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Founded by David Lichtenstein in 1988, Lightstone is one of the largest and most diversified privately held real estate companies in the United States.
Article | March 10, 2020
As the property technology world develops, real estate firms are devoting more attention to how technology can help their businesses. Technology impacts real estate agents to an ever-increasing degree, and tools for every aspect of a real estate company are currently being developed. New programs and apps help manage and streamline real estate processes for realtors not just in the course of their everyday work but also when disasters strike. For example, in areas of the country that suffer from severe weather-related issues, property management can be extremely challenging for industry professionals and their clients. Software products recently released on the market, however, can help property managers connect with residents and track communications. With just a few clicks of a button, the software can ensure tenants get the help they need by using targeted text messages and phone calls. This greatly eases the stress on client and owner alike. More than half of commercial real estate agents are now using at least one form of property technology. Two common ways they’re using technology are to analyze performance and to manage accounts and properties on their lists. The goal of moving toward artificial intelligence (AI) in real estate is to give business owners the freedom to customize information technology to better fit the needs of their companies.
Article | March 4, 2020
When speaking with perspective investors, the first question that I ask is how well they understand the numbers of a potential investment. If they reply with a simple, “everything’s good,” I know the deal probably isn’t for me. But, if they respond with hard data about the market, property and financial information, I can take them seriously and consider the investment. As an investor in any industry, numbers are your best friend. I’ve spent hours pouring over spreadsheets of data and mastering best accounting practices and it’s made me the diligent investor that I am today. I believe that this dedication to digging into data is what sets met apart from other real estate investors and continues to give me an edge.
Article | March 17, 2020
More and more marketers believe that SEO is dead. So much so that 210 people search “is SEO dead” every day. But we do not subscribe to this mentality. 93% of all online experiences begin with a search. And why shouldn’t they? The internet is full of useful information. So there’s no reason that your website shouldn’t be at the top of the search results. But as the enormous amount of content being published daily continues to grow, it has become harder and harder to rank on search engines. Google’s algorithm to rank websites is constantly changing. And for good reason — people are changing, too. As the needs of users evolve, so does Google’s need to stay ahead of the curve. As the leading search engine in the world, Google’s primary focus is delivering the most accurate information to meet user’s searches. So how do you improve real estate website ranking? In other words, how do you get your real estate website, and more importantly, your properties, to the top of the search results page? How do you deliver accurate, informative content that Google deems worthy? Here are four tips to help boost your SEO ranking.
Article | April 9, 2020
It’s a specifically challenging time for the commercial real estate industry. The conventional wisdom has been that as businesses move to a more remote business model, they may question their space needs in the future. The ramifications of that pose a hurdle across all aspects of the industry, from rent forgiveness to managing lender relations to capital market ramifications and the effect on commercial mortgage backed securities. From the landlord perspective, the consensus a week into April has been that about 80% of office tenants have paid their rents for March. Most landlords have been ahead of the game and are maintaining open communication. That hopefully isn’t anything new. Deals have obviously slowed down but this period is different than perhaps pending recessions of the past. There is a lot of cooperation. There are obviously opportunists who may be seeking an advantage, trying to get out of leases etc; however, level heads are able to mitigate those situations by maintaining composure and transparency.
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