Tina Lichens Lichens: “[It] all translates, ultimately, to making deals flow more quickly and easily, which is what everyone wants.”
SAN DIEGO—In general, technologies, products and platforms that are the most successful are those that provide a truly integrated platform, Real Capital Markets’ COO Tina Lichens tells GlobeSt.com. We spoke exclusively with Lichens, along with Nick Alicastro, VP of business development at Western National Property Management; Jerre Riggs, co-founder and COO of First Base LLC; Eli Randel, director of business development at CREXi; Meagan Brazil, senior analyst, global sales management at CBRE; and Barry Swatsenbarg, SVP, investment and loan-sale advisory, for Colliers International, about which tech tools help commercial real estate professionals the most. Stay tuned for a more in-depth feature on the top tech tools of the trade in the October issue of Real Estate Forum.

GlobeSt.com: Which platforms, technologies and products best help CRE professionals conduct business, close deals, provide value, increase revenue and decreases costs?

Alicastro: Yardi is one of the most valuable and innovative software programs that enables us to streamline our operations in order to maximize efficiency and increase revenue. Similar to InfoTycoon, Yardi is an industry-leading software tool with multiple property-management platforms that seamlessly integrate and store data for a variety of uses.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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