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  Category: Articles » Articles by Author » Author: Craig Higdon
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1.Effective Real Estate Strategies for Slow Markets
Speeding Commercial Real Estate Sales in Slow Markets Effectively building commercial real estate wealth requires the ability to spot a great bargain and the ability to sell that property well, no matter what the state of the market. The ...
[Added: 03 Jun 2007   Hits: 7573   Words: 565]

2.How to Purchase Underperforming Properties with Construction Loans
A SECRET STRATEGY TO TURN LOSERS INTO WINNERS I received a question from a Realtor last week that will give you insight into a purchase strategy that you can use with a commercial property whose current cash flow can't support a loan large enough to ...
[Added: 13 Feb 2007   Hits: 1082   Words: 588]

3.Commercial Real Estate Syndication: Controlling the Property
Getting Control of the Property We've been discussing the process of assembling groups of investors for the purpose of acquiring income producing commercial real estate. As we move to getting the property into escrow so that ...
[Added: 05 Feb 2007   Hits: 1121   Words: 669]

4.Apartment Loans: Common Multifamily Misconceptions
I had the opportunity this past week to answer a number of questions about apartments. I find a great deal of misinformation out there concerning the financing of this excellent type of income producing investment. Before going into some common misconceptions, I should explain the ...
[Added: 30 Jan 2007   Hits: 973   Words: 674]

5.Commercial Real Estate Syndication: Property Selection and Purchase, Part 2
We've been discussing the process of assembling groups of investors for the purpose of acquiring income producing commercial real estate. The first part of this article can be found at We'll assume for the purposes of this article that you've selected ...
[Added: 26 Jan 2007   Hits: 985   Words: 651]

6.Commercial Real Estate Syndication: Property Selection and Purchase, Part 1
Let's assume that you've decided to start assembling groups of investors to buy investment real estate. If you followed my Roadmap of a successful syndication in my previous articles (Part 1 and Part 2), then you know that the first step is to research ...
[Added: 21 Jan 2007   Hits: 1407   Words: 678]

7.Commercial Real Estate: Outlook at the Power Breakfast
A GOOD OUTLOOK FOR COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IN 2007 I had the opportunity to sit in at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) annual "Power Breakfast" that featured some high powered institutional investors as panelists. They included Erwin Aullis, the Managing Director of Transwestern Investment ...
[Added: 19 Jan 2007   Hits: 985   Words: 566]

8.Construction Loans: Questions and Answers
It would seem that construction activity is still fairly high based upon the number of calls that I get from people about construction loans. There are a lot of calls from people just getting started, as well as from a number of seasoned "construction veterans." In ...
[Added: 12 Jan 2007   Hits: 895   Words: 588]

9.A Roadmap for Commercial Real Estate Syndications, Part 2
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN SYNDICATIONS, Part 2 Last week I covered the first ten steps to creating your own investment groups for commercial real estate acquisitions. I was able to take the process right up to ...
[Added: 12 Jan 2007   Hits: 809   Words: 701]

10.A Roadmap for Commercial Real Estate Syndication, Part 1
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN SYNDICATIONS, Part 1 One of the most important requirements for purchasing commercial property is having enough down payment money, called "equity," to complete the transaction. A very popular method of raising these ...
[Added: 07 Jan 2007   Hits: 688   Words: 669]

11.Commercial Real Estate - How to Ask Your Discovery Questions
In order to make a successful commercial real estate investment you need to know the right questions to ask and the right way to ask them. Since purchasing commercial real estate is a negotiation between the buyer and the seller (and probably their prospective ...
[Added: 24 Dec 2006   Hits: 597   Words: 577]

12.Get a "Leg Up" On Planning Your Commercial Real Estate Investment Activities in 2007
The holidays are rapidly approaching and I've managed to do most of my Christmas cards and gifts on time this year! I still have a few to go, but for me most of the pre-holiday madness is ...
[Added: 24 Dec 2006   Hits: 636   Words: 794]

13.Commercial Real Estate: Raising Equity
Those researching the subject of commercial real estate investment are likely to encounter the term "OPM" on a regular basis. OPM is an acronym for "Other People's Money." I've covered this topic in general in an earlier article, but today I ...
[Added: 12 Dec 2006   Hits: 639   Words: 693]

14.Commercial Real Estate: The Importance of Population Trends
While commercial real estate can be an excellent investment, it's all but impossible to succeed in this competitive environment without some sort of game plan. The most successful professional real estate investors are those who are able to look at a given area and accurately predict which parts of a ...
[Added: 12 Dec 2006   Hits: 657   Words: 489]

15.Commercial Real Estate: Asking the Right Questions
There are many "insider" commercial real estate secrets. One of the most important secrets is knowing the right questions to ask when investigating a commercial property investment. While I'm not going to cover all of the ...
[Added: 09 Dec 2006   Hits: 645   Words: 555]

16.Commercial Loans: How Mezzanine Debt Closes the Deal
This is the "answer" to a question I received this past week concerning a class of commercial real estate loans called "mezzanine" debt. If you've never heard of it, don't worry. It's usually used by fairly substantial commercial real estate developers and investors in situations where the existing debt doesn't ...
[Added: 07 Dec 2006   Hits: 732   Words: 441]

17.Success Strategies: Time, the Only Un-renewable Resource!
Time. Tick, tick, ticking away. This moment ... gone. Never to return, never to be experienced again. The next moment ... coming up and soon to pass by. When you take a few moments to contemplate the moments, you suddenly realize that there really isn't any ...
[Added: 01 Dec 2006   Hits: 886   Words: 689]

18.Loan Philosophy: The Difference Between Lenders and Investors
As a mortgage broker, I have the pleasure of seeing quite a number of potential loan transactions. I used the word "potential," because not all of them work out. Actually, there are quite a few turkeys in with the swans! A common scenario ...
[Added: 01 Dec 2006   Hits: 669   Words: 473]

19.Lending Changes: Stated Income Documentation Comes to Commercial
For a while now I've written about the latest "change" in commercial lending: "The Small Balance Commercial Lender." These guys are re-writing the rules on commercial loans that are less than $3 Million. While this might not impact your business immediately if you ...
[Added: 01 Dec 2006   Hits: 723   Words: 361]

20.Financing Strategies: Shorten Your Term with Cash Out
The Federal Reserve Board has been raising rates for two years now. Bottom line, this activity has meant higher rates for the investor. It follows a period in which America experienced the lowest rates in several decades. ...
[Added: 01 Dec 2006   Hits: 604   Words: 577]

21.Assessing the Commercial Real Estate Market
There are many important factors that effect the price of commercial real estate, but perhaps few are as important as that of the local job market. Without a strong and growing job market, it's nearly impossible for an area to support the retail establishments, restaurants and businesses that sustain neighborhoods. ...
[Added: 30 Nov 2006   Hits: 601   Words: 411]

22.Commercial Loans: There are Some New Sheriffs in Small Property Town!
It was hot and dusty in the wide open street. The steely-eyed man with the badge standing in front of the small retail center was perfectly still, totally focused on the bank underwriter who had stopped his scribbling on the yellow pad. The underwriter looked ...
[Added: 30 Nov 2006   Hits: 651   Words: 335]

23.Commercial Loans: How You Win Even If You Lose
I was contemplating the economy, increasing interest rates, slowing real estate sales, and the possibility of us being in a real estate market "top" when I thought about how to protect myself against a potential fall in prices. My best choice for making an investment that would ...
[Added: 30 Nov 2006   Hits: 636   Words: 767]

24.Commercial Loans: The Power of Permits
I've had real incentive to consider this week's topic: How permits affect commercial loan underwriting. Those of you in the business for a while have undoubtedly come across an apartment project, office, or retail project with "un-permitted" additions. To be clear, "un-permitted" work on ...
[Added: 29 Nov 2006   Hits: 566   Words: 336]