Vacation Rentals, Apartments, Hotels, Small Businesses
With its abundance of natural beauty and local charm, Humboldt County is an ideal place to invest in this type of business. By doing so you will not only be able to benefit from increased revenue but also the joy that comes with owning something special and unique!
There are many advantages to investing in rental properties, commercial real estate, even local business opportunities in Humboldt County, especially when the business has a track record and comes with the real estate included.
Properties located in cities such as Trinidad, Eureka, Arcata, Willow Creek and Fortuna offer potential investors great rewards through rental income and appreciating property values. Find rental properties and other income producing properties in Humboldt County in the listings on this page.
Disclaimer: all real estate investments and business opportunities, come with some risk. It is up to you to do your own due diligence before investing money into any properties listed here, and remember, never invest more than you can afford to lose.
With a wide range of industries in our county, you'll find plenty of commercial real estate opportunities in Humboldt County. Purchasing your first, or next investment property can be a challenge and stressful task. Let us help make the process an enjoyable one, from helping you locate the perfect investment property, to handing over the keys, we are here to help assist you in every step of the way. Let's figure out what type of commercial real estate or income producing opportunity that you're interested in as a first step.
Office Rentals and Retails Space: Many retail buildings and office buildings go up for sale in the downtown districts, especially Eureka. Typically this is reliable income as businesses don't usually put out lots of effort just to not pay their bills and get evicted. It is typically a more clean transaction that long term or short term rental businesses.
Flipping Houses: Check out the Fixer Upper and House Flipping category, which technically are not income producers or even commercial property, it is a way to generate revenue through your efforts and carefully selected real estate.
Established Local Humboldt Businesses: You won't find a lot of this on our site, but for those looking for an opportunity to own a business, the county offers an array of options - from traditional retail stores to newer ventures such as cannabis farms or tourism-related businesses. In Eureka, fast-food franchises, and restaurants can be acquired occasionally as well.
Cannabis Farms, Real Estate & Businesses: Cannabis is a highly regulated industry, and one of the most obvious industries in Humboldt County. Certain cannabis activities are only allowed in certain areas, known as green zones, or cannabis business parks - or in some situations, its just how the zoning worked out. These commercial cannabis areas generally permit most types of cannabis licensing (not all though, so do your due diligence!). Not all locations allow volatile extractions, labs, cultivation, retail, etc.
Beyond regulation, cannabis businesses are one of the most notable and popular types of commercial real estate in the Emerald Triangle. These businesses have the opportunity to be highly profitable and lucrative, but not typically thought of as an easy accomplishment, especially for newcomers.
Selling Commercial Cannabis Licenses: This takes a lot of the guesswork out about qualifying for the proper permits, you can buy an existing business or property that already has them. These types of transactions can happen on just a leased property, real estate is not always included in the deal. Once the group has obtained the license, they turn around and sell it.
Cannabis Properties with No Permits: The opposite also happens, sometimes the property is known to be in a municipality that supports the industry, has the right zoning and the right county and local regulations for the property to obtain permitting. The property could be sold as a cannabis property, but you'd need to go file and obtain your own state and local permits. This happens a lot of the time when a municipality green-lights an area for a particular sector of the cannabis industry, essentially turning previously less valuable property into commercial cannabis real estate. The counties set the general rules, but incorporated cities can set their own rules and regulations, including not allowing cannabis businesses at all.
Types of Cannabis Businesses: You can buy cannabis farms, cannabis dispensaries, cannabis testing facilities, cannabis manufacturing and packaging companies (drinks, edibles, pre-rolls, etc.), cannabis nurseries, extraction labs and all sorts of ancillary businesses.
Where is the Best Place to Buy Cannabis Properties or Businesses: We wish you all the luck, but Forbes & Associates does not work with cannabis transactions. We don't have any issues with the cannabis industry, but we do not sell cannabis properties. Instead visit this website: cannabis businesses and real estate for sale. You will find the largest collection of cannabis listings from the Emerald Triangle counties, and stretching south and east from there: Humboldt, Trinity, Mendocino and Lake County.
Outdoor cannabis farms are a very interesting real estate investment. More established outdoor cannabis farms go for larger money, but you can also just buy land that will qualify for the permits and obtain it much cheaper. The real estate itself holds intrinsic value, and running a cannabis operation can also be lucrative if managed properly. It should be noted that these properties prices can fluctuate wildly as the cannabis market ebbs and flows.
Vacation Rental properties are an especially attractive option for average people to make a little extra income. These types of short term rentals can even build equity faster and at the same time you are earning rental income. They are not complicated businesses to run and can be operated by almost anyone. Low overhead in terms of employees and if you don't have a budget for employees, typically the work-load can be handled by the owner. Your rental can provide a good return on investment as a business at the same time your real estate and property itself is appreciating while you're making money.
Tips when buying homes for short term rental income producers: Look for unique properties with luxury accommodations, bay or oceanfront, redwood properties, or river frontage as these properties with some sort of feature or class will perform better as vacation rentals, especially in Humboldt County. They will be booked out more nights and the price you can charge for guest stays can be exceptionally higher than your typical row house. The vacation rental market is seasonal, but that doesn't mean its always stagnate during the off season, either. Luxury vacation rentals almost always book the holidays, even cold ones, if the house is right.
While buying a home on the ocean and renting it out may be unpalatable to some who have concern over housing affordability and the health of their community, but to others it's a business opportunity that someone else will take advantage of if you don't. Utilizing your home as a Vacation Rental makes your house an asset instead of a liability. Here are some pros of vacation rental real estate. One thing to remember, is that the county and city you live in may have rules that govern short term rentals. Do your homework before investing! Some cities have severely limited the amount of vacation rentals in their city limits. Remember, just because a city allows you to have a vacation rental, doesn't mean at some point in the future they try to curtail it.
Vacation rentals located near Humboldt's many popular attractions attract many thousands of annual vacationers and tourists. Being located near Redwood National & State Park, The Avenue of the Giants or other Redwood Parks, River Properties, Oceanfront or Ocean view properties especially in Trinidad and Shelter Cove or any of our dozens of state and county beaches and parks are all a hit and offer an advantage for keeping your Vacation Rental booked out.
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Both of these types of commercial properties can also be rented out rather easily. Storage units are a money maker, with hardly any overhead, and so is renting out warehouse space to other businesses. Warehouses in cannabis zones are especially lucrative as they can be used for extraction facilities, packaging, etc.