So I'm moving soon and going to get a short-term apartment or house rental. However, pretty soon I'll probably be looking to buy something more permanent. The city has a lot of empty commercial space near downtown, and I want to research the idea of doing a loft setup. Where can I find out about this. Will the property have to be rezoned for residential or mixed-use? Are FHA loans available for 'homebuyers' since it's a commercial property? What are some common pitfalls in converting a commercial space into a loft? They can't all end up as beautiful and awesome as they do on television/in magazines.