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When considering investing in real estate, do not overlook the opportunities in income producing properties. Commercial real estate investment is an industry that offers one of the surest ways to gain wealth with the lowest barriers to entry. Real estate markets have ups and downs, with values fluctuating due to market conditions in certain localities primarily driven by overbuilding and high interest rates. Commercial real estate typically does not react to those outside factors in such broad swings. Values on commercial real estate tend to follow a steady upward path.

The fact that a property is available through a real estate agent specializing in foreclosures, or on the foreclosure.com website, does not mean there is something wrong with it. Properties in this category are more likely to be in foreclosure or bankruptcy on an account of problems of the owner/developer than from forces directly related to the property. Prime properties and excellent opportunities abound in the commercial real estate space.

Banks can be a good source of distressed commercial properties. They exist to attract accounts and make loans. Managing real estate is outside their area of expertise. Creditors end up owning properties they never intended to own, and are stuck with REO (Real Estate Owned), a particularly unwelcome item on their balance sheets. From an accounting standpoint, while real estate for owner/investors is an asset on its books, it is the opposite in terms of banking bookkeeping. Real estate on a bank’s balance sheet appears on the liability side of the leger. It is a liability that drags down their net worth and causes their auditors and regulators to restrict their lending activities. Thus the banks are highly motivated to move properties off their books, and often decide to cut their losses by discounting the sales price for a quick sale. One thing that banks are particularly bad at is owning real estate, so any real estate on the books of a lender is an opportunity for an investor.

The pathway to success in commercial real estate can be shortened by researching the commercial foreclosure and business foreclosure markets.

In order for you to jump into this space it is recommended that you search ‘commercial foreclosures near me’ and ‘foreclosed commercial property’; and do not overlook real estate agents specializing in foreclosures. The foreclosure.com website has a robust section dealing with commercial real estate foreclosures throughout the country. So the resources are all there to shortcut your search for opportunities in the commercial real estate foreclosure market.

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