What Is Commercial Real Estate
Commercial real estate is a property used exclusively for business purposes or to provide a workspace rather than a living space. More often, commercial real estate is leased to tenants to conduct businesses. Commercial real estate includes retailers of all kinds, office space, hotels, strip malls, restaurants, and convenience stores.
Commercial real estate is categorized into four classes, depending on function: office, industrial, multifamily, and retail. Office space, for example, is characterized as class A, class B or class C based on certain parameters like below.
Class A represents the best buildings in terms of aesthetics, age, quality of infrastructure, and location.
Class B buildings are usually older and not as competitive—price-wise—as Class A buildings. Investors often target these buildings for restoration.
Class C buildings are the oldest, usually over 20 years of age, located in less attractive areas, and need continuous maintenanccontinue reading →