The hours you spend pacing the floor, waiting for a family member’s first child to be born; the minutes you spend waiting for your computer to boot up; and the seconds you wait for a text message; each of these intervals remind you of that inescapable truth - timing is ...
March 20, 2012Lynn Drake
New business people, infused with optimism, take delight in buying or leasing a business. They spend big dollars for awnings, neon signs and landscaping, not to mention signing a multiple-year lease. Some people invest their entire pension in a new enterprise with hope it will work.I may sound like your ...
February 29, 2012Lynn Drake
Harvey MacKay, author of the seminal business book, “Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive” (prequel to the reality show, Shark Tank) suggested that entrepreneurs focus their energies on drumming up business and managing staff. He recommends leaving the jobs you know little about to professionals who know a ...
February 13, 2012Lynn Drake
When people find out I’m a commercial real estate agent they often sidle up close and whisper in my ear, “Let me tell you, I got such a deal,” and expect me to nod approvingly. Dare I frown? A deal isn’t always a deal. A gentleman who coordinated real estate ...
February 1, 2012Lynn Drake
Most people have set down their goals for 2012. It is my tradition to do this every year for myself and my business. This year Compass Commercial has a big hairy audacious goal in revenue. In addition to more revenue and less fat on my person my goal this year ...
January 9, 2012Lynn Drake
As any commercial real estate realtor or broker can tell you, leasing a commercial space is complicated. The leases are long and full of tiny clauses meant to give the landlord as much of your hard-earned dollar as possible. If you don’t speak lease, you’re likely to hit a series ...
December 29, 2011Lynn Drake
This tax season you want to evaluate the pass through’s or increases over a base year that your landlord charges you. More than likely you received a bill which shows the actual cost billed less any payments made for these costs.Pull out your lease to review the description on allowable ...
November 30, 2011Lynn Drake
The business needs to be closer to the customer. Take a good look at this request. In trucking if a plant moves it is cheaper to have a terminal close by for just in time delivery. For office space it is a little more subjective. Who are your customers? My ...
November 9, 2011Lynn Drake
Just remember the standard rule of real estate: If the deal looks too good to be true, it might very well be too good to be true.Grandma owns a building. It is a little run down. It is an hour away from our best customer. But we can save $5 ...
October 26, 2011Lynn Drake
Legitimate reasons for moving abound, people need more space, less space, want a more attractive space or a more economical space. But then, as a leasing agent, we deal with the crazy and weird situations, some with bright solutions. Here are a few from the Compass Commercial book of woes: If ...
October 13, 2011Lynn Drake