Mortgage Management for Dummies

Taking out a mortgage to purchase real estate is a major decision. This guide explains how to secure the best and lowest-cost mortgage for your unique situation. It includes advice in sections such as: qualifying for a mortgage, identifying the most appropriate lender and securing the loan, payment strategies, refinances and foreclosures, and the most important missteps to avoid. Co-author: Robert Griswold, CRE

Dictionary of Real Estate Terms – Ninth Edition

Newly updated for 2017, the Dictionary of Real Estate Terms is a quick reference guide for real estate professionals, students, investors, attorneys, home buyers and sellers. Information is alphabetically arranged for ease of use; topics include architectural styles, appraisal, construction, taxation, mortgages, financing, zoning and much more.  It contains more than 3,000 clear definitions plus more than 200 illustrations, charts and graphs in its 600 pages. It also contains an appendix with abbreviations, mortgage tables, measurements and more. Part of the Barron’s Real Estate Guides Series. Co-Author: Jack P. Friedman, Ph.D., CRE

24-Hour Cities: Real Investment Performance, Not Just Promises

WINNER BRUSS BOOK AWARD 2017 (Gold) from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

The nation’s top live-work-play 24-hour cities are more than just vibrant urban environments for the elite. They are attracting a cross-section of population, experiencing economic growth and attracting both businesses and talented individuals. This book explores how cities such as New York, Boston, Washington, San Francisco, and Miami were financially and physically scarred by violence, and urban dysfunction — yet large scale turnarounds occurred. How? And why are other cities still stuck with the hollow downtowns and sprawling suburbs that make for a 9-to-5 configuration? The author’s cross-disciplinary research identifies the ingredients of success, and the recipe that puts them together. Author: Hugh F. Kelly, Ph.D., CRE.

Federal Land Use Law & Litigation

This 2016 edition is a new and comprehensive volume that focuses on federal constitutional and statutory limitations on local land use law.  It is an in-depth examination and analysis of the complexities of this evolving practice area.  Included are sections on the Takings Clause, First Amendment limitations, federal environmental laws and litigation strategies and remedial issues, as well as case studies and a review of Supreme Court and lower court decisions that consider the constitutionality of land use regulation.  Co-Author: Brian W. Blaesser, CRE.

Discretionary Land Use Controls: Avoiding Invitations to Abuse of Discretion

This practice-oriented handbook (19th edition 2016-2017) provides practitioners with guidance concerning discretionary land use controls.  Included are explanations of abuse of discretion in discretionary land use decision making; the complexities of discretionary approval mechanisms used by local governments to address growth, preserve natural resources, provide for infrastructure needs, address and preserve local community character and achieve sustainable design and development. Practice tips and litigation strategies are also included.  Author: Brian W. Blaesser, CRE.

Valuing Contaminated Properties–Volume II

This anthology examines important trends and major changes concerning understanding and appraising properties impacted by contamination or environmental risk. It is a definitive compilation of accepted appraisal knowledge selected and interpreted by a valuation expert to help readers stay current. Sections include insights and useful information about the professional standards, including case study analysis, regression modeling, surveys, tax assessment, legal issues and much more. Landfills, brownfields, mold, chemicals and many other examples are included. Readers will find new information to stay current and look toward a future of evolving strategies for dealing with environmental contamination. Author: Richard J. Roddewig, CRE.

Real Estate and Globalisation

This book is based on a series of briefings on the relationship between macro-economic events and real estate markets in the era of globalization that covered the period from 2000-2010. Collectively they offer unique insights, new ideas and practical approaches to real estate economics.  The perspective is long term.  Topics span the key sectors of office, retail and residential real estate in more than 40 countries, with a focus on private sector investment, development and management.   Author: Richard Barkham, Ph.D., CRE.

Chasing Excellence

Craig Coppola, CRE co-authored this book, subtitled “Real Life Stories from the Streets,” with business partner Bill Lee. It is a collection of stories from throughout their careers with examples of how to excel in business and in in life. It includes QR codes that when accessed on a mobile device link to more than 30 videos of the authors providing ideas and advice to help readers achieve excellence. Co-Author: Craig Coppola, CRE.

Situs RERC Real Estate Report, Spotlight on Value

Investors were relieved when first quarter 2016 economic data started coming in and GDP growth was positive (albeit barely), the manufacturing index showed slight growth for the second month in a row, and retail sales finally started to climb. However, the uncertainty dominating the investment environment is also affecting the commercial real estate market, as volume declines, returns inch down, and investors keep the spotlight on value. Besides the usual quarterly cap and yield rates for the institutional market, regional markets, and the top 48 metro markets, the report also closely monitors ongoing investor sentiment as prices pressure values. Edited by Ken Riggs, CRE

A Guide to Appraising Automobile Dealerships

WINNER  2016 GEORGE L. SCHMUTZ AWARD from the Appraisal Institute.

Veteran auto dealership appraiser Bradley R. Carter, CRE uses real-life examples and case studies to provide background on the complexities of valuing these properties, covering topics such as economic trends, locational issues that affect dealerships and re-imaging projects. It offers auto-industry-insider insights and up-to-date information on site location, improvement analysis, dealership lifecycles, land valuation and more – to help meet the challenges presented by valuing this unique property type. Author: Bradley R. Carter, CRE.