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Office Building Comparisons

Newer office buildings may fill up at the expense of older office buildings. Since new buildings cost more to build than the older ones, rents may be higher. The actual dollars-per-square-foot costs must be compared, along with other benefits that the tenant may receive, before a final decision is made by the tenant on staying or moving.

Many Benefits Of A Tax Free Exchange

The main benefit of a tax-free exchange is just that-freedom from a tax. The gain that could be realized by one or both of the principals in the exchange transaction does not need to be recognized at the time of the closing. The gains tax is deferred until the property owner makes a taxable disposition of the new property at some later time.

Management Of Your Investment Portfolio

When you make your investment in real estate, it is implied that you want to make money. The cash can come from direct income from the property or from capital gains from a sale after an increase in value. Either way, the investment must be managed, considered, and watched at all times. If the owner and manager are taking care of business, there may be ways to increase the income, and the value. There is always the possibility to make a sale for the right price and terms. Keeping aware of the market might bring an opportunity to make a tax-deferred exchange into a property with more benefits for the owner.

The Self-Storage Facility: A Good Investment?

One in ten U.S. households now rent a self-storage unit. The growing demand for self-storage in the U.S. is created by people moving (some 40 million people move each year according to U.S. Census data), and by various lifestyle transitions, such as marriage, divorce, retirement, a death in the family, etc. Recent surveys of self-storage companies indicate a positive trend in market demand and occupancy rate.

First Impression Checklist For Marketing Apartments

A new tenant and an investor share the same impression of an apartment property from the curb. Before marketing apartments, think about the outside appearance. The "look" affects not only an ability to attract prospective buyers, but the rental program as well. First impression by both expected buyers looking and tenants alike are crucial. The following is a checklist of first-impression items that a good property manager must use:

Finding Vacant Land To Develop

In major cities, looking for vacant land is difficult. A builder can look for vacant land but also must look for buildings that are in a condition that looks like they are no longer productive. A neighborhood that is in decline might be rejuvenated by tearing down a building and replacing it with a new office building, high-rise shopping center or apartments. Starting with one property might transform several blocks of a blighted area over a period of months or years. If an opportunity like this presents itself, it can be time to get options to purchase adjoining properties. An owner of an old building may be just waiting for an offer of some kind.

Financing Land For Development

When an investor purchases land to build on, the next step is land development and financing. "Land development" cannot be precisely defined; generally, it refers to the physical, legal, and engineering processes needed to convert raw land to land (or lots) on which buildings can be placed.

Acquire Loans On Vacant Land

The conventional lenders, banks, savings and loans and similar institutions may slow their funding of the more speculative projects. However private lenders do make loans on land. They will usually loan on land that is intended for early development and will limit the term from a minimum of one year to a maximum of three years.

Decision To Lease Or Own Commercial Property

Whatever the kind of property used, the user has the option of purchasing or leasing. Should you buy the house you live in, or lease it from someone else? With few exceptions, there would be an overwhelming response to "own it." The benefits weigh heavily toward ownership. With business property, the answer sometimes may be a lease instead.

Good Apartment Management Leads to More Profits

Investors purchase commercial income producing real estate to make money. There are two obvious ways of making money from a property. First, the owner takes a share of the annual operating profit generated by the investment, and Second, profits from increasing the market value of the investment beyond what it would be because of inflation alone.

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