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An approach to lease administration and due diligence

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

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It’s just a couple of days

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

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The first issue to review when starting due diligence on an acquisition

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

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Real estate tax timing issues

When reconciling operating expenses, timing is often pretty straightforward. The tenants make monthly escrow payments throughout the year. The landlord reconciles the calendar year and applies those payments. An additional billing or credit is applied to a tenant’s account. However, taxes are a different story. While some municipalities bill taxes for calendar years, many bill… Continue reading Real estate tax timing issues

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Prior defaults

This past week, we worked on a 40 tenant open air center acquisition. Often times, a seller severely restricts the information provided to our clients, the buyers. Fortunately, this time, we had almost free access to the seller’s files. Many of the leases were leases that had been amended and extended 3,4,5 times since their… Continue reading Prior defaults

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Why look at a municipality’s tax maps or GIS data?

Often in retail, tenants will be required to pay their share of taxes using the square footage of the tax parcel of which they are apart. In other cases, they will be required to pay based upon the leasable area of the shopping center excluding separately assessed premises. Sometimes, just looking at the tax map… Continue reading Why look at a municipality’s tax maps or GIS data?

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CAM, tax and insurance reconciliations during due diligence

More often than not, when acquiring a property or portfolio, prospective purchasers are focused on future cash flows. When it comes to CAM, taxes and insurance, it is future reconciliations that will have the most impact on the buyer’s cash flow. However, when acquiring a property, it is critical to get as many years of… Continue reading CAM, tax and insurance reconciliations during due diligence