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Analyze This 

When it comes to figuring out different investment scenarios, commercial real estate professionals have a fairly short list of products from which to choose. The product they use depends on the complexity of their deals, or sometimes the size of

10 Tablet Apps for Commercial Real Estate 

In CIRE’s September October 2011 issue, CCIMs discussed how they use tablets to enhance their business. Most commercial real estate professionals who own tablets are familiar with listing service apps such LoopNet and CoStarGo, but we asked CCIMs to share

Are You E-Savvy? 

Because of the Internet, every aspect of commercial real estate transactions is going to be tipped upside down. I've identified a handful of technology trends that are re engineering our business, from how we get listings, to how we manage

Building Smart 

When is a building smart enough? Almost never, is the overwhelming response from building tenants, technology service providers, and real estate developers. With increasing demand to make buildings smarter, many related products and services have emerged to help property developers,

Biotech Boom 

Nearly five years have passed since the high tech boom and bust. Emerging from the dust is a more mature, focused industry that offers unexpected opportunities for commercial real estate professionals. This special Web series offers a look at what's

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

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.

It's Still About the Client 

Recent technology innovations have helped commercial real estate professionals become more effective and efficient at their jobs. Tablets and cloud computing provide greater mobility. Business social networks increase knowledge sharing, and customer relation management tools, combined with greater access to

Lease Logistics 

As investors seek capital support from public markets, accounting procedures for all types of leased properties have come under closer scrutiny. Lease administration software programs record and track lease information as well as perform necessary accounting, basic analysis, and reporting

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

CyberSmarts 

Decades before servers were known as anything more than the folks who delivered your order in a restaurant, John M. Peckham III, CCIM, was cooking up ideas about the role technology might play in the commercial real estate industry someday.

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

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

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

Mapping a Better Presentation 

Today’s desktop mapping software goes far beyond the simple programs that produce directional maps to guide potential buyers to property sites. In fact, if that’s all you’re looking for in a mapping program, use one of the free on line

A Man(ager)'s Best Friend 

Like dogs and their owners, property managers and their software choices seem to share certain characteristics that defy explanation. However, matching up property managers and programs can be as dangerous as recommending pit bulls to beagle lovers. Choosing the right

Living Mobile 

Before the iPhone burst onto the scene, the word apps meant very little to anyone who wasn&rsquo t whiling away happy hour nursing a plate of potato skins at T.G.I. Friday&rsquo s. Now inescapable, the term refers to computer software

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

PDF Security 

Commercial real estate brokers share information daily with their clients, fellow agents, lenders, attorneys, and other industry professionals. Due to the need for rapid communication and information access, e mail and various online services quickly are replacing traditional communication methods,

More Power to You 

There you are, stuck in traffic, calling your client to explain, and your cell phone dies. While waiting for a weather delayed flight, you catch up on e mail correspondence until your notebook nods off. Working in a restaurant between

Understanding E-mail Etiquette 

E mail is useful during all stages of the broker client relationship, from initial contact to when the deal is closed. To ensure your messages are clear and professional, use these fundamental e mail etiquette guidelines. Be Professional. "E mail

Software Buyers Guide:Investment Analysis 

Argus 11.1 www.realm.com products argus_main.html Features Argus allows users to create valuation models that calculate cash flows, structure debt terms, perform sensitivity analyses, and produce Microsoft Excel reports. The latest version features custom data overviews, high quality report packaging, enhanced

Tech in Check? 

Your information technology manager gives you a ballpark estimate for adding transaction management software to your intranet. Your marketing person wants to use an e mail blast service to target 1031 exchange clients. Your office manager tells you the color

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

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