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Fashioning a New Look 

More than 43,000 neighborhood and community shopping centers exist in U.S. urban and suburban areas where regional megamalls are not geographically or demographically feasible. Ranging between 100,000 square feet and 120,000 sf and often anchored by a grocery store, these

Help! I Need Somebody 

Hiring a personal assistant to help boost productivity may sound appealing to many commercial real estate professionals. Given that everyone starts off with the same 24 hours each day, using every minute allows only 1,440 minutes a day. Take away

CBDs Sizzle 

Thriving. Hot. Exciting. Dynamic. Charged. These are the kinds of words that real estate brokers and analysts are using to describe today’s central business district office markets. While brokers overwhelmingly term their own market as very strong, those with an

Clarifying Entity Classification Conversions 

Two recent Internal Revenue Service rulings on the tax treatment of converting single member limited liability companies into partnerships and vice versa likely will affect the commercial real estate industry because many transactions take place with partnerships and other entities

Condominium Considerations 

Condominium development is demanding and difficult, but when the timing and market variables are in place it also can be rewarding. With so many conditions affecting the market, a program designed around phased development — which minimizes market risk both

Avoiding Exchange Pains 

Today, most tax deferred exchange transactions are relatively straightforward and easy to execute. But occasionally, an "entity issue" arises when someone exchanging a property wants or needs to take title to the replacement property in a different manner than the

Life Insurance Companies Reposition to Increase Market Share 

Over the past five years, life insurance companies have lost ground in both the equity and debt commercial real estate markets. Competition from commercial mortgage backed securities has slowed life companies' mortgage originations, and because real estate investment trusts dramatically

Speeding Up Internet Connections 

For too long, the answer to the question of how fast your Internet connection should be has hovered between modems that transmit 28.8 kilobytes per second and modems that transmit 56 kbps. Before that, the choice was between 14.4 kbps

Sunny Outlook in Northern California 

The commercial real estate industry in Northern California is booming, with all segments performing well in the major markets. An explosion in the computer, multimedia, and Internet industries has led to a low unemployment rate and a robust economy. "The

Think Globally, Sell Locally 

Although experts agree that securitization has given commercial real estate stability — and perhaps freedom — from its cyclical nature, this new business environment offers its own challenges. No longer are local markets solely affected by local forces. While the

Understanding Equal-Access Requirements 

When considering requirements relating to accessibility for the disabled, commercial property owners, managers, and developers must keep in mind two separate federal bodies of law the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. Although both federal acts address