Articles in the Society Columns Category

The S.E.C. Culture Lives On
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Posted in Fall 2018, Society Columns on August 2018
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I got a big check today in my California mailbox that came from a closing in Massachusetts. It was the result of an investment made (together with S.E.C. Tom Peterson of Glendora, CA) through the son of an S.E.C. member I had met when he was about 10 years old. It was a buy, lease/option-back, […]

Shopping Malls—In Trouble
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Posted in Fall 2018, Society Columns on August 2018
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E-commerce has taken and is continuing to take its toll on malls throughout the United States. I believe there is an answer, however. Stop and think—can you ever remember seeing or hearing an advertisement for any mall in your area? Perhaps you’ve encountered them for various shops in the mall but probably few and far […]

What Would You Do?
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2018 on June 2018
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How many times have you driven by a property and said to yourself, I think I would like to own that property? Most of the time we do nothing but go about our daily routine. As you casually drive by the property the next time, you notice that the property is listed by a less-than-active […]

Driverless Vehicles
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2018 on June 2018
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Driverless Vehicles and Their Impact on Real Estate and Our Lives Ronald J. Robinson, S.E.C. You don’t have to be wizard to see what is coming down the road, no pun intended, but driverless automobiles will soon have a major impact on real estate development, not to mention our lives and the changes that will […]

Newton’s First Law of Motion Applied to Commercial Real Estate
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2018 on March 2018
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Newton’s First Law is often summarized as An object in a state of rest or uniform motion will remain in that state unless an external force is applied. For every action there is a reaction. Have we been in this Goldilocks economy for so long that we have forgotten this law? Interest rates are low. […]

Double Barrel Shotgun
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2018 on March 2018
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Back on the farm, I hunted rabbit and quail with a single barrel shotgun, but dad had a double barrel. I was envious of that gun. It seemed to me he could get twice the game I could. I see a lot of commercial brokers doing the same—marketing with one barrel. The first barrel is […]

Is Retail Really Dead?
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Posted in Society Columns, Winter 2017 - 2018 on December 2017
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We hear it every day—retail is dying, the internet will make shopping centers obsolete. But is that reality, or is it something that those that do not know retail are saying to hear themselves talk? Is retail dead—or evolving? I would say the latter. But, now more than ever before, successful retail must have a […]

Forging Global Connections
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Posted in Fall 2017, Society Columns on September 2017
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Illinois REALTORS return to MIPIM,
Forge international connections

Improvement — Not Perfection
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2017 on April 2017
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Recently I was at a dinner with a group. One of the attendees was clearing and wiping the table. I was having a little fun with him, and said, “You missed a spot” and pointed. He calmly looked at me and said, “I’m working on improvement, not perfection.” A lot of life is like this—can […]

Creativity, Patience, and Persistence
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Posted in Society Columns, Winter 2017 on February 2017
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Editor’s Note: Steve Eustis and Jeff Drinkard were the recipients of the 2016 Clifford P. Weaver Award given by the Society to recognize the most creative transaction of the year.  The narrative below was provided by Steve Eustis when he submitted his application for the award.  The editor assigned the title of the article. In […]