Buyers Guide(2) 

Mr. Tough Guy The Pentax Optio W80 all weather digital camera is designed to go from poolside to the deep end. The camera&rsquo s underwater design allows users to take pictures in the rain and snow and in temperatures as

Buying Smart in a Tough Economy 

Even in today&rsquo s challenging economic climate, certain market segments are still active for hospitality real estate transactions and certain properties continue to sell as they would in any market, good or bad. However, understanding and accurately assessing hotel market

CCIM Connections(4) 

MailBridge, http, is one of the hardest working CCIM member benefits. And most economical &mdash like free Members use it to impress clients, close deals, and find out what&rsquo s selling where. Marketing and More MailBridge &bull puts my

Commercial Real Estate Owners' "Stimulus Check" Opportunity 

This article is reprinted with the author&rsquo s permission from the Florida CCIM Chapter&rsquo s 4Q09 quarterly newsletter &ldquo The Voice.&rdquo The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that U.S. businesses will benefit by $34 billion in 2010 as a result

CCIM Connections Continued(2) 

In the March April 2010 CIRE magazine, CCIMs discuss what they like about MailBridge, a proprietary networking and listing service available at http . Here&rsquo s what other CCIMs have to say about MailBridge. MailBridge helped me close a

Market Trends(2) 

This Is Your Brain on E mail A University of London study done for Hewlett Packard revealed that infomania &mdash addiction to e mail and texting &mdash can lower your IQ twice as much as smoking pot. In addition, e

Multifamily Moves on Up 

The national multifamily investment market may have turned a corner in 2009, at least in terms of investor demand. Dollar volume of the sector&rsquo s closed transactions hit an all time low of $2.06 billion in the first quarter of

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

Bridging the Gap 

The credit crisis has had a significant impact on commercial real estate and the availability of financing. Most lenders have reduced maximum loan to value thresholds to 65 percent and increased debt service coverage ratio minimums. Life insurance lenders are

Deal Makers(10) 

The BIGGEST Deals Tim Strange, CCIM, of Sperry Van Ness Strange & Associates in Oklahoma City and two partners negotiated the $44.5 million sale of a three building, 1,013 unit multifamily portfolio in Oklahoma City from SIA Partners to 1031

Contamination Examination 

Real estate recessions create terrific investment opportunities &mdash the trick is figuring out which ones are right for you. With banks and loan servicers increasingly swamped by foreclosure properties, environmentally contaminated properties can offer particularly good deals. A fair amount

Engineering Value 

It seems like only yesterday that real estate investors and developers breezily talked about easy exit strategies and double digit internal rates of return. When lenders and investors were eager, winning at real estate was more about managing the capital

Post-Bailout Financing Challenges 

Last spring, I tried to arrange financing for the $15 million acquisition of Pebble Place Business Park. Located in Henderson, Nev., a prestigious suburb of Las Vegas, the 51,878 sf property, which was completed in 2007, is comprised of two

Raise Your Voice 

CCIM Members On May 5, CCIM Institute members and their colleagues from the Institute of Real Estate Management will go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. You need to be there. No matter what your role in

Regional Outlook(2) 

NATIONAL The Best City for Business Des Moines, Iowa, outranked 100 other metros with populations above 500,000, according to MarketWatch&rsquo s 2009 year end survey. The city outscored second place Washington, D.C., as well as the remaining top five Omaha,

A Tale of Two Markets 

&ldquo It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the

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

A Very Good Year 

As many industry commentators have pointed out, 2009 was a year that most commercial real estate professionals would like to forget. Financing was elusive, value was difficult to determine, the buyer seller gap persisted, and cash was cautious. &ldquo We

Greening to Compete 

Are sustainability and energy efficiency upgrades playing a role in today&rsquo s down commercial real estate market? Definitely, say those in the field. &ldquo I recently lost a 20,000 square foot office tenant to a Silver LEED Leadership in Energy

International Beat(10) 

Japan&rsquo s Big Deal In Japan&rsquo s largest real estate deal of 2009, Secured Capital of Japan purchased Pacific Century Place, a 32 story class A office property located adjacent to Tokyo Station in the city&rsquo s Marunouchi business district.

Retail Details 

Due to the economic downturn, property owners and real estate companies that work with retailers and restaurants have seen a record number of requests for restructured leases or renegotiated rental agreements. According to real estate industry experts, the trend is