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Buying Commercial Investment Property – Your Office Building Checklist

Many investors prefer commercial investment properties such as small office buildings or small retail shopping centers.  The leases are usually 3 to 5 years, tenants often renew more regularly and there are fewer headaches.  It is also common to charge commercial tenants for all repairs and their fair share of annual expense increases and this type of cost sharing is impossible with residential properties.

Depending on your location, finding a commercial investment property can be as easy as driving down a major highway.  If you don’t see many for sale signs in your area look online for a real estate agent that deals in commercial property.  In today’s market there are quite a number of properties available and if you’re ready to buy the buffet is open.

There are small office buildings with only one or two tenants and larger ones occupied by several smaller offices.  Both have the advantage of a steady income however with multiple small offices your bottom line will suffer less of an impact if a tenant moves out.  No matter which type of  commercial investment property you select, always perform your due diligence especially if the location is currently occupied.  Here is a quick checklist to help you as you evaluate an office building for purchase.

* Read all leases and make sure that you are willing to honor the terms. Long term tenants tend to get nervous about new owners and your willingness to maintain or at least negotiate terms may prevent a mass exodus when you buy.

* Review of tenant payment histories over the past two years can alert you to any possible cash flow problems.

* Examine maintenance records for the past two years to determine how well the building has been maintained.  If there are no records, reconsider the property.

* Obtain property tax notices for the last five years.  The last thing you want is to have your deal frozen due to a tax lien.

* Review insurance policies and ask for permission to obtain copies of any claims.  Verify that the property has no open litigation against it.  A slip and fall last year could end up costing you.

* Conduct a walk through of all office spaces with the owner.  Although you will still require a professional inspector, use of this visit is to evaluate the quality of tenants and see if any problems leap out at you.

While there are many additional complexities associated with commercial investment property, as compared to residential property, there are also significant profits to be made for those investors with the desire to enter the commercial real estate market.

Author:

Amy Gamarra: Broker Principle of Aim Higher Commercial Real Estate Group •President of Toastmasters en Español Club #971 since July 2018 •Experience in Real Estate Since 1997 •Member of MLS / FAR / NAR / Miami Commercial •Member of CREW •Member of DREIA / BREIA •Business Administrator •Experience in Social Media and Marketing •Specialized in Office / Warehouse Leasing and Sales I have a Degree in Business Administration. I previously held Licenses in Health, Life and Variable annuities, Investments Series 6 & 63. I have attended numerous seminars that improve skills such as Sales, Leadership, Marketing, Management and Team Building techniques. On my spare time I earned an Associates Degree with Logos Christian College and Graduate School in Bible Studies in addition to Traveling throughout the United States to study Real Estate Investments and Creative Financing. People say I am very organized. I have a talent for creating business systems and strategies that make sense and are successful. My experience in Finance and Business makes Commercial Real Estate the perfect fit for me because I understand what business owners need and what they are looking for in a Commercial Broker.

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