With any type of investing, establishing your investment objectives is a critical first step. It’s important to establish your capacity to take on risk and determine what you hope to achieve with your investment. As an investor, are you looking for slow long-term growth or are you willing to take greater risks in the hopes of seeing higher short-term returns?

In the context of commercial real estate investment, as a potential purchaser of a property is it more important to you that your investment provide long-term gain through property value appreciation, or are you looking for a property that will provide a steady income? Understanding what you hope to achieve when investing in commercial real estate will help you make a sound investment and achieve you investing goals.

There are a number of different factors to consider when determining whether a property is a good investment or not. As in any type of real estate, location is a key consideration when investing in commercial property. A good location is often critical to attracting tenants that will benefit your property and can go a long way in determining the value of an investment.

To that end, it’s important for investors to also consider the quality of the tenants when investing in commercial real estate. A large concentration of tenants that work in a sector facing poor future prospects, for example, can be detrimental to the value of a property as their ability to pay the rent declines. It is also important to review and understand the terms of any tenant leases.

Investors should also be conscious of the condition of the property when deciding to make an investment in a commercial building. If you’re not planning on doing a major overhaul or repairs on an existing property at the outset, you should factor in the “wearability” of the property – the likelihood and potential costs of future repairs.

Often newcomers to investing in commercial real estate will overlook certain opportunities that a more seasoned investor would recognize. Investors should look for potential factors that may cause a property to increase in value, beyond the value of the land simply appreciating over time. Are there any new infrastructure projects proposed nearby, such as a commuter train connecting a formerly difficult-to-access area to the downtown core, which may spur a population increase? What is the timeline for these types of projects?

New investors also frequently overlook great locations that feature older properties, which may involve heavy redevelopment costs upfront but have high potential to attract high-quality tenants down the road. These types of properties can represent good long-term value for investors.

The most common pitfall new investors fall into is underestimating the true costs associated with a property. Investors must assess if the income reported by the previous landlord is accurate. It is also critical for investors to properly asses the condition of the property and the associated repair costs that may be required. If restoration costs are too high, rent may not be enough to recover the investment price. A trusted commercial real estate agent can provide an accurate assessment of the potential of a property and help newcomers to commercial real estate avoid these common mistakes.

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