Over the course of this year I’ve had the pleasure to read many great articles about investing in commercial real estate, that my fellow SVN advisors have written. I specialize specifically in investment related real estate, so this topic is completely in my ballpark. Sadly, as time goes by, many great investment articles fall off the radar, and many times, they are not given as much exposure as they deserve. Because of that, I am now highlighting 10 blog posts that target those who are interested in investing in commercial real estate.
When a person decides to start investing in commercial real estate, they typically think about how to get into investing in the first place. However, there will come a point when they are ready to get out of the business and cash in on their investment(s). This may be because they are tired and want to retire; it may be because they feel it would be better to pass the business along to someone else in the family, to help develop that individual or it could be for some other reason. This article has to do with exiting the investment. When you’re ready to sell your investment property, for whatever reason, you want to get the most “bang for your buck.” The tips that Chris Palmer gives in this article are great if you’ve finished investing in commercial real estate and are ready to sell your property.
This is one of my articles from the past. Have you ever heard of “Class A” space? What exactly does that type of space mean, and what are the differences between class a, b and c? This article helps explain the differences between the classes.
We’ve all heard about the dirty car salesman. Even if we haven’t seen it in real life, we’ve probably seen it in a movie. Wouldn’t it be terrible to spend thousands of dollars on a used car and then discover that the car wasn’t nearly what the dealer implied it was? We don’t want to buy a bad car, and at the same time, people who are investing in commercial real estate don’t want to invest in a bad piece of property. Francis Rentz wrote this article about hiring a person who can look at your property to make sure that the investment you are thinking about is actually what you really want, and that there won’t be any nasty surprises once you’ve dumped a bunch of money in the property.
Have you noticed or heard about the new developments taking place in Downtown Pensacola? Well, this article, by Chris Palmer, goes over many of the new development projects in the area, along with proposed future projects. If you’re curious about what’s going on in Pensacola, this is a good article to read.
How do you get going with investments? This article goes over the various strategies that are involved with investing. The author talks about the need to define your parameters, to educate yourself regarding the type of investment you would like to make, develop and execute an action plan and have an exit strategy. This article covers many of the aspects involved in making sold investments.
This is an article that tackles becoming an investor, like the last article mentioned. However, this article hits on a few additional points. These additional points include finding a good broker that knows how to help you make smart choices for your investments, understanding commercial leasing options, being ready to negotiate and being ready to sell. Between this article and the last one, you’ve got your basis pretty well covered.
What does investing in commercial real estate have to do with thoroughbred horse racing? I would give you the highlights for this one, but I don’t want to take the thunder away from the author, so I’ll let you read this to see what horse racing has to do with investments.
Buying land should be simple and easy; right? I mean seriously, it’s just buying dirt; isn’t it? Well, not exactly. There are many aspects to be aware of when purchasing land. This article talks about zoning and future land use, utilities and storm water retention, topography and soil, and environment assessments. If you’ve thought about investing in land, then I highly recommend getting some points from this article.
What are the benefits of investing in commercial real estate? Maybe you’re on the fence about making this type of investment. Kevin Wattenbarger wrote an article about some of the benefits you can expect to see as a result of investing. You will certainly get more info about this when you read the article, but the main highlights are 1.) a positive cashflow, 2.) principal reduction, 3.) benefit of appreciation and 4.) the benefit of depreciation.
Sometimes investments don’t turn out quite as successfully as an investor was hoping. So, what happens when someone invests in a business they can’t seem to fix? Well, perhaps you can take a look at the investor’s business and identify why it isn’t going so well. If that’s the case, then you buy the business, you make the changes needed to improve the investment, and then you come out ahead, without having to do all the initial business start up work. This article talks more about this situation.
I’ve been in commercial real estate for awhile now, and it’s been great getting to work with so many clients and helping them succeed with their investments. If you are interested in becoming an investor, definitely take a look at the articles highlighted above. They will help get your head oriented around becoming an investor. Also, if you want more reading, you can take a look at our Investment Category, for blog posts. There you will see everything we have written with an investment focus.
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About Sonny Granger – Sonny has more than 15 years experience in the real estate industry, with a special passion for commercial brokerage and development. Sonny is based in Pensacola, Florida, with broker licenses for Florida, Georgia and Alabama. He is also one of four partners for SVN | SouthLand Commercial. Click here to view his full profile, or if you would like to contact him, you can call him at 850-610-8339, or email him at [email protected] You can also follow him on Twitter at @SonnyGranger.