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Climate Change 

Today's economic climate is a lot like the weather somewhat predictable patterns punctuated by terrifying, seemingly random chaos. The acceleration of change due to technology and globalization has altered the foundation of business — the flow of information, goods, services,

Fast Pitch 

The tour was set for 1 00 p.m. A pizza restaurant chain was considering leasing space in a downtown Wichita, Kan., office complex, but its representatives were skeptical that the market could support the location. Fortunately, Larry W. Weber, CCIM,

Making the Corporate Cut 

Working with corporations can be challenging, rewarding, and profitable for commercial real estate professionals. However, there are special considerations in securing corporate business and making sure that corporate clients&rsquo unique real estate needs are understood, appreciated, and addressed. The first

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

Revenue Recovery 

With the commercial real estate industry still in an economic tailspin, now is the time for property owners to look at their existing portfolios and monetize any untapped opportunities. In addition, the new year presents the perfect opportunity for landlords

Relocation Strategies 

To remain competitive, companies must view their operating locations as an integral part of their core business strategy. Whether the facility is a corporate headquarters, back office, research and development center, or warehouse, location can help companies access emerging markets,

Secrets of Successful Presentations 

A fantastic presentation doesn't just happen. For all but a few gifted souls, it's a painstakingly mapped out, repeatedly rehearsed performance on which a considerable financial reward hinges. Talk about pressure Anyone can point and click through 15 slides and

Solo Success 

Working solo was the right career move for Benedict J. Frederick III, CCIM. “I love what I do. Work is not work. I just get to have fun all day long,” says the founder of Ben Frederick Realty in Baltimore.

Understanding Corporate Structure 

Corporate real estate departments all wrestle with common issues, including how to meet the needs of their internal clients, reduce occupancy costs, and use the corporate assets entrusted to them to drive shareholder value. However, beyond these overriding concerns, corporate

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

Vanishing Vacancy 

As companies began leaving what was once the hub of Telecom Valley in Petaluma, Calif., numerous vacancy signs littered the empty buildings. Despite these vacant properties, builders continued to build, wooing new tenants away from existing landlords by offering modern

Top Appraisal Tips 

Appraisals rarely make or break commercial real estate deals, but they can delay them — much to the consternation of brokers waiting on commission checks. Often the problem is due to the lack or unavailability of critical property information. However,

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

A Time to Buy 

By now it’s well known The commercial real estate recovery already has begun in core markets, where big deals are closing regularly. But there’s a lot of action in secondary and tertiary markets too. As these transactions illustrate, investors everywhere

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

The Coaching Experience 

In commercial real estate, the way we focus our time and energy is at the core of designing the future we desire. The old adage that insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting a different outcome is true for

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

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

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

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

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

No-Lose Negotiating 

"You just have to put last things first.” I was having lunch with a CCIM recently when he uttered this boomerang phrase. We were discussing the art of negotiating, and I had asked him for his best strategy. “You've got

Make It Rain! 

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