Whether you are new to commercial property management or are a seasoned expert, NAR offers useful information concerning leases, safety and security, marketing, and maintenance, and risk management for commercial properties.

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Office Building Trends

Income/Expense Analysis 2018 (IREM)

Source: 2018 Income/Expense Analysis Report (IREM)


Property Leases: What SMBs Need to Know (Business News Daily, Jun. 10, 2019)

Eight Things to Watch Out for When Leasing a Commercial Property (Forbes, Apr. 23, 2019)

Who Best Represents Your Interests in a Commercial Lease? (The Orange County Register, Mar. 16, 2019)

Real Estate Investment Decisions II: Commercial Office Property Leasing (Journal of Business Strategies, Mar. 1, 2019) E

How to Lease Commercial Space in the Big City (Forbes, Jan. 2, 2019)

Overview of the Different Types of Commercial Real Estate Leases (Commercial Café, 2019)

CRE Opinion: Six Factors to Consider When Your Commercial Lease is About to Expire (D Magazine, Dec. 6, 2018)

Safety & Security

Problem-Solving Strategies for Property Managers (REALTOR® Magazine, May 12, 2020)

Coronavirus Guidance for Property Management (National Apartment Association, Mar. 23, 2020)

Cities Suspend Evictions as Coronavirus Spreads (Curbed, Mar. 20, 2020)

Security Glass Key to Commercial Building Theft Prevention (Bisnow, Jul. 1, 2019)

Securing the Building (Security Today, Jun. 1, 2019)

New York's $25 Billion Megadevelopment Can Withstand a Superstorm or Terrorist Attack — Even if the Entire City Shuts Down (Business Insider, Mar. 14, 2019)

Bomb Threats Prompt Landlords, Managers to Ramp Up Building Security (The Real Deal, Oct. 26, 2018)

5 Must-Know Security Trends (Buildings, Sep. 28, 2018)

How to Secure Your Office Building (Bannerman, Sep. 19, 2018)


3 Ways to Reduce Building Maintenance and Operations Costs (Facility Executive, Jul. 9, 2019)

Maintenance Satisfaction Stable in First Half of 2019 (Commercial Property Executive, Jun. 26, 2019)

HVAC Preventative Maintenance Checklist for Commercial Buildings (5 Steps) (Aquila Commercial, Apr. 1, 2019)

Your Ultimate Guide to Property Maintenance Services (AppFolio, Dec. 18, 2018)

Benefits of Preventative Maintenance for Your Commercial Property (sresaz, Sep. 4, 2018)

View from the Top: 4 Roof Maintenance Tips for Property Managers (Commercial Property Executive, Jun. 27, 2018)

Useful Websites

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International — A primary source of information on office building development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics and technological developments

Commercial Property Executive — With an emphasis on executive profiles and industry and economic data, Commercial Property Executive also includes reports covering finance, sustainability, technology, property management, education and legal and regulatory issues.

IREM: Institute of Real Estate Management — The only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors. IREM is an international organization that serves as an advocate on issues affecting the real estate management industry. IREM offers the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation and Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification

SIOR: Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® — The leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association with more than 3,200 members in 20 countries. SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. SIOR offers the SIOR designation

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The ABCs of Property Management (Kindle, eBook)

The Real Estate Property Management Guide (Kindle, eBook)

Commercial Real Estate Investing (eBook)

The Complete Guide to Real Estate Finance for Investment Properties: How to Analyze any Single-Family, Multifamily, or Commercial Property (Kindle, eBook)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Property Manager (Kindle, eBook)

The Economics of Commercial Property Markets (eBook)

Happy About Apartment Management (eBook)

The Landlord’s Kit (eBook)

Landlord's Legal Kit for Dummies (Kindle, eBook)

Opportunities in Property Management Careers (Kindle, eBook)

Property Management Kit for Dummies (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Principles of Real Estate Management (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2011) HD 1394 In7rm

Commercial Property Management Answer Book (New York: Vendome Group, 2008) HD 1394 C73

Managing and Leasing Commercial Properties (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2007) HD 1394 AL2ma

Shopping Center Management and Leasing (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2005) HF 5429 In7sc

Spotlight on Security for Real Estate Managers (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2005) HD 1394 In7o

Risk Management in the Post 9/11 World (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2004) HV 6431 In7r

Glossary of Real Estate Management Terms (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2003) HD 1365 In7g

Office Building Management (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2002) HD 1394 I2

Managing and Leasing Commercial Properties: Practice, Strategies and Forms, 2nd ed. (New York: Aspen Law & Business, 1999) HD 1394 AL1f

The Tenant Retention Solution: A Revolutionary Approach to Commercial Real Estate Management (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 1995) HD 1394 In8

The Resident Retention Revolution (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 1994) HD 1394 In8r

Managing Your Maintenance Programs: A Guide to Implementing Cost-Effective Plans for Properties (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2010) HD 1394 In7my

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