Many business owners find themselves in a position where they need to locate real estate as a place to provide their goods and services. The question then becomes whether they should lease the property or outright buy it. The decision can be a challenging one, but it is one that should not be made lightly. Instead, business owners need to carefully consider their options and how choosing one option over the other will affect them in the future.The first way to acquire a business property is to lease it. This option may be appealing to those who have limited upfront cash flow, as well as those who may not have the appropriate credit history to obtain a commercial mortgage. Additionally, some find leasing appealing because the landlord is responsible for maintaining the property, which can reduce costs associated with property upkeep. In the long run though, a business owner who leases a property may wind up spending more money than an individual who purchases a property.Those who choose not to enter into a commercial lease may choose to buy commercial real estate. Of course, this will require more upfront money, but in the long run it may cost less than leasing. A business owner who buys a property will also be free to renovate the property as he or she sees fit to meet the business's needs. Also, those who purchase commercial property can benefit from any increased land value. So, those who purchase commercial real estate maintain much more control over the premises as well as the location of their business.Whether in individual is negotiating a commercial lease or the purchase of commercial real estate it is critical that he or she has a full understanding of the transaction process. Failing to do so could result in terms that are unfair to the business owner. This is why those who find themselves in this position should consider discussing the matter with a business law attorney who is reputable and trustworthy.