In the first of a series of discussions regarding the essential characteristics of a successful commercial real estate broker, Geoffrey Kasselman, the Executive Managing Director & National Industrial Practice Leader for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank emphasizes the importance of creativity. Read more
The new FINRA rules will require issuers of investments to change the way that they report the investment Read more
Crowdfunding is a modern and potentially, highly efficient method of connecting investors with investment opportunities. Whether the opportunities reside on the surface or below the surface of the real estate, the need to connect the investor with the investment, remains the same. Read more
Richard McKay, founder and CEO of Tieback Realty Financing,Inc. a new provider of crowdfunding services to the real estate sector, describes to me what he believes are the three (or is it four) greatest benefits to crowdfunding. Read more
Listen to our former, first lady discuss, among other things how she benefited from having the confidence to take risks, including learning from her "first" run for the presidency as well as a back story to the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Read more
While attending the CREW Network, (CREW), Annual Conference in Miami, I spent some time with Collette, English Dixon, former president of CREW. Collette, a principal running the 30 billion dollar real estate investment portfolio for Prudential Real Estate Investments, gives me her perspective on the changing availability and demographics of current, available, real estate capital.
As we came out of the recession, it was hard to figure out who the buyers for real estate were. There were the usual suspects at the time, including contrarian, private equity that had cashed out ahead of the downturn. Institutions were close behind. However, now, according to Collette, there is a broad range of available capital, including off-shore capital, some of which you can tell is off-shore and some is managed by US based advisors. Read more
Wow, what a great job at storytelling. These weren't just videos of someone talking. No, these are videos that told a story with graphics and examples and video cuts of taking great advantage of this visual medium. Masterful video creation and editing from people who know what they wanted to accomplish and know how to do it. These videos are from people who are true professionals with creative minds. I am truly humbled. Read more
In advance of the Greenbuild conference in New Orleans, Will Teichman, Director of Sustainability at Kimco Realty gives his perspective on Green leasing and how Kimco approached the issue. Read more
The success of any CRE brokerage firm is dependent upon recruiting and keeping the best brokers. Michael Sheinkop, EVP and Regional Managing Director for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, stresses that one of the keys to successful recruitment is building and maintaining a culture that benefits the brokers. It's the "ying & yang" of commercial real estate; a great culture attracts the best people and the best people foster the best culture. Read more
Chris Pyke, Vice President of Research for the US Green Building Conference couldn't be more enthusiastic about this years Greenbuild Conference in New Orleans. I thought that he would jump off the screen as he described the goings on at the conference scheduled for October 20-24.
He is not alone though. There is no doubt........ Read more
Crystal and I discuss how she first became involved in social media and how she focuses on using it, "strategically" to further the interests of herself and her clients. Read more
Steve Forbes provides some interesting insights into his personality, beliefs, taking risks and not quitting. Despite being the head of a media empire, he is a real down-to-earth person who has and remains, a champion of the greater good. Read more
While attending the Newmark Grubb Knight Frank national industrial forum in Chicago, I spent a few minutes with Jim Young, CEO of Realcomm. Jim shared his vision with me on where technology and real estate has been, where it is and where he sees it going. Read more
Dr. Ken Rosen, Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley discusses how we have to prepare ourselves for a different economic time despite the fact that real estate values are at near record levels, from a historical perspective. Read more
Having experience handling CMBS workouts from 2007 through 2012 has got to be great experience, looking forward at the real estate market over the next three years according to Adam Knowlton, Senior Attorney at the Law Firm of Loeb & Loeb. He correctly explains in this video how no one had any experience in 2007 handling the CMBS workouts since that market didn't exist during the last economic downturn and things will be different going forward.