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Joseph Larkin, CCIM, MCR, SIOR
Adjunct Faculty
Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management
Joseph Larkin

Biography at a Glance

Joe Larkin, CCIM, MCR, SIOR, a commercial real estate specialist and has been active in the commercial real estate industry since 1977. His experience includes both investment and corporate (occupier) real estate providing real estate counseling, transactional services and investment valuation services.


He built a national brokerage and counseling firm in Albany, NY. His brokerage company, Larkin Commercial Properties, Inc., was on the top of the list of “Top-25 Commercial Real Estate Broker Firms” in the Albany, NY market. The Larkin team was awarded the “Business of the Year Award” from the Chamber of Commerce and earned many industry accolades.


Joe’s Colorado firm, First Realty, Inc. provides transactional and strategic counseling for businesses, investors and private equity syndications. His real estate education and years of experience, depth and breadth, covers many aspects of commercial and investment real estate. Industry. His goal: “Helping clients make the Right Real Estate Decision.”



First Realty, Inc., Managing Partner and CEO, Denver, CO (2013-present),

Founder and designated broker, First Realty provides: commercial real estate brokerage services; counseling; consulting and valuation services to businesses, family trusts and private equity investors across the United States.


In addition, First Realty provides: lease analysis and negotiations; investment value proforma; portfolio asset allocation; work place st rategy solutions; creating strategic plans to optimize employees, space utilization and customer satisfaction.


University of Denver, Denver, CO: Burns School of Real Estate (2015-present)

Adjunct professor at the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business, Denver CO.


Larkin Commercial, Inc. Managing Partner and CEO, (1992-2013) Albany, NY Founder and designated broker of a full-service realty brokerage firm providing commercial and investment brokerage services. With 7 full-time agents, 3 full-time employees and a nation-wide real estate investment platform, Larkin Commercial sold investment properties across the United States.




Industry Involvement:

Over his career, he was very involved in the commercial real estate industry and has served many real estate organizations. Since 1991, his involvement in the CCIM Institute is wide and deep serving on the Board of Directors for over 15-years. Joe received the highest distinction from CCIM, the CCIM Instructor of The Year Award, on three separate occasions.


Publications & Lecturer:

Over his career, Joe has published numerous articles in local and national commercial real estate publications. Topics include: real estate finance & investment; GAAP accounting and the impact to real estate; Federal Income Taxation, lease negotiations and market feasibility studies.


In addition, he has contributed to the development of the CCIM Advance Corporate Real Estate Analysis course and the CCIM Negotiation Workshop. He also contributed to the developed of the international CCIM User Decision Analysis course.


As a guest lecturer, both domestically and internationally, on current real estate topics he provides insights on variety of real estate topics.  As an adjunct and professional trainer, Joe has trained thousands of real estate professionals around the world.


He is a resource for the media and has been quoted in many articles. Providing relevant information on such topics as: change in federal taxes and its impact on real estate, GAAP accounting changes, negotiations and the implications of the global real estate on a national and local level.


When working with the media, he can address issues from both an investment and corporate real estate (occupier) perspective. Joe has published several articles on commercial real estate topics both in local and national media. He is also quoted in many national real estate publications.


Education & Professional Designations

MS, Real Estate and Construction Management, University of Denver

CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member

SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office Realtors

MCR – Master of Corporate Real Estate

CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist

MRICS – Member Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)


Adjunct Professor and Professional Trainer:

Adjunct Professor, Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

Lecturer, New York University, Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York University

Senior Instructor, CCIM Institute, Chicago, IL


Professional Designations:

ASC – ARGUS Software Certification:
ARGUS Software is known as the industry’s standard when comes to real estate analysis software. ARGUS Software Certification (ASC) represents the highest standard in ARGUS performance. The ASC designee is recognized as an expert in the use of the ARGUS Software DCF.

​​​CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment  Member:
A Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) has mastered such theories and issues as the time value of money, measuring investment performance, cash flow, analyzing the best use of a site, property supply and demand, evaluating and managing risk, lease versus own analysis, market demographics, negotiations, tax implications, financing options, and market analytics technology.  ​

MCR – Master of Corporate Real Estate Cornet:
The Master of Corporate Real Estate Designation (MCR) is recognized as the best in the business for the corporate real estate sector of the real estate industry. The MCR designee has to take over 100 hours of specialized education and have a minimum of 10-years’experience in corporate real estate services.

The MCR has the essential skills sets that focus on critical business issues and the mission of the organization in relation to the company’s real estate needs. The MCR understands how to align the real estate of an organization with the its strategy. The MCR is a corporate real estate (CRE) expert.

SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS:
The SIOR designation represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialist and represents the industry’s standard of professional achievement. An SIOR is highly qualified as a commercial real estate practitioner that has demonstrated a strong transactional history with extensive experienced.


American Real Estate Society ARES

The American Real Estate Society (ARES), founded in 1985, is an association of real estate thought leaders. Members are drawn from academia and the profession at large, both in the United States and internationally. The Society is dedicated to producing and disseminating knowledge related to real estate decision making and the functioning of real estate markets.


GRI Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI)
Developed commercial and investment Content for the GRI designation.

MAI Candidate – Appraisal Institute:

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