Commercial Real Estate Investing

And while stocks and bonds are commonly the top investment choices, you need to go beyond the stock market to really build wealth. This is where investing in commercial real estate comes in. 

What is Commercial  Real Estate?

Commercial real estate is often labeled as an “alternative investment,” because it doesn’t fall into conventional investment categories (like stocks, bonds, or cash). Investors have access to commercial real estate by purchasing physical properties, via Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), or exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

The Five Types of Commercial Real Estate

Now that you know what commercial real estate is exactly, you probably have a good idea of the types of properties that would fall into this category. But, let’s explore these a bit further. 

Office Buildings

When you think of commercial real estate, office buildings will probably be the common assets that come to mind. These can be buildings like skyscrapers to the more traditional suburban office buildings you see in your town. 


In commercial real estate, retail buildings are also widely popular investment assets. Think of places like restaurants, malls, community centers, drug stores, etc. 


Industrial buildings house industrial operations for a variety of tenants, and are mostly located outside of urban areas. Many of these will also be found in designated industrial parks, which you might have near you.


And another popular category of commercial real estate investing is multifamily. You might not have thought of this at first, but apartment complexes and high-rise condos fit in the “CRE” category. 

Special Purpose 

These are commercial properties that do not fit into the above categories, but are used for specific use and cannot be served for any other purpose. These kinds of properties include amusement parks, stadiums, airports, car washes, self-storage, etc.

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