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Investors are constantly faced with the choice of how to allocate scarce investment capital. Most of those fortunate enough to have a meaningful amount of funds to invest know the benefits of exposure to commercial real estate, especially in a low interest rate / high inflation environment.

But what is the best way to gain exposure to this asset class?

Traditionally, commercial real estate has been the realm of corporations, private funds, and wealthy individuals. Then real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) proliferated in the latter half of the 20th century and especially in the 2000s and 2010s, allowing small-dollar investors to gain access to professionally managed property portfolios that trade on public stock exchanges.