I was born in 1965. As much as I loved Space Port (an arcade) at Oxford Valley Mall and the wall of history dioramas at Neshaminy Mall (which I understand are still on display), I did not discover my favorite thing about 1970s retail real estate until I started reading department store leases and shopping… Continue reading Bring back my favorite retail real estate memory of the 70s!
When we are verifying rents at a property, we do all of our calculations – prorata shares, caps, breakpoints, CPI calculations, lease year language applications and so on – prior to looking at what the current landlord has done. I don’t know about you, but I can be fairly easily led by what someone else… Continue reading An approach to lease administration and due diligence
We will not complete the date fields in a lease abstract until we know which dates we are going to use as the Commencement Date and the Rent Commencement Date. That can be incredibly frustrating for anyone that has to deal with us. Think about that. You’ve just executed a lease and you want a… Continue reading It’s just a couple of days
In the 30+ years that we have been doing abstracts and cash flow analysis as part of property and portfolio acquisitions, there is one issue that we do a quick check for before we start the acquisition process in full force: Rights of first refusal to purchase a property Why that issue? A right of… Continue reading The first issue to review when starting due diligence on an acquisition
I have the honor of serving on our city’s development authority. It is a recent appointment, so I cannot take any credit for the great things that have been done already. As part of the appointment, I was required to take a class that included a couple of hours on tax incentives and bond financings.… Continue reading Considering the proper treatment of tax abatements and incentives in your leases
There’s no doubt that prorata CAM, tax and insurance calculations can be tricky. You have to make sure the shopping center definition is correct, the expenses are correct, the method of calculating the leasable area is correct, the method of calculating vacancies is correct, the definition of excluded area is correct, the treatment of excluded… Continue reading Be explicit – even fixed CAM can be tricky
When leases require tenants to pay a prorata share of expenses – real estate, taxes, CAM, insurance, in some cases utilities and marketing – landlords are hoping to get reimbursed for as close to 100% of those expenses as possible. You might think that with an administration fee of 15% (among the most common), a… Continue reading Excluding tenants vs. excluding premises