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Biotech Boom 

Nearly five years have passed since the high tech boom and bust. Emerging from the dust is a more mature, focused industry that offers unexpected opportunities for commercial real estate professionals. This special Web series offers a look at what's

Analyze This 

When it comes to figuring out different investment scenarios, commercial real estate professionals have a fairly short list of products from which to choose. The product they use depends on the complexity of their deals, or sometimes the size of

Are You E-Savvy? 

Because of the Internet, every aspect of commercial real estate transactions is going to be tipped upside down. I've identified a handful of technology trends that are re engineering our business, from how we get listings, to how we manage

Building Smart 

When is a building smart enough? Almost never, is the overwhelming response from building tenants, technology service providers, and real estate developers. With increasing demand to make buildings smarter, many related products and services have emerged to help property developers,

10 Tablet Apps for Commercial Real Estate 

In CIRE’s September October 2011 issue, CCIMs discussed how they use tablets to enhance their business. Most commercial real estate professionals who own tablets are familiar with listing service apps such LoopNet and CoStarGo, but we asked CCIMs to share

Dot-Com, Inc. 

The technological revolution has greatly changed corporate America. The growing technology sector is challenging traditional business models and implementing new ways of thinking. As a result, new corporate cultures are evolving and commercial real estate service providers may find themselves

Excel at Financial Analysis Calculations 

Editor’s note While industry trends come and go, some investment principles remain infinitely valuable for commercial real estate professionals. A version of this article, originally published in the September October 2000 issue, is the most viewed article on Commercial Investment

Excel at Basic Mortgage Calculations 

It’s probably happened to you at one time after computing a basic mortgage calculation, you’re unable to recreate your steps. Financial calculators make the calculations simple, but you can’t save the results or print them. However, you can do just

Finding the Right Site 

Technology, competition, speed to market, and a highly fragmented consumer marketplace have changed the world of retail site selection. On top of that, e commerce still wages the shopping war of bricks vs. clicks. But despite these changes, many fundamentals

High-Tech Productivity 

Despite ongoing laments about the speed at which everyone must adapt to continually evolving high technology tools, the fact remains that those who refuse to keep abreast of new technology appear destined to be dusted by it. Indeed, for commercial

Holding Hands With Handhelds 

An e mail survey of commercial real estate professionals who use personal digital assistants reads like a wish list for Santa Claus. Many industry people — especially those on the road — are tired of juggling PDAs, pagers, laptops, cell

Inspect These Gadgets 

Jay R. Lucas, CCIM, president of CCIM Technologies in Dallas, recently went to a prospect’s office to present four properties. He began to set up his laptop in the crowded presentation room when he noticed something was missing the projector.

MailBridge Delivers 

Now more than ever, CCIM designees are leveraging their technology oriented member benefits to create and strengthen deal making opportunities. MailBridge, a preference matching e mail marketing and information platform, is one of the CCIM Institute&rsquo s most useful &mdash

Lease Logistics 

As investors seek capital support from public markets, accounting procedures for all types of leased properties have come under closer scrutiny. Lease administration software programs record and track lease information as well as perform necessary accounting, basic analysis, and reporting

Living Mobile 

Before the iPhone burst onto the scene, the word apps meant very little to anyone who wasn&rsquo t whiling away happy hour nursing a plate of potato skins at T.G.I. Friday&rsquo s. Now inescapable, the term refers to computer software

The Google Solution 

“As a sole practitioner, I’ve searched for the best way to sync e mail, contacts, and calendars on my desktop, laptop, and smartphone,” says Joel Kahn, CCIM, owner of Equity Alliance in Bedford, N.H., and senior technology consultant with CCIM

It's Still About the Client 

Recent technology innovations have helped commercial real estate professionals become more effective and efficient at their jobs. Tablets and cloud computing provide greater mobility. Business social networks increase knowledge sharing, and customer relation management tools, combined with greater access to

Social Media Savvy 

Linda Gerchick, CCIM, associate broker for Keller Williams Northeast Realty in Phoenix, was skeptical when her kids showed her how to set up a Facebook account. She knew that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter were becoming more popular

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

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

High-Tech Note Taking 

At the Fall 2000 Comdex show in Las Vegas, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates unveiled prototypes of a new portable personal computer called the tablet PC. Two years later, seven computer manufacturers launched their versions of the product. While some computer

PDF Security 

Commercial real estate brokers share information daily with their clients, fellow agents, lenders, attorneys, and other industry professionals. Due to the need for rapid communication and information access, e mail and various online services quickly are replacing traditional communication methods,

Plugging Into Productivity 

In an increasingly wired world, commercial real estate practitioners are figuring out how to adapt. Today, deals happen at warp speed the marketplace is local and global at the same time, and the amount of information available online seems practically

Software Buyers Guide:Investment Analysis 

Argus 11.1 www.realm.com products argus_main.html Features Argus allows users to create valuation models that calculate cash flows, structure debt terms, perform sensitivity analyses, and produce Microsoft Excel reports. The latest version features custom data overviews, high quality report packaging, enhanced

Understanding E-mail Etiquette 

E mail is useful during all stages of the broker client relationship, from initial contact to when the deal is closed. To ensure your messages are clear and professional, use these fundamental e mail etiquette guidelines. Be Professional. "E mail