written by
Alec Spencer

“Why do I need a Tenant Rep Broker?”

Commercial Tenants will often sign leases without a broker- unfortunately, it’s unlikely those tenants get the best deal. Having a broker advocate for your terms is crucial. 

Commercial landlords have goals for their property and above all, they want maximum returns and higher rent. Property owners typically hire listing brokers who handle the day-to-day leasing activity and get compensated in the form of a commission after the deal is executed. When a tenant searches for commercial space on their own, it is important to remember the lessor broker has a fiduciary duty to the property owner, not you the tenant.

Maybe the most common industry misconception is a tenant operating without broker representation will save the landlord money by eliminating one side of a commission. While that may be true, listing agents are far savvier than that. What actually happens when a tenant is unrepresented, is the listing agent ends up receiving a larger commission for less work on their part as listing agreements typically provide full market commission regardless of whether or not the tenant has a broker.


“So where is the value in hiring a real estate professional for Tenant Representation?”


Maybe the most valuable is by saving the tenant time and energy. As a business owner, you don’t always have time to search available properties, schedule tours, contact listing brokers, or negotiate rates and terms. An experienced and driven Tenant Rep Broker is there to handle all the busy work so you can focus on your expanding business venture.

Your Tenant Rep Broker also lends their market knowledge and has the ability to effortlessly navigate the moving parts of a lease. A well-versed Tenant Rep Broker knows what is available, who represents the owner and submarket rental rates. A deal is really an equation for these landlords so good Tenant Rep Brokers know how to calculate what is available and suggest where the ‘give’ is for each space. For example, a property with a high vacancy rate may have flexibility in its asking rent, whereas the final vacancy of a property may be firm on the asking price, but willing to offer a tenant improvement allowance to build out the space.

Tenant Rep Brokers also know the complicated dynamics of leasing and facilitate the process from start to finish. Including, finding and touring available spaces, presenting offers and letters of intent with credit statements and proof of financials, negotiating terms to get to a lease draft, reviewing a lease with an attorney when needed, advising on the time and cost estimates if there is a buildout, guidance on required permitting through the city- all these of which are done with the tenant’s best interest in mind.

Lessor Rep Brokers are unconcerned with tenant needs and will not be of use to a prospective or hopeful tenant, which is why it’s important to remember who is on your side.  Working with a professional and having someone advocate for you through such a large life milestone is invaluable.

To learn more about Tenant Representation, please reach out to Alec Spencer at aspencer@intersectioncre.com 

Autumn Valencia is the Marketing Coordinator at Intersection, providing strategic marketing expertise to support business objectives across company divisions. For general and marketing inquiries, please contact Autumn at avalencia@intersectioncre.com 

written by
Steve Gildred

Helpful Tips to Become a Skilled Networking Professional

When it comes to networking, commercial real estate is no different than any other industry; the better you take care of your network, the better your network takes care of you. While the brokerage side of the business may seem like an individual operation, you’re only as strong as your network and networking is a craft that requires patience and dedication to fully master. The following are just a few helpful tips and suggestions to help you become a premier networker in commercial real estate:

Play Your Cards Right

As a broker, you find yourself on the go often. Since you never know when you might stumble across your next client, it’s an absolute must to have your business card handy at all times. Just as important as handing out business cards, however, is taking them. A card given puts you on someone’s radar but a card taken gives you the power to initiate a relationship. To properly maximize your business card collection, it’s important to log every new entry into a database of contacts that can be tracked and monitored. Next, you must create a plan for when and how you intend to initiate contact. Last but not least, be mindful of timing; each new contact carries with it a limited window of opportunity, and business cards have a propensity to stack up on your desk if you’re not proactive with them.  

Invest in Your Network

The greatest gift you can give someone is your time and nobody is more keenly aware of this concept than a premier networker. Relationships are not born from the mere initiation of contact but by logging meaningful time and establishing a genuine connection. This may sound simple enough but it becomes infinitely more complex the larger your network grows. As a result, prioritizing relationships is critical as one only has so much time to offer and must be cautious about which relationships to allocate your time towards. The balance of maintaining old relationships while developing new ones is a careful song and dance that requires a strong sense of priorities and self-awareness. 

Establish Yourself in the Local Community

A great way to expand your professional network is by attending local networking organizations such as the Commercial Real Estate Alliance (CRA), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP). These organizations typically meet monthly and will provide you with exposure to other local professionals and business owners. In order to maximize your affiliations and create a consistent presence within these organizations, it’s important to attend as many networking events as possible. This is especially true of your initial years as a new member of the organization.

Have Fun

Whether you’re exchanging business cards, cultivating close relationships, or mingling at networking events, remember to always have fun with it. At its core, networking is designed to be a uniquely rewarding experience and should be taken as such. The more people you can plug into your network that you genuinely enjoy, the more satisfying your experience will become. At some point, networking will stop feeling like work altogether as it eventually becomes second nature. And that’s when the real fun begins because, in the famous words of Mark Twain, if you can “find a job you enjoy doing, you will never have to work a day in your life”

To discuss networking strategy in more detail or if you would like more information about Intersection, please reach out to Steve Gildred at sgildred@intersectioncre.com

Autumn Valencia is the Marketing Coordinator at Intersection, providing strategic marketing expertise to support business objectives across company divisions. For general and marketing inquiries, please contact Autumn at avalencia@intersectioncre.com 

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