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Repayment Options 

When defeasance became standard call protection for average commercial mortgage backed securities loans in 1998, the timing could not have been worse for borrowers. Yields on government securities declined steadily in 2001 and 2002 making defeasance increasingly more expensive as

Rising Rates 

Recent commercial real estate capital market demand has caused capitalization rates to decline significantly, which has inflated real estate values despite poor fundamentals. Yet most experts believe that cap rates soon will climb. Investors should assess their properties to ensure

Sale-Leasebacks Provide Capital for Core Business Investment 

The market for sale leasebacks — transactions in which companies sell and then lease back real estate assets — is growing at an estimated $10 billion to $15 billion annually. Continued increases are expected due to today's difficult real estate

Separation Anxiety 

In February the White House published a report to Congress mandated by the Dodd Frank Financial Reform Bill. The white paper indicated a significantly reduced role for the government sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, winding down their conventional

Financing Fusion 

Many areas of the U.S. have an oversupply of office and industrial property, tight access to capital, and fewer and shrinking local businesses to sustain property absorption. During this turbulent period, the ownership leasing hybrid approach may provide an attractive,

FHA Facts 

In today’s tight credit market, multifamily owners and developers are challenged with finding financing that works now as well as in the uncertain future. In such turbulent times, the Federal Housing Administration loan programs serve as good, reliable sources of

Looking for Leverage 

Small apartment properties can be an excellent way for first time investors to enter the commercial real estate market. Apartment properties with between five and 50 units are attractive investments because there is less competition for them. Buildings with five

Know Your REITs 

Today's almost instantaneous access to financial information along with corporate governance improvements have dramatically altered the commercial real estate landscape for investors interested in diversifying through real estate investment trusts. This additional capital has put non exchange traded REITs on

IRA Investments 

Purchasing residential property using retirement funds has received a lot of press, but what's still new to many investors is the fact that commercial real estate also can be bought this way. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service allows individual

It's A Wrap 

While condominium demand outpaces supply in many markets, some lenders are starting to tighten their financing parameters in anticipation of a possible market slowdown. To maximize their opportunities in this changing environment, commercial real estate developers must carefully manage potential

Mobile Investments 

Investor demand for multifamily properties has driven up prices and lowered returns, causing many multifamily investors to seek niche product such as mobile home parks as an attractively priced alternative to traditional apartment buildings. These less familiar properties can offer

More Money 

Commercial real estate developers often use federal, state, and local tax incentives, including historic rehabilitation credits, brownfield redevelopment programs, and tax increment financing, to reduce their projects' costs. However, the arsenal of tax incentives is much more extensive than many

Cover Your Assets 

Lenders holding commercial real estate secured loans want to ensure that, if a borrower goes bankrupt, the collateral property will not be consolidated with the borrower's other assets. To ease such fears, borrowers use "bankruptcy remote" single purpose entities, or

Fast Funding 

Traditional financing is suitable for a multitude of commercial real estate transactions, which often allow several months of lead time to secure funds. But what happens when funding for a property transaction is required immediately or when borrowers are inexperienced?

Loan Liaison 

Appraisers and underwriters are involved in the commercial real estate financing process as objective sources to ensure that buyers and lenders do not let optimism for projects result in unfavorable transactions. However, sometimes these professionals base their assessments on data

Mind the GAAP 

GAAP is widely used. It is required for public companies such as publicly traded real estate investment trusts, and often it is demanded of private real estate companies by institutional investor partners. But GAAP is not the only choice for

New Funding for Affordable Housing Encourages Public/Private Partnerships 

Affordable housing is a critical socioeconomic issue in many regions, and demand is rising nationwide. Yet financing and developing affordable housing can be challenging. Many affordable housing projects involve more planning and entail greater risks than similar market rate projects

Pre-Underwriting Helps to Sell Properties 

Residential homebuyers often get pre qualified to facilitate their negotiating and purchasing process. Commercial property brokers can use a less common but similar process for their income property listings — although it's the property that gets pre qualified, or pre

Private Mortgage Loans Provide a Short-Term Financing Alternative 

Private mortgage loans are made by private lenders instead of traditional financing sources such as banks, lending institutions, or government agencies. They usually are short term (6 months to 3 years) hard money or asset based loans, and the decision

Redefining Debt 

Downsized operations and scarcity of tenants have temporarily left many business owners and developers with too much real estate and too much debt. Refinancing often is the solution of choice, but doing so isn&rsquo t always viable. Owners or developers

Federal Historic Tax Credit Aids Adaptive Reuse Developers 

For adaptive reuse projects involving historic buildings, developers often tap into a federal tax incentive program known as the historic rehabilitation tax credit. This program generates a credit that directly reduces taxes rather than offering a tax deduction such as

Lenders Talk TICs 

Tenancy in common transactions involve a number of unique features. While currently there are no clear cut guidelines on how TIC deals must be structured, lenders that finance such projects are careful to impose certain requirements that usually are not

Loan Language 

Commercial real estate finance remains in a state of flux. Lenders are re entering the market with new policies and underwriting criteria. Many lenders have toughened the terms of their form loan documents. It is important for borrowers to understand

Lenders Tighten Loan Standards in Reaction to Uncertain Economy 

With interest rates at record lows, demand for new mortgage loans remains strong. However, in today's anemic economic climate, lenders face increased risk of making non performing loans. Although it is impossible to eliminate this risk entirely, commercial real estate

Making It Work 

Investors soon may feel the effects of a cooling real estate market through subtle and not so subtle shifts in the way lenders view commercial real estate loans. The industry experienced strong surface growth last year National overall vacancy rates