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Commercial Real Estate Bubble Bursting?


Zisler Capital Partners CEO Randall Zisler on the continued troubles in the commercial real-estate market.

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More Florida Commercial Real Estate Collapse Empty Vacant Office Space


Need to lease any office space? There is more and more available in Florida and other places around the country. If this continues many more companies will be out of business and bankrupt. I’ve he…

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Inside Look – Commercial Real Estate Concerns – Bloomberg


Investing in Real Estate – China May Turn to PPIP; Further Roundtable Discussion with Sam Chandan of Real Estate Econometrics and Craig Evans of Colliers International (Bloomberg News)

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Real Estate: Buying, Renting & Selling : How To Buy Commercial Property


To buy commercial property, get involved with a real estate agent who specializes in commercial properties, as they can better research the area and aid in the property-buying process. Purchase com…

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Real Estate: Buying, Renting & Selling : How To Buy Commercial Property


To buy commercial property, get involved with a real estate agent who specializes in commercial properties, as they can better research the area and aid in the property-buying process. Purchase com…

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Commercial Real Estate Collapse – The Next Wave


From the October 6, 2009 PBS “News Hour” – The Commercial Real Estate Collapse

One sees this every day. Storefronts on Park Avenue South where overpriced restaurants sat two years ago sit empty wi…

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The Importance Of Commercial Real Estate Professionals

Commercial real estate is a highly profitable industry where many people dedicate their lives. Like the many divisions of a Fortune 500 company, the commercial real estate industry has many opportunities for those with professional educations and interests. Some professional interests may include legal counsel, accounting, finance, development, building and investing. When it comes to the commercial real estate industry, these professionals are highly specialized in their knowledge and perform amazingly well within their boundaries.

These highly specialized professionals are often grouped together in teams by commercial real estate investors. A savvy investor surrounds him or herself with competent professionals to make sure that every deal that is made yields the highest most profitable results, with little to no problematic factors.

If you look at the residential investor, however, he or she usually does not have a huge team surrounding him or her and can usually invest in a few homes at a time with ease.

Why is it that the residential investor does not need a full time team to look watch over and consult every deal prior to purchase? Beyond the obvious reason that residential real estate does not involve nearly the millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions and even billions of dollar price tags and profits that commercial real estate is known for, there is another very important attribute of commercial real estate that separates it from residential real estate.

This attribute is characterized by a term known as “buyer beware.”

We all know that with most residential real estate, the buyer must be disclosed of every aspect of the property- good or bad. For example, if the roof was leaking in a home, but it was summer so the purchaser may not necessarily find out until rainy season, then the owner or agent must disclose this fact to the purchaser. It is illegal for the owner or agent to withhold any information from the purchaser. This law greatly decreases the risk on the purchaser’s behalf and if a problem arises that was not fully disclosed at the time of purchase, then the purchaser could receive his or her deposit back and the owner and agent could suffer penalties.

In residential real estate, the buyer does not need to beware (in this sense) because every detail must be disclosed so he or she has the absolute facts on a property before deciding to part with a down payment or take out a mortgage to purchase the property.

The opposite is true in the commercial real estate industry. The owner or agent does not need to disclose any information about the property to the purchaser. In fact, if the new owner discovers that the land he or she purchased is toxic, and the previous owner or agent said nothing, it is the new owner’s responsibility to have the land cleaned. The new owner must pay all legal and cleaning bills that come along with toxic property.

This may seem rather unfair. Why should the residential real estate industry have full disclosures while the commercial real estate industry does not? In commercial real estate, you have a certain amount of time prior to purchase to perform due diligence, or a complete analysis of the property. This may include building inspections, soil tests, infrastructure analysis, financial analysis etc. The buyer is completely responsible for retrieving the facts on a property.

It is considered an open and free market so, “buyer beware.” There is a lack of need to protect the buyer or seller by the law. Therefore, it is increasingly important to have commercial real estate professionals looking out for the commercial real estate investor at every turn.

Because the law does not protect the buyer, the buyer must protect his or herself. Legal counsel should be brought in to oversee every single deal. This includes conditional statements on a contract and performing the most in-depth due diligence one can possibly do. Commercial real estate is not something you can look at for a few weeks and then decide you want to purchase like a home. It can take 45, 60, 90 days and more to perform due diligence, depending on the purpose of the property and how complicated the property is.

Let’s look at an example. Purchaser A wants to purchase a property from Seller B. The property is raw land and is currently zoned R-1, or residential lots one lot per acre. According to the agent, there is a good possibility that the city needs additional commercial land to balance out the additional homes and apartments that were recently built near the subject property. For this reason, the city may be interested in rezoning the land from R-1 to commercial.

Purchaser A can see the profit potential of this rezone and wants to purchase the property. Purchaser A lets the owner know that he wants to purchase the currently zoned R-1 property. Purchaser A is acting in good faith that the property will be rezoned to commercial. But just in case, Purchaser A includes a conditional clause that states that if the property cannot be rezoned to commercial, then the contract is null and void. Purchaser A will no longer have a liability toward the property and owner.

This was an intelligent move Purchaser A made because in this case, the property could not be rezoned to commercial. Instead of sitting there with a much less valuable R-1 zoned property, Purchaser A was left with no property at all, but no financial or legal problems either. And that is far better than a worthless property and a legal battle to contend with.

Every commercial real estate deal is extremely different. Buyer and seller personalities, the quality of due diligence, the integrity of the buyer and purchaser, the financial needs, and skills of professionals such as the escrow company and commercial real estate owners all play a huge role in how each deal results. The best and most sound advice I can give you is never take what you hear for face value. Verify every fact and have your commercial real estate professionals available at every turn. The information they can conjure can save you a lot of money and legal headaches by simply getting the facts verified and inserting conditional clauses in the contract.

If you are new to the commercial real estate industry, realize the rules are a little different and a lot more is at risk than in the residential real estate industry. Keep the “buyer beware” mentality alive at all times and allow professionals to do their jobs. That is what they are there for. Surround yourself with the best and you will quickly become the best.

Now that you have had a chance to look at “buyer beware” and how it plays a specific role in both the commercial and residential real estate industries, you can greatly appreciate the additional risk in doing commercial real estate deals as well as the importance of solid commercial real estate professionals working in your best interest. Without them, there would be far more problematic deals- and that is exactly what you want to avoid.

Tony Seruga, Yolanda Seruga and Yolanda Bishop of http://www.maverickrei.com specialize in commercial and investment real estate. As of May, 2006, they and their partners are managing over $600 million dollars worth of new projects.

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Commercial Real Estate Presents Big Profit

Real estate has always been known as the safest of investments.

In fact, real estate investment completed after proper research into and evaluation of the property (to determine actual and future value), can lead to tremendous profit.

This is one reason many people choose real estate investment as their full time job.

Discussions about real estate tend to focus on residential real estate; commercial real estate, except to seasoned investors, is often overlooked.

However, commercial real estate presents a great option for investing in real estate.

Commercial real estate includes a large variety of property types.

To a majority of people, commercial real estate is only office buildings or factories or industrial units.

However, that is not all of commercial real estate. There is far more to commercial real estate.

Strip malls, health care centers, retail units and warehouse are all good examples of commercial real estate as is vacant land.

Even residential properties like apartments (or any property that consists of more than four residential units) are considered commercial real estate. In fact, such commercial real estate is very much in demand.

So, is commercial real estate really profitable?

Absolutely, in fact if it were not profitable I would not be writing about commercial real estate at all!!

However, with commercial real estate recognizing the opportunity is a bit more difficult when compared to residential real estate.

But commercial real estate profits can be huge in fact, often much bigger than you might realize from a residential real estate transaction of the same size.

There are many reasons to delve into commercial real estate investment.

For example you might purchase to resell after a certain appreciation level has occured or to generate a substantial income by leasing the property out to retailers or other business types or both.

In fact, commercial real estate development is treated as a preliminary indicator of the impending growth of the residential real estate market.

Therefore, once you recognize the probability of significant commercial growth within a region (whatever the reason i.e. municipal tax concessions), you should begin to evaluate the potential for appreciation in commercial real estate prices and implement your investment strategy quickly.

Regarding commercial real estate investment strategies it is important that you identify and set investment goals (i.e. immediate income through rental vs later investment income through resale) and that you know what you can afford and how you will effect the purchase.

It would be wise to determine your goals then meet with your banker (or financier) prior to viewing and selecting your commercial real estate.

Also remain open minded and understand that should the right (perfect) opportunity present itself, your investment strategy might need to be revisited and altered, sometimes considerably.

For example: If you find a commercial real estate property too expensive for you to buy alone but represents tremendous opportunity, you could look at forming a small investor group (i.e. with friends or family) and buy it together (splitting the profits later).

Or in another case (i.e. when a retail boom is expected in a region), though your commercial real estate investment strategy was devised around purchasing vacant land, you might find it more profitable to buy a property such as a strip mall or small plaza that you can lease to retailers or a property that you can convert into a warehouse for the purpose of renting to small businesses.

In a nutshell, commercial real estate presents a huge variety of and tremendous investing opportunities, you just need to recognize them and go for it.

Dave Jarvis is Broker and Owner of Realty Concepts, Inc. a Florida Real Estate Corporation. For Florida Real Estate See: http://www.rciflorida.com For More Free Real Estate Information See: http://www.realestateseekerusa.com For Free Mortgage Information See: http://www.mortgageseekerusa.com

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Commercial Real Estate: the Big Profits

Real estate is often termed as the safest investment avenue. In fact, real estate investments done with proper evaluation of the property (and its true value), can lead to good profits. This is one reason why some people pursue real estate investment as their full time job. The talks of real estate are generally focussed towards residential real estate; commercial real estate seems to take a back seat. However, commercial real estate too is a good option for investing in real estate.

Commercial real estate includes a lot of different kinds of properties. Most people relate commercial real estate with only office complexes or factories/ industrial units. However, that is not all of commercial real estate. There is more to commercial real estate. Health care centers, retail structures and warehouse are all good examples of commercial real estate. Even residential properties like apartments (or any property that consists of more than four residential units) are considered commercial real estate. In fact, such commercial real estate is much in demand.

So, is commercial real estate really profitable? Well, if it were not profitable I would not have been writing about commercial real estate at all. So, commercial real estate is profitable for sure. The only thing with commercial real estate is that recognising the opportunity is a bit difficult as compared to residential real estate. But commercial real estate profits can be real big (in fact, much bigger than you would expect from residential real estate of the same proportion). You could take up commercial real estate for either reselling after appreciation or for renting out to, say, retailers. The commercial real estate development is in fact treated as the first sign for growth of residential real estate. Once you know of the possibility of significant commercial growth in the region (either due to tax breaks or whatever), you should start evaluating the potential for appreciation in the prices of commercial real estate and then go for it quickly (as soon as you find a good deal). And you must really work towards getting a good deal. If you find that commercial real estate, e.g. land, is available in big chunks which are too expensive for you to buy, you could look at forming a small investor group (with your friends) and buy it together (and split the profits later). In some cases e.g. when a retail boom is expected in a region, you might find it profitable to buy a property that you can convert into a warehouse for the purpose of renting to small businesses.

So commercial real estate presents a whole plethora of investing opportunities, you just need to grab it.

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