Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate is any property used for a profit-making, non-residential purpose.

Commercial Real Estate Q&A

What qualifies as commercial real estate?
Any for-profit, non-residential property can be considered commercial real estate. In some states, residential property with more than a certain number of units may also be considered commercial property for borrowing and tax purposes.
What is the commercial real estate industry?
The commercial real estate industry encompasses the buying, selling, leasing, financing, development and construction of commercial spaces. The top ten property owners in New York City alone hold over 546 million square feet of property and operate with an aggregate sum of $8.1 billion, according to TRD's 2019 Data Book.
Who buys and sells commercial real estate?
TRD calculates the top NYC commercial brokerages by sales annually. While individuals, groups, and small companies can buy and sell commercial real estate, brokerage firms account for many of the deals happening within the commercial real estate industry. According to TRD's ranking, 2018's top brokerages by dollar-volume sales were Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, Eastdil Secured, HFF, and Rosewood Realty Group.
Want to know more about commercial real estate?
Check out our Top Stories below for TRD's most up-to-date coverage of commercial real estate.

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(Illustration by Daniel Castro Maia)

Why real estate is still tangled up with the mob

During a court hearing this winter, alleged loan shark Mark “Chippy” Kocaj urged a federal judge to allow him...

Why real estate is still tangled up with the mob
Paul Massey’s B6 Real Estate hit with layoffs

Paul Massey’s B6 Real Estate hit with layoffs

Paul Massey’s B6 Real Estate Advisors is the latest brokerage to suffer layoffs as New York City remains on...

Paul Massey’s B6 Real Estate hit with layoffs
Judge Janet DiFiore and Judge Rowan Wilson (Credit: iStock, New York State Courts)

High court decision has tenants stewing, landlords oohing

A landmark decision from New York’s highest court has elated landlords, while tenants say it puts property before people....

High court decision has tenants stewing, landlords oohing
Sharif El-Gamal (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

WATCH: Developer Sharif El-Gamal has Covid-19. But he’s one of the lucky ones

Sharif El-Gamal is one of the lucky ones. The founder and CEO of Soho Properties, developer of 560 Seventh...

WATCH: Developer Sharif El-Gamal has Covid-19. But he’s one of the lucky ones
Knotel CEO Amol Sarva 

Another huge round of layoffs for Knotel

Flex office company Knotel slashed its 400-person workforce by half, as the coronavirus pandemic has drained the unicorn startup’s membership base. Knotel laid off or furloughed 195 employees worldwide today, Commercial Observer reported. “Business...

Another huge round of layoffs for Knotel
The reporters behind The Real Deal’s coverage of layoffs at Compass and a bold rent-relief bill in New York

Second Take: Compass layoffs and a renter-landlord relief bill

The reporters behind The Real Deal’s coverage of layoffs at Compass and a bold rent-relief bill in New York...

Second Take: Compass layoffs and a renter-landlord relief bill
Miki Naftali, Steven Witkoff and Ryan Freedman

TRD Talks: How developers are contending with coronavirus

One called for a total shutdown of business. Another advised startups to plan for zero revenue for six months....

TRD Talks: How developers are contending with coronavirus
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images; iStock)

Cuomo’s foreclosure, mortgage moratorium has no teeth

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s foreclosure and mortgage moratorium is little more than a strong suggestion to lenders. At a Thursday...

Cuomo’s foreclosure, mortgage moratorium has no teeth
From left: Realogy's Ryan Schneider, Cushman & Wakefield's Brett White and Newmark Knight Frank's Barry Gosin (Credit: iStock)

Brokerage stocks plunge amid market turmoil

Real estate brokerage stocks plunged Wednesday, after a market selloff prompted U.S. stocks to temporarily suspend trading. Shares of Realogy Holdings dropped 35 percent to just over $2 per share as of 2:55 p.m.,...

Brokerage stocks plunge amid market turmoil
Mayor Bill de Blasio halted ULURP, stalling projects like 960 Franklin Avenue, Rikers Island and Industry City 

These projects could be held up by New York’s rezoning freeze

To stem the coronavirus pandemic, the city paused more than 100 zoning applications Monday from going through the public...

These projects could be held up by New York’s rezoning freeze
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