It’s time to give credit to my sisters of CREW, also known as the Tampa chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women. The amazing and intelligent women who are part of this organization helped me complete a building sale in just 60 days. How did they help? Well, let me give you the scenario. The owner of “By Design Technologies”, an internet and mobile based software company, approached me wanting to build a new office in the Tampa Bay area. We looked at several tracts of land but nothing seemed to pan out. I always tell my customers to keep their options open so when I discovered three buildings at Sabal Park in Tampa, where he was currently leasing, were up for auction, I informed the buyer this could be a very reasonable and attractive opportunity.  With on-line auctions, you MUST have your loan and inspections lined up before you can place your bid. So a lot of work had to be done in a short amount of time. That’s when I turned to the CREW. I was able to set the buyer up with a lender (Debbie Sheridan, Florida Bank), title agent (soon-to-be CREW member Heather Whitaker of Fidelity National Title), landscape architect (Lea Del Tosto of Stantec), surveyor (Aubrey Hankins with American Surveying), general contractor (Debbie Costello, iConstructors), a roofer (Hig Dillinger, CIRSCO, not a CREW member currently) and an air conditioning contractor (Kristen Kipp, Comfort Systems). WHEW!  This needs to be done in advance of the bidding to help the client get necessary paperwork in order. The potential buyer also had to make sure he had 10% of the money to deposit within 24 hours of the bidding. All of this took place within 60 days! Pretty impressive, right? I will give credit to the buyer for being very organized and decisive which helps immensely when trying to move a project such as this forward quickly. “By Design Technologies” will move into its new home office in the first quarter of 2013 and the owner is very pleased with his purchase. His total investment into the property is about 60% of what is would have cost to build from the ground up. A perfect example of how it works when you have the CREW working for you!