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Liberty Property Trust marks grand opening at Miami International Tradeport

I’ve been in the commercial real estate game for a long time, but I still get excited when a new project opens down here in South Florida because it speaks to the continued resilience and prosperity of the area. And this was very evident recently at the grand opening of Liberty Property Trust’s new Building A at the company’s Miami …

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Lauren’s Kids prepares for busy 2014

Here at Fried On Business, we are privileged to support Lauren Book and her organization, Lauren’s Kids, as they get ready for a new year of activity to promote awareness of childhood sexual abuse and how to prevent it. In fact, they’ve already hit the ground running with Lauren recently named a recipient in L’Oréal Paris’ Eighth Annual Women of …

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Colliers economist connects the dots for 2014

We just spent a fantastic 30 minutes getting economic and commercial real estate market insights from one of the leading minds on the subjects – and he was kind enough to do it in the middle of his vacation. KC Conway, MAI, CRE, Chief Economist – USA at Colliers International in Atlanta, speaks everywhere and is frequently quoted in the …

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Jim shoots straight on 2014 predictions

OK, it’s that time of year where we have a little fun making some predictions about 2014, so let me break out the crystal ball and tell you some of the things I see ahead in the next 12 months. Higher interest rates This, without a doubt, will be one of the big financial stories of 2014. The recovery is …

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Many factors to drive 2014 commercial real estate recovery

Sam Chandan of Chandan Economics is one of the most insightful economists I know, so it was a pleasure to have him on the show recently to talk about his 2014 commercial real estate forecast. Fourth-quarter sales volume has been a bit slower than the same period last year, he said, but don’t read too much into that. Much of …

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Great presentations create branding opportunities

Making a great presentation is about more than just conveying information. It’s about creating an experience for the audience that benefits them while establishing your own expertise in their minds. That was the bottom line from my recent conversation with two public speaking experts – communications strategist and Speaker Hall of Fame inductee Victoria Labalme and our branding authority Bruce …

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Bergstrom Center Report Shows Optimism About Florida Real Estate

I love it when we get a scoop, especially when it’s about commercial real estate. And we definitely got the scoop on Thursday when Tim Becker, director of the Kelley A. Bergstrom Center For Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida, stopped by for a chat. Becker gave us first crack at releasing the most recent findings from the …

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Student housing graduates to higher investment class

Student housing has come a long way since my days at the University of Florida – a bygone era that began shortly after the invention of fire. The places where we lived didn’t exactly attract a whole lot of investor interest, but all that’s been changing. Student housing is the hot, new and evolving sector of commercial real estate. I …

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Knight Foundation boosts entrepreneurship in Miami

I just had an inspiring interview with a guy named Matt Haggman, who represents an organization that’s really doing things right by giving back to the community in major ways. Haggman is Miami Program Director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Most people only know this name from the James L. Knight Center in Miami, but the …

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Magnum Energy Solutions considers conservation key

Cory Vanderpool has a question: Before property owners spend a lot more time looking at alternative energy sources like solar and other renewables, why not consider better conservation measures first? That’s a good question. And on a recent show, the director of business development for Magnum Energy Solutions gave me the answer. She said there’s still a lot that a …

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