1. Office Buildings and Office Space
Class A typically means the property is either new or in new condition and is high quality. Class B offices are generally highly rentable and in good condition. They usually come at a lower rental rate than Class A office properties. Class C offices are seen as "dated" or may have a poor layout, lack of amenities, or be in a less-than-desirable location.
Low rise office buildings are any buildings less than 7 stories. A mid rise office building has between 7 and 25 stories, and a high rise office building has more than 25 stories.
Benefit for investors: Office buildings can generate large amounts of income and come with tenants that are committed to long-term leases. These types of properties can appreciate in value over time and can be a wonderful long-term investment property.
2. Retail Buildings and Retail Space
Some of the most common types of retail uses include auto related, auto and truck sales, prepared food related, taverns and drinking related, grocery stores, convenience stores, specialty food stores, daycares, building materials and supplies, hardware stores, furniture stores, appliance stores, consumer electronics stores, camera and photography related, lawn and garden shops, apparel, shoe, and accessory shops, department stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, antique shops, book stores, sporting goods stores, office supplies stores, jewelry stores, hobby shops, gift stores, florists, and miscellaneous.
Benefit for investors: Retail spaces often fulfill basic needs for customers, thus it isn't very difficult to find tenants for these properties, especially in high-traffic areas.
3. Shopping Centers
Malls can be regional or super regional. Regional malls are between 400,000 to 800,000 square feet and draws most customers from a 5 to 15 mile radius, whereas a super regional mall is over 800,000 square feet, frequently multi story, and draw their customers from a 25 mile radius.
Open air shopping centers differ in what radius they draw their clients from, what the tenants' cater to, and the location. Some examples of this are neighborhood centers, which would be what a typical strip mall is, festival centers, which focus on entertainment, and outlet centers, which include outlet stores that sell brand-name goods at discount prices.
Benefit for investors: Shopping centers tenants generally have reliable tenants who sign multi-year leases, which can guarantee the profitability of your investment.
4. Industrial and Flexible Space
Benefit for investors: There's a huge demand for industrial properties like Amazon fulfillment centers, warehouses for big-box stores, and storage facilities. These types of properties withstand market downturns better than other commercial properties.
5. Hospitality Properties
Benefit for investors: Hospitality properties trade at higher cap rates, and because properties like hotels sell their rooms by the night, it's like a nightly lease and each night is an opportunity to make money.
6. Multi-Family Properties
Benefit for investors: Many investors purchase and/or develop multifamily housing complexes because they often crate an income stream that provides a high return on investment.
7. Farm and Ranch Properties
Benefit for investors: As the world's population increases, so does the need for goods. Investing in agriculture not only supports the farming industry and farmers, but also keeps investments more secure than they would be in the stock market.
8. Business Opportunities
Distribution/Wholesale businesses are the middleman between a manufacturer and retailer. A distributor may purchase beverages directly from the maker, such as Snapple, and then distribute them to restaurants such as Subway, who then sell them to the consumer. Manufacturing businesses deal with the creation and production of anything that will be sold.
Benefit for investors: Buying an established and profitable business can be less risky than starting one.
9. Vacant Developable Land
Benefit for investors: Taxes and fees for vacant land are usually lower than developed land. Vacant land may also be very affordable, as many sellers are highly motivated.
10. Senior Housing and Long Term Care Facilities
Benefit for investors: This sector of business has great resiliency and is seen as a low-risk investment that provides a great return on investment.