Resource Review: Capital in the 21st Century

Winter 2014, Vol. 39, No. 3 Abstract: By the time readers have read this, says reviewer Mahlon ‘Sandy’ Apgar IV, Capital in the 21st Century will have become its publisher’s most popular title ever. Author Thomas Piketty already has emerged from relative obscurity in the French Academy to become an international celebrity, and his main theme, […]

Real Estate Value Impacts from Fracking: Industry Response and Proper Analytical Techniques

Winter 2014, Vol. 39, No. 3 Abstract: Energy exploration and development across the U.S. utilizing the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) technology has raised concerns about the potential for groundwater contamination and methane leaks that might adversely impact home prices and values, and affect the ability of homeowners to obtain mortgage financing. This article explores issues surrounding the […]

TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Heightens Awareness of Eminent Domain and Transportation of Energy Understanding What is Happening in Nebraska 

Fall 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2 By William G. “Bill” Blake, Esq., CRE A Nebraska trial court opinion issued in February 2014 has helped to focus new attention on the process for siting major pipelines, the environment and the power of eminent domain. In 2008 TransCanada Corporation, based in Calgary, Alberta, constructed the Keystone Pipeline […]

REVIEW: Inside Out: Building a Glass House in Russia 

Fall 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2 Abstract: In this short but entertaining read, reviewer Mary Bujold, CRE, describes the author’s “situations and challenges” in trying to build a new office building in St. Petersburg, Russia. Noting that the book is short on developmental details, Bujold describes it as full of “interesting and hilarious stories of the […]

REVIEW: The Advisor’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Investment

Fall 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2 Abstract: Investment advisors now have an important new resource to help them demystify commercial real estate investing for clients. This book, which reviewer Charles Schilke, CRE, believes is a “must have” for your library, explains dozens of topics including property types, portfolio management, private equity funds, REITs, public real estate, […]

REVIEW: Planning Chicago

Fall 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2 Abstract: Authors D. Bradford Hunt, Ph.D., and Jon B. DeVries, CRE, discuss the history of planning for Chicago, and show where opportunities may be missed because the city no longer plans on a regional scale—but much more so on a political scale. Reviewer Barton DeLacy calls this book a “seminal […]

Leases: A Ticking Time Bomb in Your Company’s Merger?

Fall 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2 Abstract: When buying or selling a business, there will likely be real estate tenant leases that are part of the business assets. For example, the leased premises may be an essential office location or plant. Implicit in the price may have been the buyer’s ability to use and exploit these […]

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