Commercial mortgages offer several benefits over renting property. One of the most significant benefits is, simply, ownership. Instead of just providing office space for your business, your monthly payments now help build equity. Also, the interest is tax-deductible, which lowers your company’s gross taxable income.
Another advantage to commercial mortgages is that the loan is generally assumable. This means if you decide to sell the property while still carrying the mortgage, a qualified buyer can take over the terms of your existing loan without needing to go through an extensive approval process.
However, there are significant downsides to consider. Buying is a time-consuming process. You must provide significant documentation, including all of your business financials from the last three years. This may include income, rent rolls, business plans, and other proprietary information, and takes weeks for the lender to review. Even after you receive the loan, you may still need to provide regular financial updates to the lender to demonstrate your financial stability.
In addition, you have a fixed cost that you now need to cover, regardless of how your business performs. While a landlord may be a bit more flexible about payments, commercial mortgage lenders won’t be.
Finally, as an owner, you’ll have increased responsibility to maintain the property, particularly if you sublet space to other businesses. Also, if you’re depending on rental income to make payments, you’ll have to work diligently to find tenants as units that stay empty for too long can lead to serious financial problems.