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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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Sylvester Cancer Center puts Dolphins Cycling Challenge funds to good use

Down here in South Florida, we just celebrated the fourth Dolphins Cycling Challenge, an annual event to raise money for cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System (UHealth). More than 2,700 riders helped to raise nearly $2 million this year, and the event has provided $3.8 million since its inception. So …

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Lauren Book makes sure kids know “It’s OK To Tell”

Lauren Book is a busy lady. The founder of LaurensKids.org has been traveling in Canada and Barbados recently to teach and promote her organization’s Safer, Smarter Kids sexual abuse prevention curriculum. This program, approved by the state of Florida for use in public kindergarten classrooms and guidance offices statewide, is also in a pilot phase covering first grade through third …

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Sylvester Breast Cancer Survivorship Program tackles post-treatment challenges

Cancer is a far-reaching disease. It drains the life out of not only the patient but his or her family as well. And surviving it has its own set of challenges that require a multifaceted approach if recovery is to be successful. Fortunately, we have one of the best post-cancer survivorship programs in the nation right here in South Florida. …

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Commercial Real Estate Auctions Bring Speed, Transparency To Sales

If you’ve never tried it or even thought about it, there’s a lot to be said for the auction process as a method of selling or buying distressed assets. And we recently had three experts on the air to give us the scoop. Joe Cuomo, SVP and co-head of business development at Auction.com, said the REO market is a melting …

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