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CCIMs’ Biggest Deals of 2020 

In a topsy-turvy year, these deal-makers share keys to polishing off the largest transactions of 2020.

A Touch of Tech 

Proptech may help increase safety and sanitation — and that potential was realized in one Chicago-based retail-office project.

Development Done Right 

How people interact with retail and office real estate is changing, but one firm is banking on creative, sustainable solutions to win the future. To discuss what the office and retail sectors may face in the near future, we spoke to Matt Bronfman, principal and CEO of Jamestown, a global real estate investment and management company.

Recapturing the Magic 

One CCIM designee helped a client find financing and acquire an Orlando-area hotel for conversion to multifamily housing.

CCIM Candidate Spotlight: Amy Smith 

CCIM Candidate Amy Smith speaks with Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine about her career in CRE and how she finds work-life balance.

Strong Fundamentals 

The multifamily market remained healthy relative to other CRE sectors. With the U.S. economy poised to rebound from the pandemic through 2021, it could attract plenty of attention from investors. 

CCIM Candidate Spotlight: Peter Farsai 

CCIM Candidate Peter Farsai details his pursuit of the pin, including the support structures that have aided him, mentors who have provided guidance, and the challenges he continues to overcome.

Return Policies 

Institutional investment and private equity look to reenter the commercial real estate game after staying on the sidelines during COVID-19. 

Room for Recovery 

The hospitality sector was devastated in 2020, but vaccinations, industrywide efforts, and returning demand are reasons for hope.

Maintaining Networks 

When trying to understand where the industry is going and what tomorrow’s commercial real estate workforce will look like, it’s tough to find a more plugged-in person than Steve Weikal, MSRED, MCP, JD, the head of industry relations and CRE tech lead at the MIT Center for Real Estate.

Intelligent Analysis 

Improving efficiency and decision-making, artificial intelligence holds plenty of promise to boost performance in CRE.

CCIM Candidate Spotlight: Devin Mecham 

CCIM Candidate Devin Mecham talks about a career that has included property management and vocational ministry before ultimately bringing him to commercial real estate.

Multifamily’s Path Ahead 

Caitlin Sugrue Walter, Ph.D., vice president for the National Multifamily Housing Council, discusses the challenges facing the multifamily sector how the U.S. economy, battered by COVID-19, but points to a healthy recovery in late 2020 as reason for optimism.

Keeping Deals in the Pipeline 

A CCIM candidate in Atlanta keeps his pocket full of potential deals in affordable housing by leaning on Site To Do Business to save time and money.

CCIM Q&A: The Gift of Perspective 

George Larsen, CCIM, looks back on his 50-year career in CRE, highlighting lessons learned, deals done, and advice for the next generation of CCIMs.

The Hot Topic of Cold Storage 

The supply chain proved resilient amid myriad challenges in 2020, with cold storage developing into an especially promising sector of the industrial market in the years to come. 

CCIM Q&A: You Can See Me Now 

Stephanie Coleman, CCIM, discusses her experiences to understand what to expect in health care real estate, what the CRE industry can do to improve diversity, and how her experiences have led her to where she is today.

CCIM Q&A: A Fresh Start 

Beau Beery, CCIM, discusses starting his own brokerage in early 2021 and the bustling multifamily market in Florida.

Financing Green Initiatives 

Randy Eckers, chair of the real estate finance practice for Akerman LLC, talks about the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, which allows building owners to borrow money to complete projects with repayment made through an assessment on their property tax bill.

Deep-Rooted Demand 

Doug Phillips, partner and REALTOR® with Schuil & Associates Real Estate, a firm that specializes in the agricultural land sector, talks about how the agriculture real estate market remained relatively steady amid 2020’s chaos.

Consulting Those in the Know 

One prominent commercial real estate veteran aims to leverage Site To Do Business and other analytical tools to help the small investor make big gains.

The View from Abroad 

Maggie Coleman, managing partner with BFIN, where she leads the Private Capital Authority real estate platform, discusses how the U.S. economy, battered by COVID-19, is still the gold standard when it comes to stability — something that is important to foreign capital in need of safe harbor.

CCIM Candidate Spotlight: Michael Salik 

CCIM Candidate Michael Salik speaks with Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine about his path that led him from the U.S. Navy to a successful career in commercial real estate.

Preparing for the Real World 

2021 CCIM Institute President Timothy S. Blair, CCIM, discusses his big plans for the year ahead.

Seeing Green 

Adoption of wind and solar energy in commercial real estate is booming, but renewables still have a long road ahead.