Change is on the way
Changes in the last 5 years to SEC regulations have opened the door for more individuals to invest in the commercial real estate world than was previously possible. With the increasing number of companies like RealtyShares, and RealtyMogul, and Fundrise who allow minimum investments as low as $1,000 in some cases, more and more people are able to get involved in the strong annual yields that commercial real estate usually tends to offer. There is also the benefit of having an investment that is backed by a physical asset rather than simply an investment into the market at large.
It also is pretty cool to be able to drive by a building and know that you own a piece of it, even if it is maybe the equivalent of just a few square feet.
Nav Athwal, the Founder, and CEO of RealtyShares, writes a great Forbes piece that outlines how he sees commercial real estate investing changing as crowdfunding becomes a larger player in that sector.
You can read his article HERE