Before starting in your quest to tame the market of commercial real estate, make sure you arm yourself with as much information as you can, and keep a clear head. Here are some tips that will help you start your commercial real estate buying and selling adventure.
In commercial real estate, go ahead and go big. If you are already going to have to go through commercial financing to work a deal, then why not look at bigger properties? The cost per unit decreases the larger the property and management of a bigger property does not require an exponential effort to the number of units. The management of a a few units is virtually the same as managing a complex.
If you buy and sell real estate as a business, avoid having any rental vacanies. Empty properties don’t make money, they lose money. If a property is sitting empty for a signficant period of time, sell it. No matter how great an investment it was when full, an empty rental is worthless to you.
If you will be including utilities in your tenant’s rent, be sure to know the cost of those utilities before setting the rental amount. It can sometimes be easy to under estimate the cost of heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer. Water bills can also vary by area. Having an accurate picture of utilities can keep you from under pricing your property.
Hire a professional to rent out your income properties. Saving money can be tempting when it comes to doing it yourself, but the time involved and the pitfalls of making a mistake with a renter are not worth it. Your time is valuable. Let a property manager take care of your investment for you.
Before you consider leasing or renting, look into whether or not pest control is covered in the lease. It is a good idea to consult your rental agent for information on pest control policies, especially if the area your property is located in is known for a high population of insects and rodents.
When negotiating, remain strict on the information you share. Bargaining power relies on your ability to remain cautious. Information relating to your reasons for the sale or purchase, your needs, and other factors, could all lead to your bargaining power being diminished, if released too early. The negotiator could find an advantage over you instead of the other way around.
If you are relatively inexperienced with commercial real estate investments, don’t forget that as with other investment types, there is a learning curve that will allow you to select and pursue properties with more confidence as you become increasingly familiar with the process. Don’t rush yourself. Be sure to take the time to absorb all of the details and processes involved.
A few minutes may be all it takes to learn the tips from the above text, but it’s going to take a lot longer to actually put them to good use in your commercial real estate dealings. Remember, take your time and approach every deal with as much caution as possible, and never stop learning about the real estate market.