Monday, February 9, 2015

A Blog By a Landlord in Gulfport, Mississippi

Seaway Business Park Blog - A Blog By a Landlord in Gulfport, Mississippi



Welcome!

Welcome to the Seaway Business Park blog, a commercial real estate blog written by a landlord in Gulfport, Mississippi!  We have considered publishing content for quite some time now, and everything we read (in other blogs) says there is no time like the present to dive right in.  This initial blog post will set the stage for the who, what, when, where and why; later blog posts will actually deliver content you may (or may not) find relevant.  So, without further ado…

…we will start off with what to expect from our blog, and, equally as important, what not to expect from our blog.

Content/Perceived Audience

In a nutshell, the content we produce will be…anything and everything we find relevant!  As mentioned previously, this blog is written by a landlord.  We will publish content we think tenants, prospects and landlords alike might find relevant.  Everything from hidden items a prospect might want to look for when touring a space (hint: ceiling tiles for roof/HVAC leaks!) to steps you need to go through when signing a new lease will be detailed.

We are not brokers (but frequently work with them).  As such, we do not have dozens (or hundreds) of properties to manage.  This allows us to be meticulous about every detail of our properties.  This blog will be no different.  We have learned a lot over the years and are excited to share some of it with you.

Most blogs that we read are written from the perspective of a broker.  As a landlord, we are the sole decision makers for one half of the lease transaction.  While we are not the only landlords by a long shot, we do not typically read content from the viewpoint of a landlord.  This blog will hopefully plug a small hole in this void. 

Content will be about commercial real estate, as opposed to residential.  Some of the same analysis and tips can be applied to either, but we are not residential real estate professionals.

Tone

This blog will be written in plain talk.  A working knowledge of commercial real estate terminology is not required.  The only acronym you need to know for future blog posts is CRE (because typing out and reading commercial real estate just takes too long).  We sometimes use parentheticals; it’s just our style of writing.  In addition to helping break up the monotony of a boring sentence (like so – see told ya!), it helps to add little tidbits of information (and sarcasm).

Frequency

We will publish content 1-2 times a month.  As mentioned before, we are a private company and when we get busy, our normal job duties have to take priority.  (After all, it’s what gives us our content!)

Length

It is hard to predict with certainty what to expect from each and every blog post.  Some posts like market updates will be on the shorter side, because there is a wealth of information on that topic, and we are by no means an expert on the broad market.  Items like “questions to ask your prospective landlord” will tend to be longer.  And yes, we realize that we did not give a clear answer or direction to our self-chosen sub-topic.  (It should come as no surprise that one of the authors of this blog is an attorney!)

Voice

We will write this blog in the first person, as if the company itself is doing the talking.  This is a bit unconventional; we know that a company cannot technically have a voice, and as an inanimate object, should not use pronouns such as “we” and “our.”  However, this blog is a product of more than one single person, and as such, will be written in the first person voice.  If it helps, imagine a group of people in a conference room with a laptop typing this content (not that far from the truth).

Influence

As publishers of content (as of the publishing of this post, officially), we must also absorb high quality content.  We learn from the best and try to read as much as possible.  Our two main influences are from different ends of the spectrum, one being in CRE and the other being in sports.  One is Bill Simmons of Grantland, and the other is Duke Long of the Duke Long Agency.  Maybe in a later blog post, we will flesh out why and how these two people have been a large influence on what we publish.

Conclusion

We sincerely hope you enjoy our blog and content.  We will close all of our blog posts with a reminder of what it is that we actually do.  It will always be at the end since we realize that the vast majority of people are not in the market for CRE in Gulfport, Mississippi.  So…if the need arises for office space or office/warehouse space on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, please give us a call at (228) 575-7731, email us at leasing@seawaybusinesspark.com or visit our website at http://www.seawaybusinesspark.com.