David Lindahl

5 Tips for Negotiating Your Commercial Property Deal
by David Lindahl

Commercial InvestingNow is a great time to purchase commercial real estate and invest in apartments! Let's face it; we are now living in a buyer's market. With more and more properties on the market, sellers are facing some stiff competition, and are being forced to lower their prices in order to contend with other hungry sellers. This environment is perfect for ambitious real estate investors with so many great opportunities. Timing could not be more perfect to buy your first piece of real estate, then now. It is vital to know what kind of negotiation tactic is going to best to help you maximize your profits. After all, the goal of investing in real estate is making as much money as possible, while spending little.

Purchasing an apartment building is often the smarter, and most cost effective choice for a passive cash flow real estate investment. An apartment building can be easier to occupy, less time consuming, and can also be the most efficient way to maximize your investment profit.

Successful negotiation skills are an art form and must be mastered for you to achieve your investment goals. People who put learning about negotiations on the back burner thinking that they'll get by or they'll let someone else handle the deal will often find that they end up with a whole load of work without the pay off. Here are a few tips for negotiating your commercial property deal or on your next purchase offer to buy an apartment investment.

Tip #1: Do Your Homework

You'll need to know everything you possibly can about the property, the sellers, and any related pieces of information that forms the big picture in your mind of what you're dealing with. You'll want to be familiar with facts and figures as much, if not more than, the owners themselves.

Tip #2: Determine Outcomes before You Even Get to the Table

Before you begin negotiating your first commercial property deal, have a game plan. Determine what key points you want to target during the discussion and the outcomes you want. What price do you want? What terms will you settle for? Are there any changes you want to make in what you originally offered? Be specific. Be up front about everything you're asking for.

Tip #3: Learn to Handle the Negotiations

No one is more motivated than you in getting this deal done. For that very reason, make it a point to brush up on your people skills and learn to handle the negotiations yourself. The negotiation process is the deal breaker and leaving it in the hands of someone else who isn't as motivated as you is risky. With that in mind, there is one exception to that rule - if you have a person on your team (i.e. - real estate agent or lawyer) who is able to successfully handle the deal. This means you know how they operate and what their competence level is because you've seen it first hand; not because they told you they're good at it. They also know you; what your investing goals are and how you would handle any situations that arise during the negotiation process.

Tip #4: Listen for Clues Pertaining to the Seller's Motivation

Everyone wants the best deal they can possibly get. While it's a dream to have all the terms of your offer approved by the seller, it's probably more likely, that you'll have to navigate your way through one or two obstacles. At this point, it's necessary to listen for clues that will help to bridge the gap between you and the seller. If you find that they aren't telling you anything, don't be afraid to politely ask.

Tip #5: Be Easy to Work With

Be accommodating, encouraging, and motivating at every opportunity. Help the sellers get settled in before your meeting by making small talk with them. Convey an attitude of sincerity and empathy. No matter how heated the discussions get, remain pleasant throughout. People want to work with people who make it easy to work with them.


David Lindahl
David Lindahl has rehabbed over 820 houses in just under 10 years and currently owns over 7,400 apartment units. Starting out as a struggling landscaper with no experience in construction.

Within the first 14 months, Daveís apartment buildings created a positive cash flow of over $10,300 a month for him and his family and with in three and one half years Dave became a multi-millionaire.

Dave Lindahl, author of 2 #1 bestselling books, Emerging Real Estate Markets, and Multi-Family Millions. His third book is through Donald Trumpís organization, and is called Commercial Real Estate Investing 101: How Small Investors Can Get Started and Make It Big.

Among other publications David has been featured in Readerís Digest, Creative Real Estate Lifestyles, AOL and Kiplinger Magazine.

Dave Lindahl, with no Real Estate experience, created systems that allowed him to create enough monthly positive cash flow to retire within 3.5 years.



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