Every piece of property has the potential to go either way. The deciding factor is how much you learn about commercial real estate and how well you prepare yourself for the market. Here are a few important considerations:
An apartment doesn’t have to be your only choice for commercial real estate. A lot of buyers tend to think that running an apartment building is the simplest choice, however let yourself be open to other investment opportunities. Office buildings, land, industrial warehouses are all possibilities you should be open to.
To make the right choice as you are searching for the right commercial property, you want to be aware of your surrounding businesses. You don’t want to be too close to those that are similar to you as it could steal some of your business, while creating heavy competition as well.
If you are buying or selling a house, there will be a lot of contracts to sign. Make sure you are aware of what you are putting your name on. These contracts are legally binding, and you could be making a large mistake and causing yourself a huge headache if you don’t take this seriously.
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.
For commercial property owners, make sure that your lease agreement is readable and understandable. You want your tenant to feel comfortable with you and the beginning of them feeling this way toward you is to be straight forward with them. Answer any questions that they may have for you, regarding the lease or anything else.
There is a learning curve that you have to face when you start investing in commercial properties. They are far more expensive than residential properties, and there is a lot to learn. It can take a considerable amount of time to make offers and screen deals.
If you are renting a piece of commercial real estate for a new or existing business, make sure that you have your own agent or representative, much as you would if you were purchasing that same property. There are a lot of incidentals that may need to be negotiated and explained to you during the process.
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.
Put an advertisement in your local paper. These tend to be fairly inexpensive, but are also seen by many prospective clients, buyers, and sellers throughout your local area. Remember, many people (especially older people) do not use the Internet. Use this ad to your advantage by letting people know as many details about the property as you can, and give them an easy way to contact you.