Michael Fickes

Michael
Fickes
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An Uncommon 1031 Deal
The $148 million Puente Hills Mall in City Of Industry, Calif., looked like an ideal investment for a pension fund or REIT. But when the owner decided
No Slowdown for CMBS Lenders
After two years of falling net operating income in commercial real estate, the lending community has begun to tighten its underwriting standards. Yet
A Technology Lull, You Say?
A weak economic recovery, war with Iraq and fears of another economic downturn have crushed capital spending. Purchases of new equipment, computers and
SCW FEATURE: Gimme Shelter
Last year, Inland Group Inc. traded up and the Internal Revenue Service helped. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company exchanged the Shorecrest Shopping Center,
Pension Funds Plan to Plow $14B into Real Estate in 2003
Occupancy may be down and sale prices high in many property types, but pension funds have big plans for buying commercial real estate in 2003. The funds
1031 EXCHANGES do more than save taxes
At its core, a 1031 exchange is designed to accomplish one simple goal: to avoid taxes. But owners turn to 1031 exchanges to carry out a variety of business
Grabbing Market Share
The nation's four largest title insurance companies are competing to develop technology capable of delivering complex commercial real estate transactions
Big Boxers have big expansion plans
Top discounters see no reason to stop expanding now. They are creating new formats that fit into suburban infill and inner-city spaces (see page 31) while
The Move to Sale-leasebacks
SALE-LEASEBACK PROVIDERS are preparing for a rush of new business. These transactions, already estimated to represent a market of $6 billion per year,
Wal-Mart's Next Frontier?
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., whose discount emporiums have become a fixture of the rural and suburban landscape, is now looking for growth in urban markets,
Three New Jersey markets show strength, despite recession
Three markets in Northern New Jersey are bucking the national trend of rising office vacancies: Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark. Class-A vacancy rates
A high-tech headache
Two years ago, companies looking for comprehensive technology tailored for the real estate industry found themselves on the outside of the tech world
SPECIALTY LEASING: Screams & Dreams
Sometimes seasonal, sometimes charitable, specialty leases fill vacant space with temporary tenants.
Challenging the tax man
Are your property taxes too high? Silly question. All property owners think their taxes are too high. But what can an owner do? The property tax system
Confronting the shock waves
Chris Nassetta was in a meeting in his office in Bethesda, Md., at 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. Like many meetings that morning, this one ended abruptly
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