Commercial real estate is a complex business that can be intimidating to first time investors but with the help of a professional commercial real estate like Stephen Lilly, the pay-off can be substantial. The benefits of owning commercial real estate are unique.
For example, commercial property is valued differently than residential real estate. Rather than being determined by market comparables, commercial values are based on the income that a property produces. This means that you have more control over the property’s value by increasing its in- come or adjusting operating costs.
As well, unlike many residential properties, commercial real estate can sometimes be divided into multiple units, allowing you to collect several rental incomes. This mitigates risk because rental income is spread over several tenants rather than just one.
Like other types of investment though, it’s important to be clear on the costs you will face before realizing a return. Appraisals, engineering, improvements, environmental reports, etc., can add thousands of dollars to the cost of even a small commercial property. Securing a mortgage may not be as simple as the process you experienced when buying a home, as lending practices are much more stringent when it comes to commercial property.
Lenders will not only want to ensure that you are purchasing a quality property, they will want to substantiate that there is sufficient cash flow after operating expenses to cover the mortgage, property taxes, maintenance, utilities and vacancies.
You will also find that commercial mortgages are generally priced considerably higher than residential mortgages. Once you have overcome these challenges though, you will find that purchasing Commercial real estate can be an excellent long-term investment.
Stephen Lilly, a Commercial Real Estate Agent with multi-generational history, knows the intricacies of buying and/or selling property, from space planning, zoning information, dealing with municipal government, environmental issues, architecture, offer preparation, tax assessments, appraisals, financing and market values, to detailed paper- work and closing procedures.