Real Estate Free Agency - Ifma

January 21, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Psychology, Conformity
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Real Estate Free Agency Effective Management of Your Portfolio Session 7.08

Real Estate Agent

“Real” Estate Agent

Just Kidding!! • This presentation does not recommend foregoing professional real estate agency partners • Comment when I submitted this presentation for consideration – “A very interesting topic that'll have RE brokers picketing at the back of the room.”

The key is: Every organization needs to have an internal focus on managing their real estate portfolio

Meet Our Presenter As manager of 26 leased office locations around the world, Mark Ellis has encountered numerous triumphs and tribulations in managing his company’s portfolio. Having been involved in negotiating over 75 lease contracts worldwide, he has had an opportunity to work under exclusive, preferred, and unaffiliated agreements with minor and major players in the Real Estate Agency world. His experience and knowledge of these relationships and their effectiveness in helping to reduce lease costs over 30% worldwide for his portfolio make him an ideal individual to learn from.

Mark Ellis, CFM Director, Global Facilities & Real Estate - Tekelec

Learning Objectives • Understand that the tools and benefits of the real estate partnership go both ways

• Understanding the type of partnership you should have with a real estate agency partner given your portfolio • Choosing the right local agent or agency for your transaction

• Ensuring that your agent is motivated to get YOU the best deal and giving you THE critical post-transaction deliverable • Cultivating the partnership – it’s a two-way street

Look for “The Bottom Line”

Tools and Benefits of an Effective Partnership • Regular communication with a dedicated account team • Lease management tool and initial abstracts where needed • Proactive market monitoring in existing locations • Access to market reports • Access to white papers on important real estate topics • Initial assistance with real estate “side projects” • Annual-threshold commission sharing proposition

Benefits both sides of the partnership

Exclusive vs. Preferred • Exclusive Partnership •

Agreement where you are required to use the agents of the partner for all transactions



Too often this leads to a hands-off approach from the client, no real leverage for creative commission agreements, and are locked in to the local agent regardless of performance

• Preferred Partnership •

Requires partner to earn business with each transaction



Can and should receive same tools and benefits of an exclusive partnership, albeit subject to reasonable activity levels



Commission-sharing proposition is more prevalent in this relationship to incent client to utilize agency

Remember – It’s all about the individual agent

Preferred Partnership – The Good Story •

Regular communication with a dedicated account team - quarterly



Lease management tool and initial abstracts where needed – free and remained so



Proactive market monitoring in existing locations – several agency-initiated transactions



Access to market reports – full access to library



Access to white papers on important real estate topics – full access to library



Initial assistance with real estate “side projects”



Annual-threshold commission sharing proposition •

Significant rebate on HQ extension

Got the best dots!

Exclusive Partnership – The Bad Story •

Regular communication with a dedicated account team – when they felt like it



Lease management tool and initial abstracts where needed – For $90,000 annual



Proactive market monitoring in existing locations – Had to ask for specific location



Access to market reports – upon request only



Access to white papers on important real estate topics – upon request only



Initial assistance with real estate “side projects”



Annual-threshold commission sharing proposition – not a chance

Became a dot-referral service

The Serviced Office Blind Spot • Serviced office (like Regus) portfolios suffer in most exclusive partnerships •

Most large agencies do not put the proper attention and focus on these transactions – there are alternatives….unless you are exclusive, of course



There’s more than just Regus out there! •

Should get same property search and comparison as traditional



Can easily get locked into top-tier pricing and/or autopilot



Need an agent that understands the differences in negotiable terms as compared to traditional •



Setup fees, exit fees, service fees, operational flexibility, parking, internet connection, phones, furniture fees, and sometimes various “hidden fees”

Manage these transactions – do not allow local resource “sweet deal”

Need same focus on these transactions too!

Choosing The Right Local Agent • Start with the preferred-partner recommended agent •

Be a good partner, stay true to preferred status

• Explain the objective: business strategy, use, desired submarket, buildingtype, critical amenities, budget, and operational flexibility targets for the transaction • Examine the initial property search report critically •

Did they listen to you? If there are mismatches, did they explain why they still meet objectives?



Can they give examples of recent transactions they completed and what they were able to achieve through negotiations from starting positions?



If you are satisfied, move to commission negotiation



If not, explain to your account management team why you will be looking at other agents

The right agent will be a great listener

Negotiating Commission Agreements • For international transactions, often the client pays some or all of the commission fee • Understand the commission norms for the market

• Do not be afraid to construct a creative commission agreement •

Try to base on exceeding objectives (higher percentage), percentage of negotiated savings from beginning position, min/max structure, lease abstract deliverable, and/or other creative ideas to incent the best deal



If can’t agree, utilize your account team to resolve - but in the end, be satisfied with your agreement or end the engagement and start again elsewhere



This is NOT about hammering the commission down to an unreasonable level

• If you do not achieve an agreement on commission structure, stop here •

Be fair – do not go beyond an initial search unless you engage

The right agent is creative with commissions

The Domestic Transaction Conundrum • For domestic transactions, the landlord pays the fee •

Sounds great, but you can bet you pay for it in the deal

• So, how do you ensure that you are getting the best deal if your agent is paid more when the landlord makes more? •

You need to focus on comps, evidence of the agent to negotiate strongly from initial starting position, and press for what you need to get the deal done



Ensure at least three properties are FULLY negotiated so you can maximize leverage in final negotiations with your preferred choice •

Landlords are competing against each other for your business – leverage it!



Remember, your agent doesn’t get paid unless they make a deal, so stick to your guns! The right agent will be creative and meet objectives….



…..but be reasonable and understand the limits

Full negotiation of several properties a must

Cultivating The Partnership •

Take an active role in managing your portfolio •

Help your agency help you



Passive management leads to missed opportunities



Meet your account team regularly to discuss market condition at current locations and your current business strategic plans



Review upcoming critical dates and develop a plan to meet location objectives



Provide honest and critical assessments of local agent performance in recent transactions



Indicate where service or information could be improved

Help your partner improve their performance

Learning Objectives – Mission Accomplished! • Understand the tools and benefits • Dedicated account team, lease management tool, initial market and side-project reports/advice, proactive research for your market opportunities

• Understanding the type of partnership you should have with a real estate agency partner given your portfolio • A Preferred Partnership is likely your best bet

• Choosing the right local agent or agency for your transaction • It’s all about the individual agent, don’t be afraid to shop, but be fair

• Ensuring that your agent is motivated to get YOU the best deal and giving you THE critical post-transaction deliverable • The right agent will be flexible to be tenant-motivated and get your LEASE ABSTRACT

• Cultivating the partnership – it’s a two-way street • Providing constructive feedback to make your brokerage a better partner

Questions & Answers

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