Investing in the CRE-Office sector can offer an excellent opportunity to diversify one’s investment portfolio. A CRE office property is a hard, tangible asset which has historically performed well over time. When the opportunity presents itself and if the time is right for you, it is wise to engage the services of an experienced CRE agent who can help evaluate and develop an investment strategy that is suited specifically for your needs and goals. It is also advisable to engage your CPA and attorney for their expertise at some point in time as well.
There are two types of investors: owner/users who intend to occupy the purchased property and those who strategically invest for the income stream and future appreciation value.
If you are an owner/user, you have better control over occupancy costs as you can manage levelized mortgage loan payments and have more control over operating costs such as real estate taxes, building insurance costs, property management fees, and grounds and building maintenance expenses. This provides an advantage tenants cannot have as they are often subject to annual rent increases, escalating operating costs, and a fair rate of return added for the landlord.
Others chose to invest in CRE office property assets as an alternative way to diversify their portfolio while at the same time building a steady reliable cash flow. This type of investment also provides tax-favored treatment such as depreciation and capital gains treatment when you sell. You may also defer your gains via a 1031 tax deferred exchange by rolling your gains into a like-kind property when you sell. The 1031 tax deferred exchange has specific rules which one’s CPA can assist in analyzing for you. Read more about 1031 Exchanges by clicking here.
Both scenarios are considered excellent diversification strategies that may allow investors to achieve an attractive rate of return that can continue to grow over time, as well as the opportunity to sell and realize a gain resulting in a more favorable capital gains tax rate treatment than that of an ordinary income tax rate. And one doesn’t need to start with a large investment. You may decide to invest as a sole owner of a small property or as a partner/member of a larger entity. The latter provides the advantage of spreading out your risks, as a larger property likely has more tenants, which means if a tenant vacates a space, it is less impactful than losing a tenant in a smaller building with a single or very few tenants.
And last but certainly not least, investing in the CRE office sector provides another incalculable benefit: the pride of ownership!
As with any investment opportunity, risks are involved. This is why it is important to work with a professional commercial real estate broker who understands the market and can help you identify and carefully evaluate any potential investment opportunity to ensure that it aligns with your goals and risk tolerance. With the right approach, investing in office buildings can be a great way to build long-term wealth and generate passive income.
Bill Puddephatt, a distinguished veteran of the Central Arkansas banking industry, made a seamless transition into the real estate brokerage field with Kelley Commercial Partners. With a remarkable career that included originating over $1 billion in loans without a single loss, Bill’s expertise in financing encompasses a wide range of real estate ventures, from office buildings to multi-family projects, hotels to subdivision developments. Renowned as a trusted advisor, he offers clients tailored solutions in the ever-changing realm of real estate.
Kelley Commercial Partners has an award-winning team of real estate professionals with the experience and knowledge to ensure you maximize your potential and reach your financial goals. Let us help you create a clear plan and provide the guidance you need to confidently move forward. Contact us today or click the links below to learn about current office property investment opportunities in Central Arkansas.