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The Source Blog Covers the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Below you’ll find coverage of the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo from The Source, a Commercial Source blog.


NAR Conference & Expo: Inland’s Patricia DelRosso Talks 1031 Exchanges
November 16, 2012

Tax-deferred exchanges of commercial property can postpone and even eliminate federal taxes due on the sale of properties that qualify for tax-deferred status. Since 1921, the IRS Section 1031 exchange rules have been in place with the intent and effect of generating capital for investment. Tax deferment on an exchange of property in “like kind” as 1031 stipulates is effectively an interest-free loan from the federal government in the amount of the taxes that would have been due on a simple sale.

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Brendan Erickson of REI Wise: Financial Analysis for Commercial Assets
November 14, 2012

Like a lot of industries, the commercial real estate business has its own alphabet soup. It’s laden with acronyms and jargon that practitioners need to communicate, peppering speech, documents and articles with shorthand that can make the business look a lot more complicated than it commonly is. What’s ironic is the jargon itself is there to make communication easier and faster, even if it has the opposite effect to the newcomer. You could say that apartment building has a 8% nonleveraged rate of return or you could say it has an 8 cap. Either way, you’re saying the same, even longer, thing: given a set of key assumptions about tenancy and expense and rents, the net income headed to that building’s owner amounts to eight cents a year for every buck she scraped up, borrowed and handed over to buy it.

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Xceligent: Changing the Landscape of Commercial Real Estate
November 12, 2012

Xceligent’s CEO Doug Curry has a rough job just talking about his job. The backstory of what Xceligent (a REALTOR® Benefits Partner) does, who it does it with, for whom it does it, why, when and where is a very complex narrative, bringing together business research, computer science, commercial real estate, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, and philosophy. One blog post isn’t going to cover it. One presentation isn’t going to cover it.

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Redeveloping and Repurposing Buildings: Due Diligence
November 11, 2012

Using existing building stock is a compelling property strategy often enough that specialists in redevelopment and repurpose of buildings have arisen. Bill Robsons (Gabriel Consultants) and Steven Arthur (ECS Mid-Atlantic) are two leading consultants in the generation of due diligence on redeveloping and repurposing buildings.

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NAR Commercial Leadership Forum: The Ace Awards
November 11, 2012

Congrats to Commercial Association of REALTORS ® Wisconsin and five others for winning the 2012 ACE Award

Of the 200 commercial REALTOR® Associations, Boards and organizations across the country, each meets benchmarks and works hard to maintain a level of professional excellence through accreditation milestones. A few rise above the fray to earn special recognition, so NAR Commercial’s Jean Maday took the podium at the 2012 NAR Conference & Expo to recognize six commercial REALTOR® associations with the 2012 ACE Award – that’s Accredited Commercial Excellence.

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Mark Dotzour at NAR Commercial Caffeinated Breakfast
November 11, 2012

The eggs were scrambled, but may as well have been sunny-side up. Dr. Mark Dotzour, Chief Economist at Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center opened more than a few eyes Saturday morning at the NAR Commercial Caffeinated Breakfast with some bold, optimistic statements and solid one-liners in equal measure.

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Just for Fun: How to Say “Fiscal Cliff” in Four Languages
November 10, 2012

When NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun addressed the Economic Issues & Commercial Real Estate Business Trends Forum at the 2012 NAR REALTORS Convention & Expo, the remarks were live-translated by language specialists in soundproof booths via wireless headphones to attendees into Chinese, Portuguese, French and Spanish.

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NAR’s Lawrence Yun: Corporate Profits Sky-High, Yet Recovery Lags
November 10, 2012

If there’s a phrase of the week in commercial real estate — and seemingly everywhere else — it has to be “fiscal cliff.” In previous months, you might have bumped into this term here or there as part of the presidential election seasonal background. But in conversation at NAR Conference & Expo 2012, “fiscal cliff” is a constant refrain, something you will hear several times a day, if not per hour. It’s on morning television (I counted five uses in around 20 minutes on the Today Show), it’s on the convention floor, and it’s in the national dialogue. If you used “fiscal cliff” as a drinking game (morning rules: coffee only) you’d be wired and climbing the walls inside of an hour.

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Farmland: (Some of the Reasons It’s) the Hottest Commodity in the World
November 9, 2012

I’ve not spent much time on a farm — I’m more the research library type. So when I saw the title of the NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo “Farmland: The Hottest Commodity In The World”, I expected and got a new experience: a detailed tour of the economic and social contours of the business of farmland.

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David Murphy: The First Two Months of a Commercial Real Estate Career
November 9, 2012

23-year veteran commercial broker David Murphy MAI, SIOR, CCIM addressed the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo Friday morning with a spirited description of the transition from residential real estate to commercial practice. David covered so many critical aspects of this career maneuver, we’ll be returning to this session before the conference coverage is over here at The Source.

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Live at NAR Conference & Expo 2012
November 9, 2012

And the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando is underway!

It’s an electric atmosphere, at the Expo, and unofficially I can report it looks like a bit of an attendance hike over last year’s Expo from what I can tell just walking the corridors. REALTORS® from all over the country are meeting and greeting, networking and sharing war stories like always, but this time around, there’s a palpable feeling of market renewal and recovery. Either that, or the Florida sunshine has already done its magic en masse.

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