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Office Building Trends
5 Trends Impacting Office Space Design (Hartford Business, Nov. 1, 2021)
Trends to think about:
- hybrid schedules
- “resi-mercial” designs
- biophilic design
- taller workstation panels
Evolution, Economics and Commercial Real Estate: How Supply and Demand Has Led to Office Adaptation (Forbes, May 25, 2021)
Five themes have emerged in the evolution of office from property asset to people: overproduction, adaptation, competition, variation, and speciation.
Understand the Different Types of Commercial Leases (fitsmallbusiness, Jul. 27, 2021)
- Most common type of commercial lease for office buildings
- Landlord is responsible for paying the expenses associated with the property, including property taxes and insurance, repairs and maintenance, and utilities and janitorial services
- Single net lease: A tenant pays rent plus a pro-rata share of the building’s property taxes.
- Double net lease: A tenant pays a portion of the property insurance in addition to rent and property taxes.
- Triple net lease: A tenant pays the pro-rata share of property taxes, property insurance, and CAMS. Triple net leases are the most landlord-friendly and are most common with restaurants and retail locations.
Modified gross lease
- A compromise of the full-service lease and the net lease. A tenant might pay for their portion of their property taxes, property insurance, and CAMS, but they pay it as a lump sum payment along with their rent
Eight Things to Watch Out for When Leasing a Commercial Property (Forbes, Apr. 23, 2019)
- Hidden fees
- Guaranteed tenant improvements
- Lack of clearly specified goals
- Maintenance and repairs
- Tenant credit and financial history
- Default/breach and cure/remedy terms
- Ancillary terms
Safety & Security
The Ultimate Property Management Guide to Tenant Safety (Valentis, Apr. 15, 2021)
“Every property owner is responsible for the well-being of people on their property. By having the right protections in place, you can absolve yourself of liability, protect your property, and ensure the safety of your tenants, as well as any visitors. There are so many benefits to creating a comprehensive security plan and absolutely no risks associated with this approach. For the safety and security of your property as well as your residents, take the time to create a plan that works for you. When in doubt, a good security team can help you to find the solutions that you need to guarantee everyone’s safety.”
Problem-Solving Strategies for Property Managers (REALTOR® Magazine, May 12, 2020)
As businesses begin to slowly reopen their doors to employees and the public, another way property managers can help is through maintenance and updates that mitigate risk, said Aeschliman. Some building owners are looking at installing touchless entries, card readers at elevators or doors, and increased janitorial services, she said. “When you communicate with your buildings and tenants, tell them what you are doing differently to minimize risks to both them and the building,” said Aeschliman.
Leveraging Property Management To Increase The Sale Value Of Commercial Property (Forbes, Nov. 12, 2021)
“An excellent property management company will make adjustments and upgrades to your commercial property that keep it from suffering damage over the years, not only maintaining its value, but raising it.”
4 Essential Commercial Property Management Best Practices (BuildingsIOT, Nov. 11, 2021)
“HVAC, lighting systems, water usage, etc. traditionally aren’t on the same side of the ledger as tenant issues, but both impact your bottom line. And, increasingly, the two sides of the business are connected. Today, commercial property management best practices recommend using advanced technology stacks with analytics to improve the occupant experience while optimizing energy efficiency and building performance.”
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
A primary source of information on office building development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics and technological developments
Commercial Property Executive
With an emphasis on executive profiles and industry and economic data, Commercial Property Executive also includes reports covering finance, sustainability, technology, property management, education and legal and regulatory issues.
IREM: Institute of Real Estate Management
The only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors. IREM is an international organization that serves as an advocate on issues affecting the real estate management industry. IREM offers the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation and Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification
SIOR: Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®
The leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association with more than 3,200 members in 20 countries. SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. SIOR offers the SIOR designation
eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
The ABCs of Property Management (eBook)
The Real Estate Property Management Guide (eBook)
Commercial Real Estate Investing (eBook)
The Complete Guide to Real Estate Finance for Investment Properties: How to Analyze any Single-Family, Multifamily, or Commercial Property (eBook)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Property Manager (eBook)
The Economics of Commercial Property Markets (eBook)
Happy About Apartment Management (eBook)
The Landlord’s Kit (eBook)
Landlord's Legal Kit for Dummies (eBook)
Opportunities in Property Management Careers (eBook)
Principles of Real Estate Management (eBook)
Property Management Kit for Dummies (eBook)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
As a member benefit, the following resources and more are available for loan through the NAR Library. Items will be mailed directly to you or made available for pickup at the REALTOR® Building in Chicago.
Commercial Property Management Answer Book (New York: Vendome Group, 2008) HD 1394 C73
Managing and Leasing Commercial Properties (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2007) HD 1394 AL2ma
Shopping Center Management and Leasing (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2005) HF 5429 In7sc
Spotlight on Security for Real Estate Managers (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2005) HD 1394 In7o
Glossary of Real Estate Management Terms (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2003) HD 1365 In7g
Office Building Management (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2002) HD 1394 I2
The Tenant Retention Solution: A Revolutionary Approach to Commercial Real Estate Management (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 1995) HD 1394 In8
The Resident Retention Revolution (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 1994) HD 1394 In8r
Managing Your Maintenance Programs: A Guide to Implementing Cost-Effective Plans for Properties (Chicago: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2010) HD 1394 In7my
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