperry Van Ness Ramshaw Smith Co., knows the value of thinking big. Ruggieri, who consistently ranks in Sperry Van Ness&rsquo top 10 percent