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Why Do Some Investors Fail at
Commercial Real Estate Investing?

 

Reason #1: Lack of Research

Doing your homework will ensure Commercial property success Most investors fail to properly research the market and understand the relationship each sector (office, retail & industrial) has with the local economy, nearby competition and the marketplace itself.

Reason #2: Poor Analysis

Many investors fail to thoroughly analyze and research their chosen properties as far as the overall economics, calibre of the tenant and any related risks that may be involved.

Reason #3: Lack of Commitment

Investing in Commercial property requires a reasonable degree of hands-on involvement. Some investors make the mistake of believing they can be absentee landlords. You at least need to be involved at a strategic level.

Reason #4: Over Borrowing

Negative gearing is fine. But you still need to start with sufficient equity, to ensure that your investment is not over-leveraged. Always keep some funds aside for unforeseen issues that may arise.

Reason #5: Lack of Understanding

The ownership of Commercial property needs a basic understanding of things like … tenancy law, building construction, how to add value, recognising market trends and so on. All of these can be very easily addressed.

Reason #6: Price vs Value

Some beginners tend to believe a cheap price means good value and a sound investment. Instead, you need to look behind what is being presented to discover the true underlying value.

Reason #7: Over Estimating Your Skills

To be a really successful Commercial investor, you need to build up a trusted team around you — to provide valuable input in the areas of …

  • Analysis and due-diligence,
  • Negotiating the purchase,
  • Vetting the documentation,
  • Ongoing property management,
  • Determining the time to sell.

Reason #8: Lack of Diversity

After you’ve purchased your first property, you need to widen your perspective — both geographically, and across the various sectors of Commercial property. Never simply have all your eggs one basket.


Prominence AND Position!

Photo Yesterday, I let some of my clients know about this rather appealing Office Investment property in Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley.

It is located virtually opposite Syndal Railway Station … and has a well-established tenant on board.

You can download a copy of the Brochure now; or perhaps go across to the website, for more details.

And just call me (on 0425 791 254) if you’d like to explore this further.

Space Shortage Looming?

Office Vacancy rates around Australia are falling — albeit faster in some capital cities, than others.

The chart below shows you where things currently stand.
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Your Baby-Boomer Opportunity!

Whenever you go through a major structural change within society or the economy … opportunities will always emerge.

But you’ll find that Baby Boomers won’t be retiring — well, not in the conventional sense. Most will leave their long-time employment, to establish some type of small consultancy business.

In the past, many well-known firms simply evolved as a result of one generation following the next into the family business.

Traditional Family Business

Traditional Family Business

Invariably, sons (and even daughters) left school to join their parent’s firm. It was a handy way to ensure easy succession; and stood Australia in good stead throughout the 1900s. [Read more…]

Your Opportunities Moving Forward?

There has been much written already about the global financial crisis.

But in layman’s terms, it occurred as a result of capital imbalances occurring throughout the world. And nowhere more so, than in America.

The principal cause can be found with the high levels of US debt-funded consumption. And in order to better understand this distortion, you might care to consider the following figures …
US Share [Read more…]

Biggest Economic Threat For Australia

It might surprise you to hear this, however …

h3. A Strong US Recovery

… would probably be the worst thing to happen for Australia in 2010.

If that occurs, the US Federal Reserve would be forced to quickly raise interest rates, from zero to around 3%. And that would cause the collapse in the Australian dollar from its current level of around US90c.

Up until now, Australia has been shielded from inflationary pressures, with a high dollar holding down the cost of imports.
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Your Handy Economic Clock

Over the years, you have probably seen various economic clocks explaining the different phases, and their relative timing.

Economic Clock

Economic Clock

Anyway, I came across this rather useful one the other day.

As you’ll see, it is actually a “Multi-asset Investment Clock” — in that you have all the sectors displayed together: Shares, Property, Resources and Interest rates.

Furthermore, if you click on it … you’ll see the clock confirms Australia is midway through its Recovery phase.

h3. And the timing for Commercial property? [Read more…]

Australian Commercial Property is Runnning Its Own Race

Unlike the US and Europe, Australia has not suffered a banking crisis. Therefore, our banking system is still capable of providing credit for normal growth.

With the US unemployment rate approaching 10%, this will delay any quick turnaround for the Commercial property sector.

Decoupling from the US

Decoupling from the US

As you would expect, there is a strong correlation between high unemployment, tenancy contractions and falling commercial property prices. And as a result, a reluctance by banks to provide credit.
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Commercial Construction
Outlook Remains Soft

While Australia’s overall business expenditure has remained fairly strong, our Commercial construction and infrastructure outlays are expected to decline by at least 10% this financial year.

Construction OutlookBCI Australia is forecasting project construction of some $63 billion 2009-10, which is about $7.7 billion down on that for 2008-09.

In all but for Victoria and South Australia, there was general over construction during the past few years. And therefore, you are not likely to see new Commercial construction pick up, until mid-2010.And that’s good news as far as impending cost rises, for anyone planning a new project.
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State of the Commercial Market?

CBD Office Vacancies

CBD Office Vacancies


As you would expect, the financial turmoil worldwide has had a significant effect on most property markets. However, the effect has not been the same across the board.

The current state of the various CBD office markets is probably your best barometer of future activity for two reasons. First, the Property Council of Australia (PCA) conducts six-monthly surveys to establish the CBD vacancy rates right around Australia.
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Sentiment is Strong … Despite the Economy

Looking Up

Looking Up


These graphs are painting a very encouraging picture.

As you can see, the Westpac-Melbourne Institute consumer sentiment index increased strongly by 9.5% for June.

And that means it has now leapt by some 23% since May — the largest 2-month increase for over 30 years.

First-home buyers have also been active, accounting for nearly 30% of all loans during May.

And this overall level of confidence follows an increase in retail sales, for three months in a row.
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