rent: Expand Your Business Without Leasing More Space - 10/22/12 06:48 AM
Nearly everyone enjoys the success of an expanding business. More work, clients and employees allow your business to not only become more successful, but also make a greater impact on your field.
But rent is expensive. It's usually the 2nd-highest expense for most companies. Wouldn't it be great is you could grow your business without taking on the financial burden of expanding office space?
Well there are several simple and cost-effective alternatives to expanding which can be implemented within the perimeters of your existing office.
Rearrange. It seems simple enough, but you’d be surprised how much more efficient … (1 comments)

rent: Help! I’m Running Out of Space - 07/09/12 11:46 AM
You’d be amazed at the number of commercial tenants that run out of space well before their lease term runs out. There are few things that are more chaotic to a business operation than having to work out of multiple locations because of poor planning. That’s why it’s vital that you plan for your growth before you start looking for space.
There are three keys to ensuring that you don’t run out of space before you run out of lease term.
The first key is to conduct a comprehensive needs analysis. And while this might seem obvious, the real question … (0 comments)

rent: Hire the Expert, Don't Take Time to Become One - 07/08/11 11:29 AM
So many times in life we try to do something ourselves because we're too cheap to pay an expert. That's why the floor tile is crooked in my bathroom and the faucet at the kitchen sink is loose. Sure I can do it, but can I do it well and for good.
It's the same in business. What am I doing myself that I should be paying someone else to do? Website? Marketing? Adwords? Health benefits? Negotiating a lease?
The amazing thing is that sometimes we do it ourselves when an expert is willing to do it at no additional cost. … (2 comments)

rent: Top Tips for Negotiating Commercial Leases - #13 Subleases can Save a Bundle - 05/19/11 09:09 AM
Want to save a bundle on your next office lease? Try to find a sublease. Subleases are often priced 20-50% below what the landlord is charging for direct leases. So a building charging $20.00 may have subleases in the range of $10.00 to $16.00. The closer you get to the expiration date of the sublease, the lower the price goes. 
Other factors affecting the rental rate will include how long the space has been on the market and whether furniture and equipment are available for the subtenant. Many subleases have furniture, phone systems, equipment, and maybe even art and plants in … (0 comments)

rent: Top Tips for Negotiating Commercial Leases - #12 Get a New Base Year on Renewal - 04/11/11 10:57 AM
Many companies renew their leases without engaging a professional tenant rep. Their logic is usually something like, "I know my landlord and trust him. We have been in the building for years so I don't see any reason to get a tenant rep involved and potentially get in the way of that good relationship. Besides, maybe the landlord will give me a better rental rate if he doesn't have to pay a commission."
That sounds logical, but in 27 years in the business I have never seen that actually work out to the tenant's advantage. Even in situations where the landlord … (0 comments)

rent: Top Tips for Negotiating Commercial Leases - #6 Use a Proposal Comparison Spreadsheet - 02/14/11 05:03 AM
Using a proposal comparison spreadsheet has many benefits, but the most important one is that it helps to keep you focused on what really matters. When you get deep into the search for the right property and are negotiating with several landlords at the same time, it's pretty easy to overlook details. And sometimes the detail you overlook may be one which you said we really important when you started. With a comparison spreadsheet, you can list all the important criteria and then start filling it in as you get proposals. If something is missing, it's easy to see it.
Make each … (0 comments)

rent: How to get the VERY BEST DEAL on your Next Office Lease - 01/14/11 03:06 AM
The blog post below offers some good advice on how to get the best deal on your office lease. The one thing he says that I don't totally agree with is that you get a better deal for a longer lease. While that's true if you are comparing a 1-year deal to a 5-year deal, I don't think the same can be said for a 3-year term versus a 7-year term. Most landlords in the Dallas, Texas area expect to see some rental increases throughout the lease term so the longer the term, the higher the rent may go. But … (2 comments)

rent: BOLD prediction by CoStar - "office markets has hit bottom." - 07/15/10 03:14 AM
If they are correct, it's time to lock in the current low rental rates before landlords decide it's better to wait for higher rents than to do your deal. Here is a link to their article -

rent: Foreclosures good for tenants? - 06/11/10 02:03 AM
How can foreclosures be good for anyone? Surprisingly though, foreclosures create an opportunity for tenants. I wrote an article about it that was published in today's Dallas Business Journal -

rent: Concessions on Office Leases Aren't Consistent - 02/17/10 08:42 AM

This article ( is talking about the New York City office market, but you could just as easily substitute Dallas in place of New York. Yes, the market is bad for landlords. Yes, tenants have lots of choices and rents have fallen while concessions (free rent, etc.) have increased. But certain submarkets are doing pretty well. Certain buildings have pretty good occupancy. So in those cases, the deals don't look as good and tenants are left questioning why the landlord isn't more aggressive. So you should shop widely when looking for space. And if you really just want to renew where … (0 comments)

rent: 2009 Office Demand Falls Sharply from 2008 - 01/13/10 09:32 AM
A report from Cushman & Wakefield reported that DFW office occupancy fell by 2 million square feet in 2009 and total leasing activity was down 43 percent.  Not surprising given the current economic situation, I know.
But like in most cities, there are winners and losers within the greater metropolitan area.  Buildings along LBJ Freeway and downtown Dallas were hit hard with lots of tenants moving elsewhere or just closing their doors.  The big winners were Plano and Frisco because those submarkets are close to where people live.
Quoted rental rates didn't change much though.  This seems odd when demand … (0 comments)

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