Condos and townhomes all each have a Homeowner's Association with special rules imposed by them called Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs). Always read the CC&Rs. They can restrict or regulate virtually anything they want from the color of your house to parking your car. In most cases, their goal is to promote conformity, but you may find out it is not for you.
Most apartment complexes make you, the tenant, pay for the commercial real estate and for the water you use every month. However, some places go as far as to taking the amount of water your whole building used in a given month and splitting it up among the number of units using it. If you use less water than everyone else, you can end up paying for someone else's water usage. Make sure that you know of these water usage regulations before signing a lease.
If you are buying rental units to turn into a commercial business, don't be afraid to go big. In many cases, the minimum number of units per property that requires a commercial license is low enough that you will want properties with more units than that. It is only incrementally more difficult to care for 25 units than for 5 units.
Buying commercial real estate is much more complicated and time-consuming than buying a home. The added time and effort are crucial, however, to getting the return that you want on your investment.
You need to decide what type of commercial real estate you are interested in buying before you even speak with a real estate agent. You need to have at least a general idea of what you are looking for so that the real estate agent will know what properties to show you.
You need to map out an action plan for yourself when dealing with commercial real estate. You need to keep in mind many factors such as: How many people are paying rent to you? How much money can you afford to invest in your commercial property? How much rental space is left to fill?
Don't accept the very first value you are offered. Almost all prices or bids have taken into account the fact that the other party will be interested in negotiation. Even if they have initially said they are not interested in negotiations you should be willing to try. Most likely that was just a strategy suggested by the opposing agent.
Of course, it is never wise to assume you have enough information about any important financial matter, and this includes commercial real estate dealings. Remember that you can always learn new things. You will get better if you look for more resources and apply what you learn. If you are willing to apply this information to your current strategy, you are more likely to earn higher profits.