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What to know before investing in commercial real estate

| Jul 29, 2020 | Real Estate Transactions & Litigation |

People who want to invest in commercial real estate in Florida need to understand several things before they jump in. While these types of investments can provide consistent returns, some are better than others. Understanding how they work is the key to success or failure.

The first thing that prospective investors should understand is that commercial properties are not all the same. They should familiarize themselves with the various asset classes and research how they are performing in the local market. For example, industrial properties are currently performing the best, and retail properties are performing the worst.

Investors should research the market to understand the local supply and demand. For example, investing in an office property in an area in which there is a glut of available office space might not be a good idea. They should look for a property type that is in demand and for which the supply is relatively low. They should also consider the market cycles for the area. Many properties will go through a profitability cycle, and people should avoid buying when the market is high or selling when it is low. Prospective investors should thoroughly conduct due diligence on any property that they are considering before they invest.

Commercial real estate investments can be potentially lucrative. However, they can also lead to substantial losses when people are not careful before they invest. People who are considering commercial real estate investments may benefit from working with an experienced real estate attorney. A lawyer may help clients analyze the local market so that they understand the area supply and demand and which types of commercial properties are performing well. They might help their clients to identify target properties and conduct due diligence to ensure that there aren’t any hidden problems that could negatively impact their clients’ investments.