Niche Nosh 

What’s the No. 1 down market strategy from The Donald’s blog, Inside Trump Tower? Explore overlooked niches. And what could be more overlooked than boutique hotels catering to the gay and lesbian community? That’s where Jaime M. Rook, CCIM, broker

Construction Chaos 

For commercial real estate professionals, the past few years have been lucrative indeed. Low inflation, historically low interest rates, and the ready availability of financing have made these the best of times for brokers, developers, consultants, investors, and lenders. But

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

Condemnation Concerns 

For retail tenants, location is perhaps the most important factor for success. However, even the best location quickly can turn bad in the wake of condemnation or modification of access to the property. Despite the upfront investment made in securing

Making the Corporate Cut 

Working with corporations can be challenging, rewarding, and profitable for commercial real estate professionals. However, there are special considerations in securing corporate business and making sure that corporate clients&rsquo unique real estate needs are understood, appreciated, and addressed. The first

Retail Resource Guide 

Financing Focus TI Tactics Debt capital markets offer an alternative to landlord controlled funds. Jan.Feb.08 Web Exclusive Shopping Goes Green Sustainable design makes its move into the retail market. Nov.Dec.07 New Rules for Retail Saturated markets and deep pocket competitors

Premium Advice 

Every multifamily property owner understands that many factors affect a property&rsquo s ability to turn a profit. They also understand that the real estate business is driven by net operating income. But not all owners may realize that a variety

Market Trends Online(11) 

Market Views“I believe the overall market has already started to ease. … I'm sure there are going to be some casualties, particularly in what I would call ex urban, the glass block commodity office building. … I don't think there's

Regional Outlook(6) 

Markets to WatchChicago —Windy City apartment sales could drop 30 percent this year, the steepest percentage decline since 2002, according to CB Richard Ellis. CBD sales rose 125 percent last year and the average unit price increased 85 percent to

Retail Roller Coaster 

Investors are maneuvering quickly to catch up with a retail property market that has done a 180 degree turn in the past year. This once hot sector has cooled considerably in the wake of the capital markets crisis, the residential

CCIM Career News(7) 

Adam Roth, CCIM, of NAI Hiffman NAI Global Logistics in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., received the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers’ 2008 Frank Mahoney Award of Excellence. Terence P. Coyne, CCIM, of Grubb & Ellis in Cleveland was recently honored

The Foundation's Future 

When hurricanes devastated the Gulf Coast in August 2005, CCIM Institute’sleadership rallied to identify the support and resources they could marshal to help real estate professionals get back into business. A key initiative allowed local CCIM chapters to host the

International Report(2) 

Taiwan Offers PotentialTaipei, the capital city of Taiwan, may be a good bet for property investors, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Nationalist Party’s victory in the presidential election has sparked a boom in real estate values. Taipei’s high

June Online Deal Makers 

Office Michael A. Tabeek, CCIM, of Coldwell Banker Commercial ETN in Las Vegas represented SmartCity Networks in the 7 year, $2 million lease of 14,133 sf of office space in the Beltway Business Park in Las Vegas. Soozi Jones Walker,

Exit Strategies 

When looking to refinance or sell a real estate asset encumbered by fixed rate commercial mortgage backed securities debt, borrowers typically are faced with two alternatives yield maintenance or defeasance. The intent of both alternatives is to allow CMBS bondholders

Buyers Guide(5) 

Trips Made Easy TripIt is an online travel organizer that allows users to create a comprehensive itinerary by forwarding all relevant confirmation e mails to the TripIt database. The Web site accepts information from most travel agencies, airlines, hotels, rental

CCIM Spotlight: Curriculum Cornerstone 

&#8220 The top thing people want is education,” says Robert L. Ward, CCIM, owner and president of Ward Consulting Services LLC in Oviedo, Fla. Though he has had a passion for education since beginning his CCIM Institute career in 1972,

Comparative Advantage 

As many commercial real estate professionals begin to explore international real estate opportunities, the concept of comparative advantage offers a useful viewpoint for determining investment direction. The concept describes the benefits of trade between countries. All counties benefit from trade

Deal Makers(5) 

OfficeBIG Deal Christopher R. Fox, CCIM, of Gateway Commercial Cushman & Wakefield in Clayton, Mo., and a partner represented an undisclosed seller in the $39.7 million sale of a 232,521 sf office building in Maryland Heights, Mo., to a private

Cost-Segregation Advantage 

On Feb. 13, President Bush signed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 into law. The legislation is intended to encourage spending by providing advance refund rebates to individual taxpayers along with business tax breaks in the form of accelerated depreciation

Cautious Optimism 

Recently many commercial real estate professionals looking at the state of the market have wondered Is the glass half full or half empty? The answer to that question often reveals more about the responder’s attitude than the reality of how

Green Grounds 

Commercial property owners and managers know that maintaining a building’s exterior grounds can be a significant balance sheet factor. Increasing curb appeal through landscaping can impress current and potential tenants as well as boost a property’s market value. Building a

Market Trends(6) 

Waterparks Make a SplashWaterparks are no passing fad, according to hospitality experts. Thirty three resorts with waterparks opened in 2007 and 55 are scheduled to open this year, a 32 percent increase that will result in 224 U.S. waterpark resorts

Selling Opportunities 

Gaining a foothold in one specialty area can be challenging but rewarding for those brokers who work hard to excel in their particular sector. Commercial Investment Real Estate spoke with Allan S. Reider, CCIM, CBI, GRI, managing broker of the

May Online Deal Makers 

OfficeEdward J. Redlich, CCIM, and Viktoria Telek, CCIM, of ComReal Miami in Miami negotiated the 10 year, $2.1 million lease of 11,565 sf of office space in Miami to Enterprise Rent A Car from an undisclosed lessor. Craig D. Timmins,