Commercial property investment Why invest in commercial property

Why commercial property

There are a number of ways of investing in commercial property

Buying a house not only puts a roof over your head and provides financial security over the long-term, it can also be a good way to invest your money.

However, the financial crisis of 2007/08 saw many property investors to get their fingers burnt, illustrating that investing in property is not without risk.

Commercial property is an important asset class to consider as a way of spreading, or diversifying, risk in your investment portfolio. Generally, property isn't highly-correlated to other assets classes such as cash, fixed income (bonds and gilts) and equities, meaning that property values move independently of other assets and aren't typically affected by what's going on in the stock markets.

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Investing in commercial property - the options

There are a number of different ways to get exposure to property as an investment:

Direct investment

For private investors, direct investment in property means literally buying all of, or a share in, a property. For most people, this is not a practical way of getting exposure to the commercial property market.

Direct commercial property funds or 'bricks and mortar' funds

A more common way to invest in commercial property is through a collective investment scheme, such as a unit trust, Oeic or investment trust. These invest directly into a portfolio of commercial properties, such as supermarkets, offices and warehouses, which are otherwise inaccessible for smaller investors.

Indirect property funds

These are collective investment schemes that invest in the shares of property companies that are listed on the stock market. They do not have the same benefits of diversification as direct investment in property - as property shares can move up and down with stock markets.

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How to profit from commercial property investment

There are two principal ways for you to earn money from a commercial property investment:

  • Income from renting to a tenant
  • Capital growth from an increase in the value of the property

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Last updated:

February 2016

Updated by:

Michael Trudeau

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