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How to Charge Top Commissions in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

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In the commercial real estate industry, you will get plenty of pressure from your clients and prospects to reduce your commission or service fee.  If you truly believe that your services are superior in your location and with your property types, then fee reduction is not an option.

Ask for the appropriate fee for services to be rendered.  Talk about the value that you provide to the client and their property challenge, and then wait for an answer.  Be prepared to walk away from a fee reduction request if it is unfair or too onerous.

Desperation is not a good look in commercial real estate nor should it be the basis of your commission or listing agreements.  If you truly believe that you are offering a top-quality service, then ask for the fair fee, and stick to your request.

One thing should be remembered here when thinking about listing fees and commissions.  The client needs your services to resolve their property challenge to get the best outcome achievable and to do so in a timely way.  If you sell your services through those two points of focus, the conversion of the listing at a fair commission is quite achievable.

 

Who Do You Work For?

You do not want to work for clients that are unrealistic, or not aligned to the property market situation today.  Local area investigations will show you and the client what the chances may be of getting property enquiry and inspections underway.

So, a focused listing approach and presentation process will help you achieve better outcomes with your clients and with your service commissions.  Try these ideas for starters:

  1. Show that you understand the facts. That then is those facts relating to the client and their property and its position in the location.  Inspect the property with the client to discuss presentational issues, strategies, improvements, and tactics.
  2. Define a clear target market. Every property will be suited to certain target markets.  The more direct that you are in defining that fact will then help with client engagement and decision making.
  3. Tell a few stories. Property stories always help with a client conversation and decisions required.  Choose the stories that are best suited to the property type and the challenges faced by the client in today’s terms. Show that client that you understand the solutions required.  Talk about how you will direct your efforts towards solutions.
  4. Choose the best method of sale (or lease). There are different ways to approach the marketing of any property.  Make your choices for the client and give them some alternatives to work with.  It is then easier for the client to decide what they are doing and why they should act in a way as part of moving on your recommendations.
  5. Give real strategy to your professional approach. Don’t be generic in your business approach to listing or selling a commercial property.  The ‘common’ approach to marketing and negotiation should only apply to ‘open listings’.
  6. Give timelines to the campaign and marketing process. There are many things to do in marketing a commercial, industrial, or retail property.  Show the clients the stages of your approach and how they are so relevant to moving things forward.  Put yourself in the equation of property marketing and negotiating.
  7. Seek exclusivity for work to be undertaken, as that is the only way you can devote the required time to the client and their property. Show the client why your exclusive listing processes are superior in resolving their challenge today.

 

If you follow these rules, it helps you convert listings and achieve better commissions.  Always document the sale or lease agreement comprehensively and legally, so you do not have to revisit the commission discussion again.  Simply put, get into the marketing of the property and resolving the client’s property targets and obstacles in a timely way.