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Why Use a CCIM

When you need advice on your taxes and accounting, you use a CPA.
When you need a skilled, certified property manager, you use a CPM.
When you need help with financial planning for investments and retirement, you use a CFP.
When you need expertise in commercial investment real estate, you use a CCIM.

Read on to learn more about why CCIM designees are an invaluable resource for commercial real estate owners, investors, and users.


For more than 40 years, Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIMs) have been recognized as experts in commercial investment real estate. Backed by the most challenging education program in the industry, CCIMs bring an exceptional level of real-world experience, market knowledge, and negotiation skills to each client assignment. Today, about 10,000 professionals hold the CCIM designation throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Commercial real estate users, owners, and investors recognize a CCIM as the first person to call for advice and direction in commercial real estate.
Only six percent of all commercial real estate practitioners hold the elite CCIM designation, which reflects not only the caliber of the program, but why it is one of the most coveted and respected designations in the industry.

Each CCIM has successfully completed a graduate-level program comprised of 200 hours of education. The curriculum focuses on financial, market, user decision, and investment analyses—the cornerstones of real estate use and investment. CCIM courses are refined regularly to keep current with a changing and dynamic industry.

Candidates for the designation must also submit a portfolio of qualifying experience showing a depth of practical knowledge in the field, and successfully pass a day-long comprehensive exam. This designation process ensures that CCIMs are proficient not only in theory, but also in practice.
All Certified Commercial Investment Members have mastered such theories and issues as the time value of money, measuring investment performance, cash flow, analyzing the best use of a site, property supply and demand, evaluating and managing risk, lease versus own analysis, market demographics, negotiations, tax implications, financing options, and geospatial technology. And in an industry that requires expertise, CCIMs have also developed one or more specialties:

• Appraisal
• Leasing
• Asset management
• Marketing
• Brokerage
• Property management
• Consulting
• Corporate real estate
• Sale-leasebacks
• Development
• Tax-deferred exchanges
• Institutional investment
• Troubled assets
• International real estate

CCIMs apply this expertise to each brokerage assignment, lease negotiation, development project, or consulting role involving every commercial property type: office buildings, industrial properties, retail space, multifamily dwellings, hotels and motels, senior living facilities, special purpose real estate, and land.

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