International Beat 

London's Big DealLondon’s 30 St. Mary Axe building, nicknamed the Gherkin, sold in November 2014 to the Brazilian private investment company Safra Group, for a reported $1.1 billion, making it 2014’s largest private investor transaction, according to Knight Frank’s 2015

1031 Games 

CCIMs are often involved in Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchanges for their clients and for their own real property interests. While tax deferred like kind exchanges were first authorized in 1921, it was the Tax Reform Act of 1986

Lease Option or Sale? 

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Drones Take Off? 

Mainstream media has been focusing increased coverage on stories involving unmanned aircraft systems, also commonly referred to as drones. Glamorized notions of using UAS for delivering packages ordered online or beer to ice fishing houses tend to underplay the useful

Retail Forecaster 

The dynamic intersection of online and in store sales is changing many dimensions of the retail marketplace, according to Gary M. Ralston, CCIM, CRE, SIOR, a managing partner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty LLC in Lakeland, Fla.

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Lawrence J. Harwood, CCIM, of Q10|Lutz Financial Services in Birmingham, Mich., arranged the $46.5 million refinancing of a 345,000 sf retail power center in Orion Township, Mich., for an undisclosed borrower. Harwood also arranged the $29.2 million

Slimmed-Down Innovation 

The newly redesigned MacBook measures 13.1 milimeters deep, making it Apple’s thinnest laptop. The keyboard uses a new butterfly mechanism for typing that allows for a more stable response with keys that are 17 percent larger than previous versions. The

Lenders Look Ahead — Cautiously 

As loss rates in commercial real estate loans plummet, U.S. banks are once again competing to lend the funds that complete the deals. Commercial real estate lending is strong, with 2014 year end loan balances matching the last peak market

Crowdfunding Conundrum 

Sometimes new ideas aren’t so new after all. Take crowdfunding, for example, says Gene Trowbridge, CCIM, a senior partner of Trowbridge & Taylor LLP and a CCIM Institute senior instructor. When France gave the U.S. the Statue of Liberty in

Regional Outlook 

South Louisville’s Big Deal A public private partnership is turning a 24 acre site once occupied by the National Tobacco Co. into a food hub — “a $45 million commercial agriculture park that will process, store, and distribute locally grown

Going to the Source 

Real estate agents and brokers often make disclosures without attributing information sources. In so doing, they become the source of the information. When the information is accurate, there is no problem. When the information is inaccurate, however, the agent or

Liability Solutions 

Commercial real estate practitioners need to be concerned about liability issues that can result from handling complex transactions. Claims have been filed for various reasons, including failure to deliver leased properties on time because construction was not completed misrepresentation of

International Property Measurement Standards 

Suppose you’re considering a purchase, such as a tablet, and decide to comparison shop among several different manufacturers. However, when you do a little research, you find the specs for an item, such as storage capacity, are measured differently from

How Social Are You? 

“Almost 90 percent of my clients use social media,” says John Orr, CCIM, vice president of Colliers Retail Services Group in Charleston, S.C. “If your clients all use telephones to communicate and you use a pigeon to carry letters, are

Retail Redux? 

Retailers that are back in expansion mode are bumping up against a big obstacle — a lack of inventory when it comes to good real estate locations. The limited supply of new retail construction has been a huge help to

Market Trends 

Foreign Capital Buys Offices In 2014, foreign capital was particularly focused on office assets, purchasing $17 billion of U.S. office properties, according to CBRE. That amount represents 45 percent of last year’s foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate. More