Given current conditions in the commercial real estate market, getting into it can be trickier than ever. A little research ahead of time can go a long way towards protecting buyers and sellers from the risks involved. This article presents a few tips that should be of interest to anyone entering the commercial real estate field.
Most apartment complexes make you, the tenant, pay for the water you use every month. However, some places go as far as to taking the amount of water your whole building used in a given month and splitting it up among the number of units using it. If you use less water than everyone else, you can end up paying for someone else’s water usage. Make sure that you know of these water usage regulations before signing a lease.
Make sure you can refer to other investors with more experience than you. If this is your first investment, there are a lot of regulations and expenses you do not know about. Befriend an experienced investor or hire one for their expertise, and have them assist you with the transaction.
In many cases, it is best to utilize the services of a commercial real estate broker. These brokers are trained and educated and fully understand the commercial market, the times to buy, and what to avoid. You could also save a great bit of time by utilizing the services of a broker.
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.
Full service commercial real estate brokers serve as agents for buyers and sellers, as well as buyer-only representatives. You will definitely benefit from utilizing the skills that a buyer representative has to offer to you. They will provide you with the control that you need on the commercial market.
Be sure to do research on commercial lenders. You may be able to find a great deal somewhere you were not expecting. Also note you will be required to put up a hefty down payment. Keep in mind that if the deal falls through there typically will be no personal liability and commercial lenders may be lenient if you borrow a down payment from a different lender.
When considering purchasing commercial real estate find and visit local associations such as landlord associations and business owner associations in your area. You may be able to attend a few meetings without paying for a membership (excluding the cost of a meal.) This way you will be able to begin a network of people who already do what you want to do. Do not forget your business cards and request cards from others!
Learning more about commercial real estate is a valuable use of the time of both buyers and sellers. Hopefully this article provided a few points worthy of consideration. The better informed people that are entering the commercial market are more likely to find the best deals in buying and selling.