Commercial Real Estate – Big Profits

Real estate has always been known as the safest of investments.In fact, real estate investment completed after proper research into and evaluation of the property (to determine actual and future value), can lead to tremendous profit.
This is one reason many people choose real estate investment as their full time job.Discussions about real estate tend to focus on residential real estate; commercial real estate, except to seasoned investors, typically seems to take a back seat.
However, commercial real estate is also a great option for investing in real estate.Commercial real estate includes a large variety of property types.
To a majority of people, commercial real estate is only office complexes or factories or industrial units.
However, that is not all of commercial real estate. There is far more to commercial real estate.
Strip malls, health care centers, retail units and warehouse are all good examples of commercial real estate as is vacant land.
Even residential properties like apartments (or any property that consists of more than four residential units) are considered commercial real estate. In fact, such commercial real estate is very much in demand.So, is commercial real estate really profitable?
Absolutely, in fact if it were not profitable I would not be writing about commercial real estate at all!!
However, with commercial real estate recognizing the opportunity is a bit more difficult when compared to residential real estate.
But commercial real estate profits can be huge (in fact, much bigger than you might realize from a residential real estate transaction of the same size).There are many reasons to delve into commercial real estate investment.
For example you might purchase to resell after a certain appreciation level has occurred or to generate a substantial income by leasing the property out to retailers or other business types or both.In fact, commercial real estate development is treated as a preliminary
indicator of the impending growth of the residential real estate market.
Therefore, once you recognize the probability of significant commercial growth within a region (whatever the reason i.e. municipal tax concessions), you should begin to evaluate the potential for appreciation in commercial real estate prices and implement your investment strategy quickly.Regarding commercial real estate investment strategies it is important that you identify and set investment goals (i.e. immediate income through rental vs later investment income through resale) and that you know what you can afford and how you will effect the purchase.It would be wise to determine your goals then meet with your banker (or financier(s)) prior to viewing and selecting your commercial real estate.Also remain open minded and understand that should the right (perfect)
opportunity present itself, your investment strategy might need to be revisited and altered, sometimes considerably.
For example: If you find that commercial real estate, (i.e. land) is available in big chunks which are too expensive for you to buy alone but represents tremendous opportunity, you could look at forming a small investor group (i.e. with friends or family) and buy it together (then split the profits later).Or in another case (i.e. when a retail boom is expected in a region), though your commercial real estate investment strategy was devised around purchasing vacant land, you might find it more profitable to buy a property such as a strip mall or small plaza that you can lease to retailers or a property that you can convert into a warehouse for the purpose of renting to small businesses.So in a nutshell, commercial real estate presents a veritable plethora of
investing opportunities, you just need to recognize them and go for it.About the Author:
Dave Jarvis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Florida and is Broker and Owner of Realty Concepts, Inc. a Southwest Florida Real Estate Corporation.
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Environmentally Friendly Home Decor: Tips and Tricks

Slap the words ‘environmentally friendly’ onto a product and it’s almost guaranteed to sell like hot cakes. This is especially true when it comes to home accessories, as people are always looking for ways to incorporate eco-friendly trends into their home accessories and decor. Of course, finding home decor that is beautiful and eco-friendly can be a challenge. Here are a few basic tips and tricks.ReclaimedBy far, the easiest way to be ‘eco-friendly’ is to skip the newly manufactured home accessories (even those made from recycled materials) and opt instead for reclaimed items. This includes items you may find at thrift stores, antique stores, garage and yard sales, estate sales, secondhand stores and through various online retailers, such as eBay.If you are willing to put the effort in, you can find all kinds of reclaimed items. Note that ‘reclaimed’ does not necessarily mean the piece has been assembled using different reclaimed materials. It can also mean items that have been salvaged in their entirety. This includes furniture pieces, light fixtures, square and oval mirrors of all sizes, wall art and much, much more.RecycledUnfortunately, reclaimed pieces can be surprisingly expensive. This is especially true of items, such as furniture, made from reclaimed wood. However, it is possible to find home accessories and decor in the stores that are made from recycled products, which can be extremely eco-friendly.Recycled glass tends to be less expensive and easy to come-by, so there’s no reason to purchase a newly manufactured glass vase over a recycled glass vase. Plus, like many items, glass can be manipulated into new colors, shapes and sizes. The vast majority of people will be unable to tell that your new pieces are made from recycled materials, though you may want to tell them!ReuseFinally, don’t be afraid to reuse existing items in your home. You can reupholster old furniture, or refinish old wood furniture to create a fresh, new look for less money and less harm to the environment. Reusing existing home decor can save not only money, but will put less waste and toxins into the environment.When reupholstering furniture or simply creating new covers for your existing throw pillows, look for fabrics such as organic cotton, silk, bamboo-based fabrics and polyesters made from recycled plastics. Be sure to always choose upholstery grade fabrics for reupholstering, as these will hold up the best over ‘regular’ fabrics.’ There are other fabrics that are also environmentally friendly including hemp, soy-based fabrics, linen, cashmere, ingeo (which is made from fermented plant sugars) and alpaca fabrics.Additional Tips and TricksHome decor isn’t limited to different accessories and furniture. It also includes other items in your space, such as paint or light fixtures. To create more a more environmentally friendly space, swap out your traditional incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient options, such as the compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb.Need to repaint? Why not use milk paint or another paint that lists low VOCs (volatile organic compounds).Though it may sound costly, creating environmentally friendly home decor doesn’t actually have to be, thanks to these tips and tricks.