Almost 30 years of commercial real estate experience
After spending 10 years representing an owner of 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space, Rick saw a trend emerging among the more sophisticated tenants. They were bringing in their own leasing specialists to regain advantage lost to landlords and their agents, who conduct real estate transactions every day. Seizing the opportunity, Rick opened one of this region's first commercial real estate companies focused on the needs of tenants; he now runs the largest tenant advocacy firm in the region.
While he is most familiar with properties in Westchester and Fairfield Counties and surrounding areas, Rick has handled assignments as far away as Vancouver, Canada, the states of Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New Hampshire – with a skill set that travels well.
All in all, Rick has personally concluded several hundred transactions successfully over these last 28+ years and his firm now assists in roughly 100 transactions on behalf of tenants every year.
Rick has also represented many landlords through the years, such as: Benerofe Properties, The Beekman Estate, Amcott Associates, Buckingham Properties, WP Mall Realty, North Street Community, LLC, Cohen Brothers Realty, Stillman Management, Broadway Freeform, Marli Hartsdale, Polymer Management Associates, Reggie Pink, LLC and more, to lease or sell their properties.
Perhaps more important, in addition to his business dealings, Rick served on many committees for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and helped them raise well over $1,000,000. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Westchester Division for three years and chaired many special events committees. He is a past Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee for the entire Northern Metro Chapter.
In addition, Rick is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Food Bank for Westchester. He is active in helping several other charitable organizations in Westchester, is a Past Vice President of The Business Council of Westchester and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Westchester County Association.
Over the years, Rick has provided successful tenant advocacy services for:
For more than a quarter-century, thousands of tenants, buyers and sellers have benefited from representation by RakowGroup.
*Traditionally, landlords have a commission built into virtually every lease. If you do not use RakowGroup, the landlord or their agent keeps the commission. If you do use RakowGroup to work on your behalf, all or a portion of the commission will be paid to RakowGroup by the landlord. You do not pay anything out of pocket to us and you get all the benefits of our service and advice.