Commercial property management is a complex and dynamic field that requires an elevated level of expertise, experience, and adaptability.  Commercial properties vary widely in terms of size, type, location, market conditions, tenant mix, legal regulations, and operational requirements. 

Managing commercial properties in different markets and locations poses both challenges and opportunities for property managers who need to balance the interests of owners, tenants, investors, and stakeholders.

Some of the familiar challenges that commercial property managers face include:

Market volatility

Commercial property markets are influenced by economic cycles, supply and demand, tenant and tenant customer preferences, technological innovations, political events, and environmental issues.  These factors can cause fluctuations in rental rates, occupancy levels, property values, operating costs and returns on investment.  Property managers need to monitor market trends, anticipate changes, and make recommendations to property owners so that they can adjust their strategies accordingly.

Tenant retention

Commercial tenants are often more demanding than residential tenants.  They expect high-quality services, amenities, maintenance, and security from their landlords.  They also have specific business needs and preferences regarding their space, layout, design, branding and functionality.  Property managers need to understand their tenants’ businesses, communicate effectively, respond promptly and proactively to their requests and complaints, and provide value-added services that enhance their satisfaction and loyalty.

Regulatory compliance

Commercial properties are subject to various laws and regulations at the local, province, and federal levels.  These may include zoning codes, building codes, fire codes, health codes, environmental codes, tax laws, labor laws and contractual obligations.  Property managers need to be aware of the applicable rules and regulations, ensure that their properties comply with them, obtain the necessary permits and licenses, and handle any disputes or violations that may arise.

Risk management

Commercial properties are exposed to various risks such as natural disasters, accidents, vandalism, theft, and lawsuits.  Property managers need to identify potential risks, assess their impact and probability, implement preventive measures and contingency plans, secure adequate insurance coverage and deal with any emergencies or crises that may occur.

On the other hand, managing commercial properties in different markets and locations also offers opportunities for property managers who can leverage their skills, knowledge, and resources to create value for their property owner clients.  Some of the possible opportunities include:

Market expertise

Commercial property managers expertise in a local market can assist owners in making investment decisions regarding capital upgrades for their properties.  Property owners are seeking to optimize their current commercial real estate investment and any new capital investments.

Tenant attraction

Property owners can attract new tenants by offering competitive rates, attractive incentives, flexible terms, and customized solutions.  They can also differentiate themselves from other landlords by providing a quality services experience that appeals to their target business market segments.  A quality property manager can provide good counsel on all these matters.

Value creation

Commercial property managers can create value for their clients by increasing the income, reducing the expenses, or enhancing the capital value of their properties. 

Managing commercial properties in different markets and locations is challenging.  However, a professional property management firm can leverage a combination of hard skills (such as finance, accounting, marketing) soft skills (such as communication, negotiation) interpersonal skills (such as leadership) analytical skills (such as problem-solving) creative skills (such as innovation) strategic skills (such as planning) technical skills (such as IT) ethical skills (such as integrity) professional skills (such as certification).  Commercial property managers who can master these skills across a number of local markets and segments, can add tremendous value to your commercial property asset.


“Sundance property management is accomplished within Sundance Realty & Management Inc.  Sundance is licensed by the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA), as an independent, regulated, real estate brokerage.  Sundance Property Management is focused on delivering value to its property owner customers through the key values of quality facility management, quality tenant relationships, and quality owner reporting that emphasizes transparency and completeness.  Sundance property management is growing, and currently manages dozens of commercial properties representing over 650,000 square feet of Industrial, mixed-use, retail, warehouse, and office real estate properties.”