The Type Of Buyer For A Commercial Property

When we represent a seller of a commercial property, we try to determine what type of buyer will most likely be interested in this particular property. We then focus the main appeal on those elements that are most important to that type of buyer.

Types of Buyers

Typically, there are three types of buyers for commercial property:
Investors: who seek an income-producing investment in which to place their surplus funds.
Speculators: who buy then sell when the market goes up.
Users: who seek sites for their businesses.

The seller’s agent will appeal to the special interests of each of the three types of buyers. Advertising and marketing materials should develop each appeal and furnish supporting facts, realistic projections, and professional information.

The Appeals

For the primarily income-seeking buyers, we focus on the financial data, concentrating on rentals from the property, terms of the leases, maintenance charges, mortgage information, and net income. We will also demonstrate the probability of income growth from the property.

For the speculator-buyer, the stress is in the potential for a resale profit. We might show that the property is in the line of future development (new public transportation is planned or being built, or there are other newly constructed or renovated commercial properties as neighbors). Demonstrate that the property is in a growing, vital locale.

Since income is of only a secondary interest to the speculator-buyer, we’ll go no further than the current income status. The focus will be on the potential for profitable resale.

The location will be of most significant interest to the user-buyer. Is it right for the user’s business? Is the building in good physical condition, or must it first be remodeled, improved, or updated? We must demonstrate the wealth and habits of the surrounding population.

With each type of potential buyer, the marketing effort will focus where it is most likely to produce a prompt, successful sale.