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Investing for Dummies, 4th UK Edition by Tony Levene

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Part IV

Property and Alternatives

What’s good about commercial property?

Commercial property, such as offices, factories, warehouses and retail premises, is a lower-risk investment with a good return if the price is right and it’s the right property in the right place.

Commercial-property ownership is generally structured so that you need a minimum £50 million to £100 million to be considered a player – and even more to get a really diversified portfolio. However, some commercial-property investment opportunities exist for those whose fortunes lack most of those zeroes, usually via a specialist collective vehicle.

In a nutshell, here are the long-term benefits of commercial property:

  • Rental yields are up with higher-risk corporate bonds but with less likelihood of financial problems.
  • Rents tend to increase; some properties have automatic increases every five years.
  • Demand for top-class property remains high. Property buyers like the term ‘primary’, which can be used for a location or the quality of the building, although the two often go together because you tend to put up the best buildings on the most attractive sites.
  • Overseas investors like the solidity of UK property.
  • Property values tend to at least keep up with inflation.

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In this part …

  • Discover how to turn property into a paying proposition.
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