San Francisco Consulting Firm Recommends Taking Advantage of Lower Lease Prices Now as Demand for Office Space Increases

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Kathy Scheiern, founder of San Francisco consulting firm PurposeWorks LLC, recently re-signed a two-year lease in anticipation of rising office space values in San Francisco. She recommends small businesses find a reliable commercial real estate representative to help secure the right space while prices are still down.

The Mills Building, a designated San Francisco Historic Landmark.

When Jim Walker first showed me the Mills Building space, I fell in love with it. Strange thing to say about commercial real estate, but it was true.

While the recovery of the real estate sector remains sluggish nationally, San Francisco’s commercial real estate market is heating up. According to a recent survey by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, San Francisco is now the third-best city to invest in for commercial property. As the cost of leasing commercial space rises again, San Francisco business consultant Kathy Scheiern, PhD, founder of PurposeWorks LLC, recommends small businesses find the right space and lock in a good lease rate now. She says use of professional commercial real estate representation can help small businesses better manage rental cost increases.

In anticipation of rising lease rates, Scheiern recently signed a 2-year lease renewal for the PurposeWorks office space in the historic Mills Building, located at 220 Montgomery Street at Bush in San Francisco’s Financial District. Jim Walker of San Francisco brokerage firm Walker-Poulton negotiated the two-year extension on her current space, suite 1013.

“When Jim Walker first showed me the Mills Building space, I fell in love with it. Strange thing to say about commercial real estate, but it was true. The building is great. The management company is first rate and easy to work with. It is obvious that this is a great property being managed by people who care about it,” says Scheiern.

The Mills Building, managed by the SWIG Company, is a landmark building with singular historical, architectural and aesthetic interest. It is San Francisco’s only remaining example of the Chicago School of architecture. Even though the building was virtually gutted by fire after the 1906 earthquake, it was fully restored in 1907, adhering to its original design. The original curved staircases in the Montgomery Street lobby survived relatively unscathed and can be seen today when entering the building.

Jim Walker of Walker-Poulton specializes in finding the best fit for property owners and tenants in the San Francisco commercial real estate market. His timely and competent lease negotiation kept the office rent increase for PurposeWorks to only 5% over two years.

“Jim got me a very affordable rate on the space. Overall, a win-win-win in my book!” declares Scheiern. “If anyone is looking for great commercial space in San Francisco, I would urge them to talk to Jim Walker and check out the Mills Building!”

Scheiern is very satisfied with her current office space and looks forward to continuing her tenure at the Mills Building for another two years.

For more information about any of San Francisco consulting firm PurposeWorks LLC’s services, call (415) 813-4199 or visit

About PurposeWorks LLC

PurposeWorks LLC is a leading edge San Francisco human resources consulting firm and executive coaching company. They assist individuals and organizations with their growth and transformation efforts. Specifically, they help people achieve ongoing success by introducing and supporting the development of competencies in skill sets such as values-driven leadership, trust building, and employee empowerment. By balancing the importance of what is rational and readily measured with what is grounded in purpose and meaning, in integrity and trust, and in people and relationships, PurposeWorks LLC opens the doorway to next-level thinking and performance improvement for individuals and organizations.

Dr. Kathy J. Scheiern, owner and lead consultant for PurposeWorks LLC is a Certified Public Accountant who has over 25 years of international and domestic experience in providing performance improvement consulting to organizations and individuals. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Organization Transformation, and a Masters of Science in Accountancy with an emphasis in International Business. She is a Certified Cultural Transformation Tools Consultant (providing values and cultural capital assessments and transformation support), a Certified Systemic Constellation Work Facilitator (in both Organization and Family Constellations), and a founding member of The Values Collaborative. As a San Francisco business coach, she has conducted numerous workshops on effective change processes, using a variety of tools and techniques to assist clients in transforming both their personal and organizational lives.


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