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Buying vs leasing commercial property

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2023 | Real Estate Law

When it comes to securing a commercial space in Ohio, the decision between buying and leasing can significantly impact your business’s financial landscape.

Each option carries its own set of advantages and considerations.

The perks of buying

Purchasing a commercial property means investing in an asset that can appreciate over time. As you make mortgage payments, you build equity, essentially owning a piece of real estate that could prove valuable down the road.

Owning a property provides stability, especially if you plan to operate in the same location for an extended period. This stability can foster a sense of permanence for both your business and clients. Additionally, when you buy a commercial space, you have the freedom to modify it to suit your business needs. Whether it is remodeling the interior or expanding the premises, you have control over the space.

Considerations for leasing

Leasing offers flexibility that buying might not provide. It allows your business to adapt to changing needs without the commitment of ownership. Leasing also avoids the upfront costs associated with a property purchase, helping maintain healthy cash flow.

Another advantage of leasing is that the responsibility for maintenance and repairs often falls on the property owner. Leasing also allows you to test different locations without a long-term commitment. If your business is subject to location-specific trends, leasing gives you the flexibility to relocate strategically.

The commercial real estate market in Ohio ranks third in the U.S. for overall contributions to the state with a GDP of $64 billion in 2022. With the flourishing development market, especially in Cincinnati, businesses have many options to buy or sell a property depending on its needs.