“Exclusively Representing Tenants and Buyers of Commercial Real Estate”

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Aug2012
A couple of years ago I thought it would be fun to complete a sprint triathlon.  Anyone who has met me knows I’m not an exercise fiend, nor do I sport that lean, lithe body. But I dream big and follow through! I’d just turned 50 and needed to do something ... Read More
August 8, 2012Lynn Drake

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Jul2012
While sitting at Boston Market in Troy enjoying a chicken pot pie and a newspaper I had this uncomfortable feeling I was one of the only people in the place.  How could this be?  The food is good and healthy. The service is better than most family diners.  Yet crowds ... Read More
July 26, 2012Lynn Drake

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Jul2012
Over the next few weeks, let’s exchange some lease clauses that drive us crazy. During my 25 years in corporate real estate I had to live with some mighty repugnant clauses, prohibiting such things as sub-leasing a portion of space, occupying the building on weekends or hiring a satisfactory janitorial ... Read More
July 12, 2012Lynn Drake

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Jun2012
Do you remember the childhood nursing rhyme, “The Old Woman in the Shoe?”  She had so many children, so little space she didn’t know what to do.   Even as the economy is smoothing out and rumbling forward, many tenants find themselves with more space than they can accommodate.  They have ... Read More
June 20, 2012Lynn Drake

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May2012
“Promises, Promises,” is a long-running Broadway production. The title song speaks of alibis and dashed promises and yet other promises that bring joy and hope and love.  Promises in commercial real estate mean nothing unless they are in writing in official “request for proposal”  and “contract” format. Don’t trust anything written ... Read More
May 23, 2012Lynn Drake

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May2012
Talk to any child and you find they have a perfect dream for the basement train set or the equipment needed to have their Wii system rock out.   Talk to a grown-up whose business is on the edge of expansion and you see the bright, shining eyes of a child.  ... Read More
May 10, 2012Lynn Drake

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Apr2012
When you think about renting property, how much space do you REALLY need? Will the need to gain space? What if it looses space? How can I forecast in this turbulent world? Who tells the truth? All too often clients come up with a round number that feels right in the ... Read More
April 25, 2012Lynn Drake

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Apr2012
Just because your lease contract says seven years doesn’t mean you can’t negotiate sooner. In fact, it may be in your best interests to do so. If you have two years left on your lease, think about a “blend and extend” option. What this means is starting with a fresh lease ... Read More
April 10, 2012Lynn Drake

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Apr2012
When I made the decision to leave Equis back in December 2009, it took me almost a year to do the due diligence that came along with deciding how my new entity would look. I spent most of the year talking with franchisors about the cost of ... Read More
April 2, 2012Lynn Drake

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Mar2012
The hours you spend pacing the floor, waiting for a family member’s first child to be born; the minutes you spend waiting for your computer to boot up; and the seconds you wait for a text message; each of these intervals  remind you of that inescapable truth -  timing is ... Read More
March 20, 2012Lynn Drake