A local tenants list will help your commercial real estate leasing business thrive. It is such a simple idea, and yet many leasing agents overlook the value and the creation of a leasing register for their territory and buildings.
Activate your leasing market with better tenants and landlords. Think about these questions relative to your location or allocated precinct of properties:
How many businesses are in the zone?
What do local businesses expect when it comes to leasing occupancy?
Who are the larger landlords for the location?
Why will tenants and landlords use your services in leasing?
What is the future of space supply in your zone?
How many older buildings do you have that need renovation or demolition?
What are the rents and the incentives today when it comes to new leases in modern premises?
These questions and the answers will help you move into productive tenant discussions through a canvassing activity. Make your canvassing calls every day to the tenants of the local area and in your priority buildings. Know what they are thinking and what they need to move to other properties. Understand why they may stay in their current premises. You can negotiate either way depending on who your client is in the leasing activity.
Leasing Questions that Get to the Facts
These are the questions that you need to address talking to tenants and in leasing property:
Where are they located? Understand the location from the tenant’s perspective. They may have transport requirements, a client base nearby, or some property use factors of a critical nature.
What is the type of building are they situated in now? Know the property in which they are located, and the services and amenities therein. If necessary, visit the building yourself and do some preliminary checking.
What are the types of improvements that they require? Understand the floor area, the floor plates, how a property or tenancy is used currently, and what could be the critical services of the building for a tenant in new occupancy decisions. Questions like security, car parking, client access, climate control, and signage rights can be examples of special requirements.
When does their lease expire? A simple date like this will allow you to predict leasing change and or a future negotiation opportunity.
Who is the decision maker in the business? There is always a series of managers in a company or corporation. The leasing research activity for a business is usually delegated to a junior manager to ‘gather the property market facts’. If you are working with a person of lower rank in the corporate or company chain, ask the questions and provide the answers that they need, however, selectively get to the real facts of the final property leasing decision. Who will be making that decision?
How involved are you with your database list currently?
How accurate is that list?
Are you building some pipeline of contact with all the people in your list?
The secret to finding and converting more commercial real estate tenants will always be in your canvassing and prospecting activities as a broker or an agent; those are the specific activities that you activate and deploy every day into the local business community and or the tenants in your location. Landlords and tenants will be critical to the growth requirements that you have in commercial real estate leasing. Grow your contact model, and grow your real estate business.
Consider these questions:
How many new tenants to contact each and every day?
Understanding your town or your city, and the local businesses to you connect with regularly each 90 days?
If you were to show the landlord your database to impress them as part of the property leasing presentation, how impressive with your database be, and would it attract the landlord to your services?
Ratios and Results
There is a ratio to know and respect here, particularly as part of this leasing and investment property process. The number of listings that you convert exclusively over time will be influenced greatly by the number of landlords that you know personally and connect with regularly. Focus on building trust and confidence with the landlords that you work for. Provide regular updates of the leasing market together with comments leading to market rentals, incentives, and lease strategies.
Audio Program about Tenant Attraction
In this audio program, john Highman shares some of the proven strategies and ideas that can help you find better quality tenants and better landlords to work for. Honing your prospecting activities with a bias towards quality and ongoing contact will always be a valuable strategy to deploy. Connect with the landlords and tenants using relevant local information and local market knowledge. Connect with landlords and tenants at least once every 90 days.
If you are working as an agent or broker on the leasing segment of the market, then look to the ways that you can improve results for the clients and the properties that you serve. A focus on ‘results’ allows you to convert more listings of better quality, and on an exclusive basis. You could say that ‘relevance’ is at the centre of all of that focus and conversion.
When you control the property market and your listings, you can build more momentum into your property efforts.
If you are perceived as the top agent for the location or property type, then ‘exclusive’ listing conversions will not be such a problem.
Create Your Opportunity this Way
Let’s drive some more opportunity your way. Answer this simple question. How can you bring better results to the clients that you serve in property leasing? That’s the question that you need to answer in a very visible way locally.
The tenants and landlords of the location should know you as the ‘go to person’ for resolving leasing challenges. Your leasing ‘visibility’ has to be specialized and locally driven. Here are some ideas to help you do that:
Finding more tenants – Get to know more tenants comprehensively. It is one thing to know who the tenants are in a location or building; it is another to know what they are thinking from an occupancy perspective. The best way to get to know tenants for a location is to concentrate in streets, properties, and business types. In that way you are not ‘shooting blind’. Specific tenant contact will help you with your conversions.
Improving market rents – Hopefully you know what rents are for a location and property type. Property age will have something to do with the rental levels, and market rent will be impacted by supply and demand for the location. So look at those things and determine how you can improve rents for the landlords that you act for. Merge those ‘income improvement’ statements into your listing or client presentation.
Strengthening investment performance – You can improve lease outcomes and results in an asset over time by creating a better lease document with better tenants. All of that will happen from the initial lease negotiation. Look at negotiation on the lease from your client’s perspective; drive that aspect forward. Look at the averages of rent for the property type, understand the asset in question, and build better landlord or tenant perspectives on why the property should be leased in today’s terms.
Shorter time on market – Vacancies cost money within the investment, so find ways to shorten the time on market. Asking rents will have something to do with that, but also will the factors of marketing, negotiation, and inspection. You can improve your professional processes in each of those 3 ways for the transactions you are working on and your clients. Create more inquiry per listing and seek to create better marketing outcomes for all of your exclusive listings. They are the properties that really matter, so shorten the time on market for your exclusive listings, and show your clients how you do that in a positive way.
Relevance is everything in commercial investment leasing. Create significance in your professional property services. Focus on results for your client.
When you lease a commercial or retail property today, it pays to set some rules to the process so you can correctly match the tenant to the property for the fullest of available advantages.
Investment property leasing is where all the important decisions are made to find the best tenants for the investment performance. Each tenant is different, each landlord can be quite special, and between both of those stakeholders you have a property and its occupancy opportunities.
Establish Your Commercial Property Leasing System
Are you ready to specialize in leasing and investment property performance?
Know who you are talking to and always get their contact details first – When an inquiry comes in from a tenant, ensure that you are talking to the right person who you believe is in control of the business. Before you disclose too much about the property, write down the important contact details of the person and the role that they play in property selections and choices. Don’t be too eager to talk about the property without the fullest of contact details from the person you are engaged with in conversation.
What do they really want in leasing new premises? – There will be a main motivator(s) behind a tenant in changing properties. Questions will always get you to a few important points to understand. Of the few factors of importance in finding new premises to lease, a couple of factors will be high on the tenant’s agenda. Get to those facts fast and directly. Delve into location issues, and then improvement requirements in any property to be leased.
What can they afford? – Is it a tenant’s market or a landlord’s market in your location currently? There are differences to watch for, and those differences will impact your negotiations with rents and lease terms. Some tenants have little understanding of the current property market conditions, and the same can be said for the landlords that you serve. Be prepared to quote real market evidence from recent lease deals to occupancy arrangements, lease negotiations and market rentals. Tell the tenants and landlords that you work for how they are positioned in the current property market and how realistic their expectations may be in changing property today.
What property improvements do they need? – Every business will have challenges of placement when it comes to fitting into a new property. Your job is to bring ends to meet together across the void of a leasing negotiation. Your client is the priority above everything else. What are the targets of your client in the lease negotiation?
Factors of supply and demand will impact your negotiation – Always track the vacancy factors in your location. Those vacancy factors will be impacted by supply and demand for the location and the property type. Higher vacancy factors push up lease incentives. A volatile leasing market will drive greater elements of risk for landlords, and that is where a tenant retention plan will help you with the overall income stability for your clients. Become a specialist in tenant retention, lease negotiation, tenant sourcing, and lease marketing. There are plenty of leasing advantages to be had from an active property market with tenants and landlords.
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