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Commercial Lending to Stay Tough

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I spent the day yesterday at the Commercial Broker's Association (CBA) Commercial Real Estate Form.  A great program on relevant issues in today's commercial real estate markets. The one presentation that hit hard was Market Knowledge: Strengths and Weaknesses in Different Segments of the Commercial Real Estate Market presented by Dr. Jim DeLisle, University of Washington Director, Graduate Real Estate Studies at the Runstad Professor of Real Estate. 

My take away: The Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities market, where commercial mortgages were bundled and sold, has pretty much evaporated. The only loans that are being made and will continue to be made are portfolio loans, where the lender actually keeps the loan in their portfolio. The result... very few mortgages are being written. It is much more difficult to obtain a commercial mortgage and the loan to value; the present value, is in the neighborhood of 40% - 60%.  With many commercial mortgages rolling over in the near future, new financing will be a problem. I expect there will be many good opportunities to purchase commercial properties at attractive rates.

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Bankers Think CRE Showing Recovery Signs

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According to a recent CoStar Blog post "Banks reported that commercial real estate markets displayed mixed results - still mostly negative - but that leasing markets and investment exhibited increasing signs of recovery, while nonresidential construction remained weak."

This doesn't mean that a full recovery is near, but any signs of improvement are good.

"We expect that the worst of the commercial credit cycle is behind us but we expect a few more quarters of uncertainty and choppiness in commercial charge-offs and non-performers."
Richard D. Fairbank, founder, chairman, and CEO, Capital One Financial Corp.

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Google Rumored to be Buying 2.9 Million Square Feet in NYC

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It appears that Google may be ready to expand into New York / Mnahattan office space ownership in a big way. According to the New York Post they are looking to purchase the office building at  111 Eighth Ave. building, one of the largest office buildings in Manhattan.  The 18 story office building takes up an entire block between Eighth and Ninth avenues from 15th and 16th streets and has 2.9 million square feet of office space. The rumored price is $2 Billion dollars, which at $690 per square foot is a good deal compared with the $1,500 per square foot prices of 2007.

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Commercial Condos - Beware the Condo Association

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If you happen to live in a condo, then you'll easily understand why a small business considering purchasing a commercial office condo needs to know about how and when to interface with the Board of Directors of the condo association. However, if you own a small business but have never dealt with a condo board, then you should be aware of the rights and obligations involved before purchasing an office condo.

Just as with any type of building there the common spaces that are mutually and equally shared, a commercial office condo is operated based on the Bylaws developed and adopted by that condo board. One of the requirements outlined in those Bylaws is how often the Board of Directors must meet, what repairs or changes require board approval and what repairs or maintenance can be done by the management team of the commercial condo.

Of course, you want to understand the other portions of the Bylaws as well because these binding agreements control how you can or cannot use the building. For example, you would expect to see in a set of Bylaws that any damages done to common areas by visitors to your office condo are your responsibility. You might also expect to find clauses which prevent owners from drastically changing the exit doors to their condos and other similar restrictions on use or changes.

The Board of Directors of a commercial condo association is made up of elected officers that are owners or designated representatives of owners of units in the building. When a commercial condo is first completed and the building opened for purchase of units, the board may be made up of the developer and other designates that have direct interest in the development. However, after a period of a year or once there are sufficient owners to build a sound, responsible board from, officers are elected from the owners.

You may think, at first glance, that control of everything is given to the selected owners that are elected to the board of directors. This really isn't true at all. The board can, without bringing a motion before the condo owners association members, take care of some expenditures and other business as outlined in the Bylaws. But all major changes are brought up as business during a Condo Association Board of Directors’ meeting, which must be announced formally in plenty of time for owners to notice and attend. In other words, you get a vote in any actions which might impact your business significantly.

In mixed use properties there may be more than one Association involved. Master associations and sub-associations should be used when the users of the units in a single condominium are restricted to significantly different uses. An example would be a condo that has a combination of residential, retail and office uses. In those situations there could be more opportunities for deadlock votes. For that reason dispute resolution to include mediation should be include in the Bylaws.

The best way to interface with the board of a commercial condo association is to attend, or have a designated representative attend, each meeting of the Board of Directors. This way, if any unexpected business is brought up, or if you need to bring up an issue, you'll have your ownership represented.

If you know you need to bring up a topic before the board, it should be sent in writing well before the meeting to the President of the Board of Directors so that it can be placed on the agenda. Taking an issue up on the fly can backfire and fail to get your issue noticed.

An even better way to keep up with what's going on with the board and to interface your business with them is to agree to hold a position on the board of directors. Most condo association board meetings are not lengthy and are critical to the maintenance of the lovely commercial condo office you purchased into.

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Have Office Rents Stabilized?

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In a sign that the country's commercial real-estate market is finally turning the corner, new statistics show that office rents that have been falling throughout the economic downturn are beginning to stabilize.

The industry's recovery is likely to be a slow one. Many businesses are continuing to give up office space as new hiring stays sluggish, the timing of the economy's recovery remains uncertain and companies figure out how to fit more workers into less space.

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