Even though one of the most stable investments you can make in the U.S. is commercial real estate, you don’t want to be too cocky about your expenditure, unless you place it in the right hands.
Commercial real estate developers will typically know which properties will give you a return on investment, and properties that will continue to profit in the future. So, you could consult them for help.
But you don’t want to jump into the investment without proper guidance, which is why finding a competent broker will be critical to making a wise decision.
Here are few things you should do when you are looking for a broker.
- Referrals. When you do an online search, you will probably come up with more brokers than you will be able to handle — you won’t even know where to start. The best thing to do would be to talk to friends, family members, or colleagues about brokers they have worked with before. This way, you will get an honest opinion about the broker, how much he or she costs, and if the services are worth the money.
- Local Business. Each state has its own individual laws about how commercial real estate works. Subsequently, it is crucial to find a broker that has a locally established company that has been around for at least a decade. Not only does this mean he or she has ample experience, it means that there won’t be anything on a lease or contract that he or she doesn’t understand or hasn’t seen before. In other words, a broker’s familiarity with your state’s real estate laws is important.
- Interview. Even if you find a broker that looks good on paper, don’t agree to hire him or her without conducting an interview first. It’s always best to use a combination of a resume, referrals, and your own gut feeling when you go broker hunting. If someone doesn’t seem invested in your situation, don’t invest in him or her.
Once you locate the right broker, you will be able to step into any lease knowing that he or she will take care of all the minute details, and also keep you informed of all aspects of the transaction. This will make the investment less stressful, and hopefully, more lucrative.