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CCIM.com Blasts Off! 

The countdown has begun CCIM Institute is ready to launch a new and improved CCIM.com. “We needed a platform that would meet a wide variety of needs,” says institute President Elect Leil Koch, CCIM, president of Equity One Real Estate

It’s a Small World After All 

Forget globe trekking. When it comes to international investing, U.S. based buyers are finding plenty of commercial real estate opportunities nearby as they shop for deals throughout Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. Although large institutions and real estate

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

International Beat(3) 

Poland’s Big Deal Horizon Plaza office complex in Warsaw sold for around $136 million, as Poland’s property market heats up. Total property investment volumes are up 50 percent, on track to reach €2 billion by year end. The office sector

A Hospitable Future 

Early philosophers believed that ground already covered was the best indicator of what lies ahead. And while the ancient Greeks saw themselves walking backward in time, today’s economic forecasters crunch the numbers from the past decade or two to plot

Inspect These Gadgets 

Jay R. Lucas, CCIM, president of CCIM Technologies in Dallas, recently went to a prospect’s office to present four properties. He began to set up his laptop in the crowded presentation room when he noticed something was missing the projector.

Global Recovery Underway 

The international commercial real estate market is still recovering from the global recession that sent property values into a tailspin, stalled the flow of capital, and cut investment sales activity off at the knees. In the wake of that crisis,

Business Breakups 

Given commercial real estate’s protracted downturn, brokerage arrangements, investment groups, and client partnerships may be on shaky footing these days. While breaking up is hard to do, learning how to do it successfully can help all business participants to pick

CCIM Connections Continued(3) 

In the November December 2010 issue of CIRE, CCIMs talk about how they’re using the power of the pin to create business opportunities in their market. Here, other members continue that discussion. Because I helped found the organization, I have

Climbing the Capital Hill 

Capital availability has improved since the dark beginning of the recession. This year the real estate capital markets came off life support, although they still remain in intensive care. Well capitalized firms and owners are taking advantage of inexpensive money.

CCIM Connections(6) 

“I’m a CCIM That’s the first thing that prospective clients learn about me,” says Maggie Nigro, CCIM, who credits the designation for opening many doors — and closing numerous deals. CCIMs like Nigro actively promote the designation among prospective clients

Alternative Risk Retention for Commercial Real Estate 

In response to input from the commercial real estate industry, the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act expressly contemplates flexibility and custom tailoring for commercial mortgage backed securities risk retention requirements. The contemplated regulations shall specify the

Counting Leases Before They Hatch 

The accounting profession is currently evaluating a proposed new standard that promises to fundamentally change the ways landlords and tenants account for — and negotiate — leases. Under review is a proposed rewriting of the Financial Standards Accounting Board’s Accounting

Due Diligence: Digging Deeper 

Lenders have overhauled their lending criteria and underwriting guidelines, so why shouldn’t buyers do the same? During these challenging times, property investors must refocus on the fundamental aspects of investment analysis to properly substantiate value in the purchase price. When

Deal Makers(25) 

The Biggest Deal Andrew Joseph Burnett, CCIM, of Sperry Van Ness William T. Strange & Associates in Oklahoma City, and a partner negotiated the $17.2 million sale of a 274 unit apartment building in Oklahoma City from Virtu Investments to

Buyers Guide(17) 

Networking Simplified Configuring a home or small business network can be intimidating for non techies. Seagate’s GoFlex home network storage system streamlines the process, allowing users to wirelessly share and back up files from multiple computers on one drive after

Ready for Reform? 

On July 21, 2010, the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law. The risk retention requirements under Dodd Frank for asset backed securitizations, including commercial mortgage backed securities, have garnered substantial attention from the

Regional Outlook(15) 

EAST Boston Office Availability 10.1 million sf — available space at midyear 2010 51,000 — total number of employees Boston companies need to hire to fill current vacant office space Source Thompson Hennessey & Partners WEST Torrey Reserve West is

Renew Today 

CCIM Members As your 2011 president, I look forward to next year with excitement and hope. There are definite signs that the recovery will begin in earnest, expanding into the secondary markets and smaller cities where many CCIMs do business.

Market Trends(18) 

Is Retail Rounding the Corner? With retail sales ticking slightly upward this fall, available lease space should drop next year for the first time in six years, according to CB Richard Ellis. Available space in neighborhood and community shopping centers

Mind the GAAP 

GAAP is widely used. It is required for public companies such as publicly traded real estate investment trusts, and often it is demanded of private real estate companies by institutional investor partners. But GAAP is not the only choice for

Selling a Service 

When people ask me what I do, I tell them I offer a service I help resolve issues that my clients have by disposing of or investing in real estate. I get hired to solve problems. I am in a

Two Of A Kind 

In problem solving, it’s often said that two heads are better than one. In today’s commercial real estate market, two designations may be better than one as well. A particularly powerful combination is the CCIM designation coupled with the Accredited

Who Triumphed at the Technology Shootout? 

At the ReFocus CCIM conference in October, 10 exhibitors took part in the Technology Shootout Facilitating the Transaction session. Each exhibitor had 10 minutes to explain why their product is an indispensable weapon in a CCIM’s deal making arsenal. The