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Alex Ruggieri, CRE, authors new book on buying commercial property

Alex Ruggieri, CRE, Vice President, Sperry Van Ness/Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign, Ill., co-authored a new book, The Executive’s Guide to Buying Commercial Property, with his son Noah. Subtitled “How to Avoid Common Pitfalls When Buying a Building,” the book is dedicated to executives who are responsible for buying or building a commercial property for their business. ‘If one idea saves you time, money or from making a costly mistake, it will have all been worth it,” he said. A description and order link for the book is in the CRE Library on The Counselor’s website.

Larry Hirsh, CRE, shares insights in Book on Golf Courses

New to the CRE Library is Larry Hirsh, CRE’s book Golf Course Analysis and Valuation. Mr. Hirsh, president of Golf Property Analysts, Conshohocken, Pa., specializes in analysis, valuation and advisory services for golf courses, airports, ski areas, and recreation. “Golf courses are often a complex web of unique challenges and are also big business, (many) with operating budgets well over $1 million. Success depends upon accurate and timely solutions to these problems. We have made it our business for many years to provide…the highest quality consulting, appraisal and brokerage services to the golf course industry,” Mr. Hirsh notes on his website

Michael Ash Esq., CRE, Authors Book Chapter

Michael Ash, Esq., CRE, partner/attorney, Decotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, Teaneck, N.J., contributed a chapter in the International Parking Institute’s new book, A Guide to Parking. This publication provides information on the current state of parking—and an overview of the transportation and mobility industry, punctuated by program examples. Mr. Ash wrote the chapter titled, “Laws, Regulations, and Related Policy.” The book, now available in the CRE Library, was developed for professionals new to the field, and managers for use in orientation and refresher training; as well as graduate-level students focusing on areas of study that are impacted by the parking industry, such as planning, engineering, architecture, and real estate.

John Culbertson, CRE, Establishes Website Blog

In the Spring issue of the CRE Newsline, John Culbertson, CRE’s company newsletter was featured as an example of a marketing and thought-leadership tactic to build business visibility. Mr. Culbertson, managing partner, Cardinal Real Estate Partners, LLC, Charlotte, N.C., recommends creating a newsletter or a blog as a way to increase credibility, and position a business as an expert resource. Visit his blog here:

Recommended Reading for Counselors of Real Estate

In this first appearance of The Reading List, Marilyn Hett, CRE, recommends:

Our Towns: A 100,000-mile Journey into the Heart of America
By James Fallows and Deborah Fallows

In a description from the publisher, Penguin Books’ editors describe Our Towns as “a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts.”

Ms. Hett, consultant, Collaborative Community Consulting, St. Petersburg, Fla., explains: “It’s a great read… James Fallows is a long-time writer for The Atlantic. As they visit small cities in the U.S. (2012-2017) which are successfully revitalizing, they discover everyone works together on a community level despite the divisive national discourse. They found ideas and examples of creative collaboration and partnerships in revitalizing small communities, and conclude with a checklist that helps fine tune a city’s ‘elevator pitch’ to investors.“

Counselors: Tell us about a real estate or business-related book you found particularly interesting, or compelling…and why. We will include selected recommendations in future issues of the CRE Newsline.

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