In the world of purchasing commercial real estate, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced buyers alike. There are many websites, e-guides, books, videos and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a new buyer become a smart buyer.
Condos and townhomes all each have a Homeowner’s Association with special rules imposed by them called Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs). Always read the CC&Rs. They can restrict or regulate virtually anything they want from the color of your house to parking your car. In most cases, their goal is to promote conformity, but you may find out it is not for you.
Some apartments come with a garage. Measure it before you rent the apartment to make sure your oversized SUVs or pick up trucks fit inside. You may have only one additional parking space besides your garage and there will be no room to park your extra long vehicle. Make the necessary arrangements with the management before you rent as it might be impossible to remedy the situation later.
In order to protect yourself, make sure that the agreement that you and your broker decide on is put in writing. Add some conditions to it that will allow you to terminate them within five to ten days with a written notice if they are not doing their job well.
As you prepare to list and sell your commercial property, you should first take the time to familiarize yourself with zoning regulations and all possible commercial uses for the property itself. This will allow you to be more confident as you discuss details and attributes with your prospective buyers.
As you consider a commercial investment property for your portfolio, you should explore all possibilities by completing a detailed breakdown of whether the property is income producing or non-income producing. Income producing properties would include retail sites, hotels, or warehouses. Understand the different ways that these possible tenants could generate and sustain cash flow and return on your investment.
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.
When purchasing an investment property, don’t forget to think sensibly. If a deal really is to good to be true if it appears that way. Make sure you have all of the facts and understand the information you’re given completely. Don’t rush through a process without fully understanding what you’re getting into, and being comfortable with it as well.
When purchasing commercial real estate remember that the transaction takes longer to complete than residential contracts do. The property will need to settle, may need renovating and then sold for profit. Do not enter into the transaction if you are short of time and require a quick return on your investment as this is not likely to occur.
On average, it will take about a week, maybe longer for review of the legal documents for the sale. Be sure to keep this in mind when you are planning any kind of projects for that property. It will take much longer for a commercial sale to be completed than what it would a residential real estate sale.
After reading these tips, you can begin to understand what it takes to become a smarter commercial real estate buyer. There is a lot of information available that you need to know how to use. With this in mind, you can refine your own methods, strategies and goals, to get the commercial property of your dreams, without losing money.