Buying A Business
  • How do I find the right Business for me?
  • What are the steps to the Buying Process?
  • How do I value the Business Opportunity?
  • How much money do I need?
  • Do you assist me in working with lenders?
  • Do I need Industry Experience?

At Santa Cruz Business Brokers we strongly recommended that you deeply analyze your reasoning for the pursuit of purchasing a business. To ensure a sound fiscal investment and rewarding experience your decision should not solely be based on passion, but on your experience and financial capabilities. Print and review Buyer Profile Form

Are you considering buying a business?

Santa Cruz Business Brokers professional advisors can assist you in finding the right business. We manage the entire buying process to ensure a successful transaction. To assist you in finding the best business opportunity we want to know your background, work experience, hobbies, current and former business holdings and your geographic preferences. We will then provide you with business opportunities that fit your needs. Our experienced brokers will help you sort through the complex information involved in the business buying process. We are committed to successful win- win transactions.

Steps to Buying a Business through Santa Cruz Business Brokers:

1. Upon your initial inquiry regarding a business, Santa Cruz Business Brokers will email or fax you a Confidentiality and Non Disclosure Agreement, to be completed and returned.

2. A Santa Cruz Business Broker agent will then contact you via phone or email to present you an overview of business opportunities and related basic financial performance.

3. Once interested in the business, an appointment is scheduled at our office. We maintain comprehensive files on each listing, which include copies of leases, financial statements, tax returns, asset list, and a wide variety of other data pertinent to that business or restaurant.

4. A personal visit and inspection of the selected business is then scheduled. The availability of the seller to meet with you in answering detailed questions is set aside if you so choose.

5. Once satisfied, your offer is written on a California Association Real Estate Business Purchase Agreement document (9 pages). It includes contingencies for your protection which may include:

  • Financial due diligence and verification*
  • Transferring of existing lease or negotiating a new lease
  • Financing or loan if required
  • Inspection of fixtures and equipment
  • Transfer of alcohol license if applicable

*It is strongly recommended by Santa Cruz Business Brokers that you retain a professional CPA and/or attorney to protect your interest during due diligence.

6. You will be required to submit the following upon making an offer:

  • Earnest money - usually $10,000 to $25,000, based on price of business
  • A personal financial statement and business resume for the seller to review

7. Carmel Business Sales presents the offer to the seller who accepts, rejects, or counter offers.

8. Once the transaction is ratified the due diligence period begins.

9. Upon landlord approval and due diligence period satisfied - All Contingencies are then removed. The escrow attorney then begins the bulk sale process, fictitious business name filing and tax clearances.

10. The balance of funds is deposited into escrow. Closing documents are reviewed by buyer and seller.Finaldocuments are signed, final monies are dispersed, and the buyer is given the keys!



"If it was not for your guidance and direction I would be totally lost and possibly in financial chaos. Your support and advice saved me thousands. I am forever grateful and look forward to working with you again. I highly recommend Carmel Business Sales for all business needs."
Veronica Dokie