Want to buy your first commercial asset? Here’s what to do

By Greg Bell

The world of commercial real estate investment can be a highly exciting and rewarding one, but those who are new to it will have to work hard to themselves up for success. As such, you need to have a solid plan that will allow you to get the most out of that initial purchase and help you establish yourself as an owner.

As you might imagine, there are a lot of things you'll need to consider on this front, including the following:

1) Know your goals going in

First things first, you need to know what you're hoping to get out of your investment. The Independent recommended that you consider the kind of property you want to buy, what you want your return on investment to be, how you will handle your responsibilities as an owner or landlord and so on.

2) Think about management strategies

If you're new to commercial investment, you certainly have to think about all the things that go into effective management and upkeep on a property. In some cases, you may feel more than capable of handling these issues yourself. But if the thought of handling all these tasks on an ongoing basis overwhelms you, contracting with a property management company will serve you well.

3) Understand the neighbourhood

Real estate is all about location, location, location, and you should aim to get a comprehensive picture of the area around your new property, according to Fit Small Business. Talk to neighbours — whether they're fellow business owners or residents — to understand all the benefits and drawbacks of the neighbourhood, and you'll just have a better understanding of what future tenants will deal with.

4) Calculate your cash flow

Finally, you should remember that this is an investment and you need to do everything you can to maximise your revenues while limiting your expenses. If you can understand what constitutes a realistic cash flow for a given property based on financing and rental income, you'll know whether the effort will be worth it for your unique needs.

Whenever you're thinking about making a property purchase of any kind, it's vital to work with the experts throughout the sales process. At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we can guide you through all the ins and outs you're likely to encounter and help you get the best deal on the best space to suit your needs. Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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