It really depends on your market and the sellers priorities. In a non-competitive market, I might try 5% - 10% off market price (not necessarily list price) with a cash offer.
Ask your agent to do some digging with the listing agent before you put together an offer, he/she might be able to tease out some facts that will help you determine the sellers priorities and how much a cash offer would be worth to them.... more
I would suggest finding a commercial Realtor in that area and talking to him/her. A good commercial Realtor is typically familiar with a lot of issues for a new business and besides helping you with finding and securing a nice place, be able to refer you to others for questions he/she cannot answer. Good Luck !!... more
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods.