There are currently some very reassuring factors about the commercial real estate market that should leave you feeling great. But for every aspect of the market that improves, there are two more that decline. Make sure you read these tips before dealing in any type of commercial real estate.
If you are a landlord looking to rent out a house or apartment, it is crucial that you have the tenant fill out an application and go through a credit and background check. You do not want to be stuck with a tenant who won’t pay rent or trash your house, so also ask for references.
Make sure all details are finalized. After you have signed a real estate contract, be sure to stay in touch with your lender and real estate agent. A good realtor will go through everything that you need to have in place before settlement. Make sure that you have proper insurance and have figured out whether your real estate tax will be included in the mortgage payment, or you if you need to pay it separately.
If your rental’s, laundry facility has a bulletin board, make sure that you talk to the property management to see if it is okay for you to display your advertisement or want ad. Some rentals don’t allow the display of every ad or sign and they must pre-approve it before public display.
Most apartment complexes make you, the tenant, pay for the water you use every month. However, some places go as far as to taking the amount of water your whole building used in a given month and splitting it up among the number of units using it. If you use less water than everyone else, you can end up paying for someone else’s water usage. Make sure that you know of these water usage regulations before signing a lease.
To make the right choice as you are searching for the right commercial property, you want to be aware of your surrounding businesses. You don’t want to be too close to those that are similar to you as it could steal some of your business, while creating heavy competition as well.
Apartments are usually what people buy for commercial purposes, but think about other types of investments too. You could invest in offices, parks or simply land. You can also buy something and transform it into a different type of building if the location is right. Be creative and original in your projects, but be realistic in your plans.
If you are thinking of selling off a large parcel of commercial real estate you might want to think about breaking it up into smaller pieces. Often smaller plots sell at higher prices per square foot. Also, offering smaller, more manageable pieces of real estate may expand the pool of potential buyers for your property.
Aim big when investing in commercial real estate. There is little difference in management time when purchasing an apartment block of 100 units versus one that has 20. Both will probably require you to obtain commercial finance and the more units you buy in a block, the less per unit they are going to cost you.
If you are negotiating a commercial real estate lease, you should aim to have shorter lease terms. The reason for this is because with a shorter lease, you have less financial liability. In addition, you should aim to get an option to stay in the location longer, and set the rent amount ahead of time.
As much as you may be reassured with commercial real estate, though, you still need to be very realistic. Most people who invest in commercial real estate these days ultimately lose money. The demand side of the market has shrunk. Take these tips into account before your next commercial dealings.