Buying Property 101

In Show 059 – Buying Property 101 originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Wednesday 7 February 2018 we explore this interesting topic.

You can download the workbook here 059 – Workbook.

Show Notes

Your business is taking off and now you have to park those profits somewhere.  That’s what Phase 9: Investing in property is all about.  In this episode we discuss the different types of property you can invest in, what you need to think about before you sign and the due diligence process.

There are several steps you need to consider before you buy any piece of real estate.

  • Find the property that you want to buy
  • Conduct a visual inspection on the property

You would me amazed how many people purchase property with out ever having seen it.  They simply take the word of their agent.  A visual search will confirm that there are no obvious problems with the property but will also give you a sense of the neighbourhood.   You should also conduct a pest inspection to make sure the property is vermin free.

  • Get your negotiation strategy read

There are many different tactics you can after you’ve made your initial offer.  Steve Jobs would have a red line worked out before the negotiations even started and worked back from that. Others just start with their best offer right out of the gate.

  • Appoint a lawyer

You need to make sure you have someone on your side that knows what their talking about.  A good lawyer will do all the right searches – from contaminated land to encroachments.  A property transaction is a legal one and there are many government forms and duties that have to be dealt with correctly.

  • Settle the transaction

This is by far the simplest (and most fun) part of the process.  It basically involves a bunch of people meeting and exchanging cheques.  All the hard word has been done by the time you reach this stage of the process.

  • Completion and post-settlement

Your documents have to be registered with land titles or whomever handles the registry of land in your jurisdiction.

There are many different kinds of property that are available for purchase.  Residential, industrial, general commercial, rural properties and retail shops.  There are an increasing number of industrial properties being developed in large urban centres.  Rural property is usually a more long term investment.  You may have the hope that it will be rezoned or annexed in the near future but otherwise unless you’re planning on starting a cattle ranch this will be property you hold onto for a long time.  A retail shop is a popular investment but you need to make sure all the zoning and other regulatory requirements are in order.

As we’ve discussed in previous episodes you can structure your business in a number of ways.     The primary question is why are you buying this property?  The answer to that question will     dictate what entity you use.  If you’re buying your primary residence you will likely do that under your individual name because of all the tax benefits you will accrue.  If you’re buying an investment property, though, you might want to use a trust if it’s a positively geared property.  There are many ways to do this but you have to get the right advice from your team.

More about this Show

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