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Ready, Set, Invest! What it Takes to Get Started as a Commercial Real Estate Developer

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Commercial real estate development is an exciting field to get into and can be incredibly rewarding. However, like any business venture, success in this field takes planning and dedication. Here are some tips from Zomper & Associates for getting started as a commercial real estate developer.

Benefits of Forming Your Business as an LLC

The first thing you’ll need to do when starting out in the commercial real estate development industry is form your business as an LLC (limited liability company). This business structure will protect your personal assets from any legal issues or financial losses associated with the business by maintaining its own separate legal status. It is also important to consult with a lawyer or accountant during this stage to make sure that all proper paperwork is filed correctly.

Obtaining Financing

Once you have formed your business entity, it’s time to start looking for funding for your projects. You can look into traditional methods such as obtaining bank loans or other lines of credit but there are also other options such as crowdfunding campaigns and private investors who may be willing to provide capital. Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions associated with each option before entering into any agreements related to financing.

Getting the Required Certifications

In order to become a successful commercial real estate developer, it’s important that you obtain any necessary certifications or licenses required by local municipalities or states where you plan on doing business. Many jurisdictions require developers to have certain qualifications in order to be legally permitted to develop property within their borders. Doing research ahead of time and understanding the requirements needed can help ensure that you are able to work legally in the areas where you want to do business.

Using Current Contacts

Utilizing existing contacts can help open doors for potential opportunities and give your business credibility. Ask around your network for referrals from people who have already had success developing commercial real estate in specific areas and see if they would be willing to give advice or even partner up on projects together. Having contacts within the industry can also help save money on things such as hiring contractors or finding investment partners/lenders down the line when needed.

Secure Data with Digital PDF Storage

When it comes to commercial real estate development, time is of the essence. To ensure quick turnaround time and efficient workflow, documents must be stored digitally and editable in a PDF format. Also, use this PDF filler if you want to make adding signatures fast and easy, as well as allow for documents to be quickly emailed back and forth between multiple parties. Utilizing software also eliminates manual mailing costs associated with transactions around the world.

Do Market Research

Investing money can be a daunting task, but market research is essential to help you make informed decisions. Knowing which types of properties are selling well in certain markets can help you decide if a large capital investment is worth making. Additionally, understanding which projects yield the highest returns can save you money in the long run. Do not overlook the importance of conducting market research before investing.

Starting a career in commercial real estate development requires lots of planning and research, but can be incredibly rewarding when done properly. To make sure you're off to a good start, it is essential to form your business entity correctly, find the right sources of funding, and store all documents digitally. With these tips in mind, you can set yourself up for success and avoid common pitfalls.

Zomper & Associates is here to assist in acquisitions, dispositions, and asset management. Call 713.248.0908.

Author: Marjorie McMillian |

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