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?
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Corey Johnson, Andrew Rigie and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)

Commercial tenant protections get extension from de Blasio

“Today is about justice for hard working New Yorkers,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a bill-signing ceremony Monday....

Commercial tenant protections get extension from de Blasio
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New York’s law firm leasing volume down by 45%: report

New York City typically leads the nation in leasing demand from law firms, but as with many other things,...

New York’s law firm leasing volume down by 45%: report
A federal judge issued an injunction allowing TikTok to remain in app stores. The company recently signed a major office lease at One Five One in New York (Getty; iStock; Google Maps)

TikTok, savior of NYC’s office market, not yet banned in US

TikTok was granted a last-minute reprieve Sunday as a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s...

TikTok, savior of NYC’s office market, not yet banned in US
The pandemic is leading to huge losses in value for hotels, malls and other commercial properties (iStock)

Troubled commercial properties see values fall 27%: report

Commercial properties such as hotels and malls may have lost as much as a quarter of their value as...

Troubled commercial properties see values fall 27%: report
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a rendering of the Farley Post Office building redevelopment and Vornado's Steve Roth (Credit: Getty Images, VNO)

Facebook snagged $100M discount on Farley Post Office deal

Facebook’s huge lease at the Farley Post Office redevelopment in Midtown came with a pretty nice perk: The tech...

Facebook snagged $100M discount on Farley Post Office deal
Blackstone's Frank Cohen and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with the HQ2 site (Getty; Blackstone; Google Maps)

Amazon grows HQ2 site near DC with hotel buy

Amazon’s massive HQ2 development outside Washington D.C. may be expanding. The e-commerce leviathan bought a Residence Inn by Marriott...

Amazon grows HQ2 site near DC with hotel buy
Rendering of the Tokyo Tokiwabashi project (Courtesy of Mitsubishi)

Mitsubishi unveils design for Japan’s tallest skyscraper

One of Japan’s largest developers has unveiled new renderings for what could become the country’s tallest building upon completion...

Mitsubishi unveils design for Japan’s tallest skyscraper
Charles Rettig, Commissioner of the IRS (Getty)

Opportunity Zone rule change seeks to entice foreign investors

Potential changes to the rules for Opportunity Zones could soon allow some foreign investors to reap major tax benefits...

Opportunity Zone rule change seeks to entice foreign investors
The proposal to rezone Industry City in Brooklyn was unveiled five years ago, but collapsed under political pressure (Courtesy of Industry City)

Here’s how Industry City’s controversial rezoning unraveled

Industry City was once set to become one of the biggest manufacturing hubs — and, with any luck, job...

Here’s how Industry City’s controversial rezoning unraveled
731 Lexington Avenue and 410 East 61st Street (inset) with Vornado's Steve Roth (Googel Maps; VNO)

Home Depot eyes former Bed Bath & Beyond space on First Ave

Big-box retailers are playing musical stores on the Upper East Side. Home Depot, which currently leases nearly 80,000 square...

Home Depot eyes former Bed Bath & Beyond space on First Ave
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