WeWork goes public; my view from the office suite

Friday brought the long-rumored news that WeWork is going public in a transaction that values the company at $9 billion. The deal is structured as a merger with BowX Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

Following the report in the Financial Times of WeWork’s plan to go public via a SPAC, one wag […]

WeWork goes public; my view from the office suite2021-03-29T15:29:45-04:00

We’re Sounding the Alarm; the Office is Now a Destination, not a Requirement

In some companies, there is a clash brewing between management that wants to return to the office and employees who prefer remote work. Many CEOs are eager to get back in the office and the trend has accelerated in recent weeks as vaccines have become more widely available. Further, a recent Bloomberg article reported that […]

We’re Sounding the Alarm; the Office is Now a Destination, not a Requirement2021-03-24T08:52:26-04:00

A New Approach for Landlords – If the Tenant Owes Too Much Money, Buy the Company

Simon Property Group and Brookfield Properties were faced with a Hobson’s choice in the Forever 21 bankruptcy. Should they let yet another retailer – Forever 21 – which was an anchor tenant in many of their malls be liquidated, or should they mount a last ditch effort to save the tenant by purchasing it out […]

A New Approach for Landlords – If the Tenant Owes Too Much Money, Buy the Company2020-02-27T09:30:54-05:00

Lying and the Importance of Honesty in Real Estate

Several friends recently called my attention to the fascinating recent article in the New York Times regarding the well–known retail real estate broker Faith Hope Consolo who was found to have numerous misrepresentations concerning her life history (see the link at the end of this piece). While on one level this is a […]
Lying and the Importance of Honesty in Real Estate2020-01-24T10:36:59-05:00

Is There a New Alternative to the Security Deposit?

By Ruth Colp-Haber, Wharton Property Advisors, Inc.   –  July, 2019

As NYC tenants know all too well, the security deposits demanded by landlords can be onerous.  In recent years, security deposits have ranged from two months to over one year’s rent. However, a fascinating new credit instrument has recently been introduced as an alternative to […]

Is There a New Alternative to the Security Deposit?2019-07-23T17:03:57-04:00

Office life: How the modern office is killing our creativity

On a wintry afternoon in February, a veteran British adman named Roger Mavity walked into a drab meeting room at the Financial Times to tell a bunch of journalists how to do their jobs better.
He and Stephen Bayley, the design guru, were about to publish How to Steal Fire, yet another book on one of […]

Office life: How the modern office is killing our creativity2019-04-06T11:15:44-04:00

Nearly a Dozen Real Estate Honchos Charged in College Cheating Scheme

Nearly a dozen real estate CEOs were among the nearly 50 people charged in a nationwide scheme to cheat on college entrance exams to get children into elite colleges, federal prosecutors said.

The mostly California-based suspects, which include a former Cushman & Wakefield broker and the former CEO of investment management firm Pimco, allegedly bribed coaches and school administrators […]

Nearly a Dozen Real Estate Honchos Charged in College Cheating Scheme2019-03-17T08:10:47-04:00

Working remotely has made me a monster

I’m now in my third week of reporting, on the road, from the autumn/winter 2019 shows. And I do
mean the road. I’m walking around sending emails, I’m looking at PDFs in the car, I’m editing and
signing off page layouts while waiting for fashion shows to begin while sat on a bench that has only
allocated a […]

Working remotely has made me a monster2019-03-01T13:31:20-05:00

Allow yourself to embrace ‘Jomo’ — the joy of missing out

Miranda Green JANUARY 6, 2019

Clearly none of us is getting any younger. But it still seemed remarkable that colleagues in the FT office on New Year’s Day were competing not about how late they stayed out the night before, nor about the wildness of the parties, but about who managed to get to bed before […]

Allow yourself to embrace ‘Jomo’ — the joy of missing out2019-01-08T06:37:38-05:00
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