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What to consider before acquiring commercial property

As California companies get bigger, they generally need more space to function in an efficient manner. In some cases, this means buying a warehouse or a larger manufacturing space. In others, it could mean buying a larger office to accommodate more workers joining the company. When purchasing commercial real estate, it is important to consider how it helps the business both today and in the long-term.

Buyers should determine if the space will still be useful several months or years into the future. It's also important to consider whether the space could be rented or sold once it's no longer useful to the company. Business owners should also calculate the cost of owning a commercial space as opposed to renting it. Furthermore, those who want to own a space should contemplate whether it makes more sense to buy an existing property as opposed to new construction.

Those who want to buy commercial real estate need to understand current and long-term market conditions prior to doing so. Buying during a period of neutral or negative price growth may not be a good idea. However, if commercial properties are seeing positive price growth in a given market, it can be worthwhile to buy instead of rent. Finally, when deciding to acquire commercial property, be sure to pick one in an area best suited to the company's needs.

There are many issues that business owners may need to be aware of when purchasing or building commercial real estate. An attorney may be able to help represent an owner's interests if construction litigation occurs. This may happen if there is a dispute over who owns the land that a structure is on or if there are problems with a building's title or how its location is zoned.

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