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Be prepared before you buy an apartment building

Melbourne, Florida, is on of the premier real estate development areas in the United States. There are a high volume of real estate closings every year. Those include closings in commercial real estate deals, like when someone buys an apartment building. Of course, buying an apartment building is a significant financial expenditure, so those who do should do their homework before they move forward with it.

One of the things that you'll want to do is get to know any other investors who may be involved, and investigate their past deals, so that you can have an understanding of how trustworthy they are or are not. That holds true for the real estate agents involved with the deal as well. If people who have bought from them in the past still feel good about their transactions, that is a good sign. In contrast, if those who have worked with your investors or real estate agent in the past feel that they were misled or cheated, run. No sense in taking the risk that the same thing will happen to you.

If you decide to move forward with the deal, you will need the services of a team of trusted professionals. That team includes a real estate attorney, who will review all documents and make sure that you are being treated as you should be.

The team will also include an inspector, who will check the property for a wide array of possible problems. When working with an inspector, prepare a comprehensive list of things that you need them to check, remembering that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

You'll also want to engage an accountant, to make sure that your books balance, and a property manager, who will be responsible for upkeep and tenants once the apartment building is yours.

Source: Realtor.com, "Buying an Apartment Building? Do Your Homework First," Anne Miller, accessed Oct. 19, 2017

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