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Born-Again Buildings 

Call it the “Friends” effect After a decade of watching the television show about six characters sharing funky urban digs, young adults in mid size U.S. cities have decided that’s the life they want. But unlike previous

Commercial Real Estate by Degrees 

Master of science in real estate or an MBA with a concentration in real estate? That's one of the many decisions potential graduate students must make when they return to school for an advanced degree. Fortunately a growing number of

Carrying the Cargo 

Bringing cargo through the Suez Canal to the East Coast may seem like the long way, but much of the U.S. logistics development today is an end run around the growing congestion at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

For Hire Online 

When Carol T. Kellogg, CCIM, moved to Charlotte, N.C., in November 2004, she worked with several local executive search groups to find a job. It was a frustrating experience. “I worked with four headhunters, but none of them had real

Investing in the Arts 

"John says he found us a needle in a haystack," says Diane Litsey, executive director of the Children's Dance Foundation in Homewood, Ala. "And he did." The needle was at least 10,000 square feet of dance studio space with 50

Haute Hospitality 

Oh those luxury destinations New York, London, Cairo ... and Indianapolis? Yes, according to Hilton Hotels Corp., which just opened the $100 million, 243 room Conrad Indianapolis, the newest addition to its luxury brand. Or, what about checking into the

Hunting for Recreational Properties 

Land is America's new stock market. In some parts of the country, people burned by Wall Street are putting their money into what Scarlett O'Hara called “the only thing that lasts.” For example, Curt Eilers, CCIM, a broker investor who

India Calls 

U.S. commercial real estate companies have had India on the line for several years. CB Richard Ellis, Cushman & Wakefield, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Colliers International partnered with local commercial real estate professionals to set up Indian offices in the

IM Connected 

As the time between mak ing an offer and closing on a property shrinks, many commercial real estate pros are learning that new communi cation tools help them keep pace with the industry. For example, in most cases a sales

Market Trends(31) 

New Orleans Markets RatedNew Orleans' apartment market garnered an investment conditions rating of 7.2 out of 10 points in a recent Real Estate Research Corp. study. Industrial came in second with a 6.4 rating and hotels third with a 5.6

Market Trends(33) 

More Pro Teams for More CitiesProfessional sports teams are urban development magnets Cities build stadiums to attract them, spawning additional opportunities for retail, hospitality, and restaurant real estate. And many thriving secondary markets are

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

Investment Profile: In the Lap of Luxury 

It’s hard to find an unhappy hotel owner, developer, or investor at any level this year. Global travel and tourism topped $6 trillion in 2005, growing 5.7 percent, and 4.2 percent annual growth is forecast for the next 10 years,

Online Help 

There are many small ways that technology can help you out in a last minute effort to close a deal or present a property. The key is knowing where to find these resources before you need them. www.mimeo.com This online

Moving the Goods 

"America is a nation of distributors," says Brian P. Hayes, CCIM, senior director of national accounts at Opus National LLC, in Rosemont, Ill. "The macro trend driving warehouse spec development is the greater distribution of consumer goods." Even macro does

Mastering Your Future 

Do your clients care what diplomas hang on your office walls? Probably not, say most commercial real estate professionals who responded to an e mail survey on graduate degrees. "An advanced degree means little to a client except as a

New Rules for Retail 

The rules for retail are changing across America, almost as quickly as the holiday lights come down and the racks of valentines go up on Jan. 2. Wal Mart has morphed from the feared competitor into the good neighbor that

Staying Connected 

"Does it track people or properties?” “Will it sync to my Palm Pilot?” “Can I use it on a network?” “It's too slow too complex to learn ” Commercial real estate professionals have numerous questions and opinions when it comes

Triple-Net Triple Threat 

Looking for a rock solid investment in a shifting economy? Look no further than single tenant net leased properties. In markets where shopping centers sit empty and office buildings are dark, the lights are on (usually 24 hours) at the

A Tale of Two Markets 

&ldquo It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the

Teams Work 

The first lesson of economic development is that it pays to be in the right place at the right time. And in today&rsquo s economic climate, the right place is just off Highway 12 14 in Middleton, Wis., where Rob

Thinking Big 

How do they do it? Those brokers and sales agents who operate in small markets or who work solo or with just a partner or two? How do they survive in a market as tough as today’s? Common thought might

Using IAQ as a Marketing Tool 

When potential tenants walk into an apartment, air quality registers, whether they realize it or not. “When you go through an apartment, the first thing you notice is the smell,” says Matt Teasdale, an associate with Minnesota Brokerage Group in

The Affordability Question 

Highland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb where the median home price is $430,000, recently passed a zoning ordinance mandating that 20 percent of new multifamily developments with five or more units must be sold as affordable housing. It's an indication

25 Tips for a More Profitable Year 

What better time to plant the seeds of success than at the beginning of a new century? By cultivating new skills and weeding out bad habits, you can improve your productivity and harvest the rewards of greater profitability. To get