There are many different commercial real estate listing websites on the market.
And should you be in this real estate niche and want to see results, you might ask yourself which one to choose to get the best out of them.
This article will differ from others on this topic because I will focus on the performance data of the various websites.
So, which one is the best?
The best commercial real estate listing website from a seller’s and real estate pro’s perspective is Ten-X, with the highest average monthly traffic per property listing.
From the perspective of a potential buyer interested in a large inventory, it’s Craigslist, followed by LoopNet.
What Are Commercial Real Estate Listing Websites?
A commercial real estate listing website is just like any other one, with the only difference being that it focuses on commercial properties.
You can add properties as a seller, real estate broker, or agent.
And as a buyer, you can usually use a property search with different search criteria and filters to find the right one.
Regarding value proposition, they help sellers/real estate professionals sell or lease a property on time because of the traffic they receive.
Also, the value for potential buyers is finding the right property because of their large enough inventory.
So, it’s a typical two-sided platform that needs many users from both sides.
The Two Criteria for the Best Commercial Real Estate Listing Website
Based on the value proposition above, there are two main criteria with which you can qualify for the best commercial real estate listing website.
From a buyer’s perspective, it’s the size of the inventory.
The more extensive the property inventory, the higher the value for the potential buyers.
They will have a higher chance of finding the right commercial property.
From a seller’s or agent’s perspective, it’s the amount of traffic their particular listing will receive in a month.
Because the more traffic one particular listing receives, the higher the chances of generating buyer leads.
By the way, this situation creates a little “value conflict.”
The ideal and rather utopic situation for a seller or real estate professional would be to have no competing offers and that all the traffic will come to only their listing.
But since the platform also wants to offer value to potential buyers, they need to have a specific searchable inventory size, which means, in turn, more competition for the seller/real estate professional and, thus, less traffic per month per listing.
The overall traffic needs to be shared between all competing offers.
So it’s a challenge for the platform to balance the two ways they create value for their two types of users.
The criteria to determine the best commercial real estate listing website are thus:
- The inventory size (for potential buyers)
- Average monthly traffic per property listing (for sellers/real estate professionals)
Remember that when I discuss the average monthly traffic per property listing, it is an average.
It doesn’t consider the possibility on some platforms to increase your visibility by getting your listing on the first page when you upgrade your account, for example.
Let’s now get into the different providers there are.
By the way, I only included such platforms where I could identify the total inventory size.
The 14 Commercial Real Estate Listing Websites On the Market
Now that we have established the criteria, let’s analyze 14 different commercial real estate listing websites you can find on the market.
For each one, I will briefly describe their inventory size and the average monthly traffic one listing receives using a traffic analysis tool.
Spacelist is based in Canada but is not limited to this country regarding operations.
They also have a commercial property inventory in popular cities such as Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Miami, and Tampa.
They cover popular cities in Canada: Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Ottawa.
Their inventory size is 20,200 commercial properties from different commercial niches, such as retail, light industrial, multi-family, and office space.
The Canadian website receives 114,400 monthly visits, and the U.S. website less than 5,000 per month, according to Similarweb.
As a side note: when Similarweb shows “we lack sufficient data,” it usually means that the monthly traffic is below 5,000 visits.
This means a monthly traffic per listing, at least on the Canadian website, of 22.8.
The monthly cost for using the platform is $0 for the basic account and $39 per user per month for the pro account (source).
Brevitas provides a platform for open, private, and off-market commercial real estate.
Their current inventory size is 80,000 commercial listings, and the monthly traffic is under 5000 visits, according to Similarweb.
Assuming the best-case scenario of 4,999 visits per month, the monthly traffic per listing would be 16.
Brevitas offers a free account and paid accounts with prices between $35 and $175 per month.
Depending on your monthly payments, you can feature your listings and get property websites and email marketing functionality.
You can learn more about Brevitas here.
3) Commercial Cafe
Commercial Cafe is the next commercial property listing platform.
They partner with highly respected major brokerages nationwide to ensure high-quality, frequently updated listings.
Their online marketplace lists all commercial property types, from office, coworking, retail, and industrial to special-purpose properties.
CommercialCafe is a trusted Yardi brand and is an integral part of the CommercialEdge network — the fastest-growing network of online real estate marketplaces, which ranks on the 1st page of Google for all top markets, attracts more than 2 million monthly visits and generates more than 350,000 broker contacts.
According to Commercial café, their inventory comprises 225,000 listings.
According to Similarweb, the monthly traffic is 436,480 visits, which makes it roughly two monthly visits per listing on average.
You can learn more about the platform here.
4) Quantum Listing
You can find office, retail, multi-family, industrial, land, and medical properties on this commercial real estate listing platform.
Quantum Listing has an inventory size of 27,188 commercial properties.
The monthly traffic, according to Similarweb, is below 5,000 visits.
Assuming the best-case scenario of 4,999 monthly visits, this would mean, on average, a monthly traffic per listing of 5.4 visitors.
If you want to post listings, you must buy their premium membership, which costs $89.99 annually.
You can find out more about them here.
LoopNet calls itself a market leader in commercial real estate listings.
As with most of the platforms above, it offers multi-family, retail, industrial, hotel-motel, agricultural, land, and residential income properties.
We check this, but LoopNet claims to have 20 times the traffic of their closest competitor, with 10 million monthly unique visitors.
They also have an inventory size of 500,000.
Now let’s see what Similarweb has to say about the monthly visitors.
And their claim is spot on. According to Similarweb, they receive a total of 10,510,000 monthly visitors.
It translates to an average of 21 monthly visits per listing.
When it comes to pricing, LoopNet has different advertising packages.
Prices start at $79 per month with the Silver Package and end at $2,499 per month with the Diamond Package, which offers the maximum visibility (source).
You can learn more about LoopNet here.
CREXI is not only a listing platform for commercial real estate but also a transaction management solution.
It was launched in 2016 and today offers all types of commercial properties for sale, lease, and auction.
The total property inventory size is 368,593, and the total monthly visits are 1,350,000, translating into an average of 3.6 monthly visits per property listing.
You can list on CREXI for free, but CREXI Pro, which offers more visibility, is fee-based.
Currently, pricing is not disclosed on their website.
You can learn more about CREXI here.
The Ten-X commercial real estate platform strongly focuses on end-to-end transactions. It promotes property types such as hotels, industrial, self-storage, land, multi-family, retail, office, and special purpose listings.
It is a bit stronger in the transactions because it qualifies and vets all buyers.
They act more like a broker than a platform since they charge a transaction fee based on the winning buyer’s offer.
Their inventory is just 150, and the monthly traffic is 501,440 visits.
This means a monthly traffic per listing of 3,342 visitors, which is impressive, at least from a seller’s perspective.
The low inventory size might not be the best from a buyer’s perspective, though.
You can learn more about Ten-X here.
Digsy provides an intelligent (AI-powered) assistant to search different property listings and find a commercial property according to the buyer’s needs.
The types of properties include retail spaces, warehouses, and offices.
The platform currently has 13,621 commercial properties for sale and 30,827 for lease.
This makes a total inventory size of 44,448.
The monthly traffic it receives is 65,550, which makes an average monthly traffic per listing of 1.47.
Digsy doesn’t charge for posting listings or searching for commercial real estate listings.
9) Commercial Exchange by Catylist
This commercial real estate listing platform also promotes various commercial property types.
It has an inventory size of 91,447 and a monthly traffic of 125,090 visitors, which means an average of 1.36 monthly visitors per listing.
You can post unlimited listings nationwide for $99/month.
Learn more about Commercial Exchange here.
10) 42 Floors (Yardi Systems)
42Floors is an all-in-one commercial real estate listings provider, where you can access all the latest office, coworking, retail, and industrial listings.
Initially founded in 2011 in San Francisco, 42Floors was acquired by Yardi Systems in 2021.
Subsequently, the brand was relaunched as an integral part of the CommercialEdge network — the fastest-growing network of online real estate marketplaces.
It provides an effective marketing platform for real estate professionals looking to maximize exposure for their listings portfolio.
Alongside top brands like CommercialCafe, CommercialSearch, and PropertyShark, 42Floors now attracts 2 million monthly visits and generates more than 350,000 broker contacts across the network annually.
This traffic number is according to the information I received from a marketing communication specialist from Yardi Systems.
Let’s keep that in mind since the data from Similarweb shows different traffic numbers. However, Similarweb is not always the most accurate tool.
It can way over or undershoot actual website traffic numbers.
The current inventory size of 42 Floors is 100,000, and the monthly traffic, according to Similarweb, is 159,360 visits.
It translates to 1.59 monthly visits per listing.
Using the traffic data from Yardi Systems of 2 million visits would translate to 20 monthly visits per listing (that looks much better per listing).
You can learn more about 42 Floors here.
11) Commercial Broker Association
The Commercial Broker Association operates in eight counties in Washington and Oregon.
The platform has more than 4,600 members, who are mainly brokers.
After checking their search, I found they have an inventory size of 7616 properties.
According to Similarweb, the monthly traffic is 82,530 visits, which makes an average of 10.8 monthly visits per property listing.
To join the Commercial Broker Association, you need to pay a one-time setup fee of $350, be licensed, and then pay a monthly fee of $65 for a single agent.
Pricing depends on your real estate office size and the number of agents you want to join (source).
This is another commercial property listing platform with a strong focus on office space covering 12 major cities in the United States.
The current inventory consists of 9,870 commercial properties at the time of this writing.
The monthly traffic, according to Similarweb, is 74,050, which translates into 7.5 monthly visitors per property.
Unfortunately, pricing is undisclosed on SquareFoot’s website.
You can learn more about SquareFoot here.
TotalCommercial is one of the older players in the commercial real estate listing platform market, and they have been operating since 1995.
The platform’s current inventory size in the U.S. comprises 7633 properties.
According to Similarweb, the monthly traffic is less than 5,000 visits.
In the best-case scenario of 4,999 visits, this would translate to 0.65 monthly visits per property.
To publish your commercial property on this platform, you will need to pay $120 per year.
You can learn more about TotalCommercial here.
This article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Craigslist, which also has a commercial real estate section.
The well-known platform has an overall inventory size of 80,000,000 listings in the U.S. (source) and monthly traffic of 336,130,000 visits.
The inventory only for real estate comprises 1,500,000 listings.
But since it is a large platform for many classifieds from different niches (not only real estate), the total traffic also has to be shared with the total number of classifieds (80,000,000).
This translates into 4.2 monthly visits per property, and you can list there for free.
You can visit Craigslist here.
The Performance Data at a Glance
Below you will find the performance data of each commercial real estate listing website I analyzed.
|Website/Platform||Inventory Size||Monthly Traffic (Visitors)||Monthly Traffic (Visits) per Property Listing||Monthly Costs|
|Commercial Broker Association||7616||82530||10.8||$350 one-time, $65 per month|
|Craigslist (Inventory not only comprises of real estate listings)||80000000||336130000||4.2||$0|
|Commercial Exchange by Catylist||91447||125090||1.36||$99|
Considering the performance data for sellers and real estate professionals, the best commercial real estate listing website is Ten-X, with the highest monthly traffic per property listing (3342 visits).
For potential buyers interested in a large inventory, it’s Craigslist, followed by LoopNet.
Since this article was about finding the best commercial real estate listing website, it doesn’t mean you only have to work with the one I found.
To increase your exposure as a seller or real estate professional, you could use several simultaneously (for example, the best 3), increase your visibility with an upgrade, and get your listings on the first page.
The latter may allow you to leverage a website with high monthly traffic that only has an average or lower monthly traffic per property listing.
This is the case with LoopNet and CREXI.
This article has been reviewed by our editorial team. It has been approved for publication in accordance with our editorial policy.
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