By Bill Jeansonne, Commercial Investment Specialist for Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate

The article “Adding Value, Operations Assessment may be the icing on the cake” appeared in the March/April 2016 Commercial Investment, which is The Magazine of the CCIM Institute.

The open paragraphs of the article offer insight from a CCIM prospective of investment analysis but are very applicable to building owners and investors:

The due diligence process focuses on identifying building deficiencies and managing financial risk.

While identifying building deficiencies is a critical component of due diligence, evaluating building operations may reveal additional risks and opportunities that are not captured in the property condition assessment. Analyzing benchmarked utility data and underwriting low-cost operational improvements are two strategies that can reduce your client’s financial risk and quickly increase not operating income and asset value. 

With utility cost representing 20 to 25% of average annual operational expenses, cost reduction in this category highly impact the bottom line.

Note also that incentives by utility companies may reduce project cost of some upgrades.

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Bill Jeansonne, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, received both his undergraduate degree and master’s in business administration (MBA) from Louisiana State University (LSU).  Bill has 13 years experience in the commercial and industrial real estate business and 14 years experience in commercial and industrial warehouse design and sale of handling equipment.  His specializations include commercial and industrial development, brokerage, and leasing, as well as lease negotiations and tenant build outs.

A Designee member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM), Bill’s professional memberships include Baton Rouge’s Commercial Investment Division (CID), the LSU MBA Alumni Association, a founding member of the board of managers for the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB), a member of Louisiana REALTORS® (LR), a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  Bill has also served as a president of CID, a chairman of the CID Trends Program, a chairman of the LSU MBA Alumni Association Louisiana Looking Up Program, and on the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) Trends committee.  His current civic affiliations and past service include board chairman of the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, president of the Capitol SERTOMA Club of Baton Rouge, member of the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, and an alumnus of Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK).

Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate is a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce (BRAC); the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; the Baton Rouge Growth Coalition; the Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau; the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB); and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Several agents, on an individual basis, are members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM); the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR); and the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID).