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How to Leverage Your Real Estate Broker

Jan 12, 2017 5:28:19 PM / by George Grace posted in Real Estate Broker, THE KNOG, Real Estate Professional

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How to Leverage Your Real Estate Broker

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Manhattan vs. Westchester: A Case Study of One Non-Profit’s Dilemma

Dec 29, 2016 6:34:52 PM / by George Grace posted in Manhattan vs. Westchester, THE KNOG, Financial Crisis, Non-Profit Organization, Landlord, Real Estate Market, Tenant

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Manhattan vs. Westchester: A Case Study of One Non-Profit’s Dilemma

Recently I was contacted by a non-profit organization whose lease will be expiring soon.  

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Authority vs. Responsibility

Dec 16, 2016 3:42:08 PM / by George Grace posted in Project Manager, THE KNOG, Landlord, Tenant

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Authority vs. Responsibility

Throughout my career, I have seen many situations in which doing business is made difficult by a dysfunctional power structure, but there are two that are particularly vexing:

1. A person has all of the authority, but none of the responsibility; or

2. A person has all of the responsibility, but none of the authority.

Authority: Landlord

Responsibility: Project Manager

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Getting Out of the City and Into Paradise

Oct 28, 2016 3:14:50 PM / by George Grace posted in Catskill Mountains, City, Paradise, THE KNOG, Country

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Getting Out of the City and Into Paradise

Have you ever taken a moment to appreciate the curves of a quiet country road surrounded by bursts of yellows, reds and a last touch of green? It truly is a pleasure to drive in and out of rock formations, farmland, and forests - with bends and rises just gentle enough to let you satisfy your need for speed.

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There’s No Substitute for Leg Work in Real Estate

Oct 13, 2016 10:25:46 AM / by George Grace posted in Networking Event, THE KNOG, Real Estate

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There’s No Substitute for Leg Work in Real Estate

I was at a networking event recently where we were asked to do an intellectual exercise. The speaker posed the question: If you had a magic wand, what would you change—even if it was disruptive—to make your life better? The point of the exercise was to get us thinking about our businesses and the services we offer from a different perspective.

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Subleasing, Subtenants, and Sub-Optimal Lease Durations

Sep 30, 2016 1:03:40 PM / by George Grace posted in Subleasing, Subtenants, Sub-Optimal Lease Durations, THE KNOG

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Subleasing, Subtenants, and Sub-Optimal Lease Durations

When looking for short-term space, a sublessor’s interests compete against the interest of its potential landlord.

I’ve been working with a client who has been seeking a lease for a short term (i.e. under two years). The best possible scenario is a sublease from a tenant who has the extra space on a short-term basis. For the sublessor, it is found money, and for the subtenant, it gives them the short-term space they need. Additionally, the subtenant does not have to carry the burden of the liability that comes with a long-term arrangement. 

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Introducing David Valdez

Sep 15, 2016 4:17:57 PM / by George Grace posted in Managing Director, Mohr Partners, THE KNOG, David Valdez

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Introducing David Valdez

Goldman Sachs alum David Valdez officially joined Mohr Partners as a Managing Director last month to support our mission of advising our clients to navigate the complex world of New York City commercial real estate with our strategic representation and market analysis. 

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Keeping an Open Mind in the Rental Market

Aug 19, 2016 12:55:14 PM / by George Grace posted in Commercial Office Space, Tenant Representative Broker, Rental Market, THE KNOG, Real Estate

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Keeping an Open Mind in the Rental Market

It’s a presidential election year, and while that often has implications for markets, it is also a useful insight into people’s thinking. Politics engenders passion, so what we often see are people entrenched in their positions—sometimes while ignoring potentially important points of view. 

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The Impact of Autonomous Cars on Real Estate

Aug 4, 2016 3:02:33 PM / by George Grace posted in Commercial and Residential Real Estate, THE KNOG, Autonomous Cars, Self-Driving Cars

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The Impact of Autonomous Cars on 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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