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Getting Commitment towards Saving Energy

Published on Friday, 3 January 2014 13:33:28    Written by Marc
Getting Commitment towards Saving Energy
At my past job, one of the responsibilities that were added to me a few years ago was finding ways to reduce costs. I was already in charge of procurement and real estate (among other things), but I was asked by the corporation to find savings everywhere I could. When I started to look at our expenses in detail, I found that we were paying many millions of dollars in energy each year (mostly for electricity and natural gas).

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Five Things to Remember When Exiting a Site

Published on Monday, 30 December 2013 07:13:24    Written by Marc
Five Things to Remember When Exiting a Site If you have been managing real estate leases for some time, you have probably already experienced this a few times: Your lease is ending in a few weeks (or months) and you slowly prepare to exit the site, either to close down your operations or to relocate them elsewhere. Then, as the exit day gets closer, you start to ramp up your tasks, only to find yourself scrambling one week before exit day to try and complete everything in order to avoid paying extra fees (or an extra month of rent) to your landlord. I often asked myself why this scenario seems to repeat itself. I guess it is human nature to delay things until they become urgent (also makes me remember of some university years where we waited until two days to deadline to start to work on some papers).

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Reviewing Your Opportunities to Generate Savings

Published on Saturday, 28 December 2013 11:35:01    Written by Marc
Reviewing Your Opportunities to Generate Savings If you manage a number of leases for your company, you are probably under the same level of stress for finding savings as any other department or business unit these days. It seems that the more difficult it is for companies to increase revenues, the more pressure they tend to put on some of their departments to find ways to reduce costs. In addition, since cost of real estate is a significant one, it is no wonder companies are taking a hard look at their real estate needs.

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Do You Do Post Mortems

Published on Friday, 20 December 2013 10:21:56    Written by Marc
Do You Do Post Mortems This blog is probably more of an open question than the traditional entry where we try to provide you with experiences that one of us had. We normally try to do our best to share some ideas, tips, and warnings that we either came across one day, or completely fell into the hole on another day. There is nothing like the pain of real live experience to be able to relate to something.

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Beware of the Real Cost of Sub Dividing a Site

Published on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:32:26    Written by Marc
Beware of the Real Cost of Sub Dividing a Site Over the years, I was often called to sublease a site that we no longer needed. At times, it was an industrial space; others it was an office floor or section of a floor, other times it was a complete building, which had a mix of office and warehouse. I found that subleasing was often more difficult than it seems. Maybe because I was not often lucky enough to find the perfect subtenant to come and lease up everything at once, most of the time we would find prospects which were interested in leasing portions of the space, but not everything.

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