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Launched in 1954 as the Investment Property Exchange and Taxation series of courses amid what was a very different world of commercial real estate, today’s CCIM Institute has evolved along with the industry. Its designees, which now number more than 15,000 globally, have brought the institute’s combination of course mastery and practical application to disciplines ranging from brokerage to lending. The expertise of CCIM designees is especially relevant as investors traverse the unfamiliar terrain of secondary and tertiary markets.

If a major brokerage firm is vying for “the big projects with the big boys, they’re going to send in the number-one team,” Wayne D’Amico, the Chicago-based CCIM Institute’s 2013 president, tells Real Estate Forum. “But when you get down into the second level, the second tier, even at the bigger companies, you know that a CCIM within that company has the experience versus the guy that happened to pick up your phone call.” 

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