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Why Follow Commercial RE People on Twitter?


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Can’t think of a reason to follow commercial real estate agents on Twitter because you’re in residential real estate?  Let’s talk it over.  First, in case you don’t know, most commercial real estate professionals have spent time earning their CCIM which is an extremely tough, rigorous program.  Many CCIMs are analytical and often work in very fast paced, professional environments and while some are interactive on Twitter, most are not and that can be a turnoff to the gregarious residential Realtor.

The lack of interactivity isn’t a bad thing though because CCIMs are tweeting about local (and sometimes national) commercial real estate trends. Find a CCIM that is in your city and you’ll learn that they are a great resource for learning news like what new shopping center is coming to the subdivision you specialize in, it’s a good way to know what’s coming down the pipeline before permits are even applied for.

Stats and information absorption and dissemination is in their DNA as their job requires them to be extremely well informed. Below is a list of 10 commercial real estate professionals that you can learn from, but we encourage you to find one locally and learn from them– it will help you know your environment better and therefore, help you be a better Realtor.

10 Commercial Pros:

To simultaneously view bios or follow all 10 of those listed below, click here.

  1. @CBREcorp
  2. @CCIM
  3. @ChipLaFleur
  4. @ColliersIntl
  5. @CREDallas
  6. @dukelong
  7. @jonsengland
  8. @mjking
  9. @muljat
  10. @TheWrightCCIM

Mike King, commercial broker out of Coeur d’Alene, ID compiled a list of 75 commercial real estate industry professionals to follow and read that you should check out.

Who do you learn from in the commercial real estate world?

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Chris Lengquist

    October 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

    CCIMs are the ivy league kids of the real estate industry. I’ve taken a few classes to help me with what I do regarding residential investment property. There is a lot to learn from the commercial guys. Too bad for them their tough wave is still building. Here in KC industrial and warehouse space is pretty full but retail is softening quickly as well as office space. At least that’s what I’m hearing from the commercial guys I talk to.

  2. Duke Long

    October 14, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks Lani,
    Your post is dead on. CRE and RESI can learn so much from each other. CRE is my dominant biz but I have done both and I think each really does compliment the other. Not “interactive” OOOOoooo I don’t know about that. No doubt that RESI is way way ahead of CRE in the soc media INTERWEB (echo)(echo). Give us us chance to catch up.There are some pretty smart peeps in the CRE biz. I would encourage the RESI peeps to take a CCIM or CRE person to lunch.,wade thru the Frat boy rah rah mba bs and listen to the market knowledge,you wil be amazed. Even better take someone from here to lunch and be blown away. GIRL POWER BABY!!!

  3. Greg Cooper

    October 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Great to see you expanding the family Lani…..Duke’s a pro and a friend but if he drops any more initials I’m going to have to go back for another degree to follow his post.

    (for those of you who don’t know….Duke and I obviously know each other and never miss the op to plunge the dagger of humility into the other…’re up brother)

  4. Benn Rosales

    October 15, 2009 at 2:53 am

    @dukelong that has to be one of the most exciting comments I’ve read all week (maybe all year) heh fly into Austin, @laniar and I’ll buy you lunch just for being such a swell guy, and bring that @Gregcooper guy along too 😉

  5. Terry McDonald

    October 15, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Ach, I’ve been offended by the “ivy League” class, however they are an important part of the food chain and their knowledge of the area, from future shopping malls to demographic stats is impressive. But like Lani,I haven’t seen the local guys on Twitter but I’m going to look.
    My normal blogging and videos pick up commercial leads, and am working a couple now with a new “partner.” we’ll see! 🙂

  6. Portland Real Estate

    October 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I like following the green builders. I love seeing the links of the cool sustainable houses that come out.


  7. Mike King

    October 19, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for the mention. We have found good success posting local information on our team Twitter account @commercial1031

    We post locals news and completed transactions. Our account has a good following from locals who are interested in who is coming to town and what is happening in commercial real estate.

    Thanks again for the mention,

    Mike King, CCIM

  8. Mike King

    October 20, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Thanks for the mention RT @tweetmeme Why You Should Follow Local Commercial Real Estate People on Twitter

  9. CBC Schneidmiller

    October 20, 2009 at 3:20 am

    RT @mjking Thanks for the mention RT @tweetmeme Why You Should Follow Local Commercial Real Estate People on Twitter

  10. Commercial 1031

    October 20, 2009 at 3:20 am

    RT @mjking Thanks for the mention RT @tweetmeme Why You Should Follow Local Commercial Real Estate People on Twitter

  11. Alex Wright CCIM

    October 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    RT @tweetmeme Why You Should Follow Local Commercial Real Estate People on Twitter

  12. Rofo Office Search

    October 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Why Follow Commercial RE People on Twitter?

  13. Rofo Office Search

    October 23, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Why Follow Commercial RE People on Twitter?

  14. Amy Schenk(CRE)

    October 25, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Why you should follow Commercial Real Estate Agents (or their marketing team).. #CRE #Colliers

  15. Michael Blaker

    October 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    RT @alschenk: Why you should follow Commercial Real Estate Agents (or their marketing team).. #CRE #Colliers

  16. Coy Davidson

    November 20, 2009 at 7:37 am

    @agentgenius Why Follow Commercial RE People on Twitter?

  17. Sarah Helfgott

    December 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    @cbeyl Why you should follow local commercial real estate people on Twitter/ top 10 to follow: I love you 🙂

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