Navigating Commercial Real Estate

At some point, you’ll need to move out of the proverbial start-up garage and lease some commercial operating space. If the only thing you’ve ever rented is your apartment, you’re in for a whole new world. The leasing of commercial operating space is a different animal. There are TI’s, TA’s and a whole lot more jargon. Before heading out to find the perfect space for your venture, you should be armed with enough knowledge to assure that you won’t be taken advantage of. This module introduces the entrepreneur to the many facets of commercial real estate in plain language. It addresses the questions the entrepreneur may not know to ask. Content created in partnership with Jerry Johnson of Space Advisors.

Toolkit Partner

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson serves as Director- Corporate Advisory Services for KW Commercial focusing on tenant, buyer and investor representation in San Diego, California. He has more than 16 years of industry experience. Johnson began his career in commercial real estate with Colliers Dickinson, where he consummated several large transactions of office leases to Fortune 500 companies including Equifax, GEICO Insurance, Siemens Energy & Automation and Pitney Bowes. An active member of the San Diego community, Johnson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad and has received numerous awards for his involvement with the Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Arthritis Foundation, and Jacyees.

Additional Resources

Space Calculators

OfficeFinder and About Money offer quantitative information on how much space is needed for a given number of employees, conference rooms, reception area, etc - helpful to new venture leaders. See "How Much Space for This?" and "How Much Office Space Do You Need?"

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This module includes:

Commercial Real Estate Guide

The Commercial Real Estate Guide discusses nine important questions for the entreprenuer to consider when looking at commercial real estate, such as: What size office do I need? What are triple net charge? Who pays for the build out?

Real Estate Guide Preview
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Tenant-Only Representation Guide

The Tenant-only Representation Guide covers the important things to look for when choosing tenant representation and the why tenant-only representation is the way to go.

Tenant-only Rep Preview
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