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First quarter commercial property sales down by 18 percent

Commercial property investors and developers in California have generally fared well in recent years, and the markets in gateway cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco have been particularly active. However, a six-year construction boom has created a glut of apartment complexes, office towers and hotels in many parts of the country. Commercial property sales were down by 18 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the same period a year ago, according to Real Capital Analytics. Industry analysts say that a combination of market forces, political uncertainty and more cautious lending practices are to blame.

Commercial real estate pitfalls to avoid

Commercial property values in California and around the country have been enjoying robust growth, but that does not mean that investing in offices, stores, warehouses or restaurants is without risk. Complex real estate deals can be stubbornly difficult to close, and there are a number of pitfalls that can either cause costly delays or derail transactions completely.

Unique advantages of commercial property to investors

For California residents who are seeking a dependable and appreciating return on their investments, real estate has long been among the top choices. Investors are more likely to have a positive experience in the commercial real estate market as opposed to the residential market for a variety of reasons, including the nature of commercial versus residential tenants and historical activity in this market.

California company enters commercial subleasing sector

A California real estate listing service hopes to change the way that commercial properties are subleased. Spacegrab's platform provides prospective tenants with access to properties that require little or no work by allowing tenants to post their existing space online before their leases expire. The Los Angeles-based company's founder says that providing consumers with direct access benefits tenants by allowing them to turn their unused space into a reliable source of income.

About restraint of trade

California business owners should be aware of the practice of restraint of trade, which includes any activity that stops another party from doing business as it would typically do in the absence of such restraint. Examples of illegal restraint of trade can include interfering with a business deal in an illegal manner or two businesses colluding to fix prices so that a competitor is run out of business. However, there are restraints of trade that comply with the law.

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