Commercial Real Estate Brokerage – 5 Key Secrets to Career Growth

If you are to get anywhere in commercial real estate brokerage, there are some things that you should understand.  Systems and skills can fast track a career. (NB – you can get plenty of commercial real estate systems and skills in our Snapshot program right here)

Given that the industry can be so competitive, actions and points of focus for each agent or broker can be tuned to a process and results can be tracked.  Know your market, do your research, and then take reliable and regular steps forward with listings and clients.

Career Focus Points on MP3 Audio

In this audio program, John Highman talks about some of the simple and yet highly effective skills that help build a career in commercial real estate faster.  You can listen to or download the audio program right here:

Three Sales Tips that Work in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

Commercial property sales and investment sales will always be the ‘big money earner’ in the industry.  Leasing and property management activities can always lead back to sales opportunities if you work the relationships generated and the people.

In this audio program, John Highman talks about three important processes as part of commercial real estate sales.  Listen to the program and consider how you are doing those three things now.

Consistency and professionalism will help you build your real estate business with the opportunities that are available in your town or city.

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Commercial Property Management Skills Start Here

In commercial property management today there are plenty of things that you can do to differentiate yourself from your competitors. Make no mistake, managing a commercial or retail property can be quite a challenging process. (NB – you can get plenty of commercial property management skills and ideas in our Snapshot program right here – its free)

Real skills are required and special people should be dedicated to the process of providing specialised services to investors and company owners.

In this audio program, John Highman talks about the special and unique skills required to manage a commercial or retail property today. Learn how to grow your brokerage business from a base of management activity and property management clients.

 

Property Facts and Controls

 

When you completely understand the strategies behind property management, you can develop special services across asset performance including the following:

– tenant retention
– income enhancement
– lease negotiation
– expenditure management
– net income generation and cash flow control
– lease administration
– maintenance management
– risk minimization
– renovation and refurbishment activities
– vacancy minimization

So there are many concepts and strategies within this list. If you take each individual concept, there are many specialised services that can be provided to your clients and customers.

In this audio program, John Highman talks about the importance of commercial and retail property management in brokerage performance today. Learn how to improve your brokerage business and the future commission opportunities available in your town or city.

Simple Ways of Automating Cold Calling in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

If you want to get anywhere in commercial real estate brokerage, you really do need to understand the elements of cold calling and the importance of the process as part of your prospecting model. (Note – you can get plenty of tips tools and ideas relating to cold call prospecting as part of our snapshot program right here, – it’s free)

There are things to practice and things to learn. Don’t put off the process of cold calling for too long, develop the practice that you require to generate conversations with new people in your territory or client list.

 

Factors to Learn

 

In this audio program, John Highman talks about the factors of cold calling that are important to converting listing opportunity today. It doesn’t matter with you work in sales, leasing, or property management. Calls need to be made to new people on a regular daily basis. In fact, cold calling should feature in your diary as part of your brokerage activities. It should be a priority process each and every working day.

 

Real Strategies

 

Learn the strategies behind cold calling and prospecting as a broker or an agent. Develop the skills required to connect with new people each and every working day. It doesn’t take too long to find the opportunities that you are looking for with listings and clients.

You can get the audio program right here below:

Commercial Property Management – Presentation and Pitch Ideas for a New Engagement

The process of commercial property management is quite special and unique when compared to sales and leasing activity. For that reason the people appointed to the task or property management should be carefully selected as to property knowledge and investment awareness. (Note – you can get plenty of property management tips and ideas in our Snapshot program right here)

There are many different strategies to consider when it comes to pitching for a new commercial property management. In this audio program, John Highman talks about the particular elements of a property management presentation that will be of relevance to most clients today.

Listen to the audio program and develop some specific ideas to modify your property presentation and management ideas. Don’t forget to talk about income enhancement, tenant mix changes, property controls, and risk reduction.

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The Prospecting Toolbox to Improve Commercial Real Estate Broker Commissions

Every broker and agent working in commercial real estate wants to earn better commissions.  It is a logical process; that being said, the commissions that you achieve can be strengthened by your prospecting model. (NB – you can get more commission tips in our free Snapshot Course right here)

In this audio program, John Highman talks about the different ways of prospecting and how commissions can be improved when you get your new business focus refined and tuned to particular properties and clients.

Learn about the challenges and the opportunities with:

  • Clients as Investors, Business Owners, and Developers
  • Particular properties
  • Certain locations
  • Better buildings

In simple terms you can improve your real estate business.

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The Things I Have Learned About Clients in Commercial Real Estate

Over many years, I have worked for and with many commercial real estate customers.  In saying that, the variation of customer focus and interaction was sometimes large, unexpected, and challenging.  (NB – you can get plenty of commercial real estate tips here in our Snapshot program)

Not all clients and prospects are ‘equal,’ and should be respected for the individuals that they are and the property ‘challenges’ that they face.  The fees that you set for working with some of these ‘high end’ clients on a complex project or property challenge should be well considered based on your predictable time and effort.

Understand them first and foremost

The message to remember with some if not all clients and prospects is in the need to get to know them comprehensively first and foremost; that is in their thinking, targets, challenges, and investment goals.  You can only provide ‘help’ when you understand the ‘big picture.’

Look for the patterns and strategies that you can provide help with.  Only offer the client your fullest services and commitment when you fully understand what they are doing, what they are facing, and what they are looking for in solutions.

High value clients

Some clients are better than others from a ‘value’ perspective to you.  Have you set your ‘value’ criteria?  Try some of these for starters:

  • Repeat business over time
  • Property portfolio by size, location, and type
  • Services variation (sales, leasing, and asset management)
  • Commissions by amount and frequency
  • Referral opportunity from friends and acquaintances

In looking at the list, it is easy to see how some clients will be higher ‘ranking’ than others.  Categorize the people that you know now, and can connect with.  Communicate with ‘locals’ for the ‘right reasons.’  Focus your prospecting and communication efforts into the best individuals in a location.

So, where can you start with all this?

Look at your database of clients and prospects, and then split that list into VIP’s and ‘others’.  Most of your prospecting and new business efforts should focus into the VIP’s in your client or contact list.  When you know the value that these people can bring you, then you can know what to do in communication and connection.

Here are some facts about clients in commercial real estate brokerage today:

  1. They are always out there looking for properties to act on. If you have a good selection of high-quality exclusive listings, you will find other ‘high quality’ investors approaching you about listing information and inspections.  The ‘quality’ rule is easy to follow and understand.
  2. They require market evidence. Keep abreast of local property trends and changes so that you can use them in an informational and relevant way.  You should capture the facts of the larger deals in sales and leasing so you can use those points in your client conversations, presentations, and listing pitches.  Market evidence is hard to refute or dispute.
  3. They like to work with ‘specialists.’ Most clients like to work with the established and active property experts for a location.  Real estate is not an ‘experiment’; put yourself into a ‘specialization’ category and help your clients and prospects understand that fact.
  4. They know what they are doing when it comes to local property.  So, take your time in helping them, and show them respect as you move through their asset challenges and known issues. Seek to understand them first before you pitch your ideas and strategies.
  5. They will generally listen to logic. When you work from a basis of local market evidence, the clients and prospects will listen.  Have some visual and informational tools to use in the customer conversation or meeting process.
  6. They like to have a ‘win’ with a listing, negotiation, or inspection. Some negotiations can be lengthy and complicated.  Let your clients feel as though they are in control as you move them ahead, and that they are at the ‘winning’ end of the equation.  A small ‘win’ will usually be a valuable tool to closing off on a negotiation or transaction.  In saying all of this, remember who your client is in the transaction, and help them move on the right opportunity.

Property clients are at the center of everything we do in commercial real estate brokerage.  Market yourself, your knowledge, relevance, and skills into your customer list.  That is how things work in commercial property today.