Vacant Properties: Dangerous Or Judicious

Let me say upfront that in an ideal world you would want to be buying well located properties with long leases…   But the reality is that there are many commercial properties which are sold as vacant.   So what’s the best way to approach a vacant property?   Before we get to that let’s pretend you were looking at a property which doesn’t have a long lease left. 
You look and the ad says the lease ends next year.   The first thing you …

Screening Tenants For Long Term Cash Flow Viability

Commercial property is all about the cash flow.   The cash flow is all driven by one thing… the commercial lease. In Australia it’s a very powerful document. It’s almost as powerful as a mortgage and compared to a residential lease, a commercial lease tips the scales in favour of the landlord.   Residential leases benefit the tenant and I see residential landlords getting screwed all the time by dodgy tenants who decide that they don’t feel like paying the rent this month, or that …

Forget About Serviceability – This Fixes That!

If you are serious about property investing then it’s probably going to be something you do more than once. Yep – I know there are a stack of people out there in property investing land who have bought themselves an investment property, maybe even two… In fact that’s the vast majority of people in Australia who call themselves property investors. But those guys aren’t serious. The reason they have only bought one or two is that they are probably negatively geared and they have run …

[PODCAST] Quick Commercial Property Equity Boost Technique

There are many ways to boost equity, some are quicker that others, some are more work than others. In this podcast I discuss one technique which can often be very little effort and get a really great result in just a few months.  

Making Strata Titled Properties Work

If you are looking at commercial property in the lower price range one of the types of property you will find a lot of are properties that are already strata titled… They might be offices or single shops in a larger building and you are just buying one of them.   These tend to be more set and forget type properties because they have already been divided up in the building and usually there are few, if any upsides. However they will be cashflow positive …