Buying and selling commercial real estate can be even more harrowing than buying and selling residential real estate, as the values of the properties and the regulations involved make the cost of a wrong move very high. There are ways to navigate the urban jungle of commercial real estate transactions, however, and this article is here to help.
Purchase contracts vary in many different ways and can really be misleading to the untrained person trying to work their way through them. A real estate agent will help you maneuver through this part of the process so you will not end up finding out any loopholes that you may have missed down the road.
If you will be including utilities in your tenant’s rent, be sure to know the cost of those utilities before setting the rental amount. It can sometimes be easy to under estimate the cost of heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer. Water bills can also vary by area. Having an accurate picture of utilities can keep you from under pricing your property.
When purchasing a property that you intend to rent out, keep it close to home. You don’t want to be driving further than you would consider a reasonable commute. With a rental property, there is always the possibility of needing to drive out in the middle of the night to deal with an emergency on the property.
An important tip to remember with rental real estate is to get the entire contract and terms in writing. This is important because this is your property and if anything goes wrong during the duration of rental, you want as much on paper to back you up as possible.
If your rental’s, laundry facility has a bulletin board, make sure that you talk to the property management to see if it is okay for you to display your advertisement or want ad. Some rentals don’t allow the display of every ad or sign and they must pre-approve it before public display.
If you are buying rental units to turn into a commercial business, don’t be afraid to go big. In many cases, the minimum number of units per property that requires a commercial license is low enough that you will want properties with more units than that. It is only incrementally more difficult to care for 25 units than for 5 units.
Even if you are very familiar with the process of investing in residential properties. Do not be overconfident in your ability to navigate through the complex and highly technical process and protocol of purchasing commercial properties as part of your real estate portfolio. This can save you thousands of dollars in legal or accounting mistakes.
Many times the lots around your real estate will greatly impact the overall value of what you are interested in selling or buying. If there has recently been a boom than you can expect higher prices on the real estate. Conversely, if the neighborhood has been full of foreclosures than you can expect that to decrease the price.
Is it possible to work with real estate without using an agent? Well, technically it is, but it is generally not recommended. You are not merely paying an agent for their expertise, but more importantly for their network. With the contacts they have, your real estate will receive much greater exposure and will sell considerably quicker.
Commercial real estate is a multibillion dollar per year industry, and if you know what you are doing, you can make some serious money in this market. If you put the tips in this article to use, you can also reduce the amount of stress involved in buying or selling commercial property for your business.