Title: Exploring the Diverse World of Commercial Real Estate Properties 101
Once upon a time in the bustling world of real estate, there existed a fascinating array of properties that offered unique opportunities and experiences. These properties fell into various categories, each with its own distinct characteristics and stories to tell.
Let’s embark on a journey through these types of Commercial Real Estate (CRE) properties:
1. The Office Enclaves: Imagine a world of towering skyscrapers reaching towards the sky, small professional office buildings nestled in urban corners, and single-tenant properties that serve as business havens. From the grandeur of downtown high-rises to the intimacy of local offices, this category encompassed the entire spectrum of workspace possibilities.
2. The Industrial Labyrinths: In another part of the real estate realm, industrial spaces thrived. These spaces ranged from the flexible “Flex” or “R&D” properties to colossal office service or warehouse spaces known as “big box” properties. What set industrial spaces apart was their Clear Height – the height to the bottom of steel girders within the building. Smaller spaces boasted heights of 14 to 16 feet, while the larger ones soared to 40 feet and beyond. The type and number of docks a property had also played a vital role, ranging from Grade Level docks to semi-dock and full-dock options. Some even had Rail Spurs for train cars to load and unload, adding an extra layer of intrigue.
3. The Retail Wonderland: Along the highways and city streets, a vibrant world of retail and restaurants unfolded. Pad sites on busy roadways, single-tenant retail buildings, and quaint neighborhood shopping centers all had a story to share. Larger centers anchored by grocery stores or major retailers like Best Buy and PetSmart created bustling “power centers,” and regional and outlet malls offered a paradise for shoppers seeking diverse experiences.
4. The Multifamily Communities: High above the cityscape, the world of multifamily properties thrived. These communities included sprawling apartment complexes and towering high-rise apartment buildings. Anything larger than a fourplex was considered commercial real estate, bringing together a diverse array of residential options under this CRE umbrella.
5. The Land of Potential: In the heart of future development lay a category dedicated to land. Some properties were pristine, undeveloped land nestled in rural expanses, waiting for the touch of progress. Others were patches of opportunity within urban landscapes, known as infill land, where new dreams and structures could emerge.
6. The Miscellaneous Marvels: Lastly, there existed a category that defied definition – the catch-all realm of “Miscellaneous.” Here, one could find an eclectic mix of nonresidential properties, from the elegance of hotels to the warmth of hospitality venues. Medical spaces provided healing sanctuaries, while self-storage developments held untold secrets. This category was a treasure trove of surprises and hidden gems.
And so, in the world of commercial real estate, these diverse categories wove a tapestry of possibilities. Each type of property had its own story to tell, each with unique traits and potential for those who sought to explore their riches. With each property type, the realm of real estate expanded, offering a world of opportunities for investors, developers, and dreamers alike.
Before starting your search for rental space, think carefully about the kind of location and building that will best suit your business, determine the maximum rent you’re willing to pay, and set other priorities, such as the size and configuration of the rental space. Then consider the working relationship you want with a broker. If your rental needs are fairly straightforward, the types of spaces you want are plentiful, and you’re comfortable negotiating lease terms with the landlord, you may find space on your own and forego hiring your own broker. But if you want to work with a real estate broker who represents tenants (ideally, exclusively), you’ll need to do some searching. Here’s how to get the best results.
Finding a commercial real estate broker isn’t all that different from finding a good doctor, lawyer, or dentist. A hefty application of common sense, professional and personal connections, and some independent research usually does the trick. The same method works when looking for a broker. Here’s what to look for:
- Expertise in commercial real estate. Make sure the broker you choose is experienced in helping tenants find office, retail, and other commercial space (not someone who works primarily with houses, condos, and apartments).
- Experience in representing tenants in commercial real estate transactions. You’ll ideally want a broker who consistently works only with tenants, but it may be difficult to locate such a broker, especially if your business is located in a small community (in this case, you may need to find a broker who works for landlords and tenants).
- An established business in your geographical area. Look for someone who’s been in commercial real estate long enough to know how deals are done and how landlords and their brokers work. In addition, experienced and successful brokers will have the financial stability to enable them to firmly put your best interests at the front. Remember, in most situations a broker gets paid when the deal is done, according to the size of the rent. A broker who isn’t hungry will be less tempted to rush negotiations or settle for a more expensive result when patience might produce something better for you.
How to Find a CRE Professional
Other commercial tenants in your community will be the best source of leads for brokers. Ask businesses if they have engaged a broker and whom they would recommend. Look for tenants who appear to be running a healthy business (chances are that their good business sense was at work when they chose a broker, too).
You can narrow your field of inquiry by approaching tenants whose businesses are similar to yours, especially if you’re in a large city where brokers may have divided the market into niches, with some specializing in office space, others concentrating on restaurants and food stores, and others working mainly with light industry. For example, if you’re intending to open an art gallery, you’ll want to deal with a broker who’s familiar with the commercial space that is appropriate for a gallery. The owner of a currently operating gallery may have found just the broker.
In some cities, brokers may even concentrate on specific neighborhoods. If you want to locate in a particular area, to take advantage of adjoining businesses, traffic patterns, or expected rents, it makes sense to look for brokers who have already done deals in the neighborhood.
Be sure to check out brokers who represent buyers—but not sellers—of commercial real estate; they may act as tenants’ agents in leasing transactions too, or they may be able to direct you to a kindred spirit who represents tenants only.
Try to get recommendations from several tenants and business people. You may find that the same name or names pop to the top of everyone’s list. Once you’ve whittled down your list to two or three promising names, you’ll want to ask your contacts about the broker’s strong and weak points, before you interview and chose a CRE Broker.
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