CCIM Hosts Economic Trends Webinar More than 300 attend The 2013 Economy and Its Effect on Commercial Real Estate.

CHICAGO, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- More than 300 industry professionals participated in CCIM's February 27 webinar, The 2013 Economy and Its Effect on Commercial Real Estate.  Presenter George Ratiu, manager of quantitative and commercial research with the National Association of REALTORS® , spoke optimistically of how secondary and tertiary markets continue to lead the charge towards economic recovery.  Second-tier markets have seen major year-over-year investment gains; Ratiu cited Seattle, Phoenix, Austin, Baltimore, and Charlotte as markets that have seen a revival over the past year. 

Administered through CCIM's Ward Center for Real Estate Studies, this webinar is part of an educational series of lunchtime events available to members and guests. 

Learn more about CCIM's Ward Center for Real Estate Studies and register for upcoming courses.


About the CCIM Institute
Since 1969, the Chicago-based CCIM Institute has conferred the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation to commercial real estate and allied professionals through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours and professional experiential requirements.  The CCIM curriculum was redesigned in 2010 to reflect changing student demographics and real estate brokerage services, growth in international markets, new technologies, and new delivery models.  The core curriculum addresses financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, investment analysis, and negotiation—the cornerstones of commercial investment real estate.

An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, the CCIM Institute also offers powerful technology tools such as the Site To Do Business, an online site analysis and demographics resource, and CCIMREDEX, a single-entry listing and data exchange.

Currently, there are nearly 10,000 CCIMs in 1,000 markets in the U.S. and 31 additional countries, with another 6,000 practitioners pursuing the designation, making the institute the governing body of one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world.  Visit,, and for more information.

Media Contact: Olivia Gellman CCIM Institute, 312-321-4526,

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