5 Commercial Real Estate in Kansas City Leasing Fundamentals

If you are looking to move your business into a new office rental space, check out these fundamental real estate hunting rules to keep in mind when looking at your options, as suggested in the article “How To Lease Commercial Real Estate: Part 1”:

  1. Create Leverage – don’t stop your search until you have found several places that meet your basic requirements. This will provide you with a bit of leverage in negotiations and give you some safety nets if a space falls through.
  2. Use Your Head – do not get emotionally attached to any location until you have logically determined that the lease terms are good for your business.
  3. Know the Expenses – do not sign a lease until you know exactly what expenses you will be responsible for, including maintenance.
  4. Be a Good Reader – request a pro forma copy of a lease from a potential landlord and make sure you read through it very carefully.
  5. Analyze Your Options – make yourself a spreadsheet that includes all of the details of properties you are interested in. Some of the things it should include are unit lease price, square footage, incremental expenses (i.e. maintenance), length of lease term, and any pros and cons.

An organized and thorough search process will only benefit your business in the long run!

If you are interested in commercial space for lease in Kansas City, give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100!


“Home for the Holidays” Homes Tour and Holiday Boutique near Southcreek Office Park

This holiday season, join the JCYM at the 21st annual “Home for the Holidays” Homes Tour and Holiday Boutique!  The festive event will benefit KidsTLC, Johnson County Christmas Bureau, Head Start of Shawnee Mission, SAFEHOME, Evergreen Living Innovations, Friends of Shawnee Indian Mission.  Here is some more information about different parts of this event, which will take place November 13-14th:

Holiday Boutique: Get some shopping done with vendors in the Kansas City Metro Area and beyond!
Dates: Nov. 13th 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Nov. 14th 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Admission: No ticket required!

“Putting on the Glitz” Dinner and Fashion Show:  Enjoy a plated dinner at tables of 8 and a fashion show!  After the fashion show you are welcome to do some shopping at the Holiday Boutique until 10:00 pm.
Date: Nov. 13th 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location: Ritz Charles 9000 W. 137th St. Overland Park, KS 66221
Admission: You can purchase individual tickets for $35.00 online at www.jcym.net.  Seating is limited, so make your reservation soon!

“Home for the Holidays” Homes Tour: Tour four charming and beautifully decorated homes in Southern Johnson County
Date: Nov. 14th 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Admission: You can buy tickets for $20.00 at www.jcym.net or most Price Chopper, Hy Vee, or Hen House Stores.  Tickets at the door are $25.00

Don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy the holidays and help out some local charities!

If you would like to learn more about commercial realty in Kansas City, give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100!


Fall Festivals Near Southcreek Office Park

Fall weather is perfect festival weather!  There are so many Fall festivals in the Kansas City area that are an excellent way to spend an October weekend with family and friends.  Here are just a few to look into:

  • Smithville Octoberfest.  Head to Smithville October 12th-13th for a weekend of bands, vendors, a carnival, food, and more!
  • Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival. Jackson County is hosting a weekend of music, crafts, and a little bit of history in an antebellum setting with old-fashioned games for the kids from October 6th-7th!
  • Pumpkinfest.  Don’t miss the lighting of the Great Pumpkin Mountain—thousands of electrically lit jack-o-lanterns coming to life with one flick of a switch—as well as other festival activities in St. Joseph, MO from October 12th-15th.
  • Weston Irish Festival.  Just because it isn’t March doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some Irish culture in great fall weather!  Enjoy live Irish musicians and dancers at the Weston Irish Festival from October 12th-13th.
  • Holiday Mart 2012.  Get a little early Christmas shopping in with over 220 specialty retailers at Bartle Hall from October 18th-21st!

Read the October issue of What’s Up at the Creek for more fun Fall happenings!

If you are looking to relocate your office this Fall, give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100, and we can help you find the Kansas City office space that is just right for your business!


Southcreek Office Park Discount for Couponing Book

Looking to become a smart shopper?  How about starting out by using your Southcreek Office Park discount to buy the book, Couponing for the Beginner: A Guide to Couponing for the Uninitiated?  With shows like Extreme Couponing on TV, couponing is catching on as a great way to save some money.  But going from occasional coupon user to coupon aficionado is no small task.  Couponing for the Beginner has 13 chapters of advice on how to step up your couponing skills:

Chapter 1: Manufacturer and Store Coupons
Chapter 2: Coupon Language
Chapter 3: Coupon Rules and Policies
Chapter 4: Why Coupons Exist
Chapter 5: Where to Get Coupons
Chapter 6: Where to Buy Coupons – Is It Illegal to Buy or Sell Coupons?
Chapter 7: How to Organize Your Coupons
Chapter 8: Where to Use Coupons
Chapter 9: Rewards Programs
Chapter 10: Weekly/Biweekly/Monthly Sales Flyers
Chapter 11: Refunds, Try Me Free, Rebates, Money Back Guarantees
Chapter 12: How to Stack Coupons and Maximize Your Savings
Chapter 13: Your First Trip to Store

You can get this book for only $4.99!  Use the coupon code SOUTHCREEK to get $5 off of the original $9.99 price.  To buy the book  or send an email to info [at] guidetocouponing.com to get a link to where you can order the book.

If you or anyone you know is looking for office suites for rent in Kansas City, check out Southcreek’s many available spaces!  Give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100 for more information.


Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse Discount Through Southcreek Office Park

Trying to decide where to host your next big company party?  Be sure to check out Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse and take advantage of the Southcreek Office Park Special!

Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse is a local, family owned restaurant that has been around since 1938!  They pride themselves not only on serving tender, juicy steaks to four generations of Kansas City natives, but also on their professional environment and great service.  Jess & Jim’s offers a wide variety of food ranging from their famous steaks to chicken, burgers, and seafood.

Jess & Jim’s is an especially good choice for large company gatherings.  They have rooms available that comfortably sit over 80 people—without room fees—and they can help customize your menu to fit any budget.  As you are planning any major company get-togethers, check out the Southcreek Office Park Special at Jess & Jim’s:

Book a Holiday Dinner Party by September 30th for 20 people or more, and the entire group will receive a free in-house dessert!  

If you are looking to plan more of a lunch gathering, Jess & Jim’s also offers lunch parties with a menu that ranges in price from only $4.99 – $12.99.  If you have an extremely large group, you can also book out the entire restaurant for private company parties or get-togethers for over 175 people.

To get more information or to book a party at Jess & Jim’s, call 816-941-9499 and ask for Debbie.  Also check out this month’s issue of What’s Up at the Creek? to see the flyer with discount information.

Are you or anyone you know looking for business space for rent in Kansas City?  Give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100 to find out about the many different spaces we have to offer!


3 Tips for Searching for Commercial Office Rental in Kansas City

In this economy, there are a lot of opportunities for businesses to search out good deals on office rental space.  Here are a few tips to remember as you look for office spaces to rent:

  1.  Think small.  A lot of landlords who were previously looking for bigger tenants are now looking to diversify and divide up large spaces for smaller tenants.  This means that small businesses looking for rental space now have more options to choose from.
  2. Consider the duration of your lease.  Landlords are also becoming increasingly flexible about negotiating the duration of tenant’s leases, so tenants have a better chance of deciding how long they would like to stay.  You might want to think about where your business is at as you negotiate your lease length—if you are a small start-up company, you might want to stick to just a few years, but if your company is thriving, you might want to take this opportunity to secure a longer lease.
  3. Learn your market.  Now is the time to see a lot of different spaces as you make your choice.  You might also consider working with a broker to help with the nuances of finding a rental space, especially in this economy.

Being savvy about the current real estate economy could help you land an attractive deal on office rental space in Kansas City.  If you would like to ask any questions about the size of spaces available or the duration of leases at Southcreek, give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100!


Southcreek Office Park Discounts for Sprint Center Events

Southcreek likes to regularly offer our tenants discounted tickets to various events at the Sprint Center.  From sporting events to circuses, there is bound to be something that you want to snag tickets for!  Check out the upcoming events we are offering discounts for:

  • Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus September 12th – 16th
  • Masters of Illusion LIVE! September 26th 8:00 pm.
  • Comedian John Caparulo September 28th 8:00 pm.
  • Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Rangers hockey game October 6th at 7:00 pm.  You can also get a QT 4-Pack offer for this event, which includes a QT card and sandwiches for the game!
  • Ice Breaker Tournament October 12th – 13th.
  • Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2012 October 18th 7:30 pm.

To get your discounted tickets, call Heather at 816-949-7147 sometime Monday – Friday between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm to place your order.  The tickets are subject to availability/while supplies last, so call soon to secure your seat at the event of your choice!  You will not be charged any extra fees besides the $1.25/ticket handling fee.  For more information on any of these events, visit the Sprint Center website.  To find out more about the actual costs of discounted tickets for each of these events, check out the flyer in this month’s issue of What’s Up At the Creek?

Want to learn more about Southcreek’s commercial rental property in Kansas City and the deals we like to offer our tenants?  Give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100!


Kansas City Irish Fest near Southcreek Office Park

Celebrate the end of summer with a Kansas City classic: The 10th annual Kansas City Irish Fest!  The festival will take place at Crown Center Square in Downtown Kansas City from August 31st-September 2, 2012.  The Kansas City Irish Fest has been voted one of the three best Irish festivals in the nation and one of the best festivals in Kansas City.  Enjoy whiskey tasting, over 20 heritage workshops, genealogy, and exhibits, Kansas City’s largest outdoor Catholic mass, Irish comedians, and more!  The main attraction is the full schedule of Irish musicians and dancers.  Here is a list of some of the entertainers that will be taking the stage all weekend:

•    The Elders
•    Red Hot Chili Pipers
•    Gaelic Storm
•    Scythian
•    Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul
•    McPeake
•    Pogey
•    The Young Dubliners
•    Goitse
•    Flannigan’s Right Hook
•    Sprag Session
•    Eddie Delahunt & Friends
•    Kelly
•    Bob Reeder
•    Ashley Davis
•    KC Irish Dance
•    The O’Riada-McCarty-Manning Academy of Irish Dance

Admission to the festival:

•    $15 per day at the gate
•    $10 in advance at Hy-Vee and online
•    $25 advance weekend rate
•    $5 Friday
•    Children under 12 are free

There is also plenty of entertainment and activities for the kids, so bring the whole family!

Want to learn more about living and renting commercial realty in Kansas City?  Give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100!


Southcreek Office Park Discount to Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Can’t get enough of Olympic Gymnastics?  Disappointed that you don’t get to see Nastia Liukin go for the gold again?  Don’t miss out on seeing Nastia Liukin and members of the men’s and women’s 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic teams at the Tour of Gymnastics Champions on October 18, 2012!  This dynamic and high-flying performance will celebrate the beauty and skill of gymnastics.  The format of the show will pair modern performance art and gymnastic skill in unique and captivating ways.

And best of all, Southcreek Office Park tenants get a discount!

Regular Price         Special Offer
$202            $202 (no discount)
$127             $117
$76.50            $66.50
$51.50         $43.50
$36.50         $36.50 (no discount)

The offer expires on Monday, October 4th at 5:00pm and is subject to availability/while supplies last, so get your tickets sooner rather than later!  All guests ages 2 and up must have a ticket.  To order, please call Heather at 816-949-7147, as no online discounted tickets are available at the moment.  There will be no fees added to your order other than the standard $1.25/ticket handling fee.  You can have you ticket sent to you via email or regular mail.

Southcreek Office Park tenants commonly receive discounts to Sprint Center events—everything from comedians to WWE Smackdown shows!  Perfect for a night of entertainment for a client!  Give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100 to learn more about how choosing office rental space in Kansas City with Southcreek could get you discounts to all sorts of exciting events!


Office Junk Cleaning Discount for Southcreek Office Park Tenants

Looking to clean out your office space?  Do you have way too much broken furniture, old computer monitors, broken printers, old cubicle parts, and out-of-date marketing materials stashed in your storage room?  Junk King in Kansas City can help you get rid of all of that trash—and all for a 20% discount if you mention that you are a Southcreek Office Park tenant!

Junk King can pick up your discarded junk from wherever you are keeping it—your office, storage unit, warehouse, or wherever it is.  Junk King can come get it and clean up afterward.  They also offer same day service and the lowest prices in metro Kansas City.

Not only can you get your office space cleaned out by Junk King, but you can also get the satisfaction of being green!  Junk King is already a green conscious company, but they are going greener as an advocate for residential and commercial junk recycling.  Junk King recycles up to 60% of the junk that they pick up each year, saving a lot of waste from landfills:

•    2,450,000 pounds of copper, aluminum, wiring, and other scrap metals
•    840,000 pounds of paper, plastic, and recyclables
•    590,000 pounds of computer equipment
•    685,000 pounds of miscellaneous junk
•    2,282,500 tons saved from local landfills!

Clean out your office, get a great discount, and protect the environment all at once!

Looking to upgrade to a bigger Kansas City office space as you clean out your office?  Give one of our commercial real estate brokers in Kansas City a call at 913-685-4100 to learn about our available office spaces for businesses of all sizes!