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Amanda Ventura

About Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura is an editor, award-winning writer and pop culture enthusiast. When she's not up against deadlines, she is exploring Arizona, trying recipes that require every dish in her kitchen be used, collecting 5K swag bags and race numbers and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her bookshelf is full of autobiographies and her desk is covered in Sticky Notes. She dislikes the Oxford comma and still cannot believe she gets to meet and write about interesting people for a living.

The great exchange: How 1031 exchanges affect local markets

The Offices at Reems in Surprise were recently exchanged through a 1031 deferral, handled by Colliers International's Rob Martensen.

With the talk of tax reform that would repeal or limit 1031 Exchanges, the global effect of changing like-kind deals is in the spotlight. Section 1031 Exchanges, or like-kind exchanges, are used in commercial real estate to allow investors to reinvest their profits into a new property through an exchange of a similarly valued property… Read More →

No guts, no glory: Tales of risk from Arizona CCIMs

Credit: Wavebreak Media Ltd.

Not all commercial deals were created equal. It’s when things get a little messy, complex or a buyer is considering a potentially risky investment that having a Certified Commercial Investment Manager on his or her side can lead to the most informed decisions possible. This was especially true during the Great Recession. Below are vignettes… Read More →

Technology carries real estate through healthcare changes

A nurse sits at the iCare ICU Program at Banner Desert in Mesa.

A patient sits in the ICU at Banner Health’s Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska. It’s late, many of the staff have gone home. He watches the glowing blinks of the machines monitoring his vital signs lighting the room in little blue and green bursts. Suddenly, a nurse is beckoned to his bedside by an abnormal… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Bitter & Twisted Menu, Vol. 2

Ross Simon, Bitter & Twisted

Bitter & Twisted’s Ross Simon is the Bill Nye of cocktails, the Neil deGrasse Tyson of spirits, the kind of mixologist who transfixes you with the chemistry and history of the torched/shaken/flawlessly frozen imbibement sweating on the bar in front of you. Oh, and everything tastes good, too. For fans of the Arizona Cocktail Week… Read More →

Grant Woods aims to fix Arizona’s image problem with music

Grant Woods at 3 Leaf Recording Studio.
May 20, 2015 by in Blogs | Featured

You don’t need a beard or bed head to make a musical statement these days. In fact, you can be the former attorney general of Arizona and drop an album to save Arizona if you want to. And that’s exactly what former AG (1991-1999) Grant Woods has done. Woods grew up in the ‘70s —… Read More →

Concentrated Culture: The symbiosis of new-build and adaptive reuse

Portland on the Park, Courtesy of DAVIS

There are undeniable truths in commercial real estate. For instance — retail follows rooftops. However, when the right variables come together, the presence of retail can create a demand for mixed-use communities. This is a phenomenon Michelle Schwartz, associate at RSP Architects, has observed in her firm’s recent work. “Arizona has such a short history… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Bobby Q’s Jalarita

Courtesy of MMPR

When it’s time to kick the heat without sacrificing your Arizona love for spice, throw back the Jalarita mixed up by the barbecue pros at Bobby Q. The jalapeno cocktail, new to the menu, is served on the rocks, costs $10 at the restaurant and is also available with mango, raspberry, peach and strawberry twists.… Read More →

2 Arizona healthcare projects bring contractors together

Banner University Medical Center Tucson, Courtesy Shepley-Bulfinch

If you want to build it, they will come. Healthcare contractors have been champing at the bit for the last year in anticipation of two major hospital projects in Arizona. In November 2014, Prop 480 passed, which would enable a replacement of the largest clinical teaching hospital in Maricopa County, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems (MIHS),… Read More →

Local business owners get a chance at commercial fame

Aha Moment Tour trailer, courtesy of Mutual of Omaha

Mutual of Omaha is traveling cross-country in search of local business owners’ “aha moments.” Defined by Mutual of Omaha as a moment when someone has a “clarity of purpose,” these aha moments have inspired Mutual of Omaha ad campaigns for the last five years. Phoenix residents will have a chance on May 11 and 12… Read More →

Meet the 2015 AAED EDDE award winners

Galleria Corporate Center, new home to weebly, for Scottsdale Economic Development Department

  The Arizona Association for Economic Development has been a community of practitioners who have worked through four decades to improve business attraction throughout the state. Every year, AAED awards Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) awards to those who keep the nonprofit organization at the top of its game and those who best uphold… Read More →

Q&A with CoreNet Global Arizona’s Bob Gracz

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What are the trends CoreNet Global Arizona is watching? The working world has changed dramatically. And, as the way we work continues to evolve, the “where we work” is keeping pace right along with it. A corporate real estate executive leads the team responsible for not only locating the right facilities to meet the demands… Read More →

VIDEO: Colliers’ Rob Martensen competes in Lucas Oil race

Rob Martensen, Photo by Mike Mertes for AZ Big Media

AZRE magazine interviewed Colliers International in Greater Phoenix Senior Vice President Rob Martensen, who recently competed in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler. Art Director Mike Mertes was there to film him in action on April 28. (Martensen is the blue vehicle before the end of… Read More →

Designated Drivers: Design Guides Corporate Real Estate

The Circuit Tempe will feature indoor and outdoor spaces designed for efficiency, density and collaboration.

Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 spend nearly nine hours a day at work or on related activities, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “American Time Use Survey.” With 260 potential work days (or 2,340 hours) in a year, that’s a lot of time spent in the office. Leisure activities,… Read More →

Raise the Roof

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Clear heights are soaring on average to about 32 feet among new industrial builds, be it speculative or build-to-suit projects. Some are even climbing as high as 36 or 40 feet. An extra four feet can increase a tenant’s pallet position, assuming it’s the average 64-inch pallet load, by about 20 percent without changing the… Read More →

Quantifying the Property Manager

Camelback Square, WEB

An atrium’s high-reaching archway floods with sun throughout the day, but after the sun sets, lights installed along the ceiling kick on. Over time, those lights’ bulbs will burn out and it’ll fall on a CPM such as Alisa Timm, director of management services at Lincoln Property Company, to figure out how to change those… Read More →