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Modern Logistics 

The Great Recession jolted real estate markets, which are still feeling the aftershocks. While the industrial real estate market is seeing strong signs of recovery, to understand today’s investing environment, we must look at the changes since 2008. Post Crash

Stuck in Neutral 

A stubborn office market vacancy rate still hovers around 17.0 percent nationally in second quarter 2013, only marginally below its 17.6 percent peak in 2010. (See Reis sidebar, “The Numbers,” for a 2Q13 report.) This reflects the cautious attitude tenants

International Beat 

Singapore’s Big Deal The Hong Kong based Park Hotel Group sold the Park Hotel Clarke Quay in Singapore to Ascendas Hospitality Trust for $238 million, or around $700,000 per room, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. The sale tops the list

Media Momentum 

As one of the world’s most prestigious commercial real estate education and networking organizations, CCIM Institute continues to raise the profile of its members. From stories in local and regional media outlets to a commercial that aired on Fox Business

Inspired Entrepreneur 

As an experienced marathon runner, David P. Ellermann, CCIM, managing broker owner of Ellermann Commercial Brokerage in Chicago, knows the importance of pacing yourself to reach the finish line. Yet his path to the designation, which he earned in just

Real Estate Gifting Realized: Retained Life Estates 

This sixth article in a series on real estate gifting issues covers retained life estates. The first five articles cover options when donating real estate, outright donations and bequests, bargain sales, charitable gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts. Commercial real

Follow the Money 

If you are like many commercial real estate brokers these days, 85 percent of your transactions are lease deals and only 15 percent are sales. Purchase transactions are often a frustrating secondary source of income, as closings are harder to

CCIM Connections 

Talking TaxesWhen Evan Liddiard dabbled in property management as a teenager, he never imagined that one day he’d monitor federal tax policy for the world’s largest real estate organization. But as the National Association of Realtors’ senior policy representative for

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Paul B. Natalizio, CCIM, of Cornerstone Realty Capital in Stoneham, Mass., arranged the $29 million financing of a 100 unit multifamily property in Boston for the Mount Vernon Co. Multifamily Big Deal Robert G. Lowe, CCIM, of

Cap Rate Calculations Today 

Since the market crash five years ago, CCIMs and other commercial real estate professionals have been asked far too often, “What is it worth?” With a paucity of sales from which to extract investment benchmarks, many of us were limited

Market Trends 

Invest in Detroit Now Despite the dire bankruptcy headlines, the time to buy in downtown Detroit is now, if Dan Gilbert hasn’t already bought it. Since 2007, the founder of Quicken Loans moved his corporate headquarters and 7,000 employees from

Is Video Worth It? 

From shoes to cars to houses, industries are embracing product videos. They give consumers a chance to view before they buy. For businesses, videos provide an opportunity to control the marketing message, are easily shared, and provide details beyond pictures

Cross-Border Migration 

As the immigration debate raged in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, inbound international investors were quietly establishing themselves as big players in the Federal City’s commercial real estate market. Cross border investment in the District of Columbia jumped 83.3 percent

September/October Online Deal Makers 

Retail Joseph Belinske IV, CCIM, of the Reichle Klein Group in Toledo, Ohio, represented DFG South Haven LLC in the $2.3 million purchase of a 40,040 sf retail strip center in South Haven, Mich., from Equity Alliance of South Haven

Deduction Denied 

In the recent case of Joseph Mohamed Sr., et. ux. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2012 52, the U.S. Tax Court determined that a taxpayer and his spouse, after making almost $20 million worth of charitable real estate gifts to qualified

Retail Remodel 

In today’s slowly improving economy, retail success depends upon regularly updating the customer experience and a constant focus on managing occupancy costs. One way to accomplish both of these goals is to combine store remodeling campaigns with commercial lease restructuring

Five Essential Tips for Working With Inbound Investors 

In “Cross Border Migration,” CCIMs describe the changing inbound investment landscape. But how can U.S. based advisers foster business relationships with international investors? CCIMs offer these five tips. 1. Remember They’re not from here. “Be extremely patient,” says Ernest L.

Beyond the E-tail Era 

The sharp rise in e tailing and its game changing impact has created a new normal in the retail real estate sector. Major national retailers are evolving their strategies in an effort to “survive and thrive” in this new market

Regional Outlook 

South Nashville’s Big Deal In June, Nashville cut the ribbon on Tennessee’s most expensive municipal project the $600 million Music City Center. With the new 1.2 msf convention center, Nashville hopes to corner the market on trade shows and events,

Technology’s Influence on Industrial Real Estate 

The market for industrial real estate is changing rapidly due in part to consumers’ use of emerging technologies. The cost, speed, and mobility of retrieving information and new infrastructure to quicken the pace of transporting and delivering goods to consumers