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Sales Pitch Topics for Leasing Agents

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There are differences to consider in a sales pitch for a lease listing in commercial or retail real estate. You are working with elements of rent, vacancy factors, supply and demand, property types, and certain target markets of tenants. Landlords need a bit of help in knowing how you see the ‘attraction factors’ that apply to their property. Tell a story about their property and how you will move on the leasing requirement; demand exclusivity for your intense focus and time commitment.

Before going too much further here, it should be said that the leasing part of our business is very lucrative as you can connect with plenty of local landlords and that can lead to sales appointments over time. Be prepared to work with lease listings and convert them; go ‘deeper’ and make direct calls to local or targeted tenants.

Quality is important in working with lease vacancies and the different properties. That is a rule to ‘live by’ in brokerage. Choose the properties that are likely to create tenant interest. Know what motivates a tenant to look at or take up a property. That knowledge can be gained and used as you talk to plenty of local businesses.


Listing Facts for Presentations

Take every potential lease listing and do a ‘SWOT’ analysis before you engage with the landlord client. You are then prepared to ‘pitch’ for the listing. Here are some things for you to talk about with the landlord as the client for you:

  1. Levels of enquiry – show the landlord what is happening with the inbound enquiry and list the questions by a group as to what tenants are looking for. Will the landlord’s property satisfy that list of questions?
  2. Property types – put the client’s property firmly in a property grouping for the zone. At that point, you can then tell the client what they are up against with other listings and lease offerings.
  3. Location preferences – explain how different tenants look for location advantages such as roads, transport points (ports and airports), location to end users or markets, and other local businesses. Some locations are more attractive than others when it comes to those elements.
  4. Target marketing – shortlist a few tenant types that will be valuable in the target marketing process. Your promotional strategies can then be direct and deliberate as you spread the word about the property. Tell the client how you will do that.
  5. Local area comparisons and coverage – list the competing properties in the precinct, and then take some photos, get the property facts in each case, and look at the strengths and weaknesses of each property. The competitive position for the listing is then something that you can talk about with the client and make some clear recommendations.

In saying all these things, simplicity is important in what you say, do, show in the listing process or pitch. Help the client see and hear how you can move things ahead with a direct focus on results. That is the best way to pitch for a commercial real estate lease listing. Be different, real, and relevant to the property and the client.


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Tips for Auctioning a Commercial Property Today

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Even when the commercial property market is slow and difficult, there are certain advantages in the auction process that should not be overlooked or underestimated. The greatest advantage for all concerned is that the auction process gives momentum to the serious buyers that are available today and those that are looking for property to purchase.

Even in the toughest of property markets, there will always be buyers available for most quality properties. The auctioning of a property is a very focused method of sale; it is implemented over a period of 6 to 8 weeks. During that time the appointed salesperson, the agency, and the client all have a vested interest to implement the strategy required to create buyer interest.

If the client is serious about taking their quality property to the market, then an auction process is worthwhile considering. The property may sell on the day or it may sell soon thereafter. Importantly the salesperson in the auction process has done the necessary work to flush out a few potential buyers that will be lodging offers as appropriate.

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Commercial Property Presentation Strategies



Realistic Auction Clients

The client or owner of the property that is to be auctioned has to be realistic regards expected current market prices; that conditioning or information process is really the job of the salesperson to provide and implement. The client needs to be fully informed regards the factors of the local property market as they apply to the property type and the method of sale.


Unconditional Contract of Sale

Another clear advantage of the auction process is that the resultant contract is normally unconditional and will proceed to a precise and timely settlement. The factors and delays of due diligence and subject to clauses that you see in normal contracts do not normally apply in auctions between the time of sale and settlement. That being said, the client must ensure that all relevant facts and property details are accurate and correct prior to the auction marketing and inspection process. The bidders on the auction day need to be fully informed about the property prior to the placing of their bids.


Auction Success Rates

The auction success rates will vary from time to time in your local area based on the amount of enquiry and the number of people that attend the property auction on the day. That being said, every property that is taken to auction has to be taken through a serious amount of marketing and deliberate attention to detail so that the correct amount of enquiry can be generated. Here are some clear strategies and tips that can apply to the auction of listing and marketing process.

  1. The auction method of sale is a timed strategy designed to flush out the buyers in the market. Genuine buyers always exist for a quality property; you just need to find them.
  2. The momentum of an auction should be timed across a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Most of the marketing campaign should be expended in the first half of that time period.
  3. Create a quality information memorandum relative to the property prior to the commencement marketing. When people make enquiries, and they are suitably qualified, you need to be sending out the information memorandum quickly and efficiently.
  4. Depending on the property, there may be a need for confidentiality relating to the information memorandum that you are to issue. This is normally the case when you’re dealing with larger properties with extensive tenancy details and matters relating to financial performance. On that basis, you may need a confidentiality agreement to be signed prior to providing the information memorandum and inspecting the property with qualified prospects.
  5. Design a comprehensive marketing campaign that is targeted to a specific target audience and regional location. Most purchasers of commercial property today come from the same general region and the key asset under promotion.  Get to know all of the local people in your property market that could be active.
  6. Check out the prices for similar properties in the region over the last two years. Identify any competing properties that will be on the market at the same time as your subject property.
  7. Get all the necessary reports and documentation together that support the function of the property, the improvements, the tenancy mix, and the property ownership. All of this should be done prior to any marketing commencing. Remove any hurdles or problems as part of this preparation process.

In any commercial or retail property market and at any time, the auction process is worthwhile considering as an alternative method of marketing. If that is to be the choice applicable to the subject property then the property owner, the agency, and the salesperson need to establish a firm mutual strategy of auction marketing, inspection, and promotion to get the correct message of the property out to the targeted audience. If the client wants a timely result in selling their property then the auction process is worth considering.

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Advertising Strategies in Commercial Real Estate

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Advertising and marketing is the only way of getting many people interested in a commercial property in a short period of time. The more that people know about the property, the greater the chances of someone liking it, and wanting to buy. When you can get people to like a property, the higher the asking price can be, and the greater the potential for genuine enquiry.

Although some Commercial Real Estate companies pay for the advertising themselves (and the vendor gets what he or she pays for; little or no advertising and poor results).

Anyone could put their property to auction for a free market valuation, with an impossible reserve price and no intention of selling.

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Commercial real estate prospecting system for agents and brokers


Getting the Marketing Message Right

Selling a commercial property is a business transaction and a joint effort. A vendor who spends money to make money is a genuine seller. The newspapers get the advertising money, in return for which the vendor receives AGENT SERVICE, EXPERTISE, LOYALTY AND BEST EFFORTS.

If a commercial real estate auction company paid for the cost of advertising for each property on their books, (say 200 properties) their classified and display advertising costs would be over $50,000 per month!  They would quickly go out of business.


Know Your Marketing Requirements

In choosing an advertising budget, the vendor should carefully consider what the advertising is required to achieve. The more advertising that can be done the better for the client; more people will know of the property and its availability.  Give the client some marketing campaign choices as you pitch for the listing and ask for vendor paid marketing funds.  When you take the comprehensive approach, it is hard for a client to ignore the marketing story and the need for them to commit to the promotional campaign.


Individual advertising budgets in Commercial Real Estate are tailored for each property. Agent’s commission, legal fees and advertising costs are often paid for in just one higher bid at auction. (As a guideline, adequate advertising costs should be approximately 1% of the value of the commercial property being offered for sale).