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25 Tips for a More Profitable Year 

What better time to plant the seeds of success than at the beginning of a new century? By cultivating new skills and weeding out bad habits, you can improve your productivity and harvest the rewards of greater profitability. To get

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

“Not in My Backyard!” 

Real estate professionals facing opposition to development or zoning changes these days must hack their way through a forest of initials. In many communities the original NIMBYs Not in My Backyard have subdivided into CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) dwellers,

International Report(3) 

Top 5 International Retail Markets Country % of International retailers present United Kingdom 55 Spain 51 France 49 Germany 47 Italy 45 Source CB Richard Ellis Emerging Markets on Top Real estate investment returns in markets such as Istanbul and

India’s Major Markets 

India’s robust commercial and residential real estate market, valued at about $50 billion at the end of 2005, is predicted to grow about 25 percent annually, according to Businessweek magazine. Nearly 23 million square feet of new office and

Mapping the Road to Success 

A picture is worth more than 1,000 words, according to Jeff Siebold, CCIM, The Siebold Group, Jupiter, Florida, especially if that picture is a color coded map showing him all the investment opportunities in a particular market. "When you go

International Report(4) 

Moscow Office ValuesSectorDecember 2007December 2006  Average Sales Price (USD SQ. Meter)YieldAverage Sales Price (USD SQ.Meter)YieldCBD16,4587.5%8,2058.8%All submarkets11,3657.5 9.5%6,9789.5%Source Cushman & Wakefield Industrial and Retail Developers Look OverseasWhile the U.S. economy takes a dive, industrial and retail developers cast their hopes on

Market Trends(6) 

Waterparks Make a SplashWaterparks are no passing fad, according to hospitality experts. Thirty three resorts with waterparks opened in 2007 and 55 are scheduled to open this year, a 32 percent increase that will result in 224 U.S. waterpark resorts

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Moving UptownThe urge to move into the city even has reached small markets, including Sioux Falls, S.D., where developer Craig Lloyd is spearheading the $150 million Uptown at Falls Park on a 5 acre downtown site. Containing 500 residential units

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Residential CrossoverAlthough the majority of 1.3 million members of the National Association of Realtors specialize in residential real estate, many have secondary specialties in the commercial sector. Percentage of NAR Members With Second FocusCommercial brokerage18%Land development18%Commercial property management11%International4%Auction2%Commercial appraisal1%Source 2007

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Downtown ConvenienceAfter becoming a suburban staple, convenience stores now are entering the urban market in search of new growth opportunities, primarily in successful 24 hour cities that have the residential base to support retail. And the opportunities are there, reports

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Make the Investment 

While computer technology no doubt is changing how real estate deals are transacted, there is little agreement—or hard data—on how brokers can best use the new electronic tools at their disposal. Is it really feasible to throw up a Web

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More Women Join Industry More women are joining the commercial real estate profession, but men still earn more at comparable age and experience levels, according to a 2005 Commercial Real Estate Women Network survey. Women comprise 36 percent of commercial

Market Trends Online(13) 

Capitalization Rate Forecastby percentage of properties Property Type2007 Average Cap Rate% Decline% Increase% StableSuburban multifamily6.342.630.766.7Urban multifamily6.533.627.369.1Neighborhood strip center7.21 3.535.161.4Regional mall6.931.834.563.6CBD office7.464.432.563.2Suburban office7.421.828.170.2Bulk warehouse7.535.529.165.5R&D7.923.637.558.9Source Integra Realty Resources Manufacturers Move OutThe search for large parcels of industrial zoned land has pushed beyond

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

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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.

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

Color Your World 

Last January, Benedict J. Frederick III, CCIM, bought an Oki Data C7400DXN color laser printer. “I love this printer,” he says. Emotions often run high when commercial real estate professionals talk about their color printers. They are must have, must

The Genius of GIS 

Experience and technology are a potent combination in commercial real estate land acquisition and site selection. While there is no substitute for local area knowledge, having the ability to specify, analyze, and package local market information to meet a particular

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Corporations Not InvestingDespite the fact that corporate profits are at their highest level in 40 years, today's chief executive officers are not investing back into business operations, says Deloitte Research's Chief Economist Carl Steidtmann. As a share of business investment,

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Studying Student RentersNo surprise here College students look for student housing that provides social opportunities as well as a chance to assert their independence, according to “What Do Students Want?,” a National Multi Housing Council research study. After conducting focus

A Man(ager)'s Best Friend 

Like dogs and their owners, property managers and their software choices seem to share certain characteristics that defy explanation. However, matching up property managers and programs can be as dangerous as recommending pit bulls to beagle lovers. Choosing the right

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