Buying commercial property means buying space or a building that will be used specifically for business purposes. Considering the money you could earn from either renting out or using the property for your own business, buying commercial property can be a worthwhile investment. Here are a few tips to consider when buying commercial real estate.
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Take Your Time
You should never rush into buying commercial property. This is a process that should be considered with great care. Do you know exactly what you are looking for? Do you want an empty building or one with tenants? Is the area suitable for what you plan to do on the property? How is competition (regarding your business) in this area? Is it in a part of town where your services will be needed? Make sure you know exactly what you are looking for and whom you want to target before deciding what commercial property to buy.
Once you have decided what kind of commercial property you are looking for, you need to think about finances. You will probably need a long-term loan for this new investment, so take the time to discuss your various options with your bank manager or mortgage broker.
Make sure that you get pre-approved before starting to ‘shop’ for commercial property, so that you know exactly what you can afford and what you shouldn’t bother looking at.
Find A Suitable Real Estate Agent
When you are pre-approved, the next thing for you to do is find a realtor who is an expert in commercial property. Be very clear on what you are looking for, as this will help the estate agent to find the perfect place you are looking for. If the agent does not have a clear idea of what you want, it might waste a lot of time running around looking at places you are not interested in.
A Few More Tips
You might want to consider buying a larger property (if you can afford it) than you need at the moment, as this will allow you to expand your business in the future.
If money is a problem, consider partnering with another investor or business owner. When deciding on a partner for such an endeavour, you have to make sure that the person or business is credible. Will your new partner be able to commit to the lease? Use good judgment when making this decision and ask for the relevant financial documents.
If you heed the above-mentioned tips, you will be well equipped for buying the right commercial property. Buying the wrong commercial real estate can be disastrous, so make sure you ask the help of professionals in this field, such as your banker or an experienced estate agent.
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