Owner Tip #172 – Pick “A” or “B”

We are in an option market…tenants have an increasing array of space options available to them, whether office, retail or medical. My advice to owners is simply; if you are in an option market, create and control your own options.

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It is a competitive and nervous leasing market and therefore, it is wise for owners to abandon the “one-size-fits-all” approach to leasing.

Lease program development requires a careful examination of the prospective tenant’s business needs and qualifications. Whether the commercial real estate market is Prescott, Arizona, Tucson, Arizona or Phoenix, Arizona, presenting lease options to a prospective tenant can work well because options are non-threatening and they empower.

It is entirely possible that some leases can be optioned to the tenant where street rate is actually exceeded in years 4-5 of an initial term. In a market filled with vacancies and tenants seeking the best value in exchange for their commitment, it makes sense to offer optional leasing programs, which empower the tenant (let me give you a hint, they already have the power) to exercise the power of choice.

Vacancies are increasing and owners are competing for a limited number of truly qualified tenants. The option approach is another opportunity for economic performance. It will be some time before we can say to tenants, “The rate is the rate…” and have them sign off with little resistance.


Donald Teel is a Senior Associate with Arizona Commercial, an Arizona commercial brokerage and property management firm. Need more information? Please call 1-877-777-9100 or, if you prefer, you may email Donald Teel

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