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Affordable Housing Resources 

There are many resources for affordable housing in private, nonprofit, and government sectors. Funding sources exist at all levels, but many federal programs, such as the low income housing tax credits, are distributed at the state level through the state

“Not in My Backyard!” 

Real estate professionals facing opposition to development or zoning changes these days must hack their way through a forest of initials. In many communities the original NIMBYs Not in My Backyard have subdivided into CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) dwellers,

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

Buy in to Buyers Brokerage 

Twenty years ago, investment brokers accepted open listings as the standard way to sell property. Today, few commercial investment real estate professionals draw most of their income this way. However, a broker representing a buyer often works the buyer like

Be a Team Player 

We used to say, “If you're in the door, you're in the deal,” but in the current fast changing atmosphere, that isn't the case. Today, commercial real estate practitioners must find ways to meet more complex client demands, offer a

Making the Corporate Connection 

For years the corporate real estate world comprised a close knit community of executives and their staffs. But as today's shrinking budgets force layoffs in real estate departments, corporations increasingly look to local service providers for assistance with their brokerage

Motivating Factors 

Commercial real estate brokers at IPC Commercial Real Estate in La Jolla, Calif., are motivated by fear of missing the boat &mdash literally. Last year, top brokers in this office and their spouses were treated to an eight day cruise

Helpful Hiring Hints 

Help wanted Commercial real estate company seeks professional with strong sales and people skills and considerable industry experience who fits the company's culture. Anyone who's ever hired a commercial real estate professional knows the demands of trying to find the

Help! I Need Somebody 

Hiring a personal assistant to help boost productivity may sound appealing to many commercial real estate professionals. Given that everyone starts off with the same 24 hours each day, using every minute allows only 1,440 minutes a day. Take away

Keep Them Coming Back 

When it comes to providing customer service, the golden rule applies &ldquo Try to put yourself in your customers' shoes and figure out how you would want to be treated,&rdquo says Edward Craine, CCIM, president of Smith Craine Finance in

No-Fail Negotiating 

The outcome of commercial real estate transactions often hinges on the negotiating skills of the participants. Contrary to popular opinion, the most eager and aggressive brokers don`t necessarily seal the most deals. Competent, polished negotiators achieve a careful balance among

Remote Control 

It's 10 a.m. Do you know where your brokers are? Many commercial real estate company owners have embraced the virtual office concept to lower operating costs, which presents a management challenge keeping track of brokers and sales associates. The same

Online Job Resources 

Commercial real estate professionals can use online resources that will help them find jobs and locate qualified employees to hire. Here’s a list of the top comprehensive and commercial real estate focused job search engines. America’s Job Bank www.ajb.dni.us Like

That's Entertainment! 

Donald Eaton, CCIM, CPM, entertains clients in a bucolic setting — on his boat on a New Hampshire lake. Eaton, vice president of Eaton Partners in Manchester, N.H., takes groups of five or six on his 24 foot boat several

Finding Common Ground 

When local university students began calling Midwest Realty Group LLC in Portage, Mich., pretending to be prospective clients for a real estate class assignment, Rick R. DeKam, CCIM, a partner in the office, always could pick them out. Rather than

The ABCs of TICs 

Interest in structured tenancy in common ownership as replacement property for 1031 exchanges has grown dramatically since the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Procedure 2002 22 in March 2002. One of the largest TIC deals took place last October when

Clicking with Clients 

Nathan F. Anderson, CCIM, SIOR, couldn't tell you what some of his clients look like. It's not necessarily because the industrial sales and leasing specialist with Kessinger Hunter & Co. in Kansas City, Mo., has too many clients to keep

Deal or No Deal? 

What's a transaction broker to do? In 2008, commercial real estate deals were down 71 percent from 2007, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Total 2008 volume was only $126 billion, far below 2007's market peak of $437 billion. " This

Asset Management Strategies 

Through the acquisition, management, and sale phases of an investment property, it is up to the commercial real estate consultant to mix instinct and strategy for the benefit of the client. This can be a challenge in the hands on

Step It Up! 

How&rsquo s business? Pretty simple question isn&rsquo t it? Every day someone asks this or a similar question that seems innocent enough. And, like the vast majority of commercial real estate practitioners, you probably respond with a simple answer &ldquo

Assessing Risk 

In the commercial real estate investment context, risk is anything that creates volatility in a property or portfolio's expected or actual returns. In addition to analyzing returns and running cash flow projections, the most astute investors effectively understand risk analysis

Selling a Service 

When people ask me what I do, I tell them I offer a service I help resolve issues that my clients have by disposing of or investing in real estate. I get hired to solve problems. I am in a

From Concept to Reality 

The long term goals of public private real estate partnerships can be noble better downtowns, more livable communities, and a broadened tax base. In addition, these ventures often provide civic minded commercial real estate professionals with opportunities to get in

Mastering Your Future 

Do your clients care what diplomas hang on your office walls? Probably not, say most commercial real estate professionals who responded to an e mail survey on graduate degrees. "An advanced degree means little to a client except as a

Looking Good 

Todd Gold, CCIM, president of REOC Partners in San Antonio used to show clients his appreciation by employing typical entertaining methods. "Lunches, breakfasts, broker events, etc. It was nothing extra special," he admits. "Then, someone in the office had the