About Sonny Kalsi

Sonny Kalsi is an accomplished real estate investor with more than 20 years of experience that spans a range of areas, including: investment management, real estate financing and hedge funds. Since 2010, Sonny Kalsi has worked as a partner-owner of GreenOak Real Estate, the independent real estate merchant banking platform where he is also a founder. Sonny's professional career also includes almost two decades of experience at Morgan Stanley, where he served as Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate Investing in parts of Asia and in New York City. In an effort to share this wealth of knowledge and experience, Sonny Kalsi teaches at Columbia University as an adjunct professor in the university's Real Estate Development program. Connect with Sonny on Twitter at @SonnyKalsi_

Can Secondary Cities Ever Surpass Gateway Cities?

One of the most significant megatrends in the real estate market is property investment in gateway cities. Today’s smart investors are looking for opportunities that translate to long-term returns and, as has been demonstrated in the past, investing in gateway cities can be ideal investment opportunity. Gateway markets are highly-coveted destinations, such as New York, [...]

By | 2017-09-27T20:00:40+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Blog, Gateway markets, Real Estate|0 Comments

Gender Equality and International Development

The statistics are staggering. According to USAID, globally, nearly 98 million girls are not in school. A more recent UNESCO report puts the number closer to 130 million, which is both good and bad, because while it could mean that more girls “count”--it’s also millions more who are not being educated. In the developing world, [...]

By | 2017-08-31T16:27:31+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Blog, Philanthropy|0 Comments

Real Estate Lessons from…Monopoly

Developed at the height of the Great Depression by a committed socialist, Monopoly is an unlikely success--and perhaps not at all what its creator intended. Nonetheless, Monopoly has become one of the most successful board games in history: as of 2010, the game sold some 247 million sets across 114 countries, and was produced in [...]

By | 2017-08-15T19:06:59+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Real Estate|0 Comments

Real Estate in Emerging Markets

Since the Great Recession, emerging markets have become an attractive investment strategy for intrepid, independent-minded and savvy investors. In many emerging economies, real estate has surged and continues to attract investors who’re willing to take the leap. Investors looking to put their money in these emerging markets need to be particularly interested in the real [...]

By | 2017-08-11T17:32:05+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Gateway markets|0 Comments

Keep and Attract the Best and Brightest

Drawing in the best employees is critical to the success of any business. Though we offer competitive salaries and packages, we at GreenOak Real Estate aren’t necessarily the industry leaders in compensation. So how do we have highly productive and happy teams in cities like Tokyo, London, Los Angeles and New York? In a nutshell, [...]

By | 2017-08-07T14:51:41+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

One Business Across Many Time Zones

What does someone need to successfully start a real estate business across many locations? In other cities? In overseas markets? These are questions I often get, and there are no easy answers. Breaking into the real estate business is difficult even in the best of times, when investment opportunities (and the openings to seize such [...]

By | 2017-07-25T14:51:46+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Going abroad|0 Comments

Why Creative, Flexible Spaces are the Future of Financial Firms (and All Companies)

There’s something about concrete floors, unfinished ceilings, and unfurnished office spaces that excites millennials. My guess is that moving into these blank slates gives tenants the option to personalize and design their offices on their own terms. After all, necessity is the mother of invention. Creativity begins from the moment they move into their new [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Blog, Real Estate|0 Comments

To Improve Soft Skills, Work Abroad

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything,” writes Bill Bryson in Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe. “You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Going abroad|0 Comments

The Changing Face of the 10-Year Commercial Lease

To hear investors and landlords alike, it appears that the ten year commercial lease is done with–the latest victim of our disruptive digital age. Today, the argument goes, the ten year commercial lease has been killed by recent trends in the marketplace–specifically by startups and tech companies seeking shorter, more transient lease terms. But that’s [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Real Estate|0 Comments