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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

SBA Solutions 

In the hyper competitive commercial real estate marketplace, successful brokers and agents can utilize a relatively little known yet highly effective financing source to help clients secure the ideal property for their needs. The Small Business Administration 504 loan program

Agency Programs Provide Financing for Seniors Housing 

Less available capital is the result of overbuilding and profitability woes in today's seniors housing market. However, several viable options remain, including government backed financing. Lenders Change As recently as two years ago, seniors housing developers, owners, and potential buyers

Back to Basics 

How can commercial real estate borrowers obtain financing and survive the capital markets mess? Is there a secret handshake to get a loan application or a password for a term sheet? In reality, the answer is far simpler Bring in

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

VRDN Value 

Commercial paper is one of the primary capital sources in today's global financial markets. Fortune 500 companies and other large corporations regularly sell commercial paper to finance many types of expenditures. However, security registration requirements, high transaction costs, public disclosure

Master Plans 

Financing a commercial real estate project based on its rental stream presents many challenges for property owners. These challenges intensify when deficiencies arise from vacant space, scheduled lease expirations, tenant concessions such as free rent, or other lease attributes that

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

Understanding Today's Underwriting Criteria Makes Refinancing Easier 

With historically low interest rates still available, many property owners are seeking to refinance their loans. However, they should be aware that today's lenders underwrite real estate values far differently than in the past by using a relatively new set

TI Tactics 

All variables being equal, prudent financial managers no doubt would borrow funds at 7 percent rather than 9 percent. So when it comes to the $200 billion financing market for tenant improvements, why do risk managers and corporate real estate

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

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

Energizing Tax Benefits 

In response to the growing focus on energy conservation, Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 or EPAct, which created tax incentives to encourage the construction and retrofitting of energy efficient buildings. Although initially scheduled to sunset after two

Why Comply? 

Until the financial crisis in 2007, banks and other lenders seldom included restrictive financial debt covenants in their commercial real estate lending agreements. Today, debt covenants are becoming far more commonplace in commercial mortgages. Many property owners who are refinancing

1031 Timing 

Under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, real property held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment may be exchanged and capital gain taxes deferred through a delayed exchange, which requires the taxpayer to sell the relinquished

Retail Therapy 

The climate for retail real estate deals is improving around the country, as pricing stabilizes and it becomes somewhat easier to forecast the performance of a retail center. With more sellers realizing that now might be a good time to

Self-Rental Rule 

The only thing worse than incurring a loss on investment property is incurring a loss that cannot be deducted for tax purposes. Self rental property may cause this tax result for some property owners if rental arrangements are not strategically

Distressed Decisions 

With the real estate collapse several years behind us, the industry has been riding a wave of available distressed commercial properties. But this groundswell of opportunity also brings a groundswell of risk. Knowing what to look for can ensure that