Building Success: A Real Estate Podcast

Hear from the best and brightest in the world of real estate tech, operations, and financials

Filling an unmet need in the commercial real estate industry, Building Success: A Real Estate Podcast strives to be an educational, informative and occasionally irreverent look at the news, issues and trends affecting owners, operators, and investors. Nicholas Frank, MRI Software marketing leader, real estate trend watcher and recovering attorney is your information broker as he talks to guests from across the industry who share their observations and expertise in a fast paced and engaging format. Tune in to hear about the latest technologies, regulations and standards impacting the industry, and hear from industry leaders who are employing best practices that make commercial and residential real estate companies more efficient.

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Episode Archives
Episode 17 - Live from IUC (Tech Challenges In Investment Organizations)

Today’s Building Success podcast was recorded live at IUC 2018 in Atlanta Georgia, Moderated by Andy Birch, the panel included Abhinav Somani from Leverton, Josh Malinoff from REdirect Consulting, and Ray LeBrun from Cohn Resnick (formerly NOI Strategies). This lively discussion discussed tech challenges, but also some opportunities for the advancement of technology, not only in investment organizations but in real estate companies as a whole.

Episode 16 - Preparing Your Property For The Holidays (feat. Notifii)

Nick speaks with Anh Tran, CEO and co-founder of Notifii about preparations Property Managers should make for this upcoming holiday season. With Amazon announcing free shipping on all orders this year, the influx of packages, mixed with sometimes extreme weather can put new strains on your leasing and management offices. Nick and Anh discuss the many ways you can prepare now for the holiday season ahead.

Episode 15 - Live From IUC (Commercial Real Estate Panel)

Today’s Building Success podcast was recorded live at IUC 2018 in Atlanta Georgia. Moderated by Andy Welkley, MRI Software were joined by Melissa Bartow (Measurabl), Scott Morey (GPG), Brian Wong (Waypoint), and Geoff Lewis (Honest Buildings) for a discussion about the future of Commercial Real Estate (“To Boldly Go Where CM Has Not Gone Before”).

Episode 14 - Debunking The E-Pocolypse, Embracing Omnichannel Retail (feat. CBRE)

Today Nick speaks with Melina Cordero, Global Head of Retail Research at CBRE regarding CBRE’s recent “Definitive Guide to Omnichannel Real Estate”. They discuss the current state of brick & mortar retail, and how e-commerce is not a death sentence. Melina provides data based on CBRE’s research to show that embracing technology and an omnichannel approach can help retail owners, as well as landlords and property owners remain successful and impactful.

For more information on CBRE, please visit, and for more information on Melina’s research and to read the Definitive Guide, please visit:…channel-Real-Estate

Episode 13 - Fraud in Real Estate (feat. Experian)

Today Nick is joined by Matt Ehrlich of Experian and Aaron Durkee of MRI Software to discuss fraud in the real estate industry. Matt and Aaron explain some of the current cases of fraud in the industry, as well as the future of fraud and how to best protect your property. There is a lot at risk here, and many ways leasing staffs can use technology to help mitigate fraud.

To read the 2018 Global Fraud and Identity Report referenced in this episode, visit:…report-2018.html.

Episode 12 - Starting A Utility Billing Program (feat. PayLease)

On this episode of Building Success: A Real Estate Podcast, Nick speaks with Tiffany Mittal, Director of Platform Management and Strategy at PayLease about the need for utility billing programs at property management companies, how to get a program started at your property, and some of the common misconceptions around this evolving industry.

For more information on utility billing, check out

Episode 11 - Physical Assets gone Digital (feat. Dror Poleg)

On this episode of Building Success: A Real Estate Podcast, Nick speaks with Dror Poleg, Founder of Rethinking Real Estate, and host of his own podcast Dislocation. Their conversation dives into many new technologies and commercial real estate disrupters that are creating new challenges and opportunities for commercial real estate owners, operators and developers.

Episode 10 - Multifamily Tech Amenities (feat. ServusConnect)

Today Nicholas speaks with Jamie Wohlschlegel, CEO and Cofounder at ServusConnect, a technology company specializing in apartment maintenance operations. Their conversation begins with a discussion on some of the future innovations Jamie sees in real estate tech. The topic then shifts to the concept of “tech as an amenity” and how the future consumer will be (and already is) expecting residential communities to keep up with many of the technological advances already serving the consumer markets.

If you’d like more information on Jamie, as well as ServusConnect, you can visit their website at

Episode 9 - Blockchain for Real Estate and Beyond

On this episode of Building Success: A Real Estate Podcast, Nick speaks with Justin Segal, President at Boxer Property about Blockchain. A hot topic issues in the world of tech, blockchain has many exciting applications that could be on the horizon for the real estate industry as well. Nick and Justin discuss what blockchain is, how it is currently being applied in multiple industries, and what Justin is already doing at Boxer Property, implementing technologies from Stemmons Enterprise, a tech company he also co-founded.

For more information on Justin, visit or

Episode 8 - Virtual Reality and Real Estate

On this episode of Building Success: A Real Estate Podcast, we are joined by Nick Busietta, Managing Director at Liminal VR. Liminal provides virtual reality solutions, centered around combining technology with human psychology. Nick and Nick discuss the current state of virtual reality, as well as where this technology is heading in the real estate industry.

For more information on Liminal, visit their website or

Episode 7 - The Impact of GDPR on Buyer Behavior

On this episode of Building Success, Nick sits down with Stuart Lee to speak about the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) and its effect on marketing and marketers. GDPR may seem to be a EU-driven data operations shift, but Stuart and Nick explore its ramifications on buyer behavior, consumer choice, and the future of marketing. Regardless if you work in B2B or B2C roles, US-exclusive or international, real estate or otherwise, GDPR may very well change the way you do business with your clients for years to come!

Episode 6 - Perfecting The Art Of The Student Turn

On this episode of Building Success: A Real Estate Podcast, Nicholas talks with Happy Co’s Ben Chadwell and Ray Campbell about the Student Turn, the seasonal focal point when thousands of student residents (around 70%) move out and new ones move in in a few short weeks. They discuss best practices and strategies to control costs and keep rents from rising year after year.

For more information, check out Happy Co’s 7 Essential Strategies to Nail the Perfect Student Turn.

Episode 5 - The State of Real Estate Tech

On this episode of Building Success – a Real Estate Podcast, Nicholas speaks with Mandira Mehra, Chief Marketing Officer of MRI Software, who recently completed a survey about real estate trends with technology in the real estate industry. Today’s discussion dives into the statistics discovered, and what the future holds for technology in both the commercial and residential real estate industries.

For more information about the survey, or to download your own copy, visit

Episode 4 - Artificial Intelligence and Real Estate (feat. Leverton)

On this episode of Building Success, Nick speaks with Abhinav Somani, CEO of Leverton (and moonlighting DJ!). They speak about how Artificial Intelligence affects Real Estate, how decision making is relying on data, “the currency of the future”, and how the future of real estate may involve machine and deep learning, even in this sometimes slow-to-change industry.

For more information on Leverton and their AI for Real Estate, check out:

Episode 3 - The Future of Package Management

On this episode, Nick sits down with Brian Zrimsek to discuss the topic of package management.

If you’re interested in learning more about MRI Software’s Package Tracking software, learn more here:

Episode 2 - New Financial Lease Accounting Standard

On this episode, I speak with Marcus Scholes and Steven Fox, regarding the upcoming changes to the financial standards for those acting as lessees.

You can find MRI Software’s Lease Accounting Standards resources at:

For more information on this topic from Steven, check out his article here:…9geNuw.linkedin

You can also download the “Road to Readiness” by Real Asset Management here:…-road-map.html

Episode 01 - 2018 Real Estate Trends

In this first episode of Building Success: A Real Estate Podcast, Nicholas speaks with Brian Zrimsek, Industry Principal at MRI Software, about his thoughts on trends in the Real Estate Industry for 2018.

Some of this conversation stems from an article he wrote, available here:

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