Commercial Real Estate Finance, p.1Winston Rowe
Commercial Real Estate Financing
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Table of Contents
Commercial Real Estate Basics
Commercial Real Estate Types Explained
The Due Diligence Investigation Overview
Property Income and Expense Data
Investigate Comparable Sales and Market Rents
Representations about the Leases
Financial Analysis and Due Diligence
Purchase Offer Due Diligence
Types of Capital Sources for Financing
Supporting Document List
Questions In A Loan Application
The Loan Submission Process
Winston Rowe and Associates Authors Bio
Glossary of Commercial Loan Terms
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Commercial Real Estate Basics
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When people get started with their commercial real estate investing, most of them dream of creating a six-figure annual income stream so that they can get off the job tread mill.
Everyone’s seen the get rich quick real estate infomercials selling you a fool proof system you can use in your spare time, with no experience, no money and every deal is a winner.
Like all types of investing, commercial real estate is hard work which requires that you develop a proficiency with some basic business metrics that are determined through a due diligence investigation.
Perfect deals with absolutely no associated risk just do not exist, so don’t waste your time searching for them. In fact, the more challenges there are associated with a project, the more reward one typically can derive from one’s efforts.
Make a calculated decision to invest (or not) based on your ability to achieve the rate of return necessary given the amount of risk assumed.
Due diligence requires the investor to verify everything before proceeding to the closing table. In addition to the physical condition of the property, there are a multitude of intangibles that must be considered when you are evaluating a commercial property for acquisition.
Every document (especially the financials) related to an asset’s historical operation should be examined, and you must confirm that everything you have been told about the property is accurate.
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Commercial Real Estate Types Explained
Your first commercial real estate objective is to identify the property type.
Your choice of a commercial property will be based on data about its location, its income stream, and its physical attributes.
Once you identify the price range, location, and types of properties that are candidates to invest in, then you need to identify which, if any, of these commercial properties you actually want to invest in.
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Commercial real estate can be broken down into several different categories.
Office buildings are usually loosely grouped into one of three categories: Class A, Class B, or Class C. Class A buildings are considered the best of the best in terms of construction and location. Class B properties might have high quality construction, but with a less desirable location. And Class C is basically everything else.
Central Business District (CBD) buildings located in the central business district are in the heart of a city. In larger cities and in some medium sized cities.
Suburban office buildings, are generally classified as office space generally includes midrise structures of 50,000 to 500,000 square feet located outside of a city center.
Cities will also often have suburban office parks which assemble several different midrise buildings into a campus-like setting.
Industrial property is really a special use category that most large manufacturers would fall under.
These types of properties are heavily customized with machinery for the end user, and usually require substantial renovation to re-purpose for another tenant.
Light Assembly, are much simpler than the above heavy manufacturing properties, and usually can be easily reconfigured. Typical uses include storage, product assembly, and office space.
Flex space is industrial property that can be easily converted and normally includes a mix of both industrial and office space.
Warehouses are very large, normally in the range of 50,000 to 1,000,000 square feet. Often these properties are used for regional distribution of products and require easy access by trucks entering and exiting
Strip malls are smaller retail properties that may or may not contain anchor tenants. An anchor tenant is simply a larger retail tenant which usually serves to draw customers into the property.
Community retail centers are normally in the range of 100,000 to 500,000 square feet. Multiple anchors occupy community centers, such as grocery stores and drug stores.
Shopping Malls range from 500,000 to 2,000,000 square feet and generally have a handful of anchor tenants such as department stores or big box retailers.
Out parcel retail centers contain one or more out parcels, which are parcels of land set aside for individual tenants such as fast-food restaurants or banks.
Suburban garden apartments started popping up in the 1960s and 1970s, as young people moved from urban centers to the suburbs.
Garden apartments are typically 3 to 4 stories with 25 to 400 units, no elevators, and surface parking.
Midrise Apartments are usually 5 to 10 stories, with between 30 to 100 units, and elevator service.
High rise apartments are found in larger markets, usually have 100+ units, and are professionally managed.
Full service hotels are usually located in central business districts or tourist areas, and include the big name
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