Eli Braha, 55Principal
- Tel 212.123.4567
A Brooklyn, NY native residing in Manhattan, Mr. Braha is the managing member of Berkley Acquisitions LLC, a Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions Company. He attended public school at Abraham Lincoln H.S. and then entered CUNY, Bernard Baruch School of Business. He is a self made businessman and is the eldest son of Joseph Braha, who immigrated to the US in 1954 and is the patriarch of a third-generation textile merchant trading family with real estate holdings. His global business expertise encompasses world travel to more than 50 countries for commercial trade with multi-national business domestically and in Canada, Asia, its subcontinents, Western Europe, the Middle East and Central and South America. Through Braha's Investments et al, Mr. Braha has been involved in the real estate industry for over 3 decades. His success in the business derives from his persistence and ability to develop and maintain relationships with credible contact sources, and negotiate, develop, promote, structure consult, syndicate, advise and market real estate properties. His core capabilities focus on creating exposure to market trends, analyzing market need, facilitating the procurement of tenants and coordinating hands-on day-to-day management of business operations.
Mr. Braha understands the potential and long-term benefits associated with "value oriented income providing investment properties." He has succeeded through implementing and executing projects by applying a hard work ethic and a sound business plan. Mr. Braha has been involved in the formation and raise of capital as a developer and lead syndicator of commercial real estate in the capacity of principal and property manager, facilitating leasing deals, acquiring all types of commercial properties, and consulting and co-investing in real estate entities. He has acquired, owned, developed managed, and operated over 100 buildings in 14 states containing an aggregate in excess of 13 million square feet of those collective holdings in his past and present portfolio. His partners have been comprised of private equity consisting of over 100 family members, friends, and close community members.
Mr. Braha is of the opinion that there are potential opportunities and finds under the current financial market climate and bases his strategy on the overall impact of the soft economic downturn on the real estate environment. Proper valuations, coupled with mid and long range projection planning, including accounting for a coming period of inflationary pressure, select assets can be a formula for success. Learning from his past Real Estate experiences, that knowledge has taught him to be patient, waiting for market timing to apply his value oriented strategy. Consistent with the current situation, punctuated by the lack of liquidity that is creating stagnation, coupled with lost confidence in the CMBS markets and other economically pressed securities in this recessionary period, he is poised to bring that success to fruition and is excited about the status of the current market. Over the past two years, Mr. Braha has positioned Berkley so that is poised to take advantage of the current and upcoming deflated real estate market. Acquisitions have been targeted in the $50MM to $2.5B asset class, specifically identified in strategic capitol investment markets.