Development Déjà Vu 

An oil producing formation called the Cline Shale was recently discovered in West Texas. Soon workers descended upon the tertiary cities of Midland and Odessa, drawn by the new oil field jobs. Brian J. O’Boyle, CCIM, managing broker with Apartment

Regional Outlook 

South Houston’s Big Deal A new spec office building is big news in most markets in Houston, the story is that the property is fully leased before it even opens. Technip USA will occupy all 17 floors of Energy Tower

Foreign Aid 

While the broader economy is still seeking firm footing, commercial real estate appears to be among the early engines of growth. Sustaining momentum in property markets comes with the ever present challenge to secure funding, as lending and capital markets

International Beat 

England’s Big Deal Until recently, office acquisitions outside of London were rare. But the sale leaseback of One Angel Square in Manchester, England, for £142 million, about $217 million, by German based RREEF Real Estate, signals that foreign investors are

Office: Risk vs. Reward 

As capitalization rates continue to compress for core office assets, one red flag being raised is whether investors are biting off more risk than they can chew. Clearly, office buyers are willing to take on more risk as long as

Market Trends 

International Buyers Seek Apartments In the past 15 months, international real estate investors have sought security in the U.S. multifamily market, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Canadian investors have spent close to $3.2 billion in the U.S. multifamily market, followed

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Charitable Remainder Trusts 

This fifth article in a series on real estate gifting issues covers charitable remainder trusts. The first four articles cover options when donating real estate, outright donations and bequests, bargain sales, and charitable gift annuities. The first three articles cover

Conference Countdown 

There’s no better place to elevate your career than the 2013 CCIM Live conference Oct. 25–26 at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver. Whether you’re looking for new business contacts, insights on the commercial real estate market, or a new take

CCIM Connections 

Experience MattersExperience is often the foundation upon which success is built. For Dave Liniger, chairman and co founder of Re Max LLC in Denver, a yearlong recovery from a life threatening illness allowed him to draw on the vision, determination,

System for Success 

The path to the designation is unique for every CCIM. For some, it’s a direct dash to the pin. For others, such as Bo Barron, CCIM, vice president of organizational development for Sperry Van Ness International Corp. (, there are

July/August 2013 Online Deal Makers 

Office Frank S. Weiskopf, CCIM, of Realty Executives Associates in Maryville, Tenn., represented Masterbuilder Properties LLC in the $2.6 million sale of 18,900 sf of office space in Knoxville, Tenn. Matthew B. Fentress, CCIM, of NAI Knoxville in Knoxville represented

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Dan Bellow, CCIM, of Jones Lang LaSalle in Houston and five partners represented Hines U.S. Investment REIT in the $412 million sale of Williams Tower, a 1.4 million sf office property in Houston, to Invesco Real Estate.

11 Ways to Finance Commercial Real Estate Energy Retrofits 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings account for 35 percent of U.S. (and 40 percent of global) electricity consumption. Most commercial real estate professionals accept that energy efficient buildings can, and do, impact the value of the

Retail Revival 

Wikipedia lists about 200 regional grocery chains in the U.S., comprising thousands of stores. Each one is in a constant battle for survival. Competition plus consolidation means that even strong chains are forced to close marginalized stores with unprecedented frequency.

Chasing Yield 

As competition for core properties continues to intensify, office investors have been casting a wider net to move capital off the sidelines and to capture higher returns. The question is, How much risk are buyers willing to assume when the

2013 Midyear Financing Report 

With an abundance of available capital, the first half of 2013 showed plenty of healthy competition to finance commercial real estate. Will this trend continue? Unless rising interest rates create significant market turmoil, projections from the Mortgage Bankers Association are

Site Selection 

In commercial real estate, each project is different from the last. Properties, personalities, financing terms, market conditions, and other factors continue to change and can make the life of a commercial real estate professional uncertain to say the least. One

Small-Market Valuations 

The demand for high quality commercial real estate in primary and many secondary markets has been gaining strength during the past 12 to 18 months. As the availability of good product in primary markets has diminished, some potential buyers are

Slow but Steady 

The U.S. economy is now midway through its fourth year of recovery. Ignoring any occasional stock market euphoria, the economy remains on a consistent path of slow improvement. Real gross domestic product is on track to grow at a rate

Lots of Land 

Land prices in many areas of the U.S. are on the rise amid increasing demand, but the level of demand and the reasons behind it vary from market to market. Land values increased an average of 13 percent in 2012,

Off Balance 

“We are looking for a relationship.” “We are a relationship bank.” Often borrowers hear these phrases when requesting a commercial mortgage loan from a bank however, in these circumstances, relationship is really just a marketing friendly code word for compensating