Exclusive Broker Agreements: What Are They and Why Do They Matter

Looking for commercial office space is a tedious process. Tenants are rarely equipped to handle the complexity and scope of the commercial real estate world, which is fraught with technical terms, lengthy negotiations, and stacks of paperwork. That’s why tenant brokers exist. With their expertise and knowledge of the local market, they provide an invaluable asset to potential tenants before, during, and throughout the length of a commercial real estate lease. And at no upfront cost to the tenant, there’s little reason not to take advantage of their experience and insights.

But once you begin your search for a reputable tenant broker, you’ll be faced with the prospect of entering an exclusive broker agreement with a commercial broker. As with any formal agreement, you’ll want to carefully weigh your options before making your decision.

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John is the VP of Sales at OfficeSpace.com where he leads broker relations and sales. Prior to being VP of Sales, he was the Regional  Director for the company. John has over 25 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry. Before OfficeSpace.com, John was a commercial real estate broker for the Norman Company in Seattle, WA.

A Complete Guide to Touring Office Space

Whether you’re facing a much-needed expansion or simply searching for your first permanent office space, tenants would be better equipped with a list of detailed questions for each space rather than going in blind. Furthermore, knowing a few important tips about the commercial real estate world will help you gain a better understanding before your broker sets up tours on your behalf.

Once your commercial real estate agent concludes their market evaluation of potential spaces, the next step is to schedule walkthroughs and tours with the landlord’s representative.

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John is the VP of Sales at OfficeSpace.com where he leads broker relations and sales. Prior to being VP of Sales, he was the Regional  Director for the company. John has over 25 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry. Before OfficeSpace.com, John was a commercial real estate broker for the Norman Company in Seattle, WA.

What to Consider When Moving Into A New (Or Your First) Office [Infographic]

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Moving into a new office can be a challenge both logistically and energetically. Finding an office that suits your business needs is only the first part of the process — moving in and readjusting to the new space can take some effort as well.

By having a detailed checklist of factors relating to your relocation, you can save yourself a lot of the hassle that can come up with new moves, especially if this is your first office.

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How to Choose the Right Tenant Representation Broker

Finding the right fit in a commercial real estate lease is a challenge unto itself. Aside from researching, budgeting, and planning for an office move or expansion, there’s the lengthy and sometimes stressful endeavor of negotiating lease terms and what you’ll be responsible for paying on a monthly basis.

An effective strategy is to work with a tenant representation broker to help alleviate the stresses of locating the proper space and negotiating the best possible terms for you and your company. But finding the right tenant rep broker can be an overwhelming process to some. With a wide array of qualified, capable brokers in the real estate market, it can be difficult to decide which broker is the best fit for your situation.

Some tenant rep brokers have different specialities, relationships, and qualities that set them apart from one another. Certain tenant rep brokers work strictly within the boundaries of the local market, leveraging personal relationships and neighborhood know-how, while others have the support system that comes with a national brokerage.

To help you navigate the process, we’ve assembled this guide to answer common questions, provide you with a list of things you should ask a potential tenant rep broker, and allow you insights into how a tenant rep broker can benefit your company.

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John is the VP of Sales at OfficeSpace.com where he leads broker relations and sales. Prior to being VP of Sales, he was the Regional  Director for the company. John has over 25 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry. Before OfficeSpace.com, John was a commercial real estate broker for the Norman Company in Seattle, WA.

A Simple Guide to Calculating Operating Expenses for Office Buildings

When considering a commercial office space lease, it’s important to carefully investigate any non-rental costs, what’s included in your rental agreement, and what you’re going to be responsible for on a monthly basis. While many commercial leases are likely to be triple net leases (in which the tenant is responsible for operating expenses on a pro rata basis in addition to the rental fee), these leases can be extremely varied and up to negotiation, leaving many tenants largely in the dark as to how much they can expect to spend each month.

In more popular and competitive markets, the operating costs can be as much as half of your base rental fee per square feet – and even higher in more concentrated downtown, financial, or business districts.
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John is the VP of Sales at OfficeSpace.com where he leads broker relations and sales. Prior to being VP of Sales, he was the Regional  Director for the company. John has over 25 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry. Before OfficeSpace.com, John was a commercial real estate broker for the Norman Company in Seattle, WA.

Explaining the Various Types of Commercial Real Estate Leases

Signing a commercial lease agreement

When it comes time to expand your business to your first office or upgrade to a more suitable location, there’s plenty to worry about. Budgetary concerns, logistics, and ensuring continuity of business during the relocation are all crucial elements. Before you consider how you’ll move, you should investigate your commercial real estate lease options to ensure your company enters into the right agreement for the right stage of your business.

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John is the VP of Sales at OfficeSpace.com where he leads broker relations and sales. Prior to being VP of Sales, he was the Regional  Director for the company. John has over 25 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry. Before OfficeSpace.com, John was a commercial real estate broker for the Norman Company in Seattle, WA.

Navigating the Commercial Real Estate Lease Process

An agreement between a business and a landlord is defined as a commercial real estate lease, with each agreement coming with its own restrictions, stipulations, and features that are negotiated during the final signing process. But before the ink is wet and you start calling moving companies, new and first-time business owners learn quickly that signing a commercial real estate lease can be a complex and lengthy process – especially if you’re operating in a competitive city or market.

Before you begin your search, you’ll need to be equipped to handle the ins and outs of the entire process from start to finish to find the right commercial real estate lease that fits the needs of your business and your budget.

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John is the VP of Sales at OfficeSpace.com where he leads broker relations and sales. Prior to being VP of Sales, he was the Regional  Director for the company. John has over 25 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry. Before OfficeSpace.com, John was a commercial real estate broker for the Norman Company in Seattle, WA.

7 Considerations When Negotiating an Office Lease Renewal

Negotiating an office lease

Hovering over your office real estate lease is always one thing: the lease renewal. Unlike residential leases, landlords will approach commercial leasees with proposals months in advance of the renewal date. Like residential leases, the terms for the renewed lease include a common element: higher rates.

What most businesses don’t understand, however, is that their fate is entirely in their own hands. Companies don’t have to simply bite the bullet and accept the higher rent conditions; instead, with savvy negotiating tactics and a few tips, you can often find middle ground with your existing landlords – or hunt for new space until the lease expires. Here’s what you and your team should keep in mind when it comes time to negotiate a commercial real estate lease renewal with your current landlord:

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John is the VP of Sales at OfficeSpace.com where he leads broker relations and sales. Prior to being VP of Sales, he was the Regional  Director for the company. John has over 25 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry. Before OfficeSpace.com, John was a commercial real estate broker for the Norman Company in Seattle, WA.

Don’t Forget These Five Must-Haves When Signing an Office Lease

You have found the perfect office space for your company and now it’s time to sign on the dotted line and make it official – but what things should you ensure that you have in that office lease? After the ink has dried on the lease, there is no turning back, so make sure you don’t forget these five must-haves when signing an office lease.

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John is the VP of Sales at OfficeSpace.com where he leads broker relations and sales. Prior to being VP of Sales, he was the Regional  Director for the company. John has over 25 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry. Before OfficeSpace.com, John was a commercial real estate broker for the Norman Company in Seattle, WA.

Why Brokers Won’t Return Entrepreneurs’ Calls

It’s a common complaint among entrepreneurs looking for office space. Why don’t brokers call them back? The truth is that the majority of brokers do return inquiries.

At OfficeSpace.com, we’ve found that how you phrase your initial request about space has a huge impact on whether or not you get a response. After analyzing 10,000 email requests in the last six months, here’s what we’ve determined to be the top three types of requests that do not get responded to quickly.

The wishy-washy entrepreneur  

When inquiring on a space, you have a wide range of what will work for you. You may have a huge range of space that you might need, and you don’t say when you need the space. You might need it right away or you might need it in six months. It can be fully built-out space or a wide-open bullpen.

While you might get lucky with a broker who is willing to spend the time extra time talking to you and helping you figure out what you truly need, most brokers won’t know how to prioritize their response for you as they fear you are not serious or that you will require a lot of work.

The short-term entrepreneur  

You request a month-to-month lease or something short term (less than one year). If you’re requesting a short-lease term you might as well be saying please do not call me back as far as a broker is concerned. This is fine to request if you are looking at a sublease or executive suite, but it’s not realistic for most landlords, so brokers will not want to waste their time with you.

The secretive entrepreneur

You don’t include enough personal information like your full name, company and any further details or descriptions of what the business use is for the space you’re inquiring about. The only thing you tell the broker is that details on the company are “under wraps.”

Brokers tend to de-prioritize these kinds of inquiries, because it gives them the impression that your business could be dangerous or illegal, which is obviously something the landlord would not allow in their building.

While it’s normal for entrepreneurs to want to keep details of their companies private for competitive reasons, there needs to be a balance with providing the necessary details for landlords. They will want to see financials and even a business plan if you are a startup with no track record.

Best practices

Based on our analysis, providing your full name, company name and specific details are ideal. For example, you might say that you are currently in a 5,000 square-foot space and are looking for bigger space, need a kitchen, two conference rooms and access to storage.

You can also count on a faster call back by including details that show that you’re an established company or what your timing is. You don’t need to divulge all your information, just enough to make the broker know that you are serious.  It’s not imperative that you sound like you know everything, just that you are serious.

So, the next time you spend the time to make the calls or emails to a broker, remember to give enough details and be thoughtful to get the fastest response back.

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This article was written by Susie Algard and  originally featured on Entrepreneur.com. See original source here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235894