Why Use a Broker?

May 24, 2016

Our team handles 50+ tenant advisory assignments every year. Why? We like to think it is because we are really good. But there are many other reasons to hire a broker including:

  1. Researching and looking into office space takes up a large amount of time. Do you have the luxury of stepping away from your immediate job responsibilities for an extended period of time? Most don’t.
  2. Wouldn’t it be nice to have landlords fighting over your business? Good tenant reps make this happen.
  3. Not only do we ensure that you save money in negotiations, our services are free. The Landlord pays the commission.
  4. These relationships aren’t fleeting. Having a long-term business relationship with an incredible tenant rep like Coppola-Cheney will aid in all future real estate endeavors for your company.

Below are two articles that spell out some other reasons to hire a team like ours. 
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Why should a business owner use a Commercial Tenant Representation Broker to help them locate & negotiate commercial space?

Why should a business owner use a Commercial Tenant Representation Broker to help them locate & negotiate commercial space?

Answer: We do not know if you are currently under a commercial lease agreement or your experience with analyzing and negotiating commercial leases, which may affect your decision; however, you can review industry articles and suggestions on Commercial Tenant Representation Broker services at several websites, which include these common considerations:

Reasons why you may need tenant representation:

1. Do you have the time and expertise to research the real estate market, including opportunities that are currently available or will become available in the future?
2. Do you know the effective leasing rates and inducements being offered to those leveraging their real estate requirement?
3. Do you have the time and expertise to deal with brokers and landlords in a site search, while at the same time handling all of your other job responsibilities?
4. Do you know how to use real estate to improve the financial and competitive position of your business or corporation?
5. Do you know that the quoted rental rate of your building includes brokerage fees?

Ways a tenant representative can help:

1. Analyze space needs
2. Investigate all available properties and determine which are the most appropriate for your needs
3. Create a bidding war among several landlords for your business
4. Protect you during lease negotiations so that you come away with terms that meet your present and potential needs
5. Serve as a buffer between you and the landlord
6. Identify lease provisions that could cost you money during the lease term
7. Handle the paperwork and other details of the lease negotiation
8. Settle disputes that arise after the lease is signed

10 reasons working with an office tenant rep is better than flying solo

October 09, 2014 | Staff Writer
RE Journals

Finding and leasing office space presents challenges for any business, but it can be especially difficult for companies that lack the knowledge and expertise to make an informed decision about their real estate needs. While researching different buildings and neighborhoods is often a good place to start, working with an experienced broker who’s already familiar with the options that exist in the market not only saves time and money, but also ensures businesses end up in a location that will work for them over the long term.

“Just like attorneys and medical professionals, commercial brokers have specialized knowledge that can prove invaluable during an office search,” said Frank Chalupa, president of Amata Office Solutions, a Chicago-based real estate company that specializes in office solutions for companies requiring up to 10,000 square feet of space. “By handling the majority of the legwork, brokers are able to streamline the search process while generating better results for their clients.”
According to Amata, the top 10 benefits of working with an experienced tenant rep are:

1) Their services are free: A common misconception is that the benefits of working with a commercial broker are offset by the cost. “What some businesses don’t realize is that tenants are not responsible for paying brokers for their services,” said Chalupa. “Instead, these costs are covered by the landlord, with the tenant rep splitting the commission with the listing agent.”

2) They can help businesses determine what goes in the cloud and what stays in the office: Cloud-based file storage and other technologies have enabled businesses of all sizes to cut costs by reducing their overall footprint. “A broker can assess a company’s needs to give them a more approximate idea of how much physical space they require to operate efficiently yet comfortably,” said Chalupa. “They can also help clients plan for growth to ensure they aren’t paying for space they won’t use.”

3) They’re connected: By taking advantage of their relationships with fellow brokers, building owners and other real estate professionals, tenant reps can educate clients about the best options in the market, including recently vacated spaces that are not yet publicly listed. “The improving economy, along with a lack of new office development, has caused demand for existing space to soar,” said Chalupa. “Today, available spaces are filling up before some companies even have the chance to look at them, making it all the more important to work with brokers who have their finger on the pulse of the market and can make clients aware of new spaces as soon as they come online.”

4) They save valuable time: Finding office space and negotiating a lease is a time-consuming process that can pull business owners and corporate decision makers away from the day-to-day operations of their business. “For many tenants, time is money, especially in the case of small businesses that simply do not have the resources to conduct a thorough office search,” said Chalupa. “In addition to money saved through the lease negotiation process, brokers also save their clients valuable time by handling much of the back-and-forth communications with the landlord leading up to the actual signing of the lease.”

5) They know how to find the needle in the haystack: Experienced tenant reps are well-versed in the local real estate market and have the keen ability to match companies’ needs to a specific location. If, for example, a startup is looking for a smaller space to expand their operations, they can benefit from working with a broker who specializes in spaces smaller than 10,000 square feet. “An office search can be overwhelming, especially for businesses that are going through the process for the first time,” said Chalupa. “By drawing on their familiarity with different buildings, as well as the people who own and manage them, tenant reps help clients identify the space that will best meet their current and future needs.”

6) They think about auxiliary items: While the look and feel of an office is important, there are several other factors that tenants should consider before signing on the dotted line. “Access to public transportation, parking and building amenities are just a few of the things that businesses should evaluate when leasing office space,” said Chalupa. “A good broker will help clients identify certain wants and needs that they might not think about if they were leasing space on their own.”

7) They give tenants more leasing power at the negotiating table: As with a job interview or presentation, it’s important that tenants come to the negotiating table prepared. “Brokers are the key to unlocking value during a negotiation, whether it be through lower rents, higher tenant improvement allowances or some other concession,” said Chalupa. “Most landlords have been through the negotiation process countless times before, so tenants that go it alone are at a significant disadvantage.”

8) They know the ins and outs of leasing: Leasing agreements are full of clauses and provisions that, together, dictate how much flexibility tenants have over the course of their lease. “Everything from rent escalations to the ability to sublease is spelled out in this document,” said Chalupa. “Because most tenants are eager to move into their new space, they may not stop to examine their lease as carefully as they should. A broker will ensure the leasing agreement reflects prior communications with the landlord and may even be able to recommend a real estate attorney who can review the lease before it’s signed by the tenant.”

9) They can act as your first line of defense if issues arise with your landlord: Even the most thorough of office searches can fail to identify problem landlords that can end up causing big headaches for tenants. “By acting as the messenger, a tenant rep can help resolve landlord-tenant disputes and save clients from awkward exchanges with their landlord,” said Chalupa. “If the problem cannot be resolved, brokers can help tenants evaluate their options and, in some cases, find a new home.”

10) They can help clients renew or relocate when their initial term is up: Although brokers often help clients with their immediate needs, their relationship can last years or even decades. “Tenants that maintain a relationship with their broker have a head start when it comes time to renew their lease or move to another location,” said Chalupa. “Brokers spend a lot of time getting to know their clients, so they’re familiar with a company’s needs.”

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