What is ‘Commercial Real Estate’
Commercial real estate is property used solely for business purposes and are leased out to provide a workspace rather than a living space. Ranging from a single gas station to a huge shopping center, commercial real estate includes retailers of all kinds, office, hotels, strip malls, restaurants, and convenience stores.
Commercial real estate is one of the three main types of real estate which also includes residential and industrial. As its name implies, commercial real estate is used in commerce (residential real estate is used for living purposes, while industrial real estate is used for the manufacture and production of goods).
While some businesses own the buildings they occupy, the more typical scenario is that an investor owns the building and collects rent from each business that operates there.
While residential real estate lease rate may be quoted in an annual sum or a monthly rent, commercial real estate is customarily quoted in annual rental dollars per square foot.
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