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Deliver With Demographics 

Technology has taken a giant leap forward in 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, income,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holding Hands With Handhelds 

An e mail survey of commercial real estate professionals who use personal digital assistants reads like a wish list for Santa Claus. Many industry people — especially those on the road — are tired of juggling PDAs, pagers, laptops, cell

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

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.

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

Paperless Tools 

As commercial real estate professionals take their companies paperless, they should realize there are several tools that can assist with their green efforts. Most of these materials are easy to obtain and may even already be on site. MonitorsUsing one

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

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,

Plugging Into Productivity 

In an increasingly wired world, commercial real estate practitioners are figuring out how to adapt. Today, deals happen at warp speed the marketplace is local and global at the same time, and the amount of information available online seems practically

Can You See Me Now? 

Camera phones may not be on the cutting edge in terms of picture quality, but that doesn't stop savvy commercial real estate professionals from using them to improve their business. From marketing to documenting information and even keeping track of

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

Warehouses Think Big 

If you asked a commercial real estate industry outsider to describe a warehouse, most likely he would answer "cramped, dark, and dusty." In today's industrial market, that reply is far from the truth. New warehouses are mammoth concrete structures through

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

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

Virtual Business 

As today&rsquo s technology tools quickly evolve, some commercial real estate professionals are forgoing traditional presentation methods and taking advantage of video based marketing and presentation software. This move has distinguished them from the competition and allowed them to expand

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

Excel at Financial-Analysis Calculations 

Solving time value of money problems commonly encountered in the financial analysis of commercial real estate investments can be accomplished quickly and accurately with the aid of computer spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. Specifically, Excel can calculate discounted cash

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.

Tablet PC Buyers Guide 

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