Seeking a bargain, businesses look to acquire real estate

Drawn by the low prices of commercial real estate, businesses are purchasing offices, retail stores and manufacturing facilities for their operations. Most come up against tighter underwriting standards for buyers, but it still is possible to get financing. If a business brings equity to the table, that will make it more attractive to a bank, especially if it wants to buy a vacant property on the bank's books, says Sam Chandan, chief economist at Real Capital Analytics.

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