What Should You Expect From Your Commercial Real Estate Advisor?

The logic behind a commercial real estate advisor who specializes in tenant representation is that in order for a tenant to secure the best possible contract terms they will need access to market information, transaction expertise and negotiating skills equal to that of the landlord who utilizes professional representation. Tenants should look for a real estate advisor who specializes in tenant representation with the appropriate market knowledge, relative experience and most importantly is someone they can trust to assist them with an important business and financial decision. Your advisor should: Be willing to invest the time to truly understand your…
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8 Simple Things You Should Do Before Leasing Office Space

Whenever you are considering new office locations, your tenant representative is going to be providing you with a tremendous amount of information on various building options. Most of the obvious selection criteria such as economics, location, quality of the building, ownership and proposed space, as well as the various amenities of the building will be comprehensively evaluated. Your advisor should have a good knowledge base about the nuances of a particular building. However, here are 8 simple things you should do on your own before making a decision among your final building candidates; after all, you are the one who…
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A Simple Guide to Leasing Commercial Real Estate

Whether you're getting ready to move to a larger office space or planning to add a second, third, or fourth location to your portfolio, there is a lot to consider when it comes to commercial real estate leasing. Keep the following tips in mind as you move through the process to ensure the best outcome and make the process as smooth as possible: 1. Start the Process Early The search and negotiation for commercial real estate takes much longer than most companies think. Ideally, depending on the size of your requirement, you should begin thinking about your next move at least…
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Considering a Relocation? A Guide to How Much Time You Need

Market conditions, the size and complexity of the transaction, and option notice dates can help determine when to begin the process of evaluating your office lease. Time should be your ally, not your enemy during negotiations with any landlord. Landlords know that other buildings you’re considering will most likely have to create a space plan, get construction pricing, agree on a rental rate, prepare and execute a lease document, apply for construction permits and prepare the space for occupancy. This is, at a minimum, a 4 to 6 month process. So a tenant that waits until there are only six…
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Explore Your Alternatives Before Exercising Your Lease Renewal Option!

Each lease expiration should be viewed as an opportunity to explore and develop alternative space options. Only after an exhaustive search can the decision to either renew or relocate be made with confidence. Needless to say, this can be a lengthy process which should start well in advance of the lease expiration depending on the size of the requirement. If your first choice is to renew, this process will provide the much needed leverage you will need when negotiating with your current landlord. Most commercial leases typically run between 5-10 years. In well negotiated leases there are provisions to the…
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Why You Need An Exclusive Tenant Representative

                                                                                                                            Leasing Commercial Space is a Risky Approach On Your Own... The process of securing commercial space for your organization, whether it is a new location or extending a lease in your current building, is a complex and time…
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Common Mistakes to Avoid in Commercial Real Estate

Many companies have the view that leasing commercial property is a lower risk than purchasing property - there are fewer worries about depreciation, taking on debt and other concerns when you're using space without buying it. While it may be true that choosing to lease your office space or building spares you from certain worries, there are still risks involved. To help ensure that you choose the best space and get the best possible leasing agreement, be sure to avoid these deadly, all-too-common commercial real estate mistakes. Going in Blind You would never think of purchasing commercial real estate in…
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Rent is Just One Component of Occupancy Cost

Understanding and correctly calculating your occupancy costs is obviously necessary for managing your company expenses. However, if you’re not sure what the various components are that contribute to your overall costs besides your rent, it’s easy to underestimate those costs. Review the following items with your tenant representative to understand what they are in calculating your real occupancy costs. Common Area Maintenance (CAM) Maintaining the common areas of your building is the responsibility of the property manager but your company will pay for covering the costs of it. Typical fees include parking lot maintenance, snow removal, landscaping and trash collections.…
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These Lease Terms Provide Options

After a lengthy search, you've finally found the perfect new office space. It's so great that, in fact, you're not sure if you should lease or purchase the building. To put you in control, negotiate in your lease options to buy the building if you decide you want it. You can also stop someone else from purchasing it as well. These options, listed below, give you a measure of control and let you avoid the costs and responsibilities of ownership if you are not yet ready to take them on. Option to Buy This negotiated structure gives you the most…
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