When I first opened my business, it felt like we had a revolving door of people. We interviewed people who seemed perfect for the position, and perfect for the company, only to find out, weeks later, that we had made a mistake. Over the years, I’ve tweaked my hiring formula ...
September 10, 2014Lynn Drake
I love commercial real estate. Every day is a different day. Every customer has different needs. Whether we reduce their rent or find them that perfect space, our work is always very, very rewarding. We learn about all kinds of businesses. My favorite experiences are the ones where ...
August 20, 2014Lynn Drake
As a brokerage firm, we have been disappointed with some of the attorneys reviewing our client’s leases. Why would this be? An attorney is an attorney, right? So you’d think. But you’d be wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Assuming all attorneys are alike is no different than asking your gynecologist to ...
July 1, 2014Lynn Drake
When we leased our last office, we were so excited to move out of my house and into an office space. We thought that we would be there for many years. However, two short years later, we ran into a couple of bumps in the road. For starters, our building ...
April 2, 2014Lynn Drake
There is much debate about the open floor plan. As you read recently, Compass Commercial moved offices last year, and as we began to search for space, I wanted one that would attract a younger generation of workers—which meant going with an open floor plan. Are you considering doing the ...
March 19, 2014Lynn Drake
Some of us speak Greek, Spanish, French or Mandarin, in addition to English. We think that if we can speak these other languages, surely we can speak real estate. But that’s where we’re wrong. See, not everyone can speak real estate. That’s why it’s important to work with a tenant ...
March 5, 2014Lynn Drake
In late 2013, we moved into a really nice new office space. You probably think it was a slam-dunk, since office space is what we do for a living. We might know our stuff, but that doesn’t mean our search was a piece of cake. For one reason or another ...
February 20, 2014Lynn Drake
I’ve lived in Troy, Michigan for most of my life. If you ask me, it’s a great community with great amenities. Last year, Troy High School was listed as one of the top 20 best high schools in the United States. We have great shopping – people come from miles ...
February 5, 2014Lynn Drake
Crain’s Business recently had an article about Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. I’m a huge fan of Patterson, but have to admit I was a bit perplexed when I saw his comments about Dan Gilbert. According to Patterson, Gilbert’s move to recruit suburban firms to move downtown seemed to ...
January 24, 2014Lynn Drake
Last month there was a blog asking which areas were growing across the US. With all sincerity I responded that Detroit was a growth market. The person who posted the question asked me how many construction sites I saw in this area. I could tell he thought I was pulling ...
December 4, 2013Lynn Drake