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Old 10-01-2007, 02:44 PM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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I have an ex-coworker coming to town looking for a house that's commercially zoned. He wants to live in one portion of the house and have a breakfast & lunch cafe in the other. How would I find something like that in the MLS? If I search commercial, that's all I get w/o the house. There is no option for residential with a commercial attachment. Thanks.
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Old 10-01-2007, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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check with the local zoning department to see if that is allowed - you may have to find a residence that can be rezoned for commercial use - usually along busy streets where other business already are.
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Old 10-01-2007, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I have an ex-coworker coming to town looking for a house that's commercially zoned. He wants to live in one portion of the house and have a breakfast & lunch cafe in the other. How would I find something like that in the MLS? If I search commercial, that's all I get w/o the house. There is no option for residential with a commercial attachment. Thanks.
That's going to be pretty unusual to find. He might be more likely to find a building with ground floor retail and living space upstairs, in an older neighborhood center or a downtown (built prior to the 50's/60's). Those are normally listed on commercial sites in our area, with something in the notes about residential space upstairs. He may want to try checking specific neighborhood centers where he is thinking of setting up, and contacting the neighborhood business association (if the areas in question have them) to see if they know of someone thinking of selling or currently listed. I have also seen homes, just outside of these districts, turned into mixed use retail/residential, but you generally have to have the house rezoned. You might run into opposition to that.

Otherwise, a commercial realtor could help with the search. I would not trust a residential realtor to handle a commercial transaction like that.
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Old 10-01-2007, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Check with other realtors in your area. Each area has distinctly different zoning.

Here where I am, almost all commercial zoning allows for a residence in addition to the commercial.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Sangamon County Illinois
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Does your local MLS have a bulletin board where you can post messages for other agents? We use that when we are looking for some specific type of property. Someone in your area may have a hip pocket. Definitely confirm the zoning through proper channels in your area - do not just take someone's word for it or assume current use would be allowed to continue if the property changes hands.
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:27 PM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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Thanks everyone. After doing some research, I think they would be better off buying a house and renting a space for now. They amount they want to spend is unrealistic.
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