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Client Contact Management System for Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

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In your role as a broker or agent, your client contact model will be indispensable to your business growth plans.  Client and prospect contact is necessary and crucial to your attraction of listings and eventually the commissions that you require.

The primary focus of your business day should be to talk to the people that you know now, and those that could be clients over time.  There are no shortcuts to that requirement.  Conversations create leads and the interest of other people in your real estate services.

 

Smart Contact and List Building Ideas

So, I call these the ‘smart contact ideas’ for brokers and agents.  These are ways of connecting with people regularly and not being ‘excessive’ and overdone in your commercial real estate prospecting or client communication.

Help people to understand the property market; that is a good way of approaching contact and prospecting activity.  These are the ‘smart contact ideas’ that you could merge into your business model:

  1. Examples and Case Studies from property activity in the local area – a successful transaction is a good story to share. Providing you are not breaching any client confidentiality, a sale or lease transaction is worth talking about and communicating to other interested local people.  You can also do an article or press release and publish it on your blog, website, and or in the local newspapers.  You can add to those alternatives, your social media channels.  Spread the word about property activity; show the people in the property market that you have plenty of coverage and activity now with good quality listings.
  2. Listings in the zone or precinct – break your local area and your listings down into groupings so you can look at the momentum with inspections, enquiries, and marketing choices. Local listings will be attractive and interesting to investors or other business leaders.  Share the information about the properties on the market now.
  3. Review of supply and demand for buildings and land – as the local economy changes, there will be requirements for land and developments. What is happening with land supply that could impact future construction and the availability of quality buildings?  Look for the land and consider the zoning issues that will strengthen or weaken property construction and supply.  Talk about the supply trends of local property.
  4. Changes to cap rates and yields – some towns or cities are ‘better performers’ when it comes the cap rates and yields on a commercial and or retail property. There will be ‘averages’ to look for when it comes to the sale and leasing of investment properties.  Most properties will have factors of attraction and some weaknesses when it comes to investment.  What are the indicators that apply now to purchase and ownership of local investment property?  What could a property owner expect from the purchase of a property and its retention for several years?

So, these are valuable things to talk to your clients and prospects about as you connect in regular ongoing ways.  Provide locally based sales and leasing information comprehensively; that is the foundation of client contact and professional services as a broker or agent.

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Checklist for Developing a Mailing List in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

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We all have a database of some form or another if we work successfully in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage.  The key to the process is that the list we create is up to date and is comprehensively used in client and prospect contact.  So how do we use that list?  Here are some ideas:

  • Direct mailings
  • Email contact
  • Cold calls
  • Brochures
  • Letters of a marketing nature
  • Regular contact with property updates

If you are struggling with your property market commissions and or your listing activity, have a good look at your database of people and fully review what you are doing with it.

Look at the key issues of:

  • Filling the list with new people every day
  • Connecting with the people in your list now
  • Providing real value in your client communication
  • Being relevant in your contact processes
  • Staying in contact for the longer term

Having worked with a number of brokerage teams over the years, I know that the previous points are ‘struggle factors’ for some.  That being said, I have put my comments in this audio program that I know can help most brokers and agents with client and prospect contact.  They work for me, and I know those points can work for you. (NB -if you are struggling with team performance in brokerage, you can get more facts in Snapshot right here – its free)

Here are the mailing list ideas:

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Things to Do in Matching Commercial Real Estate Clients to Properties

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In commercial real estate brokerage, you should be looking for the ways that you can match your VIP clients into the right listings and property situations.  There will always be a good group of your clients looking for more investments or a portfolio change.  (NB – you can get our free commercial real estate training right here)

So what can you do with this?

When you know lots of local people, you will find those key clients that you can work with in a productive way.  You can move those clients across sales, leasing, and property management activity.

Understanding the clients situation is at the center of all of this.  If you are connecting with your clients regularly, there will be things that you can help with.

In this audio based coaching session, John Highman, Commercial Real Estate Coach, talks about the ways that you can match your clients into the opportunities that you know about.

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

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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:

 

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The Core Principles of Lead Generation in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

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You can create plenty of leads in commercial real estate brokerage.

In commercial real estate leasing, there are plenty of lead generation opportunities to be had when it comes to tenant placement and leasing activity.  In any town or city at any time, there are usually plenty of tenants looking to move for a number of different reasons.

Your job is to locate those tenants at the earliest possible time before they consider moving and changing premises.  The relationships that you strike with tenants locally will help you grow leasing activity and opportunity.

There are two sides to the levels of new business that you create as a property leasing specialist.  Firstly you should be working with landlords helping them with vacancy problems and tenant mix strategies.  That in itself is quite specialised process.  Secondly you should be working with local businesses and tenants to help them relocate at the right time as part of their business activities and growth strategies.

What’s it all about?

So the message here is that you should be focusing on lead generation with both landlords and tenants.  Separate strategies are required.  You should be connecting with these two groups in a regular and ongoing way.  That is why your database and your prospecting activities are fundamentally important to lead generation in commercial property leasing.  Tenants and landlords should be segmented within your database, and relationships should be growing with each qualified lead or prospect.

Specialist leasing services for a location and property type are always in demand.  Consider your answers to these questions:

  • What is your specialist service?
  • What values and opportunities do you bring to the landlords and tenants that you serve?
  • How can you improve your professional service offering to both landlords and tenants?
  • Why are you the leasing expert for the area and the location?
  • How can you market vacant premises more directly and effectively?

An important factor to remember?

It is an interesting fact that your database and the people within it are perhaps the most important factors of leverage that you can apply to the lease negotiation process.  If you are growing your database daily and regularly, the landlords and the tenants within your list will allow you to quote any property, vacant premises, or a new leasing opportunity quickly and directly.

If you are struggling in the property market now with leasing activity, take a serious look at your database and start to improve it and grow it through regular contact with new people.

When you know lots of people, you can create leasing churn and activity.  Here are some ideas to help you improve your listing conversions and leasing results:

  1. CONTACT SYSTEMS: Keep in contact with all local businesses. You will find that businesses are moving and changing premises for many different reasons.  Make sure that they remember you at the right time when it comes to changing location.
  2. QUALITY CONTACTS: Network the tenants in high quality buildings. The tenants in high quality buildings are generally those businesses that can afford better quality occupancy and longer term leases.  The commission you achieve from such a high quality property leasing transaction will generally be higher per unit of space under lease.  Many corporate tenants today require the services of a tenant advocate to help them find new premises and other properties.  You can offer comprehensive and specialised tenant advocacy services.
  3. LOOK FOR CHANGE: Look for tenants moving premises or those that are under some form of business pressure. When you canvass through an area or a location, look for the signs of change. You will see some businesses that are under pressure to relocate.  Levels of stock, lack of parking space, lack of storage, and growth of business activities are all signs of a tenant or a local business needing help.
  4. SERVICE OFFERING: Establish some comprehensive tenant placement services. As mentioned before, tenant advocacy can be part of the services that you offer.  In other words you will be locating a tenant into a new property.  In that case the tenant will be paying your commission and they will be your client for the purposes of the transaction.  The larger corporate tenants are generally quite comfortable in seeking out and using the services of a specialised tenant advocate.  They are also prepared to pay the necessary fees for service.
  5. FRANCHISE BUSINESSES: Establish contact with local franchise businesses. Many franchise business models focus on factors of location first and foremost.  They generally need to locate a new franchise business into a zone or precinct after they have undertaken the necessary market research and study.  Make direct contact with local franchise businesses to understand the preferred business locations and lease circumstances that they prefer.  They may also share with you the terms and conditions of the typical franchise agreement at they use.  The franchise agreement will need to be integrated into the lease terms and conditions that you may negotiate.

So there are some things that you can do here when it comes to lead generation in commercial real estate leasing.  Understand the differences between landlord activity and tenant activity.  You can offer specialised services in each case.

You can get plenty more lead generation tips and ideas in our eCourse right here.