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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

Video: Women in Commercial Real Estate, Equality or Not?


What better time to consider whether society is treating women as equals than shortly after the first woman has been nominated for president by a major political party. No matter your political affiliation or leanings, it's exciting to see how far women have come in our society. But are they treated equally and given the same opportunities as their male counterparts? Every five (5) years, CREW Networks conducts a survey, in collaboration with MIT, measuring the progress of women in commercial real estate. This survey looks at the changes from the perspective of "specialization, compensation and career achievement" and tracks changes over the last 10 years. While the survey answers many questions and the information provided can help guide all those in commercial real estate, it raises many questions that we will endeavor to answer in this show. Read more

Video: A Great Way To Increase a Building’s Value by focusing on Energy Sustainability


In this show, we interview Adam Sledd, Director of Market Engagement at IMT. We will be discussing some of IMT's most recent initiatives and programs and how landlords and tenants can save money, increase a building's value while being environmentally and socially responsible, a win-win. This will be a live, online, interactive TV show in which you can be seen and heard asking questions and directly letting us know your thoughts. We are using the "Blab" online platform which is free and doesn't require the downloading of any software to your computer. If you don't want to join in on the conversation, you can just watch the show in this page. See below along with the instructions. Read more

Video: CRE ~ ICYMI Commercial Real Estate Stories from the Last Few Weeks @ 11:00 am, PST 3/31/16

Do You Need Training or Coaching and What’s the Difference?

CRE Radio & TV’s “CRE~ICYMI” series is where we discuss the top commercial real estate stories from the past weeks as well as discussion topics submitted by our audience. You can simply watch on our website or you can participate and be seen and heard online by joining "Blab" for free. We encourage you to participate in the conversation which is a great way for you to show everyone your knowledge, intelligence and expertise. Some of this weeks stories may include: "Hotel, The Price is Right" the ever escalating bidding for hotelier, Starwood Hotels by Marriott and Chinese owned Anbang Insurance Group; While we are on the subject of hotels, we might discuss where the hotel industry is heading and how it is dealing with the likes of AirBnb Who is more influential, Gen X or Millenials Recent cases regarding tenant insurance Will CRE Lending up for some belt tightening CRE Debt increase hits 8-year high What is a constructive eviction? Read more

Video: The Five Essential Elements of Successful Lease Negotiations ~ March 15th at 11:00 am, PST


For this live, online, interactive TV show, our regular guest, Peter Morris and I discuss the Five Essential Elements of Lease Negotiations. This is the second in a series of shows co-hosted by Peter. The first show was The Only Questions You Need to Ask in a Negotiation. The live show will air at 11:00 am, PST on March 15, 2016. Click here to register. You can just watch. But if you want to join in, ask questions or give your two cents, follow the directions at the end of this post. You will need a gmail, email address to participate live. After the live show, the recording will be made available, both in video and audio formats. This topic is taken from Peter's book where he lays out the essential things that you need to accomplish if you are going to win, such as: Read more

Video: How to Go from Single Family Investing to Multifamily Investing with Joe Fairles


Joe Fairless is a self taught expert in single home investing and has made the jump to multi-family. During this show, Joe will tell us what he paid attention to and how he made the transition to a more sophisticated type of real estate investing. If you've been dabbling in the single family market and want to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities in multi-Family, the hottest real estate sector, this is the show to watch. This is a live, interactive, online TV show in which you can participate and ask questions. See and be heard. Read more

Video: CRE ~ ICYMI CRE Stories from the Last Few Weeks @ 11:00 am, PSt 3/17/16

What are The Four Greatest Benefits to Crowdfunding?

CRE Radio & TV’s “CRE~ICYMI” series is where we discuss the top commercial real estate news stories from the past weeks and stories submitted by our audience. If you've got a great CRE story from the last few weeks, this is your opportunity to bring it to our attention. In addition, I will also be aggregating stories from various sources, including our Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook feeds, stories from Money Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The News Funnel, and many, many other sources. Our goal is to take the stories provided by others, bring them to life with commentary and provide a deeper understanding. Some of the stories we may discuss on this show are: The Results of The Broker List Survey The Difference between Direct and indirect Real Estate Investing, an article written by Darren Powderly, co-founder or Crowdstreet; SoFi Exploring Launch of REIT as reported by Bloomberg and Crowdfund Insider The Retail Store Closing and Opening Report and what that means to the retail sector, including Staples, JC Penneys, Macy's. Amazon and Sport Authority Read more

Video: CRE~ICYMI (In Case You Missed It), A Replay of the live, video recap of the weeks top CRE Stories – from March 3, 2016 @ 11:00 am, PST

The Difference between Advertising on Social Media and Marketing on Social Media

CRE Radio & TV's CRE~ICYMI series will be a regular show in which we will be discussing the top commercial real estate news stories from the past weeks. The stories will be aggregated from various sources, including our Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook feeds, stories from Money Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The News Funnel, our audience and many, many other sources. Our plan is to take the, predominantly, written stories and present them to you in a visual and auditory format with commentary. This is a recording of the live, online interactive TV show originally recorded on March 3, 2016. You don't have to just watch and listen, you can bring in your own stories that you want to talk about. Read more

Video: Affordable Housing Update with Albert Berriz and Darryl Carter. Live, Interactive TV on March 11th @ 11:00 am, PST


With the hot rental market, rental prices are continuing to rise, the issue of rental affordability has become a major topic of conversation. With many of the newer apartment developments focusing on luxury and resort style living, are some people being priced out of the rental market? Now, even a moderate income earner is having problems affording rental living. Is there an alternative to the continuous upward spiral of rents and can owners and developers provide affordable housing to the vast majority of the population? What are the benefits to the development of affordable housing and can it be provided with a good standard of living? Read more

Video: The Only Questions that You Need to Ask in a Negotiation


For this live, online, interactive TV show, our regular guest, Peter Morris and I discuss the Only Questions that You Need to Ask in a Negotiation, any negotiation, whether a new lease, real estate purchase or buying a car. The live show will air at 11:00 am, PST on February 23, 2016. Click here to register. You can just watch. But if you want to join in, ask questions or give your two cents, follow the directions at the end of this post. You will need a gmail, email address to participate live. After the live show, the recording will be made available, both in video and audio formats. Yes, you read that right. To successfully negotiate Peter says that you should ask questions, rather than just speak your mind or assert your position Read more

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