Think Miami, Think Architecture: Part 1

Florida is a puree of a number of cultures. In many ways, it is a microcosm of the United States. People from all over the world have contributed to the state’s history: native peoples, originally; eventually the Spanish, French, and English; later on the Caribbean and African slaves that were brought to work on the land; and now a large population of immigrants from all across Latin America. No city epitomizes this fusion of cultures better than Miami, which magically sprang out of nothing at the dawn of the 20th century to become the booming metropolis it is today. In Miami one can find colorful tropical buildings, concrete government bastions, glimmering skyscrapers, structures with their roots very much in Spanish heritage, and of course the head-turning Art Deco that Miami has grown to be known for.

Over the years I’ve grown to be fond of a number of buildings throughout Miami that really stick out to me as being representative of the city. Here is a list of some of my favorites…

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Knowing the Buyer: Part 1

image of Raanan Katz sitting behind a desk

If you’re going to make it anywhere in real estate, you have to understand how to interact with your potential buyers. They are more than just dollar signs. They are human beings that need your help. You need to do everything you can to help them. Easier said than done! Here’s are several things to keep in mind when confronting a buyer.


Never Underestimate

You should strive to have as good of a relationship as you can with your buyers. After all, trust is essential to any any real estate success. The thing is that many other real estate agents will be trying to build up that same level of trust with your buyer. Seldom will you be the sole agent that a buyer is peaking with…

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Achieving Success through Grit, Goals, and Gratefullness

When I first started RK Centers many years ago, it was just me, an investment of funds that I had earned through my basketball career, and an idea. Today RK Centers is one of the largest commercial real estate companies on the East Coast. How did I get from where I started to where I am now? No doubt a lot of factors went into it: persistence, grit, commitment, a dedication to putting tenants first, and no small amount of luck. Looking back at the success I’ve had, one thing sticks out as absolutely critical. Goals. This isn’t some trite inspiration soundbite. It’s the honest to god truth. Creating goals, writing them down, looking at them every day, and keeping them in mind has been absolutely essential to achieving what I have…

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Top 4 Players in Miami Heat History

The Miami Heat are a successful NBA franchise that has seen many great players wear the red and black uniform. Since being founded in 1988, they have won three NBA Championships and are are looking to add another one to their trophy case this season. Below you will find the top four players in Miami Heat history.

Lebron James

Even though the King returned to his hometown last season, he is still recognized as one of the best players to ever put on a Miami Heat uniform. During his four years with the team he lead them to four straight NBA Finals appearances, winning 2 of them. Jame also won two regular season and Finals MVP’s to go along with his impressive championship rings. 

Dwyane Wade

The former Marquette star was drafted by the Miami Heat as the 5th pick in 2003 NBA Draft and since then he been nothing short of greatness. He is the Heat’s all-time leader in points, assists, steals and free throws. In 2006, Dwyane Wade led the Miami heat to their first ever NBA Championship and in my opinion was one of the greatest individual Finals performances I have ever seen. He averaged an astonishing 35 points a game to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Wade has won three NBA Championships to go along with a Finals MVP, NBA scoring title, and 12 All-Star Game selections. An impressive resume to say the least. When he retires, he will go down as one of the best players to ever play the for Heat.

Alonzo Mourning

Morning was a fan favorite in the ten seasons he played for the franchise. His passion and heart for the game of basketball was never unnoticed.  This guy gave it his all each and every time he stepped foot the hardwood.  The dominant center won consecutive Defensive Player of The Year awards with Heat and is the Franchise leader in blocks with 1, 625. In 2009, his number 33 was retired in the rafters in front of a sell-out crowd at American Airlines Arena.

Tim Hardaway

Hardway only spent five seasons in South Beach, but they were truly special. Hardway was known for his incredible ball handling skills as he had one of the best crossovers in the game. In his first season he led the Heat to their best season in franchise history at the time with 61 wins. His number 10 was also hung in the rafters due to his incredible play with the Miami Heat Organization.

Raanan Katz on Miami Heat History

During the mid-1980s, the National Basketball Association (NBA) decided to increase the number of teams playing the game. As part of a two-phase league expansion that took place between 1988 and 1990, the NBA introduced the Orlando Magic, the Charlotte Hornets, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Miami Heat. It cost each franchise $32.5 million to enter the arena.During its first five campaigns, the Miami Heat did not have a winning season, although it remained close to a “break even” point for most of those years.
The team hit a milestone during the 1991-1992 season when it made the playoffs, but it lost to theMichael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. Fourteen years later, the Miami Heat reached another important marker as it won its first NBA Championship under head coach PatRiley. In 2012, with star player Lebron James, the club repeated this feat and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder to again become league champions.
About the Author:An Israeli basketball player, Raanan Katz aspired to join the NBA. After spending sometime with the Atlantic City Sea Gulls, Katz focused his career on property development, establishing RK Centers. In 1986, he became one of the original owners of the Miami Heat and continues to support the team as a Limited Partner.

How Raanan Katz’s basketball logo tells a story and represents the RK Centers’ brand

Raanan Katz started out his career as a basketball player in Israel, but in the 40 years since he retired from his playing days, Raanan Katz has been leasing, managing and developing commercial and residential real estate. In the early 1980s, after acquiring over 2,000 apartments in the Boston area, he transitioned his focus from residential to commercial real estate and has since grown his portfolio to over 40 commercial properties, totaling over 6 million s/f of retail space and about 100,000 s/f of office space. Raanan’s pride in maintaining top quality shopping centers is evidenced by his personal “signature” emblazoned on each building with the initials “RK” alongside the distinct company basketball logo.

The signature basketball RK Centers logo and RK initials have become a beacon for shopping center patrons and prospective tenants. When a patron or prospective tenant sees the “RK logo” on the side of a building or the basketball logo on the pylon sign they expect to enter a well maintained and attractive shopping center. According to Raanan Katz, “the RK logo is distinctive; our prospects know they are getting a professionally maintained center that will be clean and inviting. I personally visit the properties on a regular basis to ensure that our centers are top quality.” The RK Centers brand has grown and evolved over the past 40 years, but the “RK Way” of shopping center maintenance has been a constant. Namely, the “RK Way” means that a RK property is going to be updated, well maintained, well landscaped, a safe shopping environment and, most importantly, inviting to patrons. Raanan Katz’s and RK Centers’ dedication and commitment to the communities in which he has developed property has not gone unnoticed. For example, the City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida recently recognized Raanan Katz’s tireless commitment to its development by renaming 170th St. as “Raanan Katz Boulevard.” Raanan was further honored with the dedication of the Phyllis and Raanan Katz Sports Center, located behind RK Village Plaza (18200 Collins Ave.) in Sunny Isles Beach, where Raanan remains a fixture on weekend afternoons taking on all basketball challengers with his still potent outside shot. Katz’s accolades extend to New England as well. Two examples of that recognition include, The Metro South Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Impact Award and the State of Rhode Island, House of Representatives a citation recognizing RK Centers as “being responsible for transforming a Middletown Shopping Plaza into an appealing and artistically styled center that enhances the town and encourages positive growth.”

Katz’s unique basketball logo is a legacy of both his early playing days in Israel for powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Israeli National Team, as well as his time playing for the U.S. All Stars, the sparring team for the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Beyond being a real estate developer, Raanan remains close to the game in the ownership arena. In 1986, Katz became an original partner of the Miami Heat expansion franchise, where he remains a courtside figure at every home game. Katz was ecstatic to be a front row witness to the 2012 NBA Championship victory led by Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Besides the Miami Heat, Raanan also purchased a substantial interest in the Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2003. Maccabi is widely known as one of the most successful clubs in Europe and Israel, having reached the Euroleague championship game four times during Raanan’s ownership tenure, including Euroleague Cup championship victories during Raanan’s inaugural years of ownership in 2004 and 2005. Raanan subsequently sold his interest in Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2009, but remains heavily involved with Israeli basketball by sponsoring teams based in Jerusalem, Galil, and Holon.

Given its strong financial position, and excellent reputation for shopping center management, RK Centers is poised to acquire additional properties in an effort to grow its portfolio. A key advantage that Raanan Katz and RK Centers enjoy is that the company typically closes on acquisitions in less than 30 days by using its own funds; eliminating the need to obtain financing. With over forty years of experience in real estate, Raanan Katz and RK Centers have a proven track record of success with tenants, customers and the communities in which it operates. Most recently, RK Centers completed the acquisition of RK Cape Roads Crossing in Raynham, MA (214,000 s/f), RK Sage Plaza in Hallandale Beach, FL (30,000 s/f) and RK San Souci Plaza in North Miami Beach (27,640 s/f). More information about Raanan Katz and RK Centers is available at their website at

Kevin Belmont is director of marketing and information technology for RK Centers, Dedham, Mass.

Raanan Katz Provides a Look at the History of Staples, Inc.

In the mid-1980s, people wanting to buy office supplies had to rely on two types of shops: stationery stores and suppliers. Stationery stores had limited options while suppliers charged premium prices, which was financially damaging to small business owners and general consumers. On July 4, 1985, business executive Tom Sternberg, finding himself unable to acquire a necessary printer ribbon, decided to develop a store dedicated to discount office supplies.

May 1, 1986, marked the introduction of Staples, Inc.’s first outlet. Opened in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, it became an instant success and inspired many copycat firms. Over the past 15 years, the company expanded significantly and acquired the naming rights to one of the most popular arenas in Los Angeles. Today, Staples operates out of 25 countries and garners $24 billion in sales.

About the Author:

A Limited Partner with the Miami Heat, Raanan Katz is the owner of RK Centers, a privately-held real estate development firm responsible for maintaining over 6 million square feet of commercial property. With complexes across the country, Katz created RK Building in Dedham, Massachusetts, which features a Staples store.

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