AB1103 Takes Effect Soon – Requires Energy Rating Disclosures

September 9, 2009

Tweet AB1103 will be taking effect soon (January 1, 2010). If you’re not familiar with it, get to be soon. The bill would require, on and after January 1, 2010, that a nonresidential building owner or operator disclose Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking data and ratings, for the most recent 12-month period, to a prospective […]


Got Tenant Risk? Madison Marquette Tracks Retail Tenants

June 23, 2009

Tweet Madison Marquette has been putting out some “research reports” lately. Previously they had a distress index, and now they’ve come out with a spreadsheet tracking the riskiness of major retail tenants. I’d say the research is somewhat cursory as those retailers rated as high risk have already shown to be high risk and the […]


Treasury Yields Create Defeasance and Yield Maintenance Nightmare

December 11, 2008

Tweet Treasury yields have plummeted to near nothing, and in some cases they have even gone negative for the first time as investors are searching frantically for the financial equivalent of a panic room. To commercial real estate owners who are looking to sell, or refinance, this has created yet another problem, the issue of maintaining […]


Generic Office Tenant Improvement (TI) Construction Costs

November 4, 2008

Tweet Sam Burkhouse, the President of TiCon Construction (408-866-1500; sam@ticon.com) has been kind enough to provide some up-to-date pricing for generic office tenant improvement costs in Silicon Valley. It should be noted that the below numbers are “high level” and actual site conditions, the size of the project, and market forces will all have an […]


New Commercial Real Estate Maps Feature

July 19, 2008

Tweet We’ve added a new map feature to our commercial real estate blog. All our posts are now geo-tagged so that they show up on a Google Map allowing a visual way to see what is happening in a particular city or neighborhood. As this blog continues to grow, this feature will become increasingly valuable […]


A Guide to Office Building Classifications; Class A, Class B, Class C

July 6, 2008

Tweet When considering office space, tenants will find that office buildings are generally classified as being either a Class A, Class B, or a Class C building. The difference between each of these classifications varies by market and class B and C buildings are generally classified relative to Class A buildings. Building classifications are used […]


A Quick Guide to Investment Property Classifications

June 23, 2008

Tweet Over the past few decades, real estate investment has become increasingly sophisticated. Large institutional investors and developers have seen the line blurred between traditional investment banking for securities and that for real estate. Everything from the market analysis to the financing of the project has changed. Investors in commercial real estate often classify projects […]


Rent Vs. Buy Heat Maps: A Tool For Small Investors

June 11, 2008

Tweet First time real estate investors are often torn between investing in commercial real estate, or residential/multi-family property. A while back we wrote a post about Rentometer, a quick and dirty rent analysis tool apartment investors could use to gauge market rents. HotPads.com has gone one step further and introduced a Rent vs. Buy Heatmap showing areas which […]


Rentometer: A Helpful Tool For Apartment Investors

August 27, 2007

Tweet iiProperty, the web startup providing software for managing rental properties has a nifty  little tool called Rentometer which helps apartment investors compare apartment rates to the rates they are currently charging or asking. Simply provide the property address, the number of units in the building, the number of bedrooms, and the current monthly rent, […]