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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 Build a Network of Commercial Property Investor Clients Faster

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Local property investors will and should be an important part of your real estate business in commercial and or retail property.  The important thing here is that you are building your network of investors in a constant and relevant ongoing way.

(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)

 

Know the uniqueness of investors

Commercial and retail property investors are unique when compared to those others investing in residential property.  Commercial and retail owners have challenges and opportunities arising in property ownership and development; they work from a base of logic and opportunity.  Tenants, market conditions, and rentals are quite volatile and can disrupt property cash flow; I call it the ‘disruption factor’.   You can control those things.

 

What do they know and want?

Investors shift and change assets based on the market conditions and how they are placed in that from an asset perspective.  Get to know your clients and their assets from a strengths and weaknesses perspective.  It’s really important when you are looking for listings and commissions.

So how can you work with this ‘disruption’ factor in a positive way?  You can be the solution provider, by staying ahead of rentals and occupancy issues locally.  Your database of businesses, tenants, and property owners will help greatly with that.

 

Your database and client list

Look at your database now.  How comprehensive is it?  More importantly, how up to date is the information and contact detail in it?  Put your database at the center of your real estate business, and you will then find leads and opportunities to act in sales, leasing, and property development.

 

Fast formula for investor services

So how can you build a local network of investors and then keep them as property clients for the long term?  There is a fast formula here to create.  Think about these things:

 

  1. Market rental updates – Rental changes will happen in precincts, property types, and particular buildings. Stay ahead of those rental changes and chart the gross and net rents for the asset classes.
  2. Supply and demand assessments of the local area – Why are businesses and people moving in and out of an area when it comes to business operations? Look at the historic supply of land and property, and then do some projections in looking at the next 5 years.  There will be some property redundancies and new developments to work with if you delve deeply enough.  Research your property market comprehensively for both supply and demand and tell your clients what is expected to happen locally.
  3. Regional zoning changes – Pressures of the community, the environment, and local business growth will create situations of zoning change. Roads and local transport activity will also create that change.  Stay ahead of zoning activity at the local property planning authority.  A simple zoning change will likely create business movement.  Look at that factor for listing and commission development.  Get copies of the local zoning maps so you can see what property changes are possible in locations.  Show your clients the local zoning maps and keep them appraised of what developments are coming up on the ‘investment horizon’.
  4. Tenant movements in and from local buildings – When you know the tenants that are moving locally, you are of real value to the property investors that you serve. Market your professional services on the basis of tenant movement and coverage.

 

All of this says that you should have a precinct focus for new business and investment service.   Don’t spread yourself too far as a property expert; you simply cannot cover every location and property type and then be aware of what is happening in rents, sales, and the supply and demand for the zone.

Be the specialist for the location, and on that basis you will be far more useful to the investors that you serve.  It’s not ‘rocket science’.  Keep things simple in commercial real estate brokerage and understand how you can serve the investors locally.

(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)

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Checklist for Creating Clients for Life in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

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Make your client list a personal process.

In commercial real estate brokerage, the clients that you convert and work with can give you plenty of property business over time.  Get into your database and split it up into client categories, zones, property types, and budgets.  Update all of the contacts in your database and reconnect with the best people.

(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)

Look for the quality clients that you can work with productively and exclusively over time. They will be your VIP’s when it comes to contact and service.

Understand how you can add value to their property situation and exactly when they should need that special help in solving an investment or property occupancy challenge. Refine your services accordingly.  You are (or should be) the expert so build your brand with your clients accordingly.

Quality clients are good business

So your good clients should be with you for the life of your real estate business. If you like, that by definition is the window of your professional career. Over time your real estate business then gets easier and more consolidated; that consolidation comes from the quality of your client connections. How can you do that?

Do you have some good clients now or some targeted clients that offer more property related opportunity to you? Think about these things:

  1. Industry updates – Think about your location and explore the things that are happening. Visit the local planning office to see what new developments are coming up. From the list of upcoming development applications, you may be able to write or talk about precinct enhancements and changes.
  2. Market coverage – Most clients like to know that they are working with an agent or broker that really controls the market for the location. Specialization will help you do that. Drill down into a segment such as offices, bulky goods warehousing, investment performance, shopping center leasing, and then look at your opportunities in each. Write articles and editorials about the specialty segments. Share those articles and information editorials into your social media channels.
  3. Use Social Media with focus – Most agents and brokers don’t use social media very well at all. They simply do not lift their social media profiles enough using relevant and high quality comments and content. Consider how you can be of value to your clients and prospects. What do they want to know about? What are their local property interests? From those 2 questions you can write specific articles, share statistics, create charts, and take photographs. The increase of electronic media tools gives you a lot of alternatives to work with.
  4. Treat your VIPs differently – When you know that a client or prospect is of importance to you, consider how you will interact with them over time. Be personal, relevant, and real in how you contact people and talk to them. Ultimately you want your VIP clients to remember you as they get to the next property challenge. It is a simple recipe to remember and market your skills and knowledge with.
  5. Seek referrals and contact people often – At a basic minimum, contact all of your clients and prospects frequently. That will usually be once every month, or any period up to 90 days. After 90 days the client and prospect contact process is less meaningful. Build a contact process into your database that sets the right client momentum and awareness through personal contact.

Put clients at the center of your commercial real estate business. Create relationships with your top clients that will extend for the duration of your professional career in property.

(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)

 

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Commercial Real Estate Brokerage – Appointments in Huge Capacity

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Create more appointments and meetings faster.

In commercial real estate brokerage, you will need a good selection of ongoing appointments and meetings locally to allow you to build market share, your client list, and commission opportunities.

(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)

Those special and ongoing appointments will only come to you through your direct prospecting efforts and new business focus. Don’t let a day pass without a deliberate and direct focus into new business opportunity.

There is one fact to remember here as you strive to improve your commercial real estate career. Our industry is usually based on local personal contact and individual trust. That is why meetings and appointments are so important.

So what about luck?

Certainly there will be a degree of luck helping you gain some market traction and listing opportunity, but most of the quality new business that you create will come to you through deliberate prospecting and client contact over time. There is really no other consistently good way to grow your real estate business comprehensively and directly.

Make quality choices

So you have some choices to make here. You can move through the industry slowly, or you can take the fast track to grow your leads and client list. If the fast track is for you, then consider the following facts and strategies:

  1. Exactly how can you reach out to new people in an ongoing and relevant way? The message here is that you cannot and should not be average when it comes to your prospecting and client communications.
  2. You will need some local market information and research to support your prospecting activities. In every connection and communication, provide that local market information professionally and specifically to the right people. Vary your market information presentation strategies using graphs, charts, statistics, photographs, and case studies. Allow those specific marketing tools to support your professional skills.
  3. What types of clients and prospects should you focus on? Always bias your prospecting efforts towards quality; the definition of quality would relate to specific buildings, specific clients, particular property precincts, and certain local businesses. Within your client and prospecting list, you should have a select group of VIP people that you will be connecting with more frequently and more directly. Action your contact into that list.
  4. Remember the opportunities evolving from asking the referral question. As part of every client and prospecting meeting, ask for existing and future referrals hence providing links to other people that may have a property interest. Some of your clients and prospects will know a number of other property people from the location. Ask the right questions relating to referrals at the right time in every meeting and in every client relationship.
  5. Remember the two sides of the property market and most particularly the property owners and the local businesses. You will get plenty of new business opportunity from both segments providing your prospecting model is adjusted accordingly. There are variations of new business that can be created from both property owners and business proprietors. Are you prepared to market yourself comprehensively into each group? How would you do that?
  6. What are your services? Typically, you can provide specialized brokerage services such as a seller’s agent, a buyer’s agent, a tenancy advocate, or investment specialist. In each case you will need a deliberate marketing approach and focus. You also need specific and supporting market information to help you penetrate the market.

So there are some good things that you can do here to create more appointments locally as a property specialist. Every day should be a special day when it comes to generating new appointments with new people. Start the day with a prospecting approach to new people.

(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)