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Radio & Live TV Shows

Rita McGrath

What is Your Competitive Advantage and Why You Should Keep it Fresh with Rita McGrath (podcast)

Today’s special guest is Rita Mcgrath a featured speaker at the crew network annual convention in Bellevue, Washington. Ms. McGrath is an author, business strategist and professor at Columbia Business School. In this show, Rita and I discuss identifying your competitive advantages in business, why those advantages are not sustainable without reinvigorating and refreshing them. As it relates to a competitive advantage, such as Polaroid’s instant cameras, the responsibility of management is to constantly cultivate new, next generation and stronger competitive advantages, no matter how strong you current advantages seem. The bottom line is not to sit on your laurels.
Does this philosophy only apply to businesses?


Is Your Building Healthy and Why You’re Dying to Find Out

Do you know what makes a building healthy or sick? Do you know the costs associated with both? Do you even know what a healthy building is?

In this show, we talk with two of the most respected experts in the industry, SIMON TURNER, CEO and Managing Director of the Western Region of Healthy Buildings and CAROLYN RICKARD-BRIDEAU, partner and office president of “Little”, an expanded services and architectural firm, who will answer those questions and more. For those who think about how to make buildings perform better, it’s not just about electricity and water usage. It’s also about how we as humans interact with our environment and in particular those buildings that we spend much of our day in.

Gail Ayers

CREW Network Annual Convention Preview with Gail Ayers and Should Men Attend (Quick Answer: Absolutely Yes!)

In preparation of this year’s CREW Network Annual Convention in Bellvue, Washington from September 30th through October 2nd, I interview Gail Ayers, CEO of CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women). In case you haven’t noticed yet, I am a huge proponent of diversity in commercial real estate and a supporter of CREW Network.

In this radio show, Gail talks about:

Her many successes as CREW Network CEO over the past 11 years;
The many programs and advantages afforded to CREW members; and
What you can expect if you attend the convention;
Gail and I also discuss whether or not this is a women only thing or whether or not men should consider attending also.

As an attendee last year, I can tell you, from my own experience, guys should absolutely attend. The predominantly female attendees are warm, inviting and “inclusionary”. The mere fact that this seems to be a well kept secret among male commercial real estate professionals is reason alone to attend. The guys haven’t gotten it yet.

The Essential Elements for Rebuilding a Community After a Disaster ~ Resiliency and The Role of the Architect

Sherry is the Executive Director at American Institute of Architects Foundation. She spoke at Greenbuild on the topic of Resiliency in the 21st Century. I thought it was a great title, but I need help from Sherry to explain the term “resiliency” in the context of the Greenbuild conference and the theme of sustainability. This interview is Sherry’s explanation. The key point that Sherry got across to me was that the goal was not just to rebuild, but learn the lessons of the disaster and to rebuild so that the community, not only comes back, but thrives and continues to thrive in a way, likely not imagined before the disaster.


Trend to Urbanization According to Maria Sicola, Head of Research, Americas, Cushman & Wakefield

Maria Sicola and Cushman & Wakefield see a continuing economic recovery, particularly in the central business districts of the gateway cities, such as Boston, New York and San Francisco as well as energy markets, including Houston. As these markets continue their strong economic growth, the growth should start spreading to the secondary and tertiary cities. Urbanization appears to be a…

CREFC West Coast High Yield Real Estate Finance Summit

What Is CREFC and Why I Am Attending the West Coast High Yield Summit

Stephen Renna, The President & Chief Executive Officer of CREFC explains what CREFC is and its evolution. Here is a hint, “CRE Finance Council”. Don’t make me explain what “CRE” stands for. It’s an acronym, Look at the title of our radio show. Enough said. I was particularly impressed with our discussion on how the council transitioned from a CMBS focused organization to an organization touching on all aspects of real estate financing, particularly at a time when other organizations were retracting during the recession.


Are You Making the Best Use of Your Time & Skills? Hiring an Assistant or Outsourcing

Have you just been bursting to give advice to other brokers on how to do things right? Well, now is your chance. We are going to help Allen Buchanan best prepare for bringing his son-in-law into the real estate business.

Rather than our usual format, we are going to treat this radio show as a problem solving forum where the listeners become the heavy participants and become more the speakers than the listeners.

Among other things, we will discuss: How to best prepare for a new trainee? What can or should a trainee do both over the short term and long term? Best training practices? How soon should they join organizations such as Boma and CCIM? How much should they be paid and how effective is the bonus or commission system? How to best involve them in social media and when?


Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy – What You Need To Know

No matter what your thoughts on the future economy, if you are a commercial real estate professional, you must know and understand how bankruptcy can effect commercial real property and the landlord/tenant relationship. What are the factors, law and strategies that you may want to consider before a tenant or landlord files for bankruptcy. If you are a tenant, how can you protect yourself if the landlord files for bankruptcy protection? What is a real estate specific bankruptcy and when should a tenant consider this option? These and other issues will be discussed during this radio show.

Michael Beckerman, CEO of The News Funnel

The Making of Commercial Real Estate News Online: Interview with Michael Beckerman, Founder of The News Funnel

The original idea for The News Funnel stemmed from Michael’s own experiences trying to stay current without being overwhelmed – he envisioned a more streamlined solution that would benefit both professionals and the PR agencies trying to reach this audience.

How can real estate professionals stay on top of their profession and promote themselves by using The News Funnel?
Finally, Michael will give us a sneak peak at what he sees for the future of the internet and how it will effect the business of commercial real estate.

Articles & Videos

A Guaranteed Way to Tell Which Way the Economy is Heading

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You may be surprised to hear that a national economist may not be the one with their ear on the track waiting for the economic train coming. The economist goes to the people in the trenches, who are dealing with the effects of economic conditions on a day-to-day basis. Those people include............. Read more

5 Killer Apps to Maximize Commercial Real Estate Productivity, (guest post by Andrew Bermudez)

Andrew Bermudez

Andrew Bermudez, our guest author, attributes much of his success to his unsatiated obsession using technology tools to improve his productivity and workflow so he can win more clients and quickly close more deals. As an entrepreneur, Andrew is a super busy with a never-ending list of things to get done. Here are the apps that he uses to kick ass and take names throughout the day and be ultra productive Read more

Video: Live, Online Interactive Real Estate Chat with JW Najarian 12/16/15 @ 5:30 pm, PST


Commencing 2016, we will be doing a live, online, interactive, weekly, real estate chat on any and all real estate subjects. These will generally be audience driven discussions with portions of the shows, pre-planned by me, with the intention of fostering audience participation and discussion. Topic discussions are wide open and can include, what’s going on in... Read more

Video: Multi-Family Update 2015/2016: What’s the Future of Apartments with Albert Berriz ~ Full Unedited Recording


Multi-Family has been hot, hot, hot and it looks like it's not going to cool off anytime soon. While the new and used home market has improved dramatically over the last two years, it still isn't easy to purchase a home, with prices in some regions exceeding the pre-recession prices. Young home buyers are priced out of the market and baby boomers are now looking to downsize and even shift from homeownership to rentals It seems like a perfect storm for apartment owners. But are there clouds on the horizon? Is this just a never ending upward climb? In this show, I rely upon two recognized leaders in the multifamily space to review the multifamily market of 2015. Albert M. Berriz, CEO of Mckinley and Daryl J. Carter, CEO of Avanath join me for this live, online, interactive television show on Blab. For more information on how to get on Blab and be seen and heard on the show, scroll below. Otherwise, if you just want to watch and not participate, just click on the picture of Albert, Daryl and me. We're going to dig down, past the data and really discuss how 2015 differed from past years and what they expect in 2016 and beyond. Read more

Video: What Attracts Consumers to Retail Malls?

What Attracts Consumers to Retail Malls?

George Papageorge, Executive Vice President - Leasing at Westfield Shopping Centers describes Westfield's current philosophy of creating, "Point of Difference," food at their malls. As he explains at the CREW Network Annual Convention: "if you look at all of the data...... and what consumers want," you recognize that they, "cannot eat over the internet, they cannot drink over the internet, they cannot smell what mom's got cooking over the internet." They are looking for artisan food and "regardless of where it is, they are............... Read more

Video: Critical Issues When Leasing to a Marijuana Business

Matt and Bill

Are you considering opening your own cannabis business and looking to lease space or are you a landlord hoping to take advantage of the premium rents being demanded? Are you a leasing professional who wants to take advantage of these new opportunities or are you just interested in the topic of marijuana? Whatever the reason, this is your opportunity to discover the myriad issues facing landlords and tenants who are involved in the marijuana business. If you are more of a voyeur and just want to watch, click on the image just below and watch at your heart's content. You don't need to download or join anything. However, if you want to ask questions or comment live just click here, to take you to You will need a free Twitter account and need to join Blab, but won't have to download anything. However, not everyone will be able to get on the show.......we only have so much time. Read more

Video: How to Raise Funds to Develop Real Property from Foreign Investors Using The US EB-5 Visa Program

How to Raise Funds to Develop Real Property from Foreign Investors Using The US EB-5 Visa Program

I've heard a lot lately about the EB-5 program and how developers intend to use the immigration program to raise funds for their real estate projects, but I have yet to talk to someone who has actually, successfully used the program to raise funds for billion dollar project. Loren Cohen, Manager, Legal Affairs for MC Construction, spends some time with me discussing how MC raised a significant portion of the capital for their 1.2 billion dollar Point Rustin development using the EB-5 visa program. Read more

Video: Will Technology Disrupt Commercial Real Estate? (Video Recording of actual, online, live TV show)


This is the full video recording of the live Blab conducted on October 27, 2015. It's an open discussion between Jeremy Neuer, myself and Linda Day Harrison. In which we discuss whether or not technology has or ever will disrupt real estate. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, Allen Buchanan, an inspiration for this show was unable to participate in this discussion. In my opinion, a major loss. However, Linda Day Harrison from The Broker List admirably took over and stood in for Allen. Note that this is the full length version. Read more

Video: Is Harlem the Next for Gentrification & what is the Promise for Commercial Real Estate?

Is Harlem the Next for Gentrification & what is the Promise for Commercial Real Estate?

For the last year or so, Faith Hope Consolo, Chair of the Retail Division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate has been promoting her increased involvement in the culture and real estate of Harlem. I finally get the opportunity to discuss her move to Harlem during an interview at the CREW Network Annual Convention in Bellevue, Washington. Faith long known in real estate circles as the Queen of Retail is best known for her representation of high end, luxury retail tenants. She and I discuss how she Read more

Video: What Role Will Real Estate Play in the Changing Healthcare Landscape?

What Role Will Real Estate Play in the Changing Healthcare Landscape?

Scott Mason and I spend some time at the CREW Network Annual Convention in Bellevue, Washington. Scott is the head of Cushman & Wakefield's Healthcare Group and is not only knowledgeable on the subject, but very personable and explains all things CRE and Healthcare well. There are so many factors now affecting healthcare in the US, not the least of which includes an aging population, Obamacare, and an industry that was in flux before Obamacare. According to Scott, changes have to be made in order for healthcare to be affordable in the future and real estate has to be included in that equation. The "triple aim" of healthcare includes........... Read more

Video: A Contrarian or Realistic View of Crowdfunding? What do You Think?

A Contrarian or Realistic View of Crowdfunding? What do You Think?

Joel, rather than jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon, gives, what I call a "contrarian" view of equity crowdfunding and what he refers to as a "realistic" view. Joel believes that crowdfunding is not an industry. He believes that it is a "subset, a little technique....... inside of the fundraising business, the money business. To Joel, it is............... Read more

Video: The No. 1 Critical Factor to Succeed in Real Estate ~ Part 1

The No. 1 Critical Factor to Succeed in Real Estate ~ Part 1

Kristin Blount, Senior Vice President at the Colliers International office in Boston explains the importance of developing relationships in order to succeed in real estate. During this video, Kristin tells me how she first got involved in commercial real estate, a male dominated business and how she learned the importance of developing relationships. Relationship building is not limited to real estate and Kristin makes the point that........ Read more

Video: Will CRE Ever Be Disrupted? Live Interactive TV Show on “Blab” (Raw Recorded Version)


This started all started with a blog article written by Allen (click here) that Jeremy disagreed with, (to read Jeremy's response, click here). You would think that they are both running for president. Let's see who is really "the Donald" and who is "Hillary". Will this be a preview of the presidential election in 2016? That remains to be seen although, Allen's hair.............oh, never mind the name calling. Read more

Video: What is the Future of Commercial Real Estate Private Investing?

What is the Future of Commercial Real Estate Private Investing?

Heather Schwarz Lopes, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at gives a very animated account of crowdfunding and what is big that is going on. Hint: Investments are being funded. She is excited that crowdfunding is now gaining traction. Deals are being funded. Since EarlyShares was first organized, four years ago, there were a lot of naysayers who didn't believe that regulations would ever get approved. Once they were approved, then people thought it was a fad. Well, with a billion dollars getting funded, just last year, it no longer looks like a fad. According to Heather, "This is future of how commercial real estate private investing will be done. Read more