Last chance to sign up for next week’s global commercial bootcamp

global-commercial-real-estateIllinois REALTORS® who want to help inbound commercial real estate investors should sign up today for the CCIM Institute’s Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp next Thursday (Oct. 6) and Friday (Oct. 7) in Chicago.

The program will be held at the Levine Learning Center on Michigan Ave., and features in-depth training from Carmela Ma, CCIM, CIPS, FRICS. Register now at or call 800-621-7207, option 2. Download the pdf flier for more information.

Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp Set for Oct. 6-7

With global financial changes including BREXIT, major shifts in capital flow are in the works. Are you equipped to do business with inbound commercial real estate investors?

global-commercial-real-estateAcquire the skills necessary to work with inbound real estate investment. A two-day classroom workshop, Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp will be held in Chicago October 6-7, 2016. CCIM Institute is hosting this program led by senior instructor Carmela Ma at Levine Learning Center on Michigan Avenue. Over 300 resources and takeaways are provided with this in-depth skills training. Space is limited. Register now at or call 800-621-7027, option 2. Download the pdf flier for details.carmela-ma

Carmela Ma, CCIM, CIPS, FRICS, a well-respected CCIM instructor as well as an international instructor and past dean for the National Association of REALTORS® Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) program. She has over 40 years of global business experience and also gained acclaim as an award-winning speaker domestically and internationally.

Register today for CCIM’s Global CRE Investment Bootcamp

Carmela Ma


Illinois REALTORS® who want to help international commercial investors find the right properties should register now for the Global CRE Investment Bootcamp offered by CCIM Oct. 6 and 7 in Chicago.

The two-day workshop will teach you how to:

  • Qualify inbound investment prospects;
  • Discover investor motivations like EB-5;
  • Navigate cultural and business differences;
  • Monitor U.S. government regulations, including international taxpayer ID; and
  • Assess how currency fluctuations affect investment returns.

The REALTOR® price is $1,295, while CCIM members pay $995.

CCIM also offers the same course in San Francisco Sept. 22 to 24.

Carmela Ma, CCIM, CIPS, FRICS will be the instructor for both classes.

Morning Minute: NAR sees a jump in new commercial real estate members

Image: Bigstock

Image: Bigstock

The number of new commercial REALTORS® is growing, particularly among agents with less than two years of commercial real estate experience — a demographic that has nearly doubled to 9 percent, according to the 2016 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Commercial Member Profile. The survey also found that commercial REALTORS® complete on average a median of nine transactions a year and the median sales transaction volume was $2,931,000. Learn more by reading NAR’s news release, infographic and an article by REALTOR® Magazine.

“As the U.S. economy continues to experience strong, steady recovery, NAR has seen more and more members choose to specialize in commercial real estate. REALTORS® who practice commercial real estate help build and improve the economies of our local communities, so as a community’s commercial real estate market grows and improves so does the local economy,” said NAR President Tom Salomone said in a news release.

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Illinois REALTORS® learn about an important asset


Dennis Wilmsmeyer (Photo by Matt Difanis)

Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the Executive Director of America’s Central Port, reminded a group of Illinois REALTORS® of the state’s benefits to domestic and foreign investors, including its status as a designated trade zone.

Wilmsmeyer made his remarks to the Commercial and Industrial Committee and the Global Working Group at the Illinois REALTORS® June Business Meetings.

Bill Caton, Chair of the Commercial and Industrial Committee, and Jim Kinney, Chair of the Global Working Group, introduced Wilmsmeyer, who was formerly a REALTOR®.  Wilmsmeyer joined the Port District in 1999 and became the Executive Director in 2010.

While he, like many of us, lamented the state’s current fiscal situation, he said “the port is strategically located and serves one of the busiest waterways to move over $1 billion dollars’ worth of goods each year.”  His presentation included statistics on the port itself but he also spoke about the value of Illinois and its logistics infrastructure and why Illinois is key to getting products to market, both domestically and internationally. As a designated foreign trade zone, the port allows for the import of goods with the benefit of reduced, deferred or possibly elimination of duties on those goods.

He said the designated foreign trade is a great feature our members need to be aware of when helping their foreign investor clients make decisions on where to locate their U.S. facilities.  Known as Foreign Trade Zone #31, it is part of a network of eight others in the state of Illinois. (Get more information.)

So while, there still are hurdles here in the state that need to be overcome, Illinois REALTORS® need to remember the assets we have in order to serve clients as “trusted advisors,” Wilmsmeyer said. “We consider REALTORS® our partners, and we are happy to provide tours to educate you on all we have to offer for your clients.”

He also stressed the importance of residential REALTORS®, their knowledge of the surrounding communities and their ability to share information about the quality of life in the areas where port authorities are located. This information goes a long way since it is part of the decision-making criteria for site selectors and corporate leadership.