Investing in commercial real estate may be as challenging as it is rewarding. It can make you big profits, but it may also be financially devastating. It is important that you make wise choices and be smart when investing. This article will help you make an educated decision in most property matters.
Consider the economy in the area you’d like to buy real estate in before investing there. If you’re looking at a property that’s close to things like a university, employment centers, or a hospital, they’re likely to sell fast, and at a high value.
As with other property purchases, pay attention to the three Ls: location, location, and location. Pay attention to the property’s surrounding area. The neighborhood’s demographics, including socioeconomic status and age of residents, influence the success of your investment. Check out the growth, both economically and physically, in the areas you’re considering. Since you will likely still own the property in ten years, you want it to be located in an area that is likewise still desirable in ten years.
Make sure that you know and understand what “NOI” (Net Operating Income) is. To be successful, you must stay profitable.
If you plan on renting out your commercial properties, find simply and solidly constructed buildings. These are the most likely to quickly invite tenants into the space, because they know it is well-cared for. Such buildings also usually need fewer repairs, which is an advantage for the tenants, as well as the landlord.
Be certain the commercial property you are considering has good utilities access. Water and sewer access will be needed in addition to electricity. You may want the option to use natural gas, as well.
When you are looking at a commercial property, be sure to look at the neighborhood, too. Purchasing in neighborhoods that are in the upper price per square foot range will help for successful business because the surrounding owners have more money to spend. If the products and services you offer are more middle class or less affluent, then purchase in an area where there are more buyers suited to your business.
Be sure to have your property inspected by a licensed inspector prior to placing it up for sale. If they find anything wrong with the property, you should have it fixed immediately.
If you are thinking about hiring any real estate professional, read over all their disclosures. Watch for possible dual agency. Dual agency refers to a situation in which a real estate agent represents both the landlord and the tenant in a commercial transaction. Or, for short, the agent is looking out for both parties’ interests. Dual agency should be disclosed and both parties should agree to it.
As mentioned in this article, investing in commercial real estate takes work and should not be considered free money. For a chance at success, you’ll have a large, initial down payment, plus significant time and effort. Even by pouring in all that, you still have a chance of losing money.