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Time can be a killer for CRE transactions


There is nothing worse than putting a CRE transaction together that gets mired in a lengthy conditional period with no end in sight.

Kelly Macysmic, ICR Commercial, Saskatoon.

Kelly Macysmic, ICR Commercial, Saskatoon.

Whether it’s a court-ordered sale, or a deal that continually seems to get extended, time kills deals that take too long.

Fatal error: Not preparing CRE property for sale

We counsel sellers that preparing due diligence ahead of listing a property will speed up a possible sale transaction.

Contracting reports from third parties like environmental engineers or surveyors provides several benefits: not only is the seller in the driver’s seat to control those timelines in advance, but they can confirm any possible hurdles to a sale.

In investment sales, it’s important as agents that we’ve collected all financial information and any relevant reporting a buyer may ask for. We should not be scrambling or waiting on that information during the due diligence period.

Identifying building conditions prior to a sale is not only honest, but can save time.

A buyer should be prepared to buy as is. If they discover issues on their own, they might come back for last-minute renegotiations.

Negotiations critical to a sale

If there is a lease renewal critical to the sale of a property, there is good reason to start that conversation prior to tying up a sale. It’s not uncommon for a condition to appear regarding a lease renewal, which is totally acceptable.

But that said, laying out the expectations of all parties involved prior to contracting the sale can save a lot of time.

What if the tenant is not prepared for an increase in rent or occupancy costs? What if they have outstanding issues they want addressed, prior to signing off a renewal?

As a buyer, it’s riskier to buy an investment property without long-term leases in place.

Starting that negotiation with tenants where no relationship exists, while under a time crunch, is a less-than-ideal situation.

Feelings shift

I have seen multiple examples of buyers whose feelings have changed during the course of a transaction.

Legally and morally speaking, everyone is obligated to do their part to complete the transaction. However, conditional periods can bring cooling off which lessens a buyers’ desire to take on the project.

I’m not advocating for us as agents to slam deals together in a hurry. That’s completely irresponsible!

But I am saying the longer a deal sits and percolates, the more opportunity exists for it to go sideways.

Sellers who bring a property to market with the most due diligence they can reasonably complete on their own will almost certainly be positioning themselves for a quicker, cleaner sale.

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Kelly Macsymic

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I am a gal of all trades and wear a few hats at my current job though nothing quite as esteemed as my 1996 Unity Western Days Rodeo Queen crowned cowboy hat. I spend my time as a sales and leasing agent at ICR Commercial Real Estate (ICR), in addition to my other gig as general sidekick and business manager for Barry Stuart at Stuart Commercial. Inc. I started my journey in the small town of Unity, SK. My grandmother encouraged me to create mock newspapers which I, like any good keener, produced in abundance. My early publication days came to a quick end when I broke the news in one of these homemade papers with word of a surprise birthday party for my grandfather, and proudly presented it to him. Undaunted, I pursued the news bug all the way to Lethbridge College and was gainfully employed for several years in weekly papers in rural Saskatchewan. After a few adventures at the University of Regina and abroad in England, opportunity knocked and I accepted the chance to move to Saskatoon. I landed at Barry’s doorstep and have since been taken under his wing. He’s shown me the ropes at ICR through his most capable hands as one of ICR’s top producers. We are a dynamic team. I relish the challenges (most of the time) he throws at me daily. My other commitments include BPW (Business and Professional Women) Saskatoon in addition to volunteering as president of the Holliston Community Association.

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