Caden has a big agency mindset with a small business touch. Our clients can expect a level of strategic preparation and innovation for the leasing of their properties that goes beyond the usual — our courage to ignore ‘the wisdom of the crowd’ when our own data and foresight is contrary elevates our clients from participants to winners in a fiercely competitive market.
Caden is the largest specialised, and Brisbane’s first independent, office leasing business servicing the Brisbane CBD. We have five (5) dedicated office leasing agents ready to assist you.
Caden was founded in early 2014 and our agents have negotiated over 300 leases during this time.
We are 100% specialised and focus exclusively on office leasing within the Brisbane CBD.
We find space for businesses of every size. Whether you’re a growing start-up, an established business or a global brand, we will find the perfect office space to match your requirements. To provide some examples, we have negotiated leases for AGL, Anglo Coal, CoverMore Insurance, ARTC (Federal Government), Regus, Citadel Group, NES Fircroft, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and many, many more.
Our agents focus exclusively on the Brisbane CBD precinct — although we have a partnership with a leading, inner-fringe leasing business that services all surrounding areas and, thus, we can service all businesses looking for office space outside of the city.
There are a few different ways to do this. You can either call or email one of our leasing agents and discuss your requirements with them. Alternately, you can conduct a search for space on our website and book an inspection online. There are a variety of useful tools on our website (the Office Space Calculator for example) to assist you throughout the various stages of your search. Inspections of tenancies can be arranged at short notice.
During your search you may wish to speak with one of the fit out companies, if you require a new fit out, or if you wish to make amendments to an existing fit out. Generally, landlords will coordinate fit out works on behalf of tenants, but you may be required to provide design input to ensure your requirements are met. We will connect you with the landlord’s preferred fit out contractor/s. It is also recommended that you engage a property lawyer to assist in negotiating your lease.
We can provide absolute blanket coverage of the market. We have information and access to all tenancies for lease across the city, so if it is your preference to direct your search through one firm, we can certainly facilitate that.
Once you have taken occupation of your new space the landlord’s nominated property manager will service all of your needs. Caden can assist should you need to sublease your tenancy, otherwise you won’t need our services again until the next expiry.
It is completely at the discretion of the tenant whether they wish to use Caden on an exclusive basis. Some tenants prefer to direct their search through a single agent or agency, while others prefer to speak to a variety. We are prepared to work with tenants in whatever capacity they feel most comfortable.
Some prospective tenants prefer to keep their requirements confidential, particularly if they are also in negotiations with their current landlord. We can run inspections of other buildings confidentially, without disclosing the identity of the tenant. Please let us know upfront if this is a requirement.
Building owners pay fees to leasing agents for all new leases that transact within their properties. The only occasion where we may be reimbursed directly by a tenant is if we have assisted in their lease renewal, but often our fees in this instance will be funded through the incentive pool contained within the lease.
Senior Leasing Executive
Executive - Office Leasing
Executive - Office Leasing
In early 2014, whilst on 4 months gardening leave, I committed to learning as much as I could about how to start, operate and eventually grow a specialist office leasing agency.
There was a gap in the market. The owners of B-grade buildings were serviced by less experienced leasing agents. As agents gained industry experience there was an expectation from within some respective businesses that they quickly move on from leasing secondary buildings to A and Premium stock, in order to gain market recognition and improve their profile. Ultimately, that’s where the bigger fees were.
The owners of B-grade buildings, therefore, had a limited pool of experienced leasing agents to work with. With 14 years experience (at the time) I could become the most experienced agent within that sector of the market.
I wrote down everything I had learnt during my career at the global agencies, such as my core skills and experience in office leasing, managing staff, being managed by others, how the respective teams functioned and how the clients responded to the service they were given. Every experience I’d had, both good and bad, was a valuable one. The major agencies had taught me a great deal and I was thankful for my time at each (Savills, DTZ — now Cushman & Wakefield — and CBRE).
I started Caden Office Leasing in July 2014. Over the last 7 years we have become an established office leasing business with 7 staff and over 300,000m2 of buildings under our remit within the CBD. We have negotiated in excess of 300 new leases.
Last year, Lewis Harper became an equal shareholder of the business. He has been with me from the early days, riding the many ups and downs. The business would not be where it is without him. Together we have a plan for the next chapter. We will continue push the boundaries in all areas of the leasing process. We aim to make it easier for Landlords to lease their office buildings and easier for Tenants to find the right space to suit their businesses — we’ll continue searching for better ways to make that happen.
After finishing at one of Queensland’s elite high schools I did what was expected and went straight into a university degree. This lasted a year before I took the perspective that I’d be churned out of the machine in the exact same position as everyone else in the course and likely my age group. I also noticed that many of the wealthiest people around the world and most successful people I personally knew were able to get by without a university degree.
I relieved myself of the university commitment and took to working just about full-time in a car park where I would while away the hours reading all manner of books and educating myself on a range of topics. After some introspection and a few conversations with industry figures I decided that Commercial Real Estate was a great place for me to apply some natural talents but also extend myself in a person-to-person capacity.
Through a mutual connection I got David’s email address and sent him an email telling him I was willing to work for free and was keen to have a crack. He replied (in true fashion) at 9pm that night and 5 years later I co-own the business with him.
In that time Caden has become the premier office leasing business of the B-Grade and low A-Grade office markets in Brisbane. Our track record speaks for itself and we are certain that 100% of our clients will be advocates for us without hesitation.
Our plan for the future remains simple, something that we wish to retain as we grow. We are not trying to be all things to all people and prefer to stick to what we’re good at.
After finishing high school I did what many deem as the social norm and attended university which, for me, lasted a little over a semester before I picked myself up and travelled overseas for a number of months, ultimately returning back to Australia refreshed and ready to tackle a new career.
It was at this time, at age 19, that I took up a sales role in a retail credit institution prior to being a land research advisor for a property development firm in Hamilton. Having worked in these roles auspiciously aligned my abilities and practical knowledge toward my current role at Caden.
Fortunately enough, it was around this time I was in a touch football team with Lewis who, after a few conversations regarding his line of work, encouraged me to give David a call and organise a coffee to which I did promptly.
After a few catch ups with David I agreed to join Caden as a Leasing Executive.
Then (late 2016), we leased only seven (7) CBD properties. Since that point we have grown to become a well-established and fiercely competitive agency in the CBD market. We now represent over twenty properties and cover a large portion of the B and A-Grade office market throughout the Brisbane CBD.
As Caden continues to grow, I plan to work alongside David and Lewis to assist in building the business to be the go-to agency for any CBD office asset.
Growing up in a family entrenched in residential real estate I was always keen on property and wanted to become involved myself from a young age. Something about the success based income structures and the direct correlation between effort and outcomes made simplistic sense to me, and is something I have sought to return to in later years.
Upon graduating High School I dove into tertiary education, commencing a degree in Property Economics at QUT minoring in property valuation and marketing. I juggled this workload with a new role facilitating sales for Australia’s largest storage provider. Frankly, university wasn’t quite my speed, but I knew that seeing it through would add ‘back of house’ substance to what I would consider a strength of mine, my ability to chat.
Completing my degree at the commencement of 2019, I felt confident in the theoretical knowledge I had gained however lacked practical experience in the field, something I wasn’t receiving in my role at the time. I began to put the feelers out and get in touch with some people within the industry and was soon put in contact with David and Lewis through a mutual connection. Two cups of coffee and a phone call later, I accepted the position I hold today.
Beginning my leasing career amidst a Pandemic has been difficult, though I appreciate that learning the ropes while times are tough will better establish my skills and tenacity to deal than if I were to walk into the rosiest market of all time, ultimately setting me up to capitalise on conditions when the market cycles back.
Growing up I always enjoyed talking about pretty much anything to anyone who cared to listen. Asking questions, gaining insight into people’s lives and what they were up to always seemed to be of interest me. This continued throughout my time at university — at a stage when I was still unsure as to exactly what I wanted to do, I attended a lecture with a guest speaker who worked within Brisbane’s CBD as a commercial leasing agent. I remember thinking it would be an exciting career in which I could join my love of communication with my ever-growing interest in Commercial Real Estate.
After graduating university, I had two options on the table, Property Management with a large international company or Commercial Office Leasing with a fringe boutique firm. Knowing I would prefer to work in the CBD office market, I opted for the larger inner-city firm with the thought it could propel me into the property industry, gaining contacts along the way, with the hope that one day they would lead me into a role in commercial office leasing.
Whilst working alongside a number of large international clients was a great and valuable experience, sitting behind a computer all day, issuing and processing invoices didn’t quite scratch the itch of interacting and communicating with people as much as I would’ve enjoyed, and only piqued my motivation to make the move to leasing as soon as possible.
As Covid-19 came with lockdowns, so did a message from a recruiter which opened me up to meeting David and Lewis and the rest of the Caden team. This helped reignite the possibility of making the move to leasing sooner than I had expected. In January 2021, I made the move and have thoroughly enjoyed learning from, and working with, the Caden Team ever since.
I joined the Caden team in early 2019 as the Leasing Analyst. During this time I have developed an intimate knowledge of the CBD office leasing market as well as the broader commercial property industry. Working alongside Caden’s directors and leasing executives, I provide a high-quality foundation of research and industry related data to the benefit of the team, landlords and tenants. I provide a range of insights though independent research and collaboration with agents’ other analysts within the industry. In addition, I am responsible for assisting in the management of all in-house marketing, in collaboration with the directors and broader agency team.
Prior to my commencement at Caden I completed an internship with the Investec Australia Property Fund. My time at Investec was invaluable in assisting the development of my already keen interest in commercial property and office leasing. In addition to this, I am also completing a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Business Management at UQ.
We’re always looking for people who want to be successful in property. Our team is young, constantly improving, and competing hard in an industry of established institutions. If the big machine isn’t for you, contact David or Lewis to chat.