commercial Real Estate

Asked by Ca Minnich, Walnut Creek, CA Mon Jun 13, 2011

I am interested in getting familiar with commerical real estate.
I have been doing only residential BPOs; and I heard Commercial BPO pays much more.

What do I need to get into commercial real estate?

Such as...
-What kind of membership do I need?
-Do I need to buy any key access?
-What about MLS?

Please help me what step I need to take for learning commercial real estate In CA?

Thank you so much,

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Charles Swank, , Pleasant Hill, CA
Mon Jun 13, 2011

CCIM is the educational starting place. NAR has information on the CCIM courses and designation.
Key access is not a big issue for commercial properties, nor is MLS for the most part. has many of the listings. Also, most of the big commercial brokerages are hiring and have decent training.

Good Luck
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Johnny Huang,…, Agent, Walnut Creek, CA
Mon Jun 13, 2011
I would imagine the liability and the workload would be so much greater on Commercial BPO's than Residential REO's.

I would recommend aligning yourself with a experienced broker that can help you with that process. I don't know who you're with as far as your broker of record, but don't start signing up and paying fees to "fake" association and/or education services.
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Johnny Huang,…, Agent, Walnut Creek, CA
Fri Jul 8, 2011
Here's an event you might want to check out. Commercial REO information.
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Thu Jun 16, 2011
Even commercial RE has specialization. You need to be a little more specific. For instance we have two strip centers in So. Cal. One in Temecula and one in Yourba Linda. We also have an 80 unit apartment complex outside of Dallas. We also own beach front property in Leucadia that we are developing into a 5 star boutique luxury hotel and resort. These are not listings for sale. These are properties we own and operate.

We are also looking at purchasing beachfront RV park to redevelop into a year around private residence club as well as some other beach or resort style properties.

So you see there's quite a broad spectrum of commercial RE to choose from. You just need to figure out where your comfort zone is i.e. how much do you want to invest? What are your short and long term goals? Do you want to turn and burn or buy and hold. Give me some feedback and I'll give you some answers.
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It sounds like they'll need to do a little more research before deciding. Commercial real estate is a great industry to get involved in, but it can be a confusing process. If you don't know all the laws and procedures exactly, then take the time to figure them out before finding clients. |
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Ca Minnich, , Walnut Creek, CA
Tue Jun 14, 2011
I am thinking about going to my own independent broker.
I contacted a few E&O companies for it and I researched my commercial listing provider, such as Loopnet and Costar.

Is there any website I can see the sample of BOV forms? or teach about BOV for free??

Thank you so much
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