Residential Vs. Commercial

Residential Vs. Commercial

Many agents who are employed & have a passion for the Real Estate industry, in particular residential Property Management also believe that they have a extensive knowledge & are capable of managing a Commercial portfolio. This isn’t necessarily the case – There are MANY differences between Commercial & Residential, which we will discuss below.

1: Leases
Typically Commercial leases proceed for a much longer period of time than a Residential lease – Usually approx 5-10+ years instead of the 6 or 12 months that are secured in the current residential property market. For many investors, the long lease arrangements are a great benefit of investing in commercial property, as it gives them greater certainty of rental income. In saying this, the commercial rental market has decreased as has residential.
It is important to keep in mind that it can be harder to secure a lessee on a commercial property that is designed for a specific purpose. As such, opting for a property with multi-use appeal may help you attract a broader range of tenants.

2: GST
When you buy a commercial property you will be required to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST), so it is imperative that you allow an extra 10 per cent on the property’s purchase price. As an investor, you may be able to claim the GST back as an input tax credit against the GST charged on the property’s rent.

3: Maintenance
Unlike in residential property, the costs of maintenance, rates and repairs on a commercial property are paid by the lessee. This means more of the rent you receive goes towards your profit. However, be sure your commercial lease spells out who is responsible for the property’s ongoing expenses.
As with any property investment, location plays a big role. When looking for commercial properties in particular, look for an area offering good transport links, a nearby pool of workers and surrounding businesses that could offer support to lessees.

4: Deposit size
Finally, when buying a commercial property you usually need a larger deposit to secure approval for the mortgage. Most lenders offer a maximum loan-to-value ratio of 70 per cent, which means you need a minimum 30 per cent deposit.
As far as mortgage options go, there are a wide variety of commercial property loans available and most work in much the same way as a residential home loan. As an investor you can choose between a variable rate, fixed rate, combined variable and fixed rate, principal and interest or interest-only loan, often with useful features available like fee-free additional repayments or an offset facility.
Before deciding on a commercial loan or investing in commercial property in general, it is important to speak with a professional to see if this is the right investment solution for you.

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