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Rentable Square Footage vs Usable SF: What’s the Difference?

Rentable Square Footage vs Usable SF

The space that retail and office tenants have in commercial real estate properties can be measured in two ways: rentable square footage and usable square footage. Although the two may sound like they refer to the same space, there’s actually an important difference between them.

This difference should be understood when renting multi-tenant retail and office properties. It’s usually not used for industrial or multifamily … Read More

A Guide to One Percent Rule in Real Estate Investing

One Percent Rule

Real estate investors can use a variety of litmus tests to determine whether a property could be worth investing in. No single rule is a failsafe in real estate, but several can be informative when screening or evaluating properties. The one percent rule is among the most common tests used by investors who prioritize rental income.

What is the One Percent Rule in Real Estate? … Read More

Depreciation on Rental Property: Calculation & Requirements

Depreciation on Rental Property

Understanding depreciation is essential to accurately evaluating rental property financials. It’s used to evaluate expenses and returns, and IRS-allowed depreciation is eligible for a tax benefit. Here’s how to calculate the depreciation on a residential or commercial rental property.

What is Depreciation on Rental Property?

Depreciation accounts for tangible assets’ loss in value. It’s a financial method of factoring in the wear and tear that … Read More

Understanding Sources and Uses in Commercial Real Estate

Sources and Uses

Investing in commercial real estate requires securing and spending large amounts of capital. Sources and uses statement shows how funding for a project is secured and how it’s expected to be used. This is one document that all commercial real estate investors should know how to create, read, and be prepared to supply lenders with.

What Do “Sources and Uses” Refer to in the Context … Read More

A Practical Guide to Investing in CRE CLO


Collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) are a short-term financing option within commercial real estate. These can be a valuable vehicle for both property owners and loan investors who have a time frame of 3 to 5 years.

What are CRE CLOs?

CRE CLO stands for commercial real estate collateralized loan obligation. These are investment vehicles composed of short-term commercial real estate loans.

The loans are pooled … Read More

Build to Suit Lease: What It Means in Real Estate Investing?

Build to Suit Lease

Property owners who have vacant or ready-to-update property may wish to offer a built-to-suit lease. This means the property owner agrees to lease arrangements in which the owner works with a developer to build a property based on the tenant’s needs. For investors considering a vacant property, a build-to-suit lease could be advantageous if a prospective value exists in the area for new business development.

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Percentage Lease: What It Is and How it Works in Commercial Real Estate?

Percentage Lease

There are several different ways to structure a commercial real estate lease. When leasing retail spaces, a percentage lease is one of the common options. The lease’s structure can have benefits for both the lessor and lessee.

What is Percentage Lease and How Does It Work?

A percentage lease is a commercial real estate lease wherein the tenant pays the landlord a portion of their … Read More

What Does ARV Mean in Real Estate Investment?

What Does ARV Mean in Real Estate

One of the most important figures that real estate investors must know is After-Repair value (ARV). Determining whether multi-family housing or commercial real estate is worth rehabbing is essential.

What is ARV in Real Estate Investing?

After-repair value estimates a property’s value after all planned renovations and repairs are completed.

ARV helps real estate investors determine how much a property could be worth. From that, … Read More

Credit Tenant Lease (CTL) Financing in Commercial Real Estate

Credit Tenant Lease

Every landlord who’s held commercial real estate knows the value of a good tenant and understands that good tenants deserve incentives. One way that landlords can incentivize well-qualified tenants is with a credit tenant lease.

What is a Credit Tenant?

A credit tenant is a tenant that has a high credit rating, as determined by one of the major rating agencies (e.g. Moody’s or Standard … Read More

How to Calculate MIRR: MIRR Formula and Examples

How to Calculate MIRR

Commercial real estate investors need as much information as possible when deciding what to invest in and how to do so. Numerous types of financial data are available to allow for that, including modified internal rate of return (MIRR). This specific metric enables investors to determine if a property is a good investment or one that carries too much risk. Therefore, understanding this metric is … Read More