ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The commercial real estate market is becoming more and more competitive, with national transaction volumes hitting new records. As a result, investors have been forced to get increasingly creative with the terms of their offers—as well as increasing bids—to win the best deals. According to Mike Harris, a managing principal at CREModels Real Estate Consulting, faster due diligence timelines are a very common way for bidders to get their offer to the top of the list. In some cases, it can even move investors above higher offers, since a longer transaction timeframe can potentially risk the property going back on the market. But a speedy due diligence process has its own risks, says Harris, and protecting against them is where CREModels comes in. sat down with Harris for this exclusive interview on how investors are able to bid with these tight transaction timelines and what investors need to know to make smart decisions during the due diligence process.

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