If you know about the supply and demand for property locally, you will understand just how to connect the right tenants to certain vacant properties in your city or precinct.
In this audio program, John Highman talks about the market trends that you can work with in commercial real estate today. Understand that the best properties to lease will always be the better quality ones in the locations that are attractive to businesses.
The commercial listings that you place on the Internet should be carefully considered and crafted to achieve the best inquiry results possible. The online marketing process is becoming a busier and more complex in most towns or cities; your property marketing cannot be ordinary.
If you want your property to stand out as a valuable and relevant commercial property, then you will need to seriously consider how you promote the property online across a number of portals and marketing activities. Choices should be made with due regard to the property and the local market.
Avoid this problem
So what is the problem? The generic marketing approach doesn’t work in our industry, especially if the town or the city is large. If you are to achieve reasonable levels of enquiry from the quality properties that you advertise online, then it is always a good time to have a look at how you are placing the properties in the portals, and then undertake a review of the wordage and advertising copy that applies to all of your exclusive listings.
Direct your Internet marketing effectively
Here are some ideas to help you optimise your Internet based property listings:
Look at the location from the aspect of the tenant or the buyer that you are trying to attract. How will they search a property requirement? That question needs to be addressed in your Internet listing promotional copy.
Use professional photographs to attract the eye of the reader. Given that there will be other listings in the location available for sale or lease, your listing should stand out visibly through the use of better quality professional images.
Use particular keywords in the promotional campaign that focus on the property type and the location. You have some choices relating to suburbs, streets, and property types. Brainstorm the right words as you craft the marketing campaign.
Think about how a tenant or a buyer of property would enter a search request in the search engines. Those words should be central to your keyword choices. They should be woven into the advertising copy, the headlines, and the feature points.
Use the industry portals, and where ever possible and affordable achieve dominant priority placement. Every quality property should be promoted through a priority placement on the portals. There is no point in the listing being lost at the back of the website in and around many other properties for the location. If you have a top-quality property to take to the market, then make sure you have priority placement in the vendor paid marketing costs.
Use some strategies involving social media to push people to your listings online. Through a series of editorials, articles, and social media placements, you can activate more interest back to the property and the campaign.
Taking all of these strategies into account, you can start a promotional initiative with more focus and direction. Always track the levels of enquiry that you are achieving with each and every exclusive listing. You will soon know the methods of marketing that are producing the better levels of results for you.
Commercial property management remains an important part of the professional property services that brokers and agents offer.
Property managers can offer alternative strategies to improve property performance, net income, and occupancy. Their job is complex, specialized and valuable to investor clients. You can understand why the service is so valuable to a successful brokerage over time.
In commercial real estate brokerage, you can and should mix and match your prospecting activities to the market conditions and target market. You can get involved in networking events and meet new people that way.
In this audio program, John Highman talks about the important prospecting concepts that help brokerage growth and opportunity.
If you are working as an agent or broker on the leasing segment of the market, then look to the ways that you can improve results for the clients and the properties that you serve. A focus on ‘results’ allows you to convert more listings of better quality, and on an exclusive basis. You could say that ‘relevance’ is at the centre of all of that focus and conversion.
When you control the property market and your listings, you can build more momentum into your property efforts.
If you are perceived as the top agent for the location or property type, then ‘exclusive’ listing conversions will not be such a problem.
Create Your Opportunity this Way
Let’s drive some more opportunity your way. Answer this simple question. How can you bring better results to the clients that you serve in property leasing? That’s the question that you need to answer in a very visible way locally.
The tenants and landlords of the location should know you as the ‘go to person’ for resolving leasing challenges. Your leasing ‘visibility’ has to be specialized and locally driven. Here are some ideas to help you do that:
Finding more tenants – Get to know more tenants comprehensively. It is one thing to know who the tenants are in a location or building; it is another to know what they are thinking from an occupancy perspective. The best way to get to know tenants for a location is to concentrate in streets, properties, and business types. In that way you are not ‘shooting blind’. Specific tenant contact will help you with your conversions.
Improving market rents – Hopefully you know what rents are for a location and property type. Property age will have something to do with the rental levels, and market rent will be impacted by supply and demand for the location. So look at those things and determine how you can improve rents for the landlords that you act for. Merge those ‘income improvement’ statements into your listing or client presentation.
Strengthening investment performance – You can improve lease outcomes and results in an asset over time by creating a better lease document with better tenants. All of that will happen from the initial lease negotiation. Look at negotiation on the lease from your client’s perspective; drive that aspect forward. Look at the averages of rent for the property type, understand the asset in question, and build better landlord or tenant perspectives on why the property should be leased in today’s terms.
Shorter time on market – Vacancies cost money within the investment, so find ways to shorten the time on market. Asking rents will have something to do with that, but also will the factors of marketing, negotiation, and inspection. You can improve your professional processes in each of those 3 ways for the transactions you are working on and your clients. Create more inquiry per listing and seek to create better marketing outcomes for all of your exclusive listings. They are the properties that really matter, so shorten the time on market for your exclusive listings, and show your clients how you do that in a positive way.
Relevance is everything in commercial investment leasing. Create significance in your professional property services. Focus on results for your client.
A vacant commercial property is a significant frustration for an investor. They are loosing out on rents and outgoings recovery. Over time that can all add up to a large amount of money and financial discomfort. Look at vacancies for the opportunities that they are for you in leasing brokerage.
In commercial real estate today, most of your results (in commissions and listings) will be created through specific involvement with just the top 20% of your clients. Understanding just who are the clients in the top 20% is the important issue to work through. You could say that they are the VIP clients that you should be working with.
The 80/20 concept is called the ‘Pareto Principle’ and it was identified as a general business rule back in the early 1900’s. So what is it? It is a known fact of business and a proven equation when you are looking to covert more results from your efforts. You can use the rule quite comfortably in commercial leasing, sales, and property management.
So we move the concept into commercial real estate for your location and apply it to your business. It doesn’t really matter how many clients you have in your database now, it is the top 20% that you need to identify and then comprehensively service over time. Approximately 80% of your revenue activity will come from that group of elite clients.
In this audio program, John Highman talks about the 80/20 rule and how you can work with it. You can listen to the program or download it below.
The commercial property management segment of the market can be quite lucrative from a brokerage perspective. The clients that you serve in that way require specialized skills and services over an extended period of time. The complexity of the property can involve strategies and activities across the tenancy mix, leasing, vacancy resolve, maintenance management, asset planning, and income performance. There are many things to do and many ways to approach the challenges that the client may face.
So the message here is that you can and should develop a significant property management portfolio in your real estate brokerage. Take the time to develop a list of clients and prospects who will need your services in management at some stage in the future. Develop a prospecting process to open the doors to management opportunity.
The best way to attract commercial real estate clients and those needing management services is to directly prospect the owners of the best buildings in the best locations. It is always preferable to manage a building with multiple tenants in occupancy and multiple levels of income generation.
The bigger buildings and those with a complex tenant mix require expert management help. They also require complex software management programs to administer the required controls on leasing, maintenance, tenant mix, and income optimisation.
So there are some distinct advantages here to be optimised. In this audio recording, John Highman talks about the opportunities of commercial real estate property management in brokerage today. See if you can use some of the tips that John talks about to open up your brokerage opportunities in this way.
In commercial real estate brokerage today, your time is a valuable resource and should be optimized in each and every way possible. You will have many pressures coming to you throughout the working day of the working week, and some of those pressures will change your priorities. Ultimately you can lose focus without some good controls and priorities.
The clients and the people that we work with can be very demanding. The priorities that you set today for tomorrow can shift and changes the day starts. A good degree of discipline is required to manage your time and your tasks as a commercial real estate broker.
There is a simple message to be remembered here. If you remain in control and focus on the critical elements of your business, there is a good chance that you will succeed in the ways that are important to you. If you allow others to divert your business activities away from prospecting, marketing, and client contact, you will likely find that your industry career takes a different direction and perhaps starts to stall.
Commercial real estate brokerage can provide you with all the opportunities and rewards that you seek. Manage your time deliberately so that you can stay on task when it comes to business growth and market share.
In this audio recording, John Highman talks about the importance of time management and task control in brokerage today. Listen to John as he explains important things that really matter when it comes to the property industry and your future in it.
In commercial real estate brokerage today there are some very common mistakes made by agents and brokers. The real estate market is always under change, and these changes require absolute and total focus on client and listing activity. Don’t make the mistakes or repeat the errors of others in your industry. Understand what works in your location when it comes to new business generation, and start to build your career accordingly.
Ultimately you need a good group of clients to help you build your real estate business over time. Through establishing professional relevance with each of your clients, you can grow your commission opportunities at the right time through your career.
In this audio program, John Highman talks about the common mistakes that brokers and agents make. You can avoid these issues through a simple set of professional controls and focus points.
The cold calling process in commercial real estate brokerage is quite special and unique given that you are working with a special type of client or prospect with an interest in property investment and or ownership. You will also be working with business owners seeking to occupy or purchase a property as part of their business activities. On that basis cold calling needs to be directed specifically at these high value people within your location.
Every call contact process that you initiate should be based on a conversation and not a pitch. In the first instance, you simply need to know if the person you are connecting with has an interest currently or potentially in the future with commercial property ownership and or occupation. Simple questions will help you identify that fact.
To advance your career in commercial real estate brokerage, you really do need to master the skills and the processes of cold call prospecting and database growth. They both go hand in hand, and require a good degree of individual focus.
In this audio recording, John Highman talks about the opportunities evolving from a call prospecting process. Look into your commercial real estate market and use the special skills that John talks about to open up the brokerage opportunities that you are really looking for. Practice your call prospecting skills on a daily basis, and you will soon see your call to meeting conversions escalate. When you establish a prospecting model like this, it will help you significantly as you seek to grow your market share and client database.
Here is the recording for your access and download.
The people that achieve the best results in commercial real estate brokerage are usually those that have taken the time to develop a solid skill base and knowledge of a particular area. They have then established a real passion for the industry and the activities within it.
Certainly you will have good days and bad days as a broker or an agent, as you will in any other industry, but the fact of the matter remains that commercial real estate can be one of the most rewarding careers for you to focus into.
Take the time to understand the industry in your location, observing how the top agents work with property opportunities, clients, and listings. Naturally you want to know if the area is overly saturated with too many agents; too much competition will slow your progress.
In this audio recording John Highman talks about the reasons why you should develop a real passion for commercial real estate brokerage and specialized segments within the industry.