Our approach is methodical, deliberate, and thorough: We start by listening to our clients. We take the time to fully understand their business, their balance sheet, and their short and long term strategic plan, from both management and finance.
Once we have a complete understanding of our client and our client’s needs, we will present a strategy. We will then survey and search the commercial real estate market. We will present all the options for our client’s review. To simplify the process, we will make a short list of recommended options that may be best suited for our client’s needs.
In terms of our obvious differentiators and unique qualities: The Genau Group is comprised of a team of locally born executives. We are the only commercial real estate company in Washington DC wherein every member of the executive team was born in Washington DC proper and has been here since birth. Additionally, we have backgrounds not just in real estate, but also in accounting and finance. We have been public independent business consultants and auditors. We have been public accountants, and we have been business managers. Our backgrounds are in Business Administration and we hold advanced degrees to this end. Every member of our team has an advanced business degree from a top university and a minimum of five years experience in business management.
When you research the other companies, make sure you fully critique the management team’s background and make sure the individuals who are assigned to you are properly qualified. Make sure you know what they studied in college and what they did to warrant their claim of business acumen.
The Genau Group avoids conflicts of interest. We work only with a preferred book of long term clients who share the same core value system and moral framework. We will never work for a Landlord, a Property Manager, or a Building Owner interested in leasing space to our clients.
The Genau Group helps our clients identify and secure the best “stage” on which they can showcase their team members and their business talents. We believe that having the right work environment is vital to achieving business objectives in the shortest possible timeframe. To this end, we consult our clients to gain a better understanding of their short-term and long-term business goals and objectives. We then find, negotiate, and secure the best office/retail solution within the given timeframe and the desired budget.
First and foremost, we provide our clients with a lease abstract. Then, on an annual basis, we can provide a comprehensive analysis of your landlord's costs (charges) including: your rental rates, real estate taxes, operational expenses, and other hidden costs. This exercise is commonly referred to as a "lease audit." This exercise helps to ensure that your lease has been administered correctly. Once completed, we closely monitor the lease and alert our clients to their critical dates, upcoming events, and any changes before they happen.
For many clients, the right solution is to renovate their office or to move to a new building alltogether. In these instances, inventing a new space from a blank drawing board can be an overwhelming challenge. Our project management expertise will guide our client throught the process. We help our clients with space programming, design and test fits, architect and general contractor selections, price negotiations, project timeline definition, permitting, and even move coordination.
Traditionally, only the very large "anchor" tenants have succeeded in negotiating concessions packages from Landlords. However, today's market is a "rentors market" or "tenant's market." As such, we always strive to negotiate a concessions package equal to a 5%-10% below market discount, paid for by the Landlord in the form of a concessions package. This effort is particularly successful with Landlord's who wish to maintain a "face rate" but also want to acquire new tenants and increase the building's occupancy.
The Washington DC Metropolitan Area is rich with submarkets. Many clients often entertain the idea of moving their office out of, or into, the city. In the event our client wishes to relocate to a new submarket, The Genau Group's residential real estate team is ready, willing, and able to help our client's employees with all their residential real estate needs.
The Genau Group brings decades of experience from leading investment institutions. Our team partners with top quality operators who have the operational and local market expertise relevant to each transaction. We rely on our extensive network of industry relationships, as well as our reputation in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Our investment team is led by Roy Hill. A 13-year veteran, Roy has negotiated over One Billion Dollars ($1,000,000,000.00) in investment. As a 4th generation Washingtonian (who still lives here), Roy’s competitive business acumen is influenced by his command of such core markets as Capitol Hill, Shaw and 14th Street. If you are interested in acquiring or liquidating an investment property, please reach out to us to discuss your requirements.