Secrets on How to Acquire a Business With a Real Estate in California
Acquiring a business immediately puts you in the driver’s seat.
One of the most fundamental career choices for an individual to consider is whether you want to work for someone else or work for yourself. But working for yourself sounds a bit like starting your own business. This thought makes some folks queasy, seems pretty feels risky, and requires an excellent business idea, which you may not have at the drop of a hat. However, there is Door Number Three: buying an established and profitable business immediately puts you in charge.
Termed “entrepreneurs through acquisition,” these business purchasers always look for businesses with enduring profitability. These are businesses that are more apt to have a stable income over time. In addition, they’re attractive to the lenders and investors who will provide funds for your acquisition. OK, these aren’t sexy fast-growth tech companies that make headlines on all the TV business channels. They’re companies that have two characteristics that may make them appear to be “boring” and dull—but in reality, these characteristics make them enduringly profitable.
1. Recurring customers
The main essential component of enduringly profitable smaller businesses is not a rapidly expanding customer base. Instead, it’s that they have recurring customers who form a very loyal and strong customer base. These types of companies can attract and maintain the right customers—those customers who value the company’s products and services and will continue to purchase them year after year.
2. Slow Growth
Although astronomical growth makes headlines in business journals, it’s accompanied by high risk. High growth results in new customers outnumbering the existing ones. These new customers may not be loyal to your brand or the company.
These new customers may have new demands and cause disruptions or changes to your business workflow. In addition, those headlines of your astronomical growth will also attract competition, looking to take advantage of the expanded market and the opportunities you’ve created.
But low growth means low risk, which is important when it’s your money at stake. The pace is slower with an established business that grows more slowly, and you’ll have time to know your customers and forge lasting relationships with them.
They’ll tell you what it is they value, which will help you with your future business strategies. Slow growth pays the rent and makes payroll month after month. Boring? Sure, but you sleep a lot more soundly knowing that you’re being steadily successful in the long run.
Secrets to Acquiring a Business With a Real Estate in California
No real secrets to buying a business. Running your own company lets you lead an organization, make impactful decisions, and enjoy the flexibility that allows you to work in a way that best fits your needs. By purchasing an enduringly profitable, slowly growing firm, you can combine the opportunity for professional independence with the stability of buying an established and profitable small business.
You’ll have many questions to ask when you’re buying a business. Working with a qualified business broker in California will pay dividends. Your business valuation consultant will help you review the documents, the business climate, and the industry so that you make a wise decision that will build your business for the future.
There is simply no “one size fits all” approach whether selling or acquiring a business with real estate. Here are some other factors to consider.
- Some California business owners that also own the Real Estate, simply prefer to keep the Real Estate and offer a lease to the buyer of the business. If a decision has been made to sell the business, before a final decision is made about whether to also offer the commercial property for sale or not, the following are important items to consider.
- How critical is the Real Estate to the operation of the business? For example, if the business is a gas station or a car wash built on the Real Estate the business operates from, it may be hard to sell just the business and offer a lease to a buyer. This is because the business cannot easily and readily be moved
- Is the Real Estate just land or does it include buildings or structures on the Real Estate? If it includes buildings or structures, are they in good condition or do they need repairs and maintenance? If repairs and maintenance are required, is the seller willing to pay those costs so the buildings and structures are brought up to date and the latest building code?
- The buyer will probably want a lease for the Real Estate. If the buyer wanted a three- or five-year lease with options but only stayed for the initial lease and then left, would the Real Estate owner easily find a replacement tenant? If the buyer is getting an SBA loan, they will require a lease to match the length of the loan which is typically 10 years.
- Has the owner or seller of the business been allocating an amount for rent and is this amount a market rate or the amount the owner of the Real Estate is willing to accept as rent? If there is no rent allocation or the rent is below the market rate and the buyer has to pay a higher rent, it will lower the value of the business as expenses are higher.
- This also applies if the owner of the business has not been paying the property taxes, building insurance, or maintenance of the Real Estate and now expects the buyer of the business and Real Estate to cover these costs.
- Are there any environmental issues on, or near the real state? If so, this may lower the value of the Real Estate and the business.
- When was the last time that local zoning ordinances were checked so if the Real Estate is put on the market, it is ‘smooth sailing’ to close the sale?
- Related to local zoning ordinances are local Use requirements typically defined at the municipality level.
- Is the Real Estate part of a flood zone?
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