How to avoid real estate traps when buying a business [cartoon]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Oct-2018 02:00:00


Businesses – particularly family businesses – often use real estate assets as part of their wealth generation strategy.

This may lead to situations where the business and real estate assets are interdependent, creating complexities when it comes time to exit and establish a fair market valuation.

For example:

  • A business may be sold with the intention of paying off a real estate loan. Whatever the vendor’s requirements, however, the loan value should not affect the value of the business.
  • A business which operates from its own premises may charge the business rent above or below market rate. This can distort the financial results of the underlying business.

When looking to buy or sell a business, make sure you have an experienced business advisor who can ensure the effects of real estate ownership are reflected in the sale terms and conditions negotiated. 

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JAMES PRICE | JPAbusinessJames Price has over 30 years' experience in providing strategic, commercial and financial advice to Australian and international business clients. James' blogs provide business advice for aspiring and current small to mid-sized business owners, operators and managers.


Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Selling your business, Advice, Valuations, Family business, Starting a business, cartoon

Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as personal, professional advice. Readers should make their own inquiries and obtain independent, professional advice before making any decisions, taking any action or relying on any information in this blog. 





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