Browse Author: Jean Maday

Director of Commercial Development, Outreach & Services National Association of REALTORS(R)

New REALTOR Benefits® Partner, Xceligent, Creates Competitive Advantage

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2012) – The National Association of Realtors® announced today a strategic alliance with Xceligent, Inc., a leading commercial real estate information services provider.  Xceligent recently acquired ePropertyData from NAR’s strategic investment fund, Second Century Ventures, to create a competitive national alternative in commercial real estate information.

As part of the REALTOR Benefits® Program, Xceligent will be the exclusive provider of commercial real estate information services, including Xceligent’s flagship Premium Research Platform, which will cover the major U.S. markets; a National Public Search Service for marketing properties; and the two commercial information exchange products gained through the ePropertyData acquisition, which are the Basic Broker Loaded Platform and Basic Research Platform. This strategic alliance ensures preferred pricing for Realtors®.

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10 Predictions for the New Age of Real Estate*

Today’s guest post comes to us from the Institute of Real Estate Management, one of the commercial affiliate organizations of the National Association of REALTORS(R).

*Out of 100 contained in
Transformational Leadership in the New Age of Real Estate, by Christopher Lee, IREM 2012.  Mr. Lee will also be speaking on the topic at the IREM Leadership and Legislative Summit on April 16, 2012.

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“LIVE” from the REALTORS(R) Land Institute National Land Conference!

We’re here in Denver at the 2012 National Land Conference of the REALTORS(R) Land Institute, with approximately 200 land real estate professionals and a beautiful backdrop of the Colorado mountains.

This morning things are kicking off shortly, with our REALTORS(R) Signature Series Speaker Andre van Rensburg serving as the emcee for the event – up shortly we’ll here from Dr. Mark Dotzour, Chief Economist & Director of Research at Texas A & M University.

Stay tuned as we live blog!

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Top 5 Questions of

Today’s post comes from of an article just published in Commercial Connections, NAR’s commercial real estate publication.


#5 “My firm is interested in having its commercial real estate listings displayed on your site. How do we make that happen?”

ANSWER: Data content provider (DCP) agreements are available without a fee to assist commercial real estate firms, commercial information exchanges (CIEs), and multiple listings services (MLS) in aggregating and uploading active listing data to  If you are a commercial real estate firm, CIE or MLS, email [email protected] to request a data content provider agreement.

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NICAR Social Media Event Wrapup

NICAR logoEarlier this week, I had the pleasure and privilege of participating as a panelist on social media at an event held by the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR).  Joining me was Brian Basilico from B2b Interactive Marketingwho happens to know a lot about using social and digital media,  AND he is extreme fan of bacon.    Score!   (BTW, you can follow him on Twitter via @bbasilico) With about 35 or so commercial REALTORS® and their guests in the room – Brian and I took questions for the better part of an hour – sharing our thoughts and perspectives on how this segment of the industry can utilize social media to build business.     What I learned is that for many commercial practitioners there is still a lot of apprehension about how to get started, the time involved to manage, and how to leverage social networks.

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Tips for Beginners from Twitter Commercial Real Estate Influencers

I posed the question of our @commsource followers, “What is your #1 #CRE tip for colleague just starting on Twitter?

Here’s what they had to say..

@BoBarronCCIM:     Follow those with influence and followers and just watch for a month or 2 – then start engaging.

@SB_CRE:     Follow @SB_CRE. 😉 Just kidding. Follow @Michael_MBA, because he posts great links! (My note: DO follow @SB_CRE <- great content!)

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Tenant Representation: Getting Educated By the Pros!

Last week, we were on-site at the Keller Williams Family Reunion (#KWFR for those of you on Twitter that want to see more conversation).   Aside from a tremendous crowd – there was plenty of commercial real estate learning going on.   Becky Leebens, CCIM, Managing is Director of KW Commercial Midwest in Eagan, Minnesota – was gracious to provide us with recap of the session  from a panel of tenant representation experts.  Thanks Becky!

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Annual Commercial Real Estate Conference Chicago – Fireside Chat with Debra Cafaro and Sam Zell

I had the pleasure of attending the RECG 10th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference in Chicago this week – starting off my Tuesday morning with a fireside chat between Debra Cafaro and Sam Zell.  .    Well over 1000 commercial real estate practitioners, lenders, developers and others were standing room only at the event.  Here’s some of the “live” recap from Debra and Sam’s chat:

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Investment Analysis Skills a Must in Today’s Residential Market

Today’s guest blog post is from Joseph A. Fisher, CCIM from Indianapolis, IN

The pricing and availability of single-family homes in today’s market has attracted a new crop of buyers – investors. These investors are looking at homes, condominiums and duplexes from a different perspective than traditional buyers; they are interested in loan-to-value ratio, rate of return and, ultimately, cash flows.

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4 Benefits to Owning Commercial Real Estate

Nicholas Dunlap, CPM, is the Vice President of Dunlap Property Group, a full service real estate investment & management firm headquartered in Fullerton, California. You can read his outlook on business and investing at his blog.

While some investors strategically amass their real estate investment portfolios, others enter into the arena accidentally or perhaps unintentionally.  And whether you are a seasoned investor who has weathered the storms of multiple real estate cycles or the accidental landlord who has recently inherited a piece of property, there are four benefits to owning commercial real estate that benefit you both.

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