The market has made is possible for you to purchase commercial real estate. Begin by knowing what your business will be and what your property needs to have to accommodate your business. If you plan to lease a property, think about your space, the area and the needs of possible lessees.
Be aware that you may lose money before you even buy the property. Doing your due diligence and having a commercial building properly inspected can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Inspections have a tendency to uncover items that are deal breakers for the purchase. If that comes up, do not buy just because you’ve already put money in for the inspections. Trust your instincts, if this property turns out to be a monster, take the loss and be grateful it wasn’t more.
Consider whether to manage your rental property on your own, or through a rental agency. On your own may be less expensive, but if there are problems in the future with unpaid rent, damages, or lawsuits, you will be glad to have someone on your side. Not to mention the inconvenience of having to find a plumber at 2am when the pipes freeze. Let someone else deal with the headaches. (more…)