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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

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

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

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

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

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

E-Brokerage Revolution Promises to Re-Engineer the Industry 

Although the commercial real estate market is one of the major sectors of the U.S. and world economies, it has been one of the last to embrace technology. The insurance, financial services, accounting, legal, retail, and manufacturing sectors long have

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,

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One-Stop Marketing 

I 've maintained many client relationships for nearly 30 years, and over time the nature of these relationships has changed. Today my clients expect higher levels of service faster than ever before, and technology plays an increasingly important role in

Online Video Transmissions Offer a Cost-Effective Alternative 

In today's fast paced world, businesses require up to the minute information from all over the world. Spending hours flying to remote locations for meetings is not always an option. And telephone conferences, while helpful, lack the personal touch often

Powerful Platform 

CCIM Institute has teamed up with ESRI, a private geographic information systems and mapping software company, to launch a new commercial property information exchange portal that allows institute members to enter all their property information into a database just once

Point and Click Your Way to Online Educational Opportunities 

In addition to being an online research and entertainment source, today’s Internet is ripe with educational opportunities. With Net usage and content continuing to expand at astronomical rates, online education already is being used by a small but growing number

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

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