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A Face For Radio

It was an honor and an all around neat experience to participate in Michael Bull’s Commercial Real Estate Radio show last week (link is at the bottom of this post). Michael assembled a panel of David Tennery, principal of Regent Partners, John Davidson, principal of Parmenter Realty Partners, and yours truly. Ryan Severino, senior […]

What Would Warren Do?

As reported in this recent WSJ article, even Warren Buffet
is buying back his own company's stock. The Journal reports that Berkshire
Hathaway has a stunning amount of cash totaling nearly $50 billion dollars
on hand. In the first 6 months of this year, the company generated $9.7 billion in cash or nearly $54 million per day.
Mr. […]

Ranch Dressing

Ah, the economic malaise continues. This New York Times article (Fed Divisions Led to a Compromise on Interest Rates) starts with a pulse quickening statement: "No one knows what to do to fix the economy." With the certainty of uncertainty continuing to be a daily media subject, interest rates are trending near all time lows. Yes, one […]

Git-R-Done; Time To Move Those Deals Forward

Disney's acclaimed Pixar unit recently released Cars 2 with “co-stars” race-car Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and tow-truck Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy). In the movie, the characters head to Europe and Japan to compete in the World Grand Prix, but of course get side tracked with all manner of problems, including […]

Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (And She Could Be Jiving Too)

By Ken Ashley
ATLANTA (April 4th, 2011)
This great BB King song must be emblematic of how some down on their luck developers feel at this point in the market. Tenants are demanding rent reduction and more services; the tax man wants to be paid; the lender is holding on the other line and oh, by […]


By Ken Ashley

(ATLANTA) March 7th, 2011

No matter what market conditions are, we frequently get questions about what is “fair” for a term or length of lease commitment. If corporate users

could get landlords to commit to a scenario where they could unilaterally terminate every year, every month or even every day, then that would be […]

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Ken Ashley

(ATLANTA) February 14th, 2011

No, we are not talking about your sweetheart on this Valentines day. Instead we are covering that other significant relationship in your life; your landlord. When tenants evaluated market opportunities over the past 18-24 months, most decided to remain in place. This behavior is described by real estate brokers and landlords […]

Can We Talk?

By Ken Ashley

(ATLANTA) January 21, 2010

The words make your heart beat, don’t they? Whether from a coworker, friend or spouse, when someone asks for time to communicate seriously, you pay attention.

But in the tenant and landlord relationship how do you have a serious conversation? Like most everything this is governed by the lease. Many […]

Life Is Simpler When You Plow Around The Stump

By Ken Ashley

ATLANTA (December 13th, 2010)

In a recent visit to a friends office space I took a second look at the common areas for the so called class “A” office building. The poor quality of the maintenance was simply stunning. The “deferred maintenance” included loose floor tiles, dirty wall covering, squeaking doors and many […]

Will It Blend?

By Ken Ashley

ATLANTA (November 8th, 2010)

In one of the most successful viral marketing campaigns online to date, kitchen blender manufacturer Blentec has created a series of infomercials featuring founder Tom Dickson. The spots which run in a variety of forums have become an online phenomenon with over 120 million hits on YouTube. Dickson has […]