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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

Beware of Internet Imposters 

Before the Internet, "People would become what we call ‘Xerox brokers’ they’d Xerox other brokers’ packages," William Spivock, CCIM, remembers. Spivock, of Commercial Specialists in Las Vegas, recently ran across the Information Age equivalent of this unauthorized copying. Spivock found

Automate Your Business With an Internet-Based Information System 

For years the commercial real estate industry has relied on archaic business systems to generate revenues. Traditionally, transaction related information is duplicated on paper and filed in multiple locations. But today's more sophisticated clients demand greater speed and accountability from

Armchair Conferencing 

Though commercial real estate is a people focused business, industry professionals who need to meet with clients and colleagues across the country no longer need to lose days traveling. Instead, they can use Web conferencing software, such as Adobe Acrobat

The Auction Option 

CCIM members may be skeptical about real estate auctions as a disposition strategy. Traditionally, auctions were used as a measure of last resort for only the most troubled of assets. But that’s changing quickly. Auctions now are accepted by both

Increased Connectivity Defines Tomorrow's Smart Buildings 

Looking at the typical life cycle of a commercial property, a building developed today has a projected life expectancy of at least 30 years. If owners have financial goals reflecting that life span, they must understand the next generation of

Industry Conference Highlights Technology's Role in Brokerage Evolution 

Technology products and systems showcased at this year's Realcomm conference in Chicago affect how commercial real estate professionals develop, lease, manage, buy, and sell property. Of all the industry segments, brokerage in particular benefits from these technological advances. The following

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

Long-Distance Logic 

After receiving a cell phone bill that included a month of international charges for calls to a Canadian investor, Creigh A. Bogart, CCIM, a broker in Tampa, Fla., changed not only how he makes international calls but how he receives

Let's Get Digital 

In today’s market, commercial real estate professionals look for the most viable options to speed up the deal making process. Those who want to quickly navigate the tight market rely on the latest technology tools to aid in closing deals.

On Location 

As social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter become more popular around the globe, real estate professionals are exploring ways to leverage the potential power of these tools. Recent trends indicate that the next wave of social networking has

Call on Your Computer for Cheaper Phone Service 

Free telephone service could be a big boon to commercial real estate professionals, many of whom burn up the long distance wires with repeated phone calls to clients, potential clients, project partners, and others. With simple software and widely available

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

Commercial Brokers Use Tech-Savvy Strategies to Boost Their Business 

The 2002 Realcomm conference, held in Las Vegas in June, examined how technology is gaining a foothold in the commercial real estate industry and evaluated the latest tools brokers need to embrace it. In the conference session &ldquo Who Is

Commercial Property Tours Go High-Tech 

How can you show properties to potential buyers and tenants from around the country any time of the day or night, without scheduling appointments? On the Internet, of course. Taking a page from residential real estate practitioners, more and more

The Genius of GIS 

Experience and technology are a potent combination in commercial real estate land acquisition and site selection. While there is no substitute for local area knowledge, having the ability to specify, analyze, and package local market information to meet a particular

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

A Fresh Angle 

Aerial property images play a key role in commercial real estate marketing. They provide a wealth of information about the nature of a property and the surrounding area. And the right kind of imagery not only facilitates the sale of

Internet-Based Information Systems Improve Company Efficiency 

In the last 10 years, personal computers and PC networks have wreaked havoc on centralized, structured information management systems. Instead of being organized into specific databases, company information often is scattered in various software programs such as Act , Access,

Listen Up 

Podcasts, or digital media files, are a convenient, cost effective way for commercial real estate professionals to reach existing clients, attract new business, and demonstrate the value of their companies’ intellectual property. Businesses also can use podcasts to communicate with

Paperless Payoff 

Facing an overwhelming number of files and documents to scan, some commercial real estate professionals resist converting their brokerage from paper to digital, hoping for an easier solution. However, those looking to increase services while gaining a competitive advantage may

Picture Perfect 

In today's electronic world, commercial real estate professionals are exposed to digital photography daily, and many of us frequently use digital images in our businesses. Understanding digital photo production is the first step to creating visually appealing marketing materials

Setting the Tone 

Tapping into the demand for small office space is as much an art as a business proposition. Small office tenants can range from start up businesses with little capital to put toward rent and amenities to consultants who need office

Tech on Deck 

New technologies offer enormous opportunities to increase productivity and improve client service. Yet, like most emerging systems, success hinges on how the advancement is applied within an industry. The following five technologies have the potential to change the way commercial

Smartphone Showdown 

The Apple iPhone has a definite cool factor among design professionals, but is there enough substance behind the style to get business professionals to give up their BlackBerrys? Perhaps. The introduction of the faster iPhone 3G gives business users the