THE KNOG

Authority vs. Responsibility

December 16, 2016

Authority vs. Responsibility Throughout my career, I have seen many situations in which doing business is made difficult by a dysfunctional power structure, but there are two that are particularly vexing: 1. A person has all of the authority, but none of the responsibility; or 2. A person has all of the responsibility, but none of […]

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Getting Out of the City and Into Paradise

October 28, 2016

Getting Out of the City and Into Paradise Have you ever taken a moment to appreciate the curves of a quiet country road surrounded by bursts of yellows, reds and a last touch of green? It truly is a pleasure to drive in and out of rock formations, farmland, and forests – with bends and […]

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There’s No Substitute for Leg Work in Real Estate

October 13, 2016

There’s No Substitute for Leg Work in Real Estate I was at a networking event recently where we were asked to do an intellectual exercise. The speaker posed the question: If you had a magic wand, what would you change—even if it was disruptive—to make your life better? The point of the exercise was to […]

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Subleasing, Subtenants, and Sub-Optimal Lease Durations

September 30, 2016

Subleasing, Subtenants, and Sub-Optimal Lease Durations When looking for short-term space, a sublessor’s interests compete against the interest of its potential landlord. I’ve been working with a client who has been seeking a lease for a short term (i.e. under two years). The best possible scenario is a sublease from a tenant who has the […]

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Introducing David Valdez

September 15, 2016

Introducing David Valdez Goldman Sachs alum David Valdez officially joined Mohr Partners as a Managing Director last month to support our mission of advising our clients to navigate the complex world of New York City commercial real estate with our strategic representation and market analysis. 

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Keeping an Open Mind in the Rental Market

August 19, 2016

Keeping an Open Mind in the Rental Market It’s a presidential election year, and while that often has implications for markets, it is also a useful insight into people’s thinking. Politics engenders passion, so what we often see are people entrenched in their positions—sometimes while ignoring potentially important points of view. 

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The Impact of Autonomous Cars on Real Estate

August 4, 2016

The Impact of Autonomous Cars on Real Estate Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, recently gave a presentation on the impact of autonomous or self-driving cars on the automobile industry, the transportation industry, and infrastructure. In order for this innovation to become commonplace, it will have to be perfected and passed through a regulatory system. […]

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Interest Rates: Too Low for Too Long

July 22, 2016

Interest Rates: Too Low for Too Long Recently, there was an article in Bloomberg News entitled Negative Rates Hit Global Shipping Market. The article details remarks from Nils Smedegaard Andersen, CEO of shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk (“Maersk”). Andersen makes a good case for the assertion that “cheap money” is hampering consolidation in his industry. Low-interest […]

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Minority Shares: It’s Complicated

July 8, 2016

Minority Shares: It’s Complicated There is seemingly an infinite number of ways real estate is owned and sold. In most cases, the owner of real estate has a deed for a property, and when the property sells, the deed is transferred to the new owner in exchange for value. In other cases, the property may […]

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Revitalizing a Small Town on the Micro and Macro Levels

June 2, 2016

Revitalizing a Small Town on the Micro and Macro Levels As part of a program called the Counseling Corps that is sponsored by the Counselors of Real Estate (“CRE”), we periodically volunteer for nonprofits and municipalities, or other religious, educational, and government clients who need help with a complex real estate problem. A handful of […]

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