4 Ways to Attract Tenants to Your Commercial Property

The current trends in the business have made it clear that office landlords have to cater to the needs and preferences of their tenants. Building owners and managers (who understand and meet these demands) will be able to command higher rents and reduce vacancy rates. 

To expand on this, here are four key tips to help attract quality tenants.

Offer an Exceptional Experience

Creating an office environment that offers an enjoyable experience for both occupants and staff is crucial. It needs to incorporate elements that go beyond a mere place of business.

This might include lunchtime presentations and community involvement programs. Plus, offer building facilities promoting wellness, such as … gyms, end-of-trip amenities and cafes to boost tenant appeal.

Foster Collaboration

Businesses thrive when there is a culture of collaboration among their staff. Buildings facilitating this are in high demand.

Including enhanced technology features such as LED screens, private interview pods and improved conference facilities can also help your tenants’ creativity. There seems to be a growing expectation for landlords to provide technology support to enable collaboration.

Effective Use of Common Areas

Given the Australian climate, allowing employees to work outside the office area can be highly beneficial. This flexibility not only improves productivity but also supports overall well-being.

Commitment to the Environment

Buildings prioritising sustainability and social equity no I have a competitive edge – as tenants look to align their brand and values with their work environment. 

There is a growing cultural alignment between tenants and building owners – as tenants actively seek offices with a lower carbon footprint.

Bottom Line: By focusing on these key areas, building owners and managers can attract quality tenants and position themselves as leaders in the market.

Best wishes …

National Office Market Shows Steady Improvement

LAST WEEK, the Property Council of Australia released its Office Space survey, for the 6 months to January 2012. And this will have some interesting implications for the Commercial property market.

National Vacancy Rates have fallen over the past 6 monthsAcross the 26 markets depicted in this chart … demand was up 20% up and supply 30% down, on the 20-year average for the six-monthly period.

As you can see, total vacancies fell from 9.0% to 7.9% — the lowest since January 2009. And perhaps a quick summary of the CBD Office markets would be worthwhile. [Read more…]

What Will Happen to Interest Rates
When The RBA Meets Next Week?

THE GENERAL consensus seems to be that the RBA will further reduce rates by 25 basis points. But can this view be fully justified; and what does all this mean for Commercial property investors?

The RBA faces a real DilemmaMost pundits would point to the recent CPI figures and say “Yes”! And on the surface, an underlying inflation rate of 2.5% per annum is plumb in the middle of the RBA’s stated target zone.

Yet despite what seems to be a rather hesitant mood by consumers, inflation in the service sector actually surged by massive 4.4% per annum. And some other sectors (not affected by overseas competition) also finished the year strongly, growing by 3.9% per annum. [Read more…]

Commercial Property: Global Influence?

Things are picking up within the US EconomyTHE LAST quarter of 2011 saw a definite improvement in the US economy — with consumer spending up, and companies finally replenishing their inventories.

GDP increased by an annualised 3%, with improved sales for durable goods and new homes.

Petrol prices have been cheaper, since mid-2011; and the US jobless rate was the lowest in nearly 3 years.

Therefore, with improved employment figures, consumers have felt more comfortable spending — which represents around 70% of US economic activity. [Read more…]

Commercial Property: What Makes for a Balanced Office Market?

EVERY capital city has both a CBD and suburban Office market. And as you can appreciate, keeping tabs on all the various suburban markets is almost an impossible task for most investors.

But generally speaking, the health (or otherwise) of the CBD Office markets within each capital city will provide you with a fairly good gauge of the overall Office scene around Australia.

Accordingly, this graph will provide you with a clear picture of what has occurred over the past 4 years.

As a rule of thumb, Office markets are said to the “in balance”, when their Vacancy Rate lies between 5% and 7%. [Read more…]

Is There a Credit Squeeze Looming?

WILL COMMERCIAL property investors and businesses be starved of ready funds during 2012?

Is there a Credit Squeeze looming?The banks seemed to be protesting about the increased cost of offshore borrowing. And using that as their excuse for not wanting to pass on any future RBA rate reductions in full.

But are they really telling you the whole truth? [Read more…]