Guide: Investing in Commercial Real Estate Without Actually Buying It


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    By Team RB

    Commercial real estate (CRE) is a lucrative investment class that has the potential to generate substantial returns. However, purchasing commercial properties often requires significant capital and comes with the responsibility of property management. Fortunately, there are several ways to invest in commercial real estate without actually buying it.

    Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

    Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are companies that own, operate, or finance income-generating real estate. They allow individuals to invest in portfolios of large-scale properties the same way they invest in other industries – through the purchase of stock. REITs are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income to shareholders annually in the form of dividends, making them an attractive option for income-focused investors.

    Mutual Funds and ETFs

    Mutual funds and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) that specialize in real estate provide another avenue for investing in commercial real estate. These funds pool money from many investors to purchase a diversified portfolio of REITs, real estate-related stocks, or direct interests in real estate. These funds offer diversification and professional management but may come with higher fees than individual REITs.

    Real Estate Crowdfunding

    Real estate crowdfunding platforms connect real estate developers and investors online. Developers present their projects on the platform, and investors can buy a share of these projects for a relatively small amount of money. This allows investors to choose exactly which real estate projects they want to invest in. However, these investments can be riskier than REITs or mutual funds, as they depend on the success of individual projects rather than a diversified portfolio.

    Private Equity Funds

    Private equity funds are another option for investing in commercial real estate. These funds pool money from investors to invest in real estate, often targeting larger, commercial properties that are beyond the reach of individual investors. Private equity funds can offer high returns, but they also come with high fees and a higher risk profile.


    Investing in commercial real estate doesn’t always mean buying property. Whether it’s through REITs, mutual funds, ETFs, crowdfunding, or private equity funds, there are numerous ways for investors to gain exposure to this asset class without the need for significant capital or the responsibilities of property management. As with any investment, it’s important to do your research and understand the risks involved. 

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