Summer 2016: The Building Issue

Building Opportunities, Community, and Our Future

Updates on REALTOR® advocacy in Washington, crowdfunding, commercial market trends, the current boom in industrial real estate, networking, and tech resources from RPR®.

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“Crowdfunding” has been a buzzword among investors and entrepreneurs for several years now, often bringing to mind successful startups, movie projects—and even a potato salad—made possible by online donations from people around the world who believe in an idea. In exchange, these investors often receive a token from the project: a tee-shirt, tickets to a premiere—even a bite of the salad....

Contract signingThose of us who make our living negotiating commercial sale and lease transactions are accustomed to dealing with conflict. We take high financial stakes for granted, and deal daily with people whose decisions have significant...

  1. "When in groups of movers and shakers, listen and then pass your card. When one-on-one pay close attention and speak when asked a question." John Walters
  2. "Smile, don't hang with people you already know, and try to introduce someone you don't know to someone else you don't know!" Raphael Barta, SFR
  3. "Research the attendees list for people you want to meet and be ready
  4. ...

From Commercial Connections, Summer 2016. With a slowdown in global economic activity, financial market volatility and a contentious presidential campaign, commercial real estate investors have taken a step back in the early months of 2016. The U.S. economy sputtered during the first quarter of 2016, with gross domestic product advancing at a weak 1.0 percent annual rate. The corporate outlook took a downward turn, while international trade bore the brunt of a soft economic environment and rising dollar. However, the markets remained divided along valuation lines, with small cap commercial real estate maintaining momentum against the broader moderation.

We asked some of the most highly-respected economists what the commercial real estate industry would look like for the next twelve months. Here are their individual takes.

On Common Ground is a NAR publication devoted to presenting a wide range of views on smart growth, with the goal of encouraging dialog among REALTORS®, elected officials, and other interested citizens. With an eye towards issues like sustainability and walkability that appeal to modern consumers, it’s an excellent resource for commercial...

RPR LogoEmily Line (EL): What is your commercial business specialty?

Norma Nisbet (NN): I’ve been a commercial investment brokerage specialist for over 25 years. I started my own business, Vista Properties and Investments, in the St. Louis,...

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