5 Tips for Finding Your Dream Office

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Use a spreadsheet to calculate the net present value of a deal, and so you can weigh one-time benefits against higher monthly rents. Often, landlords prefer to give you concessions up front -- a few months' rent free or money for construction -- if it means they can charge a higher monthly rent over the life of your lease. (Their banks like to see that they are charging high rents.) For you, this can be the same as taking out a loan, perhaps even at a negative interest rate.