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Buying commercial property can be majorly rewarding for you or it can cause you a major headache. This kind of real estate buying is not rocket science, but it does require some knowledge so that you don't end up losing money. This list of tips should put you "in the know" on how to be a smarter buyer.
If you are going to buy a car you always look at several options first. The same should go for choosing a real estate agent. Do several interviews by phone and then make a short list of 2 or 3 of your favorites. Meet these agents in person to see if you have a good chemistry with them.
Know where you can go to get answers to the tough questions. It's very important that you build relationships with investors that have commercial experience. These investors can help you work through property evaluations. Losing a commercial deal or making a bad one because you didn't know about environmental regulations, can be easily avoided.
Relationships with lenders and investors are always important, yet doubly important when attempting the purchase of commercial investments. You more often than not have to get and work with partners as nary an average individual can afford a million plus investment on their own. Relationships and networking are equally important in finding commercial investment properties, as they typically aren't listed in the manner that residential properties will be.
If you're trying to flip houses for a living, you need to make sure you advertise yourself. Have a website, get business cards, put ads in the newspapers for the homes, etc. If you want to make money, you need to treat this as a business, or else you can't expect business-grade results.
When determining your budget for the project and your projected income and expenses, make sure that you include the loan repayment into your projections. If the loan repayment is going to eat into your income in such a way that you won't be able to keep the business running then you will need to head back to the drawing board.
Learn the new formulas that run commercial real estate. Just like how you use formulas such as the 75% rule when buying houses, commercial property will have new and different formulas to get used to, like Net Operating Income and Cap Rates. Make sure you're familiar with them in order to make a good deal.
If you are a landlord, it is important that you are not too lenient with your tenant. By allowing them to walk all over you, you could end up losing out on a lot of money. You will also be missing out on having a tenant who is more true to their word.
Always discuss the term of the lease. Landlords favor long term tenants therefore the longer term you are willing to sign, the more items you will be able to negotiate into the lease. It is better for your business too: a company with a stable office is more desirable to customers than one with headquarters relocated every six months.
Start looking for financing before you worry about finding property to invest in. You will not be able to know what to look for if you do not know how much money you can borrow. Find a financial institution or a private lender that is interested in your project and establish a budget with them.
As you can see, there is a lot more to buying commercial real estate than most people think. It requires research and common sense, but it will be worth it, in the end, to get the commercial property you want. By following the above tips, you are well on your way to buying your perfect commercial real estate.