Should you invest in commercial real estate? Commercial real estate is all around us, and includes apartments, offices, retail space, industrial property, medical centers, hotels, malls, farmland, warehouses, and more. There are a number of reasons why someone would want to invest in commercial property. Someone may be an entrepreneur that is ready to start, or expand, their business in their own location. On the other hand, an investor may decide to purchase property and lease it out to commercial tenants. The best reason to invest in commercial over residential rentals is the earning potential.