Choosing The Best Commercial Real Estate and Retail Space

Starting a business is exciting; you get to be your own boss and call all the shots. No matter what type of business you have, whether its retail, a hair salon or a restaurant, you will need prime retail space in order for your business to take off. They type of commercial property to lease depends on the type of business that you have. You will also need to select a location that will receive a lot of traffic and around other businesses that are complementary.

When you check out the retail property for the first time you want to make sure that there is enough room. Close your eyes and visualize everything in the space. Is there a break room in the back for employees? What about a restroom? Don’t forget to make sure that will be sufficient utility resources to support your business. Always make sure that you visit many properties before you decide on a final one.

Location is imperative and you want to set up your place in a location that is easily accessible via the main roads and freeways. Locations in malls and shopping centers tend to receive a lot of foot traffic. Find out if there are a large number of competing businesses in the same area. It may not be a good location if there are too many competitors in the area because the market may be already saturated. You might also want to consider if the neighboring businesses in the area complement yours.

It may be a good idea to talk the person who last leased the same space. Ask them why they left and if they feel the location is suitable for your business. Price is another factor to consider. The most expensive retail spaces are in big fancy shopping miles. A space in a small strip mall is most likely to be more affordable.

Commercial leases can be very complex and involve many stipulations and fine print. You may consider utilizing the services of an attorney to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth. If you are leasing a large retail space and spending a lot of money, you will have more bargaining power and will be able to negotiate strongly in your favor. Commercial renters have less rights and protections than residential renters so it is good idea to have a seasoned expert handle all of the paperwork for you and negotiating on your behalf.

If you have any questions feel free to ask your attorney and the property management team. Establish who will be responsible for maintenance, insurance and taxes. Starting your own business is a big deal but a prime retail space can be a massive boost.

The Difference Between Industrial, Retail and Commercial Real Estate

Before we answer this question, it might be helpful to actually define each term first.

Retail and industrial are both considered ‘commercial real estate’ (as opposed to ‘residential real estate’). Commercial real estate refers to buildings or land intended to generate profit; industrial and retail are simply sub-categories of commercial real estate.

Firstly an industrial property is defined as a property used for the actual manufacturing of something, and can be considered either a factory or plant. This is usually zoned for light, medium or heavy industry. This includes things such as warehouses, garages and distribution centers etc.

Retail property is a commercially zoned property used solely for business purposes, the actual selling of the product, rather than its manufacture – retail stores, malls, shopping centers and shops all huddling nicely under the retail umbrella.

Generally, businesses that occupy commercial real estate often lease the space. An investor usually owns the building and collects rent from each business that operates there.

There are four primary types of commercial real estate leases, each requiring different levels of responsibility from the landlord and the tenant.

Single net lease – tenant is responsible for paying rent and property taxes.

Double net lease – tenant is responsible for paying rent, property taxes and insurance.

Triple net lease – tenant is responsible for paying rent, property taxes, insurance and maintenance.

Gross lease – tenant is responsible only for rent; the Landlord pays property taxes, insurance and maintenance.

If you find yourself considering Commercial property ownership, there are a few things that you would do well to keep in mind:

1) Attractive appearance – the last thing you need is a vacant commercial property in Sydney for any length of time. Think how prospective tenants think: what will their customers want to see?

2) Aesthetic entrance – first impressions count, simple, simple stuff. This is a great tool for putting your prospective clients in a great frame of mind… and their clients.

3) Natural Light – in especially high demand nowadays

4) Location – close to other offices, public amenities, transportation etc.

Since 1980, retail property has returned an average of 9%, though is currently returning around 6%. Industrial real estate tends to be the most volatile, and is currently returning around 7% (as opposed to its peak of around 12% during the 1990’s recession).

And obviously, no matter which form of commercial property you’re considering, read the lease carefully. Sounds like a silly thing to say, but you’d be very surprised at the issues that can become issues simply because things weren’t read properly!