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Healthcare Headaches 

During fourth quarter 2011, real estate investment analysts predicted that demand for medical office buildings and healthcare facilities would continue to be strong over the next decade, due in part to high demand for healthcare services. While demand for healthcare

Negotiating Finesse 

The year is coming to a close. Now is the time to consider charitable donations for today and tomorrow.

Individuals may think about what charities have made a difference in their lives. Or ask themselves what legacy they want to create. Now Alfred Nobel is not remembered as a cannon manufacturer but for funding the prestigious Nobel Prizes.

Commercial Calculations 

Rent, operating expenses, tax obligations, and several other economic matters are tied to the square footage of leased premises. Generally speaking, a higher square footage yields higher rent and other payments for the leased premises. Therefore, landlords and tenants often

Use a Lifeline 

Mired in a difficult market, real estate agents, brokers, and property managers are encountering adversarial situations and hostile clients. When deals don’t work out as hoped, buyers and sellers look for someone to blame. Increasingly, they are finding fault with

Gov’t Issues 

You are an investor who has just snapped up a distressed property that includes a lease with the federal government. In the best scenario, you gain a desirable tenant with a long term lease, and the U.S. General Services Administration

Anchors Away 

 

Series LLCs 

Utilizing this structure partitions risk. A series limited liability company is an entity structure that allows for the formation of multiple segregated LLCs, known as “series,” under the umbrella of a single “master” or traditional LLC. In 1996, Delaware became the first state to enact a series LLC statute.

Environmentally Unfriendly 

Michigan aims to tackle complications associated with vapor intrusion and emerging chemicals.

Retail Tenant Bankruptcies 

Despite a strengthening economy, the retail sector continues to face challenges. Since late 2014, several prominent retailers — including Brookstone, Coldwater Creek, Loehmann’s, Crumbs Bake Shop, Wet Seal, and most recently, Radio Shack — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While

Proactive Profitability 

The bad news is that investment property costs increased when taxes increased in January. Interest rates have also increased. The good news is that savvy landlords can take proactive measures to improve the bottom line now and in the upcoming

Practice Due Decency 

Your mother always told you to be a good person, but was her concern your values or your business prospects? Decency during business negotiations may be the right thing to do, but it can also further personal relationships that create

TIC 2.0 

As the markets continue their recovery in 2013 and beyond, investors face a more challenging tax environment. Federal capital gains taxes have increased from 15 percent to 20 percent for high income taxpayers, passive investment income is now subject to

Splitting Fees 

Foreign Capital Buys Offices In 2014, foreign capital was particularly focused on office assets, purchasing $17 billion of U.S. office properties, according to CBRE. That amount represents 45 percent of last year’s foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate. More

Valuing Retail Properties 

Assessments can differ, so understand what considerations go into calculating the value of retail properties. A store owned and operated by Lowe’s in Georgia was valued by the local tax assessor at $10.4 million. Not satisfied, Lowe’s counsel hired its own appraiser, who valued the property at $3.9 mill

Peace 2.0 

A Party Wall Agreement provides clarification about the ownership and maintenance obligations for the shared wall to prevent and avoid disputes.

Nervous TIC 

For many years I have written articles on the implications if tenant in common interests are determined to be securities. One such concern is whether TIC interests can be employed in tax deferred exchanges. Historically, a taxpayer might have exchanged

Opportunity Knocks 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created the federal opportunity zone incentive, which provides tax benefits to those who invest in qualified opportunity zones -- low-income Census tracts nominated by each state.

China’s Fall? 

Do homefront woes signal the end to U.S. investment? China's slowing economy, devalued currency, roller-coaster-like stock market, government focus on domestic growth, rumored delays in further financial liberalization - surely all this spells the end of the Chinese investment boom in U.S. real estate? Isn't

Disclosure Duty 

Do you have to tell your commercial tenant that its space is in a flood plain? The opinion of the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee is that under Tennessee law, you do not. While this

Chasing Value 

Change in tax law for REIT spin-off deals sparks creative solutions. Recent changes to the Internal Revenue Code have ended the tax-free benefits of real estate investment trust spin-off transactions. Characterized by some as a Wall Street loophole, the beneficial structure enabled operating companies to dist

Infrastructure Conundrum 

 

Future Tense? 

Property taxes are one of the largest expenses for a real estate project and one of the most difficult to forecast. With statutes varying from state to state, property owners can better manage their tax burden with the help of a few key considerations.

Tug of War 

The year is coming to a close. Now is the time to consider charitable donations for today and tomorrow.

Individuals may think about what charities have made a difference in their lives. Or ask themselves what legacy they want to create. Now Alfred Nobel is not remembered as a cannon manufacturer but for funding the prestigious Nobel Prizes.

Retirement Plan 

Today companies clean up and sell contaminated property more easily than in the past thanks to new technology and a clear understanding of contaminated property remediation. Many developers and local governments now are comfortable acquiring

Forming a Tax Plan 

The real estate industry generally fares well under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but many new provisions heighten the importance of advance tax planning for real estate investors.