When purchasing commercial property you will incur other costs in addition to the actual sale price. Below are a few costs to consider that you will have to pay during the due diligence period before the closing and costs incurred during the actual purchase process.
- Phase 1 Environmental – This is an environmental report on the commercial property. Typically the commercial buyer pays for this. The cost typically run between $1,500 and $2,500 for good locations. For poor property sites the costs could be even more.
- Appraisal – When borrowing money from a bank they will require that you get an appraisal done. Buyers typically pay for the commercial appraisal. Depending on the size of the property they can start at around $2,000 and go up from there.
- Survey – If there is no existing survey a buyer would want to have one created. The cost depends on the size of the land & improvements and is typically paid for by the buyer, however in some cases you can get the seller to reimburse for part of the cost. As an example for a 5 acre commercial property it would be $5,000 to $7,000.
- Loan Origination Fees – If you are purchasing the commercial real estate property via a bank loan you might be required to pay a loan origination fee. This is typically 1/2 to 1% of the loan amount. Depending on the size and terms of the loan there maybe other lender fees as well.
If you have not purchased commercial real estate before it would be a good idea to get help from a commercial real estate broker. They can help you navigate the process of buying and selling your commercial property and give you valuable market information. There are also other things you need to know when buying commercial real estate
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