With the real estate market in its current condition, small business owners may want to consider something that was unthinkable in previous years: purchasing commercial property rather than leasing it. Interest rates on mortgage loans are at historic lows, meaning more business owners should investigate the possibility. After all, why throw money away in a lease if you are in a position to build equity in your own commercial property?
The best way to investigate the opportunity is to assemble a team of professionals. Among these professionals should be an accountant, a real estate agent, a mortgage broker, and, most importantly, a California business attorney. The accountant can evaluate your finances for the feasibility of the purchase. The real estate agent can find you the right space in the right location so you can bring in customers. The mortgage broker can help you obtain financing at a reasonable rate. But it is the business attorney who will actually make the transaction happen.
There are a number of legal considerations to investigate before taking the plunge. The first is zoning. It is important to consult an attorney on zoning issues because a real estate agent is typically more concerned with the sale than what comes after the sale. In the end, you want your business to be able to be profitable, and it can’t be that way unless you are allowed to operate in the manner you wish in your space. You wouldn’t purchase a property zoned for offices if your operation involves manufacturing or machinery. Likewise, you wouldn’t operate an office out of a warehouse.