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What It Means To Be a CRE Property Hero

What It Means To Be a CRE Property Hero

“A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.” – Christopher Reeve The same can be said about commercial real estate property management teams. Oftentimes they don’t have the time, the money, people, or resources necessary to overcome incredible obstacles. It isn’t always […]

The 15 Most Influential (and only) CRE Property Management Thought Leaders Online

The 15 Most Influential (and only) CRE Property Management Thought Leaders Online

As we said in our recent post where we asked ‘Where Are the CRE Property Management Thought Leaders?’, if you’re looking to join a two-way digital discussion for property management/operations, you’re not going to find much. Sure, you’ve got us. We regularly produce thought leadership and best practice content, and try to start conversations. But […]

Why It's Important to "Lock Down" Your Property Data

Why It’s Important to “Lock Down” Your Property Data

Commercial real estate (CRE) organizations are known for their relative hesitation when it comes to moving to adopt new technologies, and changes in process. To put it simply, the consensus has been: “Why change what already works?” And it makes sense. Many folks have been trained that it is safer to keep your competitive, trade-secret cards […]

Weekly Building Beat: Millenials, Too Much Stuff, and #CRETech

Weekly Building Beat: Millenials, Too Much Stuff, and #CRETech

You’ve got a lot going on. We get it. It isn’t easy to find the time to scour the internet for the latest property management and commercial real estate news when you’ve got a job to do. With ‘The Weekly Building Beat,’ you won’t have to waste time searching. We hand-select the best industry content […]

CRE Tech Talks #12: The Digital Economy and How Tenants Evaluate Office Space

CRE Tech Talks #12: The Digital Economy and How Tenants Evaluate Office Space

Technology is changing the business of commercial real estate. This show is about helping CRE Executives improve their tech IQ, so they can make informed decisions that will help their organization innovate, grow and stay competitive.  In our latest podcast, Building Engines SVP Scott Sidman is joined by Arie Barendrecht, CEO of WiredScore. In this […]

Weekly Building Beat: Brexit, G.E., and #CRE on Twitter

Weekly Building Beat: Brexit, G.E., and #CRE on Twitter

You’ve got a lot going on. We get it. It isn’t easy to find the time to scour the internet for the latest property management and commercial real estate news when you’ve got a job to do. With ‘The Weekly Building Beat,’ you won’t have to waste time searching. We hand-select the best industry content […]

Unleashing Your Property Teams to Improve Tenant Satisfaction

Unleashing Your Property Teams to Improve Tenant Satisfaction

“Team” does not mean “you”. Not to butcher the obvious, but it’s also not just a group of “yous”. Like music, “Team” requires more than a single note – like happiness, more than a single laugh. Team is a group condition carefully nurtured over time through soft stuff like trust and responsibility, and hard stuff […]

The Power of CREative Praise

The Power of CREative Praise

Carrots and Sticks I distinctly remember the big smile on one of my employees faces the first time I handed him a performance based bonus check. We had had a mandate to complete a large project by the end of the month, and while we were making progress toward our goal, I was starting to […]

Weekly Building Beat: Optimism in CRE, Multigenerational Teams, and Space Battles

Weekly Building Beat: Optimism in CRE, Multigenerational Teams, and Space Battles

You’ve got a lot going on. We get it. It isn’t easy to find the time to scour the internet for the latest property management and commercial real estate news when you’ve got a job to do. With ‘The Weekly Building Beat,’ you won’t have to waste time searching. We hand-select the best industry content […]

What Does Big Data Have To Do With Property Operations?

What Does Big Data Have To Do With Property Operations?

I think the real question might be, what can big data DO for commercial property operations? Most would start at the beginning with a definition of big data and follow into a lengthy explanation of the how and where this “big data” can be found and collected. But anybody can do that, and it really […]

How Coffee Will Make You Rethink Retail Risk Management

How Coffee Will Make You Rethink Retail Risk Management

For a while, shortly before I started working in commercial real estate technology, I brewed a lot. That is not a typo, though I understand the assumption that I might have “brood” before I started working in the exciting, ever changing CRE Tech space. No, prior to that, I worked as a manager for a […]

How to Avoid Paying More for Your Property Operations Platform

How to Avoid Paying More for Your Property Operations Platform

Notes From A Software Sales Guy I know, sales people have a bad rap (of course, not the good folks here in our team at Building Engines) and if I’m honest it’s for good reason. For years (and years) sales people have been indoctrinated to do things that serve their selfish interests and not necessarily do […]

13 Reasons Property Management Software is Essential to Modern Operations

13 Reasons Property Management Software is Essential to Modern Operations

A while back we wrote a post covering ‘7 Reasons Why I Need Property Management Software,’ covering the emerging acceptance of technology in the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. Since then, the CRE Tech space has continued to grow. In 2015 alone, CRE Tech startups raised over $1.7 billion, according to venture capital researcher CB […]

Benchmark Survey Report: Tenant Relationship Management

Benchmark Survey Report: Tenant Relationship Management

How well do commercial real estate (CRE) professionals understand their tenants, and how do they manage their relationships?   Building Engines surveyed over 300 CRE professionals within a wide range of industry segments; including commercial office, medical office, industrial, retail, and others; to find out. We broke down and analyzed the data, and compiled our […]