Having Knowledge About Commercial Leases

A lease is an integral part of many real estate investments. It should outline all the obligations of the tenant and of the landlord. This sounds simple, but many questions arise. If, for example, property taxes increase, does the tenant pay all of the increase or only part of it? If the property must be modernized, who pays for the improvement? Can the tenant be moved out during the renovation? If the costs of servicing the property rise, should the tenant pay none, all, or part of the increased costs? How should inflation be handled-with automatic rental increases? With increases tied to some index, perhaps the Consumer Price Index?

Combining a Tax-Free Exchange and a Leaseback

Here is a moneymaking transaction that can be used by many business owners who also own the real estate where that business is located. In any community there are dozens, even hundreds, of property owners who can utilize this formula.

Checking Prospective Tenants For Commercial Centers

There are many vacancies in commercial properties. Owners must think about this first when checking a prospective tenant. Will the tenant's business survive? When you have a prospective tenant for a commercial center, you must consider whether that prospect would be a good tenant. There are two key standards to apply: (1) the prospective tenant's financial stability; and (2) the prospective tenant's potential for success.

1031 Exchange Rules and Timelines

There are 2 timelines that anybody going for a 1031 property exchange should abide by and know. The Identification Period is the crucial period during which the party selling a property must identify other replacement properties that he proposes or wishes to buy. It is not uncommon to select more than one property. This period is scheduled as exactly 45 days from the day of selling the relinquished property.

The Purpose Of Real Estate Appraisals

The purpose of any real estate appraisal is to determine the market value of the property being appraised. The handbook of the Appraisal Institute defines market value as:

Property Management Ideas

With the new revolution in communications, building owners must keep up with the changing needs of the corporate tenant. Often the larger, well-organized businesses do not need the space that was necessary just a few years ago. Computers, faxes and e-mail have substituted for leased office space. Managers are more willing to grant favorable lease terms to operators of shared space. The operator sometimes receives a monthly management fee for operating the shared space plus a portion of rent revenues over a certain amount.

Apartments Are Most Popular Investments

In the world of investment real estate, multifamily housing is still the most popular type of real estate investment. Currently, it continues to account for nearly one third of real estate investment transactions. This has been the most popular type of investment because of rising rental rates.

Filling Vacancies In Office Buildings

Office buildings are now excellent commercial properties to own, with plans throughout the country for new construction. In certain areas, however, there are still a number of vacancies reported. Most of this available space is in the newer properties. One of the most important jobs of a leasing agent for a building with this available space is to analyze other buildings to see if any tenant could be induced to move.

Types Of Apartments & Ways To Invest In Them

Of the housing starts and new building permits in recent times, apartments outnumbered single-family homes. The demand for rentals remains very strong. Owners of foreclosed homes have added to the demand, moving from homes to apartments. Although most people favor detached home ownership, many in the population cannot afford a single-family home.

Tax Deferred Exchange & Taxes

Q. We are making a tax deferred exchange of our commercial property up into a large apartment property. The apartments have some deferred maintenance so we would like to take some cash - about $40,000 - out of the transaction for some upgrades. My accountant now tells me that any money taken out of the transaction will be taxable to me. Is this true?

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