What You Need to Know About Commercial Real Estate Lending

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With interest rates rising over the past two years, it’s no surprise that commercial real estate borrowers are feeling a bit of sticker shock these days. Banks and other lenders have also curtailed lending activity and tightened standards. In the second quarter of 2023, CRE loan originations from banks decreased by 69% from one year … Read more

How to Use Net Present Value & Internal Rate of Return for Assessing Commercial Real Estate

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Investing in commercial real estate can be an excellent opportunity to build wealth. As with all investments, profit potential is your main consideration when comparing different properties. How can you be confident that the money you invest today will generate a healthy return in the future? That’s where net present value and internal rate of … Read more

Commercial Real Estate Definitions for Confident Investments

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Estimated Read Time: 7 minutes If you’re new to the world of commercial real estate, you may be unsure how to get started. Commercial real estate, or CRE, refers to property that is used exclusively for business purposes. You make money in CRE by selling it, holding it or leasing it to tenants for income-generating … Read more

6 Tips for Brand New CRE Investors

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Buying commercial property for investment can help you build wealth. When you invest in commercial real estate, you can earn higher returns, have another source of cash flow and get tax benefits, like deferring capital gains.  As with many of life’s choices, investing in commercial property has risks and rewards. As a first-time investor, you … Read more

6 Tips on How to Make an REO Offer

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You can find bank-owned commercial properties for sale at auctions, on bank websites or via brokers. Once you’ve combed through REO listings and found what you want, it’s time to start thinking about your offer.  A commercial foreclosure may seem like the chance to pitch a lowball offer. The bank wants to sell the property … Read more

How to Buy REO Commercial Properties

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A commercial foreclosure could be your chance to scoop up a property that suits your needs for a lower price. For some, REO (real estate owned) properties can be a good investment—or a good start if you’ve never owned commercial real estate before. If you’re up for renovating or have an extensive network of clients … Read more

How Do Commercial Construction Loans Work?

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If you’ve struggled to find property for your needs or wonder if it is best to lease or buy property, consider a third option: development. Instead of searching for available inventory, you can build the commercial property you envision.  You’ll need a commercial construction loan if you’re ready to develop vacant land and invest in … Read more

What’s Commercial Property Insurance?

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A severe storm damages your property. Someone vandalizes your business, breaking your storefront window. Your restaurant’s kitchen catches fire. Natural disasters, vandalism and accidents can harm your commercial property.   You can’t predict the future, but you can protect your assets. Commercial property insurance covers damages when the worst occurs. You can replace or repair your … Read more