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Commercial property refers to any type of real estate that is used exclusively for business purposes. Investors have traditionally been attracted to commercial properties because they can generate future revenue through rental income or resale.

There are different types of commercial real estate property: office, retail, industrial, multifamily, hotel, special purpose, etc. Office buildings can be multi-tenanted or single-tenanted, and many are build-to-suit. They’re also ranked in three tiers: Class A, Class B, and Class C. The retail sector is complicated, as the type of shopping center—for instance, a regional mall, community center, strip center, or power center. Industrial buildings house industrial operations for a variety of tenants, and are categorized into four types: heavy manufacturing, light assembly, bulk warehouse, and flex industrial. The multifamily sector covers all types of residential real estate outside of single-family, including apartments, condos, co-ops, and townhomes. Apartment rental buildings, in particular, are split into multiple property types: high-rise, mid-rise, garden-style, walk-up, manufactured housing community, and special-purpose housing. The hotel sector covers establishments providing accommodations, meals, and other services for travelers and tourists. Special purpose real estate may be owned by commercial real estate investors, but don’t fall into any of the sectors mentioned above. For instance, amusement parks, churches, self-storage, and bowling alleys are special-purpose facilities.

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