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Alternative Risk Retention for Commercial Real Estate 

In response to input from the commercial real estate industry, the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act expressly contemplates flexibility and custom tailoring for commercial mortgage backed securities risk retention requirements. The contemplated regulations shall specify the

Best Buys 

In the increasingly competitive commercial real estate marketplace, buyers and sellers continue to seek advantages in the negotiation process. Until recently, structured sales were a concept that resonated primarily with sellers. Yet commercial real estate buyers may be surprised to

The Benefits of Cost-Segregation Studies 

When a commercial property is purchased or constructed, a building asset is created and the dollars are entered into a fixed asset system as 39 or 27.5 year property. Using the straight line method,

The Big Fix 

Deferred maintenance in commercial real estate properties poses a significant challenge for market participants over the next several years. While nonrecourse lenders may suffer the most in the short term, this issue will be a serious consideration for property owners,

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

The Big Picture 

Companies that are real estate users can learn from today’s tough economy and past real estate strategies. Reflecting on best practices can provide insights to defend against future downturns. Real estate decisions, by their very nature, should include long term

Bid vs. Ask 

Activity within the institutional commercial real estate market is picking up as a result of the abundance of capital seeking real estate opportunities. Property sellers who have been holding firm in their asking prices are being rewarded for their patience

Investor Insights 

When it comes to investing in today&rsquo s commercial real estate market, industry pro and author Kenneth D. Rosen, CCIM, founder and president of Kendar Realty in Coral Gables, Fla., has some simple advice &ldquo Stick with what you know.&rdquo

Cap Rate Calculations 

A capitalization rate is the overall or non financed return on a real estate investment, akin to the return on total assets in accounting terms. A cap rate is calculated as a mathematical relationship between net operating income and an

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

QI Questions(1) 

For investment property owners, the current top concern in a Section 1031 exchange transaction should be safety of the taxpayer&rsquo s funds. In the past decade, mismanagement and malfeasance have resulted in a handful of high profile qualified intermediary bankruptcies

Military Maneuvers 

As a result of the U.S. Department of Defense&rsquo s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure proposal, several military facilities across the country have been deemed either obsolete or in possession of surplus lands that hold valuable development potential for the

Premium Advice 

Every multifamily property owner understands that many factors affect a property&rsquo s ability to turn a profit. They also understand that the real estate business is driven by net operating income. But not all owners may realize that a variety

Reclassifying REITs 

In today&rsquo s surging and oftentimes turbulent real estate investment market, responsible real estate professionals and investors must make decisions and strategically plan future steps armed with all the relevant facts. One area that consistently baffles the investment press and

Valuing Vacancy 

A local property owner is anxious to sell his building and contacts you for assistance. The market is strong and the property is in top condition, but there is one catch The building is experiencing a vacancy problem. Should you

Trust-Worthy Tips 

Charitable remainder trusts are unique and powerful giving tools with useful applications in commercial real estate. CRTs often are employed to address the three biggest tax hurdles real estate investors face current income tax, capital gains tax, and estate tax.

Wealth Management 

During the last several years, America’s high net worth investors have both discreetly weathered the most bearish of conditions and abundantly flourished through the bullish upswings across all market sectors. Now, in an effort to even out the impact that

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

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

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

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

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

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,

Compound Logic 

In today’s highly competitive market, commercial real estate professionals continually look for ways to enhance their value to clients. Fortunately one of the best tools for accomplishing this value add status may be the well known Section 1031 tax deferred

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