The research and valuation firm, Situs RERC, conducts surveys of experts each quarter to find out which types of commercial properties offer the best potential for investors. The survey has a scale from 1 to 10, 1 representing the poorest conditions and 10 the best.
Here are the preliminary results for the second quarter. Final results will come out early August.
- Apartment building: 5.9
- Hotels: 6.4
- Student housing: 6.5
- Neighborhood shopping centers: 6.6
- Office building in central business districts: 6.6
- Industrial warehouses: 7.6
If you are an individual investor, you might not be in a position to pluck down the amount of money required to buy one of the above properties. But there are real estate investment trusts (REITs) that focus on each of these sectors.
For more information on REITs, the National Association of Real Investment Trusts’ website is a good place to start.