Buying commercial real estate can be very intimidating to someone that has never done it before. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources available to new buyers. Below are some tips to assist you in getting all of this information organized to where you can start buying commercial property smarter.
Knowing the cost of taxes in your area is an integral part of investing in real estate. The amount you will pay in taxes can make the difference between a positive and negative cash flow. Consult with your Realtor, the local municipalities, and a tax professional to get a good handle on your tax situation.
If you have decided to become a landlord, join an association of landlords in your local area. Having the extra support can be extremely beneficial. Things likely will go wrong with your rental properties and when they do, you’ll need advice and resources to turn to.
For new investors and even seasoned investors, it is best to have an investment partner. Buying property can be a very expensive process. A partner can help you offset the cost of purchasing property by using cash or credit. You can pay your partner back with proceeds from the sale of the property.
If you are in a roommate situation you should have everything in writing that clearly states what is expected of each person as far as rent and bills is concerned. This will come in handy if someone tries to move out without paying all that they are responsible for.
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.
It is important to find a bank that is willing to work with you when purchasing commercial real estate. Commercial real estate is viewed and valued by financial institutions in a different way than residential real estate. Expect to come up with a higher down payment as well, about 30 percent and sometimes even more.
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.
Make sure you can refer to other investors with more experience than you. If this is your first investment, there are a lot of regulations and expenses you do not know about. Befriend an experienced investor or hire one for their expertise, and have them assist you with the transaction.
Hopefully, these tips have provided you with some very valuable information, as well as given you a way to organize all of the thoughts and information you may have already had on buying commercial property. Keeping these tips in mind when you start buying can help you one day become a smarter commercial property buyer.