Buy or Lease Your Next Space?
By Elizabeth Holmes
For more than 45 years, R.W. Holmes has helped business owners with their real estate strategy, and one of the most frequent questions we get is “Should I lease or buy?”
There are several factors to consider when answering this question. Businesses should make decisions about leasing or buying office space based on economics and strategic considerations. The following case study shows and example from a recent client when it was better to buy than to lease.
Case Study: Novatio Engineering, 1377 & 1395 Main Street, Waltham
Novatio Engineering is a technology development and engineering consulting company focused on mechanical design, combustion systems, clean energy, and appliances. Novatio had asked for RWH’s assistance with finding a property to acquire that could fulfill their current space needs as well as future growth.
They needed to stay close to Waltham as that was the location of their existing operations. After comparing options to lease versus the potential to buy, Novatio determined it was more cost-effective and in line with their company strategy to purchase a building.
After one year of looking for opportunities, RWH was able to identify the buildings on Main Street and help Novatio acquire the property that had multiple bidders. RWH continued to assist Novatio through due diligence – referring vendors, keeping on top of deadlines, and creating a leasing strategy for the existing tenants.
Why Buy in Today’s Market:
Though interest rates are on the rise, it may still be more cost-effective to purchase a building and pay a mortgage than paying today’s market rents for industrial/flex buildings. Rental rates for industrial/flex properties have doubled or in some cases tripled in the last 3-5 years. This price fluctuation has left some businesses shell-shocked with the increased expense and the desire to control their own future destiny as their own landlord.
Things to Consider:
It is important to consider a few factors when deciding to buy your next building rather than lease. This includes:
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