Did you know that membership in The Counselors of Real Estate can enable you to access important industry information, perspectives and insight while sitting at your desk?
I’m not talking about the contents of The Counselor or Real Estate Issues–which are, by the way, two excellent publications that fulfill part of the role of communicating news and ideas between Counselors. And I’m not referring to the national meetings, which are chock-full of content but do require that you leave your desk. I am referring to the Counselors of Real Estate group on LinkedIn.
If you haven’t looked at it, please do so (www.linkedin.com/groups/2186504). If you haven’t joined it, it’s not too late to become a member.
I spent 30 minutes this morning reviewing recent postings and feel like I completed a graduate school class in real estate from some of the most knowledgeable experts in the country. I watched John Baczewski, CRE, in a video interview on real estate investment returns, recent and expected, and management fees. I read an article by Maurice Robinson, CRE, on important areas of due diligence for hotel acquisition. I watched a video interview of a Big 4 firm partner regarding the new FASB lease accounting rules and their impact on lessors/lessees, link provided by Robert Pliska, CRE. I read an article posted by Anthony DellaPelle, CRE, about the efforts of New Jersey municipalities to collect real estate taxes from not-for-profit hospitals, an issue for most of our taxing authorities and communities.
The beauty of our LinkedIn group is that we can share knowledge real-time: no delays, no need to add postage or attach to an email. We can add content that we author or we can link articles/papers/videos produced by others. But we need to add more excellent content to make it a must-visit location.
Wouldn’t it be nice if, one day in the not too distant future, each of us would be compelled to go to the group site each week just to see what other Counselors had said, read or written that week? We then might evolve to adding additional facts and perspectives, starting a dialogue that won’t need to wait for the next chapter or national meeting. Here’s the key: if we want to get more out of it, we have to be prepared to individually put more into it.
Think about the best industry material that you have read and ask whether other Counselors would value its content. If so, please share it with the rest of us. And let’s continue to use the LinkedIn group as a forum for the advancement of our own professional knowledge and that of all Counselors.
Rick Tannenbaum, CRE
2016 Editor in Chief