The mortgage crisis and bubble burst in the housing market are well known to everyone these days, but commercial real estate is likewise affected right now. Many empty retail spaces and office buildings are sitting around, meaning there is demand for buyers, renters and sellers. Read on for some advice on how to move forward in this market.
To be successful in real estate, it is important to know one’s market. Oftentimes, relators who are successful in one market, such as large-scale commercial properties, will assume that their success will translate to other markets, such as small corporate properties. Doing the research to fully understand any new market that a relator is considering getting involved in is essential to sucess.
When considering purchasing rental real estate, keep in mind that if you invest in rentals near a local university your tenants will most likely be students. If this is appealing to you remember to write leases which include specific rules about parties and additional roommates. Also be aware that your tenants may not be long term, and vacancies in rental units will rise during the summer.
Take the time to consider your investment options when you decide real estate is where you want to make money. Consider the variety of properties you may want to own. Will they be commercial or residential? Will they be single units or multiple units? Decide how much you are willing to spend on renovations.
When you are buying commercial property, it is better to buy more because it is cheaper per unit. Why go through the bother to purchase a property that has only 10 units, not to mention, jumping through hoops to get financing? Since you are going through so much already, you may as well do it for a much larger property.
Once you have narrowed your choices down to two major contenders, you should expand your decision to include the big picture. It’s just as difficult to obtain adequate financing for a 10 unit apartment complex as it is for a 20 unit building. This is generally like buying something in bulk, the more you buy, the less it is is per unit.
As you prepare to list and sell your commercial property, you should first take the time to familiarize yourself with zoning regulations and all possible commercial uses for the property itself. This will allow you to be more confident as you discuss details and attributes with your prospective buyers.
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.
If you are thinking of selling off a large parcel of commercial real estate you might want to think about breaking it up into smaller pieces. Often smaller plots sell at higher prices per square foot. Also, offering smaller, more manageable pieces of real estate may expand the pool of potential buyers for your property.
When drawing up a letter of intent, try to solicit agreement on big issues first and leave smaller issues for later rounds of negotiations. This will diffuse tension during negotiations and will facilitate compromise on the minor issues.
Your new space may need improvements before you can occupy it. It could be as simple as a coat of paint or replacing some carpet. However, in other cases, reconfiguration of the walls will be required. Plan on negotiations with the owner of the property to see if all, or part, of the costs can be covered by said owner.
If you keep in mind and apply the information from this piece, you are sure to navigate the waters successfully in your commercial real estate dealings as you conduct your business.