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Queens – the best spot for commercial investment


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

BY SWAIN WEINER 

Swain Weiner is president, partner and founder of Greiner-Maltz Investment Properties, which specializes in all types of commercial investment sales throughout the five boroughs and Long Island. Before Greiner-Maltz, Weiner sold more than $215,000,000 in aggregate sales with more than 1,300 residential units.

Predictions for the state of the real estate market in Queens are in, and things are looking fantastic.

Many consider Queens to be the new Brooklyn as buyers are moving out of the popular borough into Queens due to high prices. Queens is also appealing to buyers due to its proximity to Manhattan and the proliferation of restaurants, condos and retail venues.

Inventory is limited and prices are increasing, serving as a good indication that those who are involved in the real estate market in Queens will benefit in a rising marketplace. An increase in the number of sales has also been seen, as well as a decrease in negotiability.

The economy in Queens is the greatest contributor to the state of commercial real estate. Out of all five boroughs in New York, it has the second largest in population and boasts the most diversified economy.

Queens also has many jobs that are based on exports outside of the region, which aids in drawing interest to the area. What is amazing about the area, particularly for workers and consumers is that no one industry dominates the local economy. It is instead comprised of many large-scale industries and small businesses that bring commerce and jobs to the area. For example, the airline industry supplies a number of careers in the neighborhoods surrounding LaGuardia and JFK. Healthcare is also a booming industry in the borough along with social assistance. As globalization continues to grow in Queens, more opportunities are sure to follow.

Many of the families residing in Queens have rich and diverse cultures. This brings a variety of businesses and opportunities to the area along with a burgeoning social scene. These developments and constant growth lead to a variety of opportunities for commercial investors. Hotels, high-rises, apartment complexes, parks, etc. are being built to address the demand for the borough.

One of the most dynamic driving forces behind the increased demand in Queens is the interest of foreign investors. Investors from all over the world, particularly China, are showing an increased interest in the area.

There have been reports of sales occurring and offers being extended without some investors even seeing the properties. Foreign investors from as far as Nepal and as close as Canada are entering the commercial real estate market in Queens, signaling a revival in the borough’s real estate market.

Queens is becoming such an exciting place and a promising location for everything. Everywhere you look, more small businesses and entrepreneurs are emerging. The borough is continuing to attract the interest of international investors and businesses. Artists, students and young families are flocking to the area for more affordable housing options. This is a great time to pursue commercial real estate in Queens.

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Swain is very civic-minded. He currently volunteers his time in the following positions:

• Vice President – Astoria Kiwanis

• Board member – Astoria Civic Association

• Board member – Astoria Local Development Association

• Board member – East River Kiwanis

• Board member- Queens Symphony

• Past President – Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce

• Member – LIC Partnership

• 82nd Street Partnership Steering Committee

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Broker of the Week: Swain Weiner, Greiner-Maltz Investment Properties


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Greiner Maltz Investment Properties 

Swain Weiner is president, partner and founder of Greiner-Maltz Investment Properties, which specializes in all types of commercial investment sales throughout the five boroughs and Long Island. Before Greiner-Maltz, Weiner sold more than $215,000,000 in aggregate sales with more than 1,300 residential units. Weiner also serves as vice president of the Astoria Kiwanis, a board member of the Astoria Civic Association and Central Astoria LDC, a member of the LIC Partnership, a board member of Queens Symphony and past president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. He sat down with Real Estate Editor Liam La Guerre to talk about the Queens market.  

La Guerre: Right now the Queens market is hot in certain areas. Do you think owners should sell property now before land prices fall?

Weiner: I kind of think we are reaching the top of the cycle now. A lot of properties are even higher than they were pre-2007 when the market was at its strongest point. The question I think owners have to ask themselves is how much more do they think they can make versus how much they can lose if there is a correction. If the loss is greater than the gain, then they should sell.

La Guerre: And many are. But owners of many manufacturing sites and buildings in Queens are selling their properties for huge numbers to residential developers, who are looking to maximize profits. But people have said this is damaging an industry here. What do you think?

Weiner: The problem is those opportunities for business in the United States have left. They are being outmaneuvered by foreign trade. If you rezone those neighborhoods back for factories then there’ll have to be tax incentives as well. And if there isn’t then I think it’s just window dressing. I’m not saying to blow everybody up because of residential development. I think a balance between those two will be totally interesting. But how do you get those guys to stay when you’ve got 10 years left to work and you’re getting money now to walk away from the land? So I think it would be great to keep, but I don’t see how the economics come into play.

La Guerre: What Queens projects are you looking forward to and why?

Weiner: I’m really happy about the Astoria Cove project. I think that’s going to really put Astoria on the map. The other project that I really like a lot is the Willets Point transformation. I think that’s going to be a major help in bringing Corona to a higher level and also to unite Flushing and Corona together. I think that’s going to open up that part of Queens, because Corona has been lagging behind in comparison to Flushing. Then what I think will happen is Jackson Heights will start to feel the overflow and Elmhurst will take some of the overflow and East Elmhurst will feel it also.

La Guerre: But doesn’t the Willets Point project still have lots of opposition?

Weiner: There are some eminent domain issues with it, but the city will work through that stuff.

La Guerre: What is one thing that you would you like to see happen going forward?

Weiner: Generally, people that invest in real estate are kind of juxtaposed to the stock market. At a certain point many people that have owned properties for a number of years, and either their kids don’t want them or they don’t want to deal with it anymore, they would like to see and take the money out. But they can’t because by the time the accountant advises them, they are looking at a 35 percent tax liability and basically all of their hard work is going to the government. So I think if there was a relaxation on some of that, you could possibly see more sales.

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Sunnyside Chamber gets new president


| GGiaconelli@queenscourier.com

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Swain Weiner is trying to get Sunnyside recognized. The newly-elected president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce feels the neighborhood, which he calls “vibrant and multicultural” is not as widely recognized as it should be.

“It is a close-knit and fabulous neighborhood,” said Weiner. “I want to make people more aware of what a great neighborhood it really is.”

Weiner previously served two terms as secretary of the chamber.

“He’s a very fine gentleman and he will certainly represent us well,” said Luke Adams, former Chamber president and current marketing director. “I’m looking forward to working with him. I think he’ll do a fine job.”

Weiner will take over the position from Rebecca Barker.

“I was very flattered to be [able to follow] a strong leader and I hope to be on board with their excellence” said Weiner.

Weiner is president and partner at Greiner Maltz Investment Property. He also serves on the board of the Kiwanis Club.

The real estate and investment property expert got his start at Katz Media, where he was the director of sales. ‘

In 2009, he became a vice president at Massey Knakal, where he had worked for nine years.

“After going through three corporate buyouts with Massey Knakal, I felt like there was a need to go in a different direction – a direction of growth,” said Weiner.

Weiner grew up in Bayside and attended Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business where he earned a BS in business and marketing. He has been married for 25 years and has two sons, ages 21 and 19.

While it may be occasionally difficult to achieve unity in a community, Weiner believes if everyone works together, initiatives can be accomplished.

“One of the biggest challenges I feel is to always make sure everyone is going in the same direction and that we are all on the same page, doing the most we can for the community,” he said.