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Online retailers still affecting commercial real estate market

Ecommerce is changing the way consumers shop for goods and services, dramatically impacting the dynamics of the commercial real estate market. This shifting landscape is influencing not only the price of existing properties, but also the rate at which commercial real estate is being developed. The root causes for the shift are attributable to the changing economic environment in the U.S., along with the benefits of online shopping.

Online retailers provide shoppers with a convenient experience that is effective and economical. After a long work week, consumers can shop online and have products delivered right to their door, minimizing the time and cost associated with shopping in physical retail locations. Not only is this process convenient, but the prices online tend to trump the prices that consumers see in the stores. Products from all over the world are available online, providing consumers with a greater variety of products and services to choose from.

For commercial real estate owners or developers, these changing market dynamics have given rise to a number of legal issues, ranging from discrepancies with property management agreements to foreclosures and bankruptcies. These problems can be challenging for owners and developers to face alone, which is why working with a lawyer may be a good choice.

Is online retail affecting your business?

Commercial real estate professionals such as property owners, landlords, tenants and developers often have legal needs such as:

  • Lease negotiation, agreements and dispute resolution
  • Mortgage refinancing
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • New construction
  • Construction loans

Myriad potential risks exist for commercial real estate owners and professionals today. Consulting with an attorney can keep owners and developers safe amid the ever-changing economic climate and the regulatory and legal environment. If you have questions, consider speaking with an attorney to learn about your options.

Source: www.wallstreetdaily.com, "The evolution of the marketplace: from the mall to the internet," Sarah Adler, June, 11, 2016.

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