May 25, 2021

“Boy, do I have a deal for you”, says the developer on the phone…

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Today is the kickoff of a series of articles for 2021 addressing the concerns families or property owners should consider when contributing their land or a large cash investment in a real estate development.
May 25, 2021

How Development Opportunities Arise and Initial Considerations

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We will address what questions to ask, how to vet the developer, and how to match their appetite for risk to different possible deal types and what your risk tolerance may be. Today’s chapter will focus on how these development opportunities arise and things you should consider in advance.
May 25, 2021

Getting to Know the Developer

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If investing in a joint venture development appeals to you, one of the key components in your decision making is knowing the developer of the opportunity.  Entering into a joint venture is like getting married, and you don't typically decide to walk down the aisle after the first date.
May 25, 2021

Development process

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The path from start to finish for a commercial development can be like a roller coaster. While it appears to be linear, in reality there are many ups and downs, and several points when your car can feel like it’s going to jump off the rails!
October 5, 2020

Real Estate Budgeting in the COVID era

It’s fall and that means…. budgeting for 2021! Wait, don’t go. Budgeting serves several purposes. First, it creates a way to hold management accountable for financial goals and to track progress. Second, it identifies capital needs and sources. Third, it shines a light on financial statements to determine if amounts included are reasonable. Are any amounts significantly higher or lower than expected and if so, why? […]
July 7, 2020

What Families Can Do To Protect Their Real Estate Portfolios

While the economy is opening back up, here are some items families with real estate holdings should be considering as we move forward: Cash is King.  You’ve likely heard this a lot lately, but it’s true.  Now is the time to preserve cash, monitor expenses, and only spend money on matters that can’t be deferred. Also, don’t wing it; prepare a rolling 12-month cash forecast and update […]
December 1, 2016

How to Sell a Bad Tax Return

I was working with a client to finance an office building acquisition.  The building structure, its 100% tenancy, and economic fundamentals were great, but several lenders had issue with my client’s tax return.  He is an avid real estate investor and developer which brings challenges to his tax return.  For example: Passive losses from real estate investments he has an interest in, but is not required […]
August 3, 2016

Considerations for Capital Stack Structure

When deciding how to fund a new project, several factors should be considered. In most cases it will be a combination of equity and debt.  The question becomes how much of each and under what terms.  Whether you are an experienced developer with a preferred funding program or not, here are some things to consider. What is the long term strategy for the project?  If you […]