44 – Should I use Friends or Family as my Leasing Agent?

Hello, and welcome to Episode 44 of The LeaseSmart Commercial Real Estate Podcast, brought to you by LeaseSmart.com. Your host is Craig Melby, the founder of LeaseSmart, whose objective is to find companies the best facilities and get them the best terms, making their business more profitable and less vulnerable to future, unpredictable circumstances.

Today Natalie springs a leasing question on Craig about whether it is wise to use a friend or a family member as your leasing agent. This is one of those situations that could be kind of tricky! Craig recommends that if the family member or friend is an expert in the commercial real estate market then it could be a fine arrangement.

You just have to be careful of two things. First, make sure that the individual is an expert in commercial real estate and not just residential real estate. Second, make sure that the individual wouldn’t have any conflicts of interest. This means that you wouldn’t want to use the friend or family member as your leasing agent if they were also the listing agent, for example. We hope this is helpful information for you! Thanks for tuning in!

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43 – Why Your Employees’ View Matters More Than You Think

Hello, and welcome to Episode 43 of The LeaseSmart Commercial Real Estate Podcast, brought to you by LeaseSmart.com. Your host is Craig Melby, the founder of LeaseSmart, whose objective is to find companies the best facilities and get them the best terms, making their business more profitable and less vulnerable to future, unpredictable circumstances.

Today Craig gives us a fascinating book review on Robert Cialdini’s Pre-Suassion which has some remarkable applications to the world of real estate and site selection.

Cialdini recounts how he noticed huge differences in his ability to write, based merely on where he was sitting! When he was sitting in his office at the university where he taught, he wrote one way and when he was sitting in his home office, he wrote another way. Of course, this wasn’t ideal for his book to bounce back and forth between two writing styles, two voices, if you will; so he decided to just stick to writing from home.

How does this apply to site selection? Well, if you want your employees to perform well, you might want to get in the business of caring what your employees’ views are while they’re at work. And for that matter, those cheesy “Hang in there” posters have a more powerful impact than you might think!

The bottom line is that rent is a minor factor compared to employee productivity, performance and retention. Your office space should give your employees something to feel inspired about. Glass-walled board rooms, open spaces and inspiring views have very positive, unexpected effects.

Check out Pre-Suassion, the Robert Cialdini book that Craig is reading and let us if you have any other insights regarding real estate site selection. Thanks for listening and have a great day!

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