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:

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.

You can get the audio program right here:

The Many Direct Benefits of Cold Calling in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

When you really understand the commercial real estate market and the brokerage activities in your location, you will fully appreciate that you should be talking to lots of local people in a regular and ongoing way.   The database that you create from the people that you know and talk to regularly will be your pipeline of new business in so many different ways.  (NB – You can get our free commercial real estate course right here)

Whilst some listings will come to you because of the brokerage that you work for, most of the high quality listings will be a direct result of your personal effort and ongoing contact with property owners, investors, and business leaders. 

In those 3 categories of people you will find commissions, listings, and a good degree of property pain.  So how do you get this important business activity underway?  You make lots of cold calls in a regular and ongoing way.

Cold Calling Benefits

The principle and main benefits of cold calling can be best described in this way:

  1. Building you personal profile
  2. Finding new people that need property help locally
  3. Tracking property changes locally
  4. Finding new listings
  5. Keeping up to date with market trends

All of these things fit quite specifically into the business of commercial real estate brokerage.  If you are looking to improve your career in commercial real estate, then look to the strategies and skills in cold calling.  Learn how to make more professional business calls every day in a relevant and logical way across property and business segments in your town or city.

In this audio program, John Highman talks about the real benefits of cold calling and why you could consider it as an important part of your real estate model.

Learn the real and relevant skills behind making more prospecting calls in a positive way each and every working day.

 

 

How to Get a Prospecting Pipeline Established in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

When you start a career in commercial real estate brokerage, your new business or prospecting pipeline should be established quickly and comprehensively.  Its a personal thing that you cannot delegate.  (NB you can get our prospecting training in commercial real estate here)

What you are wanting to do here is drive new leads and opportunities your way so that you can establish a good list of clients and property opportunities.  That’s how the industry works.

Think about your client list right now. Here are some simple questions:

  • Could it be better?
  • Have you prioritized ongoing contact with key people into the future?
  • Have you segmented your VIP clients from everyone else?
  • Do you know where your next listings will be coming from?

So these are the questions that will have positive answers if you build a prospecting pipeline at a personal level in your real estate business.

In this audio program, John Highman, Commercial Real Estate Coach, talks about how you can build a good prospecting model that can work for your real estate business in a positive way.

You can listen or download the file here:

 

7 Interesting Ways to Jump Start Your Commercial Real Estate Career

When you start your career in commercial real estate brokerage, don’t take too long to understand the value of client contact and prospecting. If you want to jump-start your career and grow your market share quickly, you will need to know the local people comprehensively and thoroughly.  That process should start immediately.  Master the process and get it underway.

Practice will help you through the issues and struggles.  Practice every day.  Good brokers do exactly that.

So what can you chase and work on?

Many of the property investors and the business owners that we consider as clients need help throughout the year as the property market changes. That help could be in commercial sales, leasing, purchasing, or property performance. The strength of your knowledge and skills across those issues will help you connect with those clients with relevance at the right time and offer the best levels of service.  Know how to talk across those matters in a real and significant way.

Here are some specific ideas to help you kick-start your career and fast track the results that you are seeking:

  1. Get out of the office every day – when you get out into your territory or designated property precincts, you will see issues of change and opportunity. Spend at least half a day out of the office talking to people in your territory. Conversations are critical to finding the leads and opportunities that exist. Become very familiar with your territory and precinct at a property and personal level.
  2. Street by street coverage – get some maps of the area so that you can track your activities on a Street by Street basis. As you move through the streets, identify the buildings and the businesses. Put that information into your database for later resolve and research.
  3. Business by business coverage – in considering your local area, there will be plenty of businesses that you can talk to over time, and on that basis organization at a personal level will be required. Talk to the business leaders in each case through a simple cold calling and door knocking process. Those business leaders will know more about the location than you do. They can also introduce you to the leads and the opportunities that they know are about to happen.
  4. Leasing segments – tenants and landlord services will shift and change throughout the year as the supply and demand factors similarly change in the location. Business sentiment will be the primary catalyst to tenancy relocations and occupancy retention. Keep talking to the tenants, and you will then help your landlords retain or find the best tenants for the occupancy requirement.
  5. Sales momentum – seller and buyer services are a special part of the industry. There will always be good investors looking for new investment stock.  Devote some of your prospecting efforts into investment stock.  Find the investors looking to change portfolio and property focus.
  6. Simple conversations – as you go about your business day in your territory or precinct, create conversations with the ‘locals’. Make friends and strike new business acquaintances.  Our business is not that complicated, but it is largely based on personal contact.  Get to know more new people every day.
  7. Marketing online – it is interesting to note that most agents and brokers are very ordinary in their personal online efforts. You can turn that weakness in your competitors into a massive online momentum for you and your business.  Understand the best ways to use social media with due regard for market updates and useful local area information.  The search engines are attracted to information that has been carefully prepared for the local area with due regard for keywords.  Your business profile online should be driven into keywords and market segments.  That will help your online profile.  Don’t confuse your online messages with too many keywords.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

Developing a Real Passion for Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

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.

Note: You can get our free commercial real estate course for brokers and agents right here.

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.

Making The Best of Your Time in Commercial Real Estate

Time is one of the most valuable resources that you have in commercial real estate brokerage. The way that you use your time will impact the results that you seek with clients, listings, inspections, and commissions.

You can get more tips for brokers in our free email course.

Consider the events of the last week in your diary.

  • Could you have approach things more effectively?
  • Are there times where you could have focused your energy in different directions for better results?

Of course the answers to these questions are an affirmative yes in every respect. In hindsight we can all improve our results and our effectiveness in property brokerage. The trick here is to build that strategy into each and every working day.

Don’t waste your time on the things that really don’t matter. Understand your priorities as a broker or an agent. Get things done specifically and directly with a focus on new business and commissions.

Here is an audio recording by John Highman focusing on the importance of time management and task management in commercial real estate brokerage today.