Real Estate Advisor

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  • Ask the Advisor – How can I reduce the use of asphalt paving?

    March / April 2010
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 426

    Abstract: While pavement is necessary for busy roads and the national highway system, there’s a growing awareness of the negative ecological impact triggered by too much asphalt. Developers can help curb the proliferation of asphalt paving. Not only can environmentally friendly paving projects enhance developers’ reputations, but they can also save money on materials and labor. But creative urban planning, which requires a unified effort by policy makers, citizens and developers alike, is key.

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  • Preventive maintenance programs pay off

    March / April 2010
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 575

    Abstract: As the economy inches toward recovery, it’s tempting to postpone (or forgo) building and equipment maintenance to save money. But this strategy is likely to backfire over the long run. Poorly maintained equipment is a safety hazard, but fixing minor problems early also is often cheaper than dealing with major repairs and replacements later. Following five important steps can be part of a strong preventive maintenance program that will eventually result in increased efficiencies and a healthier bottom line.

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  • Conduit loans: Down but not out

    March / April 2010
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 645

    Abstract: Like all bank funds, conduit financing is more scarce and its terms are often less flexible than during its heyday from 2005 through 2007 — but it’s still a viable alternative for healthy, diligent borrowers. This article shows how conduit loans work and what they can and can’t do. They may not be right for every development, but they’re still worth a second look for those who can live within certain constraints. And the benefits they offer — low fixed rates and flexible payment schedules — are hard to beat.

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  • Creative concessions get the deal done

    March / April 2010
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 935

    Abstract: Many sellers, though willing to compromise to a certain extent, may hold out for their “bottom line” price to the point where it appears non-negotiable. But buyers can still find ways to wrap up a deal through creative concessions. This may involve asking for repairs or improvements, or seeking seller financing at below-market rates. One’s options are bound only by one’s own imagination — the secret is figuring out what each side values. A sidebar to this article discusses a few winning negotiation strategies.

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  • Ask the Advisor – What cost-effective steps can I take to turn my rental homes “green”?

    January / February 2010
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 428

    Abstract: Remodeling an older rental home to make it “green” is a wise alternative to building a new property. Because of the tremendous savings in lumber, that choice alone is one of the greenest ones a landlord can make. But this article looks at other ways to green up an otherwise energy-inefficient house, thereby not only saving energy costs, but taxes as well.

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  • Help ensure a successful future for your firm with a succession plan

    January / February 2010
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 600

    Abstract: All too often business owners get so bogged down in the daily grind of running their companies that they fail to adequately plan for their futures. A well-thought-out succession plan will help an owner pass on responsibility for running the company to a successor. If children are involved in the business or there’s another logical successor, it’s important to start grooming that person as early as possible. If selling to family members isn’t feasible, other options include selling the firm to employees through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), setting up a management buyout, or selling to an outside buyer. But it will be important to upgrade business processes before finding potential buyers and marketing the business to them.

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  • Not quite a “gift” – The tax 411 on COD

    January / February 2010
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 901

    Abstract: As the fallout from the financial tremors of 2008 continues, many real estate owners are engaging in transactions involving the cancellation of debt (COD). Although COD can be complicated enough with only the borrower and lender involved, Uncle Sam’s demands for a take can make things even more taxing. Cancellation or forgiveness of debt results in ordinary taxable income to the debtor. This article takes a look at COD transactions, which can result from foreclosures, cash settlements, loan workouts, related-party acquisitions of debt or debt-for-equity swaps. A sidebar discusses exceptions to the immediate recognition of COD income by real estate investors and other debtors.

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  • Beyond the NOI-based appraisal – Sophisticated valuation methods can lead to smarter investments

    January / February 2010
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 611

    Abstract: One of the simplest and most common methods of establishing real estate value involves taking one year’s net operating income (NOI) and dividing it by an appropriate capitalization rate to determine the sales price or property value. But questions regarding the accuracy of NOI numbers can make this a less than reliable method of valuation. Buyers need to independently verify seller numbers and to analyze values generated by more sophisticated analytical tools, such as the net present value (NPV) method or the internal rate of return (IRR) method.

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  • Ask the Advisor – Given the current economy, is it wise to accept Sec. 8 tenants?

    November / December 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 409

    Abstract: With the economic recovery still in slow motion, an increasing number of landlords may be tempted to accept Section 8 tenants. These tenants provide a dependable cash flow source, and can be better than average low-income tenants. But there are drawbacks, as well. Getting started as a Sec. 8 landlord is easy. The hard part — and one which likely deserves the most thought — is deciding whether Sec. 8 is right for a particular situation.

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  • A complex but worthy endeavor – Donating real estate through a CRT

    November / December 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 529

    Abstract: Many investors are looking at donating real estate to charities as a way to lower their tax bills while, at the same time, helping to build up a charity’s coffers. A charitable remainder trust (CRT) is one giving strategy that can benefit both the donor and the charity. But it will be important to distinguish between an annuity trust and a unitrust, and to determine if the charity is willing to accept the gift if it’s accompanied by particular legal responsibilities.

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  • Adversaries no longer – Win-win agreements between developers and environmentalists increasing

    November / December 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 520

    Abstract: Frustrated by legal costs and government inaction, developers and environmentalists are turning to creative compromise as the best strategy for achieving their goals. Some agreements allow residential developments, oil drilling or new power plants in exchange for preserving some undeveloped land, imposing stricter environmental practices than required by law or investing in alternative energy. Three examples are offered.

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  • 5 misconceptions surrounding Sec. 1031 exchanges

    November / December 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1041

    Abstract: Section 1031 exchanges have become an important tax strategy for real estate investors. These transactions allow investors to exchange properties of a “like kind” and defer any gains on the relinquished properties until they sell the replacement properties. But, despite their popularity, a number of misconceptions remain regarding how they can be structured. This article looks at five misconceptions that cause people to believe that Sec. 1031 exchanges are more restrictive than they actually are. However, as a sidebar explains, excluding gain on a principal residence acquired through a Sec. 1031 exchange is a bit trickier now, thanks to the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008.

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  • Ask the Advisor – How can I know if a foreclosed property is a good investment?

    September / October 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 444

    Abstract: Although the sheer number of foreclosures has tempted many people to become foreclosure investors, it’s not as easy to make a buck in this market as it may seem. Investors should be prepared to dole out plenty of cash to improve property and remove liens; to know where to look for deals; to scrutinize tenant data to determine a commercial property’s revenue-generating potential; and to perform due diligence for both the specific property and the area.

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  • The ins and outs of green leases

    September / October 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 419

    Abstract: As the green building movement continues to take center stage, so do green leases. Through a green lease, landlords and tenants are “bound” to help ensure that high-performance buildings meet and exceed their intended “green” goals. Although specifications vary, a number of characteristics are emerging as likely components in green leases, such as alignment with a third party certification standard such as LEED, BRREAM, Energy Star or Green Globes. But developers who jump through all the LEED or other building certification hoops likely won’t want that certification jeopardized by noncompliant leasehold improvements — so rules defining sustainable product requirements and construction practices should be clearly specified in a tenant construction agreement.

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  • 2 smart property management strategies for today’s economy

    September / October 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 669

    Abstract: As the weak economy continues, real estate investors are taking a hard look at ways to maximize the profitability of property management. While some developers delve into management themselves, others are focusing their search on streamlined processes and cost-cutting measures. Fortunately, smart strategies exist that can help to achieve these goals. Two of the best: finding a good property manager and using Web-based property management software.

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  • What you should know about forms of joint ownership

    September / October 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 873

    Abstract: What’s the best way to hold a real estate title? The wrong ownership form can increase legal liability, enlarge your tax burden, and subject an estate to probate. In contrast, choosing the right ownership form can reduce red tape while improving a property’s profitability. This article discusses the different options and who might benefit the most in each case. A sidebar looks at living trusts as a means of holding titles to personal residences and other major assets.

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