Yulia Yaani, RealAtom’s new podcast with Jack Cohen, President, and CIO of Stronghill Capital and a VC investor with Darkknight Ventures. Learn from his 40 years of experience about how to capitalize on mistakes and grow commercial real estate lending companies. You will like Jack’s vision of how to move the CRE lending industry’s closing ratio from 5% upwards.

JackChat July 2021

By |July 20th, 2021|JackChat|

Beautiful day in the mountains today and I was moved to write another blog. I hope this finds you making progress on your 2021 plans and initiatives; as you begin to think about strategic planning for 2022, have you considered deflation?

JackChat March 2021

By |March 11th, 2021|JackChat|

My last blog was just before the Presidential Election (I urged folks to vote.) It has been a CRAZY five months! Recently, I hosted my third roundtable of 2021; its where my really smart industry colleagues get me thinking.

JackChat October 2020

By |October 14th, 2020|JackChat|

It has been longer than six months since my last blog. I confess, I have been as astounded, shocked, scared, and as surprised as any of us. With no answers, no insight, nothing to offer, I remained silent. In turn, I was impressed with all the new bloggers and podcast/webcast offerings

JackChat March 2020

By |March 24th, 2020|JackChat|

Without sounding trite or naive; we certainly are living in interesting times. I had an executive coach once who told me, “Jack, all events are neutral...

JackChat February 2020

By |February 21st, 2020|JackChat|

Some quick bold predictions as we gain traction in 2020. I recently returned from the MBA’s CREF Conference in San Diego, essentially concluding my conference season while chatting literally with several dozen of industry colleagues from across the transactional role spectrum.

JackChat January 2020

By |January 27th, 2020|JackChat|

Some quick notes as we kick off 2020, as I recently had the privilege of leading an Industry Leaders Roundtable session, AND, a separate Roundtable populated by CRE “Young Professionals” at the January CREFC Conference in South Beach.

JackChat December 2019

By |December 23rd, 2019|JackChat|

I do not believe that 2020 is the year that the market changes for the worse. That said, I believe we all remember that liquidity is in the marketplace until it isn’t.

JackChat September 2019

By |September 26th, 2019|JackChat|

Innovation: At the January CREFC conference in Miami, I asked Industry Leader Panelists their thinking about “Technology”. Maybe it was a mistake ...

JackChat June, 2019

By |June 22nd, 2019|JackChat|

With all this talk about being “late in the cycle”; are you protecting your downside? IF you are protecting your downside, are you also taking measured growth bets in some structured relative sized manner?

JackChat May, 2019

By |May 8th, 2019|JackChat|

Multifamily – Sector affordability is a concern. While rent growth and rising property values have position connotations, these trends are not sustainable.

JackChat January, 2019

By |January 26th, 2019|JackChat|

2018 was a productive year. I hope that your 2018 was a good one; one full of health, happiness and prosperity. My format from October, though brief and written more in the form of “Soundbites” rather than “deep content”, seemed to go over well. As the feedback (thank you) was generally positive (easier and faster to read) I will follow the same format with this update.

JackChat October, 2018

By |October 31st, 2018|JackChat|

Since my last blog in June, the year continues to be robust for most. With the sun and wind at our backs; transactions flourish. Hit ratios suffer given the competition everyone faces to find, capitalized, and recapitalize a deal; but everyone seems to be prospering nonetheless.

JackChat June, 2018

By |June 26th, 2018|JackChat|

The old saying “I would rather be lucky than smart”; how would we ever really know which of the two drove our individual fate professionally?

JackChat May, 2018

By |May 8th, 2018|JackChat|

I just came back from the Spring ULI Council Meeting in Detroit. After Council Dinner I had a conversation with my oldest son about a class he is taking for his MBA. He was talking about “Red Ocean and Blue Ocean” businesses.

  • JackChat April, 2018

JackChat April, 2018

By |April 6th, 2018|JackChat|

For almost 40 years I have enjoyed “tilting at windmills” in and around the Commercial Real Estate Industry. Two of my favorite rants have been directed at the Portfolio Lenders (early 90’s) and the Conduits (late 90’s).

JackChat February, 2018

By |February 22nd, 2018|JackChat|

I just returned from the MBA CREF conference in San Diego, and one of my colleagues made the observation that "forecasting and making predictions of future movements in the cycle (property, economic, and capital flows) were based upon the past." This really got me thinking.

JackChat January, 2018

By |January 12th, 2018|JackChat|

I am excited about 2018; I am excited about the uncertainty ahead. I truly believe that the industry is approaching an inflection point. Good? Bad? Unknown; however, what is known is we have an unprecedented opportunity to benefit from changes in revenue models of businesses operating across and adjacent to the real estate industry.