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.
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Tony Malkin (Getty, iStock)

Empire State Realty Trust reports second consecutive quarterly loss

The Empire State Building’s observation deck reopened to the public three months ago, but that hasn’t been enough to...

Empire State Realty Trust reports second consecutive quarterly loss
Michael Shvo and the Transamerica Building in San Francisco and  (Unsplash)

Shvo, Deutsche Finance close on Transamerica Pyramid for $650M

A group led by Michael Shvo’s eponymous firm and Deutsche Finance America has closed on the purchase of the...

Shvo, Deutsche Finance close on Transamerica Pyramid for $650M
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with (top to bottom) 5 Warehouse Lane in Elmsford in Westchester County, 2300 Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn and 1502 Bassett Avenue in the Bronx (Getty; Google Maps)

Amazon inks three warehouse deals for delivery stations

Amazon is continuing its expansion spree in New York with three new delivery stations. The e-commerce giant has inked...

Amazon inks three warehouse deals for delivery stations
New foreclosure filings are rising again as limits are lifted (iStock)

Foreclosure filings ramp up, especially in minority neighborhoods

Farrah Lafontant hesitates to call herself a landlord. At least, she said, not a “corporate landlord.” Growing up in...

Foreclosure filings ramp up, especially in minority neighborhoods
WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani (Wikimedia)

WeWork tells members you must pay rent

WeWork has doubled down on its demand for rent from members unable to pay, in some cases threatening debt collection if clients don’t fork over the money. Covid-related eviction moratoriums in many cities, including...

WeWork tells members you must pay rent
Equity Residential chairman Sam Zell (Getty)

Equity Residential sees profits drop 58%

Sam Zell’s Equity Residential was hit with a 58 percent decline in income in the third quarter, with urban flight severely impacting its apartment portfolio. The REIT’s net income in the third quarter was...

Equity Residential sees profits drop 58%
City’s new Open Storefronts program will allow shop owners to sell their wares on sidewalks (Getty)

NYC to allow store owners to sell wares on sidewalks

The city’s successful Open Restaurants program has inspired a similar initiative, this time for shop owners. Mayor Bill de...

NYC to allow store owners to sell wares on sidewalks
Blackstone president Jonathan Gray (Getty; iStock)

Blackstone earnings are up despite commercial real estate woes

Blackstone’s bet on logistics facilities and life sciences continues to pay off despite the broader headwinds facing commercial real...

Blackstone earnings are up despite commercial real estate woes
New York Community Bank president Joseph Ficalora (Facebook; iStock)

NYC’s largest multifamily lender says rent collections are at pre-pandemic levels

New York City’s largest multifamily lender said rent collections in its loan portfolio have returned to pre-pandemic levels and...

NYC’s largest multifamily lender says rent collections are at pre-pandemic levels
Related chairman Stephen Ross (Getty; iStock; Health Pass) 

Related, Cushman & Wakefield use new app to screen workers for Covid

Some big firms are turning to a new health screening app to determine when and how to safely bring...

Related, Cushman & Wakefield use new app to screen workers for Covid

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