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Paperless Tools 

As commercial real estate professionals take their companies paperless, they should realize there are several tools that can assist with their green efforts. Most of these materials are easy to obtain and may even already be on site. MonitorsUsing one

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

REDEX Extras 

Roll out the red carpet CCIMREDEX, CCIM Institute&rsquo s real estate data exchange platform, has arrived. In addition to a host of listing services, this newest member benefit also integrates several marketing and analysis programs that offer discounted (and sometimes

Time to Share? 

Has your e mail message ever bounced back because the file attachment was too large? At one time, a CD ROM disk sent via carrier pigeon might have been the fastest way to circumvent this problem &mdash especially if a

Tablet PC Web Resources 

PC Magazine has published several articles that can help you purchase and use a tablet PC ?Tablet PCs Ready for Prime Time? delves into the technology's background, offers tips for determining whether a tablet PC is right for your business,

Tech Support 

Though rumored to be technological slowpokes, many commercial real estate professionals are on the fast track when it comes to integrating technology into their businesses. But with a constant stream of new products and services, how do you determine which

Tech:Take 2 

Tech is back. And it's coming to a market near you. Out in Silicon Valley, Calif., the venture capital angels are rustling their wings as they search for new bioscience companies to fund. Down in the Telecom Corridor of Richardson,

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

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.

Conversion Connections 

“The greatest thing about CCIM is the people I’ve met,” says John Lauriello, CCIM, principal of Southpace Properties in Birmingham, Ala. Those connections, as Lauriello discovered, can make or break niche conversion projects. Last year, he was retained by the

Digital Decisions 

In a profession that relies on sight as well as smarts, commercial real estate practitioners have taken to digital cameras like ducks to water. The main advantage of digital is immediacy. Moments after the shutter is pushed, you can view

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

Dive Into Digital Imaging 

Remember when a camera and a roll of film were all that was needed to take photographs for use with property listings and presentation materials? Times have changed. Today, digital cameras and scanners, coupled with computers, various software programs, and

Cutting the Cord 

Tired of tripping over computer cables in your office? Is the lack of a conference room broadband connection hampering client presentations? If so, it's time you considered going wireless. Wireless networks let commercial real estate professionals access company files, print

Got Gadgets? 

High tech gadgets now are a part of commercial real estate professionals' everyday work life. "I am able to work more efficiently because of today's technology products," says Brett Haynes, CCIM, associate broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial in Winchester, Va.

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

www.doingbusinessonline.com 

For brokers who have been standing at the side of the online business pool waiting for the right moment to dive in, that moment is now. At an increasing rate, commercial real estate professionals are using the Internet to communicate

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,

Excel at Financial-Analysis Calculations 

Solving time value of money problems commonly encountered in the financial analysis of commercial real estate investments can be accomplished quickly and accurately with the aid of computer spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. Specifically, Excel can calculate discounted cash

More Power to You 

There you are, stuck in traffic, calling your client to explain, and your cell phone dies. While waiting for a weather delayed flight, you catch up on e mail correspondence until your notebook nods off. Working in a restaurant between

The eBay Effect 

Once thought to be a sales tactic best suited for distressed and hard to market properties, auctions are gaining ground in today's market as an efficient and effective disposition strategy. In fact, the National Association

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

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

Mapping a Better Presentation 

Today’s desktop mapping software goes far beyond the simple programs that produce directional maps to guide potential buyers to property sites. In fact, if that’s all you’re looking for in a mapping program, use one of the free on line