Commercial Real Estate Blog

Three Types of Commercial Real Estate Obsolescence

One of the unique challenges of commercial real estate investment is that markets, types of property, return expectations, and physical environments are in a constant state of change.  As a result of these changes, a commercial property could be cash flow positive one day and undesirable the next due to shifts in tenant desires or some other factor. …

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Understanding the Personal Financial Statement

More often than not, some portion of every commercial real estate transaction is financed with debt. Typically, that debt comes from a bank or non-bank lender who agrees to lend a certain amount of money in return for certain concessions from a borrower.  For example, they will almost always require a 1st position mortgage on the property …

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Introduction to Comparative Lease Analysis

Suppose that a medium sized accounting firm is looking to expand its footprint by leasing office space in a new city.  After touring several spaces, they have narrowed it down to two options.  The options have similar rental rates, but the firm wants to conserve capital so they need to figure out which one is less …

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Understanding the Co-Tenancy Clause

A typical retail shopping center or mall works under a tried and true business plan.  The owner and/or developer of the property works first to attract one or more “anchor” tenants and then surrounds them with a variety of smaller tenants who benefit from the traffic they create. Together, the anchor and their supporting tenants …

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How the Development Spread Works

The development spread is a back of the envelope calculation widely used by real estate developers. It is a fast and easy way to size up the financial feasibility of a real estate development project, prior to completing a more in depth analysis. In this article we’ll take a closer look at the development spread …

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Understanding the Texas Ratio

The retail banking system operates on a fundamental promise between the bank and the customer.  The customer opens an account and deposits money in it with the expectation that the bank will continue to stay in business and that the funds will be available for withdrawal when needed. But, history tells us that this isn’t …

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Understanding the Construction Draw Schedule

In some ways, a commercial real estate construction project is just like any other project. There is a start date, several interim milestones, and an end date when the property is complete and a certificate of occupancy has been issued. However, a commercial real estate construction loan is not like other loans. It is distinguished …

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How The Double Net Lease Works

There is a wide spectrum of lease types in commercial real estate. To make it easier to communicate with others, it is not uncommon for complicated leases to be described using simple language. The ‘double net lease’ in commercial real estate is a term that describes a certain type of lease agreement, but it’s not …

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How to Calculate an Interest Reserve for a Construction Loan

There’s no doubt about it, construction lending is tough.  From changing interest rates, long lead times, and freak weather events, there are a myriad of risks that can derail a project.  However, from a lender’s perspective, there’s one risk that is top of mind when making a construction loan – the borrower’s ability to make …

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Eleven Types of Risk in Commercial Real Estate

Every investment involves a certain amount of risk. There are certain general sources of risk that influence all assets – things like geopolitical risk and global macroeconomic risk. What makes each asset unique is the level of sensitivity that its rate of return has to those risks. In addition, specific types of assets have risks …

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