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  • Commercial property owners looking to fill vacancies should always evaluate prospective tenants before agreeing to enter into a lease. There is little to be gained from entering into a lease with a commercial tenant if that tenant won’t be able to fulfill the terms of......

  • During both strong and weak economies, real estate foreclosure is a common occurrence. One of the challenges that banks and insurance companies face following foreclosure is the decision of whether to dispose of the property immediately or hold it for a period of time in......

  • A lease is an integral part of many commercial real estate investments and outlines all the obligations of the tenant and of the landlord. This sounds simple, but many questions arise when drafting leases. If, for example, property taxes increase, does the tenant pay all......

  • A prospective commercial real estate investor may feel overwhelmed when getting started with real estate investment because of the great variety of commercial properties. New real estate investors in particular may be fearful that someone will “sell” them something that is the wrong fit for......

  • Each commercial real estate investor has a “comfort zone” about loans. The leverage seeker wants the largest loan that is practical. Others may have experience or training that calls for no loans at all. They must have the property free and clear. Most of us......

  • A few years ago, senior corporate managers were able to make major real estate decisions by themselves. Now, a negotiating team will negotiate leases. This team may consist of legal counsel, finance department representatives, outside specialists such as real estate brokers or tenant representatives, design......

  • Whether you are hiring a commercial property manager for the first time, or switching from one property management company to another, there may be lengthy negotiations between you as the owner of a commercial property and the new management company before a management contract is......

  • When leases for shopping centers are being drafted, they can be more difficult than most other commercial leases. In a shopping center, the owner wants the leases to be as uniform as possible, but knows that each lease must have variations to meet the individual......

  • No single property can fit all of the investment goals and rules an investor has set. Even if you tried to build a property to specifications, you would probably find some things “not quite right”. As a potential Annapolis investment property investor, you would therefore......

  • In many metropolitan areas, commercial land for development is in very short supply. Annapolis is no exception to this rule. When commercial land is scarce, we tend to see trends such as developers converting older warehousing to shopping areas, and demolishing existing buildings to build......