Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Global Commercial Real Estate (CRE) industry includes real estate brokerage, valuation, sales, management, consulting and appraisal. Aggregated by geographic region, the industry is dominated by developed economies, primarily in the United States and Europe. However, emerging economies like China have experienced the strongest industry growth over the five years to 2014. While slower anticipated growth of Europe and Japan will limit more rapid increases in industry revenue, the global CRE market will shift more and more toward burgeoning countries like India, where consistent growth will be found during the coming years... read more
Starting a New Business
Barriers to entry for new firms in this industry can vary significantly by country, state, city and operating sector. For firms that specialize in commercial real estate services, such as brokerage, property and facilities management, consulting, appraisal and asset management, most barriers are related to brand recognition and the ability to attract new clientele. These firms require less upfront capital, but it is often tough to acquire new clients due to the importance of having local contacts, strong referrals and a reputation for excellent performance.
Commercial property ownership is capital intensive, as money is needed to purchase property, develop land, and run operations... read more