Improving Your Odds of Self-Improvement: A Fullness vs. Emptiness Approach

What sort of engine is your life running on?  In business and entrepreneurship, many of us are highly motivated and goal driven.  I have kept written goals, that I update about twice a year, in my wallet since college.  The challenge is that we surge forward and then often fall back.  I can’t tell you …

Is the Office Building Dead?

Is the Office Building Dead?

The only thing constant in life is change and so it goes with the “Office Building.”  What was an immutable truth 20 years ago is yesterday’s news in today’s globalized, digital, warp-speed economy.  So, are office buildings—a key food group of the commercial real estate universe—dead or dying?  With nearly 11 billion square feet of …

Common Area Maintenance CAM Shopping Center

Four Quick Ways to Simplify CAM Reconciliations for Commercial Properties

Managing Common Area Maintenance (CAM) expenses for shopping centers and office buildings can be a challenge and a lot can go wrong.  Tenants may question your math and different tenants often have different CAM reimbursement requirements.  To be successful at this you have to start early, be organized and have a plan.  Below are four …

Government Tenants

Quick Guide: Working with Government Tenants

Managing buildings with government tenants is a unique endeavor in the commercial property management world.  We manage several Social Security office properties and a DMV office in Northern California.  We have found that government tenants—rightly so—have among the highest expectations of any tenant type for their commercial property owners and managers.  This is certainly reasonable, …

Modesto Commercial Strip Center

5 Ways to Increase the Value of your Commercial Strip Center by 10%

In the age of Amazon, commercial strip centers are a sound retail investment.  They are generally populated by service providers and restaurants, things that the internet cannot easily replace.  Common tenants include: hair and nail salons, insurance agents, tattoo artists, restaurants and tax preparers, among other things.  Most of these are services and cannot easily …

Industrial Plant Closure, Real Estate

Investing in and Repurposing Large Industrial Facilities after Plant Closures

Joe Muratore, CCIM Being based in the Central Valley and East Bay Area of California (specifically Stockton and Modesto), we have seen our fair share of large industrial plant closures and movements.  In the last few months, I have worked on several plant projects in some capacity and the purpose of this blog is to …

Inspection Checklist for Shopping Center & Office Building Property Management (PDF)

Being a great shopping center manager requires diligent attention to detail from you and your team.  Our firm generally visits each of the shopping centers we manage every week and twice a month we produce a detailed report with pictures catalogs the current state of the center, tenant feedback and an update on open work …

More People Than Dallas: The Steady Rise of California’s North San Joaquin Valley (Infographic)

Hidden amongst the towering Northern California economies of the Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the East Bay area is a trade area that spans from Stockton to Merced.  What is missed is that 1,530,000 people call this area home and $46 Billion in goods and services (Gross Municipal Product) are produced and consumed here each …