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The Art of the Deal 

Brokers across the country have been working harder and smarter to close transactions as the national economy starts to reignite commercial investment real estate deals. While stabilized class A assets remain in demand, brokers need to prepare to sell the

Buyers Guide(24) 

Casing the iPad 2ClamCase functions as a Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard, hard shell case, and stand for the iPad 2. It comes with cutouts for the iPad’s speakers and camera. When the case is opened or closed, integrated magnets awaken or

Deal Makers(32) 

The Biggest DealMichael Stockton, CCIM, of Horizon Mortgage Corp. in Sarasota, Fla., arranged the $61.5 million financing of three multifamily communities totaling 996 units in Alabama and South Carolina for Sturbridge Commons Apartments LLC, Polos at Hudson Corners LLC, and

Cost-Segregation Savvy 

If you’ve been using cost segregation studies to accelerate depreciation of your commercial property, you’ve likely cut your taxes considerably. But could you save even more? Not all cost segregation studies are created equal. So what can you do to

International Beat(8) 

China's Big Deal Scheduled to open this summer, Parkview Green FangCaoDi is China's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certified urban mixed use building. Located in Beijing, the four building structure is enclosed by an environmental shield, which

Legislative Update: Energy Efficiency 

Energy efficiency is a top priority for all governmental bodies. Depending on state law, many local jurisdictions choose to adopt one of the national building codes or piecemeal their municipal building code. Organizations such as the International Code Council, the

Going Green 101 

Recently, Dustin C. Gellman, CCIM, chief executive officer of GreenPoint Partners in Chicago, and former CCIM President Richard E. Juge, CCIM, SIOR, cofounder of GreenPoint Partners and president of Re Max Commercial Brokers in Metairie, La., discussed some of the

Office Recovery Varies 

The national office market has officially started its recovery rents and vacancies have not only stabilized, but are even turning positive. But not every area of the country has received that memo. The rate of recovery varies widely by state,

Retail Returns 

Despite the retail market’s slow trek toward recovery, Carmen R. Austin, CCIM, associate broker at Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate in Baton Rouge, La., sees a lot of opportunity in this struggling sector. Infused with energy from this year’s International

Retail Revitalization 

Increasing a retail property’s value is what investing is all about. And, today’s savvy investors aren’t waiting for inflation to push up the value of their properties – they are seeking creative ways to improve their assets’ financial health. From

Lease Logic 

Although commercial real estate investors often look at capitalization rates and replacement costs when considering an acquisition, the primary income stream &mdash and therefore the primary pricing mechanism &mdash is rent and

Sustainable Momentum 

Have green properties been more resilient through the downturn? Yes, according to a 2010 CB Richard Ellis study 79 percent of owners surveyed believed that sustainable properties attract and retain tenants. The study, which defined green and sustainable buildings as

Retail Tenanting Techniques 

Upticks in consumer spending and hints at economic improvement are fueling some long awaited positive momentum in the retail sector. Despite the mild industry buzz, the latest data reports offer the view many property owners see when they look around

Stay Relevant 

As we move into fall 2011, the economy remains volatile, but there is good news At the end of 2Q2011, commercial transactions were up 157 percent compared with 2Q10 and up 82 percent when compared with 1Q11, according to Jones

Tablets Take Charge 

When Apple introduced its first tablet computer last year, iPad ads featured lounging Web surfers and newspaper readers. CCIMs these were not. In the fast moving world of commercial real estate,

Back to Business? 

Office markets across the country continue to battle the lingering effects of the recession. But many cities are beginning to shed the high vacancies and fat concession packages that have dominated the last few years as expansion activity slowly returns.

10 Tablet Apps for Commercial Real Estate 

In CIRE’s September October 2011 issue, CCIMs discussed how they use tablets to enhance their business. Most commercial real estate professionals who own tablets are familiar with listing service apps such LoopNet and CoStarGo, but we asked CCIMs to share

CCIM Connections(11) 

Who uses CCIM.com’s Find a Professional directory? Just about everyone from private investors to corporate space users, according to CCIM designees. “I love this feature,” says Fred Caminite, CCIM, CPM. “But some CCIMs I’ve contacted are actually surprised that I

Cities of Tomorrow 

In the CCIM 102 course, CCIM instructors teach that the just in time delivery model is a primary driver of demand for industrial space. Nothing illustrates that idea more succinctly than the theme of Aerotropolis The Way We'll Live Next.

Market Trends(23) 

Tomorrow's OfficeVery soon, the days of expecting employees to commute to simply sit at computers will seem archaic, according to Collaboration 2020, a research study of 1,700 office workers by Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Innovation. A fundamental shift is happening

Regional Outlook(20) 

East Boston Office Market Improves Except for three submarkets, all of Boston's CBD and suburban office markets have equalized, with Cambridge and the Back Bay showing landlord favorable conditions, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's 2Q11 report. Helped by the city's

Loan Language 

Commercial real estate finance remains in a state of flux. Lenders are re entering the market with new policies and underwriting criteria. Many lenders have toughened the terms of their form loan documents. It is important for borrowers to understand