Why a career in commercial property management adds up
Commercial property management is a different career from managing residential properties and the wide-ranging opportunities means that it can be a rewarding option to make the transition.
If you're branching out from residential to commercial or have recently made that leap, it's a perfect time to register for the REIQ's Commercial Property Management Essentials Program and grow your skills as a commercial specialist.
To better understand commercial property management and what you can expect from the REIQ's Commercial Property Management Essentials Program, we sat down with Michelle Davis, REIQ trainer and Partner at Roskel Commercial.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A CAREER IN COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT?
A commercial property manager is the role given to managing non-residential properties. It can be managing factories, storage sheds, retail shops, offices or a mixed portfolio. It can be onsite or in an agency. Depending on where you work, your daily tasks and the clients you interact with, the role can vary. According to Davis, the diversity and scope of the job means that you will be appreciated in your role and abilities to sort out the next challenge.
"I'm passionate about [commercial property management] because of the ever-changing commercial environment," she says. "I enjoy working with people who take risks when they buy property and with people who take risks when they open a business. It's great to work with successful people who are go-getters and to work collaboratively with them to achieve the best possible outcomes."
Not only will the job be fast paced with no two days the same, Davis says you should also expect to be in demand.
"There are not enough commercial property managers," says Davis. "Our clients need us more than ever to help them navigate legislation and to work with end users. We need to work together and 'at the coal face' on commercial investments."
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU NEED TO SUCCEED?
To succeed in commercial property management, Davis says there are several skills that will help you achieve your career goals.
"It's a job that requires a variety of skills from accuracy with numbers and attention to detail, to the ability to compromise and problem solve. You need to be highly organised now, but able to plan for and anticipate future market changes."
Davis also outlines good time management, a strong interest in commercial real estate and a desire to own your own performance as key traits of a successful commercial property manager.
Additionally, one of the most important skills outlined by Davis is the ability to build and foster strong stakeholder relationships, as she views commercial property as "a team sport".
"With residential, you can operate on your own but in commercial you really need to be a team player because there's always a number of people who can add value to the decision-making process."
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM?
Whether you're a newcomer or an existing professional wanting to extend your knowledge of commercial property, this course is designed to provide a solid insight and skills base for commercial property management.
Attendees will be introduced to commercial real estate and factors that affect its value. Then they will progress to acquiring new property, the leasing and management process, financial reporting and operations management. Attendees can guide their learning based on their experiences in the industry and will leave fully immersed in the myriad of laws that surround commercial property.
"Many people in the industry are facing challenges, they can bring that to the classroom" says Davis.
"We cater for everyone, from those just starting out to people who have years in the industry, wanting to drill down on tasks at hand and needing further clarity - no burning question will be left unanswered!"
Register now for the REIQ's Commercial Property Management Essentials Program.
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