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How to Know Exactly Where You Stand in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

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As you work through your career as a broker or an agent, take the time to understand where you are positioned professionally and competitively in your town or region taking into account the levels of broker and agent competition.  (NB – you can get our free commercial real estate broker course right here)

 

When you fully appreciate your market position, you can take steps to improve your conversions, commissions, and results.  You can do different and special things with marketing, negotiating, prospecting, and client services.

 

In the property market today, it is best if you take the time and make the effort to stand out as an industry professional.

 

Top agents of the market understand exactly where they are professionally in today’s market terms; by professionally I mean listings, market share, commissions, and client service. They also understand exactly what they are going to do to improve their market position over time.

 

Here are some ideas to help you establish some performance indicators and professional targets for commercial real estate clients, as a broker or an agent. You can very likely add to the list based on your property specialty and location:

 

  1. Signboards – do a signboard count on a monthly basis so that you can understand and relate to the numbers of signs that you have in the market by comparison to the other agents and competitors around you. Local area presence and signboard activity will always help you attract more inquiries and activities from your exclusive listings. Your signboards are a marketing process to refine and optimize.
  2. Listings by type – compare the numbers of listings that you have in your territory by way of open versus exclusivity. Your exclusive listings are the only ones that really matter when it comes to market share. At least 75% of your property presentations should convert to exclusivity. Open listings are generally a waste of time although the strategy can be a last resort if necessary with a difficult client or a unique property.
  3. Database – review your database on a monthly basis so that you can understand the levels of improvement and the growth of activity with meetings, calls, conversions, and inquiries. You cannot easily delegate the data base process to others within your business. Ultimately the database supports your commercial real estate activities into the future and that client list will be a critical component of your growth of market share. If you are struggling with commissions, listings, or clients, then it is very likely that your database is lacking in some respect. Take the time to understand that client list now and your prospecting activities to grow the database.
  4. Internet – on a weekly basis, review the new listings coming onto the market across all the Internet portals. Compare your online listing numbers to those of your competitors. Understand the positioning and the ranking of your listings within your targeted suburbs and locations. To boost your business, you will really need to take the time to bolster your online profile and the exclusive listings that you have placed on the portals. There are various strategies that you can use online such as search engine optimization, social media, and article marketing. They are all very effective when it comes to establishing and growing a personal marketing profile for any broker or agent.
  5. Commissions – look at your commissions and conversions as they exist today in both sales and leasing activity. Break the commissions down to a transaction level so that you can see the size and the types of property that you are working on per transaction. This simple strategy will allow you to assess preferred listing types and listing sizes. Focus on the listings that the market requires and where the enquiry may be centred at the moment.

 

A successful career in commercial real estate brokerage will usually be centred on predictable trends and activities.

When a broker or an agent understands where things are changing in the property market, they can direct all of their efforts into the appropriate business activities and predictable listing challenges. That is how the industry works.

 

 

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How to Set Clear and Correct Priorities in Commercial Property Sales

When you work in commercial property sales you will soon know the pressures of the day, the listings that you work with, your clients, and the prevailing property market.  There are lots of things that can distract or divert you into many different activities.  That diversion can lead to a loss of listing opportunity and ultimately commissions.

(NB – You can get our free commercial real estate tips and ideas right here)

In investment sales your main focus should always be on:

  • Prospecting for new business
  • Database management
  • Clients currently served
  • Listings on your books now
  • Marketing activities
  • Taking inquiries
  • Inspections of listings
  • Negotiations of property offers
  • Documentation of listings, sales, and contracts
  • Commissions
  • Followup of transactions

You could add other items to this list given your location and client base.  The fact of the matter is that you will always be busy in commercial real estate brokerage.  There are plenty of things to do.  Systems and factors of focus will help you get through the working day and the week.  Always track your progress in what you are doing, so you can see where improvements are required.

In this audio program, John Highman talks about setting the right priorities in your real estate business and how that will help you with sales and listing results.

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Commercial Real Estate Brokers – Refresh and Rehabilitate Old Listings

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In commercial real estate brokerage, you will  always have some listings that just do not move or create the enquiry expected.  That can usually be for any of a combination of reasons such as:

  • Market conditions
  • Competing properties
  • Lack of targeted enquiry
  • Seasonal market pressures
  • Price or rent over market

Those listings invariably stay on the market for a long time; they have to be re-positioned and or rehabilitated. The client should be part of that process.  Ultimately the client wants a result. (NB – you can get our specialized commercial real estate broker course right here)

Those clients that fail to adjust to market circumstances deserve what they get (or fail to get).  The best clients will always listen to market circumstances and allow their agent to refresh the property and push on with other marketing and pricing ideas.

A Brokers Job

Our job is to match the strengths of the property listing into the market conditions and make things happen.  It is also our job to resolve the weaknesses that may be present in the property so results can happen with inquiries, inspections, or offers.  There are some real skills to be tuned and developed there.

In this audio program, John Highman talks about the ways that you can and should approach those difficult commercial property listings to get better results.

 

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You Can Profit From Better Clients and Listings in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

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Some clients are better than others in commercial real estate today.  Make the right choices when it comes to working with different people and property situations. (NB – you can get our free commercial real estate training program right here)

So what can you do here with this idea?  Try some of these ideas:

  • Look for the better properties in your region and research the owners
  • Understand what tenants and buyers are looking for by way of location and property improvements
  • Understand what is happening with supply and demand in your region.

In all towns or cities the property market will be changing, so look at the indicators and adjust your client and property marketing systems accordingly.

In this audio program, John Highman talks about how you can profit or generate more commissions from the better clients and properties.

 

 

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How to Define a High Performance Sales Team in Commercial Real Estate

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A sales team in commercial real estate brokerage is typically (or should be) a group of like minded sales professionals in control of their market, their clients, the territory and their special property types.  When you look into the team there are special indicators to watch and track as the team gets results in listings, clients, commissions, and referrals.

NB – You can get our Brokerage e-Course direct to your email inbox right here.

Commercial property today is as competitive as ever; top sales teams should be working to a plan and strategy for their location.  The real estate ‘year’ is most commonly between February and November each year.  Most of the sales and leasing transactions will be done in just those 10 months.

In this audio program, John Highman talks about the importance of tracking and monitoring the performance of the sales team.