Real Estate Agents – Strengths and Weaknesses in Listing Commercial Property Today

In this commercial property market there are some real pressures and challenges that confront a lot of property owners when they want to sell or lease their property. They need the help of top agents that really understand the local area, to help in moving the property.

Contrary to popular belief, it is in markets like this that good agents can make a lot of commission. It all comes down to the way in which they package their services and help their clients.

In simple terms, top agents and experienced agents can do very well today providing they work the local area and their database. A good database will always get you through any market conditions and frustrations. In saying, that I am a big believer that a salesperson’s database should not be delegated to the office administrative staff to control.

Every salesperson should take ownership of their database; in this way they will get good activities from it. In this market you need leads that you can do something with. When a database is passed over to the administrative staff to control, the inevitable result is inaccurate and old data. The database soon becomes redundant. The salesperson doesn’t keep it up to date.

Become Change Agents

So we are the ‘agents of change’ when it comes to helping our property clients an owners get results in this market. We should know how to attract the right people to every property listing that we take on. Exclusive listings are more important in today than ever before. Some top agents will not take on ‘open listings’ for the very reason that they are a waste of time and effort.

When you know the drawbacks of the industry and the listings today, you can offer the clients that you serve some solid solutions. So what are the drawbacks? Here is a list of some of the bigger ones:

  1. The time that it takes to sell or lease a property can be longer today. Every client has to be conditioned for the best price or rent so the time on market is not lengthened. The first few weeks of every marketing effort are the most important. Position the property correctly to get the best enquiry in this time.
  2. High prices and high rents will achieve nothing. The price or rent for the property should be optimised for enquiry. You have to do more with less when it comes to marketing and inspecting of properties.
  3. A larger number of competing properties can frustrate your marketing efforts and time on market. Check out these properties before you do anything with your listing.
  4. Buyers and tenants are slower to enquire, inspect the property, and then make a decision. Your skills with each stage of the listing should be optimised. Hone your skills accordingly.
  5. Limited finance can put some ‘brakes’ on the larger deals. Find out where your prospects can get finance from and what the criteria of approval may be.

Whilst these may be drawbacks in the market, they are also opportunities for agents that can get focused and organised. Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.

Are you a solution provider in this commercial real estate market? Top agents are just that. You can be too.

Why Efficient Appraisers Are An Imperative When Dealing With Property Transactions

The need for an efficient and experienced appraiser is imperative, whenever you purchase or sell some property. The prime purpose of hiring a property appraiser is to find out the accurate and fair market value of the concerned property. An efficient property appraiser is skilled in evaluating any kind of property. Many banks, mortgage companies, and similar loan lending institutions require proficient appraisers to find out the real worth of a home their clients are buying in order to ensure that they are not sanctioning more money than they can recover.

An expert real estate appraiser will be skilled in considering all the aspects while evaluating a fair value of the property. Generally, they will consider local real estate sales data, property features information, and current prices of the homes in the same area. The property features may include unique architectural characteristics, or special home improvements. By considering all these aspects, the appraiser will offer a fair value of the concerned house.

Reputed property appraisers will offer a proper and justified opinion on the value of a real estate property, no matter whether it is a residential or commercial property. Their opinion is based on the highest possible value and the best possible use of a real estate property.

A proficient residential real estate appraisal service will consider each property individually, thoroughly evaluating the interior and exterior of the home, and even consider the surrounding environment and neighborhood and the crime statistics of the particular area when appraising a residential property. They will consider both the improvements as well as faults when determining the appropriate value of a property.

Every appraiser has his own process and techniques for gathering data, analyzing it, and giving an expert opinion on a particular real estate property. If you hire four different appraisers to evaluate a property, you will get four different opinions on market rate of a particular property but all of them will fall within a similar range of value.

If you run a business in a commercial real estate area, or if you are planning to set up a business on a specific property, the commercial real estate business valuation services can help you to know an accurate and fair market value of your business or prospective business.

Real estate appraisers can give you a sound opinion with regard to the property you are interested in within a minimal time span. They can even play an active role in identifying and informing you about the property seller’s misrepresentations. Their advice is worthy not only for buying property at a fair rate but also for protecting yourself from falling prey to the seller’s deceptions.

In this way, the expert appraisers prevent you from paying unreasonable prices, getting a home with several hidden faults in it, buying a home in an unfavorable and inaccessible location, and being a victim of home seller’s misrepresentations. With the sound advice of the appraisers, you won’t repent on your decisions concerned with property sale and purchase. This is why property appraisers are an imperative need for anyone handling any kind of property transactions. Make sure that you hire some renowned real estate appraiser when buying or selling a desired property in order to secure a safe and fair property deal.

Make Easy Money Online: Become a Commercial Real Estate Property Scout

There are lots of ways to make easy money online. I am sure you have seen many of them in your email inbox.

One opportunity you may not be aware of is becoming a Commercial Real Estate Property Scout.

What’s a Commercial Real Estate Property Scout?

It’s a person who finds property for investors which meet a specific acquisition criteria.

Here’s the deal: This opportunity has nothing to do with sales, data entry, or any of those other possible questionable online business opportunities you may be aware of.

A Property Scout uses the Internet to search real estate listing databases for properties which meet the investors criteria. There are literally hundreds of these databases, many of which are free to use.

Advantages of the Opportunity

There are many things which make this opportunity attractive.

First, the price to get involved is very modest. It’s under $100 dollars.

Second, the money is really good. Frankly, there’s no comparison between what you can earn doing this and all the rest of the opportunities combined. It truly is one of the ways to make easy money online.

You can really earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Third, the support the company offers is incredible. While they won’t handhold or baby sit you, they will provide the weekly training, personal direction and weekly Q&A so that you can be successful–that’s more than any of the other opportunities do.

The fourth thing, is that you really can do this from home. There’s no travel involved. Plus it really only requires about twenty hours a week of work on a consistent basis.

The best part for me is that the company, Maverick Real Estate Investments, isn’t one of those schlocky companies promoting the next business opportunity. It’s real. And they sincerely want to see you successful because the big money for everybody involved is made when you find a promising property.

They’re committed to training you to be successful at it.

Maverick Real Estate Investments is in the commercial real estate business. That’s their purpose. And they’ve set up this business opportunity, so that they can attract people to help them find properties which fit their profile for acquisition.

It makes perfect sense if you think about it.

Disadvantages of the Opportunity

Are there bad points? Yes, a small one. But you really can’t blame the company for it, it’s just the nature of the commercial real estate industry.

If you need to make money right away, this is not the opportunity for you. Patience is key. While you can realistically make six figures and up a year, the fact is it takes time to find a property the investors want to acquire. It has to fit their profile (which they’ll thoroughly train you in).

And even when you find a property that meets their profile, they need the time to do whatever it takes to turn the property around which could take as long as 18 months to do.

But still, you have to admit it’s really good money. And let’s face it, you were to go into business for yourself, it would take that long AT LEAST to turn a modest profit–and nowhere near the money you’d earn as a Property Scout.

Now, they do offer an interesting way for you to get paid faster. But I wouldn’t recommend it, unless you really needed the money. You can get paid $15,000 when they buy the property and $15,000 again when they sell the property. It’s good money, but they prefer you to be partner with them and pay you when they sell the property and there are profits to be dispersed. It eases their cashflow.

Summary

In nutshell, this opportunity is legit. It’s lucrative. People ARE making money–and a lot. And it’s a profession which you can easily do from home using the Internet. Although it’s not perfect, it’s one of the few easy ways to make money online which is realistic and easily doable.

Commercial Property Management – Checklist for Property Management Handovers

When you take over the management of a commercial or retail property today, the information that you gather from the outgoing property manager or landlord will be critical to the establishment and future success of your property management processes.

Information is Critical

Lack of information in the handover process means problems and potential errors in the future. On that basis you should have a specialised handover process that you can implement on and with the handover of every property type within your local area. A checklist will help your activities as you bring in the new property to the management portfolio.

Here are some ideas to incorporate into your handover checklist:

  1. Get complete and comprehensive details of all leases and licensed occupied areas within the property. You will need to check these against the tenants physically in occupancy and the rental invoices that are raised for tenancy payment. Everything has to cross relate accurately.
  2. Copies of lease documents should be checked against the original documentation. Also look for side agreements for any extension or variance documentation relating to the original lease.
  3. Copies of correspondence relating to existing tenancy matters should be handed to you. Ask for this specifically and drill down on the details of each matter.
  4. Get copies of the current rental invoices and cross reference these to the tenancy schedules for the property. It is not unusual to come across in errors in the tenancy schedule or the rental invoices.
  5. The tenancy schedule should be checked against the actual leases and other occupancy papers and the signed documentation between the landlord and tenant.
  6. Check all outgoings charges and expenses that are applied to the tenancies within the managed property. The charging process should be shown on the rental invoices; you will need to check this amount and the process of recover that is adopted. It is not unusual to see errors in the outgoings recovery with tenants in managed properties. The process of checking will involve you getting copies of the current outgoings budget and the recent outgoings reconciliation.
  7. The arrears that apply to the property and any tenancies should be identified as part of the handover. They are sometimes discharged at the time of settlement, although the question should be raised in case you are taking over the ongoing pursuit of the arrears with any existing tenants. If that is the case you will need copies of all previous correspondence and claims.
  8. Current vacant tenancies within the premises may be the subject of lease negotiation. You will need copies of the lease offers that are or have been made and the status of the existing negotiations.
  9. Details of the maintenance issues within the building will be required. The essential services within the building will be critical maintenance contracts to identify early in the Handover. Any threats to the stability and function of essential services should be identified and addressed immediately. The maintenance contractors for the building will understand the function of the existing plant and machinery; get details of these contractors and then set up meetings as quickly as possible.
  10. Ask about any orders or notices that apply to the property or any part thereof. Check out any encumbrances, rights of way, or easements that apply to property usage.

So these are some of the main items that apply to the property management handover process. There will always be more issues and items to look at although these items listed above are the big ones to immediately get under control.

Commercial Property Investing: A Team Sport?

Sometimes adults act just like little kids. The pathetic part is occasionally that time is when we are investing in real estate. Maybe we feel we have read enough books and know exactly how to do it. Maybe, you heard how your neighbor had a great purchase on a small residential purchase. Maybe, we are convinced that Donald Trump is really not that smart… maybe he was just at the right place at the right time. Or, maybe, just maybe guys are absolutely positive about how to do it and they tell their wives or friends and then refuse to back off when they should.

I was one of those guys, I knew everything and if I didn’t I could hire someone who could. Yep, I was an absolute genius, with a full wallet. I told my wife and my friends how I had it all figured out. My wife just nodded like she does when I’m driving and refuse to use the GPS or ask someone for directions, even when I’m completely lost. My close friends were polite but strongly suggested I rethink what I was doing.

However, even an absolute genius, with a full wallet, a plan and pride the size of Texas was not going to back off and lose face. I knew how easy it was, buy a small rental house, fix it up and lease option it. A piece of cake.

I will leave out all the horrible details that follow as life seems better without dredging them up too often, besides the headaches and nightmares have finally gone away. Let’s just say that I lost my shirt when the market tanked, when the tenant got angry and trashed the house and fled in the night and when month after month of maintenance, utilities and taxes were eating away at that pride of ownership while sucking into my savings. That was real Genius.

Coincidentally, I was receiving checks twice a year from the group investment on a medical office building that I got into a few years before the crash. I was and still do earn a tidy 12% cash on cash return per annum. Due to slowly rising rents built into the leases from day one, strong tenants, premium location and amortization of the underlying mortgage the value of the building has gone up over time. So, simply put my principal is safe, I earn actual real dollars every year and the overall investment has gone up in value.

The office building purchase was a group of physicians who got together and built a building. We all became tenants and brought a few more non owners in to increase the cash flow. We all considered the risks as a group and the group was committed to the success of the building.

Now, if you have the cash on hand you could go and buy a nice class A office building or medical office building yourself. Since, YOU are a genius and have a full wallet. However, my advice from the trenches is to STOP right now! It takes some work and effort to manage the building and real expertise when things go wrong. If you have a group behind you those decisions are not solely yours and some of your partners might actually have good ways to solve those problems. In addition, by putting less into the investment you have reduced your risk and allowed the group to buy perhaps a bigger and better property.

Obviously, things can go wrong with group investing on real estate. I am not saying they can’t. But, with a group your risk is mitigated, you have people you can turn to when there is a problem and you can as a group buy a piece of real estate of substantial quality and value that you could never accomplish alone. Remember, one of the icons of American real estate The Empire State Building was built by a group of investors, not one man who refused to ask for directions when lost. That is real genius.