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Howard Tullman Of 1871 Talks Office Space, Workforce Mobility

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At RE/Journal CRE Forecast Conference this week at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency, the proceedings kicked off with a one-on-one with Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, the non-profit startup hub located in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

1871’s reputation as a hotbed of technology startup innovation companies is for real, and Howard’s philosophies are apparent in all details down to the office layout, which became a topic of conversation naturally enough.

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Lost Chicago: Retail, Eateries And Industrial

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There’s something nationally emblematic about the visual history of Chicago’s commercial real estate. Browsing a photo collection spanning the decades you can find a midwestern sensibility mixed with a gritty urban down-to-business look that speaks to a certain American outlook on business and enterprise. From the pre-WWII dawn of neon signage to elegant mid-century futurism to 1970s earth tones and softer typefaces, the look of American commerce in every era is about reaching and accommodating people.  Its’ a fascinating journey, and Craig’s Lost Chicago is ready to take you on a ride through the decades of Chicagoland’s restaurants, retail and industrial property history.

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Sears CEO Downbeat On Its Property Portfolio

In a recent CNBC video, Sears CEO Eddie Lambert issues a shocking, yet apt comparison between Sears retail properties and those imposing telephone company central office buildings that house the landline telephone network. Both are windowless bunkers, and both are temples of the way things used to be instead of the shape of things to come. This clip captured some conversation following on this notable utterance from the bridge of a troubled retail ship.

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Avoiding The Con In Construction: Kia Ricci At NAR Expo 2014

Developers and commercial property managers and owners faced with improvement and expansion projects rely upon general contractors to take on the project. But how do you separate the heroes from the zeroes in the construction arena? Ask Kia Ricci.

Ricci is a licensed general contractor, consultant and author of Avoiding The Con In Construction.  She’s also an engaging speaker with a mastery of the material and many years of hard-won experience. At Ricci’s address to NAR Expo 2014, she walked attendees through the ins and outs of identifying bad actors in construction contracting and subcontracting, from spotting problems in insurance, exploring state-registered complaints about work, to a catalog of scams and ripoffs in the construction trade.

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Understanding The Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate

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Bringing an objective, research-oriented approach to issues in commercial and residential real estate is Counselors Of Real Estate (CRE), a group whose advisors deliver unbiased and trusted advice to clients and employers. Sporting a CRE designation before the NAR Expo 2014 this morning was David Lynn, CEO of Everest High Income Property who sought to sum up the entire coming year in a list of ten issues affecting the real estate marketplace for commercial as well as residential.

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REachⓇ Technology Accelerator: SendHub

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Business phone systems are expensive, physical and made to support one thing that fewer and fewer professionals rely upon every day: a fixed desk. The image of a real estate professional shackled to a cubicle is increasingly outdated as mobile and internet technology allows users ever-increasing power and range. It’s only natural that commercial real estate professionals would take advantage of any tools that allow them to meet clients, tenants, landlords and managers at key locations to make the face to face arrangements, showings and negotiations that all portfolios demand.

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Economic Issues In Commercial Real Estate with Lawrence Yun

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NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun addressed the NAR Expo 2014 with a talk on the specific of commercial real estate. Before a crowd of attendees and international translators sending the talk around the world, Lawrence spelled out his projections for 2015 and a bit beyond in areas of indication for the commercial property market.

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Craig Lindvahl At The Commercial Caffeinated Breakfast

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(Above: Author and trainer Craig Lindvahl)

One of the more storied traditions at the NAR Expo is the Commercial Caffeinated Breakfast, a bright and early gathering of NAR Commercial members to meet, network and learn while the coffee and carbs flow freely. This morning was no exception as commercial folks from around the country closed in on the Rivergate Room at the Morial Convention Center to hear the good news.

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REachⓇ Technology Accelerator Session At NAR Expo

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When Constance Freeman of NAR’s strategic investment arm Second Century Ventures convened this morning’s session showcasing the hottest technology companies in the real estate sector, she had a game plan.  First was to talk about the REachⓇ program, and next to talk about innovation more generally. The panel, made up of major players in the market space, was glad to oblige, bringing unique perspectives on the present and future of technology in the property business.

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