Because of the role planning and zoning play in commercial real estate, the best thing to do in getting started in commercial real estate investing would be to become vary familiar with one geographic area then another, since planning and zoning play such a major role and each city in the valley has it’s own planning and zoning, if you try to look at all the commercial real estate opportunities all over the Phoenix metro area for example the task will be overwhelming.
Ideally you would start where you live, or had lived for many years so you know the area.
If you live or grew up and are very familiar with Mesa then start there, go to the city’s website , (I have links to the Southeast Valley Cities websites on my website) print out the zoning map, find out who the city commissioners, planning and zoning board members, city manager and so on, then, find out when the next planning and zoning board meetings will be and start attending them as well as city commission meeting as this is where those projects might get discussed an voted in or out. Because what is decided in these meetings have such an impact on commercial real estate, it is important to learn and become aware of the process and the impact and opportunities with commercial real estate as a result.
This information is for informational purpose and not intended to be investment advise, and should be explained to you in detail. You should always feel free to consult an attorney and/or tax adviser to obtain further information you deem necessary. I want you to be prepared.