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Real Estate, A Love Story
Real Estate, A Love Story

Real Estate, A Love Story

Wisdom, Honor, and Beauty in the Toughest Business in the World



272 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $28.00 (CA $38.00) (US $28.00)

Publication Date: June 2021

ISBN 9781633310537

Rights: WOR

Disruption Books (Jun 2021)


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Real Estate, A Love Story is a lyrical, thought-provoking, and entertaining chronicle of one man's quest for truth, beauty, and outsize returns in the cutthroat world of real estate. With a rare combination of philosophical vision and practical insight, author Joshua Benaim takes readers on a personal journey from his time as an internationally touring opera singer to his business launch during the Great Recession, and, finally, to his position today as one of real estate's most original thinkers. Along the way, he offers a compassionate outlook on topics ranging from art and urban planning to love and beauty. Benaim's interdisciplinary perspective guides his advice on topics like: how the Handshake Philosophy can change the way you think about business; what Puccini's La Bohème can teach us about chance and opportunity; how technological changes accelerated by Covid-19 will impact the future of real estate; and how to succeed in business without losing your mind or selling your soul. An intimate blend of memoir and business strategy, Real Estate, A Love Story is a guide for those shaping their own paths and anyone who believes in human, value-driven enterprise.


"If Covid and autocrats get you down, Joshua Benaim's new book will help you replace fear with hope and see the beauty in the people and the world around you. For anyone who wants to learn the business of real estate and build a meaningful career on a foundation of humanity and inspiration, it's a journey of joy." —Arthur Segel, Baker Foundation Professor of Management Practice, Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice (ret.), and Cofounder of TA Associates Realty

"Institutional investors often wonder how to invest in and solve the shortage of affordable housing in the U.S. Joshua Benaim has pointed the way—but not in any conventional framework. Beyond tax incentives or charitable efforts that can only provide a limited solution, his market-based and design-focused approach offers very real and very desirable solutions. Who knew that a team of influencers that include Beethoven, Tolstoy, and Warren Buffett could show us the way? Mr. Benaim did. Whether it's insight on the inner workings of cities, ethical negotiating practices, or partnerships with communities, tenants, and governments, his vivid personal stories and profiles of thought leaders from every walk of life make this a must-read for serious investors in US real estate." —Gunnar Branson, CEO, AFIRE

"An engaging real estate book that takes a thoughtful approach to building communities" —Kirkus Reviews

"This book is terrific and a must-read for aspiring entrepreneurs, investors, and real estate lovers!" —Michael Sonnenfeldt, Founder and Owner, TIGER 21, and author of Think Bigger: And 39 Other Winning Strategies from Successful Entrepreneurs

Author Biography

Joshua Benaim is a leading real estate investor and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and CEO of Aria, an award-winning real estate company imbued with a sense of public spiritedness and a mission to humanize the experience of living in our great cities. An operatic baritone who has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera and performed widely across the United States and Europe, Benaim lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

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