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Risky And Troubled Properties Can Be Opportunities

In any market, good or bad, there are always problem properties. Most are only troubled or problem properties because of the current ownership. Some may be neglected only because the present owner has failed to do fairly simple things that can solve the problems. Buying property and solving problems is a profit-making business.

Financing Your Development

When an investor purchases land to build on, the next step is land development and financing. "Land development" cannot be precisely defined; generally, it refers to the physical, legal, and engineering processes needed to convert raw land to land (or lots) on which buildings can be placed.

Upgrade Older Buildings For Profit

One of the ways to increase income and value is to upgrade an older property. In every community, anyone who looks can usually find a number of commercial buildings, apartments or offices that need to be modernized. Some are for sale because the present owner may not recognize the increased return that they could get or do not want to make a further investment. The property might be purchased at a bargain price that is based on the current cash return.

Fix Problems in Income Properties for Profit

There are always problem properties in any community. Some are only troubled or problem properties because the current owner does not know how to fix them (or will not). The present owner may have failed to do fairly simple things that can solve the problems. This can be an opportunity for someone who can do the work. Buying a property and solving problems that plague it is a profit-making business.

It's Easier to Keep Tenants Than Find New Ones

A property manager may spend quite a large amount of money advertising to fill vacancies in a building. Once the tenants are in, everything within reason is done to keep them happy and paying the rent. It is difficult when one of these tenants is enticed to move to another location.

The Right Investment at the Right Time

The recession has affected real estate more than economic turndowns in recent decades. The government reports that this economy is now showing signs of a turnaround. If it is improving, now may be the time to start thinking of the next real estate investment.

Advantages and Risks of Single-Tenant Properties

Around 25% to 35% of the value of commercial properties are single-tenant properties (STPs). This large percentage means that institutional investors such as pension funds, as well as smaller investment groups must consider this type of investment. There are many uses ranging from office to industrial to retail. They can include office buildings, warehouses, department stores, supermarkets and other retail use. There are advantages and disadvantages in this type of ownership compared to multi-tenant properties.

Industrial Market Summary for 2013

Click through to read NAI CIR's 2013 Industrial Market Report Summary.

Closing The Lease: Your Checklist

When all of the negotiations have been completed, broker and the commercial tenant have agreed to the terms of the lease. Now all that is left is the lease closing. Often there are so many back-up papers than must be produced, examined and approved, the closing can be held up because of a forgotten document.

Converting Railroad Stations

In many areas of the country, railroad stations are now covered with dust and rust. The large terminals which were once the busiest and most accessible buildings in a city are deserted and deteriorating. Stations along commuter lines in smaller towns are boarded up.

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