From the February issue: When Scott Singer of the Singer & Bassuk Organization decided to propose to his wife, his client Henry Elghanayan of Rockrose Development was one of the first to know. That’s because on the way home from a closing that ran until the wee hours of the morning, Singer, whose firm arranges debt and financing for commercial deals, told Elghanayan he was going to use his commission to buy the engagement ring. The couple wed in 1997.
Today that exchange would not have taken place — at least not under those circumstances. That’s because in New York’s commercial real estate world, sit-down closings have been largely replaced by closings conducted via email, conference call and courier service. [more]