January 26, 2021
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Forbes Favorites 2020: The Year’s Best Real Estate Stories

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There wasn’t much good news in the commercial real estate markets in 2020, but there sure was a lot of news. Here are five stories that illuminate the most interesting and impactful developments.


Vishal Garg

Vishal Garg

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Mortgages, Fraud Claims And Dumb Dolphins: A Tangled Past Haunts Better.com CEO Vishal Garg

The founder of this high-flying startup, which just secured a $4 billion valuation, has a scorched-earth management style and a trail of angry former partners.

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Redlining’s Legacy Of Inequality: Low Homeownership Rates, Less Equity For Black Households

This piece was a look back at the policies that helped drive racial wealth inequality in the United States.

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Opendoor cofounder and chief technology officer Ian Wong.

Opendoor cofounder and chief technology officer Ian Wong.

Opendoor

Opendoor’s Cofounder Talks Covid, Growth And The Quest For Profits As The Company Goes Public

Just before the home-buying company went public, its cofounder spoke with Forbes about Opendoor’s origins and business model. As it continues to bleed money, the startup faces questions about its prospects for long-term profitability.

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Trump Has Sold $118 Million Worth Of Property Since Taking Office

One of our seasoned wealth reporters took a look at all the real estate the president’s company sold off during his term, a potentially major conflict of interest.

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Zell in 2019

Zell in 2019

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Billionaire Sam Zell Talks Trump, SPACs And Interest Rates

The founder of Equity Group Investments, Zell is worth an estimated $4.8 billion. In November, he chatted with Forbes senior editor Christopher Helman about Treasury rates, SPACs and President-elect Biden.

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