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Step By Step: Commercial Real Estate Due Diligence – With a Checklist



When you are ready to invest in commercial real estate in Oklahoma, you will need to do your commercial property due diligence. A helpful commercial real estate due diligence checklist will keep you on track as you proceed with your investment.


Commercial Real Estate Due Diligence Checklist

Financing

Of course, you cannot ignore financing in your buying commercial real estate checklist. You will need to provide your lender with all the information they require, such as your financial statement, tax return, license, etc. Naturally, you will need to be in conversation with lenders before making the final purchase.


Documentation

The next step in commercial property due diligence is to collect and organize all of the paperwork, which you will want to share with your partners and lawyer. The seller has a specific timeframe to provide you with the paperwork. Make sure that you receive everything.


Title reports, commitments, and policies

Surveys

Leases

Appraisals

Zoning certification

Governmental notices

Tax bills

Environmental reports

Soil reports

As-built construction documents

Income accounting

Previous site plans

Permits

Existing insurance policies

Security deposits

Schedule of pending litigation

All other records associated with the property


Make sure that you scrutinize the documents to make sure that you have everything and that they are up-to-date.


Operations

You will need your contracts and documentation to work on your operations. Pay attention to the rent, operating costs, utilities, and other income and expenses. Confirm that the numbers add up for your projected income.


You will also need to connect with the tenants. Do not ignore this step in your buying commercial real estate checklist. You can gauge who will want to stay, who is happy with the property, and who is dissatisfied. Keeping your tenants ensures that they stay and pay rent. Finally, consider ways that you can improve operational efficiency as well as the property value.


Inspect

You will also want to do a careful inspection of the property with your team, an inspector, and consultants. Should anything be off, you will want to renegotiate the terms of the sale.


If you need any guidance when you invest in commercial real estate in Oklahoma, please contact our experienced team of experts.

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