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The 2019 NY Rent Laws (Part 2 – Brokers)

Welcome to part 2 of this special series where we take a deep dive into the recent changes made to the rent laws in New York. In many ways the new laws have radically transformed how business is conducted and the quality of housing. In the previous episode we heard the perspectives of two owners — (If you didn’t have a chance to listen that one, you can go back to hear their thoughts)… In Pt.2 of this series, I am joined by my partners Joe Koicim, Shaun Riney and Seth Glasser who will...


The 2019 NY Rent Laws (Part 1 – Owners)

In this special 2-part series, we take a deep dive into the recent changes made to rent laws in New York. For many investors and owners of rent regulated units, these new laws radically transform the business and how it’s conducted. Many investors are asking questions about how to move forward now that the laws have been passed. For Pt.1 of this series, we will hear the perspectives from two investors who own and manage several thousand NYC units. Robert Nelson and Chris DeAngelis. Robert...


John Romaniello: Health, Wealth, & Energy

To get yourself in shape for the approaching summer, today we hear from John Romaniello. John is the author of the bestselling book "Man 2.0; Engineering the Alpha: A Real World Guide to an Unreal Life: Build More Muscle. Burn More Fat. Have More Sex.” That is a great marketing title and is attention grabbing, but the content has a lot more to do with high performance and living into the best version of yourself. He has personally advised or trained people like Gary V, Arnold...


MMT – NYC Rent Law Changes With Mitch Kossoff

In this episode of our Monthly Market Talks, we sit down with Mitch Kossoff and Danny Handweiler. In our conversation we take a technical deep dive into the potential changes coming to NYC rent laws this June. Mitch is an industry veteran who has been litigating thousands and thousands of complex residential and commercial landlord tenant cases since 1979. Additionally, as a former owner, Mitch also has decades of experience on the purchase, sale, and management of multifamily buildings...


Chad Tredway: Mastering the Growth Mindset

In today’s episode we sit down with Chad Tredway, the Co-Head of Real Estate Banking at the largest bank in the US; J.P. Morgan. Chad is the youngest managing director in the history of the bank, and for good reason. He manages $25 billion worth of credit exposure and a team of more than 100 employees. He has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful People In Real Estate” by the Commercial Observer and has several accomplishments we will discuss in the episode. If there is any part of you...


Instant Insight: Adam Mermelstein

Today’s show is a segment called “Instant Insight.” Every now and then, we will deliver a small nugget of wisdom pulled from one of our previous guest interviews. In this “Instant Insight” we hear from Adam Mermelstein’s unforgettable entry into the ever-exciting commercial real estate game. If you didn’t think the real estate industry was tough, try emptying your bank account to make a down payment on your first building. Enjoy! Like what you are hearing, send us that message by...


John Catsimatidis: Paying It Forward and the American Dream

In today’s episode we sit down with a man who exemplifies the “American dream.” Over his career, John Catsimatidis has been massively successful in the grocery, real estate, oil, and aviation industries. Through his business endeavors, most notably the Gristedes Grocery chain, John has amassed several billion dollars and may be considering another run for New York City Mayor. Otherwise known as the “John of all trades,” John shares great advice about being creative, paying it forward, and...


Ofer Yardeni: New Market, New Opportunities

Today we sit down with Ofer Yardeni the Chairman and CEO of Stonehenge NYC, one of the most successful private real estate companies in New York. Throughout his career he has acquired over $4 billion of NYC commercial and residential properties and he is one of the players who transformed the value-add business model in NYC. Ofer came to the US as a foreign exchange student and eventually has risen to the top of the NYC real estate world. Besides having a great American dream story, when he...


Steve Kalifowitz: Location. Location. Technology.

I am excited to announce the release of our latest Behind the Bricks segment called “Monthly Market Talks” (MMT). In these shorter format episodes, listeners will hear focused market insights from some of the industry’s leading experts on a specific topic. In today’s episode we sit down with Steve Kalifowitz and Dylan Walsh. Steve is the president and founder of the property information platform This innovative real estate application transforms raw data into an abundance of...


Josh Zegen: Alternative Lending & Creating Opportunities

Today we sit down with Josh Zegen, a notable name in the alternative lending world and co-founder of Madison Realty Capital. Since 2004, Josh and his partners have completed $9 billion in lending transactions and also have over $4 billion in assets under management. For many in the real estate business, the entrepreneurial drive began at a young age, and Josh is no exception. From a storybook childhood baseball card business, to other creative ways to earn money in college, you will hear...


Ryan Serhant: NYC 2019 Residential Outlook

Ryan Serhant is widely known for being the star of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York” and his show and book titled “Sell it Like Serhant.” For good reason...Ryan's sales team is consistently ranked one of Wall Street Journal’s top 5 residential sales teams nationwide. We all know the NYC residential sales market indirectly influences the multifamily investment space and I thought this would be another valuable way for listeners to start the year. 2018 was a confusing year for those...


2019 Multifamily Outlook -- Joe Koicim, Shaun Riney & Seth Glasser

On this special episode of Behind the Bricks, I am joined by my partners Joe Koicim, Shaun Riney and Seth Glasser for an end-of-the-year recap and glance at our predictions for 2019. Let's dive in about how 2018 has fared and how we believe 2019 will play out in the NYC Multifamily market. There are changes on the horizon. Unlike other episodes, we dive into some market metrics here discuss specifics about Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. On a more personal level, we also touch...


Compilation! Best Advice to Enter the Business

As we wrap up the second season of Behind the Bricks, I thought we would treat everyone to a special episode of a compilation of some of the best advice given by past guests. We will hear from, Ryan Serhant, Jordan Vogel, Adam Mermelstein, Greg and Graham Jones, and a handful of others, as they dispense advice for entering the real estate business. Frequent listeners know that typically ask this question to each guest. I love this question, because for those who have made it, one way you...


Richard Sarkis – How Big Data Now Massively Impacts RE Investing

Big real estate data is changing the playing field by closing the inefficiencies in the commercial real estate market. How will this impact investing in the future? Today we sit down with Richard Sarkis, Co-Founder and CEO of Reonomy. Reonomy is a commercial real estate data platform that is transforming the world’s largest asset class. It’s all about analytics, data crunching, and AI for commercial real estate. Richard and his co-founder Charlie Oshman grew a chance coffee shop...


The Art of Buying Unsold Co-Ops and Condo Packages – Myles Horn

Finding success in the NYC real estate business requires being creative with where and how to add value. One market that requires this skill is the bulk purchase of unsold units in condominiums and co-ops. In essence, it’s about buying wholesale and selling retail, but it gets much more complicated from there... Today we sit down with Myles J. Horn, who has spent the last 35 years specializing in this part of the business. Myles has likely purchased more blocks of unsold condominiums and co...


The Journey to Titan of Title with Jarett Fein

One trait I have observed among the most successful investors, is they all have a keen ability to find scarcity and exploit its opportunities. In commercial real estate, title insurance is one of those less talked about areas. However, its $15 billion industry is a critical component to all transactions… that is why today's guest is Jarett Fein. He has made his mark in the title industry as the Co-CEO of Kensington Vanguard National Land Services (KV), one of the largest independent...


Zach Aarons - The Future of RE Tech

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the future of the real estate industry? In Real Estate tech there are plenty of places to look. Today we speak to Zach Aarons, one of the most influential players in the PropTech world. Zach co-founded MetaProp, a leading accelerator and VC fund, that has backed over 60 real estate tech startups. These companies have collectively raised over $2 billion, and employ over 1,500 people around the world. In this episode we deconstruct Zach’s...


"The Most Entertaining Tenant Stories" of Season 1

As we have recently passed the 1 year anniversary of this podcast and with the conclusion of Season 1, I thought we would treat everyone to a surprise this episode! Frequent listeners and fans of the show know that typically during each interview I will ask the guest to share one or some of their most entertaining tenant stories. I always say, owning, investing in, and managing New York City multifamily real estate is a full-contact sport. With the mix-up of people and situations you find...


Greg and Graham Jones - Specialization, Relationships, & Determination

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face” – Mike Tyson Starting off in a windowless office on 55th street, with no experience, no money, and struggling to figure out how to buy their first building in NYC, the Jones brothers had no choice but to trust in themselves to make something happen. In this episode, we discuss how Greg and Graham Jones of GRJ, not only got their company off the ground but since 2010 have grown it into a very successful enterprise. They currently have...


Chris Voss - Negotiating 101: Life, Death, & Money

If there is anything that can give you an edge in the New York City real estate business it’s being a better negotiator. Chris Voss was the Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator in the FBI for 24 years. His book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, outlines his field-tested tools for talking anyone into, or out of, just about anything. Currently, Chris is the founder and CEO of The Black Swan Group, a coaching and consulting group that strives to solve...