During the course of a conversation with a tenant, they asked why anyone would want to use an exclusive broker to represent them in finding and negotiating a lease.
On March 16th, I had the great pleasure of being honored by the Mercy Center of the South Bronx. Mercy Center was founded in 1990 to address urgent problems of the women and children of the area by providing an oasis from a violent home, a place for children to learn to read, and for parents to study English as a second language. Enclosed is a video of my acceptance speech. I hope it will inspire you to support the important mission of Mercy Center.
In an ideal world, commercial tenants would work with both internal and external stakeholders to determine how much space they need before looking at properties. Management would go through a strategic planning process to figure out where the company is going, how it’s going to get there, and who's going to take it there. The company would consult with an architect to determine its exact space needs, and necessary board or upper management approvals would be obtained beforehand.
Landlords have recently become more aggressive in trying to shift some of the costs of insurance that they traditionally carried onto their tenants. In a large commercial building, the cost of all of these policies can be significant. Essentially, the insurance requirements increase the cost of leasing space. Tenants should be wary of the extra costs these insurance requirements can impose.
Recently, I’ve started working with a national company based in the midwest. Their New York office is located in Westchester County, but they have become eager to relocate closer to the city. One of the places they are considering is in the Bronx.
In the real estate business, it’s no secret in Manhattan that when you get out into the boroughs or suburbs, the quality of the landlords changes quite dramatically. It’s not true of all landlords, but there is a definite mindset that begins to take hold as soon as you cross the Hudson or East River: Tenants are a necessary evil, not valued customers.