The 3 Keys To Commercial Real Estate Investing Success

Buying and selling commercial real estate can yield large profits if done correctly. However, there are a number of important pitfalls to be avoided. In order to navigate through the world of commercial real estate, investors need 3 things; education, financing, and a top commercial realtor.

So the first thing you need to have to be successful in commercial real estate is education. Now of course, these this cannot be acquired overnight. If you are a novice to this business, then it is advisable to take some time to read as much as possible out here on the internet regarding commercial real estate.

If you are really serious about it, you may also want to take some courses at your local community college and/or trade school. This will not only enhance your education, but it will also potentially give you access to some key contacts that will help you get going in the business. Once you are confident with your level of knowledge of commercial properties, it’s time to look at how you will put together financing.

Everyone’s financial situation is unique, and it goes without saying that if you are struggling financially and/or have not capital to put into your investment, you need to wait until your situation improves before going into this business. But among those with the ability to raise the needed capital, there are still varying levels of financial capability.

For example, if you’re in Donald Trump’s income level, you may be able to afford to pay for your commercial office space in cash. But for most of us, some kind of financing is going to be needed. Where to obtain the financing is the key. Many people decide to work with one financial institution like a local bank or loan officer. However, this may not be the best approach.

Successful commercial real estate investors often line up multiple funding sources. If you ask around among your circle of family, friends, and business associates, you may find some individuals who are willing to at least partially (if not fully) finance the transaction privately.

This could have some advantages as you are often able to negotiate better terms with people who are familiar with you personally. It may also be to your advantage later on if you are ever in a financial pinch and need to delay a payment or two. Provided we’re not talking about loan sharks, it is generally much easier to deal with private lending sources when you need some flexibility than the bank.

Now that you’ve acquired the education and put together financing, the final successful piece to the commercial investing puzzle is a good real estate broker. Make sure you choose wisely who you want to work with here. The commercial realtor you choose should be experienced, trustworthy, a good negotiator, and someone you like and believe you will be able to work with.