Susie Algard appoints Mark Ashida as new CEO of

[SEATTLE, WA – Feb, 27th 2018 ] –, the leading commercial real estate listing service that connects tenants and brokers, has announced that technology industry veteran Mark Ashida has joined the company as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing founder Susie Algard. As CEO, Ashida will lead strategy, revenue and growth for the company. Algard will continue as Chair of the Board of Directors of

“I am excited to announce that Mark Ashida will be taking over the role of CEO at Mark brings with him a wealth of experience ranging from starting companies from the ground up to stepping in to accelerate growth,” said Algard. “His deep roots in technology and thoughtful leadership style will be a huge asset for both and the commercial real estate industry-at-large. I look forward to working closely with him in the future.”

Ashida is a 25-year technology veteran who has held CEO and COO roles at several prominent startups and serves on the board of numerous Pacific Northwest companies. He has proven experience scaling startups to fast-growing and successful businesses, serving as CEO and COO at InterTrust Corporation (sold to Sony and Philips for $450 million) and as a General Manager at Microsoft.  He has also served as CEO for numerous startups in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining, Ashida served as CEO at Digital Fortress, where he recently led the company through a successful sales process. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College.

“Under Susie Algard’s leadership, the team has built a revolutionary platform that better facilitates the necessary relationship between brokers and tenants,” said Ashida. “I believe that there are many future prospects for the commercial real estate market that remain untapped, especially as brokers and tenants continue to move towards internet platforms as their operating dashboard to list and find office space. I am very excited about the opportunity to lead into its next phase of growth.”

Founder Susie Algard purchased the domain in 2010 and re-launched the website in 2012, focusing on the commercial real estate needs of tenants. Since then, has become one of the fastest growing commercial real estate listing services of its kind. In a traditionally opaque industry,’s open search platform and the success the company has had with establishing syndication partnerships with top brokerage firms has helped lead the charge in providing greater accessibility to commercial real estate data for tenants.

About is a nationwide commercial real estate marketplace that connects tenants and brokers. With over 550,000 on-market listings nationwide, provides lease and sale information for all commercial space types – including office, retail, industrial, flex, and land listings.’s online property database is available to search for free and without any restrictions. Hundreds of thousands of unique users generate millions of building views on every month.

Broker Banter Q&A – Part II (The Denver Chapter)


This week we have the pleasure of sharing another Q&A for our Broker Banter series, featuring Denver Broker Jason Bollhoefner.  Similar to our previous conversation with Portland broker Kristi Ricker, we connected with Jason to get more insight into some key things that tenants should know before touring potential sites, selecting a space, and negotiating a lease.

OfficeSpace: What are some things that tenants typically overlook when looking for new space that they should be paying attention to?

Jason:  Commercial leasing is a complex process, fraught with significant potential risks and liabilities, and should only be handled by a representative that has both the necessary experience and your best interests in place.  I have found tenants tend to overlook the importance of their creditworthiness and the time required to bring a commercial lease transaction to close.  Leasing commercial space is very comparable to getting a loan from a bank.  Tenants should be prepared to share financial statements and to appropriately collateralize the lease transaction.

Commercial real estate transactions, even for a seemingly “simple” deal, may take a considerable amount of time to successfully complete.  Having adequate time to identify, tour, design, price, negotiate terms on, construct or improve, and move into suitable commercial space helps to shift negotiating leverage to the tenant’s benefit.  Start the process 4-8 months before you need to occupy your new space.

OfficeSpace: What are the best practices to selecting the best space?

Jason: The best space is the space which meets unique criteria that vary by industry, property type, the nature of the user’s business and their business plan, and location.  I ensure a successful process by taking the time to understand the intricacies of my clients and their businesses up-front so the real estate supports these needs and requirements.

OfficeSpace: What are the best practices in negotiating my lease?

Jason: The best practices in negotiating a lease are summarized into 4 critical path items as follows:

  1. Start your needs analysis and discussion well before the need is estimated to commence.
  2. Engage an expert commercial real estate broker with proven experience and leverage their knowledge; we are here to help you starting with the needs analysis and continuing from occupancy throughout your lease term.
  3. Always have a solid back-up option at hand, especially in an improving real estate market. Being prepared to walk away is a very powerful aspect of successful negotiation.
  4. Engage a real estate attorney to provide counsel and revise the lease document.

OfficeSpace: What are the hidden costs in a lease?

Jason: Your real estate broker should be well versed and provide assistance in mitigating latent/hidden costs within the lease agreement.  The primary area of hidden costs arise from Operating Expenses or Common Area Maintenance (CAM) charges and maintenance obligations.  Other potential pitfalls include Tenant Restoration requirements, Tenant Alteration processes, landlord administrative markups, and property management fees. My experience  negotiating thousands of lease agreements is invaluable to my clients in these areas.

OfficeSpace: What’s the best way to compare offers?

Jason: The best way to compare offers is on a Net Present Value (NPV) basis and $/RSF basis with a matrix for a side by side comparison.  This analysis should also take into account intangibles such as building image, proximity to employees and clients, ease of ingress/egress, and the true cost of occupancy including any tenant contributions to build-out and relocation costs.

Jason Bollhoefner joined Corum Real Estate Group as a Leasing Agent in January 2001 and was promoted to Senior Leasing Agent in 2007 and to his current position as Assistant Vice President in 2008.

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Close Encounters of the CRE Kind.


The OfficeSpace team had the pleasure of hosting it’s first home town event for the CRE community in Seattle this past week. It was an intimate evening with an open format for answering questions on our broker services, product demonstrations, all of course while engaging with everyone on the latest commercial real estate talk in the Pacific NorthWest.

Perhaps the most surprising comment of the evening was how fantastic it was to speak with our team in person. More than once we heard “How often do you get to speak to a website face to face?”.  Being in the internet game with our heads down, working hard to make our site as efficient and user-friendly as possible for both the broker and the tenant communities, we sometimes forget how important that face time really is.

It’s a recurring theme in the tech start-up community as we “Eat. Sleep. Breath.” with our computers  and our “Eat. Drink. Learn” event was a great reminder to stop, drop everything and talk…in person.  We look forward to continuing this trend as we grow and continue to answer your questions – face to face, over the phone and of course, online.

A generous thank you once again to our sponsors, Gateway Construction and Complete Office Furniture who provided some fantastic give-aways and support of the evening.

We even managed to snap a few shots of the evening’s festivities as posted below.





Broker Banter – Questions & Answers (The Portland Chapter)

We’re the first to admit we don’t always have all the answers when it comes to the fine details of leasing and all the questions that come with it. That’s when we turn to our commercial comrades to aid with the broadening of our knowledge base.  This week we’ve gone straight to the source to speak with Portland, OR broker Kristi Ricker.

We connected with Kristi to talk shop, and in fact, where to set up shop.

OfficeSpace: What do you think is the most important question a tenant should be asking, that they never seem to ask when looking for space?

Kristi: Zoning, tenants need to learn more out about zoning. There are so many issues in this area and if you’re not aware of this in the beginning it could hurt your chances of securing your ideal space. It’s something you should ask your broker about as they’ll be able to determine how to move forward in narrowing down your search. It’s just not something that’s on the top of your mind when you’re looking for a space and it definitely should be.

OfficeSpace: What is the best tip in negotiating a lease you think all tenants should consider? 

Kristi: The longer the lease, the better you’re going to be able to negotiate, especially if you are going to need anything done to your space. People are nervous with the idea of securing a 5 year lease, they think “What if something happens?” – but they can always put a clause in allowing them to sublease (A lease of a property by a tenant to a subtenant.).

OfficeSpace: What do tenants focus on, that perhaps they shouldn’t when searching for space?

Kristi: Recently, I’ve had clients who have looked at a space and were concerned the buildings around it were being worked on or unfinished. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always paint a pretty picture of the neighborhood, especially when it’s an up and coming urban area. I recommend looking at the bigger finished picture and inquiring about what’s being developed in the area.

OfficeSpace: What area of town would you recommend to a Start-Up in Portland?

Kristi: The inner Southeast, Northeast and North Portland are very hot right now. They were predominantly industrial areas and now they’ve turned into these very creative pockets with great opportunities for startups, restaurants, retail and more.

OfficeSpace: What are you starting to see more of in Portland?

Kristi: Tons of startups, restaurants, breweries, delis – there’s a great food scene here.

OfficeSpace: And lastly, what makes Portland great?

Kristi: Portland‘s so diverse, we have a little bit of everything for everyone. Everything goes here – that’s what I love about it. I see all these new ideas here and they seem to work. If you have a crazy, fun new idea, there’s a great support network for that here. It just seems out of the ordinary things work here more than other places. Nothing is guaranteed but your chances of making it a go seems to have better odds in Portland.

Kristi has over 15 years of real estate experience in the greater Portland area and has recently started her own company.

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Connect at CRE Tech Intersect

The team has been busy rolling out our services nationwide, albeit on a small scale as we embrace this unexpected turn of events. The goal was to roll out market by market but when tenants are searching across the country and the demand is there, it’s time to open up the flood gates. While we are still quietly focused on markets where we’ve seen the most activity, it’s been a breath of fresh air connecting with owners, developers, brokers, landlords in person at events like ICSC’s RECon, Sperry Van Ness’s Tech Den among others. (In fact, now is a great time to get ahead of the curve and add your listings to reach tenants as the summer season officially kicks off.)

This week we look forward to CRE Tech Intersect in San Francisco, taking place on Thursday June 20th from 6-9pm. The 2nd annual event brings together some of the most innovative tech companies in today’s commercial real estate market, along with a great line up of speakers, promising to be an exciting evening filled with insight into the following areas:

– What new technology will give you a competitive edge?

– How are today’s CRE technology firms changing to meet the needs of owners/operators/brokers?

– What are your competitors doing with these technologies?

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We hope to see you there and look forward to sharing the latest from

Brokers, Are You Still Walking Through Buildings?

Gone are the days of walking from building to building…

Search online, anytime with the latest from as we introduce the prospecting must-have for the commercial real estate industry; The OfficeSpace Tenant Roster. Here’s to finally accessing up to date, reliable and affordable information on buildings and tenants through out the country!

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Interested in Earning a Free Membership?

Refer Tenant Concierge services.

We’ve built out a trusted network of vendors, featuring reliable service providers to help businesses manage everything related to setting up their new office, retail or industrial spaces. We built this service to help tenants who come directly to us asking for help. If you have a client interested in saving time and money by connecting with our Concierge, please send them our way.

By the way, our Tenant Concierge service has no hidden fees or costs – it’s a complimentary service aimed at making tenants lives easier!

Contact us for more information on how to earn your free Tenant Roster membership.

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Calling All Tenant Reps!

So many inquiries, so little time

We’ve had a great 2012 and 2013 looks to be off to a fast start.  So much so that we are looking to expand our pool of Tenant Rep Brokers! has been extremely busy with our Portland, Denver, and San Diego launches and here is a brief summary of 2012:

  • Launched Portland, OR (Jan 2012), Denver, CO (June 2012), San Diego, CA (Dec 2012) AND
  • 243,000 visitors
  • 2,200,000 building views
  • 1,900 leads directly to listing brokers
  • Approx. 10,000 calls to listing brokers

We’re very proud of these results, however, we’re just getting started.

Destination for Tenants is where many tenants who are just starting to look for space first enter the market. We’re talking to these potential tenants, sometimes they simply request some marketing and listing contact information. Other times, these are tenants who are ready and willing to work with a Broker and this is when we send them to you. We are filling a void for tenants and they are finding us online.

Little Secret

As some of you may know, the platform is open to nationwide listings even though we are focused on our home markets of Seattle, Portland, Denver, & San Diego.  In fact, we continually add new listings outside of our home markets and they are getting indexed.  In the last 30 days, much to our surprise, our non-home market web stats and lead activity has in some cases, surpassed our home market metrics:

  • 52% of visitor traffic was outside our home markets
  • 60% of our building views were attributable to our non-home markets
  • 30% of our leads & inquiries were generated from outside our home markets

The Opportunity

This is where you come in!

If you are an experienced Tenant Rep and would like to be part of our Tenant Rep Broker Pool, please email me at with a brief bio and I’ll be sure to contact you.  Oh, by the way, our Tenant Rep Broker Pool is free to join but spots are limited, so secure your first mover advantage and get in early!

If you have listings, get them onto, you will get indexed, you will get exposure, and you will generate leads.

With your help, we’re making finding and leasing space a smoother and easier process!

“Good Fortune Comes to San Diego Commercial Real Estate Community…”


San Diego, CA Friday November 9, 2012 – Commercial Real Estate’s latest game changer,, is now officially available in the San Diego market targeting both brokers and tenants.

The company’s unique position to be the next generation, all access platform for office space aims to streamline the commercial real estate process.


Having already garnered attention for their creative introductions in each market,  San Diego is no different with over 600 custom gourmet fortune cookies sent to the majority of brokerages through out the community with varying personalized fortunes. offers a multitude of services targeted to assisting brokers; landlords and property managers connect to tenants. The broker-and-landlord-to-tenant service is completely free for brokers and landlords to list. It also includes an extensive suite of free, timesaving tools created specifically for today’s market with options to design flyers, create surverys and communicate with tenants. Tenants are offered full complimentary access right at their fingertips with user specific designated search options, map functionality, social media sharing tools while also providing helpful tips on the confusing aspects of leasing.

“We are excited about providing service in San Diego. Tenants now have access to the
information they need to make better decisions about their businesses. We also provide a
robust tool set for brokers in order to compliment their marketing efforts and connect them
to tenants.” – Susie Algard – CEO,
About’s innovative service will help add great value to the San Diego Commercial Real Estate Market. Other markets include Denver, CO and Portland, OR. To add a listing, find an office or find out more visit


Experienced internet entrepreneurs Susie and Alex Algard purchased in late 2010. Frustrated by some of the trial and tribulations of their own experiences trying to find office space for companies they were involved in, they decided it was time to make a change in the commercial real estate space. Susie, CEO of, was previously a senior executive and founding member at, a top 30 internet property. also operates one of the leading commercial real estate marketing and analytics services in Seattle, Portland, Denver, Minneapolis, Cincinnati & Columbus.

Looking Forward, The Price of Uncertainty…


On this day every year we can’t help but stop and think about what happened, we get lost in thought – where we were, and how we felt. We remember the tragedy and remain curious about the details of the final memorial space. Eleven years later it seems there’s may be some closure on the status of the 16 acre site or is there? 

Announced on the eve of the anniversary, funding support was finally sorted for the memorial museum although no completion date has been set, progress none the less. And, there seems to be cautious optimism on the leasing front as at least 1/2 the skyscrapers are expected to be filled over the next 5 to 8 years. Douglas Durst, chairman of the Durst Organization, which is co-developing One World Trade Center and handling its leasing for the Port Authority, has outlined a very positive attitude “We’re very optimistic that we’ll have the building fully rented by the date of 2017, 2018,”. A considerable percentage of the 3 million square feet of office space has already been reserved by publishing giant Conde Nast, who is rumored to be taking 25 floors. Said to be “like a stamp of approval” by Dan Fasulo, managing director for Real Capital Analytics, a commercial real estate research firm, Conde Nast’s presence will definitely be an asset in attracting other businesses.Image

Despite huge costs associated with effectively running the former WTC site, it’s museum and the memorial, it seems those involved feel the rise in commercial real estate, visitors to the site (4.5 million since last year’s 10th anniversary), government support and donations will aid in offsetting the financial responsibilities. After the 1993 truck bombing it was next to impossible to find businesses to secure space at the site. However, the neighborhood has changed, there’s much more happening in lower Manhattan than there was 20 years ago so it’s difficult to predict whether this optimism is on the mark.

Do you think this is a fair estimation of time considering some of the towers have not yet begun construction? Would you consider leasing in the former WTC space? Do you think the 60 million a year operating budget can be responsibly maintained without further borrowing and debt being accumulated?


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An Overview of’s New Maps Feature

We just launched a completely updated map and search interface that makes it even easier to find your perfect space.  Search by zip code, intersection, neighborhood and more.  Your search results are sortable, and you can view photos and space details without ever leaving the page.

These changes make the most powerful tool available for searching commercial office space:

The new interactive map makes it faster and easier for a tenant to find the space they need.  The building list updates in real time as users zoom in and out of a specific block or area of the map. A user will be able to preview a building by clicking once on the listing or the dot.  This will highlight the listing and dot and a preview of the space will appear on the right column.  The arrows in the building list enable users to sort their search by address, price, spaces in the building and square footage.

While is in 2 metro markets, Portland and Denver, the free-form box offers equal consideration to its suburbs and other cities with listings including Albuquerque, Los Angeles and San Diego.  Users are able to type any city or neighborhood into the box to find all building listings for the area.

We hope the new changes will make your search for space easier and please contact us by phone or email us at with any questions or feedback.