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Bob Knakal – RK Real Estate | Selling $21+ Billion

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About The Guest

Bob Knackal is a senior managing director and the head of the New York Private Capital Group at JLL, a global leader in real estate services and investment management. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Bob has brokered more than 2,000 property sales in New York City, totaling over $18 billion in value. He is widely recognized as one of the most influential and successful brokers in the country.

Bob began his career in 1984 at CB Richard Ellis, where he met his longtime partner Paul Massey. In 1988, they founded Massey Knakal Realty Services, which became the #1 building sales firm in New York. In 2015, they sold their firm to Cushman & Wakefield for $100, where Bob served as the chairman of New York Investment Sales until 2018.

Talking Points

  • 00:00 — Introduction
  • 02:27 — $21B Sales Secrets Unveiled
  • 05:21 — Bob’s Real Estate Journey
  • 09:48–1980s vs Today: Competition in Real Estate
  • 12:30 — Passion for Commercial Real Estate
  • 14:55 — Inside a Commercial Real Estate Deal
  • 19:22 — Delayed Gratification vs Real Estate Success
  • 22:00 — Sponsor: The Hustle Daily Show
  • 22:44 — Brokerage Venture Origins
  • 25:25 — Building a Brokerage Empire
  • 29:52 — Leading Through Crisis
  • 32:53 — Toughest Leadership Decision
  • 36:49 — Manhattan’s Every Block Mission
  • 43:12 — Connect with Bob Online
  • 43:48 — Advice for 20-Year-Old Self
  • 44:07 — Defining Success

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