“Commercial real estate is an archaic, lumbering, anachronistic beast.” —Danny Boice, startup co-founder

Startups don’t get us. They dress like skate punks, don’t shave, keep weird hours and say “awesome” all the time. Who’d want to invest time and effort in finding commercial property for startups?

Well, Valentine Ecker Klutznick would. She’s a Vice President at Howard Ecker + Company, a privately held commercial tenant representation company, and she’s helped several Chicago startups find their first permanent homes. She calls the process “fun and exciting. It’s a challenge, but it’s so rewarding when they find a space they love, where they can grow.”

Here are five factors Klutznick calls critical in dealing with commercial property for startups.