Articles in the Society Columns Category

REAL ESTATE – The Billion Dollar Charitable Giving Opportunity
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2019 on July 2019
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In many areas of the country the real estate market continues to strengthen – average property values are up, days on the market are down, and inventory is low. However, many owners of highly appreciated real estate are being encouraged to consider smarter liquidation strategies.

2018 Awards
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2019 on February 2019
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S.E.C. Observer Editor The Society Awards & Installation Banquet was held in Houston on January 22, 2019. The 2019 Executive Committee Officers were sworn in: Lance Warner, President; Steve Fithian, 1st Vice President; Joseph Crowley, 2nd Vice President; and Bryan Neal, Secretary/Treasurer. Congratulations to the 2019 Executive Committee! One of the highlights of the banquet […]

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