Leasing a business space can be a breeze with a top-notch real estate agent by your side. How do you know you’ve found one?
They’re a whiz in commercial real estate.
If you’ve found a great agent, but they’re usually showing off houses, condos or apartments, then they may not be the greatest agent for your needs. You want an agent who has solid experience and expertise helping tenants find retail, office and other commercial spaces.
They’re well-versed in representing tenants.
Some agents work primarily for landlords. Others focus on working with tenants. You ideally want the latter. Real estate agents who focus on tenants are going to be true advocates, going out of their way to find you the best space at the best price that suits your business’s specific needs.
They work with an established firm.
Top-notch agents will not only have a strong track record of their own, but they’ll be working with a real estate company that has proven itself over the years. Research the background, longevity and brief history of the company your real estate agents works with, making sure you’re picking a double-winner across the board.
When it comes to commercial real estate, you want someone who knows the lay of the land and can point you in the right direction. Local agents will have insider info on leasing space available in your area, along with the lowdown on how deals are done.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning due to its importance on two different levels. Success proves your real estate agent knows what they’re doing, sure.
But it also ensures they have the financial stability to truly put your best interests up front. Since agents typically get paid when a deal is finalized, less successful agents may be tempted to rush into a deal or go for a more expensive option just to get a bigger and faster paycheck.
Successful, sophisticated agents will have as much patience as needed to make sure you’re getting what you want and need at a price that works for you.