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DNN Website Pros Meet in Denver
Next week Sprocket is headed to DNN Summit to network with, learn from and share with fellow web techs. We’ve built websites for many years using various tools and folks have asked us: “Why DNN?” ... Read Original Article

Recently, I wrote about the shortage of medical space and an increase in retail vacancies in Southern California right now. My suggestion was to have medical tenants lease space in retail centers as compared to an office or medical building that they traditionally leased space in. This may seem like an unusual suggestion to solve the problem, but recent news suggests that this issue is beginning to grow.

According to CoStar Group, the gaining US population is expected to drive demand for medical space with more than 200 million square feet of medical office space needed in the next decade:

Driven by an aging U.S. population, within 10 years the amount of medical office space needed is projected to be 16 percent more than today, based on current trends. That’s greater than the combined medical office space in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas–Fort Worth, the nation’s four largest medical office markets. This undeniable demographic trend in the U.S. is both a headwind for traditional office demand and an incredible tailwind for medical office demand in the coming years.

So, what are medical tenants to do with this shortage? Lease space in retail centers.  When you lease in a quality retail center, your business has good parking, signage, and retail visibility from shoppers at the retail center.  The main criteria for any business is usually the bottom line so, if being in a retail center increases your net income, wouldn’t you want to be there?  This is rule #1.

Retail space in southern California is undergoing a change.  The smaller to medium sized retail centers in particular are starting to become more restaurant/food and service focused as opposed to other types of retail uses.  Customers at retail centers want to enjoy their experience and be able to do as much as they can at one location.  So, with the foregoing in mind, wouldn’t many medical tenants fit in with this new retail trend of a retail landlord leasing to service providers like doctors and providing a better experience for the retail customer?  I think so.

Read more on this fix for Medical Space Shortage & Retail Vacancies in Southern California.

David Massie specializes in buying, selling and leasing office, medical/dental, retail and industrial buildings -especially off market ones that are hard to find in Southern California that only his clients are made aware of first.  Contact David now if you have interest in finding one for you:  david@djmcre.com or 805-217-0791.

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This month, love is scheduled for the 14th, and you better be ready!  Social pressure and guilt are reserved for the unprepared.  When we were first married, my husband thought we would just stop in at a restaurant after work and celebrate.  It was a shock and disappointment when we discovered every restaurant in town had reservations and waiting lines until close to midnight.  Lesson learned: think ahead. So, some years we have deliberately celebrated the day before or after. 

Love is important and deserves to be celebrated more than one day a year but eating out or ordering long stem red roses can break the bank.  Still, it can be special even on a budget.  Here are seven ways to show your love (with or without a fancy restaurant reservation).

  1. Write a love note and put it on your Love’s computer, pillow or steering wheel.
  2. Cook (or order out) a favorite meal and eat it in front of the fireplace (with no TV on).
  3. Go for a walk together and afterward sit down and share a coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
  4. Do one of your Love’s normal chores (i.e. take out the trash, wash and dry the dishes) without being asked.
  5. Text a love note to your Honey in the middle of the day.
  6. Rent a movie (of the Lover’s choice) and snuggle together (provide a favorite snack).
  7. Fill a mason jar with Hershey Kisses and demonstrate a few!

The thing to always remember is that love, acceptance, trust and open relationships are precious gifts and need to be cultivated and celebrated regularly.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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New to Updating Online Content? Hacks to Make It Look Good!
This is an update to " 3 Tips for DIY Webmasters " dated 08/08/2011. User-friendly content management websites and email services have been around quite a while now and it’s never been simpler. ... Read Original Article

David Massie of DJM Commercial Real Estate recently closed escrow on a medical/dental property in Oxnard, CA at 1600 W Gonzales Rd. This was a building in need of work that David was able to sell at a premium price for the seller he represented. In addition, the escrow was only 30 days compared to the normal 4 months or more. This is a prime example of why a seller or buyer should hire an experienced broker like David to successfully sell or buy a commercial building.

Remember, because of David’s experience directing some of the largest real estate companies in the US, he can help both tenants and landlords with any of their commercial real estate needs for any type of commercial real estate for leasing, buying, selling and acting as a legal expert witness.

So, why should a seller hire a broker and pay him a commission when a seller can do it on their own?

  • Simply put, the seller will not be able to get the maximum price that a good broker can. Many brokers have clients waiting in the wings to buy a property and these clients will pay top dollar if they are allowed to make the offer first.  Also, the price a broker is able to sell a property for more than pays for their commission.
  • Sellers don’t have the same marketing ability as a broker. The world has become international and your reach has to be international.  The dollars are flowing into the US from other countries right now and international buyers are willing to pay more many times.  Brokers also know what is needed in terms of a marketing package to interest buyers. It’s complicated, expensive, and time consuming to put this package together properly.
  • The timing of when to put the property up for sale is critical. When is the market peaking?  Is there a lot of competition on the market for sale now?  Good brokers will usually know what is for sale on the market as well as off market, but sellers won’t.
  • The repairs that you need to make to the property before you put it on the market are also important. Some are worth making and some aren’t.  A good broker usually knows what to recommend.
  • What should the asking price of the property for sale be? What if there are no comparable prices for the sales price because the sales price is higher and the property won’t appraise for the sales price and therefore might not sell for this price and waste everyone’s time?
  • There are many other factors in selling a commercial real estate property; but, in our opinion, it starts first and foremost with the right broker. Doing it on your own is always a mistake.  If you don’t hire the right broker or if you do it yourself, it will cost you.  We have seen it many times.

If you want to learn more about leasing, buying and/or selling any and all types of commercial spaces in California or if you have questions about any subject related to commercial real estate, please contact David Massie of DJM Commercial Real Estate at david@djmcre.com or 805-217-0791.

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If you’re like most commercial real estate (CRE) investors, you probably receive deal packages from brokers with CRE properties (defined here generally as multi-family, office, retail and industrial) for sale. Often, these packages contain executive summaries that position the deals as excellent investment opportunities. This should come as no surprise, as the job of the real estate broker is to present their property in the best light.

In many cases, sellers exaggerate the potential opportunity and don’t usually reveal the bad stuff. Instead, they’re just giving you the good points of their property. The due diligence is up to you, the investor, to determine whether what they’re telling you is accurate. The key, of course, is to know how to perform the due diligence so you have a true and accurate reading on what’s being offered. It’s important to understand the key metrics to always look for in any real estate investment and I am always surprised at the most obvious metrics that I see the majority of investors miss.

When you look at the potential of a CRE property, you’re really looking at how much income or profit it is generating for its owners. What should you be evaluating to determine that? Start with all the basic purchase information. This includes the price and any additional costs involved in renovating or repairs that need to be done.

You should also look at factors that might make you pass on the deal like: the condition of the area in general, crime, surrounding job market, property and other governmental taxes (Example:  High business tax is a big one in the City of Los Angeles that can cause a tenant not want to lease in this city) and the age of the property. These are often deal-breakers if they reveal too much potential risk.

The loan is another key metric: What type of loan will you have to finance the property? This will spell out the loan totals, down payment, interest rate, closing costs and other fees. Make sure you are comfortable with the loan structure (fixed versus floating rate, long-term versus short-term, etc.). You should also receive a detailed expense report on the property including: property taxes, insurance, maintenance costs, property management costs and others.

To buy a property correctly, I always recommend you have proper representation.  This first and foremost means using an experienced CRE broker and a good CRE attorney.  Most CRE brokers can refer you to a good CRE attorney because they have to use them all the time.  But a good CRE broker can also usually find better properties that are better values. They can also negotiate better than you can and your broker is paid by the seller. So really, it’s a no brainer to use a good CRE broker.

If you have any further questions about buying CRE or just want to make sure you do it right, contact David Massie at david@djmcre.com or 805-217-0791 or look us up at www.djmcre.com.

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When Is a Blog Not a Blog?
More than one client recently turned up their nose when we suggested a blog page on their website. Turns out, what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. Which is pretty ironic since blogs are ... Read Original Article
Blogging for Business
This is an update to  "Getting Bloggy"  dated 10/10/2012. It seems like everyone has a blog. Apparently, now I am also included in the ‘everyone’.  The blog that started my blogging obsession 8 ... Read Original Article
Website Tips for Organizations
The IRS recognizes 1.8 million nonprofits. With so much competition, your organization needs a website that really delivers. Take time to audit your site and note problem areas so you can address ... Read Original Article
Website Tips for Organizations
The IRS recognizes 1.8 million nonprofits. With so much competition, your organization needs a website that really delivers. Take time to audit your site and note problem areas so you can ... Read Original Article
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