Commercial Real Estate Resources to Help Your Business Thrive may be home to thousands of residential listings, but it’s important to remember it’s also the go-to platform for commercial real estate.

Business owners, investors and developers have a lot to consider when searching for the perfect property for their business venture: zoning laws, risk assessments, paperwork and business plans. Think of yourself as the partner they need to get the best deal, while minimizing headaches.

As a commercial real estate professional, it’s important to expand your knowledge to help serve your clients. One (or more) of the following designations may be helpful to you:

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Canadian Commercial Network

The Canadian Commercial Network (CCN) is a network representing more than 6,800 commercial real estate specialists across Canada.

To become a member of the CCN, please review the Canadian Commercial Network Membership Requirements.

For individual members who belong to a local or provincial board or association with a commercial group, you must belong to that group in order to qualify for and maintain membership in the CCN.

Did you know CREA provides a snapshot every quarter on key economic indicators for commercial real estate including non-residential building permits, unemployment rate and gross domestic product?

Commercial listings on works to help turn visitors into leads. According to the 2020 Insights Report, the site generated four million leads in 2020 through the Email a REALTOR®, Email Office, and Phone a REALTOR® buttons (93% residential, 7% commercial). Visitors who became leads through spent 2.5 times longer on the site and viewed almost twice as many pages per visit compared to those who did not convert to leads. DDF® drove more than 650,000 additional email leads through real estate advertising websites and partner sites, such as Scotiabank, The Globe and Mail, and TD Canada Trust.

In the first half of 2021 (January to June), there were 4.5 million visits to commercial listings (+65% from 2020) and 153,000 leads were sent to REALTORS®—an increase of 86% from 2020.

What are commercial visitors looking for?

Top Keywords

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Resources to share with your clients

NOI, Cap rate, GRM: what does it all mean? Investing in real estate comes with a whole new vocabulary. Help your clients understand every step of the process with our handy Glossary of Terms.

REALTORS® can provide a variety of professional services to help clients meet their objectives, no matter what property type they are interested in. Let them know what you’re capable of.

How you can help clients

The following steps from’s Information for Buyers outline the commercial real estate process for clients, to help them as you begin your working relationship.

Tips for commercial buyers

You can also find Information for Sellers and Information for Leasers on

Want to enhance your skillset? Check out the CREA Learning Hub for courses, designations and help resources.

Sarah Doktor brings her experience as a small-town journalist and national online editor to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Sarah helps facilitate conversations between CREA and our members, boards, associations and the public via our online communities. She also helps coordinate the content presented to you here on the CREA Café. In her spare time, Sarah can be found at the gym, running on a trail or watching Netflix with her cat, Libby.

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