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Spot-on Commercial Site Selection Is How the Cookie 'Crumbls'
In one of our recent articles, Find the Right Site for Your Clients' Customers, we used a hypothetical client and situation to explain and demonstrate how the RPR Commercial Site Selection tool works. We hope you found it useful and visited the RPR site (Realtors Property Resource) to try it out for yourself. As fate would have it, days after we published the Site Selection step-by-step post, a "real world" example came by our desks. And after checking it out, we just had to share it with our loyal readers/users. Because, well, that's just how the cookie crumbles... Fresh, hot franchise taps into RPR site selection to make the most dough Cynthia Lee, a REALTOR® and Broker/Associate with KW Commercial in San Antonio, Texas recently helped a franchisor find the perfect retail location for their trendy, up and coming specialty sweet shop. Was it cinnamon rolls? Cupcakes? Bundt cakes? Doughnuts? Cookies (insert Cookie Monster frenzied munching sound effects)! Cynthia's client, Crumbl Cookies, is a fast-growing, popular brand in the dessert category, with retail locations popping up all over the country. Their concept? To make the greatest chocolate chip cookie ever. Of course, they've taken things a bit further by offering four specialty cookies each week, a rotating menu of one-of-a-kind cookie flavors such as Biscoff Lava, Coconut Lime, Funfetti, Key Lime Pie, Midnight Mint, Muddy Buddy and Snickerdoodle, to name a few. Rotating recipes such as these, plus their staples of chocolate chip and frosted sugar cookies, have really put them on the munchie map. Each store features an open-kitchen design where customers can see all the fresh, high quality ingredients that go into each batch. The scooping, the baking, the topping and the boxing all happens out in the open, which creates a fun environment and experience for customers. And Cynthia's client needed to know, "Where are the customers in San Antonio who would appreciate and pay for these top shelf baked goods?" Are those cookies baking... or is it the sweet smell of success? Fortunately for Cynthia, Crumbl knows exactly where their customers' sweet spot is, as far as marketing targets and demographics. They indicated that their target customer is: "Soccer Moms," mid 30s-40s Family Female $90K+ income Area with Population Growth Housing Growth Identified several possibilities, but then requested placement in a larger center with a few large stores. Armed with this target customer information, Cynthia was able to use her local knowledge and insight as a commercial real estate specialist, and use RPR's Commercial Site Selection tools to pinpoint Crumbl's ideal location. "I was a regular user of RPR when I was a residential agent, but never really utilized the Site Selection tool for commercial until recently," explained Cynthia. "I had no idea how great of a resource and tool it is! It's so easy to just assume anything with NAR is only residential focused, when in reality, RPR offers just as many commercial features. I had no idea what we were missing out on." RPR's Site Selection tool enabled Cynthia to crunch some data and turn that info around to her client in no time. "The best part about the RPR Site Selection tool is how quickly I can get a detailed and useful report about a trade area to our clients. It just makes the site selection process so much more efficient and is of tremendous value, especially when dealing with some of our more analytical clients." And of course, when she delivered the final package, her commercial client was more than impressed. "They were shocked at how fast I was able to get them what they were looking for. Thanks to the target customer information they provided me with, I was able to present a ranked list of different market segments, and the people who make up these areas, including their spending habits and other relevant socio-economic traits. My client was blown away by all the statistics and data, and how it was all packaged together in the report I delivered." RPR Commercial delivers the goods Well, two things probably happened after reading this article: you're curious about the RPR Commercial Site Selection tool and how you can use it for your next client. And... you really want a cookie! (The author feels your pang.) Visit RPR today to see how much RPR Commercial offers, including free access to one million active listings and 57 million off-market properties, plus prospecting, site selection and tools to enhance your business. To view the original article, visit the RPR blog.
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Following the Money: Is Proptech the Pied Piper or the Savior of Commercial Real Estate?
Proptech is advancing all areas of commercial real estate from developments in building innovations and blockchain technology to smart homes and green tech. If you are a commercial real estate agent, you are noticing the change. Globally, real estate is the biggest industry and depending on where the data comes from, its value ranges from billions of dollars to trillions of dollars. That is a lot of money coming from one sector with investors throwing more into proptech innovations daily. So are all these changes in technology making the road to success easier or are they leading you down the wrong path? Tech investors are flocking to the real estate industry because they envision a future that allows you to better share information, control energy consumption, and improve construction workflow. Precise Information Change is good. Without the use of current technology, it would be virtually impossible to do business in today's commercial real estate market. Technology has allowed you to precisely measure square footage calculations, visit properties through 3D tours and submit all legal documents necessary through online methods. Simply put, proptech and CRE go hand in hand and incorporating them into your daily routine is essential. You cannot afford to fall far behind in your use and understanding of proptech, or you stand to lose your way. Data Commercial real estate deals with a huge amount of data. Everything from contracts and legal documents to building information and management operations. There is a need to provide easier and faster ways to source and transmit data. Enter the technology sector. Tech investors are jumping into the billion-dollar real estate industry to satisfy the need. According to Prescriptive Data in 2019, there were over $31 billion VC proptech investments. Companies are investing in ways to supply better and more accurate ways to deal with all the data through a variety of innovative methods. Blockchain Blockchain technology is not just for cryptocurrencies, it takes on a whole new meaning when delivering information in the commercial real estate industry. This developing proptech helps to easily maintain and control transactions in a very transparent way. Future audits of facts and figures are simplified through the use of blockchain technology benefiting you as a real estate agent by allowing verification of transactions quickly and easily. Reducing risk and streamlining processes are just some of the perks you can look forward to. Construction Management It's no simple task to construct a multi-level building from the ground up. Proptech building information modelling (BMI) will help in the planning, construction and management of a building's infrastructure for the entire lifespan of the property. You will be able to see real estate floor plans in 3D transformed entirely from hand-drawn sketches in a matter of a few seconds. Not only does this technology help everyone involved from architects and engineers to construction companies, but it will help provide current information to any prospective purchaser. Investments and Operations In a commercial real estate transaction, you need ways to accurately supply information to assist in your real estate marketing plan. Current proptech trends are developing ways to supply real-time data allowing management to make better-informed decisions. Up to the minute statistics on a property's history, neighborhood details and current ownership costs will provide for better ways to estimate the value and future value for decision making. Smart technologies will be able to monitor various algorithms and adjust for safer and greener environments. Monitoring airflow and energy consumption are just a few benefits of proptech innovations. All this translates into buildings being more attractive in rental markets for both the purchasers and end-user. Benefits for Real Estate Transactions Critical data for both commercial and residential properties will be available to include geo-location technology for planning and development purposes. Details on topography, flood zones, and soil stability will speed up the process necessary for construction and redevelopment sites. For real estate agents and lawyers, property transactions will be verified instantly for legal documents, land titles and transfer of ownership. Through advancements in technology, all of a building's information can be digitally transferred in a matter of minutes. Waiting for week-long responses to register a sale will soon be a thing of the past. Technology and CRE have travelled on different roads for a long time. But the future is clear, following the money trail could lead you on a path to success.
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REALTOR Uses RPR Commercial to Conduct Business and Break Down Barriers
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RPR Commercial: Map out a Path to Success
As a commercial real estate practitioner, your clients count on you for sound advice and expert guidance. One easy way to help them make more informed decisions is by mastering the RPR map. RPR's powerful map functions provide layer after layer of important insights. These maps provide a visual analysis, arming you with community intelligence that will help you promote a property with high traffic counts, understand the competition around a potential new restaurant, or do a quick check to see if a building is in a Flood Zone or Opportunity Zone.
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Use Public Records to Find Commercial Prospects
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5 Simple Steps for Searching Properties in RPR Commercial
Adjusting to life during the coronavirus crisis is affecting us all. It has also introduced many new "-ings": "sheltering," "distancing" and "flattening." At RPR, we think it's an opportune time to include "search-ing." As in, searching for commercial properties in RPR. Using RPR search is your first step in discovering all that RPR Commercial has to offer. It's time to look at the glass half full and use this newfound work at home time to get in and discover this incredibly useful function.
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RPR: Collaborating to Bring REALTORS a Pain-Free Commercial Resource
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Top 5 Data Needs for Researching Commercial Properties
RPR wants to help REALTORS succeed. As the nation's largest real estate database, RPR provides commercial practitioners with data, tools and reports that will help them "wow" their clients and close more deals. Here, we identify the top five areas in RPR Commercial that can be used to help bring more clients and more deals to the closing table.
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RPR Commercial: 3 Ways to Start 2020 on a High Note
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Top 3 Underused Commercial Search Functions in RPR
The actions taken to do a property search really haven't changed much since real estate and the internet first came together. For decades now, we've gone to listing sites to be immediately greeted by that oh-so-familiar search bar, and within a few clicks (with a little help from the magic of the internet), properties of all shapes and sizes pop up. In RPR Commercial, the same basic process holds true, but the use cases for search have grown well beyond just finding available space. With that in mind, I wanted to share a few of my favorite, but perhaps lesser-known, non-listing search functions.
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How to Implement RPR into Your Resimercial Business
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Leading Clients with Strategic Site Selection (6/29)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 12:00 PM PDT Helping clients find the right location for their businesses can be a challenge—especially when they have their sights set on the wrong side of town. Redirecting those preconceived notions comes easier when equipped with the robust data and dynamic reporting tools found at Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®). Join us for this insightful workshop where you will learn to integrate your local market expertise with data and reports that will lead your clients in the right direction. Register now!
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Introduction to RPR Commercial (5/3)
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Crossover to RPR® Commercial (3/2)
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM PST Ask any residential REALTOR® and they’ll tell you there’s no one size fits all approach to meeting the needs of clients. Today’s agents fill a variety of roles, needing to know not just the neighborhood, but also local economic conditions. Join us for this trek into the RPR® Commercial platform, designed specifically to address the interests of residential REALTORS®. Register now!
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Target the Right Consumer Base With Esri Data From RPR
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Crossover to RPR® Commercial (2/3)
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT Ask any residential REALTOR® and they'll tell you there's no one size fits all approach to meeting the needs of clients. Today's agents fill a variety of roles, needing to know not just the neighborhood, but also local economic conditions. Join us for this trek into the RPR® Commercial platform, designed specifically to address the interests of residential REALTORS®. Register now!
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Crossover to RPR Commercial to address those quirky residential questions (11/11)
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Rural Area Agents: Cover All the Bases for Residential and Commercial Clients
Hometown real estate agents are quintessential multitaskers, ready and willing to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of their rural communities. Here at Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®), we recently heard an entertaining tale of a REALTOR®, working in a one-traffic-light town, who exemplifies that "do what it takes" spirit. The story goes that the REALTOR® stood in the street outside a seller's home to flag down a pickup truck. Frantic to conclude the final walk through with her buyers, the agent sifted through her purse, coming up with $48 as payment to convince the driver to remove a 200-pound, 1950s wet bar from the basement of the seller's home. The unit had become a serious point of contention between buyer and seller, and the buyer refused to sign off on the walk through until the behemoth bar was removed. The driver agreed, but not until the agent and buyer helped lift the bar onto the truck, which they did, and then, happy and sweat-laden, went to closing. Not everyone is so inclined to close a deal, but the story got us thinking about adaptability as a contributing factor in an agent's rise to success, and how that adaptableness lends itself to a rising phenomenon in real estate, one that is steadily inviting traditionally residential agents to assume a variety of roles in their own right. Insiders refer to this larger than expected group as "resimercials," although Emily Line, director of commercial services for RPR, refers to them as "hometown heroes." "These are the folks that juggle multiple obligations in terms of servicing the diverse needs of their communities," said Line. "They are from rural areas—professionals plugged into their communities who have a vested interest in attracting small business, in addition to meeting the needs of homebuyers."
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Achieving Success With RPR® Commercial
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Commercial Real Estate Success, Courtesy of RPR®
We have been publishing a series of articles that profile how real estate professionals are leveraging Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) to be more successful. Today, our article focuses on a commercial REALTOR®, Paul Martis. Busy Agent Summary We understand that you're busy, so we're going to provide a quick summary here. In one minute or less, these are the things you can take away from Paul's success with RPR®: Don't wait until your MLS signs up for RPR® before taking a look at it, because there's actually some value you can take advantage of without an MLS agreement. Visual representation of data is an important way to communicate with clients and can help get them more excited about their real estate transaction. RPR® can help provide highly visual reports that enhance clients' understanding and enthusiasm. Mention RPR® tools, and the opportunities they open up, to clients during a listing presentation to help win the listing.
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Product Review: IXACT Contact
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Beyond Residential: Commercial Agents Can Use RPR, Too!
Making the transition to commercial real estate can be challenging for agents who come from a residential background. Transactions take longer to close, appraisals are more complicated, and agents must learn to grasp the finer points of zoning in the areas they serve. On top of that, novice commercial agents need to embrace new technology tools in order to be successful. RPR Commercial is one of those tools. Launched in 2012, the application gives commercial agents access to dynamic search and reporting features, demographic and zoning information, and beyond. We recently spoke with Sydney Machat, CCIM, CRE, a veteran small town commercial broker and consultant in Maryland. As one of the earliest adopters of the solution, Machat is well versed in its many uses. He shared how RPR helps his real estate practice thrive. One User's Story RPR Commercial helps Machat support buyers in a transaction by enabling him to send comps to financing institutions and banks. "Banks want BPO-type information for real estate counseling assignments. I support seller and landlord brokerage clients with current market data initially from RPR."
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Commercial Real Estate Listings Tips
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Top 10 Articles from September
True to its back-to-school spirit, September was chock-full of educational topics. We saw a lot of trends in the articles we published this month--plenty of discussions about the importance of Google+, and tips for improving your blog and website. We also strove to keep you up-to-date with technology related events that occurred during the month. When GoDaddy crashed, we took the opportunity to teach our agent and broker audience more about the ins and outs of website hosting. Take time to peruse our Top 10 articles from last month and learn more about how technology can help you grow your real estate business. 1) 5 Mobile Apps That Streamline Your Real Estate Business - by RE Technology Staff Everyone's got a favorite--so we've compiled a list of ours! These fabulous apps let you to keep your business moving on-the-go and help you stay organized. 2) Closing Gifts That Give Back - by Karli Larson A wonderful way to make a lasting impression with your clients is by giving them a unique closing gift. Long gone are the days that a bottle of wine or a calendar with your logo on it will impress your clients. Your closing gift may be the last contact you have with them for quite some time, so it's important to let your clients know you care.
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Top 10 Articles from August
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7 Keys to Email Success
7 Keys to Email Success This is a very important topic for any professional, and vital for REALTORS® in particular – so let's cut right to the chase. Here are a few rules to follow if you're using email for your business. 1) Make it personal. Technology can offer professionals a competitive edge, but we need to be sure that it doesn't build a wall between us and our clients. In the context of email, this means you need to make an extra effort to give your communications a personal touch. Rather than writing your newsletter from the perspective of "the company," write it as you would a letter, from the perspective of an individual. Sign the letter as an individual. Include your contact information and even a headshot. This rule is particularly important for REALTORS®; for you, name and face recognition is vital.
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