Market Trends 

Industrial Strength Year The overall national industrial vacancy rate ended 2014 at 6.8 percent, the lowest level since 1Q 2001, according to Cushman & Wakefield. The vacancy rate was down 70 basis points YOY and 400 bps from its 10.8

Stalled Out 

The recovery in the office market has been painfully slow in the majority of metros across the U.S. But a strengthening economy and more robust job growth could give the office sector a much needed charge in the year ahead.

Big Data 

Long before brokers, investors, and other commercial real estate professionals embraced smartphones and tablets, commercial real estate was a data driven business, even if many of us didn’t realize it. Successful professionals in our industry have always been masterful networkers

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Adriana J. Rosillo, CCIM, of Pointe Group Advisors in Coconut Grove, Fla., and two partners represented Mercantil Commercebank Florida Bancorp in the $75 million purchase of a 175,376 sf office building in Coral Gables, Fla., from 220

Ward Center Evolves 

One of the biggest challenges facing commercial real estate practitioners is remaining relevant in an industry that is changing almost on a daily basis. Recognizing that need, the CCIM Institute is helping CRE professionals stay current with classes from the

Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding 

Crowdfunding is probably the biggest buzzword to hit the commercial real estate industry in the last couple of years. But what’s the reality behind the hype? As hundreds of crowdfunding portals appear online, is this really the disruptive technology that

Real Estate Asset Protection 

Ownership of real estate has many benefits from an investment and tax standpoint. There is downside risk, however, since the value of real estate holdings may be significant and can be used to cover damages awarded in a lawsuit. Therefore,

Dual Vision 

Walt Clements, CCIM, newly appointed executive vice president and CEO of the CCIM Institute, embodies the two worlds that CCIM inhabits commercial real estate and education. Throughout his 40 year career, he has owned or managed several companies involved in

Regional Outlook 

East Washington, D.C.’s Big Deal Washington, D.C.’s office market got a fourth quarter shot in the arm with the $392 million sale leaseback of PNC Place to TIAA CREF and Norges Bank Investment Management from PNC Financial Services Group. The

Cap Rate Variations 

Commercial real estate professionals live and breathe capitalization rates. Every trade publication, market participant, and third party report relating to real estate quotes cap rates for various markets and properties. But ask a group of real estate professionals to calculate

Seeking Balance 

As the economy recovers from the Great Recession, construction lending is slowly resuming its place as an important component of real estate lending. For example, in Chicago, there has been a flurry of multifamily developments, and currently two major office

Lodging Sector Update 

As the lodging real estate cycle enters its second year of expansion, the hotel industry is booming. Guest room occupancy finished 2014 at 64.4 percent, while revenue per room posted an astounding 9.2 percent year over year increase, according to

International Beat 

London’s Big Deal Chinese insurers continue to invest in European commercial properties, particularly in London. Ping An Life Insurance, the second largest insurer in China, recently purchased the 385,000 sf Tower Place office building from Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

New Directions 

This year CCIM Institute’s legislative and international initiatives are taking off in new directions. CCIM is aligning our annual Capitol Hill Visit with the National Association of Realtors’ Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., May 11–16. There

Government Watchdog 

After more than 30 years in commercial real estate, first in New York City and most recently in Orlando, Fla., Lou Nimkoff, CCIM, CPM, president of Brio Properties in Winter Park, Fla., has seen the effects of both good and

Retail Tenant Bankruptcies 

Despite a strengthening economy, the retail sector continues to face challenges. Since late 2014, several prominent retailers — including Brookstone, Coldwater Creek, Loehmann’s, Crumbs Bake Shop, Wet Seal, and most recently, Radio Shack — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While

Creating Value 

Owner occupied real estate can be an untapped source of balance sheet value for bankrupt companies. Such real estate assets provide a potential catalyst for exiting bankruptcy successfully or a financial carrot to motivate prospective strategic or financial buyers. Currently,