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Under The Surface of a Commercial Investment Property - Part II

Darin Garman, CCIM
Copyright 2006 All Rights Reserved

One of the things I talk about, a lot, especially with the members of the Commercial Investment Property Owners Association, is how to spot a good deal. And, we always have a lively discussion of looking under the surface of a property to really find a good deal.

A questions I get all of the time is, Darin, how do you do this, what do you look for? How do you go through the process?

I want to take the next few emails or tips of the week to get into some detail on how to do this. Call it a mini course. Why? It is important and arguably the most important part of making a great investment. So, with that said, lets start with Under the Surface Strategy #1.

#1. Complete a business plan and know your criteria FIRST.

Many do not like this because it makes you take a step back and you want to buy real estate!!! I know, but taking this step is key in really understanding what it is you want in an commercial investment property.

Now, this does not have to be a Fortune 500 biz plan but it needs to be a key ingredient in what you plan in investing in. If you go into your next commercial investment property without doing this you could be in big trouble and not get the cash flow or return you had hoped.

What you don't want to do! Is fall for the late night pitches on TV or at the latest midnight seminar. Step back, think it through, then proceed.

One of the things as a CIPOA member is you get a business plan that you just fill the blanks in and it comes to you at no cost as part of a trial membership. This is the quickest way to get going on this. Or, sit down and plan what you want your investment life to look like FIRST, then proceed.

More to come later this week.

Have a great day.

Darin Garman, CCIM
Apartment and Commercial Investment Property Specialist

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Apartment and Commercial Investment Property Specialist