Every week, we advise our clients about how to handle their Milwaukee businesses, and particularly their finances.
It’s a big part of what we do around here, and many don’t even realize how much we’re willing and able to help. (And that’s fine, because we are plenty busy — but always willing to talk.)
We can help you with tax planning, financial advice, expense analysis, management input — it truly runs the gamut.
One of the conversations we’ve often had over the years revolves around real estate, specifically in the commercial realm. So, I thought I’d put together a little list of reasons why your Milwaukee business might consider whether or not to buy its own building…
Should You Buy A Building For Your Milwaukee Business?
“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” -Peter T. Mcintyre
Here’s a quick list of 26 good reasons to buy a building for your Milwaukee business:
- You won’t have to move unless you really want to.
- When your clients associate you with a location, you can keep the location.
- You can install anything you think is helpful.
- You can decide what maintenance is important and when it is important.
- You can set your own temperature controls.
- You can finish the interior exactly the way you want.
- Some expenses are only justified when you know you have a long-term lease.
- You get stable rent.
- Your business can pay rent (which is a business expense).
- You can own the building in a separate LLC, providing limited liability and separate tax accounting.
- Your LLC can depreciate the building, which gives you a tax advantage to offset the rental income.
- If you hold the building until your heirs inherit it — they will get a step up in cost basis erasing the depreciation.
- Any interest payment is a deductible expense to the entity owning the building.
- You can sell the building and reinvest in property without paying capital gains through a 1031 exchange.
- Owning real estate allows you to profit in any combination of cash flow, appreciation, and reduction of debt.
- You can get a relatively long-term commercial lease at a reasonable rate.
- Office buildings are relatively inexpensive right now, making it a good time to buy.
- There are a number of empty office buildings, making it a good time to buy.
- A mortgage at today’s rates is the best hedge against inflation.
- The rental income offers a diversification to your business.
- Even if you decide to sell or move your business, you can keep the rental income.
- You are not thinking of retiring in the near future.
- You are not thinking of selling the business in the near future.
- You can carefully select any other tenants to enhance the neighborhood of your business.
- You now have an appreciating asset for a fraction of the down payment leveraging your investment.
- You have sufficient assets or cash flow to make leveraging your investments a risk you can afford.
All that said, there are certain reasons that it may NOT be in your best interests to purchase:
* You do not want to leverage your investments by adding a mortgage to the mix.
* You don’t have the cash flow or capital to purchase the building.
* You are expanding and will likely need a different building in the future.
* You need the money it would take to purchase the property for living expenses.
* You are thinking of retiring soon.
Of course, any of the tax-based strategies will depend on your particular situation, and will have to be leveraged carefully and correctly. But if anything on this list catches your eye, let’s have a strategy session together.
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