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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

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

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

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

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,

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

Technological Crossroads: Deciding Which Cyber Paths to Take 

More than a few commercial real estate veterans have fretted about being made obsolete by technology and the Internet. It wasn't just the fear of not knowing how to master a powerful computer the very industry itself has been changing

In the Zone 

When asked to spearhead the Houston Gulf Coast CCIM Chapter&rsquo s Web site redesign, Colin Fox, CCIM, president of Colin Fox & Associates in Houston, wanted the site &ldquo to provide more relevance and value to both our broker and

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

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

PDF Power 

Brokers often negotiate and finalize contracts by exchanging revisions with the other party. In many instances, the seller's broker e mails the buyer's broker a contract as a Microsoft Word file, which the latter opens and changes. But is it

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

Online Help 

There are many small ways that technology can help you out in a last minute effort to close a deal or present a property. The key is knowing where to find these resources before you need them. www.mimeo.com This online

IM Connected 

As the time between mak ing an offer and closing on a property shrinks, many commercial real estate pros are learning that new communi cation tools help them keep pace with the industry. For example, in most cases a sales

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

Tech on Deck 

New technologies offer enormous opportunities to increase productivity and improve client service. Yet, like most emerging systems, success hinges on how the advancement is applied within an industry. The following five technologies have the potential to change the way commercial

Smartphone Showdown 

The Apple iPhone has a definite cool factor among design professionals, but is there enough substance behind the style to get business professionals to give up their BlackBerrys? Perhaps. The introduction of the faster iPhone 3G gives business users the

Taking a Different Route 

When STDBonline began searching for a new online mapping solution, the company set out to find a map centric platform with user friendly tools to replace the existing, outdated system. Previous solutions had not allowed users to navigate via maps.

Yield of Dreams 

There has been plenty of buzz during the past several years about the potential of utilizing revenue management practices in real estate, especially for pricing apartment rents. Revenue management, also known as yield management, automatically determines lease rates based on

Smart Software 

As a rule, today's clients generally assume that their real estate advisers and brokers have access to the most current software available that will provide them with prompt, concise, and accurate solutions to their individual investment objectives. While that perspective

Wireless Technology Will Improve Buildings' Functionality 

The technology that commercial properties use to control their energy, security, facilities, and management systems is ever changing. This year, advances in combining wireless local area networks with the use of Internet appliances signals a quantum leap in the property

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,

Paperless Payoff 

Facing an overwhelming number of files and documents to scan, some commercial real estate professionals resist converting their brokerage from paper to digital, hoping for an easier solution. However, those looking to increase services while gaining a competitive advantage may

Picture Perfect 

In today's electronic world, commercial real estate professionals are exposed to digital photography daily, and many of us frequently use digital images in our businesses. Understanding digital photo production is the first step to creating visually appealing marketing materials

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,