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Medicare Tax Concerns 

The new 3.8 percent Medicare contribution tax on unearned income, effective for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2012, may directly affect many owner operators and other real estate professionals. Passed by Congress in 2010 as part of the Patient

A Bridge to Success 

In a strengthening multifamily market, bridge financing can be an attractive option for investors seeking to acquire or reposition multifamily properties with low occupancy numbers, planned renovations, or other operational challenges. High demand in today’s market has created a scarcity

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Richard A. Brugge Jr., CCIM, of Cushman & Wakefield in Tampa, Fla., and a partner represented Prisa Rocky Point FL LLC in the $85.5 million sale of 494,813 sf of office space in Tampa to Parmenter Realty

Prospecting 101 

One common thread links the newest CCIM candidate to the most seasoned commercial real estate veteran the need to acquire new clients and maintain existing relationships. Without clients, you don’t have a business, so prospecting is the lifeblood of any

CCIM Connections 

Faith in RetailThe retail sector continues to reinvent itself to appeal to today’s consumers. No one understands the nuances of this evolution better than Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s retail sales and leasing division in New

Brand Expansion 

One of my key goals this year is to promote the CCIM designation worldwide and the value CCIMs bring to the marketplace. Our organization is made up of a diverse group of commercial real estate professionals who reflect multiple disciplines

Tools to Go Solo 

After working in commercial real estate for 13 years, Chad Grout, CCIM, principal broker at Urban Grout Commercial Real Estate, in Nashville, Tenn., started his own business in 2011. He was driven not only by the challenge and opportunity of

Medical Office Momentum 

The re election of President Barack Obama and last year’s favorable Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have removed some uncertainty as to whether or not the healthcare law will take effect. While some provisions

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Charitable Gift Annuities 

This fourth article in a series on real estate gifting issues covers charitable gift annuities. The first three articles cover options when donating real estate, outright donations and bequests, and bargain sales. Commercial real estate professionals and their clients should

Market Trends 

Maybe the Worst Is Over? While the number of stores closed in 2012 increased by 9.6 percent over 2011, the amount of retail square footage lost to the market decreased by 28.8 percent, according to the International Council of Shopping

Fast-Growing Fast Casual 

The fast casual food segment may be small, but its growth is outpacing the restaurant industry, attracting new competitors and spurring evolutionary changes from quick service and full service brands. Fast casual sales were about $31 billion in 2012, up

Novel Inspiration 

Commercial real estate may not seem like suspense novel material, but truth can be stranger than fiction, according to literary great Mark Twain. On a quest to follow in his footsteps, Robin Eschliman, CCIM, senior vice president of business development

International Beat 

Dublin’s Big Deal Dublin’s largest hotel was sold out of receivership for €67 million, or about $87 million, to the Blackstone Group, which owns the Hilton brand, among others. The Burlington Hotel sold for about one fifth of what developer

Practice Due Decency 

Your mother always told you to be a good person, but was her concern your values or your business prospects? Decency during business negotiations may be the right thing to do, but it can also further personal relationships that create

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Business Opportunities for Real Estate Professionals 

This seventh article in the series on real estate gifting issues discusses the opportunities available to real estate professionals when working with donors or charitable organizations on real estate donations. A real estate professional’s involvement may occur at various stages

Retail Remodel 

In today’s slowly improving economy, retail success depends upon regularly updating the customer experience and a constant focus on managing occupancy costs. One way to accomplish both of these goals is to combine store remodeling campaigns with commercial lease restructuring

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Retained Life Estates 

This sixth article in a series on real estate gifting issues covers retained life estates. The first five articles cover options when donating real estate, outright donations and bequests, bargain sales, charitable gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts. Commercial real

Cross-Border Migration 

As the immigration debate raged in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, inbound international investors were quietly establishing themselves as big players in the Federal City’s commercial real estate market. Cross border investment in the District of Columbia jumped 83.3 percent

Market Trends 

Invest in Detroit Now Despite the dire bankruptcy headlines, the time to buy in downtown Detroit is now, if Dan Gilbert hasn’t already bought it. Since 2007, the founder of Quicken Loans moved his corporate headquarters and 7,000 employees from

International Beat 

Rome’s Big Deal Low cost clothing brand H&M is taking over Italian born Benetton’s flagship store in on Via Tomacelli in central Rome. The Swedish company purchased the former Unione Militare landmark building for $235 million. The 1901 landmark building

Proactive Profitability 

The bad news is that investment property costs increased when taxes increased in January. Interest rates have also increased. The good news is that savvy landlords can take proactive measures to improve the bottom line now and in the upcoming

A Stronger Asset 

The current economic landscape has assembled an array of factors to structurally change real estate investment standards. The intertwining of the U.S. and global economies, deeper integration of liability and equity markets, and the accelerated adoption of real estate investment

Is Video Worth It? 

From shoes to cars to houses, industries are embracing product videos. They give consumers a chance to view before they buy. For businesses, videos provide an opportunity to control the marketing message, are easily shared, and provide details beyond pictures

Regional Outlook 

South Orlando’s Big Deal Location, location, location convinced Hyatt Hotels Corp. to buy its sixth hotel in the Orlando market — the Peabody Orlando adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center. Hyatt purchased the 1,641 room hotel for $717 million

Modern Logistics 

The Great Recession jolted real estate markets, which are still feeling the aftershocks. While the industrial real estate market is seeing strong signs of recovery, to understand today’s investing environment, we must look at the changes since 2008. Post Crash