Spring 2017: Investment Springs Eternal

This issue is about using your time, money, and energy for growth. Read about commercial advocacy on Capitol Hill, inside MIPIM 2017, Q&A with NAR’S deputy chief lobbyist, Smart Growth grants, plus explore new research, IREM®’s Sustainability certification, and more.

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Energy Efficiency Legislation

Since 2005, Section 179D, the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction, has rewarded commercial building owners for improving their buildings’ energy efficiency. Commercial building owners who meet the efficiency requirements (via the building envelope, HVAC system, hot water, or the interior lighting system) will receive a deduction of as...

Viewed through the rearview mirror, 2016 proved to be a tumultuous year. From Rio’s Summer Olympics highs to continued military conflict lows, and from a surprising Brexit to a lively and unexpected United States (U.S.) presidential campaign, the year offered sudden turns and sharp corners.

Economically, the world continued at a soft tempo, as evidenced by the extraordinary measures...

by Rob Warmowski, Contributing Writer

Brokers: If it would protect your business environment, would you invest as little as $0.50 per closed transaction?  CIE/CIX executives: if it would help to represent your perspectives in Washington DC or in your state house, would you invest $1 per CIE subscriber? With NAR’s Corporate Ally Program (CAP), now you can.

Promoting...

by Turner Levison, CEO, CommissionTrac

There is a steady stream of tech companies entering the commercial real estate market, bringing both innovative ideas and a hunger to disrupt this industry. Here are my thoughts on why this should be welcomed.

Disruption Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

We’ve all heard complaints about disruption. It’s a buzzword that...

For several years now, NAR’s Smart Growth Grant Program has assisted local REALTOR® Associations with the development of communities. Projects incorporate mixed-land uses and compact building design to create a range of development opportunities, choices, and walk-able neighborhoods.

By Todd Feist, Sustainability Program Manager, IREM®

More than ever, commercial property tenants and residents of multifamily communities associate sustainability with quality workplaces and homes. Sustainability practices by-and-large are simply good management practices. Operational choices and property features that result in resource efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ) are...

Foreign investors continue to seek out real estate in the U.S. for market stability and long term positive outcomes. Across commercial real estate sectors, money from around the globe is streaming in to fund developments, buy land, and to make general investments.

In 2016, nearly $200 billion flowed into U.S. commercial and residential real estate, according to research from both NAR...

In mid-April, NAR’s Second Century Ventures announced the 2017 class of REach®, a technology accelerator helping launch companies into real estate and its adjacent verticals.

This year’s class features a broad range of companies with products and services that can benefit you by generating increased business, boosting exposure, and creating greater efficiencies....

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