Investing in Industrial Real Estate

Mack Prioleau
3 min readJan 15, 2022


Commercial real estate is a broad phrase that refers to real estate obtained to make money for its owner. Office buildings, industrial property, hotels, residential buildings, and warehouses are all examples of commercial real estate.

Although the advent of e-commerce platforms has reduced demand for retail space, the industrial real estate sector has a bright future. This event has simultaneously increased the need for logistics centers. As a result, a growing number of retail sites are repurposing to become industrial. In addition, the scarcity of industrial space in cities and the high cost of obtaining new land have combined with increasing demand for industrial space.

Commercial real estate investing involves detecting intrinsic demand for real estate in a specific location and buying a property while supply is still limited. However, one should note that real estate may be a complicated and costly asset class. It’s also possible to make costly investment mistakes if the buyer doesn’t do thorough research. When buying a business investment property, the buyer must grasp the specific elements surrounding that property and the general methods that apply to that investment.

If you’re thinking about investing in industrial real estate, it’s essential to speak with someone who knows the business and the area where you’re searching. The condition, location, and design of the property are important considerations when investing in commercial real estate.

Industrial real estate can be purchased in various ways. Buying a building is a common approach. This gives you the most control over the property and the best return on investment. A lucrative choice for industrial investment is an outdated or neglected piece of industrial property, and following methods such as buy/hold or buy/sell may make this a very successful technique of industrial investment. Finding a already leased or ready to be leased is another option for purchasing industrial real estate. The development of industrial properties has the potential to yield a profit.

Investing in commercial real estate has both advantages and disadvantages. Longer leases and higher income are some advantages. Long-term leases are popular, and they can provide long-term stability. If the renter signs a triple net lease, they are responsible for all upkeep, taxes, and insurance, allowing the property owner to be more hands-off. With the rise of e-commerce, there’s a chance that demand for industrial facilities could also rise. Because tenants may have made costly improvements to the building, they may be less inclined to leave than tenants in other real estate types, resulting in fewer vacancies. In addition, the cost per square foot for industrial facilities may be extremely high in terms of income.

Investing in industrial real estate has its drawbacks as well. Tenants are more challenging to come by than in other real estate types. Because industrial properties are such a significant investment, the property will likely only have one tenant, which can be financially dangerous.

If a real estate owner can have a multi-use facility with more than one tenant, the owner will likely still have only one tenant if the other leaves. There may be an oversupply of industrial real estate in some locations. Therefore, it’s crucial to do the necessary homework before making any investing selections. Industrial real estate might have a substantially higher initial investment than other types of real estate.



Mack Prioleau

Hillwood Investment Properties Associate Mack Prioleau