Look for a realtor who’s familiar with the unique needs of your industry, and forthcoming with bad news. Biomedical startups, for example, might need to ensure the property has adequate plumbing and fire suppression – which your realtor could get the previous occupant to pay for, but only if your realtor knows it’s something you need. A business taking over a space whose previous tenant was a dry-cleaner must ensure that their property isn’t contaminated, or at least get a commitment from the prior occupant to pay for the clean up. Otherwise you can get saddled with huge legal expenses under environmental protection laws. A realtor who warns you about defects in a property – i.e. it’s contaminated, or lacks plumbing – is a realtor you can trust. A realtor who says every property is perfect for your needs is either not telling you the truth, or has no idea what businesses in your industry need.