2015 Legislative Outlook 

As of November 2014, the 113th Congress had only passed 185 bills — 99 fewer than the previous year. As a result, many of CCIM Institute’s legislative and regulatory priorities remained unchanged at year end. The gridlock between Democrats and

Cell Tower Leases 

Wireless carriers and tower companies own or manage cell towers on land leased from various property owners across the country. Property owners collect ancillary lease income, the amount of which depends on tower location, local population density, and nearby traffic

Education Focus 

While the CCIM Institute is recognized as one of the preeminent commercial real estate networks in the world, “education is the true foundation of our organization,” says 2015 Institute President Mark Macek, CCIM, president and owner of Macek Companies, in

Defeasing CMBS Loans 

With the real estate market on a significant upswing and lenders across the U.S. loosening their purse strings, defeasance activity has picked up substantially over the past two years. According to industry reports, more than $13.2 billion of commercial mortgage

Sky-High Prices? 

“Price is what you pay value is what you get.” — Warren Buffet As we look to 2015 and beyond, the commercial real estate market is enjoying much positive press and continues to be a favored asset class relative to

Your Next Move 

It may have taken a while, but the numbers are looking good for commercial real estate professionals. Consider ▶ “Job opportunities in commercial real estate enjoyed the best summer ever, exceeding previous highs set in 2007, as hiring built on

Future Plans 

As we begin 2015, the CCIM Institute is looking toward the future to enhance our position as the commercial real estate industry’s global standard for professional achievement. I look forward to building on the efforts of the Institute’s outstanding staff,

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Alex D. Zylberglait, CCIM, of Marcus & Millichap in Miami negotiated the more than $57 million sale of 2.8 acres of land in Miami from Espacio Miami Properties LLC to the Related Group. RetailBig DealJohn Zielinski, CCIM,

International Beat 

Australia’s Big Deal Australia continues to attract numerous cross border investors purchasing hospitality real estate. Sydney is the site of the majority of transactions, according to JLL. The China based Sunshine Insurance Group recently paid a record $463 million for

Limited Guaranties 

Landlords want to be assured of the economic strength of their tenants however, determining what is the right amount of security can be difficult. In a perfect world, the landlord takes a full guaranty from a creditworthy person, especially if

EB-5 Entrepreneur 

With more than 16 years of experience in small business, commercial real estate investment, and property management, Mahnaz Khazen, CCIM, president and CEO of U.S. Immigration and Investment Center, is using her expertise to build stronger communities, one investor at

On the Edge 

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone contains a multifunctional home screen with a semi curved design. The right edge of the phone curves into a 2,560 x 160 pixel second menu that contains shortcuts to frequently used apps, alerts, and

Global Outreach 

As investors continue their search for stability and yield, accelerated capital flows into global real estate are set to continue in 2015. Macro and micro economic, demographic, and global shifts — coupled with increasing allocations from sovereign wealth funds, pension

Seniors Housing Stacks Up 

Seniors housing generated solid returns for investors in 2014. By many measures, the returns were well above those of other investment opportunities. The sector has attracted growing attention from seasoned veterans in the sector as well as new entrants who

2015 Tax Law Changes 

As individuals and companies plan for 2015, certain tax issues must be considered in personal and business financial planning. Here is a summary of changes to benefit plan contributions. New Rules and Increased Limits Withholding Rules. Income subject to FICA

Market Trends 

3 Trends for 2015 Raymond Torto, Harvard University lecturer and recently retired CBRE global chief economist, and Douglas Poutasse, executive vice president and head of strategy and research at Bentall Kennedy, cited three positive real estate trends in their remarks

Regional Outlook 

South Florida’s Big Deal Florida’s net lease market is one of the nation’s most active, according to a recent report by Calkain Cos. and Beshears & Associates. Banks have the lowest asking and sales cap rates, averaging 4.95 percent and