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
For those of you who have followed me on Facebook you may remember how a year ago I was doing 50 new things for my 50th year on the planet. That year was one of the most memorable years in life. I got to do some silly things like swim ...
November 21, 2012Lynn Drake
As a tenant representative this is my advice for landlords and agents representing them:If you don’t treat your tenant’s right I’m not going to warn my tenants about you before showing them your buildings. As a tenant representative I hear from your tenants why they don’t like the building. If ...
October 11, 2012Lynn Drake
As a tenant representative this is my advice for landlords and agents representing them:Don’t over promise improvements when showing the space. My clients will remember what you told us and think the landlord doesn’t want them when you can’t deliver. Under sell and over deliver is always better. It does matter ...
September 13, 2012Lynn Drake
Friends of mine introduced me to a great game called cash flow. It was developed by Kisosky(author of Rich Dad Poor Dad). Cash flow is a real life game that teaches you that no matter whether you are a truck driver or a Doctor you can obtain wealth. This game ...
August 21, 2012Lynn Drake
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 ...
July 26, 2012Lynn Drake
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 ...
July 12, 2012Lynn Drake
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 ...
June 20, 2012Lynn Drake
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. ...
May 10, 2012Lynn Drake
When people find out I’m a commercial real estate agent they often sidle up close and whisper in my ear, “Let me tell you, I got such a deal,” and expect me to nod approvingly. Dare I frown? A deal isn’t always a deal. A gentleman who coordinated real estate ...
February 1, 2012Lynn Drake