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C CanadianREI April 17, 2018 709   0   2   0   0   0
{JoomFuse FirstName} Real estate delivers better returns than the stock market[1] does, but modeling returns requires critical thinking and a lot of due diligence. The better our due diligence, the better our models, the greater the access to capital. What makes commercial real estate such a unique asset class is that every investment is different and our due diligence needs to adjust accordingly. When it comes to due diligence, information costs money and therefore must have a return on investment. In this article, I discuss the decisions that real estate investors face when it comes to physical due diligence—think environmental site assessments[2], property condition reports, BOMA surveys, ALTA surveys, seismic risk assessments, and the like—and how to wring the most return on investment out of the process. Who should direct the due diligence? A questions I often get asked is: should the seller do pre-disposition due diligence? For most transactions, the buyer performs due diligence assessments at their own expense. However, on large transactions where the broker expects the buyer pool to be large and competitive, I believe that the seller is well-served to provide a full due diligence package at listing. In this case it pays to proactively reveal any issues and hold the asset out for auction “naked to the world.” Because in a competitive bidding process, buyers will discount any imperfections and focus on key economics. With a large data room it is difficult for...
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