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6 things to consider when buying commercial real estate

By Greg Bell

If you are thinking about buying commercial real estate in the near future, there's plenty to consider to ensure you get everything right in the sales process and beyond. For that reason, you need to do what you can to set yourself up for success and consider all of the following issues when it comes to finding the right property and buying it as smoothly as you can.

1) Are you set up to keep all the records you'll need?

Just like everything else in business, you should keep careful tabs on your expenditures because of how they may affect your tax bill. Finance Corp. warns that you should be prepared to set yourself up for this kind of success right from the start, including everything that would relate back to capital gains tax, and the things you can claim as deductions. While you certainly may not be able to claim everything you purchase, the more records you keep, the more likely you will be to reduce your overall tax liability on an ongoing basis.

2) The tenant search should start soon

Once the sale is closed, you should aim to have a tenant move in as quickly as possible, so you can start realising a return on your initial investment. In some cases you may be fortunate in that you already have a tenant in the building (if you're buying an existing property) but if not, you may actually want to have a tenant lined up to move in shortly after the sale is closed.

3) Location is uniquely important

You have no doubt heard the old idiom that the three most important things in real estate are "location, location, location," but that's actually even more critical to success when it comes to commercial properties, according to Million Acres. For that reason, you may need to do a truly deep dive into what has made commercial ventures at or near this site successful — or what has contributed to failures — to see if the location has played a role in these issues.

4) You need partners with experience

Especially if you have never purchased a commercial property before, you may not realise how much of a role a strong team and support staff will play in your overall success. That, obviously, starts by partnering with an experienced real estate professional to guide you through the sales process, but it should also include other business advisers, trusted partners and staffers who will always go to bat for you.

5) Crunch the numbers

If you're buying commercial property, your success or failure will depend heavily on the return you receive on your initial and ongoing investments in the space. Yield Finda states that you will need to sit down and truly do all the maths to ensure everything will line up for you to be consistently successful.

6) Assess your success

Along similar lines, it will be vital that you are able to continually look at how your venture is doing and make adjustments on the fly to ensure your bottom line is always as healthy as possible. That kind of effort will go a long way toward making sure you are successful one month, one year and even one decade into your commercial arrangement.

At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we have helped countless commercial property investors find the right location and glide through the sales process with little difficulty, and we would love to do the same for you. Get in touch with us today and learn more about how we can make every aspect of a sale easier to handle.

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