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Commercial Property Deep Dive: Retail

Updated: Aug 23, 2023



In 2022, we completed projects in three different states, and 13 counties within North Carolina.


These projects consisted of 33% of appraisals being Vacant Lands, 33% for Retail, 14% for Multi-Family Properties, 10% for Offices, and 10% for Industrial.


Stay tuned for a deep dive into Office spaces and the many subcategories that make up this bunch.




What Classifies as a Retail-Based Property?

A property where goods and/or services are sold to customers are classified as a retail-based property.


A valuation of this kind of property could entail evaluating just one unit of an entire retail complex. Most retail spaces have ample parking areas and bordering sidewalks, while some have escalators, elevators, and covered parking structures.


Retail Property Types

Shopping Centers, also commonly referred to as a shopping plaza or strip mall, can vary in size and tenant type. These assets are often anchored by big box or large retailers like Department Stores, Discount Stores, Hardware Stores or Grocery stores, along with other smaller inline shops, restaurants, and convenience stores.


This type of retail space is an enclosed shopping center that has many different outlets that may include department stores, food courts, and movie theaters.

A separate building site in a shopping center. This type of retail property is also known as a building pad site or footprint lot. The developer of the pad site usually will have a cross parking easement as well as reciprocal ingress and egress easements with the shopping center. The availability of additional parking on the shopping center site may allow the pad site to be developed with a higher site coverage ratio than a similarly sized stand-alone building site. The owner of the pad site usually participates in the common area maintenance expensed attributable to the shopping venter parking area. The business types here are typically fast food chains, banks, and restaurants.


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