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February 2017 President's Message

First, I would like to thank all of our members for our continued membership growth; we are on pace to have the highest membership in the past 10 years.  Second, I would like to congratulate Mr. Jim Merkel, the 2017 recipient of the Max Holtzer Lifetime Achievement Award.  Our February meeting had over 125 registered attendees, which is the largest meeting we have had in the last 10 years.

We are well into 2017 and I have never seen this type of market activity at this time of the year before; and as I talk with other members, it appears the activity is industry-wide.  To someone outside of the real estate industry, the state of the market sounds wonderful. However, the truth is that sometimes when product demand is high, it becomes more difficult to put deals together.  There is a major lack of inventory, and too often, when you do find a good opportunity, you and your client are competing with two or three other customers. 

These conditions make networking with your peers through CCIIR more important than ever. As real estate professionals, we are expected to know what buildings are out there and what buildings will be on the market soon.  Attending our monthly meetings and discussing your needs and upcoming off-market properties is going to be the way to stay in front of the game, and provide your clients with the freshest, most accurate opportunities.

I look forward to seeing you at the CCIIR meetings and being able to share our knowledge with one another.

Matt Osowski, 2017 CCIIR President