Before You Rent A Commercial Property
The Global Income ratio effectively computes all income (both business and personal) vs. all expenses (again, both business and personal) that the entrepreneur has. 50% to 60% has been the norm for years, now more and more lenders are demanding 40%.
The first thing that you have to do is gauge your present financial situation. This means weighing your monthly expenses, income and savings. In addition, try and figure out how much money you will need to lead a good standard of life after retiring. This will allow you see how much you need to save in order to have that standard of living.
Use good photos in the newsletter that are well lit and capture the right message. The best exterior photos of property are usually taken when the sun is low in the sky. That will be first in the morning or late in the day. What you want to have is the sun shining clearly on the front of the building. Avoid using photos with shade distorting the image.
The smell of tobacco is the number one reason why buyers withdraw. Even if the buyer is a chain smoker, he doesn’t want to live in a home that smells like tobacco. He may be a smoker, but he also wants to live in a clean and good smelling home. As a seller, you must take good care of the cleanliness issue of the home if you don’t want your potential buyers to withdraw.
Like other home-based industries, home inspection has its share of frauds and phonies. It’s safe to assume they represent the minority, but it still pays to ask about certification. A professional home inspector will be happy to tell you about his certifications.
Educate yourself. The only way to know that you are getting the best deal is to learn about the commercial industry and loan process for yourself. Interview a few brokers and talk about the options they may offer for your specific property type. A good broker will educate you on the loan process and provide you with resources for additional information. If the broker is not interested in helping you to learn about the industry, then take that as a hint. Either they don’t want to make the time for you, the client, or they prefer to keep you in the dark about how they are doing (or not doing) their job.
Nothing could be more disruptive to your move into your new commercial property than to see it disrupted by a major road renovation or highway expansion in front of the building. So do some homework to make sure that access to your commercial property is in no danger of being slowed or stopped by building projects or other city improvements. Further, find out what is going on with the building. If the roof is in for repair or the plumbing is going to get overhauled, do you really want your new lease to lock you into that nuisance. So while talking to the landlord, also talk to some people behind the scenes who are “in the know” about your new commercial property location.
Make sure you have the money if you are going to invest. You will need enough to cover a down payment, closing costs, points and earnest money. When dealing in commercial real estate, it is much nicer if you will not do it all alone. Properties valued highly fall outside the investment range of most individuals, but if you partner up with a few others, a group investment becomes possible. Besides, the more folks there are in your network, the more likely it is you will hear of a deal before it gets listed.