If there is any good thing that has come out of the recent crisis in the mortgage industry in the U.S., it is that some people who have always had an interest in investing in real estate are now finding that dropping prices are making it possible for them to do that. Today, investing in commercial real estate, whether it’s residential properties to rent or office and industrial buildings, is quickly becoming a hot ticket item with some. Before you just jump in with both feet so to speak, consider the following tips and cautions.
First off, remember that unlike other investments you might make, commercial real estate is probably going to require quite a bit of your time and attention rather than just your investment dollars. If you’re considering taking advantage of the foreclosure crisis by purchasing homes to rent out, this means making sure they’re up to code, making needed repairs and remodels, finding tenants, collecting rent, taking care of ongoing repairs and maintenance, and so on. This is also true of office buildings or other commercial real estate. You need to manage tenants, take care of the property and hire landscapers and cleaners, and so on. Yes, you can hire someone to manage the property for you, but even so, there are many decisions that need to be made, invoices to approve, checks to sign, and wages to be paid. This means that no matter what, your investment in commercial real estate is going to be an investment of your time and energy, not just your money.
Another consideration you need to think about is whether or not your investment in any type of commercial real estate is going to be supported over time. When the economic situation in one area is so bad that there are vacancies in homes and office buildings, this means that there may not be enough populace in that area to support your investment. Sometimes buildings and homes are vacant for a reason! You need to seriously research the area in which you plan on investing; is the population growing or shrinking? What industry is in this area to support the population and your real estate investment? Are businesses coming into the area or leaving it? You need to do this research before you get caught up in the hype and excitement of rock bottom real estate prices.
Search the internet and read about real estate investment in Megapolitan Areas to determine if the area you are interested in has the growth potential you will need for a good return on your long term investment strategy. Perhaps you need information on Section 8 Housing. Again the internet is a great place to find information.
Yes, there have been those who have made a fortune in commercial real estate, but usually those millionaires are the exception to the rule. In reality, whether you’re thinking of purchasing or building new, commercial real estate is unlike any other industry or investment out there. It requires a lot of research, determination, and commitment to make a success of it; be sure you’re ready with all three of these before you invest your money in any venture.