Buying a piece of commercial real estate is an investment that should be carefully considered before signing on the dotted lines. There are several things that should be done before you get involved in this market. The following article includes some of the things to consider before you get involved in the market.
Consider whether to manage your rental property on your own, or through a rental agency. On your own may be less expensive, but if there are problems in the future with unpaid rent, damages, or lawsuits, you will be glad to have someone on your side. Not to mention the inconvenience of having to find a plumber at 2am when the pipes freeze. Let someone else deal with the headaches.
Use of a digital camera is a simple and effective strategy. Take pictures of the damages, for instance spots and stains, holes or even discoloration on the bathtub.
Before investing in commercial property, talk to the current business managers or owners that rent from the location up for sale. Ask questions of them such as if they are going to renew a lease, if they have a good business clientele and questions about the neighborhood in general. This will give you a good view of potential profits in owning commercial real estate.
One tip to being a good landlord is to make sure you check the references of anyone you would like as a tenant. Sometimes people can put on a good show and seem like they would be good tenants when in reality they would create a lot of problems for you. Better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t accept the very first value you are offered. Almost all prices or bids have taken into account the fact that the other party will be interested in negotiation. Even if they have initially said they are not interested in negotiations you should be willing to try. Most likely that was just a strategy suggested by the opposing agent.
Like many other things in life their are specific “selling” seasons even in real estate. For home owners this is typically around the beginning of the year, but there is more flexibility for commercial real estate. Make sure that you do some research in your area to see when is the high buying and selling season.
Look into the neighborhood you’re planning on buying property in. If you buy property in a very affluent area, your business will likely be successful, because your clientele will be better able to afford what you are selling. However, if you’re offering services that less wealthy people may be more interested in, you probably want to purchase property in a less wealthy area.
Now that you have a good deal of information about buying commercial real estate, you can make an educated decision about whether or not it is something that you will benefit from. Keep each of these things in mind as you are considering investing in any type of commercial property.