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A few more issues related to excluded area contributions

Last week we addressed a few of the issues to consider related to excluded area contributions, but two properties that we worked on this week made me realize I missed discussing two very significant issues – refunds/credits and recaptures as they relate to excluded area tenants. At one of the properties, an excluded area tenant… Continue reading A few more issues related to excluded area contributions

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Excluded area contributions

When a tenant pays a prorata share of taxes or CAM, there are often defined excluded areas. Most typically, those defined excluded areas are either directly assessed, self-maintaining or insured, or are paying at a rate significantly less than full prorata. By defining those areas as “excluded areas,” the landlord reduces it absorption of CAM… Continue reading Excluded area contributions

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Dealing with new realities in “retail” rents

Back in 1996, I was serving as an expert witness in a mediation related to HVAC billing methodologies in regional malls. The tenant brought in their own expert witness to address water rates. Over the course of two days, the two of us had plenty of time to talk. At that time, in most municipalities,… Continue reading Dealing with new realities in “retail” rents

commercial real estate · Malls · Retail leases · Shopping Center · Uncategorized

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?

commercial real estate · Malls · Office Properties · Retail leases · Shopping Center · Uncategorized

Two words that cannot exist in commercial real estate

This past week, I was in Minneapolis with about 175 other shopping center professionals for ICSC’s John T. Riordan School of Professional Development. If you have not been, it is a tremendous experience, with tracks for leasing, management, marketing, development and leadership, with electives for finance, at levels for both newer and more experienced professionals.… Continue reading Two words that cannot exist in commercial real estate

commercial real estate · Malls · Office Properties · Retail leases · Shopping Center · Uncategorized

A need for a holistic approach to leases

When coming up with a blog topic for the week, I typically reflect back on one issue that stood out for the week. My guess is that it almost appears as if each of the issues are stand alone. But, this is never the case. Within one lease, you can have hundreds of potential changes,… Continue reading A need for a holistic approach to leases

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building vs. Building

No. It’s not a fight in the ring between two skyscrapers. It’s one of those capitalized/non-capitalized issues that can have a material impact on the cash flow of a property. Though many tenants may beg to differ, the majority of landlords do actually consider the financial health of their tenants. I cannot tell you the… Continue reading building vs. Building