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What Challenges Can I Expect When Buying CRE?

What Challenges Can I Expect When Buying CRE?

Buying commercial real estate can be an exciting opportunity if you are venturing into the CRE scene. There are a few challenges that you may encounter, such as qualifications for a loan, financing issues like amortizations, down payments, and interest rates. We will be discussing these challenges below.


Qualifications for a Loan

Start with making sure that you have a good credit score before venturing out into any business. Though there are cases where many choose not to loan from a bank, you may still need to go through some bank assistance if the property owner requires that the payment goes through bank financing. It is also always best to be prepared in case you may need a loan in the future.

If you decide to get a loan, you will need to make sure it is clear what it is for and how it will be used -- the bank will ask these questions. It is also advisable to do as much research as you can moving forward and due diligence on the area where the property is standing. Besides a good credit score, you will also need to convince the leader that you will pay back the CRE loan. 

The next step is to have the requirements to qualify for a commercial real estate loan. You will need different applications and supporting documents such as a business plan, personal tax returns, and other legal documents. If you already have other businesses, they may ask to see your business balance sheets and tax returns to ensure that you have other means to pay for the loan.



After qualifying for the loan, the next step is establishing how you will be paying for the amortizations, down payments, and interest rates for the commercial real estate loan. Some are all covered by other owned existing businesses, while others will depend on the loan itself until the company starts generating income. Whichever the case may be, both need ample research that the CRE investment has the potential to pay the loan. It may appear challenging, but it can be less stressful if you are aware of what to accept each step of the way to avoid sinking even before you have started.


Acquisition Expenses

There will also be other charges associated with the CRE loan, and these will depend on the kind of loan you have. Keep in mind that there will be additional expenses for the acquisition and maintenance of the commercial real estate investment. The most common are appraisal fees, survey fees, application fees, origination fees, and other miscellaneous legal fees. While most CRE loans have a variable rate or a fixed rate, there will be interest on the loan, and the terms must be documented as not to cause misunderstanding or legal problems along with the duration of the loan. There may also be additional expenses in the future if there is a need to refinance the loan.

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