When you invest in commercial real estate, your property can be a gold mine or a money pit. Every piece of property has the potential to go either way. The deciding factor is how much you learn about commercial real estate and how well you prepare yourself for the market. Here are a few important considerations:
Short sale auctions may seem to be quite alluring, but prepare yourself to lose out on the house by being over bid at the last minute. There are many people who have lost out on a home at the very last minute for slightly more money than what they had bid.
On the real estate market both buyers and sellers are well advised to remain open until a potential deal is well and truly sealed. It is tempting to commit to a particular offer or home when the sale process is just starting. There is a great distance between an interest expressed and money changing hands; homeowners who commit themselves to a deal too early risk getting taken advantage of.
If one buys undeveloped land they can sometime make a large amount of money when another buyer wants to purchase it to develop it for real estate. If the person who originally bought the land has the means to they can also develop the real estate themselves to make more than selling the land undeveloped would.
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.
Ask the rental agent if outside BBQing is allowed or not. If you enjoy summer BBQs, make sure the apartment complex you choose either has outside BBQs installed or they allow you to use your own. The lack of these facilities can completely ruin your summer party, as you can’t provide the food you want to.
One tip to being a good landlord is to make sure you check the references of anyone you would like as a tenant. Sometimes people can put on a good show and seem like they would be good tenants when in reality they would create a lot of problems for you. Better to be safe than sorry.
You should include the money you are going to spend on due diligence into your budget. Once you have your apartments ready, they will have to be inspected to make sure they match certain safety and quality standards. This process can be very costly, especially if your apartments do not pass the inspection the first time.
Hopefully, these suggestions will help you get the best out of the effort that you put into commercial real estate investment. The overall real estate market does dictate how much money is out there, but your share of it depends on how much you know and how hard you work.