When it comes to choosing a commercial real estate agent, it’s important to find one who will be able to help you reach your goals, whether that includes selling, leasing, buying, investing, or developing.
Navigating these complexities can be overwhelming. Although, it doesn’t have to be if you find the right agent to support you. The right agent should understand your business needs, their local area, and be highly experienced and well-connected. They should have an exceptional portfolio of clients and properties.
Your agent should also ensure they develop a positive relationship with you, as you should have a good customer experience throughout your property journey.
They Should Know Their Local Area
When choosing a commercial real estate agent in Perth, it’s important to find an expert in your location of interest.
In terms of industrial real estate, there are four main quadrants within Perth:
- South East Perth – includes Belmont, Canning Vale, Forrestdale, Kewdale, Maddington & Welshpool.
- North West Perth – includes Balcatta, Joondalup, Landsdale, Wangara & Yanchep.
- North East Perth – includes Bassendean, Bayswater, Bellevue, Malaga, Midvale, Morley & Osborne Park.
- South West Perth – includes Bibra Lake, Cockburn Central, Jandakot, Naval Base, O’Connor, Port Kennedy & Rockingham.
If you want to rent or purchase a commercial property, it’s important to choose an area that has the infrastructure, arterial roads, and zoning that best suits your business’ needs. From there, you should find a real estate agent who is an expert in your desired location.
Within the South East Perth quadrant, Ross Scarfone Real Estate are experts in the commercial and industrial real estate sector. They have over 30 years of proven experience.
Find an Agent Who Understands Your Business
A good commercial real estate agent should have a niche that they really understand. When you are meeting with a potential agent, you need to find out whether they are a good fit to work with your business. You need to know that they really understand your requirements.
This means that if you are looking to rent, the commercial leasing agent should recognise your customer profile, and understand your day-to-day operations, turnover estimates, and the equipment and human resources that your business requires. They should also try to gain insight into what your future business plans are, so they are aware of how they might affect your requirements in terms of space, facilities, or the length and terms of the contract.
Your commercial real estate agent should be able to guide you to consider all necessary details about a new office, storage or warehouse space before you even really start looking, let alone commit.
In understanding your business, they should be able to scout for suitable properties within a specific location and present them to you, reducing your stress and giving you more time to focus on your business.
If you are looking to buy, sell or to lease your property, the real estate agent should also understand your business and financial needs.
Choose an Experienced Commercial Real Estate Agent
An experienced commercial real estate agent is essential when it comes to finding the perfect property with the right contract in place.
They should have a transparent portfolio of properties and clients that align with your business requirements. You need to ensure they have successfully looked after similar clients in the past, that have been of a similar size, complexity, and type to yours. While you are researching this, ensure they have a good reputation and that their previous clients would recommend them.
Your agent should also have an in-depth understanding of selling, renting, leasing, or buying a property from start to finish, so they can advise you on that process. This means they will be able to walk you through the documents and other information you will need to have.
A Well-Connected Real Estate Agent Is the Key to Your Success
Your commercial real estate agent should not only understand your business, have proven experience, and be an expert in property in your local area — they should also be well-connected.
This means they should have both local market awareness, and the ability to assist you if you need to relocate or expand in a different area. For example, if you are looking to do business interstate or overseas, they should be able to utilise their connections to ensure you have a smooth transition.
They should also have contacts to key personnel across the property sector, including financial institutions, solicitors, and surveyors. By utilising these connections, they should be able to guide you through every step of the leasing process by referring you on as necessary.
Ensure Your Commercial Real Estate Agent Communicates Well
Your commercial real estate agent should be available to you via phone, mobile and email, both inside and outside office hours (within reason). They should be able to communicate openly and honestly about all matters regarding your business premises and get all key information across to you succinctly.
It’s important you are able to understand what the agent is trying to communicate, so misunderstandings don’t arise —you need to know exactly what is in the contract and what you are getting as part of the deal.
If you need a commercial and industrial real estate agent or property manager in Perth, Ross Scarfone Real Estate has extensive experience and knowledge of the property market in the South East Perth region. They have been helping businesses thrive for over 30 years by leasing commercial real estate, including small offices, storage yards, and industrial warehouses, in an ethical and professional manner.