What Should You Ask Your Land & Commercial Real Estate Advisor?

April 17, 2023   |   Brokerage

Choosing a real estate broker can be intimidating. SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler aims to make this process smooth and seamless.

Land and commercial real estate can often be a difficult industry to navigate. SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler’s expert advisors aim to make the investment process less stressful. However, we also understand that hiring a broker can be intimidating. Trusting your finances to a stranger is never an easy task. To ensure you make the right decision, potential advisors should be interviewed on their specialties, qualifications, and roles in the transaction process.

5 Questions To Ask Real Estate Advisors

The following details valuable questions for your land and commercial real estate advisor. Whether buying, selling, or leasing, each question holds highly important information for you as an investor. 

1. What is your specialty? 

Real estate is a diverse and intricate industry. Land and commercial real estate are no different. Because of this diversity, the most successful advisors often specialize in one or two property types. Our firm, has advisors who specialize in retail and officeranch and recreation, and various other property types. This concept is simple. If you need a citrus grove, contact an agricultural specialist. For a warehouse, you’ll need an industrial real estate advisor.

2. Where do you specialize?

At SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler, we have advisors stationed all over Florida and Georgia and have even expanded into Eastern Alabama. With four office locations, our advisors can maintain a more substantial reach than any other brokerage. It has also allowed various agents to operate in specific sectors of the Southeast. For example, we even have agents who primarily specialize in the areas of South Florida, East Alabama, and Southern Georgia.

3. Have you ever worked with a client like me?

Specialties don’t stop at property type and location. As an investor, you have specific needs regarding how you want to buy or sell a property. Some clients want to enact a 1031 Exchange, some are looking to sell their personal business, or some may be on the development path. Where you are in the investment process is extremely important. Our advisors at SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler boast diverse brokerage experience and through our interconnected network, they can be sure to identify the best investment strategy for your needs.

4. What are your qualifications?

Throughout their career, many land and commercial advisors have the opportunity to earn certain designations that set them apart from other brokers. The credentials are typically backed by rigorous training courses and diverse real estate portfolios. Some of the specific designations we boast at SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler include:

  • Accredited Land Consultants (ALC) are expert land specialists who have demonstrated a commitment to professional and educational growth through the REALTORS® Land Institute.
  • Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) represent an exclusive collection of advisors and consultants who are recognized for their expertise in both commercial and investment real estate.
  • Certified Property Managers (CPM) are recognized as commercial real estate management experts.

5. Why did you become a broker?

There are many different reasons why certain advisors chose the career path that they did. Maybe it was a family tradition, or they were simply passionate about Florida’s natural beauty. Whatever the reason, it’s comforting for clients to know why the person they are hiring chose to work in this field. Not only does this establish genuine, lasting connections, but it will provide a piece of mind as a client, knowing you can trust your chosen broker.

David Hungerford
David aims to provide dynamic analysis strategies to locate the most efficient sites for each client. He is the mapping specialist within the firm which gives him an insider look on site selection and site-in-search analysis. David values each client as if they were his own family. His previo...