New real estate entrepreneurs finding success with small, adaptable urban buildings

Congratulations to Tony Cho, founder of Metro 1 Properties, who was recently named ULI South Florida/Caribbean Young Leader of the Year.  Metro 1 is a full-service real estate brokerage and investment company that began with a focus on small, adaptable urban buildings and aligned itself with green and sustainable initiatives.  I think Tony earned his award by taking a risk on sustainable urbanism when very few Miami real estate companies would.

From the other side of the world, I received a comment from readers at Village in the City, a real estate investment and development company "dedicated to producing an alternative to condo life in Bangkok: affordable modern living in an urban environment".  In other words, I think they buy shophouses, fix them up, and rent them.  Like Metro 1, they seem to be gaining a foothold in the industry by focusing on what others overlook: small, adaptable urban buildings.  And thus concludes Shophouse Week!