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10 Things to Remember When Moving an Office Space

Published on Thursday, 3 October 2013 08:08:44    Written by Marc
10 Things to Remember When Moving an Office Space In my past life when taking care of portfolios of real estate, I would often get questions about the cost of moving offices from one place to another. Sometimes, it was in order to merge sites together, other times it was to downsize an office or a manufacturing plant. Other times, it was to increase the size of the space; but, regardless of the reason, the question is always the same, “How much would it cost to relocate to…”

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10 Things to Remember When Subleasing an Office Site

Published on Saturday, 28 September 2013 03:12:27    Written by Marc
10 Things to Remember When Subleasing an Office Site Ever find yourself with leased space that you just do not need, stuck with years left on your lease and the horrible feeling of throwing money out the window every single month. Therefore, you decide to sublease the space and recuperate at least part of this rent you are giving the landlord. This happens more often than we think.

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Raise the red flag fast when a capital expense project starts to go in the wrong direction

Published on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:05:32    Written by Marc
Raise the red flag fast when a capital expense project starts to go in the wrong direction In my neck of the woods, if you want to become an engineer, you must first graduate from university and then work under the supervision of a senior engineer for 2 years. This is commonly called god-fathering but a better word might be mentoring. Anyhow, I always get a kick out of god-fathering a junior fresh out of school. I like this because it enables me to exchange with young eager minds and see the world though their eyes. I love learning and I am naturally curious, so I find it amusing to hear about their vision of the future and how they feel they can contribute at improving the working environment of companies in general.

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Real Estate Landlord’s Work – Be precise as to what exactly the landlord’s work will be

Published on Thursday, 19 September 2013 12:38:30    Written by Marc
Real Estate Landlord’s Work – Be precise as to what exactly the landlord’s work will be A while back, I was leasing a site for a business unit of the company I was working. The site had previously been used as a clothing manufacture and was being retrofitted to become an office building. The site was well located; right in front of a metro station and the size was good. From the first visit of the floor that interested us it was obvious that the site was in need of serious work. During the years that the building had been used as a manufacture, there was no ventilation or air conditioning, only heating that came from hot water heaters installed all around the exterior walls. It must have been ridiculously hot in the summer but in the 50’s and 60’s things were a lot different.

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Lease Auditing: The Balance Between Art and Skill

Published on Friday, 13 September 2013 08:58:40    Written by Marc
Lease Auditing:  The Balance Between Art and Skill Most of us in the field of real estate and lease management know that lease auditing is both a technical skill and an art. First, there is the technical aspect where you get to dig into level upon level of detailed information to see if the landlord is charging what was agreed to in the contract. All too often we see re-charges to tenants that are not completely in line with some of the clauses in the lease. Whether these re-charges are honest mistakes or done intentionally can be the subject of another discussion, but for the sake of this article, we will call these differences ‘errors’!

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