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
Having come out of corporate real estate, I knew all about the real estate end of things. My customers were always fellow staff at the corporation where I worked in the real estate department. Entering the other side of the business was a whole new ballgame for me. It meant ...
June 4, 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
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 ...
November 22, 2013Lynn Drake
If you’ve ever worked with a tenant representative broker, you may have wondered to yourself: why do we ask so many questions? We always use a Request for Proposal (RFP) when comparing spaces for our clients. Many landlords and their representatives would prefer to and choose to skip this part. ...
October 7, 2013Lynn Drake