Selected recent client references representing a range of real estate sourcing challenges:
“Mark - on behalf of myself and L'Unique General Insurance I would like to thank you for all your assistance in finding us suitable office space to meet our company's current needs. Although the space requirements of our satellite office were small, you never made us feel that we were treated any differently than a company that requires larger accommodations. As well, the efforts put forth in order to make my presentation to our head office proved invaluable in assisting me to make concise presentations in order to conclude this lease". G.B. Myers, Surety Manager, L'Unique General Insurance
“We have used Mark Kolke on several occasions to advise, find, and negotiate our needs. He has proven to be prompt, knowledgeable, and appropriately patient. For us, Mark was able to articulate and make relevant his experience of the downtown core; the buildings, building management, and business needs. We will work and look forward to working with Mark again.” - Graham Duncan, General Manager, Musket Canada
"Mark's deep knowledge and experience played such a huge role in our first commercial deal. He was invaluable to us and if you are looking for someone to guide you through this process and look out for your company's best interests, I would highly recommend you reach out to Mark Kolke. We couldn't have found a more knowledgeable individual to help us navigate our first commercial real estate deal." - Mark Henderson, Director of Operations, Lux Marketing Group, AGENCY LUX
"We used Mark Kolke of MaxComm Realty Advisors to help us source office space to relocate our Calgary office. He provided professional advice, competitve market data and advised us each step of the way through what turned out to be a somewhat convoluted negotiation. Mark helped us stay calm through some difficulties and stayed with the file through each stage to ensure our needs were protected and the transaction completed on time. And, we are very happy with the premises" - Len Coad, Director Energy, Environment, and Transportation, The Conference Board of Canada
We used Mark Kolke of MaxComm Realty Advisors to help us source our office space for our expansion into Calgary. Mark found us a great spot quickly and, after working through considerable difficulties on the Landlord side, got our deal completed. We are very pleased with the space and would recommend Mark to others looking for space in the Calgary Market." .. Ziad Mehlo, President, H & L Canada Limited
'When True North Mortgage http://truenorthmortgage.ca needed its first bricks-and-mortar location, I engaged the services of MaxComm Realty Advisors to find a location and negotiate the transaction. I found Mark Kolke's services to be thorough, professional and effective. Anyone can find space but Mark believes in 'representation'. Mark has stayed in regular contact. I rely on his reports to keep me up to speed on the Calgary market. When it was time to secure our second location there was no question who I should call. Mark has again met our needs and exceeded our expectations by attending to details and advocating for our interests. He communicates promptly and effectively. We intend to used Mark's services for our next location. I recommend him without hesitation.' -Daniel Eisner, President, True North Mortgage
'Mark Kolke helped us relocate our http://www.commoditycycle.com offices during a time when Calgary market rents were spiking and available offices of the size we required were scarce. A year later the building had changed hands; Mark advised us through the renewal process and ended up negotiating a new longer term deal that better suited our needs. We were extremely pleased with the outcome of Mark’s efforts and look forward to working with him again in the future for our commercial real estate needs.' - Duncan Robertson, Managing Partner, SBM Inc.
"Mark Kolke from MaxComm Realty Advisors helped me find space to establish my own firm My time-line was tight and I had a stringent location preference in an area where very little was available. Mark went above and beyond to find options which met my criteria and provided valued advice in our lease negotiation. I am very happy with the space and would happily recommend Mark Kolke." - Jeff King Certified General Accountant
We used Mark Kolke's services to secure my team's first office lease. When our lease was coming due for renewal, Mark helped us negotiate a new deal for larger space to meet out needs. I would happily recommend Mark Kolke of MaxComm Realty Advisors based on our experience. Alex Canasa, Regional Vice President, Primerica
“We approached Mark Kolke to find our company [ http://www.tokerassociates.com ] some new space, better aligned with our high-end brand. Despite a landlord’s market, Mark found us several viable options. Mark put our interests above others, and negotiated on our behalf. We have recently moved into our new downtown space, and would highly recommend Mark to other tenants.” - Eric Toker, Principal, Toker + Associates Architecture Industrial Design
'While our company http://www.wfscorp.com has operated in Canada for a long time, our first formal office lease presented some problems. We had very tight criteria in terms of location, suite size and time to get the deal done. Mark Kolke helped us navigate these challenges with thoroughness as well as assisting us with lease document negotiations with our head office legal counsel. This was not a large transaction for us, but an important one made easier because our agent focused on each next step and did not drop the ball.' - Gordon Berturelli, Sr. Vice President, World Fuel Services Inc.
'When National Home Warranty http://www.nationalhomewarranty.com and our sister firm J. Folk Assoc. http://www.jfolk.com outgrew our Calgary office space we enlisted the help of Mark Kolke to represent us. Mark found a 'perfect fit' for us in short order. He helped us negotiate the deal and followed up with every piece of paper, which seemed endless, as we completed the transaction and moved. I found his services to be very prompt and professional and would recommend him without hesitation.' - Darcy Bruns, Director of Inspections - Prairie Region, National Home Warranty Programs Ltd.
“Mark Kolke was a great fit for us as we struggled to find a new office space for our accounting firm in a very tight and pricey market. Mark researched all of the available options and ending up finding something unconventional. Rather than having to relocate to a smaller office suite, Mark found us an office sharing arrangement with another accounting firm, in a newly renovated building. We now have a location, and 'roommates' that we are very happy with. We highly recommend Mark’s services and intend on referring him to our clients. There is no doubt that we will use Mark the next time we have a requirement.” - Steve Rudkowski CA, Hunt - Rudkowski Chartered Accountants
"When we went searching for office space we could have done it ourselves because RealtyEdge http://www.realtyedgegroup.ca is a real estate brokerage - but our focus in property management. We needed an office leasing specialist. Mark Kolke helped us see everything available within our budget and location requirements, negotiated the deal and helped us navigate unfamiliar waters. He was superb to deal with, made sure thatwe were sure, and helped us understand the leasing market. We recommend him! " - Elaine Krug, President/Broker, RealtyEdge Group Inc.
'I've used Mark Kolke's services over a long time. Prior to starting Tasman Investments Inc., a property owner and development company, http://tasmaninvestments.com I operated a diverse portfolio of properties. Mark handled several acquisitions, acted for me as a listing agent and, representing tenants, he brought me some extraordinary transactions which we successfully completed. Mark is a consummate professional, a stickler for thorough documentation and hard negotiator. At Trez Capital we are using Mark's services on some projects and, again, are very pleased with his services.' - Barry Brovender, President, Tasman Investments Inc.
"Having an advisor like Mark is something I value. I find him an accessible straight shooter. We http://www.clearviewplumbing.ca had some challenges with an investment property we acquired. Mark Kolke helped us un-maze a maze of leases overdue for renewal and counseled in the selection of a property manager/asset manager. We learned a lot in short order. I found Mark to be thorough, professional and good humoured through a challenging process. " - Kyle Lumsden, Gen. Mgr., Clearview, the Punctual Plumber
“With Mark’s knowledgeable guidance, in a matter of 4 weeks, he had our business in a new home. Mark patiently kept me informed of what needed doing now, tomorrow and before we could close. I’d highly recommend Mark for all your leasing needs, whether it be office or retail, local or international, Mr. Kolke will be the first one we call.” – Todd Bosworth, Petra Exploration Services Ltd.
"Our company, CygNet Software Inc. [ http://cygnetscada.com ] required office space in downtown Calgary which given the dynamics of our recent growth, would be appropriate in the near term with respect to caliber, facilities, and location while providing the option for growth, while having the backdrop that should an exit strategy or our growth necessitate larger premises during the term of the lease, we would have creative options. Using services of Mark Kolke from MaxComm Realty Advisors was just what we needed. He found a range of options and, once we made our selection, set out to negotiate just what we needed. He led us through the process. We were pleased with the service and would happily recommend Mark to anyone we know. While our company is well established we were new to doing business in Canada which posed a hurdle in dealing with Landlords in terms of vetting and educating our headquarters staff on Canadian real estate leasing practices, and we received excellent value in his counsel." - Steve Robb, VP Business Development, CygNet Software Inc.
"Mark Kolke handled our http://servicemanagementart.com office space search and lease negotiation for our current premises. I found him highly responsive and very helpful coaching me as we went through a process that was new for me. I found Mark's services to be timely, responsive and thoroughly professional, plus, we had fun doing it. I recommend him highly." - Peter Lijnse, President, Service Management Art Inc.
'When Schlumberger and High Arctic Energy Services Inc. created a joint venture, Optimal Pressure Drilling Services Inc., http://optimalpressure.com , one of my responsiblities was to secure premises for head office and administrative purposes in Calgary. I called on the expertise of Mark Kolke of MaxComm Realty Advisors to bring me up to speed on the market, help us vet suitable locations and negotiate a transaction which would meet our immediate and long term needs. Mark helped us every step of the way, introduced us to resources we needed and left us feeling well served from start to finish. We happily recommend Mark Kolke and would gladly use him again when we have a Calgary commercial property need.' - Simon Batcup, Managing Director, Optimal Pressure Drilling Services Inc.
Solana Resources Limited http://solanaresources.com needed to relocate offices in advance of its lease expiry to meet needs for growth. We called our agent Mark Kolke of MaxComm Realty Advisors Inc. to help us find new premises and, once done, to find someone to take over the great premises he had found us less than two years ago. Mark knew of some space that, as he expected, turned out to be perfect for our taste, budget and image - then he found someone to take on an assignment of our remaining term. In two months, two transactions, two moves, two happy clients. We have now done four transactions with Mark and intend to use him again the next time he have a requirement for office premises. - J. Scott Price, Pres. & CEO, Solana Resources Limited
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Office space for lease in Calgary remains a challenge to find, especially on short notice. For large requirements and needs a few months away we are usually able to find a suitable range of qualifying options to help our clients weigh competing options and enter into a competitive negotiation.
On the other hand, if the requirement is small or more immediate - the options are often fewer, the spectrum of choice is often limited and competition can often be fierce. Our objective in representing clients is to negotiate effectively in their best interest without caving to landlord demands. This is not so much science as it is a melding of experience, market knowledge and relationships.
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Mark Kolke, Realtor™, is an Associate under contract to MaxWell South Star Realty, licensed by Real Estate Council of Alberta, member of the Alberta Real Estate Association, member of the Canadian Real Estate Association