The Secrets to Finding More Commercial Real Estate Tenants

If you work in commercial real estate leasing, it will be critical if not essential that you know plenty of tenants in your location. Look at your database now, and understand the relevance of that list to your prospecting and commission activities. (NB – you can get plenty of commercial real estate leasing ideas in our free Snapshot program here)

  • 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?

 

Contact Activities

 

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.

 

Here is the audio program:

 

Commercial Realtors – Leasing Opportunities with Franchise Tenants

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Franchise tenants can work well in your tenant mix in a retail shopping centre.

In commercial and retail real estate today, there is a significant shift in leasing to franchise tenants in the tenant mix.  The reason being, that franchise groups bring a brand name and a business model to any vacant area in a property.

Not all franchise tenants are the right choice for a commercial or retail property.  Due regard should be given to the existing mix of tenants and just how the franchise tenant will integrate into the overall property.  Some of these franchise tenants can create extra demand on the property such as:

  • Security
  • Access to the premises
  • Rubbish and waste disposal
  • Car parking
  • Customer access
  • Hours of operation
  • Marketing and display of signage, etc.

So a lease for a franchise tenant should be carefully considered and negotiated.  That being said, many franchise tenants will have their own lease to submit to the landlord of a property.  Whilst that is convenient, the landlord should carefully consider the differences between the franchise tenant lease and the standard lease for the property.  In most cases the lease provided by a franchise tenant focuses on just one thing; the running of the franchise business.

Here are some tips for negotiating leases with franchise tenants today:

  1. Meet the tenant on site and walk through the factors of occupancy that are critical to the operation of their franchise business.
  2. Understand that the franchise business will have a business agreement that will need to integrate with the duration of the lease of the property.  Some landlord flexibility may be required to make that match.
  3. Ask questions about special occupancy needs such as grease traps, air conditioning, cleaning, refuse, and customer involvement.  If there is a cost to be considered, ask about who pays.
  4. The make good provisions at the end of the lease will always be important.  The landlord requires clean and reinstated premises.
  5. Understand just how the tenant will be integrating their marketing into the property and what signage they will require for the process.  They will need to position signage where consistent branding messages are conveyed to the customers and passing traffic.
  6. If the tenant operates outside of standard property hours of operation, it will be necessary to consider the costs that occur as part of that process.  The costs should be directed to the tenant to pay as part of the lease structure.
  7. As to who will be the lessee in the property will be a valid and important question.  Normally the franchise group does not want to lease a tenancy space unless it is of prime importance to their business model and operation. That is why they only directly lease the prime locations.

A franchise type tenant is a good tenant; they just need extra attention to ensure that the lease in the property works for both parties.

Asking questions in the lease negotiation will always help with the future occupancy for both parties.  Look for any issues of challenge and deal with them upfront.