Commercial properties are traditionally institutional assets bought by investment funds. They can also be worthwhile for individual investors, but are often too expensive so funds can be a more accessible approach. They tend to be higher-yielding than residential properties, though there are a number of quite different types of commercial property and these can vary quite a bit. Average returns range from 4.5% for offices to 10% for high street units.

Commercial properties tend to have lower levels of volatility than many other kinds of investment, but at the same time its reliance on factors like consumer spending and job creation give you little protection against tough times in the wider economy. If you're interested in investing through a fund, look for those holding at least 40 properties and be aware that if there is ever a mass exodus of investors you may have to wait to receive your money while properties are sold off.

Specialist commercial funding is required for this type of investment. 

Commercial property market in Cardiff is proving to be an attractive prospect for all

  Cardiff is continuing to grow as a city and when it comes to commercial property it is grabbing the attention of investors, developers and occupiers. Cardiff is fast becoming one of the main business centres in the UK and this has been proven by the decision for Legal & General to commit to the Central Square Scheme in the city centre which comes with a value of £400 million. Developers Speculating Developers such as JR Smart and Rightacres property had invested in the city at the right time in both the Capital Quarter and Central Square schemes and it seems as though they will be rewarded for this gamble. A large amount of space in both developments has already been taken which his excellent news for the city but it could lead to a short supply of first class accommodation although this will only last until the next phase...
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Getting Started with your New Business: Renting the Perfect Premises

When starting out with a new business it’s vital to follow a logical and methodical procedure for setting up. Finding premises is arguably the most important part of your start-up. It has to be just right for you to lay down the foundations of your business and begin to grow. Research Doing a lot of research before you make any moves is crucial. Make a list of criteria and business priorities for you; think about growth – where do you want your business to be in the next year or further. Look out for shops to let in your desired areas in person – nothing compares to first-hand viewing. Make sure you check out what property to let is available in your area to give you a few ideas and get you inspired. Come up with a property specification that encompasses the following for your upcoming business rental: Facilities Size...
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Tips and Advice: Investing in the Right Commercial Property

There’s many different reasons to invest in commercial property, it might be that you want a new premises for your company, or that you wish to add to your existing portfolio. Whatever your reasons, you’ll always want to make sure you have the right property to ensure your investment is worthwhile. As such there are also a number of aspects to think about in your search, but if you’re not certain or could use a few pointers, in this post you’ll find some useful tips and advice. Here’s what you need to know: The Right Type To start with the basics you need to look through the property markets and narrow your options down to the right property for your needs. For example, if you’re intending to turn this into a commercial rental property, or use it yourself, will it suit the target market? After all, you wouldn’t advertise a...
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A Pre-Construction Checklist for Building Sites

  When preparing a piece of land or a building site for construction there are fundamentally important things to consider before beginning the job. As always, safety and a consideration of environmental factors must come first and foremost. There are then a few practical steps you should always follow including preparing the needed tools in advance. A well planned job should consider every element of the project beforehand and know what tools and machinery will be needed at each stage, and for roughly how long.  It is also worth researching via industry sites such as www.building.co.uk to get the latest information. Never fail to prepare a pre-construction checklist. It will make the job run more smoothly, within budget and set time-frames, and could even save lives! Pre-Construction Checklist Any building site for virtually any purpose will require you to excavate and prepare the land before laying foundations and beginning construction. You’ll...
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The Best Ways of Ensuring Safety On A Building Site

  It goes without saying that a building site can be a particularly hazardous workplace. There are potential safety hazards everywhere you turn – you could trip over equipment, fall from scaffolding or cause an injury with equipment – the list goes on and on. As dangerous as all that sounds, there are a few simple guidelines which, when followed correctly, will ensure the safety of everyone on your building site.   Insist on the use of protective equipment and clothing at all times   The first step in ensuring a safe building site is to ensure that everybody who steps foot on your site, including visitors, is wearing the appropriate safety and protective equipment and clothing. This includes, at a minimum, high-visibility jackets and safety helmets or hard hats. High-vis jackets ensure greater visibility of people on the site while safety helmets can protect the wearer’s head from penetration by an object as well as absorbing the physical impact...
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