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.

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.

Real Estate Investing for Dummies

The authors present strategies for investing, along with updated tips for riding out downturns in the real estate market. From homes and apartment buildings to duplexes, commercial properties, and real estate investment trusts (REITs), the book provides information about understanding risks, raising capital, financing, choosing locations and buildings, valuing property, foreclosures, leases, cash flow, negotiation and much more. Author: Robert Griswold, CRE

Making a Living, Making a Life


This collection of nearly 50 essays and speeches by Daniel Rose, CRE provides keen insight and analysis on a wide array of real estate, civic and business topics. His belief that “doing good” and “doing well” are not inconsistent is a foundation for posing questions and sharing perspectives on education, economics, social problems, history, philanthropy and real estate development — matters he has addressed throughout his career. Good Cities vs. Great Cities; Housing and the Elderly; Servicing the Global City; Urban Challenges Today; Development Challenges for Africa; and Restoring Trust, Confidence and Hope are but a few of the subjects explored. Author: Daniel Rose, CRE.

Port-City Governance

In changing economic conditions, ports and cities are working to transform their facilities and urban fabric to succeed in the global marketplace. This book builds on the strengths of a global network of researchers and professionals – and publication coincides with the 14th World Conference Cities and Ports in 2015. Taking a broad approach, the content is focused on the city-port dilemma – addressing many of the key issues that corporations, institutions and regulators face as they strive to understand the key factors that contribute to the functional dynamics of port cities. The book is available as a free download. Chapter Author: Franc J. Pigna, CRE.

The Art of Commercial Real Estate Leasing: How to Lease a Commercial Building and Keep It Leased

In this book, an addition to the Rich Dad Library series, the author shares the successful techniques he uses to maximize his clients’ and his own investments — and provides insight and advice on positioning your building; reviewing a lease, negotiating, choosing an agent and more. In his view, being successful in real estate and leasing comes down to the same qualities that make good artists great: passion, tenacity and commitment. His process will demonstrate how to maximize value/return, no matter what the market or the product type. Author: R. Craig Coppola, CRE

Real Estate Licensing Exams – 10th Edition

Notable improvements over prior editions include a 1-3 page introduction to each chapter with essential points to learn, a much wider range and variety of questions, simplification of the math sections, updates to all materials, and a special exam that focuses specifically on government regulations. Author: Jack P. Friedman, Ph.D., CRE

The Counselors of Real Estate®, established in 1953, is an international group of high profile professionals including members of prominent real estate, financial, legal and accounting firms as well as leaders of government and academia who provide expert, objective advice on complex real property situations and land-related matters. Membership is selective, extended by invitation only. The organization’s CRE® (Counselor of Real Estate) credential is granted to all members in recognition of superior problem solving ability in various areas of real estate counseling. For more information, contact The Counselors of Real Estate