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Lifting the veil from abstruse term 'cap rate' (access required)

This is the time of year for economic conferences and forecasts – and a time you hear technical terms like “cap rates” that may make your eyes glaze over. Someone discussing commercial real estate predicts that capitalization rates will head ...

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The federal government's holiday wish list (access required)

“Dear Santa, I want a better radar multi-scan processing algorithm, lightweight ballistic armor for my planes and an accelerometer-based shaft coupling prognostic indicator for Christmas. Enjoy the milk and cookies.” The Navy’s wish list this year might read something like ...

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Investing in a low-return environment (access required)

Don’t look for a booming stock market reminiscent of the 1990s anytime soon, the chief investment strategist for KeyCorp unit McDonald Financial Group said in Boise last week. “If you’re armed from the get-go, you can pay attention and make ...

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Bieter at BOMA: Permits, fees, projects (access required)

The City of Boise has made progress this year on issues of interest to commercial real estate, but there are more opportunities for improvement, Mayor Dave Bieter said in a recent presentation to the Building Owners & Managers Association Boise ...

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Taking stock: Where are we as '04 wanes? (access required)

It seemed summer never would end but it has; this weekend it’s time to Fall Back. In just a week it will be Turkey Month – let’s hope the American people don’t elect one! – followed by the holiday season. ...

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Business-startup tips to try – and to avoid (access required)

Several successful – some may consider them high-flying – entrepreneurs recently acknowledged making some regrettable moves early in the lives of their companies. They participated in “Bootstrapping: An Entrepreneur’s Guidebook,” a panel discussion included in the 6th annual Intermountain Venture ...

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Chamber targets health insurance, transit (access required)

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce recently announced the results of a survey it took to help the Chamber direct its efforts in the business community. The study was commissioned in order to measure satisfaction with the Chamber and awareness ...

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Corporate governance – A few red flags (access required)

How can individual investors find out if corporate boards are doing the right things when it comes to governance and overall company leadership? Following the example of the California Public Employee Retirement System may be a good initial move. The ...

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Retail leads otherwise patchy leasing recovery (access required)

With developers still constructing and planning more commercial buildings, and businesses continuing to tap low-interest financing to turn themselves from tenants into property owners, putting a dent in vacancy rates remains a tall order. But good news came out of ...

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Another 'Pointe' pops up – What's the point? (access required)

Elsewhere in this issue we report on a mixed-use development planned for Fairview near Locust Grove in Meridian, to be called Cedar Pointe. There may be certain aspects of this project that are praiseworthy, as its developer contends, but one ...

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