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Midwest Markets Grow 

America's heartland, known for a slower pace of life than either coast, didn't see many dramatic commercial real estate developments during the past year. But the Midwest did see some modest improvements. Leasing rates throughout the region increased slightly in

Midwest Moves On 

While the Midwest ended 2005 with mixed messages, most commercial real estate markets in the region have reason to expect better performances this year. Several Midwestern markets have plans for large retail and entertainment developments. In Kansas City, Kan., the

Rising Stars(2) 

What makes someone a rising star? Is it his or her accomplishments, drive to succeed, or commission check amount? For Commercial Investment Real Estate, it is a unique combination of factors that demonstrate promise for

Southern Comfort 

The southeastern United States is home to some of the nation's most active real estate markets. The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area leads the nation in job growth and office absorption, while the South Florida market is experiencing some of the

The Spin Cycle 

No matter how long commercial real estate professionals have been in the business, the same marketing challenges rise to the surface year after year. Issues such as time management, self promotion, market visibility, reputation, and cutting through the competition face

Coasting Along 

The West Coast still is seeing its fair share of growth. Nearly every commercial real estate sector has new construction in the pipeline in at least one city in the region. An increase in Los Angeles County's multifamily inventory 49

Blogger's World 

When Eric Fuhrman, co developer of eMetro Investments and an affiliate broker with Crye Leike Commercial in Memphis, Tenn., and Dan Whipple, CCIM, co developer of eMetro Investments and president of Crye Leike Commercial, read an article proclaiming the potential

Hidden Treasures 

What was once an unusable chunk of Bethlehem, Pa.'s taxable land base is under redevelopment to become the Bethlehem Commerce Center, which is expected to generate $1.5 billion in investment capital and add 6,000 jobs

Feasting on Fast-Casual 

Amid high fuel and energy costs, rising interest rates, and wages that aren't keeping pace, consumers' disposable incomes are waning and the restaurant industry is suffering because of it. "Dining out frequency has long been considered a leading economic indicator,

Extreme Makeover 

The extreme makeover is omnipresent these days. Reality television show contestants with less than perfect features are given facelifts and tummy tucks. Dated homes are made shiny and new with fresh façades and rehabbed interiors. The message is clear Everything

Office Exodus? 

At corporations across the country chairs are empty. Maybe their occupants are working in the field or out to lunch, or maybe they are never coming back. Approximately 20.7 million U.S. workers no longer report to bricks and mortar offices

Beyond Basic Training 

“Sara is the lifeblood. She makes the wheels go round,” says Brown Bethune, CCIM, senior sales associate at Prudential Burroughs & Chapin Realty, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., about Sara P. Jones, his office's administrative assistant. “She keeps us out in

Finding Common Ground 

When local university students began calling Midwest Realty Group LLC in Portage, Mich., pretending to be prospective clients for a real estate class assignment, Rick R. DeKam, CCIM, a partner in the office, always could pick them out. Rather than

Corporate Perspectives 

It's time for American corporations to take a closer look at their portfolios, says Michael Condon, senior vice president of corporate services for Colliers Seeley International in Los Angeles. Ensuring that their business plans are aligned with their real estate

Northeastern Exposure 

During the second half of 2005, several of the Northeast's metropolitan markets coasted on strong fundamentals. Office absorption in Boston is up and vacancy rates are decreasing. In Long Island, N.Y., the office market looks optimistic Despite a slight vacancy

The Power of Positive Thinking 

As an attractive, new multifamily complex nears completion, leasing agents begin to show the property to prospective tenants. While several buildings lease up quickly, one structure remains completely vacant. A survey of prospective tenants who viewed the property reveals that

Renter Requirements 

Is it landlords&rsquo responsibility to make sure all tenants purchase renter&rsquo s insurance? It should be, according to a LeasingDesk Insurance Services study. Multifamily landlords who insist their tenants purchase renter&rsquo s insurance save significantly on costs related to tenant

On the Waterfront 

For most of history, people have been living, working, and playing alongside rivers and lakes. Among the first areas to be settled, early American waterfront developments were mostly industrial factories and warehouses, situated on shores for convenient access to transportation

Southeastern Stamina 

Despite the chaos that Mother Nature rained upon the Southeast in 2005, the region's markets have persevered through the storms. Florida real estate prices will rise due to higher insurance costs and taxes, predicts Henry Fishkind, president of a Florida

Looking Good 

Todd Gold, CCIM, president of REOC Partners in San Antonio used to show clients his appreciation by employing typical entertaining methods. "Lunches, breakfasts, broker events, etc. It was nothing extra special," he admits. "Then, someone in the office had the

Redevelopment Done Right 

Visualizing a historic bank rehabbed as a luxury condominium building, a shuttered mill as a mixed use development, or an abandoned big box space divided into office condominiums requires more than a little creativity and foresight. Whether the property conditions,

Problem Property 

After a year of marketing an older, vacant, 65,000 square foot office building in downtown Minneapolis to call centers and technology hubs, Aaron Barnard, CCIM, a broker with Northstar Partners in Eden Prairie, Minn., knew it was time to rethink

Hired Learning 

With large numbers of generation X and Y members entering the workforce and baby boomers remaining in the workplace well into their sixties, internships and mentorships are good stepping stones in the current job climate. Commercial real estate especially is

Land of Opportunity 

Fundamentals along the Pacific Coast remain stable in most commercial real estate sectors and are seeing growth in others. New construction especially in the form of multifamily high rises is occurring in several parts of the region. In downtown Los

Learning From the Pros 

Upon winning his fourth Masters Tournament earlier this year, Tiger Woods dedicated his victory to a mentor who has been with him every step of the way his father. While Woods’ golf skills have helped him earn esteem, awards,