WeWork Space Services is looking for writers.
A year after launching a real estate investment fund, WeWork is launching a real estate advisory business that offers brokerage services.
On Friday, the coworking company announced that it is piloting WeWork Space Services, which will represent companies and help them find office space outside of WeWork’s locations. Jason Bauer, who previously co-founded the brokerage Voda Bauer Real Estate, will head the venture. He is starting off with three agents, but hopes to grow that number to 10 to 12 in the near future.
The venture is part of WeWork’s push to offer more services to small and mid-sized companies with ten to 250 employees, according to the company’s chief growth officer David Fano. Some of these firms come to WeWork looking for an office, but end up deciding they’d rather sign a lease with a traditional landlord.
Referring these cases to what is essentially an in-house brokerage allows WeWork to keep them in its universe. Any firm that signs a lease through one of WeWork’s brokers will get a free WeWork membership for 12 months, allowing it to access the online member network and book conference rooms at WeWork locations, among other perks.