Category: Tenants

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May2014
Our new offices are in a Class A building. The suite looks more like an art gallery than an office space, with high ceilings, and an 8-foot glass wall along one side of the office. The only thing missing is a gym—good thing we’ve got one right next door!Beginning your ... Read More
May 22, 2014Lynn Drake

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May2014
Most people don’t really have any concept of the amount of time and effort it takes to line up a tour for prospective clients. Commercial real estate is quite different than residential—if only our work was as easy as residential, where all you have to do is call and get ... Read More
May 7, 2014Lynn Drake

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Apr2014
In this industry, one can’t help but develop favorite landlords. The ones who treat your prospect like gold. The ones who go out of their way to be accommodating. This year, I had the pleasure of working with a firm called Shaw Construction in Livonia. They were so accommodating to ... Read More
April 23, 2014Lynn Drake

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Apr2014

Why Compass Moved

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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 ... Read More
April 2, 2014Lynn Drake

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Mar2014
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 ... Read More
March 19, 2014Lynn Drake

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Mar2014
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 ... Read More
March 5, 2014Lynn Drake

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Feb2014
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 ... Read More
February 5, 2014Lynn Drake

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Jan2014
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 ... Read More
January 24, 2014Lynn Drake

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Dec2013
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 ... Read More
December 4, 2013Lynn Drake

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Nov2013

Leases and Animals

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While many people might consider agents to be animals, the animals I’m referring to here are the 4-legged furry types. In 2012, I ran a column asking for the oddest lease clauses that people came up. The most amusing answer I received was about a location where the tenant wanted ... Read More
November 22, 2013Lynn Drake