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  • library_books Warehouse for Lease - Changing of the tide
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on May 17, 2011 and Updated on August 11, 2019
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    Build, build, build.  Consume, consume, consume.  Not anymore.  Welcome to the new norm of commercial real estate.  Over the last two decades, before the oil crash, banks were lending money on a signature and good will.  As a result developers, eager to make a fee, put up millions of square feet of bulk distribution space around the country.  Now that market is subject to downsizing, reducing, consolidating and liquidating.  In many healthy markets like Houston, Dallas and Atlanta there is still a glut of distribution space for lease, despite the relative thriving commercial market.  In other large cities, a tenant can almost name its price on bulk space for lease.

    Our current slow to very slow trot to recovery is not enough to push lenders off their pedestals.  Hopefully when things do begin to pick up pace, the shortage of new product as a result of stringent lending practices will force rental rates to new highs.

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  • library_books Buildings For Sale - Commercial property by type
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on May 14, 2011 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    When looking at buildings for sale, it is important that the business owner understand the types of commercial property for sale in the market. 

    Warehouse or Industrial:  These are typically for distribution or manufacturing and can be constructed of metal or masonry materials.  Crane served manufacturing warehouses are typically metal buildings.  Warehouse can be grade level, semi-dock (2’ high) or dock level (4’ high).

    Flex Buildings:  Flex space is a hybrid of office and light industrial warehouse/tech space.  This property type caters to laboratories, computer and technical companies and instrument or data-logging industries. 

    Office Property:  Self explanatory except that single story business parks often provide very nice office space for less rent than the typical multi-story office building.

    Retail:  Again, self explanatory.  Retail options come in many shapes and sizes.  The latest trend is lifestyle center with outdoor walkways and park settings versus the old Mall style projects.

    These are a few very basic types of property to consider when looking at buildings for sale.

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease?

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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  • library_books Commercial Buildings for sale - A shrinking market? How is that?
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on May 13, 2011 and Updated on October 21, 2021
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    Construction of commercial buildings has decreased approximately 28% across the board for industrial, retail and office properties (as reported by Costar,Inc.).  This is especially true for speculative warehouse and office buildings for sale by a developer.  For the business owner looking to buy a warehouse building or office for his/her operations, this decrease may drive up pricing on existing buildings and reduce availability.  I have clients tell me quite often that in this economy there must be a glut of buildings for sale.  While that may be accurate in areas of the country with higher than average unemployment and/or a shrinking population, it is quite the opposite in booming cities like Houston, Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Provo and Phoenix.

    While a shortage of funds from lenders for speculative development is a nationwide issue, availability of buildings for sale fluctuates dramatically from city to city.   Lender rules for loan approval do not take into account the feasibility of project based on an individual city’s needs and inventory.  A bad economy by default forces a migration of people to other, more prosperous areas of the country looking for jobs.  This drives up demand in those areas and changes the commercial real estate picture.  Tie this surge in demand to a national policy of restrictive lending and you have a shortage of quality buildings for sale.

    So, the volume of buildings for sale becomes a relative term and may not correspond to the nationwide economy, especially in a city like Houston, Texas.

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  • library_books Commercial Real Estate Resource Partnership
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on May 13, 2011 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    * Your website needs to be related to the commercial real estate industry, brokerage, mortgage, construction or a business related to commercial real estate.

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    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease?

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  • library_books Buildings for Sale in Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on May 11, 2011 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    Buildings for sale in Houston, Austin, Dallas or San Antonio are experiencing a different trend than most other metro areas.  With population growth over the last 5 years almost doubling most other US cities, these Texas towns are growing a record paces.  Low cost of living and higher than normal job opportunities are attracting people from all over the US.

    The result of this influx of new business activity is a shortage of quality commercial buildings for sale.  Each city mentioned has its specialty of types of commercial property.  Houston has many types of buildings for sale, however manufacturing and hybrid industrial seem to be prevalent.  Dallas is the king of distribution warehouses for sale and Austin is the leader of tech and specialty space.  These specialties of available buildings for sale bring businesses looking to relocate and expand in Texas.

    Not all prospective buyers need a space for their business.  Many investors flock to these Texas cities looking for quality investment properties to buy.

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease?

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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  • library_books Typical Selection Criteria - Warehouse for Lease, Rent or Sale
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    thumbnail photo of large dock high warehouseIf you are considering renting, leasing or purchasing a warehouse facility and would like to get off to the best start possible, I advise taking ample time to define your needs in a facility. Here are some specific criteria to consider…

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  • library_books The Phones are Ringing People! Increased Activity in Businesses Looking to Lease Warehouses
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on January 24, 2011 and Updated on August 11, 2019
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    Not just in Houston either.  Since Warehousefinder.net is a national search service, we receive calls and emails from all over the US and overseas.  The new year has brought a new found vigor in inquiries from decision makers looking to move, expand and/or relocate their warehouse, manufacturing or distribution operations.  Make no mistake, this is not the same market as 2005/6…however after the last 24 months, any sign of improvement is encouraging.  The trend for the last three weeks continues to scale upwards, albeit at a slow rate.  Our guess is that the extension of federal tax incentives pushed many companies over the fence on facility planning decisions.  Look for our report soon on which parts of the U.S. have the most industrial leasing activity.

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  • library_books Warehousefinder.net is Identifying Affiliate Brokers for its Referral Program - One Per City
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on January 17, 2011 and Updated on August 11, 2019
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    Warehousefinder.NET (WF), a global commercial real estate website, is designating affiliate brokers in most cities.  While some major cities/areas are already taken, there are many cities/areas without confirmed, qualified commercial brokers.

    For over two years, WF has referred out qualified leads for both industrial and office leases, sales and development and is expanding this function substantially.  In an effort to formalize its referral process and better serve its clients, WF is identifying qualified commercial brokers in most cities to be exclusive affiliate brokers.  This means that every lead which WF recieves for any given area will be referred only to the corresponding affiliate broker. 

    Our process is simple.  We send the lead, deal gets done, broker pays WF a 20% referral fee on received commissions.  Also, we encourage our brokers to refer deals among fellow affiliates in our directory.  Our brokers include SIOR, CCIM, and other recognized designees, all with a minimum of 10 years experience and strong production histories.  Every affiliate broker is held accountable.

    To find out if your city is available or to send your company information, please email info@warehousefinder.net.

    Our goal is to connect business owners with quailified and honest brokers who actually return their calls and service their client.


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  • library_books Full Service Lease - Types of Commercial Leases - Part 3
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailFull Service Lease - Generally applicable to multi-tenant office buildings, this lease has one monthly rate and covers all the costs associated with the property including electrical, janitorial, management, property taxes and property insurance…

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  • library_books Triple Net (NNN) - Types of Commercial Leases - Part 2
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailTriple NNN or Triple Net - A NNN lease is set up to have the Tenant pay a base rental amount each month to the Landlord.  In addition to the base rent, the Tenant also reimburses the Landlord monthly for the tenant’s pro-rata share of certain estimated expenses (“reimbursables”)…

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  • library_books What is an Industrial Gross Lease?
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThubnailThe industrial gross lease is common in multi-tenant industrial properties. In an industrial gross lease, the tenant is responsible for some, but not all, or the operating expenses of the property. This warehouse lease type requires the tenant to pay one base monthly rent which covers the property expenses, management and Common Area Maintenance (CAM).

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  • library_books Dock High Loading - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, Steve Watts,
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    Photo Illustration of Dock High buildingA dock-high loading dock is used to provide a highly efficient method to move cargo between a semi-trailer and your warehouse. The height of such a dock is typically…

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  • library_books Bridge Crane - Picture with Definition
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    Photo of Client Bridge Crane for Illustration

    A Bridge Crane is a lifting system comprising two sets of rails built near a warehouse’s ceiling and a bridge or steel truss spanning these rails. Cranes are used to lift, move, and place heavy items quickly and accurately.

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  • library_books Why Use a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 17, 2019
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    Market Knowledge 

    As seasoned commercial real estate brokers, we have a firm grasp on our market. We know which buildings are available, understand restrictions, zoning, are aware of proposed developments and are up to date on comparable sales or rents.

    Experienced Negotiators 


    With 100’s of transactions negotiated, we are experts at closing a deal. Our specialty is “thinking outside the box” to get deals done that may be difficult.

    Contracts/Document Understanding 


    Having vast experience with commercial earnest money and lease contracts helps prevent many legal hurdles that arise when the client’s attorney gets the documentation. Also, we make suggestions and point out red flags to legal counsel to avoid problems for our clients.

    Financing 

    Seller notes, bridge loans, mezz loans, conventional, SBA, Seller seconds…we have seen it all and have relationships with lenders which have money to lend at competitive rates. Most of all they are familiar with the Houston Market.

    Understanding Construction 

    Not all commercial real estate brokers understand different types of commercial construction and the advantages/disadvantages of each as well as related reproduction costs. Since we also do development, we have seen what goes into a new building.

    Loyalty 

    Above all, we are here to look out for your interests. As many of our clients will attest, if we feel the deal is not right for you, we will tell you. Our success comes from repeat business and referrals. Unhappy clients do not make for long term success.

    Let our experience, knowledge and loyalty work for you.

    Looking for Warehouse or Office space in Houston?

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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  • library_books WarehouseFinder.Net Assists Businesses in Selecting Suitable Warehouse Space For Sale or Lease
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    Houston, Texas (Marketwire) - November 29, 2010 - Real estate transactions are never simple, but WarehouseFinder.Net takes the headache out of finding the right warehouse space by connecting you with qualified commercial industrial brokers in your city.  The search begins by logging onto www.warehousefinder.net. Enter company requirements, including square footage, location and price.  The Warehousefinder.NET experts do the rest.

    The team of experienced commercial real estate brokers have extensive local experience to quickly identify the best resources throughout the United States. The process includes analyzing square footage and facility requirements including warehouse ceiling heights, fire suppression, electrical power, loading, yard storage, port and rail access. Once the best warehouse space has been located, WarehouseFinder.Net will help each client wade through the technicalities of warehouse leasing or purchasing including negotiating contract terms, assisting with due diligence items including evaluating financing options and the coordination of inspection, survey, appraisal and other applicable studies.

    WarehouseFinder.Net was founded by Eric Hughes, commercial real estate broker with over 19 years in the industrial and office brokerage industry. Eric’s extensive experience includes negotiating warehouse lease and purchase contracts. He has assisted the full range of companies in finding warehouse space.

    WarehouseFinder.NET’s commission is paid by the property owner. Our service is FREE to our clients.

    Our goal at Warehousefinder.net is to understand the operations of our clients so we can better identify the needs of each business. We then negotiate the best price possible for their specific warehouse space requirements,” said Hughes. “Our team has substantial “on the ground” experience with the industrial and office market. We have the experience to manage the details of determining client needs, locating viable alternatives, negotiating leases/purchase contracts and seeing the transaction through to closing.  We utilize Costar, Loopnet and other professional fee-based web databases; however without years of personal experience in a market, this information would be useless.”

    WarehouseFinder.Net works with company owners and facility managers in securing local and regional warehouse properties both in lease and purchase scenarios, handling all forms of industrial properties including heavy crane served manufacturing facilities, dock high distribution buildings, rail served and light manufacturing/service type warehouses.


    About WarehouseFinder.Net 


    WarehouseFinder.Net is a commercial real estate portal established to search and find the right warehouses for lease or sale with active industrial broker/agent supervision. WarehouseFinder.Net affiliates across the United States include, but are not limited to Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Chicago, Detroit, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Denver and Phoenix. The experienced brokers know their respective industrial warehouse and office market and work for each client to ensure suitable warehouse or office space is located and secured at the lowest price possible.

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease?

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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  • library_books Where does WarehouseFinder.NET get such quality and thorough RESULTS?
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    WarehouseFinder.NET provides tailored RESULTS to its clients through affiliate brokers in cities across the U.S. The ultimate fine-tuned list of available warehouse or office property is derived from (4) four primary sources.

    1. Our licensed broker/agent affiliate sends a broker email to all the commercial brokers/agents in your city with your specific office/warehouse requirements. This is crucial in catching properties which may be “flying under the radar” and not listed online or in the primary databases.

    2. Searches of proprietary broker databases which are developed over time with each individual broker in your city.

    3. Searches of Costar, LoopNet and many other city specific sites of which our affiliates are premium members. (These monthly fees are substantial and you get the benefit for FREE!)

    4. Broker’s personal knowledge of his or her market. Years of “beating the streets” brings invaluable experience and understanding of a city’s industrial warehouse and/or office market.  This is probably the most important piece of our research.

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease?

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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  • library_books Warehouse For Sale
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    By providing basic contact information and space requirements, we will narrow down your search to the right For Lease or For Sale properties. We will personally contact you with you matched property profile.

    What You Get 

    1. Personal Advantages - One on one representation and guidance from a commercial real estate broker 

    2. Experienced Brokers - 19 years of industrial and office brokerage experience 

    3. Quick Results - Initial surveys usually provided the same day 

    4. No endless searches - We are a one stop shop for locating available commercial property, we have premium access to all the major national databases combined with personal knowledge of your market. We are on the streets, familiar with your area. 

    5. Valuable Guidance - We will treat your sell, purchase or lease as if it is our own business at stake. Our goal is to insure you get the best deal on the property you need. 

    6. No Obligation - What so ever… 

    7. Free Assistance -

    Our fees are paid by Sellers and Landlords and we represent YOU

    Free Assistance Areas 

    1. Lease process guidelines - With 1000’s of leases under our belt, we are able to guide you thru all facets of the leasing process, from negotiation to execution. 

    2. Purchase process guidelines - As with leases, we also have handled 100’s of commercial sales transactions and we can hold our buyer’s hand from price negotiations to closing. 

    3. Property Summaries - Our available property summaries provide a map of the availabilities along with a description of each property. 

    4. In Depth Comparisons - We are able to create personal comparisons of the alternatives which allow our clients to make an educated decision. 

    5. Negotiation - We pride ourselves on our ability to get a deal done and think “outside the box.” This gives us a substantial advantage in negotiating leases and purchase agreements. 

    6. Inspection - We provide lists of qualified inspectors and personally inspect properties to make recommendations of additional licensed specialists to avoid missing major issues 

    7. Survey - A category 1-A survey is recommend for our clients and we will work with the Title Company and attorney to review each survey condition 

    8. Appraisal - With extensive knowledge of our market we work closely with appraisers to ensure the appraisal report is reflective of true market conditions. 

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease? 

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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  • library_books Warehouse For Rent
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    By providing basic contact information and space requirements, we will narrow down your search to the right For Lease or For Sale properties. We will personally contact you with you matched property profile.

    What You Get 

    1. Personal Advantages - One on one representation and guidance from a commercial real estate broker 

    2. Experienced Brokers - 19 years of industrial and office brokerage experience 

    3. Quick Results - Initial surveys usually provided the same day 

    4. No endless searches - We are a one stop shop for locating available commercial property, we have premium access to all the major national databases combined with personal knowledge of your market. We are on the streets, familiar with your area. 

    5. Valuable Guidance - We will treat your sell, purchase or lease as if it is our own business at stake. Our goal is to insure you get the best deal on the property you need. 

    6. No Obligation - What so ever… 

    7. Free Assistance - 

    Our fees are paid by Sellers and Landlords and we represent YOU.

    Free Assistance Areas 

    1. Lease process guidelines - With 1000’s of leases under our belt, we are able to guide you thru all facets of the leasing process, from negotiation to execution. 

    2. Purchase process guidelines - As with leases, we also have handled 100’s of commercial sales transactions and we can hold our buyer’s hand from price negotiations to closing. 

    3. Property Summaries - Our available property summaries provide a map of the availabilities along with a description of each property. 

    4. In Depth Comparisons - We are able to create personal comparisons of the alternatives which allow our clients to make an educated decision. 

    5. Negotiation - We pride ourselves on our ability to get a deal done and think “outside the box.” This gives us a substantial advantage in negotiating leases and purchase agreements. 

    6. Inspection - We provide lists of qualified inspectors and personally inspect properties to make recommendations of additional licensed specialists to avoid missing major issues 

    7. Survey - A category 1-A survey is recommend for our clients and we will work with the Title Company and attorney to review each survey condition 

    8. Appraisal - With extensive knowledge of our market we work closely with appraisers to ensure the appraisal report is reflective of true market conditions. 

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease? 

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX

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  • library_books Types Of Commercial Real Estate Leases
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn my 29 years of commercial real estate leasing, both in warehouse and office, I have seen hundreds of lease documents with many arrangements of rent and responsibilities. The basic and most used leases are as follows…

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  • library_books An Agent Will Qualify You - You Can Also Qualify Yourself!
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    Qualify Qualify Qualify

    A commercial real estate broker will qualify clients - as a prospective buyer/tenant, you should spend a bit of time to assess yourself in terms of qualifying for a real estate purchase or lease…

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