Step 1: Take Charge
You have made the decision to control your financial future by purchasing a business. Owning a business is the greatest way to build wealth and take charge of your own destiny. Congratulations for contacting Global One Realty, you've selected the best in the industry! Now the process begins to help find and acquire the right business for you.
Step 2: Evaluation
All buyers should meet their Global One Realty representative in person, however, if that is not possible due to distance, continuous communication by phone or email can be effective. We begin our process by gathering detailed information about you to establish your financial capabilities, your skills and experiences, and your personal life goals. This information helps us gain your commitment to the process and determine the best types of business to pursue. Once this is completed, we will start your search using Global One Realty’s considerable market basket of resources.
Step 3: Education
You won't feel comfortable making a decision until you understand what it takes to buy a business. We will explain the process and help you understand the realities of the current marketplace. You will learn how to use online forms, to search the Internet for businesses, to read Business Listing Information sheets, to understand basic valuation concepts, and to review our available opportunities.
Step 4: Search
Now the hard work begins. We will help you search for your business, aid you in signing confidentiality disclosures, get you detailed information on the business, and set up showings with the seller. We will refine your business search and visit opportunities until you decide on a business to purchase. If your search takes longer than a few months, you may need to return to the education step.
Step 5: Offer
We will share with you our expertise in deal structure, by helping you draft a contingent offer on a business that you would like to buy. A purchase and sale agreement will be presented to the seller with a deposit of good faith held in escrow to demonstrate your seriousness. After any negotiations, you should be left with an executed contingent purchase agreement to buy a business.
Step 6: Due DiligenceThis period is where you fully inspect the owner's representations are accurate. We will coordinate the efforts of your legal and accounting professionals and strive to satisfy all contingencies. If there is financing involved your application must be approved by the lender, proving that you are qualified for repayment of the loan.
Step 7: ClosingFinal preparations will be made for lease assignments, utility transfers, financing, merchant service accounts, inventory counts and any other last minute preparations to make the transfer as seamless as possible. Your acquisition will usually be completed by an attorney with the signing of several documents and the payment of the balance of the purchase price.
Step 8: Post Closing
Transitional training by the seller may include meetings with employees and clients, technical education, computer updating, and other essential knowledge transfer. We will be available to assist you with any questions or post closing requirements you may have. Remember what you have learned throughout this process, because when the time comes, Global One Realty will still be here to help you sell your business. Many additional questions may arise during the buying process. Please do not hesitate to have us explain in detail any portion of this process. You will discover that, with Global One Realty's assistance, you can have a successful experience purchasing and owning your own business.
Before you decide to sell your business, you owe it to yourself to call Global One Realty.
Our highly professional staff is your guarantee that Global One Realty will get you the best possible deal when selling your business.
1) Why do I need a business broker or adviser?
The selling of a business is a very complex process. It involves many aspects that most successful business people are not exposed to in the day- to-day operation of a company. Business owners in general do not have the time or knowledge to recognize and understand the complexities of selling their own business. Most businesses do not have the personnel capable of handling the sale of a business. Selling a business involves much more than just placing an ad in a newspaper. You should rely on experts trained in the sale of businesses. Someone familiar with the nuances of selling a business will prove an invaluable asset.
During the process, the Seller's job is to do what he does best, which is to run the business as if he were going to keep it. The Broker's job is to confidentially market the business, find and screen the Buyers, educate them, negotiate the terms of the sale and provide a buffer for the emotional highs and lows that we all experience. The Buyer benefits because the Broker has already pre-qualified a business before he lists it. He has psychologically prepared the Seller for the sale. He has also done a lot of the legwork to assemble the financial information and background of the business. This helps to reduce some of the uncertainty for the Buyer and make this search more efficient.
2) Why should I use Global One Realty?
Confidentiality, as well as establishing the right selling price, is crucial to the success of the deal. As a business advisor, Global One Realty has the ability to maintain your confidentiality, properly research highly qualified buyers, utilize a worldwide network to advertise your business and establish the right selling price. We require that a prospective Buyer review and sign a non-disclosure statement outlining his responsibility in having access to a Seller's confidential information. This occurs before any detailed information concerning a specific opportunity is released. We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of the business sale. We understand that public knowledge of a potential sale can affect the attitudes and actions of customers, employees, competitors, lenders, suppliers, or investors, and thus the value of the company. We also want to safeguard the employment status of a potential Buyer while he considers a very important change for his future.
Let Global One Realty do the work for you. We'll maximize the selling price of your business. Our goal is always to obtain the best deal for each client. We focus on your specific industry to find the right buyer. This means faster results for you.
Our staff is one of the most sophisticated and experienced in the industry. Many have owned businesses and can relate to your specific needs.
Our service, dedication and drive is your guarantee that if you are prepared to sell your business, we are ready to sell it for you.
3) How is an offer structured?
Most businesses sell for 30-50% down. The remainder is financed by the Seller, by a bank or through family resources. Sellers generally prefer to receive all cash at closing and some Buyers are able and willing to accommodate them. However, Buyers are usually trying to get the most bang for their buck and will want to leverage their down payment into the largest business they can buy. Although, Buyers may want to make a no-money or low-money down offer, it is very rare that they will succeed. Usually a business cannot earn enough to pay salary to the owner and service such a level of debt. In addition, the lender, whether it is the seller or a bank, wants the Buyer to show his commitment to the business by having vested financial interest in its success.
4) What kind of financing is available?
Seller financing is usually the cheapest and easiest to obtain. It also tells the Buyer that the seller has confidence in the business. There are no loan fees and the interest rate is usually lower than the bank rates, but the term of the loan is often shorter. Seller notes make up the majority of Buyer financing. Banks will loan money on businesses that show a strong earnings history on the tax returns. They require a lot of documentations and the payment of upfront fees. In recent years, bank loans, which are guaranteed by the Small Business Administration, have become very popular and more readily available. If all else fails, family or friends will sometimes offer to help out. They can either provide funds or sign a guarantee for a bank loan.
5) How long does it take to sell a business?
It usually takes longer to sell a business than a house or a commercial building. Because of the confidential nature of a business sale, a business broker cannot put a For Sale sign on the window. The average time to sell a business is usually between six to eighteen months. However, there are exceptions. Some businesses may sell within a month of being put on the market. Others may take several years to attract the right Buyer. A business broker seeks out and talks to Buyers everyday. The next one may be just right for a particular business.
6) How do you advertise a business for sale?
We advertise on the Internet using different Listing Service sites. We place ads in journals and publications that target particular industries. We also receive referrals from attorneys, accountants, and real estate professionals.Type your paragraph here.