Customer Driven 

With more than 11,000 global stores that serve 200 million customers a week, Walmart is keenly focused on maximizing the customer experience. “By accelerating our small format store growth we are giving customers more choices to shop with us from

Market Trends 

The Great Retail Class Divide According to Cassidy Turley’s Spring Retail Report, national credit tenants rule the roost today and their rule is class A shopping centers or nothing at all. Class B centers should be upgrading to compete with

Donation Equation 

A tremendous opportunity exists for commercial real estate agents to produce additional income and public relations benefits by providing professional services to some of the 1.6 million U.S. public charities. These charities process roughly $3 billion in real estate donations

Networking Value 

With 25 years of retail property management experience, Yvonne Jones, CCIM, CPM, managing director of asset and property management for McCaffery Interests in Chicago, has seen many retail trends come and go. She has helped her clients make the most

Intelligent Investments 

The world is getting smarter Smart phones, smart cars, smart devices, and smart cards are the new norm. If our buildings don’t become smarter too, they’ll fall behind in today’s technology driven world. Smart buildings are popping up across the

Resource Guide 

It’s hard to keep up with today’s constantly evolving technology. However, there are a number of products and resources that can help improve your day to day business practices. Commercial Investment Real Estate gathered a handful of products that are

Regional Outlook 

East Washington, D.C.’s Big Deal More than seven years in the making, Washington, D.C.’s southwest waterfront project known as The Wharf broke ground in March. The $2 billion, 27 acre, mile long mixed use development on the Washington Channel will

Accessibility Litigation 

The number of lawsuits filed against business owners based on violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act and Federal Housing Administration accessibility requirements grows every year. The best way to avoid a lawsuit is to find and fix any violations

7 Tech Trends That Will Change Your Business 

Business computing choices are becoming more complex — from cloud computing and software as a service to ascertaining the best security measures and managing by exception. These technologies are changing the way you do business on a daily basis. In

Appealing Appraisals 

Each year, appraisal districts send out property valuations, and upon receiving a building’s assessed value, owners and investors spend time on appeals to receive what they believe is a fair value. Property taxes are one of the largest line item

Medical Office Fever 

Sales of medical office buildings topped $6.7 billion in 2013, according to Real Capital Analytics, proof that this niche sector remains attractive to investors ranging from large institutional funds to the medical practice groups that buy their own facilities. Some

Parking Problems 

Parking is a vital part of many commercial property operations. In multifamily, office, and retail properties, parking is often the first thing that visitors experience, and parking facilities often serve as de facto lobbies for commercial buildings and complexes. As

New Digs? 

Developers that have been chomping at the bit to break ground on new retail projects are beginning to see a glimmer of hope as retailers accelerate expansion plans. By all accounts, retail development has remained fairly anemic in the past

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Patrick R. Luther, CCIM, of Faris Lee Investments in Irvine, Calif., negotiated the $36 million sale of a 186,052 sf LA Fitness four site portfolio in Kentucky and Tennessee from a private seller to a real estate

May/June Online Deal Makers 

Office Jared Booth, CCIM, of Coldwell Banker Commercial in Salt Lake City represented PBC Acquisitions III LLC in the more than $1.8 million purchase of 10,206 sf of office space in South Jordan, Utah. Jeremy Jensen, CCIM, and Michael Jeppesen,

Retail Education 

Part of the strategy for promoting CCIM Institute’s education program to a wider audience is partnering with other established commercial real estate professional development programs. For the past several years, CCIM has sponsored sessions at the University of Shopping Centers,

International Beat 

Japan’s Big Deal Hotel investors are focusing on the Asia Pacific market, Japan in particular, according to JLL. Singapore based Ascendas Hospitality Trust recently bought the 17 year old Namba Washington Hotel Plaza in Osaka, Japan, for $87 million. It

Network Now 

To boost the quality and frequency of members’ networking opportunities, CCIM Institute has invested time and expertise by sponsoring ALM Real Estate Media’s RealShare Conference Series in 2014. These one of a–kind events draw many of the top industry deal

Charitable Donations of Life Insurance 

Life insurance is often overlooked as a gifting option when individuals are considering gifts to charities, but it can be an effective way to provide a charity with funds for future work. Thus, the gift of a life insurance policy