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Beyond the Façade 

Across all property sectors, users and developers are eyeing urban locations. And given the lack of available land in central business districts, today’s urban infill projects often are adaptive reuse or conversion projects. In the past, good, affordable space for

Mediation Basics 

A slow real estate market is fertile ground for contract disputes, and CCIMs are not immune. While arbitration can be useful in solving disputes, it is often inefficient and in this market prohibitively expensive. "With arbitration, sometimes relationships are damaged,"

Conversion Connections 

“The greatest thing about CCIM is the people I’ve met,” says John Lauriello, CCIM, principal of Southpace Properties in Birmingham, Ala. Those connections, as Lauriello discovered, can make or break niche conversion projects. Last year, he was retained by the

The Google Solution 

“As a sole practitioner, I’ve searched for the best way to sync e mail, contacts, and calendars on my desktop, laptop, and smartphone,” says Joel Kahn, CCIM, owner of Equity Alliance in Bedford, N.H., and senior technology consultant with CCIM

MailBridge Delivers 

Now more than ever, CCIM designees are leveraging their technology oriented member benefits to create and strengthen deal making opportunities. MailBridge, a preference matching e mail marketing and information platform, is one of the CCIM Institute&rsquo s most useful &mdash

Industrial Wakes Up 

Gently shaken by improving fundamentals, the once slumbering industrial sector has begun to stir. Investment activity and user sales increased approximately 35 percent and 50 percent respectively from 1Q09 to 1Q10, reports Cushman & Wakefield. Though the sector seems to

Inspect These Gadgets 

Jay R. Lucas, CCIM, president of CCIM Technologies in Dallas, recently went to a prospect’s office to present four properties. He began to set up his laptop in the crowded presentation room when he noticed something was missing the projector.

Lay Down the Law 

Editor’s note CCIMs share their strategies for managing an online presence in “Surviving Social Media,” which appears in the January February 2011 issue of Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine. The following Web Exclusive supplement discusses user guidelines, an important but

Retail Goes Downtown 

At the Chatham Market retail center on Chicago’s South Side, shoppers may be surprised to find a new convenience store tucked in next to a Potbelly’s sandwich shop this summer Walmart Express. Slated to be its first urban location, the

Guiding Foreign Investors 

Danny Zelonker, CCIM, SIOR, broker associate with Mizrach Realty Associates in Miami, thought he finally had the sale of Halevai LLC’s 23,000 square foot Miami warehouse on track when he discovered a problem. The buyer, a Venezuelan owned meat packing

Property Prescriptions 

Today, CCIM asset managers are no longer just asset managers they&rsquo re asset value physicians. For some, this means providing emergency, life saving care &ldquo As a court appointed receiver, my role is often like a battlefield surgeon&rsquo s,&rdquo says

Multifamily Takes Manhattan 

For decades, pundits have argued about the ill effects of New York City’s apartment rent control laws. But are these laws good for real estate investors? For certain multifamily owners in today’s market, the answer is a resounding yes, according

Sustainable Momentum 

Have green properties been more resilient through the downturn? Yes, according to a 2010 CB Richard Ellis study 79 percent of owners surveyed believed that sustainable properties attract and retain tenants. The study, which defined green and sustainable buildings as

Surviving Social Media 

The Internet is a noisy place. Each month, Facebook users post more than 30 billion pieces of content, such as notes and photo albums, and billions of tweets resound through Twitter or compatible third party applications. Add to this the

A Very Good Year 

As many industry commentators have pointed out, 2009 was a year that most commercial real estate professionals would like to forget. Financing was elusive, value was difficult to determine, the buyer seller gap persisted, and cash was cautious. &ldquo We

Re-Useful 

Repurposing an old property demands creativity, especially in a climate where reluctant buyers, frozen credit markets, and rigid zoning regulations can immobilize even the most vital projects. To maintain momentum, adaptive reuse experts have broadened their strategies &mdash and, in

Rising Stars(3) 

In an increasingly competitive and volatile marketplace, commercial real estate professionals must make their mark on the industry in short order. These CCIMs have held the designation for less than five years and already have become leading lights in their

Top Deals 

As predicted, 2008 was not an easy year for CCIMs. But despite the challenges, they still closed transactions in every commercial real estate sector and in every U.S. region. Commercial Investment Real Estate received more than $3.4 billion in deals

Rising Stars 

Summer is upon us and across the country, commercial real estate professionals are flocking to collaborate with colleagues, clients, and local governments to capture elusive business opportunities. CCIMs, for their part, are capitalizing on the designation&rsquo s reputation and built

The Corporate Climate 

Spurred on by the unyielding economic malaise, corporations have retooled their real estate portfolios along with their business plans. Some are capitalizing on a scarcity of competition by expanding operations, while others are weathering the storm by consolidating investments and

Cities Upon a Hill 

Industry experts have weighed in on what to expect in 2008, and it can be summed up in one word aftershock. As commercial real estate markets across the country attempt to find their footing after seismic shake ups in the

CCIMREDEX Revealed 

For CCIM designees and candidates who are shouldering a large portion of the workload in real estate offices around the country, efficient analysis and marketing are indispensable. &ldquo Our time is precious,&rdquo says Rhonda J. West, CCIM, owner of West

CCIM.com Blasts Off! 

The countdown has begun CCIM Institute is ready to launch a new and improved CCIM.com. “We needed a platform that would meet a wide variety of needs,” says institute President Elect Leil Koch, CCIM, president of Equity One Real Estate

Multifamily Media Frenzy 

We’ve all seen the headlines “Apartments Shine as Beacon of Hope” and “Multifamily Sales Defy the Slump.” National newspapers, industry blogs, and local business publications, among others, have joined in a chorus singing the praises of apartment investment opportunities throughout

A Time to Buy 

By now it’s well known The commercial real estate recovery already has begun in core markets, where big deals are closing regularly. But there’s a lot of action in secondary and tertiary markets too. As these transactions illustrate, investors everywhere