Rick Rakow has been assisting NY realty clients find commercial real estate in White Plains and the greater Westchester County area for more than 25 years
We focus on issues that most tenants typically fail to consider until well after a lease is signed and the tenant moves in.
We work in a tough market – NY realty client testimonials such as the ones below are hard to come by and enormously rewarding. More important, they underscore some powerful, business, financial and transaction management capabilities, which will be at your complete disposal when you rely on Rakow.
“Rick Rakow didn’t waste our time showing us space that wasn’t quite right for us. Instead, he applied two terrific resources of his – an impressive ability to listen and a fantastic knowledge of the market – which quickly translated into his identifying some ideal office possibilities.
“We found him to be extremely honest, sharing whatever negatives may apply to a building in helping us select where we belong. We’re thrilled with the office space we chose, and remain grateful for Rick’s assistance.”
Judy Chriss, President
Chriss Careers, Ltd.
“Even though we’re lawyers, when finding an office and negotiating a new lease, the deck was stacked against us. Hence the need for Rakow Commercial Realty Group.
“Just as clients need an attorney representing them in a lawsuit, we needed a tenant advocate to represent us in an office search and lease negotiation.
“Rakow helped us overcome the imbalance in leverage — magically leveling the playing field while showing compassion and understanding for the plight of the small tenant.
“Rakow understands a business that we don’t. They asked us the right questions, helping us to avoid over-committing ourselves to more space than we needed.
“They were able to negotiate a great lease, getting us a surprisingly low rate as well as improvements we needed. They’re extremely thorough and tough negotiators who nevertheless left us with an easy relationship with our landlord.
“With Rakow as our tenant advocate, the process was remarkably easy and the results were beyond our expectations.”
Bertine, Hufnagel, Headley, Zeltner, Drummond & Dohn, LLP
“We thought we’d get better service dealing with a small company. And chose Rakow because of their reputation. I asked six people who would be the best; Rakow was the clear winner.
“They know the market inside and out so time was not wasted on wrong spaces. They’re very thorough, conscientious, taking time to fully outline all the pros and cons of each property.
“We couldn’t be happier with the space we chose.”
Larry Deitch, President
Deitch Media Management, Inc.
"When we selected Rick Rakow to help us relocate our headquarters, we couldn’t have made a better decision.
"Rick worked tirelessly on our behalf to find us the best possible properties for our needs. He didn’t waste our time showing us borderline possibilities; instead he zeroed in on our requirements and addressed them head-on.
"The process took a long time because of our specific needs and the market conditions, but he never tired of showing us properties. His knowledge of the area paid off handsomely for us, and he was an extremely able guide throughout the negotiation process. What’s more, his honesty and integrity motivated us to seek his friendship as well as his help.
"If anyone ever asks us for our opinion of Rick Rakow, we answer with two words: the best."
“Rick had shown us another space where we could have just opened our briefcases, taken out our cellphones and started working. It was serviceable, but it didn’t really present the image that our respective practices deserved. In retrospect, I think Rick was educating us about the available space in the market, including what one could expect for the going price.
“So, before we made a not-as-good choice, Rick took us to better space, which we were able to build to suit for only a slightly higher price. Rick was familiar with the landlord, and negotiated a very quick buildout, which was also very helpful. Now we are well situated in a custom-designed suite in a well-situated building with ample parking.
“We spend a lot of time in our offices, but they are comfortable and beautiful, and it’s a pleasure to be here. They set a tone for our clients, who expect and appreciate the value of excellent service.
“Rick has helped us realize our potential, by recognizing our strengths and matching us to the space that supported us best. Because of Rick, we didn’t make the wrong choice and settle for second best. We appreciate the fine quality of his professional services, and we would (and do) recommend him to anyone and everyone.”
Susan Freedman, Esq.
Law Offices of Susan Freedman