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We create transparency in commercial real estate by gathering information that is hard to find, difficult to compile or otherwise unavailable. Our data is used by institutional owners to compare properties, hedge funds to make investments, and provides meaningful data for brokers, investors, appraisers, asset managers, economists and more. Our first product is a marketplace for the exchange of lease comps. Join now CompStak

What will Class B Office Rent Cost?

What will Class B Office Rent Cost? Looking for a more affordable office lease option for your clients? CompStak looked at starting rents for direct leases in class B buildings across the US. Find out more on the CompStak Blog! Photo Credit: “Real Estate Market” by hywards Source: freedigitalphotos.net

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The Most Expensive Class A Office Rent

The Most Expensive Class A Office Rent Ever wonder what are the most expensive Class A Office rent submarkets in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and 10 other major US markets? CompStak looked at effective rents for direct leases in class A buildings across the US. The effective rent is the actual cost […]

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What’s Walgreens Paying in Rent?

Walgreens, the largest drug retailing chain in the US, just announced it’s planning to close 200 of its 8,000+ US stores as a part of a $1.5 bn cost reduction measure. CompStak took a closer look at 10 Walgreens locations to see what the giant retailer is paying in rent. Check out the CompStak blog […]

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How Many Crunch Members to Cover the Rent?

Crunch Fitness has over 100 locations and hundreds of thousands of members. CompStak took a look at four Crunch locations to try to figure out how many Crunch members are required to cover the annual rent. Find out more on the CompStak blog!

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How Much are They Dishing Out in Rent?

CompStakers are self proclaimed foodies and we’re always looking to find the next great meal. We combined our love of commercial real estate and food to create this infographic about some of our favorite celebrity chefs. Find out how many entrees these five chefs need to sell to cover the rent. Photo Credit: “Quiche With […]

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From Rust Belt to Renaissance–Buffalo is on the Rise

Once the 8th largest city in the US, Buffalo, NY, fell prey to the hollowing out of manufacturing in America that resulted in vast unemployment and population decreases. Since the start of its decline in 1960s, the city has searched for a silver bullet to solve its economic malaise: one big development to save the […]

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CompStak Launches in Denver

Today, CompStak, the world’s leading platform for commercial lease information, announced its expansion to Denver. Serving as a massive online database of commercial lease comparables (comps), CompStak makes commercial real estate (CRE) information not only easily searchable, but also, readily available for its members and clients. Denver is the fifteenth market to be covered by […]

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What is Starbucks really brewing?

Do you enjoy a good Frappuccino? Starbucks operates over 7,000 branches in the US, and nearly 5,000 additional locations are operated under licenses. As you grab the cup bearing your name, you may be wondering what the world’s largest coffee shop company is paying in rent. CompStak took a closer look at 10 Starbucks leases […]

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How Google Spends $1 BN on Office Leases

Tech giant Google owns and leases space. Google already owns over 3 million square feet of office space in Mountain View, as well as 2.9 million square feet in NYC. Despite that, the search giant has committed $1 billion to lease obligations over the next 13 years. CompStak researched the largest Google office leases and […]

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Tech Tenants: Build It, And They Will Come

Tech Tenants: Build It, And They Will Come CompStak talked to brokers and tenants about one of the fastest growing tenant industries in commercial real estate. . It’s no secret that the startup industry is booming. From major hubs such as San Francisco and New York to smaller cities like New Orleans and Providence, more […]

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Who Bought Who? Four Industry Shaking Mergers

Who Bought Who? Four Industry Shaking Mergers The recent DTZ – Cassidy Turley merger made us think about other notable mergers and acquisitions in CRE over the past few years. We bring you a brief history of some of these industry-shaking transactions. Here are some takeaways from these notable M&A’s: -While the top CRE brokerages […]

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Time Kills All Deals

We believe that transparency in commercial real estate leads to more fair and efficient deal making. It’s our internal mantra, and to the outside world we present it as “Better Data, Better Deals.” In that spirit, CompStak is publicly posting the comp for our OWN deal signed back in April. Why didn’t we post it […]

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Spreading The News in CRE

We’re always happy to learn what our fellow entrepreneurs are doing to promote technology in the CRE industry. The News Funnel is a channel where brokers, landlords, investors and PR professionals publish, curate and read industry news. We spoke with Michael Beckerman, founder of The News Funnel, and a CRE public relations veteran, about the […]

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A Day in the Life Of An Entrepreneur: Part 3

In video 3 of our series, we hear from CompStak’s very own Big Andy (Andrew Phillips), Director of Sales. He explains a little about why transparency in any industry is important, and what it means for CRE professionals today. Enjoy! A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur, Part 3 from CompStak on Vimeo. Written by: […]

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Strength in Numbers – The Value of a Lean Team

The CompStak Blog is dedicated to stories of success in the commercial real estate industry. We are impressed when small organizations recognize the value of their nimble nature, and strategize accordingly. The following guest post by Joe Stampone, VP of Investments for Atlas Real Estate Partners, illustrates this sort of thinking. I work for Atlas Real […]

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14 CRE Professionals You Should Be Following

When it comes to real estate, information is king.  It’s about knowing where to look and who to talk to to get the most, and best, intel. So you can do more deals faster. So you can finish those appraisal reports efficiently. So your trend analysis is on-point. Also, let’s face it: the internet is […]

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The Great Recession: Catalyst for CRE Innovation?

In keeping with the theme of our blog, I interviewed other companies in the CRE space to ask them about innovating in an inefficient industry. I spoke with Ryan Masiello of View the Space and Tanner McGraw of Apto, and was left with two points addressing why some CRE tech companies are progressing in the […]

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Commercial Real Estate: Laggard, or Late Bloomer?

Working at a startup in commercial real estate, we hear a lot of generalizations about the real estate industry both internally from our own staff as well as externally from our clients, users, and peers. If you’re involved in real estate or real estate technology, chances are you’ve at least heard of (if not made) […]

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A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur: Part 2

In video #2 of our series, CompStak CEO Michael Mandel discusses the future of the CRE industry, and how brokers can utilize new technologies and resources to stay ahead of the curve. Also, you get to meet Squeakers. So, there’s that. A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur: Part 2 from Michael Mandel on […]

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8 Reasons Why the Grassroots Approach Works Well in Commercial Real Estate

When I joined CompStak in 2012, we had only two full time employees: Michael Mandel, a commercial real estate broker turned CEO, and Vadim Belobrovka, a software engineer and CompStak’s CTO. Our office had one desk, shared by the co-founders, and our data only covered Manhattan. As I happily accepted a seat between Michael and […]

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CompStak CEO: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ENTREPRENEUR: PART 1

In this first video of a series, we asked Michael Mandel, Co-Founder and CEO of CompStak, about the company and why he decided to become an entrepreneur. Biweekly, we’ll bring you more, such as: His thoughts about the future of CRE and how big data will play a role The challenges he has faced starting […]

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Success in an Inefficient Industry: David and Goliath

There is a lot of hustle and bustle in the CompStak office as of late. We are revamping many of our processes, relaunching a new version of the site, looking to raise series B investment, and putting a lot of thought and experimentation into how we connect with our users, potential users, and clients. It […]

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The Scientific Proof of Rent Difference Between Floors

      Scientific Commercial Real Estate Analysis – Rent Difference Between Floors Academic research on residential condo sales has provided statistically significant proof that rent varies between floors in high-rise buildings. However, very little research has targeted the same phenomenon in the commercial real estate market due to lack of transparency in the CRE […]

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Need Lease Comps? CompStak.

Wondering what CompStak is all about? CompStak is a database of commercial lease comps that is 100% FREE for brokers, appraisers, and researchers that is transforming the CRE industry. CompStak allows users to easily trade the comps they have for the comps they need. We have thousands of lease comps for New York, San Francisco/Bay, LA, DC, Chicago, Dallas-Fort […]

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REIT Evaluation and Data Transparency – the TI Perspective

REIT Evaluation and Data Transparency – the TI Perspective It is a commonly held belief among commercial real estate professionals that publicly traded REITs offer their tenants generous lease concessions packages that often includes higher cash allowances towards tenant improvements than other landlords. Due to the lack of transparency in the commercial real estate industry, […]

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CompStak: Better Data. Better Deals.

CompStak is a free resource for brokers, appraisers, and researchers to access thousands of office, industrial, and retail lease comps.   What is CompStak? CompStak is a comp trading platform that operates on a one for one model: if you give a lease comp, you can get a lease comp. CompStak makes information sharing and comp […]

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“Now & Then” – Looking at the Change in Office Rents in Six US Markets (CompStak and Bisnow)

Our “Now & Then” charts compare the averages of important lease factors such as starting rent, tenant improvement allowance, and free rent over time. We have crunched the numbers for multiple markets and the results can be seen below. We examined the changes between now and the lows of 2010 for some markets, while compare […]

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