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Deliver the Details 

In many markets commercial real estate professionals rely on small properties as the backbone of their business. Unfortunately these properties sometimes fail to qualify for the maximum amount of financing required, which may prevent owners from selling at optimal prices.

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

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Offer Options for Multifamily Investors 

Property owners with large multifamily portfolios may be aware of the benefits of obtaining financing from the Federal National Mortgage Association, known as Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Mortgage Corp., dubbed Freddie Mac. Generally, these two organizations can handle

Exporting Capital 

As economies throughout the world continue to expand, the flood of real estate investment capital headed overseas has swelled to record levels. This unprecedented growth is expected to continue throughout the year and well into 2006. Despite a weak dollar,

Financing Still Available for Well- Structured Technology Ventures 

Less than a year ago, landlords and lenders were trading warrants for security deposits and leasing space at exorbitant rents to technology tenants. Currently, with the Nasdaq below 2000 and capital spending for technology at a halt, corporate credit has

Entrepreneurial Mezzanine Financing Sources Offer Flexible Equity 

In recent years, mezzanine debt and equity financing has been growing steadily into a major source of funding for all types of commercial real estate projects. On a marketwide basis, the real estate mezzanine financing sector represents 10 percent of

Loan to Own 

Given the current credit market constraints, seller financing may be a way to bridge the financing gap facing buyers and sellers in today&rsquo s commercial real estate market. Seller financing is a transaction in which the seller makes a secured

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

What's Your Exit Strategy? 

There are many factors to consider when entering into a fixed rate commercial real estate loan what’s often forgotten is how to get out. Negotiating a solid exit strategy should be a critical aspect of all fixed rate loan originations.

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

Affordable Money 

With the ever increasing need for more affordable housing, both nonprofit and for profit developers must consider every available below market rate financing program to make such projects economically feasible. Viable sources may be 501(c)(3) bonds for nonprofit developers

Consider the Options 

When fully understood, properly prepared, and used correctly, real estate options are an excellent way for knowledgeable investors to conserve capital, create leverage, and reduce risks. Investors and clients who may be short on capital may find options a good

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

Wait and See 

Last year, the commercial real estate debt market again decreased considerably from the last decade's double digit growth rates. This slower growth indicates a lower level of transactional activity —buying, selling, and refinancing — taking place as the industry awaits

Understand Lender Criteria to Finance Manufactured-Housing Communities 

Manufactured housing is a niche that offers potentially strong returns for some investors. Once thought of as simply mobile home parks, today's manufactured home communities are split into two primary categories landlease communities where residents own their homes and lease

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

A Taxing Situation 

As markets conditions continue to squeeze both landlords and their tenants, renegotiating loan terms can be an effective strategy for property owners to reduce overhead. But beware — the financial implications aren’t as simple as they sound. Many property owners

Construction Plans 

Sponsors and owners considering financing the construction of commercial real estate projects need to know how lenders evaluate a project's overall risk. Such understanding increases the likelihood that a developer's application for financing will be approved. Lenders view construction loans

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

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

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

Struggling Properties Can Exercise Workout Options to Improve Financial Health 

This year is shaping up to be the most active period for real estate workouts since the early 1990s, primarily due to the declining value and performance of commercial properties during the economic slowdown. Tightening capital markets have compounded the