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Revolutionize Your Work 

How do you catch up with commercial real estate professionals who are ahead on the technology curve? In a word, change. Change How You Work. "I use technology big time," says Stefan M. Cihylik, CCIM, a broker with the Frederick

Presentations With Pizazz 

It's hard for Garry Rodgers, CCIM, to not use the word &ldquo cool&rdquo when describing his company's latest marketing tool. But after popping in the business card size CD emblazoned with the Rodgers Group logo and watching the short multimedia

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

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

The ROI on CCIM Education 

CCIMs in small markets and small firms initially may be attracted to the CCIM education program because it’s one more way to distinguish themselves in a limited market. Often, though, the education program ends up fundamentally changing the way they

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

Staying Connected 

"Does it track people or properties?” “Will it sync to my Palm Pilot?” “Can I use it on a network?” “It's too slow too complex to learn ” Commercial real estate professionals have numerous questions and opinions when it comes

Regional Outlook(8) 

Markets to WatchMinneapolis St.Paul — Interstate 35’s bridge collapse last August has had no noticeable effect on the area’s commercial real estate market, according to Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, but an 11.5 percent industrial vacancy rate — eighth highest in

Triple-Net Triple Threat 

Looking for a rock solid investment in a shifting economy? Look no further than single tenant net leased properties. In markets where shopping centers sit empty and office buildings are dark, the lights are on (usually 24 hours) at the

Using IAQ as a Marketing Tool 

When potential tenants walk into an apartment, air quality registers, whether they realize it or not. “When you go through an apartment, the first thing you notice is the smell,” says Matt Teasdale, an associate with Minnesota Brokerage Group in

Tech:Take 2 

Tech is back. And it's coming to a market near you. Out in Silicon Valley, Calif., the venture capital angels are rustling their wings as they search for new bioscience companies to fund. Down in the Telecom Corridor of Richardson,

Market Trends Online(12) 

Freedom Tower developer Larry Silverstein recommitted to delivering the four office towers replacing the World Trade Towers by 2012. Currently, the first tower’s steel structure is about 70 feet high. When completed, the project will deliver 10.6 million

Motivating Factors 

Commercial real estate brokers at IPC Commercial Real Estate in La Jolla, Calif., are motivated by fear of missing the boat &mdash literally. Last year, top brokers in this office and their spouses were treated to an eight day cruise

Online Job Resources 

Commercial real estate professionals can use online resources that will help them find jobs and locate qualified employees to hire. Here’s a list of the top comprehensive and commercial real estate focused job search engines. America’s Job Bank www.ajb.dni.us Like

Regional Outlook(6) 

Markets to WatchChicago —Windy City apartment sales could drop 30 percent this year, the steepest percentage decline since 2002, according to CB Richard Ellis. CBD sales rose 125 percent last year and the average unit price increased 85 percent to

Teams Work 

The first lesson of economic development is that it pays to be in the right place at the right time. And in today&rsquo s economic climate, the right place is just off Highway 12 14 in Middleton, Wis., where Rob

A Tale of Two Markets 

&ldquo It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the

Regional Outlook(7) 

Markets to Watch New Orleans &mdash Local developers are rehabbing the Cosmopolitan Hotel into Louisiana&rsquo s first condo hotel, topping the 24 room historic building with a 26 floor, 103 unit tower, just blocks from the French Quarter. Prices range

Market Trends(16) 

Condo Conversion Sales DoubleApartment sales to condominium converters doubled in 2005, from $11.6 billion in 2004 to $23.9 billion in 2005, according to Real Capital Analytics. Of the top 20 conversion markets, Phoenix recorded the highest yearly increase 1,384 percent.

Regional Outlook(10) 

Missoula, Mont.A Different Kind of DevelopmentConservation development may sound like a contradiction, but as Montana and other Rocky Mountain states cope with increasing populations, this model of preserving open space may become an accepted practice. A good example is the

Thinking Big 

How do they do it? Those brokers and sales agents who operate in small markets or who work solo or with just a partner or two? How do they survive in a market as tough as today’s? Common thought might

The Affordability Question 

Highland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb where the median home price is $430,000, recently passed a zoning ordinance mandating that 20 percent of new multifamily developments with five or more units must be sold as affordable housing. It's an indication

2008's Top U.S. Economic Development Groups 

Based on creating $1 million in capital investment, 50 or more new jobs, or at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new space, the following economic development organizations were chosen by Site Selection magazine as the top U.S. economic development movers

The Comfort Zone 

“It's getting hot in here…” but in another hour or so, it may be too cold. Complaints about office temperatures rank first among employee gripes, according to an International Facilities Management Association survey. And while building owners and managers may

Containing Sprawl 

The post World War II American dream has come true, and its name is sprawl. “A new metropolitan form … America of the mall, the beltway, the subdivision, the multiplex movie theater, the drive through fast food outlet, the low