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Real Estate, A Love Story

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

Joshua Benaim


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

Real Estate, A Love Story shows the next generation of entrepreneurs how to pursue profit while building a human-centered future for American cities.

Growing up on New York's Upper West Side in a bustling family of Jewish immigrants, Joshua Benaim discovered the power of place as he learned from his grandfather the art of minimizing risk while pursuing value in the world's toughest business—New York City real estate. And when a chance encounter in a cab led him to study opera, Benaim's time as a touring baritone inspired him to bring the poetry, passion, and historical authenticity of music to the world of business.

In urban real estate, Benaim sees unique opportunities—the chance for us to follow our dreams, find love, nurture one another, and experience art in the everyday.

But when Covid-19 disrupted our lives, radically changing the way we use our private and public spaces, he faced a question: Are cities—and the real estate industry that sustains them—obsolete?

Benaim says no. The city is not dead. It is being reborn.

Guided by a set of traditional values that prize fairness, honor, beauty, and respect for the communities in which he works, Benaim shares his wisdom through this lyrical story in four parts:

I. How I Fell in Love with Real Estate

II. Real Estate Investment and the Handshake Philosophy

III. The Art of Real Estate Development

IV: The Future of Real Estate

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.

Praise For Real Estate, A Love Story: Wisdom, Honor, and Beauty in the Toughest Business in the World

“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

Disruption Books, 9781633310537, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 29, 2021

About the Author

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.