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Why use a CCIM?

There are countless benefits to working with a Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIMs). Commercial real estate investment requires the counsel of a qualified professional. This holds true for the individual owner of an apartment building or the real estate director of a multinational corporation.

A Certified Commercial Investment Member provides clients with the assurance that every decision will be made in the best interest of the client's long-term investment objective.

Industry experience. Unparalleled education. Today's technology. A network of support. These factors set CCIMs apart from the competition. Plus, CCIMs are bound to the strictest ethical guidelines and standards of practice in the industry today.

When assembling a commercial real estate investment team, start with a CCIM.


Unparalleled Online Tools

All CCIMs have access to the most comprehensive technology tools in commercial real estate. The Site To Do Business is the premier resource for market information and trends. It offers comprehensive integration of demographic information, GIS, and analytical and financial tools. The web-based application provides access to a variety of databases and reports including demographics and maps, consumer spending, pictometry imagery, traffic counts, comparison reports, and satellite imagery. The Site To Do Business converts raw data into valuable information, affording immeasurable knowledge to CCIMs for making the best real estate decisions on behalf of clients.

CCIMREDEX is integrated with the Site To Do Business; it is a real estate data exchange and repository of commercial property data. It provides a platform for CCIMs to research, analyze, and market properties all in one place. Property data is entered one time and distributed to multiple listing outlets.

Global Resources

Today there are CCIMs across Canada, the United States and Mexico, and in more than 30 countries around the world. Globally, CCIMs comprise one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world. This powerful force means a CCIM has the resources to close a client transaction or provide a referral across the country or around the world.


Experience backed by education

For more than 40 years, CCIMs have been recognized as experts in commercial investment real estate. Backed by the most challenging educational program in the industry, CCIMs bring an exceptional level of real-world experience, market knowledge, and negotiation skills to each client assignment. Today about 10,000 professionals hold the CCIM designation throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Commercial real estate users, owners, and investors recognize a CCIM as the first person to call for advice and direction in commercial real estate.
Only six percent of all commercial real estate practitioners hold the CCIM designation, which reflects not only the caliber of the program, but why it is one of the most coveted and respected designations in the industry.

Each CCIM has successfully completed a graduate-level program comprised of 200 hours of education. The curriculum focuses on financial, market, user decision, and investment analysis – the cornerstones of real estate use and investment. CCIM courses are refined regularly to keep current with a changing and dynamic industry.
Candidates for the designation must also submit a portfolio of qualifying experience showing a depth of practical knowledge in the field, and successfully pass a day long comprehensive exam. This designation process ensures that CCIMs are proficient not only in theory but also in practice.

All Certified Commercial Investment Members have mastered such theories and issues as the time value of money, measuring investment performance, cash flow, analyzing the best use of a sit, property supply and demand, evaluating and managing risk, lease vs. own analysis, market demographics, negotiations, tax implications, financing options, and geospatial technology. And in an industry that requires expertise, CCIMs have also developed one or more specialties.

CCIMs apply this expertise to each brokerage assignment, lease negotiation, development project, or consulting role involving every commercial property type: office buildings, industrial properties, retail space, multifamily dwellings, hotels, hotels and motels, senior living facilities, special purpose real estate and land.

Who's behind the CCIM Designation? The CCIM designation is conferred by the Chicago based CCIM Institute, a commercial affiliate of the National Association of Realtors©.

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