Best Practices (1246)

See what the best practices are for today's commercial real estate professional. Whether you are a leasing professional, investment sales or marketing director you will find the tips and tricks and other nuggets of gold from commercial real estate brokers from all parts of the world who are proud to share their trade secrets!

Vacant Property – Spring Maintenance Checklist

Mother Nature’s icy grip is fading and spring brings a host of vacant property maintenance issues. Thank goodness we made it through one of the coldest and longest winters on record. As we venture outside from hibernation we are refreshed by the warm breezes, the sun on our face and have just the faintest memories […]

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Minimize Your Risk: Know Your Business Interruption CRE Lease Clause

Businesses must protect themselves from risks that can bring operations to a halt.  Inoperable or faulty building equipment may terminate essential building services.  As the frequency of extreme weather increases, so does the risk of property damage which can hinder business operating (flooding, loss of power, HVAC). Most “standard” office lease proposals presented by the […]

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3 Key Steps to Raising Capital for Real Estate Investment

At long last, the real estate investment market is beginning to show signs of life. Commercial and industrial property transactions are increasingly common, and multifamily properties of all sizes are being snapped up by investors. Historically low interest rates, high occupancy rates, increasing rental rates, and rising property values are contributing factors. Early transactions have […]

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10 Ways to Strengthen Your Online CRE Profile

Just like that gym membership that you signed up for but you have not been in months; theBrokerList is a tool and a membership site that is only useful if you are using the site properly. Follow along and with these exercises you will strengthen your online presence and boost your traffic to your page […]

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Open Floor Plan, Anyone?

There is much debate about the open floor plan. As you read recently, in “Moving Compass Commercial Offices” and as we began to search for space, I wanted one that would attract a younger generation of workers—which meant going with an open floor plan. Are you considering doing the same? Here are a few tried […]

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Over 455 #CRE Pros Attend Live Linkedin Webinar!

Say what? Yes, 455 of us joined this webinar yesterday. Sounds amazing, but there is obviously something to Linkedin that we were all eager to learn. Even today, we are receiving calls and requests to get a recording of this historic event for #CRE. Thanks to REA and Matthew Smith and his team for bringing […]

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Cheap Tricks in CRE Do Not Work

If you were listening to the radio in the late 1970’s, Cheap Trick made fans go crazy when they played this song in Budokan, Japan, but as a CRE broker, it is not that easy and Cheap Tricks do not work! I want you to want me..I need you to need me. I am writing […]

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Product Review: Evercontact

  If you are using Gmail or Microsoft Outlook continue reading. Over the years I have used most of the contact relationship management systems on the market including, ACT!, Goldmine, Realhound, REA, Salesforce and Clientlook. All do a good job of saving contacts and keeping a history of your communications. Most have some integration with […]

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Let’s face it…A #CRE move sucks!

Ahhhh, my first blog post of 2014! As I sit here in the world HQ of Location Advice on the 57th anniversary of my birth…thanks Mom and Dad…I have come to two realizations…you only need to do three things to make a commercial real estate deal AND moving sucks! OK, I said it…not in the […]

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Why Tenants AND Landlords Should Love Tenant Rep Brokers

I have recently completed a transaction where I was the representative for the Landlord on a property and executed a lease with a tenant who did not understand the talent (Tenant Rep) AND time required to open a new location! Although the tenant was a very smart medical doctor, they had no experience in commercial […]

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Utilizing the SOF Truths in CRE

A large part of my focus in both tBL posts and my personal blog, is taking experiences from my time in the Army and transferring them to business (commercial real estate) and life. The Special Operations Forces or SOF Truths were originally written in 1987 by retired Army Colonel John Collins.  According to United States […]

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Dos and Don’ts of Online Marketing

Everyday we see so many of our members with some awesome Dos and we also see members with some terrible Don’ts. It is so hard to point the finger at the Don’ts as it is not our intent to embarrass anyone, but we love to point out the Dos and showcase the positive as often […]

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How to Create Dominating Market Presence by Blogging in These 4 Categories

There is no better way to create dominating market presence quickly than to demonstrate your expertise by blogging. Blogging harnesses the power of digital real estate (first page of google!).  It allows you to demonstrate your experience and expertise without tooting your own horn.  It works for you 24/7 all across the globe.  There is […]

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Top 7 Non-CRE Blogs that Commercial Brokers Should Read

We know, we know—who has time to read more blogs? Commercial brokers are busy people, and there’s plenty of essential CRE reading you’re already way behind on. Still, you can’t just read what other commercial brokers are saying. Widen your perspective a bit, and you’ll discover new ways of thinking about life and business that […]

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Ensemble Real Estate Solutions’ Tracy Altemus and Jamie Krahne Author a Chapter in “The Textbook of Urgent Care Management”

Tracy Altemus, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Brokerage Services and Jamie Krahne, Regional Manager for Ensemble Real Estate Solutions recently collaborated on writing a chapter in “The Textbook of Urgent Care Management” by John Shufeldt M.D. J.D., MBA, FACEP. Altemus and Krahne provided their industry expertise for a chapter in the textbook titled “Building out an […]

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GPE Healthcare Forum – Panelists explore how health care changes impact patient care and real estate

Fundamental shifts underway in health care, influenced by the Affordable Care Act and senior citizens’ changing needs, are shaping not only the care people receive, but the buildings in which they receive it, panel members said at the inaugural GPE Health Care Forum held on Oct. 24. Big trends involve hospitals and health systems buying […]

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Top 10 Growing Trends for CRE in 2014

I truly believe there are many more trends than 10, but as a start into 2014, I thought a top 10 list was in order! These trends come from my observations of our tBL members and from feedback from our valued Marketplace Partners. I am wishing everyone a wonderful 2014 and remember, share our site […]

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1 Simple Trick for Better Looking Listings

A few months back I read Kristian Lee’s post Dress Your #CRE Listings for Success, and it got me thinking about a simple trick that I use to make my listings look better. I don’t hire a professional photographer, use a fancy DSLR camera or create the perfect lighting… I just use my iPhone. If […]

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3 Basic Tips to Prepare for a CRE Emergency

Its 2 am….the captain from the local fire department is on the phone with an emergency at your property. Are you prepared? Emergencies of all types can and do happen every day. From weather and natural disasters to vandalism and equipment failure, the best defense will be a good offense (accompanied of course by prepared, […]

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Lease Clauses to Consider: Animals in Commercial Buildings

While many people might consider agents to be animals, the animals I am referring to here are the 4-legged furry types. In 2012, I ran a column asking for the oddest lease clauses that people have experienced. The most amusing answer I received was about a location where the tenant wanted to bring their dog […]

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How to Find Your Specialty by Answering 3 Questions

There is nothing more powerful in our industry than specializing.  It gives you focus and clarity.  It allows you to become an expert.  It greatly improves your probability of becoming known and creating top-of-mind market dominating presence. Specialization – in a product type or a geography – is what separates the top producers from those […]

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What Is An Executive Suite?

What is an executive suite and why might you want to consider leasing one? Executive suites are a luxury to be sure, but for newer businesses looking for a place to meet with clients–they are definitely something to consider. Executive suites cover a wide range of spaces; you can rent a single office or simply […]

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Learn #CRE Syndication from Gene Trowbridge CCIM

The Ultimate Workshop in Real Estate Syndication, being held November 12-14 in Santa Ana, California, gives you a roadmap to successfully forming and operating a group investment. It also answers questions. When do securities laws apply? Are there exemptions? With restrictions on advertising and solicitation, how do I find investors? What corporate entities do I […]

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Power to the People! – errr – Cubicle

Did you know that in NYC and many smaller municipalities like Garden City, LI, power strips are illegal in commercial offices?  You are not permitted to extend the number of receptacles beyond what is hardwired. If you need four outlets in one location, then you must install two duplex or a quad electrical outlet. Now, walk […]

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Dress Your #CRE Listings for Success

We all know we are at first a visual being. Read any sales book and even dating reference guide and they will state the first impression we provide to another can make or break a deal. For the majority sales people dress conservatively, business attire, using the old mantra “dress for success.” This is true […]

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Don’t Forget to Check the RFP Against the Lease!

You may recall we spoke about the importance of RFPs (Why Do Tenant Rep Brokers Ask So Many Questions?) recently and we have also written about the top mistakes that tenants make (Top 5 Mistakes #CRE Tenants Make at Renewal). One such mistake we see often is that tenants do not check the RFP against […]

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Leasing Fundamentals Pt II – Qualifying Retail Tenants

Are Your Tenant Prospects Fully Qualified? These 10 Key Questions Will Help You Determine: Do you have the right tenant for the property? Will the tenant be successful for the duration of the lease? How can I expedite the process and get to the salient facts? Use this checklist of 10 questions and incorporate into […]

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