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  • library_books Modified Gross - Types of Commercial Leases - Part 5
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate, a Modified Industrial Lease involves modifications to the Industrial Gross Lease. The modifications can vary, but the tenant often pays for certain items contributing to a Multi-Tenant building’s Common Area Maintenance…

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  • library_books Net Lease - Types of Commercial Leases - Part 4
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, Steve Watts,
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate, there tends to be confusion regarding the difference between a Gross and a Net Lease - and variations of each…

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  • library_books Side Load Dock Well - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    front view image of side loading truck well added to a grade level warehouse facility | Warehouse FinderA side load dock well allows for dock-high loading access to containers in a truck court with very limited depth and is feasible to add to an existing grade-level building…

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  • library_books Paved or Stabilized Yard - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, Steve Watts,
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    paved or stabilized yard for inventory storage thumbnail

    Paved or stabilized yards have many uses. They can be used to store inventory - i.e. pipe and other items that can withstand the elements - as shown in the attached photo. They can even be used to display inventory, as in the case of processed stone used for countertops. They can also serve as a place to park trucks and trailers - empty and loaded. With proper security, gating and fencing, they can be a reasonably secure place for these and many other items.

    So, why not just buy some land and place these items onto it? The purpose of land stabilization is to prevent heavy materials stored on or moving across that land from sinking into the ground. Roads are a primary form of stabilization. Vehicle tire contact points concentrate the vehicle’s weight and represent an excellent example of the need for and the challenges of stabilization. A broad range of situations drives the need for stabilization. In this article, we’ll discuss:

    • Several types of stabilization
    • Issues with stabilizing yards
    • Stabilization use cases
    • Problems with using stabilized yards

    For the record, we are not discussing stabilizing your back yard here. We are discussing industrial grade stabilization - probably an acre or much more.

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  • library_books Heavy Power - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    General warehousing does not typically require electrical service beyond that needed to operate an office area with HVAC and general warehouse lighting and light-duty electrical plugs…

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  • library_books Rail Access - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    Having access to rail siding (doors on rail cars are generally on the side - hence “rail siding” - see photo), which is actually serviced (meaning a rail provider will use the track…

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  • library_books Clear Height - Picture with Definition
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    High Clear for Maximizing Inventory Storage Volume ThumbnailWarehouse operations often involve high ceilings under which to conduct various types of business. Clear height is defined as the maximum height of objects a building can accommodate. Buildings sometimes have different areas that have different clear heights…

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  • library_books Site Purpose Disclaimer - Warehouse Finder
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    Posted by Steve Watts,
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    The intent of this web site is in part to provide general guidance for you while you search for your reason to, and devise your process for selecting the broker you will work with. The industry is structured such that you are nearly forced to rely on brokerage services…

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  • library_books Houston, TX, Cold Storage Warehouse
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    Inside of a Large Cold Storage Warehouse Thumbnail | Warehouse Finder

    We’ve seen a significant amount of traffic on our site involving cold storage(cooler and/or freezer)-equipped warehouses - for sale, lease and rent. We’ve pursued enough of these opportunities that we feel we’ve established a bit of a specialty in the area…

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  • library_books Texas Warehouse Relevant News - As of 21Mar2020
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    Posted by Steve Watts, on March 23, 2020
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    There is a lot of news out there. We are trying to pick a few of the ariticles that are more relevant to the industries we serve. Today we have articles about the economy (since things are moving very quickly, this can’t help but be a bit dated but still interesting to see progression), the Port of Houston, and a discussion with the Texas Railroad Commissioner about the Texas and World Oil & Gas markets.

    Port Houston to receive millions for Bayport terminal expansion, Houston Business Journal, 11Mar2020

    HBJ released an article discussing a Grant presented on 10Mar2020 to Port Houston for $21.8M and Port of Corpus Christi for $17.6M. Port Houston will use the funds to expand the Bayport Container Terminal and Port of Corpus Christi will use the funds to partially refurbish docks. The article goes on to discuss various activities at both ports.

    Warning Bells Sound for U.S. Economy As Virus Squeezes Ports, Yahoo Finance, 10Mar2020

    As of 10Mar2020, the shipping industry - “accustomed to running at full speed this time of year” - is watching a shipping slowdown “tied to the coronavirus.” China shuttering factories is a big factor in slowing shipments into the country. Low demand for longshore labor is causing alarm, per “Jock O’Connell, a foreign trade consultant in CA.” No one knows for sure, but we think we could still be early in this downturn. Buckle up!

    Texas oil regulator: ‘What our eyes are on is not the pain of today. It’s the pain of the future, Dallas Business Journal, 21Mar2020

    This is an interview with Ryan Sitton, Texas Railroad Commissioner. The article is centered around what if any extraordinary action Texas should take in light of the bottom dropping out from under oil prices. He discusses possible national collaboration with OPEC, dictated slowing of production, and his opinion that oil demand will be here for the long haul.

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  • library_books Dock High Loading Flex Warehouse Space for Lease Houston
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    10795 Hammerly Blvd, Houston, TX  77043

    Our Houston Affiliate has the following property for lease in the Houston, TX area. The table and photo need a minor update - Suite 330 has been leased. Otherwise things are current as of 6Nov2020…

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  • library_books Houston Warehouse w/2.7 Acres Stabilized Yard Listing
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on January 9, 2020 and Updated on September 27, 2021
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    This property is listed by Centermark Commercial Real Estate, our exclusive Houston Broker-Affiliate.

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  • library_books Bodegas en Renta - Dallas
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    Posted by Vincent Rivera,
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    Vincent Rivera (agente de bienes raíces con licencia de Texas) 

     (713) 775-8560

    Llame a Vincent para discutir sus necesidades y estar conectado con su filial de Dallas.
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  • library_books Looking for Warehouse Space? Read This First...
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    Posted by Steve Watts,
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    The very first and most important thing you must know about leasing or purchasing warehouse or other industrial space is whether or not you can avoid the process altogether! There are many avoidance strategies available…

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  • library_books Land Acquisition Guide
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on December 4, 2019 and Updated on July 1, 2022
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    Locating and acquiring the perfect tract of land to develop can be quite challenging. An experienced developer and its real estate broker can conduct initial due diligence to help avoid costly issues. However, more in-depth inspections and research are necessary before finalizing a purchase…

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  • library_books Dock Well - Picture with Definition
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    Warehouse with Dock Well Loading | Warehouse Finder

    A dock well is commonly used to provide dock-high truck loading for a grade-level warehouse. This photo illustrates one of the major advantages for dock wells - the straightforward ability to have both dock-high loading/unloading and grade level entry to the building…

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  • library_books Getting Started on Warehouse Finder
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    Posted by Steve Watts, on October 21, 2019 and Updated on September 7, 2021
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    We expect you’ve arrived here looking for useful information about Industrial & Flex warehouse space. That’s our “thing” and we take it very seriously. We’ve been in operation since 2008…

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  • link Texas Real Estate Commission Consumer Advocacy
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    Synopsis Posted by Steve Watts, on August 3, 2019
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    The Texas (and other State’s) Real Estate Commission (TREC) exists to implement the state laws established around the practice of Real Estate. The state decided at some point - I used to know the date - that consumers need to be protected from fraud and ignorance in the most consequential transactions in which some folks will ever be involved. TREC has come a long way in simplifying what it thinks the consumer needs to know.

    They require a lot of things, but some of the most important center around setting up a relationship with a Real Estate professional. They want you to know that until you have an agreed upon relationship with your Broker, you can not assume that they work for you because by statute, they do not. This doesn’t mean that they are allowed to lie to you - just that their duty is to provide their client with the best possible information, and that until you are their client, you need to assume their client is someone else.

    They do a much better job of explaining it than I do with their Consumer Protection Notice, which talks about where to file a complaint, what recovery options are available to you as a consumer, and how to get more information. Add to that their Information About Brokerage Services document, which explains in detail the professionals you will be working with, the minimum duties of these professionals to their client, and more detail about the different ways a given Brokerage can represent you in your Real Estate transaction. This information is critical to you and to your understanding about who to trust and what to share. TREC requires all Real Estate professionals in Texas to provide this information to you BEFORE they conduct substantive discussions with  you about your Real Estate needs.

    There is a good deal of useful information on the TREC Web Site. You can investigate the licensing status of anyone you are considering using as your Real Estate professional, including complaints lodged against them. Most of it is aimed at the Real Estate professional, so you might well consider it pretty dry reading (not that a Real Estate professional doesn’t…).

    Every state has rules set out for this situation. I haven’t reviewed the regulations of any other state in detail, but it is my  understanding that all states regulate these transactions to some, and probably to a similar degree.

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  • library_books Supply Chains and Industrial "Warehouse" Requirements
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    Posted by Steve Watts,
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    Supply Chain Management InfographicOverview 

    Many (most?) in the business world have no real need to understand the ins and outs of commercial real estate property types until they experience a need to expand or contract their business. My goal here is to take you briefly through my experience, converting my business experience into an understanding of the Industrial & Flex warehouse market.

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  • library_books Your Relationship with your Real Estate Agent/Broker
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    Posted by Steve Watts,
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    Real Estate Word Cloud Infographic ImageDid you know that your relationship with your real estate broker is fairly similar to your relationship with your attorney? To be sure, there are significant differences - but there are also significant similarities. Of course, we all hope not to have (too) much of a relationship with an attorney - at least when it comes around to legal “troubles.” To judge by current trends in the technology industry, many of us feel the same way about real estate brokers. Is it better to be “cagey” about committing to a real estate broker, or is it better to take the plunge and commit to one?

    Regulated Industry

    Both attorneys AND real estate brokers (and their agents) are tightly regulated by the states (maybe al statesl, but I certainly it’s the case in Texas where I live and believe it applies broadly). They are both expected to be fiduciaries. Attorneys can take upon themselves broad fiduciary responsibilities as defined between themselves and their clients. A real estate broker is generally limited to fiduciary responsibilities in the area of real estate with an extended obligation to only engage in types of real estate in which they are knowledgable. An example would be an agent who has only handled residential suddenly representing themselves as experts of retail or office properties.

    In most areas of your life, you can walk around and conduct business for yourself - buy a hot dog, rent a car, etc., etc. There may be rules those you deal with have to follow and prescribed rules around the transactions, but in most cases you have to look out for yourself - buyer beware and all that. In the real estate industry, buyer (and seller) beware applies as well, but the states I know about have decided that you will in most cases have a real estate professional helping to look out for your interests. Yes, you read that right - in most cases, it is strongly encouraged (not quite required) that a primary party to a real estate transaction employs the services of a real estate professional. If you’re wealthy, there are some ways around it that might save you money, but given the way most real estate regulations are structured, you should really be asking yourself why would I try to do it without a broker in my corner? The transaction fees required for their involvement are generally already built into most real estate transactions.

    Possible Upsides to Using a Broker

    This would be a long list if I were to list them all - I’ll list a few from various sources including the Texas Administrative Code, the rules of the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC), and other sources for your consideration. A licensee must:

    • Exercise a standard of duty and care…”
    • Behave with “fidelity” by treating all parties to a transaction fairly (yes, the definitions of fairness are defined about as clearly as one could define them)
    • Behave with “integrity” by using “caution to avoid misrepresentation by acts of commission or omission.”
    • Maintain competence - in other words, you have a right to expect that if you utilize a professional, that this professional knows his/her business and can help you competently.

    This list could go on and on, and is highly specific to cases that have been encountered in any given state. If the above list isn’t enough, let me add a kicker that might push you over the edge. If you can prove the broker you hired isn’t what your real estate commission says he/she must be or doesn’t do the things your real estate commissions says he/she must do, that real estate commission has the teeth to enforce the rules they set out by force of law. In TEXAS, TREC maintains a fund collected from licensees to make certain that they can make settlements should they decide there were violations that warrant settlements.

    In layman’s terms, find a qualified broker with good communication skills and work with them exclusively. They will put in the time and effort using their resources to find, or sell/lease the property you want. Let them do the work while you manage your business and personal life.

    Possible Downsides to Using a Broker

    There are probably no real downsides to using the right “qualified” broker to represent you. However, we can touch upon why you want to be careful in your selection. The following is an attempt at a list - which I expect to improve and enhance over time:

    1. Using a broker who does not have adequate knowledge or the property type and area in which you are interested. They can waste your time, likely miss opportunities, and can possibly expose you to legal action. After all, no one wants to jeopardize a real estate transaction and have to pursue or defend a legal action with or because of an incompetent broker!
    2. Good communication skills are not as common as you would think among real estate professionals. Some of the most intelligent brokers are not that polished at communicating. The better brokers know what questions to ask, and how to actively listen so that they understand the client’s needs.

    Quick Summary

    When I was pursuing my license originally here in Texas, I was amazed to see the detail with which TREC describes their expectations for ethical behavior, and for the behaviors they expect in general. Not to brag (well, maybe), but it was not all that difficult for me since the bulk of it was how I strive to do business in any case. Evidently there must be people out there who need a lot of help, guidance, and at least a little enforcement - because the states decided that this industry, along with a few others, requires fairly tight regulation. Please seriously consider willingly letting a broker take you under his/her wing and help you through what tends to be a fairly complex business transaction - sooner rather than later!

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