All Posts by Guy Gray

About the Author

Guy Gray serves as Chief Operating Officer overseeing our technology and client services teams. He is responsible for guiding Quarem application development, networking and security, as well as new client implementations.

Real Estate Portfolio Management and Your FF_E Assets
Mar 19

Real Estate Portfolio Management and Your FF&E Assets

By Guy Gray | FF&E Assets

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Aristotle’s famous quote is a lesson on synergy. Simply put, a single thing is made up of several parts and it’s useful or important because those parts come together. The individual parts may be slightly useful on their own but connecting them in a certain way produces more value. There are many examples of this in our lives. The words you’re reading right now are formed by individual letters combining to produce a word that has meaning. A brainstorming session is made more valuable if several minds come together to produce a great idea.


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The Most Common Benefits of Lease Management Software, As Told By Online Reviewers _
Mar 11

The Most Common Benefits of Lease Management Software, As Told By Online Reviewers

By Guy Gray | Lease Management Software

When you’re considering technological solutions to a problem, sometimes you want to hear from customers that actually use the product instead of the companies pitching it. In honor of this, we scoured the Internet for reviews for “lease management software.” 

Lease management software is becoming more and more popular among CRE professionals. After analyzing users’ reviews of the various lease management software platforms out there, we compiled a list of the most common benefits these platforms provide. 

This is what people had to say:

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5 Commercial Real Estate YouTube Channels You Should Subscribe To
Feb 27

5 Commercial Real Estate YouTube Channels You Should Subscribe To

By Guy Gray | YouTube Channels

Contrary to popular belief, YouTube isn’t just a place to watch cat videos and other lighthearted content. In fact, YouTube is the second-most-popular search engine on the Internet and its videos reflect the diverse nature of its searches. Yes, commercial real estate is alive and well on YouTube and it’s time you noticed.

We’ve covered the top forums, Twitter hashtags and podcasts for commercial real estate professionals in the past. Now, we want to share the top CRE YouTube channels you should tap into to stay current on the CRE industry.

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Accounting for Leasehold Improvement with Commercial Real Estate Software
Feb 18

Accounting for Leasehold Improvement with Commercial Real Estate Software

By Guy Gray | Leasehold Improvement

If there’s one thing the military world and the commercial real estate world have in common, it’s a love for acronyms. MREs. DTIs. ROTC. RTOs. What do all of these mean? The outside world may never know (and some on the inside might not either).

But just as they are with the military, some acronyms in commercial real estate are more important than others. Today, we’ll be covering one you may not have thought about enough: leasehold improvements (LHI). LHIs must be top of mind during initial lease negotiations. Let’s take a closer look at this, as well as how CRE software can protect you from LHI pitfalls.

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Commercial Real Estate Statistics that Will Blow Your Mind
Feb 06

Commercial Real Estate Statistics that Will Blow Your Mind

By Guy Gray | Commercial Real Estate Statistics

Statistics have a way of surprising even the most stoic of individuals. For example, did you know that 15 percent of Google searches have never been searched before? Or that 20 percent of songs on Spotify have zero plays?

Mind-blowing statistics like these are in every industry, including commercial real estate. Let’s tap into some trusted data sources to share some of the more jaw-dropping commercial real estate statistics.

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6 Commercial Real Estate Podcasts You Should be Following
Jan 15

6 Commercial Real Estate Podcasts You Should be Following

By Guy Gray | Commercial Real Estate Podcasts

Commercial real estate professionals love maximizing their time. If you could multitask in a way that is both enjoyable and benefits your business, why wouldn’t you? While forums and blogs are a great way to source information from top industry minds, podcasts may arguably offer a more modern and convenient way to obtain this knowledge.

Most of all, though, they allow CRE pros to multitask. Podcasts are perfect for commutes, gym time and lunch breaks. So, where should you get started? Here are six commercial real estate podcasts you should be following, if you aren’t already:

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Why Your Stakeholders Will Love CRE Software
Jan 09

Why Your Stakeholders Will Love CRE Software

By Guy Gray | CRE Software

If there’s one thing we can all agree on about the commercial real estate industry, it’s that it’s complex. This is especially true from the CRE stakeholders’ perspective, whether it’s an active team member, a supervisor or an investor. According to a global survey by KPMG (Confronting Complexity: Research Findings and Insights), more than 94 percent of commercial real estate executives “identified complexity as their greatest challenge.”

There are two ways to address complexity: 1, present and manage information in a way that’s easier to understand; and 2, involve the parties challenged by complexity. Those who participated in the above survey agreed, as 84 percent of them pointed to technology (and specifically information management) as the solution for CRE complexity. Let’s discuss why CRE software is that solution and, more importantly, why stakeholders will love it.

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Prospecting and Property Analysis Made Easy with Quarem
Jan 06

Prospecting and Property Analysis Made Easy with Quarem

By Guy Gray | Property Analysis , Prospecting

CRE Property AnalysisMichelangelo had the Sistine Chapel. Leonardo da Vinci had the Mona Lisa. Andy Warhol had his Campbell’s soup cans. All of these works of art are arguably the artist’s main claim to fame. Viewers of these pieces get to enjoy the finalized version of the art, but they don’t get to see the journey the artists took to end up with their masterpieces. If we were given a look behind the scenes, we’d probably see these artists work through a lot of trial and error, research and late nights.

For brokers and their clients, finding and vetting space can feel like an art at times. Just like the artists mentioned above, brokers engage in quite a bit of behind the scenes work in order to find the picture-perfect space. They might not use a brush and canvas to get there, but they can use tools provided by CRE software.

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Leveraging Commercial Lease _ Property Management Software to Grow Your CRE Business
Jan 06

Leveraging Commercial Lease & Property Management Software to Grow Your CRE Business

By Guy Gray | Commercial Lease , Commercial Property Management Software

Famed writer and visual artist William S. Burroughs once said that “when you stop growing you start dying.” This can apply to individuals, business owners or even (as we’ll discuss today) commercial real estate professionals. Nearly every CRE pro wants to grow his or her business and portfolio, after all. Not because of greed, but because of the simple fact that you can’t predict things like economic downturns, smaller margins and increased vacancies—all of which hinder a CRE portfolio’s growth.

This is especially true for mixed portfolio property managers who deal with a variety of industries, from office and retail to industrial. Each can be volatile and unpredictable. Fortunately, solutions like commercial lease and property management software can help you both streamline operations and grow your business regardless of the industries in your portfolio. Let’s look at a few benefits of this software and give some examples of how Quarem specifically helps you grow your CRE business.Continue reading

Checklist for Successful Lease Administration Software Implementation
Nov 12

Checklist for Successful Lease Administration Software Implementation

By Guy Gray | Uncategorized

Every commercial real estate professional has goals. But how many actually reach them? We can’t say, but those that have a plan are usually the successful ones. You can have all the goals in the world, but if they just remain goals, you’ll never get anywhere. This applies to everything from portfolio management to lease administration.

We’ll be covering the latter in today’s post. Specifically, how you can begin with a goal and move toward actionable steps for accomplishing that goal. As esteemed Greek philosopher Shia LaBeouf once said, sometimes you need to “just do it.” 

Here’s a checklist for successfully implementing lease administration software:

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