Short answer: Legally you can use your residential agent/ broker, but you should use a commercial real estate broker or commercial real estate agent (would also be a good idea to find a local commercial real estate broker in San Francisco who will meet you face to face.)
Commercial real estate is a highly specialized niche in the real estate business. There are far fewer agents and brokers practicing commercial real estate, but the licensing requirements are the same as with residential (A real estate license allows one to practice both Commercial Real Estate and/or Residential Real Estate.)
When you decide to choose a commercial real estate broker, you then should decide what product type you are interested in purchasing. Commercial real estate brokers often further specialize in certain product types. For example, Multifamily, office, industrial, retail, shopping center, land, agriculture, hotel & motel, senior housing, health care, sports & entertainment, special purpose, or even residential income.
Good luck… Commercial real estate can be an exciting business.
· 10 years ago