Understanding Commercial Real Estate Underwriting

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You kept an eagle eye on commercial real estate listings. You found and toured a property that’s perfect for your business or investment portfolio. You’re ready to take the next step and make it yours. You’ll likely need a real estate loan to do so, whether you’re a first-time commercial real estate buyer or a … Read more

All About Occupancy: Tips for Estimating Restaurant Rent Costs

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Owning a restaurant is expensive. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fine dining establishment or a fast-food franchise. With labor and food costs, point of sale systems and marketing efforts, you won’t have a lot of wiggle room in your budget.  Rent is one of your largest fixed expenses as a restaurant owner. Rent plays … Read more

Office Building Classifications: Is It Class A, B or C?

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If you’re in the market for commercial office space, you’ve likely heard people refer to properties as “Class A” and “Class B.” What do these classes mean? Commercial office buildings are categorized based on their age, condition, amenities and location. Many factors—from maintenance to ceiling height—can affect an office building’s classification.  Building classes help commercial … Read more

5 Reasons to Bring Your Business to Branson

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Branson, Missouri has earned several monikers since it’s establishment in 1912. It’s been called “The New Nashville” because of its bluegrass and country music roots. While Branson is indeed the “live music capital of the entire universe,” it’s got more than a selection of live shows to draw tourists. Branson is bustling with retailers, restaurants, … Read more

How to Calculate Percentage Rent for Retail

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Shopping centers rely on a unique mix of tenants to draw customers. Who doesn’t enjoy grabbing a bite to eat after purchasing a pair of tennis shoes? Malls and other multi-tenant spaces allow visitors to dine, browse and receive services in one location. With multiple restaurants and retailers, these spaces expect to see more foot … Read more

How to Open a Restaurant: 10 Considerations

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Opening a restaurant is no easy feat. It takes time, commitment and capital. As the owner, you will work long hours planning deliveries, reviewing finances and payroll, and forming relationships with customers. Restaurant owners have faced even more responsibilities and challenges due to COVID-19. Though it’s hard work, owning a restaurant can be incredibly rewarding. … Read more