Thursday, February 16, 2012


Commercial properties are a good investment, but they require a lot of time and efforts. The rewards can outweigh its costs, though. The advice in the following article will help you get the most from your investment.

The environment of your property is an important factor. If your building is full of hazardous waste or otherwise constitutes a threat to the environment, you will be responsible for resolving these problems, even if a previous owner caused them. Is the area around your commercial property prone to flooding? Consider the risks very carefully. There are many resources that can give you local weather patterns, flood patterns and insurance risk ratings, which can all tell you about the area you are thinking about buying commercial real estate in.

At any given time, you should place your focus on only one investment. Concentrate on one particular type of commercial real estate at any given time, whether it be office blocks or retail space, for example. Each kind of investment will require a full time commitment. Mastering one type of investment will set you up for success much faster than spreading yourself across many mediocre investments.

Add a blog to your website to develop your good reputation as a commercial real estate investor. This is a great way to introduce people to your products and services and also which properties you have available for sale or leasing.

Before you can start using the commercial property you've purchased, you might need to make some improvements. This may be simple changes such as painting or rearranging furniture. The change could be significant like moving an entire wall to work with a new floor plan. When negotiating, you should discuss who will pay for the improvements you'll have to make, and should see if the current owner will cover some of your costs.

In the beginning phases of your career as a commercial real estate investor, limit yourself to working with a single type of investment. Select the type of property upon which you wish to focus, and pay close attention to your dealings. It's better to be very good at one particular type of real estate than to be okay at a lot of different types.

You should take digital photos of the condition. Try to make sure that your pictures show the defects.

If you are looking into a commercial real estate property, always consider any investments where you can purchase a larger piece of property rather than a smaller one. It's not more work managing more units than less units, but each unit can cost less if you buy a property with more.

Make sure that you're not asking for an unrealistic price for your property. There are a number of variables that can affect the realistic value of your property.

Consider any tax deductions you might get from your commercial real estate investment. Not only are there interest deductions, but also depreciation benefits to be aware of. Investors often get 'phantom income' this is income that does not have tax attached. Find out if you will be getting this kind of income before you invest.

Take a look around properties you are interested in. Look into having a professional contractor accompany you as you take a look at the properties you've been thinking about purchasing. Use what you see in these tours to determine a fair opening offer. Evaluate counter-offers against the information you collected on your tours, and use that information to justify your own counteroffers.

You should think about what neighborhood you are going to buy the commercial real estate in. If you purchase it in a more affluent neighborhood chances are your business will be more successful, because the pockets of your potential clientele are a bit deeper. 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.

Make sure you consider size and square footage when checking out potential properties for an expanding business. Invest in property which allows your business to grow as necessary so you can avoid having to buy another property down the road.

As previously mentioned, commercial real estate is a market with a huge potential for profit. Utilize the advice given to you in this article to avoid common pitfalls, and find success in your commercial real estate endeavours.

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