Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How to Find Office Space to Rent in Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi

Office Building for Rent in Gulfport, Mississippi

How do you find office space to rent in the Gulfport/Biloxi area in Mississippi?

As landlords for commercial real estate, it is our business to know how to find office space.

After all, we need to make sure that our office space is everywhere people would potentially look for office space.

So, where can you find space?

First, there are the listing websites: LoopNet, CoStar and the MLS (multiple listing service).

LoopNet, CoStar and the MLS are the “go-to” commercial real estate websites that most commercial real estate professionals will first do a search on.

However, LoopNet and CoStar typically only contain broker listings and/or commercial real estate landlords who have more than 1 property.  The downfall to some of these sites is the brokers/landlords have to pay to have a “premium” listing on the site.

What this means is if you do not have a search subscription on a website like LoopNet, you will only be able to see the premium listings and will miss out on all the free listings.  Most office building owners who only own one building cannot afford to put a premium listing on LoopNet because the pricing model does not make sense.  (Please note that this is only the case for the Gulfport/Biloxi market - in a city like New Orleans where someone owns a high rise office building, this building will likely have a premium subscription on a website like LoopNet.)

Besides the major listing websites, there are several other websites that have commercial office space listings.

There’s OfficeSpace.com, Cityfeet.com and Rofo.com.  Cityfeet requires a paid subscription to list as does Rofo.  One unique aspect of Rofo is it allows you to post a space need and allow the landlord/listing broker to contact you direct.  Our personal favorite is OfficeSpace, as it allows the owner to publish a listing with no strings attached.  In our experience, these websites have much of the same listings because if a commercial real estate professional knows to put their listing on one of these websites, they will put them on all of these websites.

You can also find office space on Craigslist.  Craigslist has a wide range of properties and will often let you contact the listing owner directly.  (As opposed to a website like LoopNet where you will most likely be contacting a listing broker.)

We are often surprised by how many of our leads for office space come from people finding space the old fashioned way – driving around!

The Gulfport/Biloxi market is a fairly small market for commercial real estate.  Because of this, if you have an idea of where you think you want your office space to be, you can probably just drive around and write down phone numbers from signs for a couple hours.

First figure out a convenient place for your customers (like locations just off or on major roads like Cowan/Lorraine, Highway 49, Pass Road) and drive around.  Easy enough, right?

These days, we find more and more people are just typing in “office space for rent” on Google and Bing to start their commercial office search.

Going to Google will bring up most of the websites mentioned above, in addition to websites like ours (www.seawaybusinesspark.com!) who are independent landlords offering office space.

If you are having trouble finding exactly what you are looking for, you can always contact one of the local commercial brokers, who can aid in your search for commercial office space.

Some of the more popular commercial brokers in the area, whose signs you will likely see scattered around the city, include Coldwell Banker, Southeast Commercial and NAI Global.

Of course, our preference would be to just give Seaway Business Park a call, and we will fix you up with one of our own office spaces!

That’s the comprehensive list of where to find office space in the Gulfport/Biloxi area.  We hope it helps!

Please feel free to leave questions and/or comments.  We read all of them.  Feel free to email us at leasing@seawaybusinesspark.com.  We provide office space for rent and warehouse space for rent in Gulfport, Mississippi.  If you need commercial real estate space in our area, please give us a call at (228) 575-7731 or visit our website at www.seawaybusinesspark.com.

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