Owning your business ... owning your property.
As mentioned in my article in the previous issue, I noted that office vacancy rates have reached record lows. There does not appear to be any rental rate relief in the near future.
With the drop in vacancy and increase in rents, capitalization rates Capitalization Rate
According to the Appraisal Institute, it is a method used to convert an estimate of a single year's income expectancy into an indication of value in one direct step, by dividing the income estimate by an appropriate rate. are also being driven down by high demand from purchasers. Capitalization rates are lower than previous years due to the exceptionally high demand for properties. The likelihood of continued rental rate increases together with capitalization rate compression will continue to attract buyers and drive pricing. These factors have combined to provide owners of property with substantial gains in value.
So as an owner of a business, does it make sense to continue to lease your space or look to own the property outright?
Some questions to ask include:
* What rent are you willing to charge yourself for occupying the space?
* Are you willing to take on additional space and lease the remainder to other tenants?
As the property owner, you have the ability, much like in your own business, to negotiate the terms and pricing. If you decide to own the property and decide to lease all or a portion of the space for your operations (effectively becoming an owner-occupant), as a tenant, you are seeking below market rates, while also acting as landlord looking to maximize rental rates at market.
Determining Cash Flow
Feasibility of owning your building requires a look at the associated cash flows. If you are looking to take on tenants, analyzing the cash flow allows you to determine your rate of return. In order to make reasonable cash flow assumptions, you should obtain documents related to the building operations. Look to obtain such documents as the rent roll and operating statement operating statement
See income statement. for the property, property tax notices, and leases. By obtaining the leases, this determines which tenants are approaching their renewals. Such tenants may be motivated mo·ti·vate
tr.v. mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing, mo·ti·vates
To provide with an incentive; move to action; impel.
mo to negotiate early renewals to lock into longer-term deals that take advantage of today's rental rates.
Net Effective Rent
Another number crunch (1) To process data. See number crunching.
(2) To compress data. See data compression.
1. (jargon) crunch - To process, usually in a time-consuming or complicated way. that you will want to consider is a calculation of net effective rent. This calculation analyzes the effective rental rates or, in other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently , the net return to the owner after providing for tenant incentives, such as free rent and tenant improvements. The calculation could also factor in other costs, such as any broker fee commissions on the property.
Cost to Do the Deal
When looking at other costs to proceed with completing the purchase, these transaction costs Transaction Costs
Costs incurred when buying or selling securities. These include brokers' commissions and spreads (the difference between the price the dealer paid for a security and the price they can sell it). are not limited to:
* Financial advisory fees
* Land Title transfers and the like
* Broker fees
* Appraisal fee
* Financing costs
And certainly not to be overlooked is the costs of any construction required. Construction costs have escalated given the shortage of trades and demand for office rental space. The rising costs have translated directly to increased rents and higher prices. So, the assumed result ... rental rates would have to reach significantly higher figures in order to have new office construction in a city like Saskatoon Saskatoon (săskətn`), city (1991 pop. 186,058), S central Sask., Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River. to justify the construction costs. When considering that the cost per square foot of building or buying a residential property can be in excess of $200 psf and compare that to investing in your commercial property, which can be half of the cost, it warrants a second look.
Based on the other emerging trends, we have out-of-province investors interested in purchasing real estate in Western Canada
Western Canada, commonly referred to as the West and companies that are growing and looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. more space. For the business owner, it has affected where you can lease space and what happens when your own lease comes up for renewal. With these trends, this may create opportunities for the business owner to revaluate re·val·u·ate
tr.v. re·val·u·at·ed, re·val·u·at·ing, re·val·u·ates
1. To make a new valuation of.
2. To increase the exchange value of (a nation's currency). the real estate portion of their operations.
Jos Herman, CA, is with Assante Financial Management Ltd.
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