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Some Advice About The Commercial Real Estate Market

The mortgage crisis and bubble burst in the housing market are well known to everyone these days, but commercial real estate is likewise affected right now. Many empty retail spaces and office buildings are sitting around, meaning there is demand for buyers, renters and sellers. Read on for some advice on how to move forward in this market.

When purchasing a house that you plan to rent out, be sure you know all of the local laws relating to rental properties. For example, you may need a minimum size for a room to count as a bedroom, or you may be required to provide a certain amount of parking.

When renting out a property, always include maintenance costs when trying to figure out your finances. Problems are bound to occur at some point so you should try to be prepared. With maintenance, you may go a year with no problems, and have that year followed by mainly costly repairs. Try to set aside a monthly allowance for repairs even if they have not occurred yet.

Before investing in commercial property, talk to the current business managers or owners that rent from the location up for sale. Ask questions of them such as if they are going to renew a lease, if they have a good business clientele and questions about the neighborhood in general. This will give you a good view of potential profits in owning commercial real estate.

Take some time to visit websites that are devoted to commercial real estate. These sites have lots of information for both new investors and seasoned professionals. There is no such thing as having too much knowledge, so it is always a good idea to learn as much as you can.

For commercial property owners, make sure that your lease agreement is readable and understandable. You want your tenant to feel comfortable with you and the beginning of them feeling this way toward you is to be straight forward with them. Answer any questions that they may have for you, regarding the lease or anything else.

Location is crucial when it comes to commercial property. Pay attention to the property’s surrounding area. The neighborhood’s demographics, including socioeconomic status and age of residents, influence the success of your investment. Compare the growth of the property’s neighborhood to similar neighborhoods around the country. What you are seeing now in terms of commercial potential might be very different a few years from now.

When setting up a rental agreement with a new tenant make sure you draw up an official contract. Even if your renters are your own friends or family. You do need to protect yourself and your property. Make sure your expectations are in the contract and they know exactly what you would expect from them.

Build a network within the world of real estate. If you know other investors, contractors or private lenders, you have more chances of finding a good deal. A lot of commercial properties are sold between individuals without even being listed. Make the right friends in the right places to find good opportunities.

A ‘high traffic’ location is desirable for a business. How many people will pass by and see your store each day is important. But you should look more closely. Is there adequate parking? handicapped accessibility? can a left turn be made safely into your parking lot? These are all questions you will want to ask.

If you keep in mind and apply the information from this piece, you are sure to navigate the waters successfully in your commercial real estate dealings as you conduct your business.

 

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