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Singling Out Triple-Net Leases 

Many real estate investors think nothing could be simpler than an investment in a triple net leased (also known as NNN) property. Some liken it to buying a bond. While straightforward to own and operate, triple net leased properties can

Fair Housing 

The federal Fair Housing Act, as amended, makes it unlawful to discriminate in the sale or rental of a dwelling to any prospective purchaser or tenant. This prohibition includes making a dwelling unavailable to the prospective purchaser or tenant. Obviously,

Financing Strategies Up on the Roof 

Most real estate transactions involving telecommunications companies focus on renting space. Indeed, all kinds of properties never before considered for their money making potential — water towers, rooftops, even church steeples — suddenly are attracting interest. Hordes of personal communications

Georgia Real Estate on My Mind 

For commercial real estate in Georgia the theme has been growth, though concerns about overbuilding remain for the state’s capital and largest city, Atlanta, an economic hub of the Southeast. Brokers are guardedly optimistic about the prospects of various property

Financing Affordable Housing 

When considering ways to use vacant land and existing buildings, commercial real estate investors and brokers often overlook a viable alternative — government sponsored affordable housing. Real estate investors should be aware of the myriad opportunities to purchase underdeveloped land

Done Deals 

Some demanding commercial real estate deals take a year, some take two, and occasionally one takes a decade. Some transactions are undertaken with zest for their big bucks potential others may involve more complicated motivations, including not only personal but

CMBS Market Turmoil Opens Door for Commercial Banks 

Tumultuous world financial markets sent the commercial mortgage backed securities market into a tailspin in September and October 1998. Spreads for AAA rated CMBS to 10 year Treasuries spiked to 200 basis points in October from less than 100 basis

A World of Opportunity 

Immigrant businesspeople represent a viable market segment that is revitalizing the commercial real estate market in urban neighborhoods as well as in towns on the outskirts of big cities. Enclaves of immigrant businesses have brought new life to moribund commercial

Constructive Receipt: Timing Is Everything 

A fundamental principle in efficient tax planning is the contemplation of the timing of income and loss events. While this principle seems relatively elementary, determining when a tax item actually becomes taxable can be more complex. Statutory Background IRC Section

10 Trends in Office Design 

Trends in office space size and configuration undoubtedly will affect office leasing and sales. What will the office of the future look like and how will it affect commercial real estate? To find out, the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute

Beware of Internet Imposters 

Before the Internet, "People would become what we call ‘Xerox brokers’ they’d Xerox other brokers’ packages," William Spivock, CCIM, remembers. Spivock, of Commercial Specialists in Las Vegas, recently ran across the Information Age equivalent of this unauthorized copying. Spivock found

Industrial Evolution 

Industrial parks are the destination of choice for industrial property tenants and investors alike. The benefits of being located in or investing in a master planned park now outweigh those of stand alone sites for many. "Our preference is always