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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

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

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

Consider the Future When Negotiating Loan Document Details 

After the basic business terms have been agreed on, proper negotiation and execution of loan documents can make or break a commercial real estate deal. Whether acquiring an existing income producing property, developing a new property, or refinancing the debt

Cool Down Costs 

While occupancy, maintenance, and zoning matters consume a great deal of property owners and managers’ time, these professionals also must consider other important business components, such as energy costs, to remain competitive. When left unmonitored, energy costs can become a

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.

Companies Can Improve Cash Flow With These Strategies 

Corporate real estate professionals always look for creative ways to help their companies manage costs while growing their core businesses. In today's cooler economic climate, finding them is not a luxury — it's a necessity. Myriad corporate financing strategies are

Creative Currency 

In today’s real estate climate, making your property more marketable requires creativity and an open mind. Owners need to expand the benefits their properties offer. Along with physical aspects and pricing, the structure of the transaction, and your capabilities and

Cost-Segregation Solutions 

Cost segregation is an accepted Internal Revenue Service method of allocating the purchase price paid for real estate property. Generally, cost segregation enables owners to increase the depreciation deductions from their properties, providing substantial present value benefits by reducing income

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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,

Experience Pays 

Experience counts, particularly for commercial real estate professionals involved in ground lease development. In addition, experience counts &mdash and can pay off profitably &mdash when choosing a ground lease lender. If a lender with the right experience is selected, under

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