International Beat 

Finland’s Big Deal Stockholm based private equity firm NIAM is confident about the future of Helsinki’s office market. The firm purchased a portfolio comprised of 15 office and two retail properties in the city totaling more than 100,000 sm at

Advocating for Commercial Realtors 

Jim Helsel, CCIM, SIOR, CPM, a commercial Realtor from Camp Hill, Pa., wants CCIMs to understand why the Realtors Political Action Committee and the Realtor Party matter to their businesses. “While CCIMs are earning a living in today’s challenging commercial

Designation Driven 

It’s my privilege to serve as 2013 CCIM President in this pivotal year for commercial and investment real estate. The Institute will focus on promoting the CCIM designation worldwide and the value CCIMs bring to the marketplace. Last year CCIM

Regional Outlook 

West San Diego’s Big Deal The aptly named DiamondView Tower — whose 15th floor skybox overlooks the San Diego Padres field — sold for $121 million, the area’s largest single office building sale for 2012, according to CBRE, which handled

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Clint L. Sherwood, CCIM, and Craig D. Timmins, CCIM, of Investment Properties Corp. in Naples, Fla., represented FTC Naples in the more than $49.9 million sale of a 161,000 sf office property in Naples to an undisclosed

CCIM Connections 

Economic DriverAs the newly elected 100th president of the Michigan Association of Realtors, Bill Milliken, CCIM, CIPS, president of Milliken Realty Co., in Ann Arbor, intends to engage the state’s Realtor community “to broaden its horizons and reach out for

Bankruptcy for Landlords 

You’re the owner of a commercial real estate property. One of your tenants is experiencing financial difficulty, falls behind in paying its rent, and then files for bankruptcy. The following questions and answers cover what you can and should do

LinkedIn Logic 

It’s safe to say there won’t be a movie made about the founding of LinkedIn. It has more than 187 million users. Facebook has more than 1 billion. LinkedIn was founded in a living room, not a dorm room. And

Self-Storage Steps Up 

Despite the difficult economy and market challenges during the past four years, self storage as an asset class has continued to provide solid performance and stable returns for investors. Once dominated by mom and pops, or small, independent owner operators,

Selling Distressed Commercial Property Through Receivership 

With commercial property loan defaults still a reality in today's sluggish economy, lenders are increasingly opting to sell distressed properties through a rents and profits receiver instead of pursuing other remedies, such as workouts, deeds in lieu, and foreclosures. By

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Outright Donations and Bequests 

This second article in a series on real estate gifting issues covers outright donations, various requirements for a donation to be tax deductible, and bequests. Commercial real estate professionals and their clients should consider all options when discussing the charitable

Distressed Decisions 

With the real estate collapse several years behind us, the industry has been riding a wave of available distressed commercial properties. But this groundswell of opportunity also brings a groundswell of risk. Knowing what to look for can ensure that

Will Recovery Spark New Hiring? 

Commercial real estate professionals have done their best to ride out the economic storm and the deep real estate recession. The focus for many professionals has simply been staying afloat, as opposed to moving careers forward. However, that tide may

From the Heartland to China 

As the newly elected president of the Michigan Association of Realtors, Bill Milliken, CCIM, CIPS, president of Milliken Realty Co., in Ann Arbor, has set his sights on expanding Michigan’s international business and trade opportunities, which will have economic benefits

Market Trends 

2013 Construction Uptick Although nonresidential construction was subdued in 2012, commercial construction spending will accelerate by 5.2 percent this year, according to Associated Builders and Contractors. Office construction spending is expected to rise 10 percent, with lodging up 8 percent,

Small Properties, Big Challenges 

Investors who manage their own small properties have only three small problems tenants, money, and time. And for professional third party property managers who handle small properties, add landlords to that list. Those challenges cropped up most frequently in an

Value Play 

Value oriented real estate investors believe that real estate assets have an underlying intrinsic value that can be determined by analysis and evaluation. Opportunities for profitable investments arise when the asset’s purchase price is below its intrinsic value. Value investors

Building the Foundation 

As a pillar of education in the commercial real estate industry, CCIM Institute has helped thousands of members advance their careers and expand their business opportunities. In the early 1990s, the Institute formalized the Education Foundation of the CCIM Institute,

Through the Looking Glass 

As Americans struggle with the realities of a new normal — including slow economic growth, a $16 trillion debt load that has prompted new warnings by the major credit rating agencies, volatility throughout the world, and waning job growth —

Winning at CCIM Live! 

In October 2012, commercial real estate professionals descended upon the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the annual CCIM Live conference. In her opening presentation Mayor Carolyn Goodman described the city as “the place to be.” For those

January/February 2013 Online Deal Makers 

IndustrialKenneth A. Shebib, CCIM, of Colliers International in Edmonton, Alberta, negotiated the more than $2.6 million sale of a 5,217 sf industrial property in Fort McMurray, Alberta from Kuusamo Developments to Metalcare. Shebib also negotiated the more than $2.5 million