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Tenants Slow to Make Decisions

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According to a report by the real estate firm Studley, Chicago’s downtown office lease transactions are only about one-half of what its historical long term average has been. Completed office space transactions reached 1.1 million square feet in the 2nd quarter and 7.2 million over the past 12 months leaving the Class A vacancy rate in the Chicago CBD at 18.5%. With a market size of 120 million square feet of office space in the Chicago, Downtown area, this transaction rate is close to a complete stall.

Tenants are still slow to make decisions and transactions are taking longer to complete.  There are a number of larger tenants in the market now who will have to make a decision within the next several months as to what to do with their expiring office leases. The gap between landlord and tenant expectations are narrowing and deals are becoming easier to make.  As the economy picks up, these tenants will be making decisions and hopefully Chicago Office Space will see some better activity.

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Maximize Savings on Your Commercial Real Estate Transaction

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Currently, there is excess office space inventory available in not only the Minneapolis commercial real estate market, but throughout the US and worldwide. This bodes well for anyone involved in leasing, acquisition or lease renewal, as sellers are anxious to dispose of their property. While current economic conditions are certainly favorable for acquisitions, good preparation and research can put you in even a better position to save money on your commercial property.

Timing

Time can be your ally or quickly become your enemy if you don't plan to use it correctly. Plan ahead and start searching for space early. It is best to start the search process at least 9 months in advance to uncover your best choices. For example waiting until you only have a three month minimum time frame limits your options as your best choice might not even be in play during this period. Not only does a minimal timeframe limit your choices, it reduces your ability to conduct an effective negotiation. Potential landlords and their brokers will sense or "read' your urgency with a short window and negotiate accordingly to achieve their best terms. When you have a longer time frame you can utilize time by effectively stringing out the negotiation and extracting additional concessions as you are in no rush to make a decision while the landlord's situation may require immediate tenancy.

Also note that if you are renewing, your current landlord will try to "string you along" to try to have you run out of time and force you to renew because there is not enough time to build out your new space before lease expiration. Time is your ally when you have it and your enemy when you are racing against it.

Options

It is always best to have three options or at least a good 2nd option when it comes to space alternatives. Use one to leverage the other to extract the best terms when negotiating. Don't be afraid to say "no" and walk away. Not having a good 2nd option minimizes the aggressiveness of your negotiation and can cost your firm money. Had you been able to "play hardball" and use leverage to its fullest potential, more economically favorable terms and concessions would have been achieved.

Representation

Having a knowledgeable, experienced representative can save you significant cost. Someone who regularly negotiates commercial real estate transactions knows the best negotiation tactics for your business and can uncover issues that can be used to your advantage. An experience professional won't be emotionally swayed in the heat of the moment.

Space Productivity and Efficiency

You need to clearly define your usage, budget and location. Efficient use of space will save you money. Apply BOMA standards to usable/ rentable space to make sure you are getting all the space you are paying for and are not paying for space you don't get.

For example, have your space planner verify measurements and be creative with design.

A creative design can place your productive people on the interior of a space rather than by window. Also, wonderful things can be done to the interior to create a great working environment even if the outside of a building may not be as appealing. A good architectural firm can convert most buildings to accomplish the environment you require, i.e. an Old Victorian to an Ad Agency.

Be flexible on other issues and the transaction will fall in place. Today, Landlords are less likely to pay for lavish tenant improvements, so efficient space usage and simple, but tasteful improvements are key. For example, you can present a high image to your visitors by focusing upgrades on your reception and common areas and still save money by staying basic with the individual offices and "back" areas.

Operating Expense

With an operating expense cost-pass-through, more rent will have to be paid as building operating expenses increase over a base year and cost-pass-through's take effect. By comparing previous years increases in your analysis of alternatives, you can make sure that your starting point is appropriate. It is very typical in today's market to request and receive CAMT Breakdown's from each landlord whose property you are considering. Try to negotiate some type of cap on annual increases, as costs (ie: energy; maintenance; materials just to name a few) tend to escalate at a rapid pace each year.

Be aware of categories that are typically included in CAM charges in your particular market vs. those that are not. For example, are light bulb and ballast replacement typical CAM charges in your market? Is a particular Landlord charging tenants for general capital improvements to the building or project vs. for only those capital improvements that are designed to reduce operating costs for the building or project?

Since CAMT charges range from $7.00 - $9.00 psf in Class B office buildings and from $10.00 - $13.50 psf in class A office buildings, it is imperative that you don't get charged for items that should not be charged for.

Summary:

With the current economic situation, you should be able to find and negotiate favorable commercial real estate deals, and you can save more money with better planning and strategy.

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A GREAT Time to Renegotiate Your Office Space Lease

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With office space vacancy rates at recent time highs, office rental rates down as much as 30% in many office markets and no bottom found in the woes for office building owners, now is a great time to renegotiate your lease. Even if you have 2 or more years left on your current office lease you may be surprised at the willingness of landlords to renegotiate. It is not a market specific phenomena, but one that is nationwide. It doesn't matter if you lease office space in Manhattan, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles or even small markets such as Fresno, Raleigh or Rochester. Every office space market has been affected.   Many office building owners are having financial difficulties not only on the occupancy side, but also on the mortgage side. If a landlord has a refinance coming due, you may find yourself in a great position to blend and extend.  What this means is that you would extend your office space lease for another 3 to 5 years at a lower rate in order for the landlord to show to their office building lender that they have long term office space tenants.  No office building owner will agree to reducing a financially strong tenant's rent, unless the restructured agreement provides them with some sort of economic benefit. In this case while you are paying less rent, it turns out to be a win-win situation since your new lease will help in the refinance process for the office building owner.

How do you get this process started?
The best way is to contact your Local OfficeFinder Office Tenant representative. Office Tenant Representative services won’t cost you anything and they are professionals at negotiating office leases. OfficeFinder Office Tenant Reps average over 12 years of experience and many have advance designations earned though demonstrating their skills and knowledge. It is a no lose proposition for you. Give them a try. There is no obligation.

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Opportunity for Deep Office Space Rental Discounts May be Closing Soon

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The opportunity for tenants to renegotiate their office space leases at favorable rates may be ending as the recession comes to a close. In most markets landlords of office space for lease have seen their office renal rates decline by 20 – 30%. With a light at the end of the tunnel, many landlords would rather see office space sit vacant than get tied up in long term leases at reduced rates. The current general belief is that the commercial real estate market will start to see an upswing by early 2011. For tenants in the position to either renegotiate or relocate, the window may be closing on deep discounted rental rates.

Achieving the best possible lease terms is not a simple task.  Landlords are sophisticated and know how to mitigate demands.  The best bet for a tenant looking for office space for lease or rent is to engage the services of an office tenant representative to level the playing field.  For landlords, this is their business and they are very good at it. An office space tenant only negotiates a new lease every few years. If you go it alone, it is not a level playing field. To top it off, a tenant representative service is typically free. Most landlords have a listing agent who is required to share their fees with tenant reps.  The fee is already built in. If the tenant does not have an office tenant representative, the listing agent keeps the entire fee.  It only makes sense that tenants looking to lease office space take advantage of getting a professional on their side.

We are very proud of our network of local office space tenant representatives. We cover over 550 markets with high quality representatives. The average time in the business of our reps is 12 years and many have achieved advanced designations that demonstrate their outstanding level of achievement and knowledge. If you are looking to renew or relocate your office space, let us help. Just fill out a short form letting us know what you need and we will put you in contact with one of our local licensed office space experts. We have been doing this online successfully since 1995. Give us a try. There is no obligation.

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NAR on 2010 - Office Space Vacancy to Increase. Office Space Rental Rates to Decrease

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WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - May 26, 2010) -  Vacancy rates continue to rise in most commercial sectors and are not expected to level out in most markets until the end of this year or early 2011, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said there is one bright spot in commercial real estate. "The multifamily sector can expect increased demand as the economy creates jobs and new households are formed, likely in the second half of this year," he said. "However, the office, warehouse and retail sectors continue to experience the delayed effects of the recession. These sectors should see gradual improvement after jobs pick up and create additional demand for space, meaning a broader improvement in commercial real estate is likely in 2011."

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®, in its SIOR Commercial Real Estate Index, an attitudinal survey of nearly 700 local market experts,(1) confirms that significant fallout from the recession remains, but to a lesser extent.

The SIOR index, measuring 10 variables, increased 2.7 percentage points to 38.2 in the first quarter, compared with a level of 100 that represents a balanced marketplace. This is the second gain following nearly three years of declines; the last time the market was in equilibrium was in the third quarter of 2007.

Development activity remains at a standstill with nine out of 10 respondents saying that it is virtually nonexistent in their markets.

Looking at the overall market, commercial vacancy rates appear to be approaching a plateau, according to NAR's latest COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK. The NAR forecast for four major commercial sectors analyzes quarterly data in the office, industrial, retail and multifamily markets. Historic data were provided by CBRE Econometric Advisors.

Office Market
With an elevated level of sublease space available, vacancy rates in the office sector are projected to increase from 16.9 percent in the first quarter of this year to 17.6 percent in the first quarter of 2011, but should ease later next year.

Annual office rent is likely to fall 2.3 percent this year and decline another 2.1 percent in 2011. In 57 markets tracked, net absorption of office space, which includes the leasing of new space coming on the market as well as space in existing properties, is forecast to be a negative 24.6 million square feet this year and then a positive 25.5 million in 2011.

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