Commercial Real Estate Valuation: The Best Approaches

Whether you’re a seasoned real estate investor or a commercial appraiser, it’s important to understand how to value commercial property. The value of commercial property plays a key role in determining how the asset will perform as part of a portfolio.

This being said, the post below covers approaches to commercial real estate valuation, including the quickest and easiest values to determining a property’s value. Keep reading to learn more.

Commercial Real Estate Valuation

Calculating commercial property value is much different than calculating the value of residential real estate—even for the most adept appraisers.

With residential, most appraisers can look at comps in the neighborhood as a baseline, then add or subtract to a property’s value based on specific criteria like square footage, number of bedrooms, and so forth.

CRE valuation is a whole different ball game, however, and is a much more complicated beast. Yet, it’s still invaluable to

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Commercial Real Estate | Howard Hanna

Hanna Commercial Real Estate (Hanna CRE) is a full-service commercial real estate company with offices in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, and Allentown. Hanna CRE offers services throughout the United States and internationally.

Our commercial real estate services include:

  • Office Leasing and Sales
  • Retail Leasing and Sales
  • Industrial Leasing and Sales
  • Investment Services (including multifamily, office, industrial, hospitality, institutional)
  • Land Services (including build-to-suit, site acquisitions, land leases, sales)
  • Third-Party Leasing
  • Tenant & Landlord Representation
  • Corporate Services
  • Property Management
  • Auction Services
  • Distressed Asset Solutions
  • Market Research
  • Acquisitions & Dispositions
  • Consulting

Our Commercial Real Estate Brokers

Whether you need to buy, sell, or lease a commercial property, our experienced real estate professionals are here for you. The Hanna CRE team members are committed to their clients – they remain accountable, reliable and accessible at all times. These professionals maintain individual certifications

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Survey: Commercial Real Estate Recovery to Accelerate

While commercial real estate has been dealt a debilitating blow because of the pandemic, there are glimmers of hope that a significant recovery may soon take hold. The Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Economic Forecast, which was released Tuesday during ULI’s virtual 2020 fall conference, shows that the industrial and retail sectors are particular bright spots that are expected to rebound strongly over the next couple of years. A panel of experts at the virtual meetings sounded off on where they see commercial real estate heading.

Industrial is the “star” of commercial real estate. Total annual returns for the sector are projected to be 4.5% in 2020, 6.2% in 2021, and 10% in 2022, according to the ULI survey, which includes insights from more than 30 economists and analysts at the nation’s leading real estate organizations. The flourishing segment of e-commerce storage is expected to continue to surge, said Suzanne

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Why The U.S. Commercial Real Estate Bubble Is About To Burst

In the summer of 2019, I wrote a Forbes piece in which I warned about the U.S. commercial real estate bubble that was inflating and why I believed that it would end badly. Around the same time, I wrote another Forbes piece warning that there was about a two-thirds probability of a powerful recession within the next year and that U.S. commercial real estate was one of the bubbles that would burst as a result. In the current piece, I will explain why the U.S. commercial real estate bubble is likely to burst in the near future as a result of the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession.

As a result of the Federal Reserve’s stimulative monetary policies, U.S. commercial property prices have more than doubled since their 2009 low:

Ultra-low interest rates encouraged a borrowing boom in which commercial real estate loans at U.S.

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Baton Rouge Commercial Real Estate on LACDB

Retail-Commercial For Lease

Baton Rouge, LA 70815

18,800 SF, $6 PSF (Annual)

For Sale - Former Dillard's Car Care Center

Retail-Commercial For Sale

Baton Rouge, LA 70815

18,800 SF, $500,000

Former Dillard’s Corporation owned car care center. Great building for an owner occupied, warehouse/office operation. Located at the corner of …

Office-Warehouse- New Roof in 2019

Office For Sale

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

3,472 SF, $215,000

Property Features
• Two-story concrete office building
• Previously used as a call center
• Fiber optic lines & Underground phone line
• Warehouse …

Mercantile Office Park

Office For Lease

Baton Rouge, LA 70809

2,688 SF, $23.50 PSF (Annual)

Office Building –

AVAILABLE FALL 2020! Dantin Bruce Development is now building their last building in the Mercantile Office Park located on Bluebonnet Blvd. between …

10710 Greenwell Springs Road

Retail-Commercial For Lease

Baton Rouge, LA 70814

16,799 SF, $9 PSF (Annual)

16,799 SF Stand Alone Building Available For Lease. Site has Excellent Visibility from the Main Highway. Building also has loading dock in

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Kansas City, MO Commercial for Sale

The median home value in Kansas City, MO is $225,000.

This is
higher than
the county median home value of $160,313.

The national median home value is $231,815.

The average price of homes sold in Kansas City, MO is $225,000.

Approximately 50% of Kansas City homes are owned,
compared to 37% rented, while
13% are vacant.

Kansas City real estate listings include condos, townhomes, and single family homes for sale.
Commercial properties are also available.
If you like to see a property, contact Kansas City real estate agent to arrange a tour today!
Learn more about Kansas City.

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Wichita Commercial Real Estate on KSCRE

Retail-Commercial For Lease

Wichita, KS 67226

1,600 – 5,200 SF

– 37,701 vehicles per day at the 29th and Rock Road intersection
– 124′ of North Rock Road frontage
– .22 miles from Highway K-96
– Charlie’s Car …


Industrial For Lease

Wichita, KS 67207

6,500 SF, $6.50 PSF (Annual)

Pre-engineered office/warehouse flex space with dock doors and great ceiling height.

Each space features and 8’ x 8’ dock door and 12’ x 14’ …


Vacant Land For Sale

Wichita, KS 67205

36,606 SF, $288,000

Excellent development opportunity located at signalized intersection of Ridge and 29th Street.

Easy access to K-96 and other major arterials in …

Medical Offices FOR SALE

Office For Sale

Wichita, KS 67226

12,165 SF, $850,000 – 2,130,000

Like new medical office building with class A office finishes. Excellent highway access and visibility to K-96. The 7,200 s.f. fully occupied by Via …

N. Broadway Retail/Service With Outdoor Sales & Storage

Industrial For Sale

Wichita, KS 67219


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Metairie Commercial Real Estate on LACDB

Office For Lease

Metairie, LA 70002

1,700 – 2,601 SF, $18.50 – 19 PSF (Annual)

Office Building –

BUILDING RECENTLY RENOVATED: Abundant parking, centrally located in Metairie, between Causeway and Clearview, Landlord will configure all spaces to …

North I-10 Service Road and Edenborn

Vacant Land For Lease

Metairie, LA 70003

41,040 SF, $3.50 PSF (Annual)

Hospitality, Office –

High visibility location at the corner of North I-10 Service Road and Edenborn (between Causeway and Clearview). Easy access to Causeway Bridge and …

White Water Creek Shopping Center

Shopping Center For Lease

Metairie, LA 70003

1,654 – 3,530 SF, $13 – 15 PSF (Annual)

Whitewater Creek Retail Center offers modern retail space in Metairie LA for lease on Veterans Blvd, near Lafreniere Park and David Drive.

*$2,500 …

3621 Ridgelake Drive–Metairie Office Space

Office For Lease

Metairie, LA 70002

1,017 SF, $16.50 PSF (Annual)

Office Building –

Offices have been built out with upgraded finishes. Granite kitchens, ceramic tile and wood floors in many suites, hardware

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What Will Happen To Commercial Real Estate As More People Work From Home? : NPR

The coronavirus pandemic forced many people to work from home. NPR looks into what remote work from home could mean for commercial real estate.


People are going out less and working from home more because of the coronavirus pandemic. But what will happen to all the office buildings and retail space that depend on people leaving their homes and going to work? Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia from our daily economics podcast The Indicator From Planet Money look into what working from home could mean for commercial real estate.


CARDIFF GARCIA: Steve Rappaport has been in the commercial real estate business in Manhattan for 15 years. And he says it is not for the faint of heart.

STACEY VANEK SMITH: You have to hustle for everything.

STEVE RAPPAPORT: Yep, so no deals, no commission.

VANEK SMITH: And, of course, it’s not

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Commercial Real Estate Investing Basics

Active commercial real estate investments

Active real estate investments are ones in which the investor manages the investment themselves. This typically means owning a portion of the investment and carrying a part or all of the risk and liability. While not always the case, active investing typically produces a higher return than passive investing. Active investments earn income in two ways:

  • cash flow from rental income and
  • appreciation, or adding value to the property.

How to buy and manage a CRE property yourself

If you actively invest in commercial real estate, you’re doing the work to find, fund, acquire, manage, and dispose of the property. While you may have funding partners, investors, a third-party management company, or a team of people helping you, you’re ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the investment.

Most active CRE investors choose a sector to specialize in. They might buy only multifamily homes

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