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What It Takes to Succeed as Commercial R/E Developer

What It Takes to Succeed as Commercial R/E Developer

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Developing commercial real estate can be incredibly rewarding, but it takes more than just money to make it happen. You need the right mindset and team in place to succeed. The following article will show how you can succeed in this challenging but often rewarding career. 

Making It Happen 

If you’re interested in becoming a commercial real estate developer, there are a few things you’ll need to do. To begin, you’ll need to obtain the necessary licenses and permits and secure financing for your project. You’ll also need to develop a good understanding of the market and the needs of potential tenants. 
Suwanee, GA, is a great place to start. The city’s ample land supply and strong economy make it an ideal location for new development projects. 

The Right Mindset 

Becoming a commercial real estate developer takes more than just capital. It takes a specific type of mindset: you must be comfortable with risk. You’ll need to make quick decisions and be satisfied with the possibility that things may not always go according to plan — and you’ll need patience. Acquiring land, securing financing, and getting approval from local authorities can take years. 

Development Steps 

As a commercial real estate developer, you’ll get your project off the ground in phases. Here is a brief overview of the development process: 

  • Site selection and due diligence. Once you have financing, you can begin searching for a suitable property for your development and perform due diligence. 
  • Land acquisition. Once you have found a suitable property and performed due diligence, you purchase the land. 
  • Design and construction. The next step is to design and construct your development according to your plans. 
  • Leasing. Once your development is completed, find tenants for the various spaces. 
  • Management. Once your development is leased up, you need to manage the property on an ongoing basis. This includes tasks such as collecting rent and maintaining the property, 

Familiarity with the details of each of these phases well before you invest in a project could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. 

Hiring the Right Professionals 

You know that one misstep in the commercial real estate development business could lead to severe problems, like water leaks and clogs, which would fail inspection or even result in lawsuits. That’s why finding local plumber contractors for those projects is crucial, as well as electricians and other professionals who are adept at repairing issues of any nature. 

Ensure Adequate Lighting for Safety Purposes 

Safety and visibility are key components when you invest in real estate development. To ensure that your property is well-lit for pedestrians and to deter criminals, it’s important to install ample lighting like high-efficiency LED lights for canopies and more around the exterior of buildings and at all entryways. You especially want to increase lighting in naturally darker areas such as parking garages. 

Attitude and Preparation 

With the right attitude and preparation, commercial real estate development can be an enriching experience. Just ensure you hire capable professionals and install adequate safety lighting on your site — and with the right mindset, you’ll have a heightened chance of success. Keep up to date with everything that’s happening in the commercial construction industry by visiting Commercial Construction and Renovation. 


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