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Jul 5, 2018 6:45:00 AM / by George Grace posted in New York City, New York City’s Commercial Real Estate Market, Commercial Real Estate Broker, Commercial Real Estate Lease, Commercial Real Estate, New York office space

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Your lease is expiring and you are focused on running your business.  Real estate is one of your largest expenses. This an opportunity to improve your bottom line as well as morale. Should you renew or move?

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Executive Spotlight: George Grace, G.E. Grace & Co.

Apr 16, 2018 11:31:35 AM / by admin posted in Commercial Office Space, New York City, New York City’s Commercial Real Estate Market, Commercial Property, Commercial Real Estate Broker, Commercial Real Estate

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Interest Rates: Too Low for Too Long

Jul 22, 2016 11:25:06 AM / by George Grace posted in THE KNOG, Commercial Real Estate, Interest Rates

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Interest Rates: Too Low for Too Long

Recently, there was an article in Bloomberg News entitled Negative Rates Hit Global Shipping Market.

The article details remarks from Nils Smedegaard Andersen, CEO of shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk (“Maersk”). Andersen makes a good case for the assertion that “cheap money” is hampering consolidation in his industry. Low-interest rates have been enabling banks to keep marginal shipping companies in business, according to Andersen, and the result is lower shipping rates and excess supply. One of Maersk’s competitors, Hanjin Shipping Co. of South Korea, has recently been forced into debt restructuring in order to cope with lower revenue.

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As the Economy Stumbles, Subletting Soars

Mar 29, 2016 6:27:21 PM / by George Grace posted in George Grace, Mohr Partners, Sublease, Office Tenant, THE KNOG, Commercial Real Estate, Landlord, Subletting, Tenant

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As the Economy Stumbles, Subletting Soars

Last year I had the pleasure of representing a foreign client who wanted to find a retail space. One of the storefronts we were considering was adjacent to a large corner unit that was leased to an accessory unit of a world famous brand. Recently, I found out that the tenant, who had only been in the space for less than a year, decided to close the store and sublet the unit for the remainder of the lease—even though the tenant had invested millions of dollars into the construction and design of the space.

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What’s in Store for 2016?

Feb 3, 2016 4:52:13 PM / by George Grace posted in 2016, George Grace, Interest Rate Loans, Mohr Partners, Low Interest Rates, Manhattan New York, New York, THE KNOG, Federal Reserve, Financial Advisors, Brooklyn New York, Commercial Real Estate, Queens New York, Real Estate Market, Residential Real Estate

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What’s in Store for 2016?

Many financial advisors tell their clients that past performance does not guarantee future results.

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Don't Let a Lease Expiration Go to Waste

Jan 4, 2016 3:24:14 PM / by George Grace posted in Financial Times, George Grace, Winston Churchill, Rahm Emanuel, Real Estate Broker, THE KNOG, Commercial Lease, Commercial Real Estate, Mohr Partners Inc, Real Estate

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Don't Let a Lease Expiration Go to Waste

“Don’t let a crisis go to waste.” This proverb from Winston Churchill, made famous again in 2008 by Rahm Emanuel, is applicable to many things in life, including the expiration of a commercial lease.

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Are You Proactive or Reactive with Your Real Estate Planning?

Sep 4, 2015 4:56:00 PM / by George Grace posted in Business Goals, Business Plan, George Grace, Mohr Partners, THE KNOG, EBITDA, Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate, Real Estate Planning

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Are You Proactive or Reactive with Your Real Estate Planning?

Most companies are reactive in their commercial real estate needs, especially as their business locations increase. To become proactive, companies need to see the big picture - there needs to be a vision that comes from the top. If the CEO or Division Manager hasn't defined a vision for the business, it's hard to be proactive with real estate. A vision tells people where they want to go, so real estate can be planned and managed in order to support that vision and those business goals.

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Negotiating the “Total Cost” of Your Rental Agreement

Jul 8, 2015 5:23:30 PM / by George Grace posted in George Grace, Lease Agreements, Mohr Partners, Tenant Build-Outs, Tenant Representative Broker, Tenants, New York City, THE KNOG, Commercial Lease, Commercial Property, Commercial Real Estate Lease, Commercial Space, Commercial Real Estate, Landlord, Real Estate, Rental Agreement

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Negotiating the "Total Cost" of Your Rental Agreement

“Total cost” encompasses more than the rent.

When negotiating a commercial lease the “total cost,” including each of these factors, must be considered:

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How Do I Get out of My Commercial Real Estate Lease

May 20, 2015 4:28:49 PM / by George Grace posted in Business Lease, George Grace, Landlord Breaches, Landlords, Mohr Partners, Real Estate Lease, Subleasing, Tenants, Office Lease, THE KNOG, Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate

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How Do I Get out of My Commercial Real Estate Lease?

“Getting out” of a lease for a business is usually a last resort, but sometimes a necessary one. The good news is that there are methods available to expedite an early out. Planning before the lease is signed is essential. Inability to pay the rent isn’t the only reason a tenant may need to break a lease. It may be more important if you are very successful and need larger space. Here are the lease clauses and methods to consider:

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5 Important Factors in Finding a New Headquarters

May 11, 2015 2:03:00 PM / by George Grace posted in George Grace, Leaseholder, Mohr Partners, Real Estate Lease, Tenant Representative Broker, Office Space Rental, THE KNOG, Commercial Property, Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate

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5 Important Factors in Finding a New Headquarters

When a new client meets with a tenant representative broker, one of the most important pieces of the consultation is utilizing the client’s goals and aspirations as a “road map” to the right building. That map may cover different terrain in each tenant’s case, but there are 5 basic factors to consider that are universal in any move:

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