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6 Considerations While Apartment Hunting

As we enter the peak of the busiest rental and moving period, the array of available apartment options can be overwhelming. Whether you’re an experienced renter, or this is your first time renting, finding the perfect apartment that fits both your lifestyle and budget can be a difficult task. There are an endless amount of questions to consider, such as do you prefer downtown or the suburbs? A cozy duplex or an apartment community? What are your “must have” factors? Parking? Maybe an abundance of natural light? 

Although these questions are all based on personal preference and we can’t answer them for you, we can guide you through some of the top considerations that should make it onto your checklist. 

Post-COVID-19: The Future of Office and Work

While we are still a long way from completely overcoming COVID-19, the release of effective vaccines has delivered a dose of optimism to many organizations and employees who are trying to plan for a world post-pandemic. Navigating the COVID-19 aftermath will not only be one of the biggest personal challenges many will have to face in their lifetime, but also one of the biggest business challenges in our history. 

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The National Importance of Public Transportation to Commercial Real Estate

It seems intuitive that commercial real estate properties proximate to public transportation would be more sought after, and would, therefore, have higher property values and draw higher rental rates. While intuition is important in commercial real estate, facts must always support our thinking. So, let’s take a look at some of the data that confirms a longstanding rule of real estate development: location matters. This axiom is particularly true when it comes to locations and public transportation.

Looking Ahead

There is no blueprint to follow when it comes to handling the changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, there is only reliance on our previous experience, real time updates from our global network and confidence that we can be industry leaders in this time of crisis.

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Managing Buildings and Building Relationships

When a commercial building is empty, it still needs to be thoughtfully managed and monitored. In recent weeks, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many buildings that housed “non-essential” businesses have been temporarily vacated.

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Expecting the Unexpected

At Ciminelli, our real estate professionals have come to expect the unexpected. This is increasingly true in real estate development.

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Business as "UN" usual—24/7 service delivery provides the foundation during extraordinary situations

The COVID-19 crisis has certainly presented us all with challenges, both professional and personal.  At Ciminelli, our Facilities Management Service Team faces unique challenges every day.

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Ciminelli Suburban vs. Urban Office Space


When selecting a location for a new office space, one of the most important considerations is whether to choose an urban or a suburban setting. Location matters to both your employees and your clients, so it's important to get this crucial aspect of your new office space right.

Here are five considerations when choosing a new office location


Investing in the Urban Core - Infrastructure

Every city wants to be recognized for its unique characteristics. Cities want visitors to be intrigued by what they have to offer, businesses to thrive in their surrounding environment, and residents to be proud to call it home. For all of this to happen, the infrastructure of cities – the structures and services that act as a basis for the economy and quality of life -must continue to grow and meet the demands of an increasing population.

The Benefits of Winning a TOBY Award

BOMA’s annual TOBY award is the most prestigious and comprehensive award of its kind in the commercial real estate industry, recognizing quality in commercial buildings and rewarding excellence in building management. During the competition, all facets of the building’s operations and management were thoroughly evaluated.

10 Questions to Ask On a Commercial Property Tour

Between the listing agent and your broker, you will have a wealth of readily available knowledge about the property’s history, condition, amenities, and location. This is what you should be asking to help you determine if the space you are touring is the best fit for your company: 

Top Commercial Real Estate Maintenance Requests

As building owners ourselves, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation understands the value of maintaining a real estate asset and ensuring that it is delivering the highest possible return for the owner. Gathering data from a portfolio totaling over 16M square feet revealed several interesting data points. Here, we’ve ranked the top ten work orders from least to most requested.

If These Walls Could Talk... Interesting Facts about Bethune Lofts.

Bethune Lofts, located at 2917 Main Street, is one of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation’s historical, residential renovation projects. While reminiscing on Bethune’s history, we thought we would share some of the building’s most interesting facts.

5 Tips for Effective Vendor Procurement and Management

Contributed by Zach Melas, Director of Procurement, Buffalo, NY

As part of our commitment to providing our customers with the highest level of service, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation works to identify opportunities to mitigate risk, improve vendor performance, and realize cost savings. Zach Melas, the Director of Procurement at Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation identifies his top 5 tips for effective vendor procurement and management.

5 Tips to Consider Before Renewing Your Commercial Lease

Renewing a commercial lease can be a complex situation for corporate tenants. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the current position of your business as a renter, revisit the commercial real estate market, and gather valuable information that can be used to negotiate a better lease agreement. Learn how Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation can help you renew your commercial lease.

Corporate Responsibility to Staff Development

We recently had the opportunity to interview two of our employees about their career paths with Ciminelli. Both Eric Marcus (Corporate Accountant Associate) and Michael Cullinan (Property Manager) were able to move up within the company, eventually aligning with positions that they never imagined possible at the start of their employment. Read more about Eric and Michael’s experiences below.

The Impact of Automation in Facilities Management

Contributed by Kristen Zdon, Service Systems Manager, Buffalo, NY

Technology has brought us a long way from things like land lines and typewriters. With the automation of powerful work order management software and sophisticated tools like dashboards and customizable reporting to analyze data, many difficulties have become easier to manage, if not completely eliminated.

Understanding the Basics of Commercial Real Estate Leases

Contributed by Edward McGinn, Licensed Real Estate Broker, CCIM

A commercial real estate lease is a long-term commitment, and like all long-term commitments in life, you want to be sure you know exactly what you are getting into. It is crucial for both the property owner and tenant to understand which expenses are included and excluded from the lease; this will help to avoid any future confusion after signing on the dotted line.

Residential Property Profile: The Mentholatum

Contributed by Amber Holycross, Senior Development Manager, AIA, LEED AP ID+C

The Mentholatum building is recognized locally for its association with The Mentholatum Company, a manufacturer of menthol-based health and beauty products. Ciminelli's vision for a landmark, residential mixed-use project that would be the cornerstone of Niagara Street's redevelopment, was realized through substantial renovation of the existing building.

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