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Point and Click Your Way to Online Educational Opportunities 

In addition to being an online research and entertainment source, today’s Internet is ripe with educational opportunities. With Net usage and content continuing to expand at astronomical rates, online education already is being used by a small but growing number

New Year, New Tools 

While many outside the industry assume that commercial real estate is all about location, location, location, CCIMs realize that the three most critical factors in transactions really are location, demographics, and timing. A variety of mapping and demographics programs are

Online Tools Help Brokers Effectively Manage Time and Communications 

Brokers constantly are on the go — visiting sites, researching properties, preparing documents, and meeting with clients. To successfully accomplish all of these tasks, communication and time management skills are essential. Yet sometimes even seasoned real estate pros struggle to

Mobile Internet Access Opens Business Doors From Anywhere 

Mobile Internet access is an important strategy for commercial real estate professionals to consider in an increasingly technological world. Hundreds of different devices that access the Internet now exist, freeing people from their desks. This not only has profound implications

Rev Up Your Business With High-Speed Internet Access 

It wasn't so long ago that 14.4 kilobytes per second modems were the norm. However, speeds quickly have progressed past 28.8 kps and 56 kps to integrated services digital network &mdash or ISDN &mdash lines, digital subscriber lines, cable modems,

Save Time Online 

Technology can help busy commercial real estate professionals achieve more work in less time. Online applications in particular improve productivity and profitability. Three of the top timesaving tools on CCIM's STDBOnline (www. stdbonline.com) are no exception. Learn how these new

Preparing for the Next Internet Age 

Commercial real estate professionals learned in the late 1980s and early 1990s to repackage their services to deal with a market downturn. Other industries, too, remade themselves as market forces demanded. Many employees of large oil companies who lost their

Redefine Online 

In the past decade, thousands of commercial real estate Web sites have appeared online as companies learned how to structure information, communicate with clients, and promote their capabilities electronically. But now that Web sites are de rigueur marketing tools, it's

The Analysis Advantage 

Analyzing property investment opportunities based only on available market information, generalized market predictions, and gut instincts can lead to what commercial real estate professionals may think are the best decisions for their clients. But these strategies can be risky, particularly

Why Go Wireless? 

New York's 2.8 million square foot Time Warner Center and Rockefeller Center concourse have implemented in building wireless systems that can help achieve increased tenant occupancy and retention and higher lease rates. On the operations side, building owners and managers

Video Primer 

As sites like YouTube continue to grow, commercial real estate professionals are starting to see results from Web video marketing. For example, when our company, Duemelands Commercial, includes videos for new retail property sales listings on our Web site, we

Survey Gauges How Commercial Real Estate Companies Use Technology 

Last December, CCIM Institute and the Institute of Real Estate Management conducted an online member survey to gauge how much commercial real estate companies invest in technology. The survey's main goal was to understand the correlation between companies' technology investments

Technology Follows You Around 

Wouldn’t it be easier for your customers to find you if they only needed one phone number to reach you? What if you had only one place to retrieve voice mail, e mail, and faxes? How about accessing your e

Is Your Site Seen? 

As great a marketing tool as the Internet is, Web sites that do not generate traffic may as well not exist. To be effective marketing tools and income generators, Web sites should promote not only your company and your services,

Software Suite Updated for 2000 

There’s a new Microsoft Office suite in town, and if you didn’t run out and purchase this software when it first hit the shelves in late summer, you may be considering doing so now. Is Microsoft Office 2000 for you?

Wireless Technology Is the Way to Go 

This could be considered a breakout year in technology, according to industry professionals who attended Comdex, the world's largest technology convention, in November in Las Vegas. Unlike the recent past, this show introduced a whole new generation of technology and,

Tablets Take Charge 

When Apple introduced its first tablet computer last year, iPad ads featured lounging Web surfers and newspaper readers. CCIMs these were not. In the fast moving world of commercial real estate,

Speeding Up Internet Connections 

For too long, the answer to the question of how fast your Internet connection should be has hovered between modems that transmit 28.8 kilobytes per second and modems that transmit 56 kbps. Before that, the choice was between 14.4 kbps

For Hire Online 

When Carol T. Kellogg, CCIM, moved to Charlotte, N.C., in November 2004, she worked with several local executive search groups to find a job. It was a frustrating experience. “I worked with four headhunters, but none of them had real

Face Time 

Web based videoconferencing can help brokers build stronger and more personal client relationships. Videoconferencing is similar to telephone conference calls except all parties can see each other via Web cameras and have the option to use voice over Internet protocol,

Invest in Automation 

Adversity often gives rise to innovative ideas. At least, that was the case for William J. Byrd, CCIM, a broker with Colliers International in Houston, when faced with the challenge of successfully marketing a 1,100 acre land tract with significant

Digital Dynamos 

A proliferation of feature laden personal digital assistants and smartphones crowds today's market. Each successive model integrates more capabilities as manufacturers grope for the right combination of price, features, and form. In addition to providing basic PDA functions, many of

Data Defense 

You have a meeting with a prospective client to look at some retail space, but as you're driving the client calls to say he'll be 45 minutes late. Instead of turning around and heading back

Beyond Demographics 

Access to consumer information has improved the site selection process, but in today’s competitive market, traditional demographics may not provide the most complete picture of a trade area’s potential. Commercial real estate professionals can obtain more accurate assessments of

Coming Attractions 

In an age where video is king, it is no surprise that the newest generation of commercial real estate marketing technology is making movies. While by no means mainstream, using cinematic techniques such as plot, characters, and themes to tell