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Exclusive Listing Tips for Commercial Realtors and Agents

 

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Exclusive listings are always better listing stock

 

In commercial real estate, there is a lot of difference between the servicing requirements behind exclusive listings versus open listings.  Any open listing situation is virtually an experiment on the part of the client and they will have minimal commitment to you as the salesperson or agent helping them.  The client will generally be listening to many agents and trusting none.

So it is the exclusive listings that will bring us better quality stock and trusting clients.  That being said, it is important that we give our clients reasons to choose the exclusive listing method of sale or lease.  As part of the sales presentation or pitch process, you should have some solid reasons to recommend an exclusive listing process with your agency. Why are you better than other agents?

Many agents will choose or recommend the exclusive listing method to the client, and then make some fairly generic statements regards the reasons to choose an exclusive listing process with their agency.  Just about every experienced property investor has heard a variation of the following:

  • We know the local area very well.
  • We have sold or leased a lot of property recently.
  • We have been in the area a long time.
  • We are the best agent in the local area to sell or lease this property.
  • We have the property knowledge to do the job for you.
  • We have good people in your agency that will move the property for you.
  • We have relationships with the other agencies across the country and they will also market your property.
  • We will market the property and our cost.
  • We will fully target your requirements of price range and timing.
  • We will lower the commission because you are a good client.
  • I will keep you fully informed.
  • We are the best agency to sell this property for you.

None of this will make an impact on an experienced property owner or business proprietor.  The listing decision will be made on your relevance to help them and the confidence that you give them.

It is quite disturbing when you look at this list to understand how generically similar a lot of agents and salespeople are when they do their sales pitch.  Top agents will go a lot further than the generic sales pitch approach.  Top agents will drill down into the matters that really count regards the property and its position in the local area.  They will also come up with very specific strategies to market, inspect, and negotiate the single listing.  Clients really do know when they are dealing with top agents.

So here are some tips to help you service your exclusive listing clients.

  1. Tell them how you will be marketing the property and show them some solid examples of that process.  Give them some choices in the marketing approach whilst still making your recommendations.
  2. Take the client to the property and walk them through the inspection process as you see it, explaining how you will build on the features of the property and the improvements.
  3. In each week of the exclusive listing marketing campaign, you will need to be connecting with the client with a updates regards inspections and enquiry.  The client should be spoken to at least every two days throughout the entire listing agency period.  If nothing has occurred from any part of the planned marketing activity, it is still important that the client knows that.  Lack of information will turn them against you and make any future negotiations difficult.
  4. When an inspection has occurred with the property, direct feedback should be given to the client.  This third party feedback will be valuable in helping you condition the client to the prevailing market conditions.

Clients are always important to a commercial real estate agent.  In times of a slower property market, is imperative that we provide high levels of interaction and service at all times.  In this way you will achieve better results with all of your listings, and the chance for referral business at a later time.

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Commercial Real Estate Job Specifications Work Well

  If you work in commercial real estate sales and leasing, get a good job specification and stick to it.  Here are some ideas as to why this works in a sales career.

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How to Win Your Sales Presentation and Make It Really Great

How can you close more property presentations and sales pitches? The pitches that we do as real estate agents in the one transaction are numerous. Think about these to name a few:

  • Pitch to get a meeting with the property owner
  • Pitch to get a listing opportunity
  • Negotiate on the listing creation
  • Sell the advertising package
  • Attract the right enquiry
  • Present the property to the buyer
  • Negotiate and close on the buyers offer
  • Negotiate with the seller regards the offer from the buyer

One of the real secrets in pitching your services or offering is to help put the client or other party in some degree of perceived control. In simple terms you give the client some options to consider around the key decision. When the client has options, they do not feel like they are being closed. The key decision becomes simpler and easier. I call this the ‘Option factor’.

The nature of the human mind and psyche is that it does not want to be forced or manipulated. You can use this ‘Option factor’ as a tool of negotiation in commercial real estate sales and leasing.

You can get more free tips and articles online for real estate agents at http://www.commercial-realestate-training.com/

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Build Your Commercial Property Market and Sales Territory

When you work in commercial real estate sales and leasing, the territory dominance that you achieve is largely created by your own personal endeavours.

There are far too many ordinary salespeople out there today. When the property owner wants to sell or lease their property they really do need the agent with territory dominance. That is the agent that knows:

  • Where the enquiry is coming from
  • What the enquiry is looking for
  • The limitations on finance in the local market
  • The marketing campaigns that really work
  • What deals are being done and on what basis
  • How to draw in the right target market for the property.
  • When to close in on a genuine enquiry from a buyer or tenant
  • Has the majority of quality property listed in the local area

Whilst every agent should know and provide these things, the reality is that many do not do well on the performance specifics.

Looking at these simple issues, they are all related to things that you as the real estate agent can and should take to the seller or property owner as part of the sale or leasing campaign. This is where value and service stands alone as the best way to attract the client to your specific property solutions. Market and territory dominance supported by knowledge and experience will help you attract more quality listings.

You can see more of my free tips and articles for real estate agents at http://www.commercial-realestate-training.com/

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Talk About Commercial Property and Its Liquidity

When working as a commercial real estate agent you will see many types of property in many situations and levels of quality. When it comes to selling the property, there is a factor known as the ‘liquidity factor’, and it will impact the sale and price outcome. In simple terms the ‘liquidity factor’ is the time it can take to sell the property.

By comparison to other types of investment, commercial property has a high liquidity factor as it takes time to sell it; usually days or weeks. The share market as an investment type is just the opposite with a low liquidity factor, as shares can be sold almost within the hour. People choose to invest in commercial property as it is relatively stable and less volatile than shares. There is however the liquidity factor to contend with when it comes to property sale time.

It pays to take the seller of the property through the liquidity discussion so the right choices are made when you take the property to the market for sale.

Essentially the ‘liquidity factor’ is all about the time the property will take to sell. It is driven by things such as these:

  1. Location of the property
  2. Tenant mix
  3. Anchor tenants
  4. Size of the property
  5. Amount of money required to purchase the property
  6. Lease profiles and documentation
  7. The age of the property in the local area
  8. Changes to the population locally
  9. Changes to the business sentiment locally
  10. Methods of sale to be adopted
  11. Identity of the property in the local area
  12. Price pressures locally
  13. Comparable or competing properties in the local area

All of these factors will have positives and negatives when it comes to the time of sale. Importantly it is up to you as the real estate agent to help the seller understand the ‘liquidity’ of the property and how it will impact the choices of property sale.

You can get other free tips and resources for real estate agents at http://www.commercial-realestate-training.com/