Finance & RE Law Archives

ULI Arizona’s ‘Shark Tank’ participants get real

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The Urban Land institute’s Arizona District Council is bringing together real deals and expert money in an event tailored after popular investment reality show “Shark Tank.” Entrepreneurs present real estate development proposals to a panel of ‘sharks’ (read: veteran real estate investors) and an audience of real estate professionals with hope of being awarded investment… Read More →

What is the true role of a real estate lobbyist?

'Strategic Defaults in the Recovering Real Estate Market

Knowledge is power. It’s also the currency used by lobbyist Ken Strobeck, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. “I think people have a very misunderstood view of what lobbying is,” says Strobeck. “You think of somebody who is sneaking around with money falling out of their pockets on edge of legality. … We’re… Read More →

U.S. office rents growing at fastest pace in 7 years fffranz

Despite the recent global volatility, tenant demand for U.S. office space remained strong in the third quarter of 2015 pushing rental rates up in three-quarters of the U.S. according to new research by Cushman & Wakefield. Preliminary data show that U.S. office markets absorbed 19.2 million square feet (msf) of office space in the third… Read More →

NAIOP Arizona speaker sparks ‘interest’ in interest rates thodonal

Signs were there that the Federal Reserve Board was not going to raise interest rates, KC Conway told NAIOP Arizona members at a recent Market Leaders Series. Conway, a third-generation MAI and Counselor of Real Estate with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, spoke to a standing-room only audience at the offices of Colliers International a day… Read More →

Real Estate Law Guide: Abiding Time

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When things are good, what is there to fight about? According to some legal construction experts, not much. “Contractors are not willing to litigate any longer; They don’t want to pay attorneys to fight,” says Ed Rubacha, attorney at Jennings Haug & Cunningham. When there were disputes between contractors, people relied on the option to… Read More →

AMA: HUD-sight is 20/20


There’s an opening for a high school biology teacher. Hundreds of applications come in for the job, equally split between male and female candidates. Then, the school decides to combine the teaching role with coaching the high school varsity football squad. Suddenly, there’s a huge shift in gender availability and interest in what was originally… Read More →

Legislative Update: digging deep for water

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By Cheryl L. Lombard, President and CEO of Valley Partnership   A balanced compromise has been found with Mayor Mark Mitchell and the Tempe City Council to remove street car from the city’s final development impact program. In the July/August Legislative Update, Valley Partnership mentioned our concern of street car being included in the final program.… Read More →

The foreclosable future of commercial real estate

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Paul Weiser, shareholder and co-chair of Buchalter Nemer, uses the term “blend and extend” to describe the attitude between landlords and tenants during the recession. This is the dark side of being a tenant-landlord lawyer, he says. This robbed many landlords of their ability to part with tenants who couldn’t afford to pay the full… Read More →

Living social: Promoting individual and professional brand

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Remember when Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” was published in 2013? There were many tips for advancing one’s career, but one of the top five, as selected by Forbes, is to form a lean-in circle with one of the book’s online “circle kits.” In essence, it encouraged finding a group of other professional women with whom… Read More →

AZCREW: CREW Network Pays it Forward

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A lot can happen in 15 minutes. Advice can be offered. New appointments saved. Minds can be changed. Coffee can be retrieved between meetings. For many executives, time is priceless. Time is how many members of AZCREW “pay it forward” these days, through mentorship programs and networking functions. However, AZCREW’s national parent, CREW Network, has… Read More →

Ghana legislative delegation cultivates ties with CCIM Felix Lipov

Commercial real estate is booming in Ghana as its economy expands through national and global commercial real estate investments. A delegation of Ghana Parliamentary leaders met with the CCIM Institute, Aug. 5–7, to learn more about the U.S. licensure requirements and CCIM education for commercial real estate professionals. The legislators plan to introduce new laws… Read More →

Interior designers to fight for title act in Arizona

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There is more to an interior designer’s work than what meets the eye. A coalition of designers have been trying to get Arizona lawmakers to recognize this since 2011, when its most recent draft to include interior designers in Arizona Revised Statutes failed to pass. Their edits would have made Arizona the 31st state to… Read More →

Keyser launches new Business Advisory Services


Keyser, an innovative Commercial Real Estate and Business Advisory Firm providing global services to corporate users of space, has announced that Michael Maynard and Eric Herrera have joined their growing team to launch Keyser’s New Business Advisory Services Division. “I am very pleased to be able to welcome Mike and Eric to the team,” stated… Read More →

Valley Partnership on conquering the hill

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Valley Partnership defines itself as an advocacy organization with responsible development at its core. Behind the organization’s educational Friday Morning Breakfasts, networking mixers, fundraisers and annual community project, Valley Partnership has three committees that work year-round on the organization’s advocacy efforts on a federal, state and cities/county issues. “Keeping with Valley Partnership’s focus on supporting… Read More →