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. 

The Advantages of Renting Serviced Vs Conventional Commercial Property

The differences between conventional commercial properties and serviced commercial properties are quite simple. The former refers to a straightforward commercial lease, by which a company obtains sole rental use of the property. The latter refers to lease agreement in which a company rents a commercial space that is provided along with extra amenities, such as secretarial or postage services. Serviced commercial properties are usually (but not always) a part of a larger commercial complex, such as an office block.
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Planning ahead: Things to consider before buying commercial property

Buying commercial property is always a long-term investment, and therefore you need to plan ahead. Carefully consider what type of property is best suited to your needs and how long you are going to be there before signing on the dotted line.
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What expenses should commercial property buyers be aware of?

Are you looking to buy a commercial property? Doing so is certainly an exciting move for a business, be they large or small, to take. Acquiring new premises - whether its a retail outlet, office or hotel - provides a great chance to generate additional revenue for an organisation, but it is a substantial financial commitment that should not be overestimated.
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Understanding and Utilising Business Rates Relief

Business property rates can quickly become an expensive prospect, especially as we continue to endure the current economic climate. As we attempt to make savings and cut costs in areas such as staffing, property rent and business rates in order to be able to compete with our competitors, many companies forget or sometimes don’t even realise that they in fact are eligible for business rates relief, allowing them to cut their spending overheads significantly.
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Why New Squatters Rights Laws Could Spell Trouble For Commercial Property Owners

The Government introduced Squatters Rights Laws as part of the Criminal Law Act 1977. The legislation was designed to protect tenants from their landlords and to ensure that they could not be unfairly evicted from the property. In order to do this the laws made it illegal for any person, including the landlord, to force their way into the building against the occupiers wishes.
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