Due diligence typically involves reviewing and gathering a variety of information about a property, including financial records, legal documents, appraisals, and physical inspections before a buyer or seller enters into an agreement. The role of a commercial real estate agent in the due diligence process is to act as a facilitator, helping to gather and organize information, and to serve as a resource for the buyer or seller as they assess the potential risks and liabilities associated with the purchase or sale of a commercial property.
Due Diligence for Buyers
From the buyer’s perspective, due diligence is an important step in the process of purchasing commercial real estate because it helps them make an informed decision about whether to purchase the property and to understand the potential risks and liabilities associated with the purchase. Some specific tasks that may be involved in due diligence for a commercial real estate transaction from the buyer’s perspective include:
- Reviewing financial documents, such as tax records, budgets, and income statements, to assess the financial health and performance of the property.
- Examining legal documents, such as leases, contracts, and deeds, to understand the property’s ownership and any legal liabilities or obligations associated with it.
- Conducting physical inspections of the property to assess its condition and identify any potential issues or repairs that may need to be addressed.
- Reviewing environmental reports and assessments to ensure that the property is in compliance with local and national environmental regulations and to identify any potential environmental hazards.
Due Diligence for Sellers
From the seller’s perspective, due diligence is the process of providing information and documentation about the property to the potential buyer. The seller is responsible for disclosing any known issues or problems with the property, as well as providing any relevant financial and legal documents for the buyer to review. In addition to providing information to the buyer, the seller may also want to conduct their own due diligence on the buyer. This could involve reviewing the buyer’s financial situation and ability to purchase the property, as well as their plans for the property once they take ownership.
Our associates at Kelley Commercial Partners have the experience and knowledge to ensure seamless property transactions for either buyers or sellers. If you’re considering the acquisition of a property or the sale of property, consider representation from our team. Contact one of our experts today.