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Trend to Urbanization According to Maria Sicola, Head of Research, Americas, Cushman & Wakefield

Maria Sicola and Cushman & Wakefield see a continuing economic recovery, particularly in the central business districts of the gateway cities, such as Boston, New York and San Francisco as well as energy markets, including Houston. As these markets continue their strong economic growth, the growth should start spreading to the secondary and tertiary cities. Urbanization appears to be a…

CREFC West Coast High Yield Real Estate Finance Summit

What Is CREFC and Why I Am Attending the West Coast High Yield Summit

Stephen Renna, The President & Chief Executive Officer of CREFC explains what CREFC is and its evolution. Here is a hint, “CRE Finance Council”. Don’t make me explain what “CRE” stands for. It’s an acronym, Look at the title of our radio show. Enough said. I was particularly impressed with our discussion on how the council transitioned from a CMBS focused organization to an organization touching on all aspects of real estate financing, particularly at a time when other organizations were retracting during the recession.


Are You Making the Best Use of Your Time & Skills? Hiring an Assistant or Outsourcing

Have you just been bursting to give advice to other brokers on how to do things right? Well, now is your chance. We are going to help Allen Buchanan best prepare for bringing his son-in-law into the real estate business.

Rather than our usual format, we are going to treat this radio show as a problem solving forum where the listeners become the heavy participants and become more the speakers than the listeners.

Among other things, we will discuss: How to best prepare for a new trainee? What can or should a trainee do both over the short term and long term? Best training practices? How soon should they join organizations such as Boma and CCIM? How much should they be paid and how effective is the bonus or commission system? How to best involve them in social media and when?


Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy – What You Need To Know

No matter what your thoughts on the future economy, if you are a commercial real estate professional, you must know and understand how bankruptcy can effect commercial real property and the landlord/tenant relationship. What are the factors, law and strategies that you may want to consider before a tenant or landlord files for bankruptcy. If you are a tenant, how can you protect yourself if the landlord files for bankruptcy protection? What is a real estate specific bankruptcy and when should a tenant consider this option? These and other issues will be discussed during this radio show.

Michael Beckerman, CEO of The News Funnel

The Making of Commercial Real Estate News Online: Interview with Michael Beckerman, Founder of The News Funnel

The original idea for The News Funnel stemmed from Michael’s own experiences trying to stay current without being overwhelmed – he envisioned a more streamlined solution that would benefit both professionals and the PR agencies trying to reach this audience.

How can real estate professionals stay on top of their profession and promote themselves by using The News Funnel?
Finally, Michael will give us a sneak peak at what he sees for the future of the internet and how it will effect the business of commercial real estate.


Investing in Distressed Real Property in Bankruptcy

To most people, bankruptcy is perceived as the end of the line. The dream of riches and opportunity are over and it’s all about cleaning up the mess. However, Bankruptcy Armageddon can be avoided and many investors and property owners and lenders, in the know, take advantage of the opportunities that arise in bankruptcy, particularly those involving distressed real property.

IMN, Montage, Laguna Beach

Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing: IMN Conference Preview

Today we get to speak to three distinguished speakers who will be participating in panel discussions at the IMN Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunities and Private Fund Investing to be held from January 22nd – 24th at the Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, CA, my old stomping grounds. Today’s show is intended to be only a taste of what is to come during the three day conference in sunny Southern California.

Photo by Mirza Sadovic on Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Finding the Right Commercial Real Estate Appraiser

The appraisal of commercial property is, without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of commercial real property practice. The appraisal touches every part of the business and every person involved in the process, including buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers and their brokers. Choosing the right appraiser and understanding what goes into a thorough appraisal can make or break a deal.

Articles & Videos

Video: The Fundamentals of Recruiting the Best Broker

The Fundamentals of Recruiting the Best Broker

The success of any CRE brokerage firm is dependent upon recruiting and keeping the best brokers. Michael Scheinkop, EVP and Regional Managing Director for Newmark, Grubb Knight Frank, stresses that one of the keys to successful recruitment is building and maintaining a culture that benefits the brokers. It's the "ying & yang" of commercial real estate; a great culture attracts the best people and the best people foster the best culture. Read more

Video: Will the CMBS Market see More Foreclosures or Workouts Through 2017?

Will the CMBS Market see More Foreclosures or Workouts Through 2017?

Having experience handling CMBS workouts from 2007 through 2012 has got to be great experience, looking forward at the real estate market over the next three years according to Adam Knowlton, Senior Attorney at the Law Firm of Loeb & Loeb. He correctly explains in this video how no one had any experience in 2007 handling the CMBS workouts since that market didn't exist during the last economic downturn and things will be different going forward. Read more

Video: Is the Homebuilding Industry Going Through a Consolidation & The Effect on Financing

Is the Homebuilding Industry Going Through a Consolidation & The Effect on Financing

Jamie Perillo, President at American New Homes Group will be a panelist at the IMN Land & Homebuilding Conference in Las Vegas. He spends some time with me discussing his contribution to the panel. Some of the key highlights of the discussion, include: * "The homebuilding industry is heavily fragmented, lending itself to consolidation and mergers & acquisitions"............. Read more

Video: Is There a Confidence Gap between Men & Women in Business with Katty Kay

Is There a Confidence Gap between Men & Women in Business with Katty Kay

Katty Kay, lead anchor for BBC World News America and author of the Confidence Code,spends some time with me in advance of her presentation at the CREW Network Annual Convention in Miami on September 30th through October 1st. Her book, the confidence code explores the confidence gap between men and women. Based upon her research, Katty believes the confidence gap is holding women back in business. Read more

Video: For Some The Great Recession was a Great Opportunity for Investing in Residential Properties

For Some The Great Recession was a Great Opportunity for Investing in Residential Properties

For Rodney Montag, Managing Director of Mountain Real Estate Capital, The Great Recession was the best of times. Of course, Rodney isn't looking at that time from the perspective of a home builder, but from the perspective of an investor in distressed homebuilding projects. For some it was the worst of times. But as Rodney proves, with every loser, there is a winner and Rodney has been a winner. Read more

Video: Can Google Glasses by Useful and Go Beyond Just Cool?

Can Google Glasses by Useful and Go Beyond Just Cool?

While attending Realcomm 2014 I spent some time with David Lorenzini who is a Google Glass aficionado and developer. David is a big time supporter of Google Glass. In this video, David describes how Google Glasses can be used with intelligent buildings. He believes that Google Glass is but a taste of what things will be in the near future. Watch and listen as David describes his travel experiences and use of Google Glass to help him read signs and communicate better in countries speaking and writing language foreign to him. Read more