Regional Outlook(26) 

WESTSeattle 4Q08 Industrial Highlights       subMarket    Vacancy rate4Q08 (%)    Vacancy rate4Q07 (%)       Kent Valley    4.56    5.18       Seattle CBD    3.80    4.54       Pierce County    10.15    9.64       Eastside    8.40    8.37       North End    7.52    6.43       Source Colliers International   

Market Trends(26) 

The Colorado based Smashburger chain is expanding to 135 stores in Arizona, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas. The company is looking for locations on restaurant rows with 50,000 car traffic counts and average household incomes of

Networking Know-How 

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Nine Steps Toward a More Effective Web Site Rebranding 

What does it take to successfully rebrand a Web site? Often people ask specific questions such as “Should my site be programmed in Flash?” or “Are drop down menus a good idea?” Sadly, questions like these do not get to

Retail's New Reality 

Imagine you’ve been cast to star in a new deal making reality TV show. The objective is to outwit the competition, overcome obstacles out of your control, and complete as many deals as possible — or risk elimination from the

Buyer Beware 

Despite the current economy, the long term outlook for commercial real estate investments remains strong. In this market, foreclosing lenders, equity investors, and other bargain hunters have numerous attractive opportunities to acquire defaulting and distressed commercial real estate assets.  

CCIM's Ready Resources 

Things happen fast in today’s world and organizations often struggle to respond quickly. However, CCIM Institute has implemented an array of technology resources to provide members with the tools they need to respond quickly in this ever evolving marketplace. If

CCIM Spotlight(1) 

As the industry looks ahead to 2010 (or beyond) for solace, commercial real estate professionals are steeling themselves against the slowdown by ramping up their marketing efforts. These may include a renewed focus on client relationships or developing creative negotiation

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

Back to Basics 

How can commercial real estate borrowers obtain financing and survive the capital markets mess? Is there a secret handshake to get a loan application or a password for a term sheet? In reality, the answer is far simpler Bring in

Buyers Guide(21) 

Robo Reserves Weighing a little more than six pounds, Drobo, a data storage robot, automatically backs up documents, spreadsheets, photos, music, and other vulnerable computer files. The device can hold up to 16 terabytes of data in four serial advanced

International Insider 

While the economy is hampering transaction volume nationwide, international investors remain active and ready to make deals in prime U.S. markets. LyLy Lê Fisher, CCIM, CIPS, broker owner of Fisher & Co. Real Estate in Austin, Texas, specializes in

International Beat(14) 

Markets To WatchSydney, Australia — Industrial developers found 4Q08 difficult due to a lack of financing and a slowdown in tenant demand, according to Cushman & Wakefield. But despite very little rent growth, Sydney’s submarkets experienced several sales. A vacant

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

Deal Makers(29) 

The BIGGEST DealJulie L. Lux, CCIM, and James M. McCaffrey, CCIM, of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker in Minneapolis and a partner represented an undisclosed seller in the $43.5 million sale of the 344 unit Riverview at Upper Landing apartments in

Demystifying Defeasance 

The credit markets are frozen and conduit lenders are not lending, but defeasance transactions are still closing. At the end of 2007, more than 36 percent of all outstanding commercial and multifamily loans were securitized — $913 billion of the

Deals Without Borders 

As commercial real estate professionals step out of their comfort zones for creative projects in today’s economy, working with inbound foreign investors definitely should be a blip on their radar. However, before launching into this niche, it’s important to

Do It Right: The ABCs of Due Diligence for Distressed Properties 

Clients new to the world of commercial investment real estate may be salivating at the thought of a market filled with undervalued properties that can be had for a song. Do them a favor and inject a little reality into

Global Perspective: Russia's Retail Market 

Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine asked Andrey Vasyutkin, chief of GVA Sawyer’s shopping and entertainment consulting department in Moscow, how Russia’s retail market is performing amidst the global recession. CIRE What retail sectors are performing well despite the global economic


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TIC Tactic 

During the past decade, many investors have taken advantage of Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 tenancy in common exchange strategies. The TIC concept permits small to midsize accredited investors to own and obtain title to professionally managed, potentially institutional quality

World Views 

While some real estate professionals are just starting to work with inbound foreign investors, others already have substantial portfolios with global clients. As executive vice president of Falcon Real Estate Investment Co. in San Diego, Scott A. Sweeney, CCIM, CPM,