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Commercial real estate ownership options

Commercial real estate (CRE) investing is something that many look at when they diversify their portfolio. Typically involving large sums of money, it is common for investors to look at real estate investment trusts (REITs) or fractional ownership with a group. The benefits of this measured approach will vary by project, but these partnerships allow investors to get involved without investing millions or placing all their eggs in one basket.

The benefits of CRE

Regardless of the amount invested, many unique benefits can make it a great business opportunity:

  • Real estate does not have the stock market’s volatility and generally provides a steady long-term return.
  • It involves a lock-in period that safeguards the investment and ensures returns.
  • Some properties are highly desirable, which means that revenue is high and vacancies are low.
  • It is an ideal option for those looking for steady passive income.

What to look for in a REIT

Like mutual funds, REITs will have managers and investors as part of a pool, which can further diversify across a portfolio of properties or assets. The returns are then pooled and distributed according to the ratio of ownership. Potential investors will want to look at such details as:

  • The manager’s appetite for risk
  • Size of the trust
  • Amount of idle property
  • Market dynamics

Understanding fractional ownership

Fractional ownerships often operate using multiples of lakhs ($100,000). Investors can own one or more lakhs and are compensated accordingly. Whereas REITs work on an in or out basis, fractional ownership enables investors to choose their assets. They can keep the profitable ones and sell or trade underperforming ones.

Finding the right fit

Since the stakes can be quite high, potential investors must be cautious about working with the right people and picking a suitable format. Researching the investments, managers, partners, and other details is part of due diligence, but intelligent investors can work with a real estate law attorney who handles commercial properties. These legal professionals can provide clients with the peace of mind of knowing and understanding the rules and implications of any agreement they sign.