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Foreclosure Fortunes 

In today&rsquo s market, the difference between traditional and distressed sales is mostly in the buyer&rsquo s mindset. Traditional sales currently are driven by need &mdash only investors who need to fulfill Section 1031 exchanges or other financial or market

Engineering Value 

It seems like only yesterday that real estate investors and developers breezily talked about easy exit strategies and double digit internal rates of return. When lenders and investors were eager, winning at real estate was more about managing the capital

Due Diligence: Digging Deeper 

Lenders have overhauled their lending criteria and underwriting guidelines, so why shouldn’t buyers do the same? During these challenging times, property investors must refocus on the fundamental aspects of investment analysis to properly substantiate value in the purchase price. When

QI Questions 

The unregulated Section 1031 exchange industry has suffered instances of misappropriated client funds, breaches of fiduciary duty, theft, and qualified intermediary bankruptcy filings. The task of qualifying a QI has become paramount for real estate investors and their advisers. Understanding

Ready for Reform? 

On July 21, 2010, the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law. The risk retention requirements under Dodd Frank for asset backed securitizations, including commercial mortgage backed securities, have garnered substantial attention from the

Restaurant Re-use 

Most owners of retail properties have restaurant tenants. Whether they are located on an end cap, inline, or on a free standing outparcel, these restaurants make up an integral component of the retail investment landscape. Savvy property owners recognize that

ROI Check-Up 

Many investors ignore the return on investment that property condition assessments often can deliver. PCAs yield an ROI in three ways protecting buyers from bad purchases providing buyers with information for price negotiations with sellers and finding opportunities to improve

Triple-Net Triple Threat 

Looking for a rock solid investment in a shifting economy? Look no further than single tenant net leased properties. In markets where shopping centers sit empty and office buildings are dark, the lights are on (usually 24 hours) at the

Exchange Your Strategy 

An increasing number of today’s commercial real estate investors are knowledgeable about the benefits of exchanging qualified investment real estate under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031. However, they might not realize that 1031 exchanges aren’t ideal for every investor or

TIC Tactic 

During the past decade, many investors have taken advantage of Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 tenancy in common exchange strategies. The TIC concept permits small to midsize accredited investors to own and obtain title to professionally managed, potentially institutional quality

Where's the Money? 

Asked where real estate investors are putting their money (if unable or unwilling to invest in real estate), Integra analysts ranked the capital vehicles in most to least preferred order. From the looks of REIT prices in April 2009, the

Balancing Act 

Commercial real estate investors and traditional wealth managers live in the same world but speak different languages. While both camps are involved in asset allocation, wealth managers seldom understand how to deal with leveraged, illiquid property assets. Real estate investors,

REITs Rev Up 

Amassing capital in a credit restricted market topped real estate investment trusts&rsquo 2009 priority list, with more than $14.4 billion raised in equity issuance and another $6.7 billion in debt, according to Fitch Ratings. For the majority of REITs, these

A Tale of Two Markets 

&ldquo It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the

Physical Fitness 

Commercial real estate investors conduct many types of due diligence, such as financial, legal, and physical. Regarding the latter, many investors assume that if they follow the current physical due diligence standard, ASTM guideline E2018 08, Standard Guide for Property

Navigating the Maze 

The labyrinth of rules that taxpayers must follow when completing Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchanges can be overwhelming. Commercial real estate developers often prefer to avoid this maze, thinking that most of their work involves non qualified inventory. However,

Buyers Are Back 

Commercial real estate investors are lumbering out of the woods and back into the game. The menagerie of buyers shopping for properties in today’s market runs the gamut from private individuals to billion dollar institutions. But one thing they all

Cost Comparison: A Case Study 

When looking to extinguish fixed rate debt, borrowers have two alternatives yield maintenance or defeasance. Both methods allow the borrower to unencumber the underlying real estate asset, and both compensate for the lender’s reinvestment risk following prepayment. However, each method

Cost-Segregation Savvy 

If you’ve been using cost segregation studies to accelerate depreciation of your commercial property, you’ve likely cut your taxes considerably. But could you save even more? Not all cost segregation studies are created equal. So what can you do to

Money Magnets 

Capital that is now on the sidelines is likely to return to the market as a floor on asset pricing emerges and values become attractive once again. However, while lending conditions are expected to remain tight during the next 12

Contract Exchanges 

In specific markets such as California, New York City, South Florida, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, condominiums are the hottest investments. Many investors are looking for creative 1031 transaction structures to cash in on these booming commercial real estate markets. One

Just Due It 

The current economy and the lack of available credit have created a new paradigm for commercial real estate investors. Many lenders are indicating that, in the future, an appraisal won’t be enough to obtain financing Market feasibility studies will be

Cashing Out 

Over the years, many real estate investors have had the good fortune of large appreciation in the real estate market. At the same time, many of those investors now are worried about potentially losing a significant amount of their appreciation

Industrial's New Image 

Long stigmatized as the asset type of old dirty factories, industrial real estate has ascended to prominence in private investors' portfolios. No longer is the big box warehouse a distant cousin from the bright, colorful retail center or the tall

Hands-Free Investments 

Non direct real estate investment choices run the gamut from tenancy in common interests and real estate investment trusts to net lease properties and mutual funds. Such investments provide many of the same perks as traditional real estate ownership, such