Buying commercial real estate can be very intimidating to someone that has never done it before. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources available to new buyers. Below are some tips to assist you in getting all of this information organized to where you can start buying commercial property smarter.
Be patient when handling a deal with a commercial property. The initial legwork is more involved than buying a home. There are more inspections, more work to be done and more paperwork to do. Build this time into your investment plans so that you won’t be caught off guard.
Hire a professional to rent out your income properties. Saving money can be tempting when it comes to doing it yourself, but the time involved and the pitfalls of making a mistake with a renter are not worth it. Your time is valuable. Let a property manager take care of your investment for you.
If you are new in the real estate game it may be tempting to try to buy many different types of properties. while they may sound like a great idea, that is usually not the best thing to do because you would do better mastering one type of property instead of having multiple types that are just average.
Compared with residential properties, investing in commercial properties typically requires an initial down payment that is of a much higher percentage of the total cost. As a result, it is especially important to do your homework on commercial lenders in the area before agreeing to finance through any one company.
A ‘high traffic’ location is desirable for a business. How many people will pass by and see your store each day is important. But you should look more closely. Is there adequate parking? handicapped accessibility? can a left turn be made safely into your parking lot? These are all questions you will want to ask.
When buying commercial property remember that they do take longer than if you were going to buy a single family home. You don’t want to get impatient or rush into anything. Commercial property should not be looked at as a quick way to make some cash. Look at it as an investment.
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.
It is very important to have a good lawyer look over your commercial real estate contracts. Make sure they know all about real estate and can look over everything you have. This will insure that you will be protected and you will be getting the best deal possible.
Hopefully, these tips have provided you with some very valuable information, as well as given you a way to organize all of the thoughts and information you may have already had on buying commercial property. Keeping these tips in mind when you start buying can help you one day become a smarter commercial property buyer.