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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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
Ian Schrager and the Pulic Hotel at 215 Chrystie Street (Getty; Google)

$60M mezz loan on Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel is for sale

Korean lender Shinhan Investment wants to sell its $60 million mezzanine loan on the Public Hotel in the Lower...

$60M mezz loan on Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel is for sale
J.C. Penney at the Westfield South Shore mall in Long Island and  J.C. Penney CEO Jill Soltau (Google Maps; Getty)

J.C. Penney to keep Bay Shore outpost open for now

J.C. Penney announced Thursday that the department store chain will not shutter its store at the Westfield South Shore...

J.C. Penney to keep Bay Shore outpost open for now
Signature Bank CEO Joseph DePaolo and New York Community Bank CEO Joseph Ficalora (Photos via Getty; Facebook; iStock)

NYC’s multifamily lenders see shares tumble in 2020

Despite assurances that rent collections have remained strong, share prices for community banks in New York have plummeted. Since...

NYC’s multifamily lenders see shares tumble in 2020
The analysis predicts that office vacancies across the world will continue upward (iStock)

Report: Office market won’t return to glory until 2025

The office market won’t reach pre-Covid levels until 2025, a brokerage report has found. The analysis by Cushman and...

Report: Office market won’t return to glory until 2025
Korean wave pours into U.S. commercial real estate

Korean wave pours into U.S. commercial real estate

In April, as New York faced the darkest days of the coronavirus outbreak to date, the city’s biggest office...

Korean wave pours into U.S. commercial real estate
The Martinique hotel (Wikipedia, Google Maps)

Operator of Martinique Hotel in Manhattan files for bankruptcy

UPDATED, Sept. 23, 4:45 p.m.: The operator of the Martinique hotel in Manhattan has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy...

Operator of Martinique Hotel in Manhattan files for bankruptcy
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