Archive for November, 2012

Commercial real estate owners have asked for suggestions on how to get commercial vacancies leased out faster these past few years. This is an important question that must be answered, because the less commercial vacancies in a city the better for all citizens. The effects are great when a business leases space, hires people, and makes a profit, because it ultimately creates a win-win for all parties involved. When business is profitable employees receive pay; employers make aĀ profit; and last, the landlords receive rent on time.

Sometimes owners make three costly mistakes when marketing commercial space for lease that seems right up front,Ā but cost more in the long run. The first mistake is turned off utilities. I consistently hear feedback from potential lessees when I tour suites. There is nothing more frustrating for a lessee than to tour a vacant space with no visibility, due to no electricity. No lights in the suite, lessee cannot create a goodĀ mental picture of what could be their future business layout. Based on experience, most spaces that get leased are because the lights are on.

The second mistake is to allow dirty suites to be shown. This doesn’t mean that an owner has to completely refurbish the vacant suite and spend thousands. In some cases, it takes vacuuming, a bathroom clean, and removal of allĀ debris. A suite’s condition speaks volumes on behalf of the owner (or propertyĀ management). Remember,Ā prospectiveĀ business owners are looking to lease the best possible suite that will help increase business revenue, image is a factor. I have had some business owners knowingly pay $0.15 per square foot higher for a suite based on the image of the suite and buildingĀ maintenance.

The third mistake is to price a suite higher than every other similar suite in the area. The good old negotiating strategy of pricing high in order to settle at a lower price is over. Potential lessees have access to information right from their smartphone, and usually know what the current lease rate is for a commercial building before they call a broker or property manager. When an owner prices high, lessees sometimes formulate the idea that the owner is unrealistic, or may be difficult to deal with through the term of a lease agreement, and move on to the next deal.

Commercial real estate leasing isn’t summed up in these three items, but it will hopefully help an owner make any applicable corrections, and increase the chances of leasing their vacant space as soon as possible. Business owners are making moves right now; make sure your suite gives them a strong enough reason to bring their business to yourĀ currentĀ empty suite.

If you have any questions about your specific vacancies or building please call us at 760.596.9856 or email us at info@NissiAgents.com. As always, your are moreĀ thanĀ welcome to personally connect with me through social media here: http://www.JoinDNA.com.

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