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Wire Fraud – 2017 AEI

Legal Update: AEI Denver 2017 Find out how your members can protect themselves from this new fraud scheme. By: Katie Johnson (National Association of REALTORS®) Click here to view source article.

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Silver Streak: Transit Oriented Development

Transit funds pave the way for Transit Oriented Development. Investment in infrastructure is running high on priority lists in both the U.S. and Canada. U.S. voters have recently approved $200 billion for transit projects nationwide. The most notable U.S. projects are taking place in Los Angeles and Seattle, where voters have agreed to spend $120 […]

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NAR Business Creation Index – March 2017

The new Business Creation Index (BCI) was created to monitor local economic conditions from the perspective of NAR’s commercial members. The quarterly report offers insight from commercial real estate professionals into whether businesses are opening or closing by industry, population density, and subregion. On a monthly basis, it tracks three key questions related to local […]

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The Internet Didn’t Take Down Real Estate

The internet may have entered more aspects of a real estate transaction over the past decade, but consumers haven’t abandoned their desire for a real estate professional’s assistance, according to Steve Murray, president of the consulting firm Real Trends, who has been tracking for 40 years how real estate agents conduct their jobs. In fact, […]

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Theft Alert

Devise ways to foil scam artists using wire transfer ploys. Thousands of dollars are electronically exchanged in commercial real estate closings without any hesitation from the brokers, buyers, or banks every day. But how secure is the money during these wire transfers?Hackers send out emails posing as agents and ask for money to be wired. […]

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Planners Across America: Making Albuquerque the Land of Enchantment, Not Confusion

The city of Albuquerque is focused on bringing consistency and coherence to an unwieldy collection of planning and land use regulations. An interview with Albuquerque Planning Director Suzanne Lubar explores the city’s approach to the challenge. Contrary to its image in pop culture, Albuquerque is not the methamphetamine capital of America. And yet, there is […]

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The Upside of Rising Rates for Commercial Real Estate Investors

After a year of strong economic performance, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted at its year-end meeting to hike interest rates by 25 basis points. It also released projections revealing it intends to increase rates three more times in 2017. Although this most recent hike was long anticipated and baked into market rates, some […]

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Council Defers Decision on Comprehensive Plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque city councilors listened to public comment late into the night Monday on the proposed rewrite of the city’s comprehensive plan, which, if adopted, will govern Albuquerque development for years to come. The plan, also known as the ABC-Z project, was the hot-button issue during Monday evening’s City Council meeting, with more […]

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It Isn’t Just Dying Malls That Get the Ax. Here’s How Retailers Decide Which Stores to Cut

Disappointed that your local Sears , Kmart or Macy’s store is one of more than 200 that’s about to go dark? Take heart in knowing that for retailers, these decisions aren’t easy. When major chains evaluate which of their locations they’ll shutter, it isn’t as simple as looking at each shop’s sales and profitability. While […]

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Going Green: The Winding Path to Net Zero

As environmentally friendly features become a mainstay of commercial property, learn what it takes to excel at selling and leasing green space. Mel Harris will talk to anyone about being green. And, even deep in the heart of Texas, people are listening. “We’re starting to see more of the mindset changes,” says Harris, CEO and […]

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