(A little non-lease administration but still real estate related blog for this week) Having been in retail real estate since 1987, I have seen my shares of ups and downs. However, in the early through mid 2000s, transaction volumes were through the roof, and I had forgotten the rule about what goes up also goes… Continue reading The physical embodiment of the last real estate recession is now gone … and it is kind of sad.
I got in to the industry in 1987. At that time, there were still plenty of 10-30 year old leases still in effect. So many of those leases had requirements for tenants to participate in a merchants’ association (usually at some initial nominal rate with CPI increases). The tenants would control how those funds were… Continue reading Are your tenants still contributing to marketing?
Two or three weeks ago, we were working on a portfolio acquisition. There was an outparcel ground lease tenant that had the right to purchase its premises if the landlord ever sold the property. Our client asked the seller for the tenant’s release from its option to purchase the parcel. The seller replied that it… Continue reading “That’s standard” is not a good enough answer.
A few months back, we addressed what happens when you leave phantom square footage in the denominator. But, this week, we actually had a lease where the tenant requested (AND THE LANDLORD AGREED!) to add square footage to the denominator for purposes of allocating CAM and taxes. First off, this was not a local developer… Continue reading You really expect the landlord to absorb CAM and taxes on non-existent space?
For over 30 years, I have had the opportunity to work within some of the most well respected companies in commercial real estate. Each has its own way of doing things – their own sets of processes and procedures. I have heard comments ranging from “No one does it as well as we do,” to… Continue reading Learning and improving throughout your career
“Ambitious men do not ask questions for fear their infallibility will be challenged” – Washington (or John) Roebling My apologies to David McCullough who wrote The Great Bridge about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge for not even knowing whether it was Washington or John Roebling who gave us that awesome quote above. But, whether… Continue reading Why you should be at least slightly conversational in accounting, finance and lease administration
There really is a secret to a good abstract and, I apologize in advance because it will sound a little patronizing at first, it is to read the lease and fill out the abstract. Seriously? It does sound patronizing, doesn’t it? But, it is very obvious reviewing an abstract that has been completed using the… Continue reading The secret to a really good abstract