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Commercial real estate investments

People in Maryland may want to consider owning commercial real estate as a long-term investment. Unlike the stock market, commercial real estate tends to be a more stable investment that is not subject to frequent price fluctuations. While commercial real estate investors can make money through appreciation of their properties, they can also generate a steady stream of income by collecting rent from tenants.

According to a study that was recently conducted by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the real estate market is expected to have strong growth in the next couple years. Researchers found that the commercial real estate market in certain cities, including Austin, San Francisco and Denver, would be especially lucrative territory for investors.

People who are interested in investing in commercial real estate have a number of different options. An investor could purchase a commercial property directly, invest in units of a real estate investment trust or purchase commercial mortgage-backed securities. Deciding what type of investment to make will depend on how involved the investor would like to be with the property and how big of a return they are hoping to receive. Investing in a property directly often requires significant active participation, while investing in a REIT or commercial mortgage-backed securities is passive.

Commercial real estate can be an excellent investment with great returns. However, there are many things that could go wrong if a person invests in a piece of property that has troublesome tenant or land use issues. An attorney who has experience in real estate matters may be able to help clients to conduct a thorough investigation of the properties they are thinking of investing in.

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