I always enjoy showing our clients potential space for their offices. I find it interesting to see space through their eyes, rather than my own. I may think a particular space is great, they may not see it working for them at all.One of the biggest differences between residential and ...
July 20, 2017Lynn Drake
Looking Forward to New Referral Opportunities in the Coming YearAs a sales person at heart, I have always tracked how many referrals I received monthly. A year ago, someone had shared the concept of focusing on what I could do for others. So, for 2016 I looked for, ...
January 11, 2017Lynn Drake
The ChallengeA telecommunications company came to Compass Commercial with a dilemma: they had occupied the same space for close to 10 years and were on a month-to-month lease when their landlord gave them a 30 day notice to move. We had less than a month to find them a new ...
October 17, 2016Lynn 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
Most of my career the vacancy rate in the City of Detroit has been extremely high. Yet as 2011 turns into 2012 we see the City of Detroit making real progress with occupancy. According to Co-Star which measures all of the statistics Detroit is seeing improvement quarter over quarter. The ...
September 27, 2012Lynn Drake