The process of buying and selling commercial real estate is a bit more tedious than dealing with other types of properties. Since there is so much more involved you have to be very mindful. Get some help if you need it so you will not end up getting the short end of the stick.
Condos and townhomes all each have a Homeowner’s Association with special rules imposed by them called Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs). Always read the CC&Rs. They can restrict or regulate virtually anything they want from the color of your house to parking your car. In most cases, their goal is to promote conformity, but you may find out it is not for you.
Determine your financing methods before you even start looking. It is just a shame to find the perfect property only to find that you are in a bind when it comes time to pay. You should determine and qualify with a lender before you start looking for the right property so you have your finances set when the time comes.
Compared with residential properties, investing in commercial properties typically requires an initial down payment that is of a much higher percentage of the total cost. As a result, it is especially important to do your homework on commercial lenders in the area before agreeing to finance through any one company.
Even if you are very familiar with the process of investing in residential properties. Do not be overconfident in your ability to navigate through the complex and highly technical process and protocol of purchasing commercial properties as part of your real estate portfolio. This can save you thousands of dollars in legal or accounting mistakes.
The most successful commercial real estate investors are the ones who can find a good deal and know when to walk away from it. Develop an exit strategy and know how to calculate your minimum acceptable levels for payoff, returns, and projected cash flows. No matter how appealing the property may seem, do not hesitate to drop it if it will not perform to your expectations.
If you are using commercial real estate as a rental property, properly screen your renters. You need to know who you have living in your properties. Be sure to use a legal lease and give them strict rules and guidelines. Rental tenants should know their rights and limits, as provided by their landlord or leasing agent.
Consider the property tax rate of the commercial real estate you are interested in. Determining the costs annually for owning the commercial property can help you decide whether the annual costs are within your budget. There are several factors that can increase your costs as well, including MUD’s, various other U.D.’s, and even Property Owner Association fees.
Just like with any real estate deal, you have to be diligent when dealing with commercial real estate. You also have to make sure to take your time and think things through very carefully. Being too hasty will result in your transaction not running as smoothly as it could.