Prior to discussing confidential information about businesses for sale, business brokers require prospective buyers to complete certain forms that serve two purposes. They protect the interests of the business owners during the sale process and enables a business broker to competently assist buyers in their acquisition search. These documents are necessary to the process and are defined below.

Confidentiality Agreement

This document is also known as a Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA). It registers the buyer's receipt of confidential information regarding a business for sale. It is also the buyer's pledge that the confidential information is not to be shared or used for competitive purposes. It also protects the broker's position as the intermediary in the introduction of the buyer to the seller's business.

Personal Financial Profile

This is NOT a credit report or an official document that requires confidential information such as a social security number or your bank statement. This form requires the buyer to assess his/her financial capabilities. It outlines the buyer's financial condition in terms of assets, liabilities and liquidity to which the buyer attests to its truth and accuracy. It provides insight to the buyer's availability of funds for a down payment, the purchase price range, and net earnings requirements for an acquisition. It will help narrow the focus of the businesses to research as possible candidates for purchase consideration.

Buyer Background Profile

The Buyer Profile is more or less an Interview Form that outlines business experience and other credentials that would signify a person's qualifications to run a business. The information, coupled with financial capacity outlined in the Personal Financial Statement, will help match businesses with the prospective buyer's background and interests.

Real Estate Services Disclosure Form

This form is required by the Texas Real Estate Commission and provides information about brokerage services. It advises the signatory about the responsibilities of the broker depending on who the broker represents, either the buyer or the seller.

Understand the Process

 Before diving into the business-for-sale marketplace:
  • You should educate yourself on the buying process.
  • Assess your finances to ascertain how much you actually have as a down payment and to get you through the initial transition.
  • Target businesses that suit your background, lifestyle, knowledge base, and natural talents in order to reduce risk.
Find out more about the buying process and read educational articles on our website HERE.