When we represent a seller of a commercial property, we try to determine, as soon as possible in the marketing process, what type of buyer is most likely to be interested in this particular property. We then focus the main appeal on those elements that are most important to that type of buyer.
Normally there are three types of buyers for commercial property:
- Investors seek an income-producing investment in which to place their surplus funds.
- Speculators buy so they can sell when the market goes up.
- Users 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.
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 on 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 built 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 greatest 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 up-dated? We must demonstrate the wealth and habits of the surrounding population. With each type of potential buyer, the marketing effort will focus on where it is most likely to produce a prompt, successful sale.