How to handle commercial real estate disputes with sellers

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2023 | Real Estate |

The process of buying commercial real estate in Massachusetts can be complex. While it is usually a rewarding investment, it also has its fair share of challenges. With over 2,000,000 commercial real estate properties in the United States, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, it is not a surprise that there are issues from time to time. One of the more difficult aspects of these transactions is dealing with potential disputes that can arise with sellers.

Regardless of how prepared you are, there are situations that could lead to disagreements. Knowing how to handle such situations can save you a lot of stress and resources.

Clear communication is key

When disputes arise, communication is your first line of defense. This is not just about exchanging words, but also about listening and understanding the other party’s perspective. Make your expectations clear from the start and try to understand those of the seller. If disagreements come up, work to keep the lines of communication open and respectful.

Take the time to negotiate with the seller. Explain your concerns and be willing to listen to their counterpoints. Most issues can get resolved through calm and clear discussion, where both parties strive for a win-win resolution.

Use mediation for unresolved disputes

If clear communication does not resolve the dispute, consider mediation. Mediation involves a neutral third party who assists in facilitating a conversation between the buyer and seller. The mediator does not make decisions but helps both parties understand each other’s position and find a mutually agreeable solution.

Leverage the inspection process

The inspection process gives you a chance to identify any potential issues with the property. Make sure to include a clause in your purchase agreement that allows you to withdraw from the deal if the inspection reveals significant problems. If a dispute arises about the condition of the property, you can refer back to this clause.

By knowing what steps to take when issues arise, you can navigate these challenges effectively. Remember, your primary goal is a successful real estate transaction that benefits your investment portfolio.