Dentist Survey: Do You Own or Rent Your Dental Practice Real Estate?

Dental real estate: rent vs. ownThis survey by The Wealthy Dentist asked about a major dental practice management expense. Do dentists lease or own their dental real estate?

More than three-quarters of the dentists surveyed own their practice facilities.

Despite unstable real estate values across the U.S. within the past 10 years, dentists still prefer to own rather than rent.

Only 3% of the respondents own and are worried about their mortgage. The majority of dentists either own the building free and clear ( 35% ),  or own it and pay a reasonable mortgage (39% ).

Do dentists rent or own their dental practice facilities?“Always own your property; best investment you can make.” New York dentist

“If the facility is a good investment – own it.” Tennessee dentist

“It all depends on location but generally owning the dental practice real estate affords one a greater opportunity to build wealth.” Nevada dentist

“There is security in knowing that my rent will not go up and I will not have to move due to a change of ownership.” Texas dentist

“Much better to own the right building in the right location. Problem is the right location is changing as dental practice is changing.” California orthodontist

Fewer than one quarter of our dentists rent their facilities, with 10% on a long term lease, and 13% on a lease expiring in less than two years.

“Owning would be far preferable to renting, but unfortunately my landlord won’t sell. Real estate is very limited in my area.” California oral surgeon

“Tenant improvements (and repayment) are the real killer!” California dentist

Do you think it’s better to own or rent your dental practice real estate?


About Jim Du Molin

+Jim Du Molin is a leading Internet marketing expert for dentists in North America. He has helped hundreds of doctors make more money in their practices using his proven Internet marketing techniques.

  • Henrius

    Rented my space in a shopping plaza for 22 years, until my father and I built a knockout Spanish colonial building with other office space to rent. Quality of patients has improved with the move, and my only regret was not doing it years earlier!

    One day just the rents from the building can support me in retirement.

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