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International Beat 

U.K.’s Big Deal U.K. shopping center transaction volume reached £2.7 billion in the first half of 2014, up from £2.2 billion in 1H13, with 28 properties changing hands, according to DTZ. The largest transaction was Land Securities purchase of a

Political Action 

The Realtors Political Action Committee, or RPAC, and the Realtor Party may sound like “D.C. things,” but they’re much more than that for CCIM members, says Leil Koch, CCIM, 2014 chair of the National Association of Realtors Commercial Committee and

Learning to Lead 

What do cooking classes and improv sessions have to do with training effective leaders? Quite a bit, according to CCIM Institute Senior Instructor Walt Clements, CCIM, who facilitated a program of 15 activities to help this year’s Jay W. Levine

Regional Outlook 

Midwest Chicago’s Big Deal Hardly considered the Second City these days, Chicago has yet to reach the stratosphere of New York’s office prices where Five Times Square and the Time Warner Center sold for $1.5 billion and $1.3 billion respectively

September/October Online Deal Makers 

Land Ryan Sampson, CCIM, of Eshenbaugh Land Co. in Tampa, Fla., represented FR CAL Interchange LLC in the $1.8 million sale of 7.5 acres of land in the Interchange Business Park in Riverview, Fla., to an undisclosed buyer. Frank Weiskopf,

Thrive Together 

On March 4, Michael Anderson, CCIM, chairman and founder of RealSource in Salt Lake City, walked into the RealShare Apartments East conference in Miami proudly wearing his CCIM pin. He left that day with the seeds of a $100 million

Retail ReMix 

The retail real estate industry and its tenants are enjoying renewed, post recession momentum. Retailers are again expanding, providing a much needed boost to occupancy rates at well located properties, and landlords are investing capital in their centers. For shopping

Crowdfunding Conditions 

With nearly 2,800 crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platforms worldwide, according to the latest figures from crowdsourcing.org, it’s no surprise the real estate industry has seen a gigantic wave of investors dive into this fast growing market. “Crowdfunding sites are allowing investors

Student Housing Stats 

There was a time when student housing either meant living in an on campus dormitory or an apartment in town. On campus housing was often austere, and off campus housing was likely to be a poorly maintained apartment shared with

Resource Guide 

Business technology has made great strides during the past 25 years. But until recently, commercial real estate was largely ignored in the technology arena. After playing catch up for a few years, the industry is now starting to carve out

Industrial Appetite 

Industrial brokers across the country have something in common these days. They are busy again. A steady demand for space and a hot investment market are driving transaction activity across the board, ranging from land and building sales to leasing

Auto Site Selection 

When seven story new car dealerships are being built, it is a sign that fortunes are changing in the recently battered automobile industry. While the next development cycle for auto dealerships is just beginning, it is certainly underway. And, while

Exclusive Use 

As the nature of office space changes and as the mixed use concept proliferates, it’s not surprising that battles over exclusive use rights are spreading beyond their traditional arena at retail centers. It is common in retail settings for tenants

Market Trends 

Gone Green Building or managing sustainable office buildings is now the norm rather than the exception, according to a CBRE report. In the past nine years, the percentage of certified green buildings in the largest 30 markets has grown from

Real Estate: A Valuable Charitable Gift 

Billions of dollars are given to charities but only about 2 percent of that amount is in real estate. Although the average value of a real estate donation is in excess of $600,000, approximately 80 percent of real estate gifts

Money Talk 

Finding today’s best commercial real estate financing is a very different assignment than it was a decade ago. Savvy commercial real estate investors know that economic factors, such as jobs and geography, play a bigger role than in previous years.

Chapter Collaboration 

Being successful isn’t just about closing the most transactions or landing the biggest deals. Success is also measured by the contributions industry professionals, such as Sandy Benak, CCIM, leasing manager at Granite Properties, make to the commercial real estate industry.

Deal Makers 

The Biggest Deal Christopher Caison, CCIM, of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital in Charlotte, N.C., arranged the $53 million refinancing of a 1.7 million sf industrial portfolio in Charlotte for Beacon Partners. Caison also arranged the $40 million financing of a

Ready to Thrive 

Are you ready to get face to face with top level executives who want to do business with skilled CCIM experts? Mark your calendar for Oct. 21–22 to attend CCIM Thrive, where industry pros from commercial real estate’s top firms,