11 Jul 2016
Senior Commercial Surveyor at CBRE Sahar Rezazadeh MRICS tells us what it's like to be a commercial surveyor in her own words.
I’m based within the Retail department of CBRE and work across a portfolio of retail brands that are looking for advice and guidance on their real estate interests and expansions. I'm a part of the place making process and help clients build the right retail environments for consumers.
I pride myself on keeping up with the latest trends in the sector to offer our existing and target clients market leading advice.
Right now, I really enjoy building in-depth insight on the different areas we cover for our clients. We spend a great deal of time understanding Central and Greater London villages. And, in an industry like fashion, which is always on the look-out for the latest hot spot, this knowledge is a real competitive advantage.
My job gives me the opportunity to explore these areas in London, but also in retail hubs further afield, to help provide a complete overview for my clients. It also helps me stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the best places to hang out at the weekend.
What route did you take?
My route to becoming a chartered surveyor was unconventional. I gained a degree in political science followed by an MSc in real estate management.
Following this, I joined Savills as a graduate surveyor before progressing my career with Bilfinger GVA. In 2015, I joined CBRE where I completed my APC.
An award-winning career
I was awarded the coveted RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Award for Commercial Agency in 2014. It was a moment that celebrated my hard work and the expertise and knowledge I have gained in my career to date.
The best bit
Brands sometimes come to us with nothing more than an idea, so my team and I have to be prepared to lay out the entire reasoning behind why and where they want to evolve. I always enjoy learning about upcoming businesses and love playing my part in nurturing young, new concepts.
It’s fast-paced and exciting! It’s hugely rewarding to bring a brands vision to life and create value. Being a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has helped me to offer clients unrivalled professional advice.
One of my most notable projects has been with international fashion label Kit & Ace. Eric Eastman FRICS and I are transacting and advising on their real estate strategy in the UK as a new entrant. It has been a learning curve.
The exciting concept and vision of the brand means there is never a dull moment. We acquired the first European store in Shoreditch, London and more recently acquired their first West End store in the retail heaven that is Seven Dials, Covent Garden.
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