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Excel at Basic Mortgage Calculations 

It’s probably happened to you at one time after computing a basic mortgage calculation, you’re unable to recreate your steps. Financial calculators make the calculations simple, but you can’t save the results or print them. However, you can do just

Dot-Com, Inc. 

The technological revolution has greatly changed corporate America. The growing technology sector is challenging traditional business models and implementing new ways of thinking. As a result, new corporate cultures are evolving and commercial real estate service providers may find themselves

Excel at Financial Analysis Calculations 

Editor’s note While industry trends come and go, some investment principles remain infinitely valuable for commercial real estate professionals. A version of this article, originally published in the September October 2000 issue, is the most viewed article on Commercial Investment

Digital Decisions 

In a profession that relies on sight as well as smarts, commercial real estate practitioners have taken to digital cameras like ducks to water. The main advantage of digital is immediacy. Moments after the shutter is pushed, you can view

High-Tech Productivity 

Despite ongoing laments about the speed at which everyone must adapt to continually evolving high technology tools, the fact remains that those who refuse to keep abreast of new technology appear destined to be dusted by it. Indeed, for commercial

Dive Into Digital Imaging 

Remember when a camera and a roll of film were all that was needed to take photographs for use with property listings and presentation materials? Times have changed. Today, digital cameras and scanners, coupled with computers, various software programs, and

Finding the Right Site 

Technology, competition, speed to market, and a highly fragmented consumer marketplace have changed the world of retail site selection. On top of that, e commerce still wages the shopping war of bricks vs. clicks. But despite these changes, many fundamentals

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

Cutting the Cord 

Tired of tripping over computer cables in your office? Is the lack of a conference room broadband connection hampering client presentations? If so, it's time you considered going wireless. Wireless networks let commercial real estate professionals access company files, print

Digital Dynamos 

A proliferation of feature laden personal digital assistants and smartphones crowds today's market. Each successive model integrates more capabilities as manufacturers grope for the right combination of price, features, and form. In addition to providing basic PDA functions, many of

Wired for the Future 

When the so called Internet economy emerged in the late 1990s, a new and lucrative market for technology intensive real estate opened up for property developers. The companies that were the driving force behind the dot com revolution demanded extensive

Beyond Basic Training 

“Sara is the lifeblood. She makes the wheels go round,” says Brown Bethune, CCIM, senior sales associate at Prudential Burroughs & Chapin Realty, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., about Sara P. Jones, his office's administrative assistant. “She keeps us out in

Got Gadgets? 

High tech gadgets now are a part of commercial real estate professionals' everyday work life. "I am able to work more efficiently because of today's technology products," says Brett Haynes, CCIM, associate broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial in Winchester, Va.

High-Tech Note Taking 

At the Fall 2000 Comdex show in Las Vegas, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates unveiled prototypes of a new portable personal computer called the tablet PC. Two years later, seven computer manufacturers launched their versions of the product. While some computer

Tech:Take 2 

Tech is back. And it's coming to a market near you. Out in Silicon Valley, Calif., the venture capital angels are rustling their wings as they search for new bioscience companies to fund. Down in the Telecom Corridor of Richardson,

Virtual Money 

The dot com massacre that ravaged the e commerce landscape has left only a handful of survivors in the online commercial real estate financing sector. But those companies that still are breathing have developed business models and strategic partnerships that

Using Technology to Make Better Real Estate Decisions 

Drive Times Technology has taken a giant leap forward the last few years by expanding the traditional tool of demographic research into an analysis of lifestyles and consumer spending behavior. The old school strategy was to look at population count

Who Triumphed at the Technology Shootout? 

At the ReFocus CCIM conference in October, 10 exhibitors took part in the Technology Shootout Facilitating the Transaction session. Each exhibitor had 10 minutes to explain why their product is an indispensable weapon in a CCIM’s deal making arsenal. The

In the Zone 

When asked to spearhead the Houston Gulf Coast CCIM Chapter&rsquo s Web site redesign, Colin Fox, CCIM, president of Colin Fox & Associates in Houston, wanted the site &ldquo to provide more relevance and value to both our broker and

Y2K Won't Go Away 

Probably it’s already too late. Property professionals who have not acted by now could face the brunt of possible problems when the year 2000 begins. Fortunately, many have expended phenomenal time, money, and energy to prepare for this looming deadline.

Standing Out Online 

In the early 1990s, many commercial real estate professionals perceived the Internet as a distant technological galaxy that would never impact their daily business. Yet in less than a decade, the industry has succumbed to the Web's gravitational pull Today

Social Media Savvy 

Linda Gerchick, CCIM, associate broker for Keller Williams Northeast Realty in Phoenix, was skeptical when her kids showed her how to set up a Facebook account. She knew that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter were becoming more popular

Top Five Internet Trends 

Editor’s Note The following article is based on a session from the 1998 CCIM International Commercial Real Estate Conference in San Diego. The fundamental concept of the Internet is communications. It will change your business by changing the way you

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Tech Support 

Though rumored to be technological slowpokes, many commercial real estate professionals are on the fast track when it comes to integrating technology into their businesses. But with a constant stream of new products and services, how do you determine which