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Power of the Pin 

Though he is based in the small market of Champaign, Ill., Alex Ruggieri, CCIM, vice president of Sperry Van Ness Ramshaw Smith Co., knows the value of thinking big. Ruggieri, who consistently ranks in Sperry Van Ness&rsquo top 10 percent

Mapping Out the Market 

Distressed is the word almost anyone would use to sum up the current commercial real estate market. But CCIMs like Ron Opfer, director of commercial assets for Coldwell Banker Premier Realty in Henderson, Nev., choose not to view the down

Today’s Office Tenets 

Though commercial real estate is rapidly becoming a globalized industry, many factors affecting it remain rooted in local economies. Now more than ever, market specific drivers such as companies’ expansion plans, shadow space availability, job creation, and even traffic congestion

TIC Talk 

The explosion of tenancy in common transactions has been a hot topic among commercial real estate professionals for several years now. TIC investors will purchase between $5 billion and $10 billion of real estate in 2006 alone, industry

Tax Squeeze 

The feeble transaction market is pushing commercial real estate professionals to expand their scope to include non transaction services that clients need in today&rsquo s shaky economy. Tax consultation, particularly property valuation protests, is a recession resistant service that is

Retail Returns 

Despite the retail market’s slow trek toward recovery, Carmen R. Austin, CCIM, associate broker at Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate in Baton Rouge, La., sees a lot of opportunity in this struggling sector. Infused with energy from this year’s International

Written Results 

The seller’s paradise of yesterday has evaporated, leaving a bid ask gap that turns many of today’s deals to dust. To help bring sellers’ expectations in line with the current market, industry pros such as George C. Larsen, CCIM, principal

Hired Learning 

With large numbers of generation X and Y members entering the workforce and baby boomers remaining in the workplace well into their sixties, internships and mentorships are good stepping stones in the current job climate. Commercial real estate especially is

Corporate Perspectives 

It's time for American corporations to take a closer look at their portfolios, says Michael Condon, senior vice president of corporate services for Colliers Seeley International in Los Angeles. Ensuring that their business plans are aligned with their real estate

Dynamic Duo 

With the company motto, “Performance Not Promises,” Commercial Executives Real Estate Services in Las Vegas has made a commitment to deliver. And that’s exactly what Soozi Jones Walker, CCIM, SIOR, and Bobbi Miracle, CCIM, do for their clients. The mother

Investor Insights 

When it comes to investing in today&rsquo s commercial real estate market, industry pro and author Kenneth D. Rosen, CCIM, founder and president of Kendar Realty in Coral Gables, Fla., has some simple advice &ldquo Stick with what you know.&rdquo

International Expansion 

As commercial real estate continues to evolve into a global industry, CCIM members such as Michael T. Tseng, CCIM, CRE, CRS, chief executive officer of REPro International in Taipei, Taiwan, are helping to expand the designation’s presence worldwide. The first

Building the Foundation 

As a pillar of education in the commercial real estate industry, CCIM Institute has helped thousands of members advance their careers and expand their business opportunities. In the early 1990s, the Institute formalized the Education Foundation of the CCIM Institute,

Good as Gold 

In 1997, J. Wesley Daniels Jr., CCIM, founded a boutique firm in Atlanta that specialized in urban public private partnerships and transit oriented developments. With a knack for securing grants and rezoning approvals, Daniels’ project list ranged from runway expansion

Tuned Into the Market 

In a world where business professionals have instant access to information, some might think radio communication is a thing of the past. Not true, say listeners who tune into the “Commercial Real Estate Show,” a weekly online and on air

Experience Pays Off 

Commercial real estate is often a family business, and some CCIMs travel many paths before returning to their roots. “I grew up in a large commercial real estate family and some of my earliest memories are going with my dad

Wrangling Opportunity 

Just as the golden leaves of the Aspen trees blanketed Colorado’s Rocky Mountains last fall, the U.S. financial markets began a historically rapid descent into dormancy. Why then would John Meltzer, CCIM, CRE, president of Meltzer Properties in Ouray, Colo.,

Broker Wisdom 

Success can be defined in many different ways, but according to Rod Santomassimo, CCIM, founder and president of Massimo Group, there’s no “secret” to being successful. “Great brokers learned from the advice they received from other great brokers,” Santomassimo says

Blogger's World 

When Eric Fuhrman, co developer of eMetro Investments and an affiliate broker with Crye Leike Commercial in Memphis, Tenn., and Dan Whipple, CCIM, co developer of eMetro Investments and president of Crye Leike Commercial, read an article proclaiming the potential

CCIM Education Evolves 

Though the term hybrid model usually evokes visions of compact cars with alternative fuel systems, the CCIM Institute has created its own unique prototype that is poised to revolutionize commercial real estate education. On Feb. 21, CCIM’s new hybrid education

The Corporate Climate 

Spurred on by the unyielding economic malaise, corporations have retooled their real estate portfolios along with their business plans. Some are capitalizing on a scarcity of competition by expanding operations, while others are weathering the storm by consolidating investments and

Financing’s Revival 

As much of the commercial real estate market waits in the wings for a cue, multifamily deals continue to capture the spotlight. But as the drama of the economic recession begins to lift, financing sources are auditioning new players for

Las Vegas Leader 

Although residential overstock and dependence on the broader U.S. economy keep Las Vegas’ commercial real estate recovery at bay, some major office and industrial tenants are placing their bets in the still challenged market. What’s the upside? “Las Vegas is

Sharing a Passion 

From disc jockey to deal maker, 2012 CCIM Institute President Leil Koch, CCIM, was hooked on CCIM from day one. “I loved the numbers, the analysis, and the concepts,” he says of the first course he took back in 1991.

Building Knowledge 

As someone who has a passion for learning herself, Katya J. Naman, CCIM, senior vice president of Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group in Washington, D.C., brings a unique perspective to her role as co chair of the 2012 CCIM Live