Articles Property Buyer Guide Tips on Investing in Office Spaces and Other Commercial Real Estate

Tips on Investing in Office Spaces and Other Commercial Real Estate

Residential is not the only form of real estate you can invest in. Office spaces and commercial real estate can also bring you a good return on investment.

An Overview of Office Commercial Real Estate Investing

Commercial real estate (CRE) has shown the potential for consistent historical returns, income, and no connection to the stock market. Commercial real estate may be useful in diversifying a typical investing portfolio, but there are pitfalls to be aware of. In its most basic sense, the phrase "commercial real estate" refers to any non-residential property used to make money through cash flow or price growth. Strict zoning regulations for commercial properties may be governed by numerous local legislation.

Due to the high upfront cash necessary, investing in office buildings has traditionally been out of reach for most people. However, professional managed office investment options are now more accessible thanks to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), syndicators, and internet crowdfunding platforms. Here are some tips when it comes to investing your hard earning money into commercial real estate.

Buildings in Makati area.

Do Your Due Diligence

Examine the advantages and hazards of purchasing commercial real estate. Purchasing commercial real estate has the potential benefit of providing additional off-lease if you buy to optimize your return on investment. Additionally, if your business offers substantial advantages, you can deduct them from your taxes by claiming depreciation on your property. A commercial property owner also contributes to the asset's appreciation over time, which increases the equity of their company, even if this is mainly for tax purposes.

Purchasing commercial real estate may carry the risk that the chosen site may not hold up to real estate trends. If your business is located in a location that is in great demand this year but loses all commercial attractiveness the following year, it will have an impact on both the value of your property and the appeal of your company.

Loss of liquidity is a potential danger while investing in commercial real estate. When a business invests in commercial real estate, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and is scarce capital. Even while it is probably not an issue when business is booming, it might be challenging to sell a home in a down economy to recover the money invested. Recognize that renting is not a reliable source of income flow if you plan to rent out your business property. If you depend on the revenue from the property, tenants who are delayed on their payments or who fail to pay at all might cause worry.

Start a Team to Help You

Gather a team of specialists to provide you advice. On your team, you'll need an accountant, attorney, salesperson for real estate, and a mortgage broker. The financial considerations and choices for buying commercial real estate might be discussed with your accountant. You can get assistance from your attorney in creating contracts for the sale or rental of property. A commercial real estate agent can let you know about potential properties nearby. You can engage with a mortgage broker to secure financing for your rental property.

Choose a Property that Meets Your Criteria

Decide on a commercial real estate acquisition. Before making a purchase, one should think about the property's location, condition, allowed uses, accessibility to consumers and suppliers, and rental and resale opportunities. Additionally, make sure to conduct a title search so that you are certain the property is not jeopardized by an earlier agreement. You should also review the zoning and development plans to determine the kinds of businesses that are permitted in the area and how potential changes to the city's infrastructure and planning might affect the property.

Get Proper Financing

Ensure that commercial real estate is financed. Make sure you have saved up the down payment and can afford the monthly installments before you apply for a mortgage. Purchase commercial real estate with the help of a lawyer who can fully explain the terms of the selling agreement and explain your rights and duties.

Facade of Festive Walk mall.

Locations for Commercial Real Estate in the Philippines

When investors and experts discuss commercial real estate investment potential in the Philippines, Manila is getting the most attention. Nevertheless, there are a few more potential cities that you ought to consider as well.


The majority of FDICs are invested in Metro Manila, which is made up of several districts and cities. With a population of over 13.7 million, it serves as the financial center of the Philippines. Manila has developed into a top choice over time, particularly for businesses in the gaming, outsourcing, and IT sectors. Only over 40% are typical international businesses. Even while Makati's real estate costs are still relatively cheap, nearby communities like Bonifacio Global City, Quezon City, Parañaque, and Taguig will experience more growth.


With a little bit more than 3 million residents, Cebu Province is much smaller than Manila. There are 167 islands there, and the following cities are in the region: Cebu City, Carcar City, Lapu-Lapu City, Danao City, City of Mandaue, City of Naga, City of Talisay. It is well known that Cebu is more developed than Manila, yet it also has a more laid-back vibe and is typically safer.

As a result, travelers favor it as one of their travel locations. However, Cebu also makes a significant contribution to the national economy. Trade, shipbuilding, and manufacturing are all significant industries. As foreign businesses seek diversity and alternatives to Manila, they are investing more and more money in Cebu.


Davao is a city that few outsiders are familiar with yet is becoming crucial to the Philippine economy. The Philippines' second-fastest growing area in 2018 was the Davao Region. It expanded at a remarkable pace of 8.6%, trailing only the Bicol Region's 8.9% growth. The value of the commercial real estate market in Davao increased by 25% between 2017 and 2019, which speaks for itself. Davao is the second-largest in terms of value among the 88 infrastructure projects that are currently in the queue under the 2017–2022 Public Investment Program.

Investing In Commercial Real Estate

Everyone should think about investing in real estate as a good long-term option. Given its resilience, investing in real estate generally makes sense in the Philippines. But real estate has hazards, just as other investments. When studying how to invest in real estate in the Philippines, real estate investors must weigh the following advantages and disadvantages. But how each person enters this industry is unique. To determine if you must take the risk, you must always do the numbers. And when you do, simply understanding how to invest in real estate will not be enough; calculations are still required in order to develop a strong strategy and reduce risks.

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