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Reasons to Invest in Commercial Real Estate

June 8, 2015

buy_commercial_real_estateThere are many reasons to invest in commercial real estate, especially in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. I’ve seen many savvy investors taking the steps to purchase a commercial property such as a retail store, shopping center or more. These types of opportunities won’t last long, so it’s time to get off the fence!

Here are some of my reasons that you should look at the commercial market today:

Income Potential

The best reason to invest in commercial over residential rentals is the earning potential. Commercial properties generally have an annual return off the purchase price between 6% and 12%, depending on the area, which is a much higher range than typically exists for single family home properties (1% to 4% at best).

Professional Relationships

Small business owners generally take pride in their businesses and want to protect their livelihood. Owners of commercial properties are usually not individuals, but LLCs, and operate the property as a business. As such, the landlord and tenant have more of a business-to-business customer relationship, which helps keep interactions professional and courteous.

Public Eye 

Retail tenants have a vested interest in maintaining their store and storefront, because if they don’t, it will affect their business. As a result, commercial tenants and property owner interests are aligned, which helps the owner maintain and improve the quality of the property, and ultimately, the value of their investment.

Limited Hours of Operation 

Businesses usually go home at night. In other words, you work when they work. Barring emergency calls at night for break-ins or fire alarms, you should be able to rest at night without having to worry about receiving a midnight call because a tenant wants repairs or has lost a key. For commercial properties it is also more likely you will have an alarm monitoring service so that if anything does happen at night, your alarm company will notify the proper authorities.

More Objective Price Evaluations 

It’s often easier to evaluate the property prices of commercial property because you can request the current owner’s income statement and determine what the price should be based on that. If the seller is using a knowledgeable broker, the asking price should be set at a price where an investor can earn the area’s prevailing cap rate for the commercial property type they are looking at (retail, office, industrial, etc.). Residential properties are often subject to more emotional pricing.

Net Leases

There are variations to net leases, but the general concept is that you as the property owner do not have to pay any expenses on the property (as would be the case with residential real estate). The lessee handles all property expenses directly, including real estate taxes. The only expense you’ll have to pay is your mortgage. Companies like Walgreens, CVS, and Starbucks typically sign these types of leases, as they want to maintain a look and feel in keeping with their brand, so they manage those costs, and you as an investor get to have one of the lowest maintenance income producers for your money. Fewer consumer protection laws govern commercial leases, unlike the dozens of state laws, such as security deposit limits and termination rules that cover residential real estate.

These are some of the best reasons that make investing in commercial real estate appealing. Do you have any additional items you’d like to add? Sound off below!

Finding Potential Commercial Leasing Clients

November 3, 2014

commercial_leasingMost experienced leasing brokers agree that establishing a commercial tenant population usually requires representing landlords for a period of time. When you have a lease listing, you attract tenants and some number will not have an interest in your listed space but allow you to assist them with finding what they do want. Prospecting for landlords can include small to mid-sized inline shopping center owners, office building owners, retail property owners or industrial property owners. You can locate an ownership list if you want to purchase leads or you can approach landlords directly and solicit a listing. (more…)

Business Brokerage 101

May 19, 2014

selling_a_businessAs an agent, is it a good time to list and sell businesses? It’s always a good time to be in the business of business brokerage, but you should remember these tips.

First, you need to have an understanding of the business industry. If you want to list a dry cleaning business, take the necessary time to familiarize yourself with the business culture and language. You should try to select an industry that you have worked in or have an interest in. Agents that fail to adequately prepare for listing appear less than confident and have trouble earning the business owner’s respect. (more…)

Using Your IRA to Purchase Commercial Real Estate

January 27, 2014

ira_commercial_purchaseIt sounds too good to be true: As an IRA holder, you can use your retirement funds, prior to retirement age, to purchase commercial real estate as an investment inside your retirement account without incurring penalties or taxes. Depending on the account structure, you can even purchase these investments using a checkbook tied to your IRA funds.

Since 1974, IRA and 401(k) account holders have had the option to control the ways in which their retirement monies are invested, including real estate, tax liens and other alternative assets. Because the investment is made on behalf of the retirement account, just like the IRA investing in stocks and bonds, the acquisition is made without triggering a taxable event. (more…)

Choosing a Location for a Small Business: Lease or Buy?

November 4, 2013

lady with open signAll growing small businesses may someday be faced with the question of leasing versus buying office space. This question has many pros and cons. With ever-changing office vacancy rates and market fluctuations, it’s uncertain what the future may bring. A small business owner needs to carefully weigh the pros and cons of leasing or buying office space.

First let’s consider the advantages of owning property. Locking in your commercial mortgage long-term can give your business clear, fixed costs. The associated costs of owning and running a commercial space can provide expense deductions in the form of mortgage interest, property taxes and other items.  Owning your office can also offer the advantage of renting out extra office space adding another source of income. The prospect of owning commercial space and having the property appreciate over time allows the owner to sell eventually and fund their retirement. (more…)

What is a Capitalization (Cap) Rate?

September 23, 2013

cap_rateIf you’ve ever thought about purchasing an income producing property, you probably heard someone talk about the CAP rate. The cap rate is defined as the rate of return on a real estate investment property based on the expected income that the property will generate. Capitalization rate is used to estimate the investor’s potential return on his/her investment.

The most commonly used formula for determining a cap rate is simply net operating income divided by value. Let’s suppose that you are looking at a commercial building that has five tenants. The asking price is $800,000 and the net operating income is $75,000. By dividing the value of $800,000 by the net operating income of $75,000, you determine that the cap rate is 9.4%.

If you identify an income producing property for sale with a cap rate of 13%, your first thought might be that it looks like a great investment. A 13% return sounds great.

Before you pop the cork on the champagne bottle and begin the celebration, take a closer look. As the cap rate goes up, the price goes down however, risk follows the cap rate. So, the higher the cap rate, the higher the risk. (more…)

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Small Business?

June 17, 2013

buying_small_businessThe economy has created many challenges for hard working individuals as well as large companies. One of the unfortunate by-products of these difficult times has been layoffs and forced early retirement for many people. The question quickly becomes “what to do?”, since many folks are not ready to stop working.

What can be done to fill the void and provide more control and equity moving forward? One answer is to consider small business ownership as a solution. Owning a small business can provide excellent income and future equity while taking advantage of prior work experience. (more…)

The 123’s of Warehouse Buying

May 20, 2013

warehouse_buyingAs commercial real estate continues to make a comeback, many buyers who are looking to expand their various businesses are beginning to look at the properties currently on the market. Warehouse space is one of the first items that a growing business will look for when it comes to storage or creation of goods.

Warehouses are used by manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses and more. They are generally plain buildings in industrial areas, and include loading docs to load and unload goods from trucks.

If you are thinking of purchasing a warehouse, you should consider the following: (more…)

Adding Business Brokerage to Your Real Estate Career

December 3, 2012

business_brokerageYour real estate license provides opportunity for residential and commercial sales. It even provides opportunity for sales of businesses.

On your way home today, take notice of how many small businesses you pass. Franchises and independent businesses are all around you. On any given day, any one of those business owners could be ready to offer their business for sale.

The business owner is leasing space or owns the property he or she occupies. This means that you will be conveying the lease or selling the real property along with the business transfer. Sometimes the business owner will sell the property and then lease back the space. This strategy provides capital and the business can be transferred with the business owner as the tenant. (more…)

Financing a Small Business Acquisition

May 29, 2012

In a perfect world, all sellers would finance the sale of their business and realize the additional financial gain associated with the loan interest. It seems like a great opportunity until the buyer decides not to pay the seller. So what are seller financing pros and cons today?

First, most small business owners have an immediate need for the cash or capital generated by the transfer of the business. The seller may be planning to purchase another business, retire or need the money for any number of other reasons.

Any of these reasons make financing the purchase and sale difficult for the seller. The seller’s CPA would be quick to point out certain tax advantages to be enjoyed by the seller but at the same time reluctant to recommend financing most buyers. (more…)

Buying Land as an Investment

April 30, 2012

In today’s foreclosure-heavy market, it’s not uncommon to find land properties for sale in your area. Land has always been a great investment, due to its limited supply and historic rise in value. In fact, banks are now putting land on the market at prices that are pennies on the dollar compared with the original cost.

Many investors are purchasing land across Georgia. Depending on what you plan to do with the land, there are two different courses of action you can take: (more…)

Buying a Small Business in 2012, Part Two

January 30, 2012

Continued from “Buying a Small Business in 2012, Part One”.

You’ve now identified a business opportunity and completed a tour of the business facility. The seller’s answered your initial questions and provided you with business financial information. Once you review the income statements, balance sheets and tax returns, you can decide if you want to make an offer. There are two ways to communicate the offer to purchase the business. You could choose to utilize a contract or binding agreement or you could utilize a Letter of Intent or non-binding agreement. A contract must be written by an attorney and immediately binds you and the seller, and will require submission of earnest money. You’ll include certain contingencies in the contract that must be satisfied and the contract’s highly definitive. (more…)

Buying a Small Business in 2012, Part 1

January 17, 2012

You may be wondering if 2012 will be a good year to purchase a small business. Can small businesses generate profit in a difficult economy? These are fair concerns and certainly require the small business buyer to move forward with adequate caution. If you’re determined to own a business, you can find what you’re looking for by establishing specific search parameters and purchase criteria. 

1. Research Well Performing Businesses

First, complete the necessary research to identify a short list of business types that perform well in a weak economy. Determine if franchise opportunities provide a greater chance of success. Franchises historically have a higher start-up success rate and give you a proven business system, training and name recognition. You’ll have to decide if you want to start a business from the ground up or purchase an established business. The established business will cost more however, you get to avoid the painful start-up period and you can see current and past performance. (more…)

Checklist for Buying a Business

July 11, 2011

Buying a business can seem like a daunting task. I always recommend a professional business broker, since they can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Here are some checklist items that will be necessary to get the job done:

Get the necessary financial information

Sellers must be able to provide books and records for their business. This includes business income statements, balance sheets and tax returns. All income and expenses must be traceable to original invoices. A lack of books and records makes considering the purchase of a business impossible.

Determine the value of the business

There are numerous ways to calculate business value. One method involves rules-of-thumb specifically related to the business industry. Publications are available for this information as well as online resources. You can also ask your business broker to perform a competitive market analysis. This process requires a professional that has access to nationwide sold data. A competitive market analysis provides significantly greater detail and support of value. (more…)

Types of Commercial Real Estate Leases

May 16, 2011

When searching for a location for your business, one of the most viable options is a commercial lease. Rather than having to pay financing on a purchased property, a lease allows you access to a space, so that you can immediately begin doing business. The type of lease you choose could greatly affect your business in the future, though.

There are several different types of commercial real estate leases available: Net lease, modified net lease, and gross lease otherwise known as a full service lease. (more…)