In fact, there is often more potential for profit in commercial properties than in residential properties. Finding the right opportunity is not easy. Read these tips to learn how you can maximize your chances of finding the best deals and concluding a good transaction.
Use your digital camera to take pictures of the property. In the “before” photos, especially, make sure that the pictures clearly show defects such as stains on the carpet, discolorations in the tub and sink, and holes in the walls.
If you are renting or leasing, pest control is important to look at. Talk about pest control with your agent if the area is known for rodents and bugs.
If you are trying to choose between two desirable commercial purchases, the larger one may be the better choice. If you will be financing the purchase, you should take into account that doing so will require just as much time and effort for a small lot as it will for a larger lot. Think of it like purchasing in bulk; as you buy more, each individual unit costs less.
Before buying a commercial property, research its net operating income to make sure you don’t lose money. Having positive numbers is the only way to ensure success.
List your real estate at a realistic price. Most appraisers can’t take all factors into account because there are an infinite number of variables involved in determining the value of a piece of property. These variables can all make your property worth less than the appraisal claims it is worth.
Always rent out all the available space in your commercial rental properties. You’re the one who has to pay to keep the building maintained, and if no one’s renting them, you’re wasting your money. If you have lost several tenants or can’t seem to attract them in the first place, there must be a reason. It is your job to figure out the problem and correct it.
Lower the risk of default by eliminating as many things that can be labeled “event of default” as you can prior to negotiating a commercial property lease. Your tenant will be less likely to default on the lease if you do this. You, of course, would not desire this to occur.
Pay for professional inspections of your commercial property before you put it on the market. Any problems or necessary repair identified by a professional inspector should be addressed and fixed as soon as possible.
Keep your focus on the largest issues when writing your letters of intent. Keep it simple and save the smaller issues for later in the negations. This will make the negotiations faster and less tense, and it will also cause the lesser issues to be completed easier.
If you are checking out more than one property, draw up a checklist to compare the features of the different properties. After you collect your first proposals from all the property owners, let them all know that you’re looking at other properties before you make your decision. Don’t be afraid to casually tell the owners that you are looking at other properties, too. You might score a more reasonable deal that way.
Now you know the basics of commercial real estate investment. Keep learning more and adopt a flexible attitude. If you do this, you can be in a good position to get the most profit.