June 17, 2019
Contributing Author: Anthony “Tony” Catalano
So, you passed the real estate exam and you were able to find a spot on the team of a local commercial real estate (CRE) firm.
What’s next? How do you really get started in the business?
Just 18 months ago this was my challenge. And while it’s not science there are some things that you can do to make your transition as effective and efficient as possible. Most of these pointers will seem like common sense, but actually practicing them can be a bit harder, so here goes…
Continue reading Advice for New Agents in Commercial Real Estate
April 16, 2019
Contributing Author: Cory Tyksinski
Most people have heard or even used the expression “Stay in Your Lane,” and almost everyone would apply it to when they are behind the wheel of an automobile. But it can have significant meaning in the world of Commercial Real Estate (CRE). We live in an age of technology where the internet and social media have increased the amount of information available and the speed at which someone can obtain information about almost anything, including commercial properties.
This access has certainly benefitted the general public as would-be buyers and tenants can peruse the various websites anonymously to search for the right property that meets their needs, and only after identifying such property, will they engage the assistance of an owner or listing broker. However, this accessibility to information has also “allowed” or even encouraged real estate brokers to venture into areas where they may not have comprehensive and thorough knowledge.
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March 19, 2019
Contributing Author: Jay Verro, CCIM
Commercial Real Estate (CRE) transactions range from the fairly simple to immensely complex! The degree of transaction complexity can be mitigated by an educated and understanding commercial real estate broker who has expertise in your type of transaction and the resume to prove it.
A broker’s education and experience on specific sides of the transaction make he/she more understanding and knowledgeable of the other side’s needs. If you’re a commercial real estate landlord, you should seek out the expertise of a broker / agent with a significant amount of Landlord Rep. experience as the needs for a landlord typically differ from those of a tenant. It would also be beneficial to you if that broker/agent also has tenant representation experience, so they understand what typical expectations are from small business tenants to corporate tenants, etc.
Continue reading Creating Value by Understanding / Experience
March 18, 2019
Contributing Author: John McNellis
Every one of us is a broker. That is to say, we’re all using someone else’s money. Whether you’re a baby-faced runner at CBRE or quarterbacking a big-time pension fund, you’re still a broker—you need to sell your deal to somebody, whether to a mom & pop investor or a bored investment committee. It’s not your money and, for that matter, it’s usually not theirs. The only true principals in real estate may be the millions of 401K retirees who are the capital behind every major player in the industry. Even the old rich guys still in the game are using some else’s money; in their case, it’s their kids’.
Commercial brokerage is a bit like bull-riding. Only a handful of agents, the best, last much beyond their twenties, the vast majority unable to deal with the pressure of having their cash flow meter reset to zero every January 1st.
Continue reading Winning as a Broker
February 20, 2019
Contributing Author: William F. “Felton” McLaughlin, CCIM, SIOR
When it comes time to sell a commercial property that sits in a challenged location, the first course of action for a seller and/or the listing broker should not be to wonder about the size of the discount that should be placed on the valuation of the property. Rather, focus your efforts on all characteristics of the property that are either unique or offer some sort of competitive advantage. If you can identify how these unique features benefit the user, you can market the challenging property more effectively.
As the recent sale of a veterinary medical office building will show, we discovered some unique property attributes that helped the seller achieve a sale price close to the asking price.
Continue reading Marketing a Commercial Property in a Challenging Location
February 05, 2019
Contributing Author: Jay Verro, CCIM
As we kick off a new year, we are always looking for ways to improve our brokerage services and provide the best possible experience for our clients. In 2019, we will be focusing on numerous things to continue being the best commercial real estate brokerage we can be. Setting guidelines and goals can help balance your calendar, while increasing your success and happiness throughout the year.
Continue reading TOP CRE Brokers New Year Resolutions for 2019
December 13, 2018
2003-2005 “Irrational exuberance” a la Greenspan, now famous quote;
2008-2010 Great Recession and aftermath: PTSD for many of us;
2016-2018 Recovery being fully realized after almost a decade;
2019-2020 And Beyond: A measure of Uncertainty???????
With the marking of George H.W. Bush’s passing, we are afforded, yet, another “Opportunity to take stock.”
For those readers and investors who were beneficiaries, in this past year of the Tax and Jobs Act of 2018, I suspect, we can readily acknowledge the positive impacts of stock market valuations, due, in part, to share buy backs; and, shortly, when we do our taxes at new rate structures. The Economy has continued… (Is it sustainable?). The introduction of Opportunity Zone Funds, as once-in-a lifetime tax incentives, if properly executed, are also very encouraging.
Continue reading End of Year 2018 Wrap up for CRE
December 04, 2018
Congratulations, you successfully signed up a new listing, now you have to perform and sell the listing. If you are looking to perform quickly, to the best of your abilities, and acting in the best interest of your client you should be open to cooperating with other brokers. This can have some drawbacks, as brokers have overlapping clients, but overall the more people working on a listing the greater the chances the deal turns into a transaction and closes. Also, half of a commission is better than no commission. In today’s market buyers are coming from all over the place, not just other states but outside the country as well. In order to reach more buyers and increase leverage as a seller’s agent you have to reach a large audience and create buyer demand.
Here are our Top 10 Suggestions for Selling Commercial Real Estate: Continue reading Top 10 Suggestions for Selling Commercial Property
August 15, 2018
Contributing Author: Cory M. Tyksinski
The process of buying commercial real estate (CRE) can be complex, long-winded and sometimes challenging, even if you are the only buyer negotiating to purchase a property. The complexity increases when multiple buyers seek to purchase a property at or about the same time. While simultaneous multiple offers in CRE are rare, it will be helpful to keep the following tips and tools in mind if you find yourself in the middle of a potential bidding war.
A. The Seller always wins. If you are one of the potential suitors for a commercial property, a common misconception is that the seller always wins in a multi-offer process Continue reading Surviving a Multi-Offer Process in Commercial Real Estate
January 14, 2018
Say I inherit $25,000,000 and it has to be invested in Commercial Real Estate before the close of 2018; where should I invest in Commercial Real Estate?
LDCRE conducts a Roundtable discussion on the commercial real estate state of the market with three leading commercial real estate brokers, all of whom are all in the trenches every day. Nick Miner,CCIM is Senior Vice President at ORION Investment Real Estate, Sean Lyons is a Founding Partner at Triad Real Estate Partners, and Jeff Rowlett is a leading Investment Advisor at Marcus & Millichap serving private capital investors in Chicago, Milwaukee and nationwide. Continue reading LDCRE’s Roundtable Discussion on 2018 CRE State of the Market with Jeff Rowlett, Sean Lyons, and Nick Miner