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Why Invest in Commercial Real Estate?

There are many good reasons to invest in commercial real estate, the primary one being income potential. Depending on the area, the type of structure, and the condition of the property, commercial rentals can generate an annual return of 6 to 12 percent of the purchase price, according to publishing giant Nolo. This is considerably higher than the expectation for most residential properties, and it is generally a fairly reliable income stream.

Traditionally, commercial real estate appreciates faster than other investments. Moreover, you can borrow against the property and use that money to make additional investments. Plus, real estate is one of the few investments that offers tax benefits. Both the mortgage interest deduction and the depreciation deduction can help lower an owner’s tax liability.

Consider too that commercial property lessees are usually business owners who take pride in their businesses and want them to thrive. This means they have a vested interest in maintaining their premises. In this regard, the tenants’ and owners’ interests are aligned, which makes it easier to maintain the appearance and improve the quality of the property.

Another advantage of commercial rentals is that businesses normally have set operating hours. Barring emergency break-ins or fire alarms, there are no midnight calls about plumbing repairs or lost keys. In fact, most commercial properties these days have alarm-monitoring services so that if problems arise at night, the alarm company can handle the situation.

In addition, it’s fairly easy to determine lease rates for commercial properties. Rental rates can be based on the previous owner’s income statement and prevailing pricing in the neighborhood.

Moreover, there is greater flexibility in security deposit limits, termination rules, and other contractual terms because consumer protection laws governing commercial leases are less stringent.

There are even certain situations in which a lessee will agree to pay all of the property expenses, including real estate taxes. With these triple net leases, the property owner is responsible only for the mortgage. Companies typically sign these types of leases when they want to maintain the premises in keeping with their brand.

While there are many positive reasons to invest in commercial real estate, there are some limitations and risks to consider as well. Acquiring a commercial property typically requires a greater up-front capital investment than does acquiring residential property. Additional expenses related to tenants may include fit-out costs or building-code upgrade requirements for certain types of businesses. And then there are the ongoing expenses of taxes, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.

Lastly, there is the risk potential to consider. An economic downturn could affect the viability of tenants as well as the marketability and the value of the property itself. The fundamentals of the area could eventually deteriorate due to zoning changes, infrastructure projects, and new-builds in the vicinity, which can sometimes create an oversupply in the market and lead to competition for commercial tenants.

Nevertheless, given both the pros and the cons, commercial properties typically have the potential to generate great financial returns. Contact me to learn more about investment opportunities that might suit your interests.

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What Is a Property Survey and Why Is It Important?

A property survey, often called a Plat of Survey, is a document created by a surveyor that shows the property lines and other details of a property you are planning to purchase.

Depending on the lender and how recently the last survey was done on the property, the lender may require a current survey as part of the loan process.

Why is it important for your lender to know the property lines of a home for which it intends to lend money? It’s often less about the property lines themselves than what’s on them.

One example is fences. If there is a fence that you believe to be on your neighbor’s side of the property line and it turns out to be on yours, there could be unforeseen costs for you down the road.

These include maintenance and possibly replacement. Keep in mind that you can’t go by any “agreement” the current owner has with the neighbor for this, based on the property lines they believe to be correct.

The same goes for trees, which need occasional trimming and may eventually need to be removed altogether.

In more extreme situations, there could be an object such as a permanent shed that sits on both sides of a property line.

These situations can get sticky, so it’s important to complete a current survey that clearly delineates property lines and establishes what is and is not on the property.

If the survey reveals encroachments or other property issues, real estate attorneys can help you sort through these issues.

They are invaluable to have in your corner during real estate purchases, especially when situations such as survey issues arise.

If you need a real estate attorney, I can recommend trusted professionals from my preferred provider list who can help guide you through this process.

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How to Attract and Retain Commercial Tenants

If you’re a landlord for a commercial building, part of your role is making sure your tenants have the right setting to conduct their businesses.

Research is key. While there are some broad trends in the labor market, some needs differ by region. Understand your local market and what your competition is offering (or not offering). Paying attention to general workplace and labor trends is equally important. More and more people are working on contract agreements or looking for work-from-home arrangements. You need to show your tenants that having a physical workspace matters, and that your space is the best place for them.

Ensure the property is attractive, safe, and functional. Invest in landscaping and consider incorporating greenery in the interior as well. Provide on-site security guards and good lighting. Maintain reliable air conditioning and heating systems. High-quality Wi-Fi is a necessity; consider installing charging stations for devices throughout the building. Offer suitable parking and consider your proximity to public transit.

Turn vacant spaces into amenities that can meet employees’ needs. Consider establishing coffeeshops or restaurants on-site. Gyms can help workers maintain their physical and mental well-being; childcare facilities can be useful.

Use concerns about environmental sustainability to create business sustainability. Invest in making the property energy efficient. Offer recycling and, if possible, consider compost programs. Consider building rooftop gardens or perhaps community gardens.

Foster community with your tenants. Know each lease’s individual details. Give rewards for loyalty, and conduct satisfaction surveys. This will tell you what’s working and what needs improvement.

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Demographic Trends Shaping Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate must respond to the needs of Millennials who are starting families and building careers while Baby Boomers retire and age. Properties are needed to meet both generations’ vastly different desires and lifestyles. Saddled with debt, Millennials are much slower to buy homes than previous generations. They are more likely to rent, requiring an increase in multifamily units. They want walkable, livable neighborhoods. Baby Boomers will be looking to downsize, and some will relocate to warmer climates for retirement living.

Technology use clearly shows the generational divides. This impacts how they use commercial spaces. Online shopping has replaced visits to big-box stores and malls. Some of these retail sites are being transformed into mixed-use areas that include entertainment attractions and restaurants; some properties are experimenting with including residential spaces. Expect the repurposing of retail space to continue. But while the rise in online shopping has emptied malls, it’s created a surge in the need for industrial spaces as distribution centers become more necessary for retail operations. Parking garages can also be repurposed, as more drivers turn to transit, cycling, or walking, or as the increase in remote work makes large parking lots redundant.

The rise in remote working situations also changes office buildings. Shared workspaces will continue to be in high demand as many want to work in smaller buildings with communal spaces. Emerging industries, such as data analytics and artificial intelligence, each bring their own retail opportunities as well.

Contact me to discuss how these trends might impact your future commercial real estate investments and what opportunities might be available in your area.

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