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2010 Rising Stars 

Return on investment is one of the most important principles in commercial real estate. But when it comes to earning the designation, the ROI on a CCIM education is something you &ldquo simply can&rsquo t calculate in a T bar

CyberSmarts 

Decades before servers were known as anything more than the folks who delivered your order in a restaurant, John M. Peckham III, CCIM, was cooking up ideas about the role technology might play in the commercial real estate industry someday.

Corporate Opportunities 

Editor's note As corporations seek new ways to maximize their profits, many are finding that secondary markets offer highly productive labor forces and lower costs of operation. This changing dynamic opens new business opportunities for CCIMs in many of these

CCIM Spotlight: Class Act 

By nature commercial real estate brokers are always looking forward researching the next hot market, networking with potential clients, or seeking out that must have listing. But John M. Crossman, CCIM, of Crossman and Co. in Orlando, Fla., also looks

Redefining GSA Leases 

While few see an upside to the down economy, this turbulent cycle has prompted many commercial real estate companies to evaluate the efficiency of their business processes. The federal government is no exception. Earlier this year, the U.S. General Services

REDEX Rolls Out 

On March 31, CCIM TECH launched CCIMREDEX, an online property listing and marketing database that is poised to revolutionize the way CCIM designees and candidates do business. Commercial Investment Real Estate asked Todd Kuhlmann, CCIM, vice president of Dallas based

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

Second-Generation Space 

With more than 140 million square feet of industrial space in the construction pipeline this year, according to Grubb & Ellis, industrial users have no shortage of new properties to consider. While national credit tenants are paying top dollar for

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

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

Retail's New Reality 

Imagine you’ve been cast to star in a new deal making reality TV show. The objective is to outwit the competition, overcome obstacles out of your control, and complete as many deals as possible — or risk elimination from the

Retail Tenanting Techniques 

Upticks in consumer spending and hints at economic improvement are fueling some long awaited positive momentum in the retail sector. Despite the mild industry buzz, the latest data reports offer the view many property owners see when they look around

Standing Out Online 

In the early 1990s, many commercial real estate professionals perceived the Internet as a distant technological galaxy that would never impact their daily business. Yet in less than a decade, the industry has succumbed to the Web's gravitational pull Today

Tax Squeeze 

The feeble transaction market is pushing commercial real estate professionals to expand their scope to include non transaction services that clients need in today&rsquo s shaky economy. Tax consultation, particularly property valuation protests, is a recession resistant service that is

CCIM Spotlight: Knot an Ordinary Deal 

Over the years countless commercial real estate deals have evolved from casual conversations among stu dents taking CCIM courses. In fact many CCIMs form relationships with their classmates that help them make critical

Business Beyond Borders 

Commercial real estate increasingly is becoming a global business. At CCIM Institute’s 2004 conference, Albert S. P. Wong, CCIM, CIPS, Silvia G. Gangel, CCIM, and Colin Fox, CCIM, participated in a roundtable discussion on conducting business in three rapidly growing

Catching a Deal 

The small fish in a big pond isn&rsquo t always a bad catch, especially when that fish offers a one of a kind investment opportunity in a top tier U.S. office market. While some commercial real estate pros might

CCIM Spotlight: Rebuilding a City 

Condominium conversions were hot last year, and like many commercial real estate investors, Quentin D. Dastugue, CCIM, chief executive officer of Property One in New Orleans, and his partners transformed one of their apartment complexes into for sale units. Sales

Let's Make a Deal 

A longtime client has asked for your help in selling one of its out of state properties. You're not licensed in that state and haven't worked with any brokers in that market. Potential buyers are ready to deal and your

Leasing Large 

Many commercial real estate pros spend their careers searching for a business changing transaction, but few expect to find it while biking through the neighborhood. Yet that's how Michael Hoadley, CCIM, president of Spinnaker Real Estate Ventures LLC in Chicago,

Office Optimism 

There are many reasons why today's national office market is inching along at a snail's pace compared to the lightning speed it was moving at less than 12 months ago. The credit squeeze, economic turbulence, and capital market volatility are

Brand-Name Recognition 

Establishing a unique identity in today's marketplace is a challenge, particularly in the competitive commercial real estate world. How can you stand out among the bevy of local and national companies vying for business in your market? While service and

CCIM Spotlight: Honor Role 

Career education is a lifelong process for many commercial real estate professionals. However, for Mark L. Levine, CCIM, CIPS, MAI, director and professor at the University of Denver's Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate & Construction Management in Denver,

Today’s Office Tenets 

Though commercial real estate is rapidly becoming a globalized industry, many factors affecting it remain rooted in local economies. Now more than ever, market specific drivers such as companies’ expansion plans, shadow space availability, job creation, and even traffic congestion

2004 Compensation Trends 

The CCIM designees and candidates who responded to Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine's recent compensation survey provide a glimpse of their earning power in the industry. The online survey, which was conducted in April, tracked 653 respondents' annual income, income