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Tips on investing in commercial real estate

Just starting out? These key tips can help you hit the ground running and increase your chances of success in commercial real estate investing.

    1. Plan and understand your financial goals

    Before you buy commercial property, it’s important to make sure that you map out your financial goals first. Be clear about why you want to invest.

    Each investment should be a step toward achieving your main goals. For commercial real estate it’s usually to generate positive cash flow or passive income.

    To reach this goal, you’ll need to set other goals such as creating a monthly revenue stream, paying the mortgage through the life of the loan, and more. Setting your goals and sticking to them is important to success.

    Find out what type of commercial property can help you achieve this (i.e. leisure, office, retail, industrial, etc.).

    Not sure where to start? Get in touch with a real estate professional to get expert advice.

    2. Secure your financing in advance

    Finding good financing in advance is important in commercial real estate investments because the approval process can sometimes be long and there are times when you may need to move fast.

    In general, commercial real estate costs more than residential properties. Commercial property lenders will often want to see at least 30% down before green-lighting your loan.

    You also need to factor in all short-term and long-term expenses such as the costs for refurbishments, repairs, maintenance, staff, and more.

    3. Immerse yourself in the industry

    Learn to develop a hunger for all commercial real estate-related knowledge. This is a competitive and complicated industry. You’ll need to learn fast to survive.

    • Learn the vocabulary, formulas, and metrics
      Here are some things you want to have a thorough understanding of:

        -Capitalization Rate
        -Cash on Cash
        -NOI
        -Gross rent multiplier
        -Loan to value
        -Vacancy Rate

    • Build relationships with experts
    • In this type of industry, it’s a good idea to find a mentor, a partner, or a friend with plenty of experience.

    4. Consider all your options when searching properties

    Don’t buy the first property you see. Shop around and base your decisions on careful analysis.

    Always check that the property meets your financial goals.

    • Take your time
    • Don’t rush when examining potential deals and make sure to look at as many options as possible.

    • Learn how to do “neighborhood farming”
    • A way to evaluate a neighborhood’s commercial properties and its investment viability is by talking to property owners and going to open houses and vacancies.

    • Set your parameters
    • Set your parameters and be aware of them at all times.
      What’s the limit of what you can afford, how much is your expected return on the property, are there tenants already paying rent, and so on.

    5. Act quickly when an opportunity presents itself

    While it’s important to consider all your options, it’s also important to not let opportunities pass you by. It’s better to execute a deal that meets most of your goals than to wait for the perfect one that never comes.

    • Learn to recognize a good deal
    • When choosing properties, don’t just judge on looks. Consider the location, the amenities, and the features. See if there are repairs to be done and what they’re going to cost.

    • Be adaptive
    • Use all avenues available to you to find properties. Look at websites, blogs, or any new apps that can help you find better commercial properties.

      But don’t forget newspaper ads, neighborhood bulletins, and the power of networking.

    • More units are better
    • In terms of rental properties, the more units you acquire, the more potential earnings you have, and the cheaper

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