How to make more out of commercial property, even if banks put interest rates up yet again..

WHAT MEMBERS HAVE SAID

Paul
Paul
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"Thanks James!!! although I had some experience in commercial investing albeit little.... James's course bought it all together and now can act in confidence through the DD and negotiation stages. Well worth it!!"
Caroline
Caroline
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"Through James' course, my husband and I now enjoy a six-figure passive net income! The in-depth detail that James has gone to in his course provided the knowledge to confidently buy commercial property which we couldn't have done before. We have a residential portfolio but commercial is where we have really been able to build our cash flow quickly. We highly recommend doing the course if you are interested in buying commercial property."
Boaz
Boaz
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The course is simply laid out and easy to follow, I wish I got involved years ago as it would have propelled my commercial investing to greater heights soon. Our core business targets other business acquisitions and using the strategies James teachers are helping us acquire business as well as extract the maximum value out of there property assets. The network and calibre of people in the network are amazing. It is just so refreshing to be around like-minded and uplifting people.
Michael
Michael
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"Excellent course content. "Everything is easy when you have the knowledge" and this course filled in the last 10-20% of the missing details. Provided me with the confidence to proceed and purchase a strata industrial in SE Qld with 8.25% p.a. net yield with 3 x 3 year lease. The course was paid for many times over with this content"
Liviu
Liviu
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"The Course very easy to understand and follow. It has real world examples that helps you understand things fast and apply them in real situations. Examples were recent from commercial dealings done in the past year and that gives you confidence that what you are learning is valid and not a “get rich” fake thing. Once I finished the course I can say I went out and found deals that were in line with what the course talked about. Over all very very happy with the investment I did in this course."
Brett
Brett
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Absolutely brilliant - James is very thorough in detailing the ins and outs of all things related to commercial property. After going through the course, I had the confidence and know-how to pull the trigger on my first deal, which is currently producing a net rent of $140,000 p.a! A terrific resource for anyone wanting to get into the commercial space without prior experience.
Peter
Peter
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If you're tired of the slow returns from residential property and want to learn everything you need to invest in high cash flow property, this is the program for you. To play the game you need to learn the rules and that's what this course is. Then you can have a go playing with monthly property recommendations from James himself.
Terry and Michelle
Terry and Michelle
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We bought James’s program just after purchasing a new industrial unit off the plan, we wanted to maximise our investment return by using his strategies and help set up the next deal. I had been following James for a couple of years on social and liked his laid back approach. We found the program very informative & easy to understand with regular updates on the market... Very good
Henry
Henry
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"James materials are realistic and he is genuine in giving his opinion on the private Facebook group whenever needed.. I do recommend his course to anyone interested in getting into commercial or know more about commercial"
Kudzai
Kudzai
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"The commercial course is great, very thorough and comprehensive. I like that you receive the learning materials in digital format and hard copy as well. Every month you receive emails of deals that are worth checking out and things to look out for when doing your due diligence. You get to be part of a great Facebook group which is very supportive and full of helpful contacts."
Kylie
Kylie
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"The course was fantastic. A friend recommended it to me and I am very grateful. James is great at teaching what may seem a complicated subject, in very simple and practical terms anyone can follow. Very easy to listen to and having modules in the order of the process is fantastic for referring back and fourth. We are moving on our Commercial plan and excited to keep going. Thank you!"
Mike Gardiner
Mike Gardiner
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"James' commercial property investing course is second to none. He's got decades of experience and it shows when he's explaining and teaching this material. The commercial property opportunity has long interested me but it's always seems a bit of a mystery... James unpacks the myths and makes the whole thing not only simple but compeltely doable (which is why so many students have picked up amazing deals)"
Danny
Danny
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"James was great could not of been more helpful pointing us in the right direction would recommend his services to any one"
Andrew Bean
Andrew Bean
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"The course material is second to none. It is easy to understand and work through. I listened to most of it while I was driving to work but my education hasn’t stop there. James is extremely accessible through the Facebook group and everyone in the group are very helpful answering any questions you have along the way. If financial freedom is something you desire, then I highly recommend James and his course."
Brett
Brett
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"Absolutely brilliant - James is very thorough in detailing the ins and outs of all things related to commercial property. After going through the course, I had the confidence and know-how to pull the trigger on my first deal, which is currently producing a net rent of $140,000 p.a! A terrific resource for anyone wanting to get into the commercial space without prior experience."
Eva
Eva
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"I have been a member of James' Commercial Investing course for a number of years and found this to be the most informative and practical way to learn the intricacies of investing in commercial property."
Michael
Michael
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"Excellent course content. "Everything is easy when you have the knowledge" and this course filled in the last 10-20% of the missing details. Provided me with the confidence to proceed and purchase a strata industrial in SE Qld with 8.25% p.a. net yield with 3 x 3 year lease. The course was paid for many times over with this content. Michael"
Ernest
Ernest
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"Not only James was sharing his experience and knowledge, he's sharing his monthly property search in a report with his members as a bonus. He is what I say a "Real Teacher", he is someone who really does what he preach!"
Carlos
Carlos
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"I have found Jame’s course very beneficial in identifying properties that are ripe for unlocking potential that the current owners are unaware of. The back of an envelope calculation can quickly identify if a property has the scope to be a good earner of if the margins are too tight. This enables you to search numerous properties quickly and narrow down your search to a few key strategies."
Jurgen
Jurgen
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"The ultimate education course if you are going into commercial property investment! Very comprehensive & easy to follow step by step. On top of that James provides regular updates and communication ... Loving it!"
Zahna
Zahna
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"Both my husband and I have found this course to be brilliant. We’ve been using it for a number of years now and one of the great benefits is the lifetime membership. It has provided us with all of the tools we need to keep growing our current portfolio and has given us the mindset to be able to think outside of the box."
Sumeet
Sumeet
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"I've read through the course material to date and it has been very useful. As a newbie, I'm yet to kick-off my portfolio, but the material, webinars, the property dashboard etc. have been relevant and very handy throughout the learning journey so far."
Young
Young
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"Good information so far and especially, the detailed tutorial course is excellent for a beginner like me. It would be helpful if you will suggest a few optional deals for me based on my requirements for an upcoming deal in the future. Merry Christmas and a Happy/Healthy New Year!"
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"James's course provided me with the skills and knowledge so I am able to irradicate lots of doubt and anxiety regarding investing in commercial property. On top of that comes the guidance of a well seasoned commercial property investor (James) and his team for support when assistance is required. It set me on my way to my future goals. Thanks James."
Djon
Djon
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"Very helpful and realistic for a new starter as well as with some years of experience"
Miladin
Miladin
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"To the point, educational ,ease to folow,helpful,profesional,recomended to ather."
Nick
Nick
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"There is a huge amount of information on you're website, and I really enjoy your monthly deals,yet to land a deal local,"
Sandeep Kumar
Sandeep Kumar
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"Hi James, All the knowledge that you have shared is very valuable and gives us a very sound theoretical Knowledge on commercial property. I feel Some more content on doing due-degulence would be required. Also how to identify if it is the right location and right type of commercial property which would have enough demand for next few years and evaluating risks of getting vacant. Two of the issues that I am personally facing to go ahead are: 1) how to ensure that property that I buy is recession proof.( as it is first property ex: we buy shopping complex with Target and management decides to close after 6 months). 2) How to find and negotiate with agents for owner financing, would it be right decision to but with owner Finanace before the recession. Would you be able to mentor me in finding owner financed properties, I have enough cash for stamp duty $60k."
Choong
Choong
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"I am still learning and finding my feet. Your course and your wisdom has been extremely helpful. Thank you."
Andrew
Andrew
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"Excellent service - just finishing off a few other deals and will then hit Commercial fulltime"
Robert
Robert
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"One of the most comprehensive courses on the market. James has a real passion and his knowledge, resources and commitment to his clients is second to none. Highly recommended. Thanks Rob"
Richard
Richard
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"Awesome info Nice people"
George
George
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"I have found the course so far really great and informative. Unfortunately I have run out of time to finish it but will be back into it next year for sure. The biggest issue I'm having at the moment is getting the finance to start my portfolio, but I have put steps in place to hopefully reduce our debt enough to be able to borrow enough from a bank to purchase the first property. After that I think it will be easier once the bank can see that you are cashflow positive and can manage the business."
Nils
Nils
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"I have started the course not long ago. I have done residential investing before. James is obviously very experienced in the commercial space. I am looking forward to take his wisdom aboard and apply it during 2020."
Cody
Cody
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"I purchased the commercial property course in April 2019 and found it very useful to educate me around purchasing a property at a good price and avoiding some pitfalls. Since starting the course I have purchased my first commercial property!"
Tim
Tim
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"I've only just started working through the modules - but so far, very good!"
Marie
Marie
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"I bought James course prob about 2 years ago now and although havent bought anything yet due to life getting in the way, I have studied the course and hope to purchase soon, hopefuly next year. I have used the questions page as we already have some commercial and found it to be invaluable in assisting me to take the right path. I will follow the teachings and its great to know the information is at my fingertips whether by computer or study book. I like the fact it takes emotion out of it and just look at the figures. I look forward to using it more."
Di
Di
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"I enjoyed the course James and you answered me personally a few times which was fabulous. However.......... I am yet to find a suitable Comm property. I live on the Gold Coast and I see so so many vacant com properties that I am hesitant to buy into them. Bricks and mortar businesses are disappearing. When I can afford something close to $1 mil plus Ill start looking again for something like a KFC etc."
Stanis Benedict
Stanis Benedict
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"Hi James, The course was valuable. I liked the huge network of experts in the group and the face book thing. I have also found the inbox deals quite useful. Over all I am satisfied that I did the right thing by joining the group. I ended up buying a hair salon on 21 Beach rd Maroochydore Sunshine Coast. Rgds, Stan"
Kulvinder
Kulvinder
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"I have found course is very helpful for my Real estate journey and specially Facebook group where people can share their experiences. Monthly property deals overview is also one of the great feature , which is very helpful to understanding and analysing deals. Love you James , Keep it up .."
Bill
Bill
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"James has put together an excellent course and I intend to implement his extensive commercial property knowledge in 2020 and build my own portfolio. Thanks you :)"
John
John
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"The course was brilliant, well laid and easy to follow. The great thing about it is you can go back and revisit everything. Cheers Merry Xmas to everyone especially James. Thank you"
Anne
Anne
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"I have very much enjoyed the straight forward & easily understood, step by step approach that the training employs. This has helped me to gain confidence & develop a vision for how I would best undertake the processes."
Pauline
Pauline
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"I’m loving this course James. I’m still reading the manual, but you make this very easy to understand. I can’t wait to get my settlement and be able to invest! It’s exciting!"
Benjamin
Benjamin
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"The course is comprehensive in educating from a beginner wanting to start out in commercial investment to an experienced investor wanting more hints and tips. James is also able to deliver the material in a way that is easy to understand and have real world applications. Highly recommended if you are wanting more out of investing. Thanks James!"
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About James Dawson

James Dawson is an active investor and puts what he teaches into practise in his own portfolio. Since he began his career more than 40 years ago, high-cash-flow producing commercial property has been his primary emphasis. He established the Commercial Investing Academy and serves as its chief trainer. The academy has more than one thousand students who are learning his commercial investment abilities, strategies, and techniques for accumulating wealth.

James has been a resident of Byron Bay for more than three decades and counts surfing, design, and home improvement among his other interests. James, who has a passion for travel, takes several months out of each year to experience a variety of locations and ways of living.

FAQ

No, commercial real estate is not inherently riskier than residential real estate. Each form of property has its own set of dangers and possible rewards.

Commercial properties, for example, often have longer lease periods and higher potential rental revenue, but they are also more subject to vacancy rates.

Residential properties, on the other hand, often have shorter leases and lesser rental revenue possibilities, but they may also be more robust to market volatility.

Furthermore, a property’s unique location, condition, and market circumstances can all play a role in determining its amount of risk. Finally, depending on the exact property and the investor’s plan, the degree of risk might vary substantially.

No, commercial property investing does not have to be significantly more expensive than residential property ownership.

Some of our students have purchased commercial investment properties for a little as $220,000 including all costs of acquiring them.

The cost of investing in commercial real estate should be assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration the unique property, location, and market circumstances. It’s also worth mentioning that commercial properties may appreciate faster than residential houses.

Finally, the cost of investing in commercial real estate should be balanced against the possible advantages and the investor’s particular financial circumstances.

If you know what to do, it is quite feasible to increase the long-term value of a business property. Unlike residential buildings, where it is all about increasing a property’s liveability, commercial properties let the numbers speak for themselves.

Because a commercial property’s value is mostly determined by its rental revenue, locating buildings that are under-rented might lead to quick equity gains.

A 500-square-metre house renting for $100,000 per year, for example, is valued at $200/m2. If the market rent is $240/m2, the property is 20% under-rented.

In that situation, if you have a strategy and the resources to raise the rent to market rate, your revenue will be 20% greater. And, providing you acquired it at the correct yield from the start, this may enhance the value of the commercial property by 20%.

Another way to boost value is to strata title or subdivide the property. This increases value since smaller pieces may be sold or rented at a greater per-square-metre charge.

A 1000-square-metre warehouse, for example, may rent for $100/m2. However, five 200-square-metre warehouses may possibly rent for $130/m2. Essentially, you are reversing the “economies of scale,” and your worth might grow by 30% as a result of the increased rent per square metre. Other value-adds include renovation, lease extension, rezoning, and development.

When you buy a high-quality commercial asset, complete your due research, and implement a sound positively geared plan, your commercial investment will far outperform anything you’ve ever known in the residential environment.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Over a 10-year period, the value of commercial assets has doubled or even tripled. The issue is, how can you increase your chances of purchasing a property that will outperform others in terms of growth?

As in the residential market, a favourable location, scarcity factor, infrastructure upgrades, population expansion, tighter vacancy rates, renovations, or reducing borrowing rates are all elements that might contribute to capital growth.

Guess what drives commercial property growth. Everything said above! Because, like the residential market, the business market responds to economic gains. The one significant distinction is that commercial property’s growth is more closely linked to its rental revenue. As a result, raising or enhancing lease quality will have a greater overall influence on commercial asset value.