There are lots of ways to invest in real estate. You can flip houses; rent out properties; buy real estate-related stocks, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and ETFs; or even take part in crowdfunded deals.
Another great option worth eyeing? That’d be commercial real estate (CRE): a high-risk but also high-reward asset class, which encompasses a whole slew of property types you probably haven’t even considered investing in.
Are you interested in exploring commercial real estate investments? Here’s what you need to know.
What is commercial real estate?
First off, what exactly qualifies as commercial real estate? At its most basic, it’s any property designed to make money. It can include all the major categories you probably expect — retail stores, office buildings, industrial warehouses, restaurants, etc. — as well as more specialized property, like storage spaces, hotels, casinos, and even healthcare facilities.
Why invest in commercial real estate?
Whether you’re coming from a long career in residential property or you’ve never invested in real estate at all, CRE can be a smart place to put your money. But why commercial real estate? Here are 11 reasons you might want to consider it for your real estate portfolio.