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Commercial Real Estate Investing

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Investing in real estate is one of the best ways to amass a fortune even if a person just invests a modest sum of money. Commercial real estate investing involves big money, and it is not advisable to venture into it, if you are not an experienced investor.

The investor has to have a carefully thought out plan making sure the investor knows exactly what he wants and how he will use his skills and expertise to achieve them, making sure his weaknesses do not deter him. Commercial real estate investing requires a lot of planning, perseverance and patience to succeed. The investor must be clear what kind of property he wants to invest in, the size and its location. The investor must understand the local market, the latest trends in commercial real estate, in order to get hold of the right kind of property at the right price. Once he selects the property, he has to be able to value the property accurately, work out if investing in the property will yield good returns, make financial arrangements or get other methods of financing such as using notes to buy the property.

Tips for Investing In Commercial Real Estate Properties:
Though some investors fear to invest in this sector because they feel that though the return on the investments are high in commercial real estate investing so are the risks as well as other factors that can cause problems such as dealing with tenants. The most high-risk commercial real estate properties are the multi-tenant properties, either offices or retail shops. Lucky are those who land a deal with a triple net multi-tenant commercial property where the only headache of the owner will be how to utilize the rent money!

Commercial real estate investing needs more focus and careful consideration of all aspects, and it is good if all documents relating to the property and its operation are carefully scrutinized. Leases, their extensions and modifications if any, mortgages, notes, the title policy, certificate of occupancy, contracts regarding maintenance of the equipments used, such as, escalators or elevators, its insurance policy and the extent of coverage, parking lot contracts and the property’s tax situation etc should be scrutinized. Hire independent surveyors to gauge the condition of the building and its equipments etc. hire a good attorney as well to guide you as you verify the lease structure, the title deeds, insurance policy, rent roll, tax returns, business licenses, utility bills litigation history etc. and make sure you carefully scrutinize them and know every tiny detail. Make sure that you know about the tenants, and if there are any associated problems, making changes in the purchase amount if necessary. Take adequate precaution, study all information available about the property, and utilize the information to your advantage.

There are firms that offer their services and products to help new businesses to succeed in commercial real estate investing.

How to Take Advantage of a Cooling Property Market

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

If you’ve kept an eye on the property market recently, you’ll notice that the market is cooling a little. Price growth has stagnated, auction clearance rates are slipping, and the average ‘days on market’ is increasing.

Here are a few ideas that will hopefully help you make accurate and profitable decisions in the coming months.

1. Do Your Research:
At times like this, you need to make sure that every asset you have is performing. Instead of taking the property developer’s advice at face value, challenge them and ask them to show you an investment analysis showing the returns, the overall cost, the projections etc. If they can’t do that, they don’t know enough about your personal needs to recommend an investment for you.

2. Buy Good Quality Assets:
Your research will show you where the best performing areas are so don’t just buy what they buy. To get the best results, you need to do an in-depth cost analysis to see if the property meets your goals – look at vacancy rates for the area, yields, total cost of ownership, tax deductions, depreciation allowances – and see what the property really costs you to own. If you don’t have the expertise to do that yourself, ask your accountant, a financial advisor or myself to show you how it all works. It’s not as simple as it looks.

3. Don’t Listen To Your Neighbour:
Invariably, the people who give you the most property advice are those that don’t own property. Before taking any recommendations from anyone, especially neighbours and best friends, ask them how many properties they own, how much money they’ve made from them and who they get their advice from.
Based on that information, you can then decide whether their advice is worthwhile or not.

In a cooling market, opportunities don’t dry up but in fact can become more abundant. So take advantage of the good times ahead for buyers and make the right choice by following some of these tips.

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