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A Guide to Giving 

Last year donors gave charities more than $300 billion in total gifts. Less than 3 percent came in the form of real estate equities — despite the fact that more than 40 percent of the nation’s wealth is in real

Leading the Charge 

Despite the turbulent commercial real estate market and volatile economy, more than 900 industry and allied professionals earned the CCIM designation last year — a 59 percent increase over 2009. Though no one is predicting a rapid recovery, commercial real

International Beat(4) 

Australia’s Big Deal The Indigenous Land Corp. purchased the Ayers Rock Resort for US $300 million from GPT Group in one of Australia’s largest single asset transactions. The resort is the country’s biggest hospitality asset, comprising six hotels, a lodge,

Lay Down the Law 

Editor’s note CCIMs share their strategies for managing an online presence in “Surviving Social Media,” which appears in the January February 2011 issue of Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine. The following Web Exclusive supplement discusses user guidelines, an important but

Lease Resistance 

As if rental demand weren’t already an issue, new accounting standards could make purchasing space more attractive than leasing. The changes will effectively eliminate most of the accounting differences between owning and renting a building. And in a market that

The Loan Request Package 

Today’s lending environment is unlike any I have seen in my 20 years as a mortgage banker. Unfortunately, capital may remain scarce for several more years. In such a competitive marketplace, borrowers may only get one chance with a lender.

Buyers Guide(18) 

Mouse With Moves Designed for portability, Microsoft’s curvy Arc Touch Mouse powers down when pressed flat. The mouse’s 2.4 GHz receiver provides a 30 foot wireless range, and built in BlueTrack Technology allows the mouse to function on glossy and

CCIM Connections(7) 

From the education to the networking to the technology, designees have a lot of great reasons to include CCIM after their names. But let’s be honest Closing deals is the true test of the pin’s power. As Jonathan E. Lindsey,

The Climate for Group Investing 

Today’s stormy real estate weather may be a good time for commercial real estate professionals to consider syndication as a way to expand their business opportunities. In particular, one of the dark clouds hovering over commercial real estate — less

CCIM Connections Continued(4) 

What’s the best deal you closed because you held CCIM designation? In the January February 2011 issue of CIRE, CCIMs talk about their top designation fueled transactions. Here, other members continue that discussion. I completed a 12,600 square foot industrial

2011 Forecast 

Working through these unprecedented times has generated a search for new terms. Although Real Estate Research Corp. noted the commercial real estate market’s bifurcation in 2010, this new year brings further division in the economy and the commercial real estate

The Auction Option 

CCIM members may be skeptical about real estate auctions as a disposition strategy. Traditionally, auctions were used as a measure of last resort for only the most troubled of assets. But that’s changing quickly. Auctions now are accepted by both

Deposit Disputes 

Part of the toll of the ongoing commercial real estate slump is the high frequency of terminated deals. Scarcity of financing, valuation disconnects, and general economic concern all contribute to the “kill rate.” Of course, any time a deal is

2011 Forecast Preview 

The Economy While still struggling, the economy has some good associated with it, including positive growth, low interest rates, and increasing private sector employment growth. Unfortunately, much is still quite bad, including the weakness in the residential real estate market,

Deal Makers(27) 

The Biggest DealLeonard P. Deering Jr., CCIM, of Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC in Chicago and three partners arranged the $56.9 million refinancing of 612 unit Bourbon Square Apartments in Palatine, Ill., for Palatine Funding Corp. CCIM ROI“MailBridge works,” says P.

Products Completed Operations Hazard 

Commercial general liability insurance policies generally provide broad coverage, but the exclusions tacked on may winnow down that broad coverage and, in essence, re write the policy in a far more restrictive fashion. This is especially the case with respect

Regional Outlook(16) 

MIDWEST A 34 story, 1 million sf office tower is planned for Chicago’s CBD, according to Trammell Crow Co., which will be the master developer along with Insite Real Estate. Although no groundbreaking or completion date was announced, the class

Market Trends(20) 

Aboard the QE2The second round of qualitative easing is expected to boost the GDP by 60 basis points and generate 500,000 new jobs, including 93,000 office using jobs and 45,000 manufacturing positions — good news for office and industrial markets,

Policy Watch 

CCIM Members CCIM Institute’s legislative advocacy for the commercial real estate industry is a vital member benefit. Through our affiliation with the National Association of Realtors and our partnership with the Institute of Real Estate Management, CCIM is part of

The Shadow Effect 

One of the mysteries of today’s commercial real estate market is the current dearth of foreclosed properties on the market. After the credit meltdown of 2007–2008, industry professionals expected foreclosed properties to flood the market, but few ever did. Today,

A Taxing Situation 

As markets conditions continue to squeeze both landlords and their tenants, renegotiating loan terms can be an effective strategy for property owners to reduce overhead. But beware — the financial implications aren’t as simple as they sound. Many property owners

Surviving Social Media 

The Internet is a noisy place. Each month, Facebook users post more than 30 billion pieces of content, such as notes and photo albums, and billions of tweets resound through Twitter or compatible third party applications. Add to this the