As economies throughout the world are adjusting to the formation of new markets and increased free trade opportunities, the role of the commercial real estate professional is more important than ever. A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) is a recognized professional in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis. As an experienced expert, a CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real estate owner, investor and user.
The CCIM Institute, through its education program, has been conferring the CCIM designation since 1969. The 240 hours of graduate-level curriculum leading to the designation represent the finest education available in real estate. Professional experience requirements ensure that a CCIM is skilled not only in theory, but also in practice. Only more than 6,000 commercial real estate professionals hold the CCIM designation, which reflects the caliber of the program and why it is one of the most coveted and respected designations in the industry.
With a business network encompassing 1,000 markets throughout the world, CCIMs effectively direct local, national, and international commercial real estate transactions. Additionally, through the institute's association with other U.S. and international professional real estate organizations, client properties can be marketed to investors in 52 countries around the world.
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The Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® is the leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association. With more than 2,200 members in 450 cities in 20 countries, the Society represents today's most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists.
The Society certifies its members with the prestigious SIOR (specialist, industrial and office real estate) designation, a professional symbol of the highest level of knowledge, production, and ethics in the real estate industry. Real estate professionals who hold the SIOR designation are recognized by corporate real estate executives, commercial real estate brokers and agents, lenders, and other real estate professionals as the most experienced and capable practitioners in any market.
A professional affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Society is dedicated to the practice and maintenance of the highest professional and ethical standards. The Society maintains a commitment to business and industry by providing outstanding professional services, publications, and educational programs.
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Founded in 1957, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its 39,000 members in the U.S., Canada and more than 75 other countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and other professionals as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 20 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.
Shopping centers have become an integral part of the economic and social fabric of their communities. In 1999, more than 191 million adults shopped at various U.S. shopping centers each month, accounting for more than 1.16 trillion in retail sales. In 1999, shopping centers employed more than 10.5 million people and generated 47.5 billion in state sales taxes.
ICSC sponsors approximately 300 meetings a year and provides a wide array of services and products, including publications and research data, for shopping center professionals.
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NAIOP is a national association with 10,500+ members and an extensive network of 48 chapters that represent the interests of developers and owners of industrial, office and related commercial real estate throughout North America. NAIOP provides communication, networking and business opportunities for all real estate related professionals; provides a forum for continuing education; and promotes effective public policy, through its grassroots network, to create, protect and enhance property values.
Members of the 48 NAIOP Chapters have great opportunities at the local level to enhance their business through educational programs, networking and government affairs.
Members can also get involved at the national level — by attending conferences for continuing education, participating in National Forums for professional development and working to advance legislative initiatives like real estate taxation issues on Capitol Hill.
The forum for commercial real estate both locally and nationally, NAIOP promotes effective public policy through its grassroots network to create, protect and enhance property values. It offers education programs, research on trends and innovations, networking opportunities and strong legislative representation.
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