173 – Investing in property

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Show Notes

Investing in property is a great way to use the profits from your business.  You could use those profits to buy any asset but since we’re lawyers we know property best.  So today we’re going to talk about four different topics. We’re going to talk about the process of investing in property.  Some of the rules are similar in different places. But again, the concepts are the same.

Find the property

The first thing you need to do is finding the particular property that you want to buy. Your strategy will determine what sort of property it is as you want.  Research is a must here. It’s also a good idea to talk to a number of different real estate agents. Once you found the property you want we encourage everyone actually inspect the property.  That means a visual inspection!

Once  you find the property your want you should appoint a lawyer to handle transaction. The lawyer will negotiate or to make sure you get the terms you want.  Make sure that you’re getting what you pay for and there’s no skeletons in the closet. The next step after that is the actual transfer and transaction documents.

What kind of property?

There are five different types of property. There’s residential property, industrial property, commercial property, rural property and there’s retail shop property.  

Signing the contract

Before you sign the contract remember that it’s a binding document.  You need to look at a few things. One of those is what entity is actually entering into the agreement.  Is it your company or you as an individual? That’s an important distinction. You need to get that right to avoid future problems down the road.

Due diligence

Due diligence is one of those funny terms that doesn’t really have a legal meaning. So what does that mean? Well, it really means you’re looking at every aspect of the property.  Every aspect of every contract. Every lease and every contract related to that property. Basically it means making sure that you’re happy with it as a buyer.

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