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Commercial Tenant Advocacy Tips for Commercial Real Estate Agents

When you work as an agent specialising in commercial real estate, you should always be on the lookout for opportunities to work with different client types and in a variety of property situations. 

One of those can be from the leasing side of our industry. It is in undertaking tenant advocacy work for larger local companies and corporations for premises that they may need to lease or relocate to.

The larger businesses in most towns and cities do not have the resources or the time to investigate property leasing trends when they need to move premises or expand or contract occupancy. You can help with that.

When I say focus on larger businesses, that is because of the time involved and the required fee for service. Small businesses generally do not need specialist help in this regard. Larger companies and corporations want local property experts to advise the board or the business partners. Experience is critical to the process.

Local Business Leasing

Business pressures change throughout every year for many businesses and that will have a flow-through to property occupancy requirements. On that basis, a constant contact approach with business leaders is a good strategy to take. You never really know when they will want to change location or move some of their business operations.

Many businesses assess their occupancy costs and operational alternatives once a year as part of their business plan. It is great to be the agent of choice that can update the CEO or Board of Directors as to the property alternatives and cost comparisons.

Commercial Tenant Services for Local Business Leasing

The types of services that you can offer them include some of these:

So how do you get your ‘foot in the door’ on this with the local companies? This process tends to work for many experienced agents:

  • Send a letter or email to the CEO or Managing Director to advise them that you will be calling soon to discuss property trends in the local area.
  • Make the call a few days later to create an appointment with the decision-maker.
  • If you get stopped by a secretary or PA, it is a simple matter to say that you are following up on an earlier letter
  • Send about 4 of these every day to local businesses on the basis that you have to follow them up inside a week.
  • After a number of meetings, you will soon see that the decision-makers do appreciate help from the local agents.
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Get to know the tenants full occupancy requirements

Look for the Opportunities with Local Business Premises

Be open to the variations of leads and opportunities that you will get from this leasing focus and the local business owners. 

Some businesses may own their property, and others may be looking to relocate; importantly you are ready to adjust your presentation or pitch and match your services to their needs.  Understand the risks of occupancy and build your services around that.

A final word or reminder here is to keep in contact for the long haul. It may take a few years for some businesses to need your help. By that time they need to know you as the local property expert that can help them.

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