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Asset Types

Asset Types


Industrial real estate includes property such as factory, warehousing, multi-use property combining factory, warehousing and office space, heavy manufacturing buildings, industrial parks, light manufacturing buildings, and research and development parks.  While not the glamorous investment to drive past and point out, industrial has some positive investment qualities.

Longer-term leases are typical finding that industrial tenants have less client traffic and fewer turnovers. Industrial real estate can be less demanding to manage than other types of commercial property with potentially lower maintenance and fewer cosmetic demands.

It’s important to work with a broker who knows the market and the zoning laws well.  Prior use of the property can impact using the property for other industrial purposes and could potentially prove expensive if clean up is required.


commercial industrial building

Retail Centers

Investing in retail centers can include shopping centers, shopping malls and even stand alone retail buildings.

Many investors favor these investments as they spread the cash flow risk.  With 10 tenants, having one open lease still means that you have 9 generating income.  Additionally many retail investments leased out on a long-term triple net lease basis. As an investor, your rates of return won’t go down over time as the taxes and expenses go up.

Changes in the economy can impact retail centers more than other areas as retail is often impacted greater during economic downturns.  While long-term leases can look attractive, certain retailers can fall out of favor with their customers quickly as well.

When considering this type of investment, be sure your commercial real estate broker understands the area, the potential for changes in traffic, zoning and other factors that may impact the viability of the investment.

commercial retail storefronts

Professional Office Space

This investment category includes office buildings and serviced offices.

Investing in office buildings has a number of positives for the commercial real estate investor.  Returns on investment can be higher than some other areas. This is often a result of longer term leases and many leases being  full-service where the tenant pays a fee inclusive of the base rent and other operating  expenses of the building including cleaning and utilities. The other lease type can be a triple-net lease where the tenant pays the base rent plus all other operating expenses which include the office building’s real estate taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

Often times office buildings are located in prime space areas ensuring the building’s replacement cost will continue to rise.

On the flip side, during times of economic downturn lease cancellations can occur, impacting monthly income.  In a high traffic area, vacancy swings can be as great as 40% in difficult times.

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Raw Land Development

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Manufactured Home Communities

Manufactured home communities can be very attractive to a variety of potential tenants and can attract a higher range of rents.


Manufactured Home Community

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