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Types of
Properties in
Real Estate Market

By: DRA Homes

Posted on: January 18, 2023

There are many different types of properties in the real estate market. Some buyers focus on a certain type, while others may be open to any type of property. It is important to know the different types of properties so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing a home or investment-property. Here is a rundown of some of the most common types of properties in the real estate market:

Residential properties - these are houses, apartments, condominiums, and townhouses that people live in

Residential properties make up some of the most popular types of real estate. Houses, apartments, condominiums, and townhouses are all included under the umbrella term ‘residential properties’ which refer to the dwelling type used primarily as a housing unit. Each style of residential property comes with its own unique features, ranging from large single-family homes boasting spacious yards to modern studio apartments situated in thriving downtown neighbourhoods. Prospective homeowners looking for their dream home will certainly find plenty of variety when it comes to today's residential properties.

Commercial properties - these include office buildings, retail stores, warehouses, and industrial buildings

Commercial properties are an important part of the real estate market. They provide spaces for businesses of varying sizes and purposes, such as office buildings, retail stores, warehouses, and industrial buildings. Each type serves an important role in our economy. Office buildings house the main offices of companies and their staff. Retail stores are essential for selling products directly to customers. Warehouses help fill online orders quickly and efficiently, while industrial buildings provide space for more complex production processes. As businesses continue to grow and evolve, commercial properties will be key to providing the infrastructure for success.

Industrial properties - these are factories, plants, mines, and other production facilities

Industrial properties are integral assets to a business, as they often serve as the core component of mass production. Industrial spaces provide a secure place for large-scale manufacturing and other industrial activities like warehousing, distribution, and research and development. Typically these properties come with expanded space to accommodate heavy equipment, transport trucks, dock doors and other necessary tools for efficient production. Many industrial properties also have special construction aspects such as large mezzanines to increase workable space or platforms that allow for additional storage. Finding the right balance between an industrial property’s location, size and function is key to having a successful business operation.

Agricultural properties - these are farms, ranches, orchards, and other land used for growing crops or raising livestock

Agricultural properties have been playing an essential role in the global food system for centuries. From vast ranches to small family-owned farms, these properties are a vital source of food and provide us with many of our everyday staples. A ranch, for example, generally consists of large tracts of land devoted to grazing livestock, while an orchard is dedicated to growing fruit trees and other plants. Many agricultural properties combine different methods of farming one land, such as using parts of the same field to raise crops and livestock. These multifaceted agricultural properties can be hugely successful in providing consistent sources of food products. Farms and orchards offer a way both to satisfy daily needs and protect the environment by employing sustainable practices. Thanks to intensive efforts from land owners, agricultural lands continue to play a central role in our access to nutritious and wholesome food products from all over the world.

Special purpose properties - these include hotels, hospitals, schools, churches, and government buildings

Special purpose properties are unique in that their purpose often dictates the structure and design of the building. Hotels, for instance, require convenient spaces for guests to check-in, have meals, and relax in comfort. Hospitals not only need space for wards and surgery but also support facilities such as kitchen and laundry services. Schools typically need designated classrooms with appropriate furniture along with communal areas like cafeterias and amphitheatres. Churches need large interior spaces that are suitable for worship along with offices usually located on the ground floor. Government buildings usually have large office areas, a place for meetings and events space as well as special facilities such as security systems and communication networks. With the right planning and design special purpose properties can create engaging experiences that meet or exceed the expectations of their intended users.


All in all, there are five different types of properties: residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and special purpose. Each type of property is used for a different purpose and has its own set of characteristics. As an investor, it's important to understand the difference between each type of property so that you can make informed investment decisions.

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