Buying vs. Leasing: A Common Dilemma

Your lease is expiring. You have outgrown your current facility. Your building needs are very specific, and you are tired of paying rent. What do all of these scenarios have in common? Right, it's time to start looking for a new building for your business.

Maybe you will find an existing building that fits your needs perfectly and offers an affordable, long-term lease to protect your commitment. Maybe you won't. Maybe it's time to either buy an existing building and renovate it, or perhaps you should build your own building and stop paying for something that doesn't completely fulfill your business needs.

In most cities, finding an existing, affordable building to lease is becoming increasingly difficult, and what is vacant is going for a premium price. In response, many business owners are considering building a new facility or buying and renovating an existing facility.

If you are debating buying vs. leasing, here are some points to consider:

1) Flexibility: Will your business continue to thrive and, someday, maybe need to expand? And if so, what are your options if you own the building: renovate or rebuild? Does the building have broad market appeal for resale purposes?

2) Investment: Do you consider real estate a good investment at this time, or would the investment be of better use put back into the business?

3) Control: Does your lease offer the control over neighbors, parking and maintenance that you desire?

4) Needs: Is the building right for your needs? What about the needs of future tenants? Will it require major reconstruction to sell it later? Does the lease agreement meet your needs?

5) Alternatives: What else is available in your price range?

The most common reason small business owners cite for leasing and not owning is the lack of a down payment. However, Small Business Administration (SBA) Guaranteed Loans can provide up to 90 percent financing for qualified borrowers, and specialized conventional loan products like TMSDirect SM offer up to 100% financing for qualified applicants, making ownership a reality for many small business owners.

If you do choose to buy, here are some of the advantages you'll enjoy:

Appreciation: Every dollar your building appreciates and every dollar applied toward the mortgage principal translates into a dollar of equity.

Tax Advantages: Mortgage interest and depreciation on commercial buildings presently are fully deductible for both state and federal purposes. Moreover, costs associated with the loan may be deductible.

No Rent Increases: You'll have no landlord and are not subject to escalating rents.

Savings: With the inherent savings of ownership, you'll be able to devote more working capital to increasing sales and profits. In fact, monthly mortgage payments are often less than previous rent payments.

Business owners who are weighing the options of buying vs. leasing should consult with an accountant to more accurately ascertain the specific advantages for their unique situation. More often than not, businessowners find that buying their building is one of the best investments they can make for their business.


David W. Moore, Jr.
Norfolk, VA
(757) 640-7592

Copyright 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 by First Union National Bank All information on this server is protected by a compilation copyright in the United States of America and in other countries. In addition, certain other information is copyrighted by others. Unless otherwise specified, no one has permission to copy or republish, in any form, any information found on the First Union system. First Union Direct and CommunityCommerce are Service Marks of First Union Corp. (Reprinted with permission from the Money Store and First Union.)

Bizology - the study of business for sale

email to : info [at] bizology [dot] com
Chambersburg, PA 17201-1712
| buying a business | buying vs leasing | construction loan hints | financing a business |
| SBA loan hints | structuring the business purchase | venture capital | angel investors |
| FINANCE INDEX | you are in finance now | MAIN INDEX |



 No monthly fee website hosting
200mb storage
Free domain name
details click here

Click Here!