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Getting involved in commercial real estate

For many people interested in branching out to expand their investment interests in the Houston area, commercial real estate can provide important opportunities. Initially, it can be confusing to many people new to the industry as documents about real estate investments can be laden with jargon. The sums of money involved in a project can be substantial, especially for major commercial developments. However, there are a number of ways for people to enter the market and benefit from the opportunities provided; these types of investments are well-known for providing a stable home for funds and protection from volatility in the stock market as well as significant potential for profit.

People don't need to be experts in real estate to benefit from the commercial real estate market. Sponsors play an important role in the industry, bringing funds together from multiple investors to make a deal possible. Investors may make deals with the sponsor of a project, laying out the responsibility of each party and the mechanism by which the investor will obtain income from the property. There are also a number of opportunities that allow people to get involved in the market by owning a small portion of an overall project.

For example, real estate crowdfunding was included in the JOBS Act of 2012. Major projects may offer small shares to retail investors, and online marketplaces have been created to facilitate these transactions. In addition, Real Estate Investment Trusts allow people to invest in real estate projects through a method similar to traditional securities like stocks.

When people are exploring the opportunities in commercial real estate, they might benefit by seeking the advice and guidance of an attorney. A real estate lawyer may be able to help investors negotiate agreements in the commercial property market or address disputes that may arise.

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