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As a part of their CCIM Institute benefits, members have access to STDBonline, a powerful geographic information system. For more than 10 years, STDBonline has provided GIS analytic services to more than 15,000 users. STDBonline&rsquo s most popular uses are

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

Digital Cameras Are an Essential Tool for Today's Broker 

Due to their ability to communicate a vast amount of information about a property at a glance, photographs have been a critical element in the marketing of commercial real estate properties for decades. For many years, traditional film cameras were

Digital Transformation Requires a Multifaceted Approach 

If they haven't done so already, many commercial real estate companies are considering the transition from a paper based operation to a digital process. However, creating a digital office entails more than implementing new technology it means evaluating all business

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

Finding the Perfect PC 

Though notebook computers are increasingly common to many professionals (see "In Search of the Right Laptop," CIREJ, March April 1998), desktop personal computers still are popular thanks to their plummeting prices and soaring performance. So where mobility is not an

Follow These Strategies to Complete a Successful Technology Relocation 

Relocating a company's information technology infrastructure is often the most complex and costly piece of the moving puzzle. It also is the most important, as IT systems are the lifeblood of most companies. To prevent business disruptions, brokerage owners must

Exposing Yourself on the Net 

If you have e mail and a Web site, you may think you’re fully accessible on the Internet. If you don’t have a presence on the Net, you may be skeptical about its ability to generate business for you. In

Drawing Conclusions About Graphics 

Publisher is just one of the many hats that commercial real estate professionals wear today. Though they may not be creating books or magazines, very likely they are publishing Web sites, producing printed property fliers, or sending photographs to Web

Get IT Together 

Technology helps commercial real estate professionals to work faster, communicate better, and stay connected at all times. However, trying to figure out all the components of information technology is something that can take practitioners away from their daily business routines.

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

Implement a Disaster Recovery Plan to Protect Against the Unexpected 

In light of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, disaster recovery planning has taken on a serious, new meaning. A carefully designed disaster management plan can help businesses rebound and continue operations if the unexpected occurs. Whether it is a

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

Site to Do Business Offers a Portal to Success 

An online tour through the Site to Do Business at the recent 2000 CCIM Commercial Real Estate Conference and Sponsor Showcase in Chicago helped users better understand the services and information that are available to them. STDB (http www.stdbonline.com )

Data Defense 

You have a meeting with a prospective client to look at some retail space, but as you're driving the client calls to say he'll be 45 minutes late. Instead of turning around and heading back

For Hire Online 

When Carol T. Kellogg, CCIM, moved to Charlotte, N.C., in November 2004, she worked with several local executive search groups to find a job. It was a frustrating experience. “I worked with four headhunters, but none of them had real

Coming Attractions 

In an age where video is king, it is no surprise that the newest generation of commercial real estate marketing technology is making movies. While by no means mainstream, using cinematic techniques such as plot, characters, and themes to tell

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

Following Leads 

Unlike in the past, today's tech savvy commercial real estate clients expect online strategies to be part of their brokers' overall marketing plans. In fact, most clients realize that static Web sites and e mailed listings no longer are enough

Is Your Site Seen? 

As great a marketing tool as the Internet is, Web sites that do not generate traffic may as well not exist. To be effective marketing tools and income generators, Web sites should promote not only your company and your services,

Technology Follows You Around 

Wouldn’t it be easier for your customers to find you if they only needed one phone number to reach you? What if you had only one place to retrieve voice mail, e mail, and faxes? How about accessing your e

Video Primer 

As sites like YouTube continue to grow, commercial real estate professionals are starting to see results from Web video marketing. For example, when our company, Duemelands Commercial, includes videos for new retail property sales listings on our Web site, we

Why Go Wireless? 

New York's 2.8 million square foot Time Warner Center and Rockefeller Center concourse have implemented in building wireless systems that can help achieve increased tenant occupancy and retention and higher lease rates. On the operations side, building owners and managers

Wireless Technology Is the Way to Go 

This could be considered a breakout year in technology, according to industry professionals who attended Comdex, the world's largest technology convention, in November in Las Vegas. Unlike the recent past, this show introduced a whole new generation of technology and,

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