Do You Need a Commercial Real Estate Broker to Sell Your Land?

Yep, You DO Need a North Carolina Commercial Real Estate Broker to Sell Your Land!

Commercial land transactions that did not end well are a leading contributor to the use of error and omissions insurance claims!  There are so many variables in a land transaction that it pays to have someone experienced leading, guiding, educating and closing the sale for you.  In the state of North Carolina we have seen far too many agents not educated in the potential intricacies associated with the purchase or sale of land.  Often times the broker is a residential only agent that see dollar signs in front of them.  We all understand this and many have been down this road.  Heck, we know great land brokers today that once started that way and came through unscathed.  But we also know brokers that have gotten in over their heads and ended up regretting the fact that they attempted.  In many cases the client just moved on and a relationship was damaged.  Often times the Broker has waited too long and the damage has been done.  In which case, hopefully the Broker has good E&O insurance.

Land? Help me sell it!

Of course we want to determine the highest and best use of the property in question.  But there are so many questions to be asked!  Does the land have access to public utilities?  Who manages those utilities?  Are they onsite?  Which utilities?  How far from the subject property are the water main taps?  Does the water line need to be extended?  Are we are on a well?  Commercial septic?  Private septic?  Ingress and egress?  What will the municipality require?  How is the topography?  Are there wetlands?  What is the current zoning?  What is the tenor of the municipality regarding rezoning?  Special use permit needed?  What are the setbacks?  Do you know about any upcoming road changes?  What is DOT requiring?  Turning lanes?  Road widening?  Traffic signals?  Will you need curb and gutter?  Of course many of these questions are more about the end user developing the land if indeed the highest and best use is to develop it for commercial or residential purposes.  What about the things like the timber?  Is the land being used or leased for agricultural purposes?  Do you own the surface rights only?  Do you own all of the mineral rights?  Is any of the land in a floodplain?  Will it perk?  What about the impact of neighboring tracts?  Has anyone done a Phase I environmental study?  Is there rock on the land?  Does the property need to be annexed? Are there cemeteries on the land?  Are they of historical significance?  Is there historical significance of any kind on the property?  Easements and right of ways – have any been granted?

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We recently sold and closed on a tract of land that experienced a delay in the process due to the fact that there was a small old (barely can find it) cemetery on the property.  When the state took a look they recommended that the state historical and anthropology department take a closer look.  For the next 30 days, while the Seller and Buyer waited anxiously, the anthropologists worked the soil to determine if there was additional historical significance.  Thankfully for us, we are now closed.  It is the unexpected contingencies that can cause stress if the buyer or seller are not prepared in advance.

Do not be blown away by Big Brokerages and/or Big Named agents.  While they may be the answer you are looking for and be a great fit, they may not be?  Ask them about the things above.  Ask them if they have ever sold any land and how those transactions went.  Ask them about the various contingencies that may present themselves.  The pint here is.  Find someone that will put the time in to “walk the land” and get to know it.  Someone that will help identify the various Highest and Best Uses.  Find someone with “reach” to investors and and users alike.  Someone that wants to list AND sell your property.  Not just list it.

Mineral Rights

Mineral Rights versus Surface Rights

If you have commercial real estate needs, please contact our team here at Kima Commercial @ KW Commercial.  Our team is ready to assist you in the pursuit of your real estate needs.

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Raleigh’s RTP – Live, Work, Play

Triangle Commercial Bits and Pieces…

RTP Getting New Mixed Use Development

The largest research park in America is changing things.  Wait, that’s not right, America is changing things for the largest research park.  A new concept mixed use development is hitting the park!  Durham, NC is welcoming Beacon Properties Group and the mixed use development that will lay right along the busy 15-501 corridor looking to capitalize on new restaurants, variety of office space, hotel(s), and apartments.  It will be a walkable mixed us district and the first of it’s kind in the area!  Multifamily continues to expand in the Triangle market.  Just this week there are several on planning board agendas throughout the region including one on Rogers Branch in Wake Forest, NC.

North Carolina continues to grow quickly and remains on the top or near the top of many lists of best places to live and work!  This is a reflection of that very thing.

RTP Durham

View of RTP from the south

Featuring 57,000 square feet of retail and 25,200 square feet of office along with 17,000 square feet for restaurants and 300 apartment units, the project name, Oakridge will have major impact in our market.  The first of several?  We will see.

DOWNTOWN Raleigh By the Numbers….

While residential builders are helping change the face of the market near downtown Raleigh, it is the commercial impact that truly will drive the traffic to these homes!  What came first?  Chicken?  Egg?  Smoke?  Fire?   Residential?  Commercial?  Twenty nineteen has been a good year for Raleigh.  Hemp stores, cocktail lounges, new restaurants, new office space, etc…..  Here it is by the numbers according to the TBJ.

37 – Number of businesses closed since Jan 2018.

64 – Number of new businesses since Jan 2018.

15 – Number of storefronts closed in 2019.

20 – Number of new storefronts in 2019.  (We call that growth)

Triangle Rental Rates Up

The second quarter showed a boost in Triangle area office rental rates.  With the expansion of local businesses and the growth of outside companies coming in to the market, it appears that vacancy rates continue their decline.  Average Class A office rental rates climbed in the second quarter to $29 per square foot.  That is nearly a 40% increase from earlier in 2019.  Rates were holding steady over the previous year as well.  Again, we call this growth.  The economy continues to flourish!  Class A rates exceeded $32 per square foot in submarkets like downtown Durham, Six Forks/Falls of Neuse, and Raleigh.  Where would you expect the first over $40 per square foot to be recorded??  Yep, you guessed it, Kane Realty announced earlier that Tower IV at North Hills hit $41.50.

Trending up.  What goes up must come down…right?  Not in the near future experts say.  There are several proposed projects in downtown (remember the smoke versus fire thing earlier in this post?) that are likely to ask similar rental rates.

By the Numbers: 

7.5% = Class A vacancy rate across the region

3.1% = Class A vacancy rate in downtown Raleigh

Massive Development Project – Johnston County

Whew, this one took some time.  After a year plus of preparation, planning, designing, talking, drinking coffee, more talking, more planning…you get the idea…a new 470 plus acre mixed-use development in Johnston County has officially begun construction.

A 2.8 Million square foot project that will encompass the land running from exits 97 and 98 on I-95 near Selma.  Retail?  You want retail?  Okay, this feature a massive amount fo retail, restaurant, office medical space, hotels, senior living, residential development etc….A total of 1 Million square feet will be created.  Wow!  This isn’t your parent’s Johnston County!!!

Locals will enjoy a farmer’s market, farm to table dining options and other ways to make the residents and workers feel “grounded”.

 

What Are You Looking For?

Our team here at Kima Commercial would love to earn your business.  Whether you need land to build commercial space on, land for residential development, office, industrial, leasing, etc… our team stands ready and welcomes your business.  Our partners are all encompassing.  In other words there isn’t a commercial real estate team member we cannot bring to the table for you.  Meaning if you need a reputable commercial builder to build or do an upfit or just quote one for you, civil engineers, architects, inspectors, designers, etc…we can help.  Please feel free to visit us at one of our two offices.  We currently run our day to day operations for our commercial business out of the Brier Creek location in Raleigh and also have an office in Wake Forest.  We have sold all across the state of North Carolina and have resources across the country.

I Want To Buy My First Commercial Real Estate

How to Buy Commercial Real Estate For the First Time

“Hey Peter, I want to get in to commercial real estate and buy a building, can you help me?”  I hear this refrain often from colleagues, friends and family.  The short answer would make for a BORING and not very helpful blog.  “Yes, yes I can help you”.  Blog over.    Just kidding.  Listen, while we CAN help you buy a commercial building I believe it is imperative for you to help yourself first!  There are several steps to buying your first commercial space and many questions to be answered.  While this may not be a “complete” guide it should get you started.

Steps to Buy Commercial Real Estate

1.  Learn some commercial real estate vocabulary.

ROI – Return on investment

NOI – Net Operating Income.

CAP Rate – Capitalization rate (One way to determine if the investment makes sense)

Cash on Cash Return – Annual income on investment over a year.

Ad Valorem – Basis for taxes

Rentable Square Feet versus Usable.

The list is endless but locate and learn the basics.  You would not want to invest in something you do not understand.  No need to go get a commercial real estate license … however, an educated buyer always makes better decisions.  And I am assuming that you do want to sleep at night, correct?

2.  Get Clear on Your Goals

What do you want?  Simple question…leads to an awful confusing answer sometimes.  In commercial real estate we work backwards.  We work with the end in mind and then go out and assist you in accomplishing your goals.  Are you wanting to lease it out?  Are you looking to be an owner and have your office in the building?  What is the plan with your accountant?  Are you willing to be a landlord?  Will the building numbers work in your proforma?  Are you considering a partner?  What is the exit strategy?  What is your situation regarding cash?  So many questions….but to be CLEAR in vision is most important.

3.  Be Sure to Get Out and See the Market.

A well informed buyer always makes better choices.  Get out and visit buildings similar to the one you are considering.  Be sure to really understand the market.  Once you do you are then able to analyze the numbers with better clarity.  You can feel more comfortable in your decisions….remember that good night of sleep we were discussing??  Even in commercial real estate the old adage of Location, Location Location still stands.  To be certain, it is still the most important ingredient in a good real estate decision.

4.  Your Team.

Early in the process, possibly the very first thing to do is to assemble a great team.  A team that works well together in a collaborative effort to defend your money.  Yes, defend.  There are a lot of moving parts and one can spend a lot of money on needless items throughout the process.  And sometimes… sometimes it just makes good business sense to walk away from money spent in an effort to not spend more bad money.  Your team should be able to help you.  Who is on your your team?  Your Lender.  Your Broker.  Your Accountant.  These 3 hires are critical.  Many people say that you make your money when you buy your property (in other words if you buy it correctly you later can sell for a profit), I would argue that you make your money when you hire the RIGHT people to help you.

5.  Financing.

Step #1.  Find a great lender.  One that has the heart of a teacher.  One that will be brutally honest with you.  One that is willing to speak to your accountant or financial advisor along the way if need be.  So many people just hire a friend or someone that was recommended to them (by someone that has never done a commercial real estate deal) or just use their Big Bank that they keep a personal checking account at.  DO NOT DO THIS.  Ask around.  Randomly call a few commercial real estate brokers and ask who they use.  Ask your Broker for 2-3 names.  Interview them.  Have your financial advisor interview them.  Your advisor may have someone.  Take this seriously.  It is important!

6.  Offer

In commercial real estate you may not go straight to writing an offer after you found your dream location.  You will likely write an LOI first.  Wait….just wait.  I know you want to know what that is.  It is a Letter Of Intent.  This letter is drafted typically by your Broker.  It lays out only the Big Rocks….not the details.  Price, timelines, commissions, deposits, etc….   When both parties agree to the LOI there is typically a 30 day window in which they will then work towards drafting a formal offer.  This offer is likely going to be drafted by the attorney.  This is the formal legally binding agreement.  It will contain the details.

If you are ready to take on the process of buying commercial real estate….let’s chat.  Call us today and let Kima Commercial at KW Commercial become your resource for all things commercial!

Go get em!

Midtown Plaza in Raleigh is SOLD for $127,000,000.00!

Midtown Plaza in Raleigh is SOLD for $127,000,000.00!

It has happened.  Kane Realty Corp. along with Newport Beach, CA located private equity firm sold the Midtown Plaza office building found in Raleigh’s North Hills market for $127.MM.  Houston, TX based investment firm, Lionstone Investments takes ownership of the nearly 330,000 square foot space.  How does that break down?  How does $385 per square foot sound?

Midtown Plaza - North Hills

Midtown Plaza – North Hills

Allscripts is the current tenant along with SunTrust Bank which uses the entire 10th floor.  The 12 story building is a sought oafter space by many.  The building is a class A office tower and sits on just under a two and a half acre tract right next to the I440, also known locally as the Beltline.

Due to the retention rates and the desire of live, work, play environments along with the location make this a strong investment in the eyes of the purchaser.  More than 100 acres of mixed use development is housed in North Hills…also sometimes referred to as Midtown.  There is a 286 unit Park Central apartment complex (owned by Kane) along with a 409 unit Park & Market apartment community as well.  Lest we forget the 576,691 square feet in North Hills Shopping Center.

The area continue to be redeveloped and attract outside investors.

If you have a Raleigh commercial real estate need of any kind, a question about Raleigh Commercial real estate or just want to talk about commercial real estate in Raleigh, please contact us.  We serve Raleigh Commercial Real Estate needs.  Our Raleigh commercial real estate brokers, Wake Forest commercial real estate brokers, Cary commercial real estate brokers, Holly Springs commercial real estate brokers, Apex commercial real estate brokers, Durham commercial real estate brokers serve the entire area.  Our partnership with Keller Williams Commercial allows us access to the largest real estate company on the planet.

We look forward to working with you!

Wake Forest Commercial Real Estate Growth

Wake Forest Commercial Real Estate Growth

 

Wake Forest, North Carolina continues to thrive and grow.  Most know Wake Forest for it’s residential real estate prowess.  With an average price point above $400,000 this year and the continued influx of new construction its no wonder why so many have turned their eye to Wake Forest as a burgeoning location to bring their commercial interests to.  With a new town of Wake Forest Economic Developer and the support of the commissioners, Wake Forest is quickly becoming a destination for many.  The recent announcement that Wake Union Church Road would soon see a large anchor tenant in Academy Sports (see great article written by our staff here…. Academy Sports Moving In To Wake Forest) was further made a reality when silt fencing and workers were found on the site this week!  Food Lion has a couple of locations in the area including in the recently sold Market of Wake Forest shopping center.  This center sold for $11.45M dollars.  The space occupied currently by Food Lion will be vacated at some point as it appears that Food Lion is the anchor tenant located in the new shopping center back to Crenshaw Plantation.  This shopping center fronts directly on to the 98 By-pass and will serve the new multi family apartment complex currently being built just around the corner.  Multifamily continues to blossom in Wake Forest as well…whether on Rogers Road in Heritage Wake Forest or on Hwy 98 there will not be a shortage of apartment choices.

Wake Forest Real Estate

Wake Forest Real Estate

Currently there are 96 items for sale commercially in Wake Forest that are listed.  There are many more that never hit the open market and are sold without advertising.  Of these 96 they range from land for general purpose to commercial use to residential development.  Prices range from negotiable (funny right, aren’t all deals negotiable?) to $75,000 and up to $8,900,000 for a large tract of land fronting Capital Boulevard and backing to Joyner Park!  Again these are for sale…this does not take into account the spaces for lease!

The smallest space for sale is 540 square feet while there are 36,000 square feet available to be purchased in a new building being built in Heritage that is expected to be complete by early 2018.  Rumor has it that several large restaurant groups are considering Wake Forest, that a new locally owned doggy day care is about to make a large commitment to the area, that another building in Heritage is about to hit the market for sale at a can’t miss price.

Whether you want a pad site, raw land for development purposes, finished residential lots, restaurants, office, industrial or even a fully leased building it can be found in Wake Forest and there are no signs of things slowing down.

Wake Forest Town Hall

Wake Forest Town Hall

Kima Commercial at KW Commercial is truly grateful for your support. We are here to assist any and all of your commercial real estate needs throughout North Carolina.  Our relationships with builders and developers uniquely positions us to assist you from the purchase to design to move in phases of your real estate transactions.  With offices in Raleigh and Wake Forest, NC we are positioned to be your go to resource.

 

 

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