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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    After the initial review of the seller deliveries and tile commitment a good boundary survey is necessary to confirm recorded easements and sometimes will catch unrecorded easements and encroachments. The property survey is a cost to either the buyer or seller and becomes a negotiable item of the transaction.

    The survey should indicate all improvements on the property, utility easements, fire hydrants, fences, curb cuts and much more. Your lender will most likely require a survey in order for them to lend money on the property. A buyer wants be sure he is getting the same amount of dirt which is being represented. A survey is critical.

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  • library_books Kingwood Medical Building Lease to Own Analysis
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    Based upon the assumptions contained in this analysis, by owning your own building, you would: (1) save $234,177 in payments over the initial five years, (2) pay down $148,594 on the mortgage, (3) lock in your long term occupancy costs, and (4) get $180,426 in value appreciation based on a 3.00% annual appreciation. This represents a total benefit, AFTER deducting your initial 20% down payment, of $336,637 over just the initial five years.

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  • library_books Phase One Engineering Study
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    Having seen more than a few contaminated properties, I can tell you first hand…you don’t want to be involved in owning one. The environmental study will look for any documented releases on your property or in the vicinity of contamination, letters of closure from your state agencies, UST’s (underground storage tanks), etc.

    Historical aerial photos will show previous uses of the property which may be suspicious. Materials used in the property may prove expensive to re mediate, such as asbestos in floor tiles, insulation and walls.

    A buyer should always hire an attorney for the docs and survey review and relative professionals to do specific inspections.

    These are some of the most basic items of due diligence. A fully exhaustive list and relative explanation would take many pages. This is one of many reasons why you need to utilize an experienced commercial real estate broker when purchasing or leasing office or industrial property.

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  • library_books Commercial Lease Renewal Tips
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailHere are five quick tips to remember when renewing your office or industrial lease:

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  • library_books Building Your Own Warehouse or Office Building - Be Careful
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    Example Metal Buildings ThumbnailSO YOU WANT TO BUILD YOUR OWN WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE BUILDING?

    Are you thinking - “Existing property prices are too high! I will build my own warehouse and save a bundle.” If I had a dime for every time we heard this from a client. Unfortunately for them…

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  • library_books Entering Into a Commercial Lease Agreement - A Guide From a Broker
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    Two Guys Talking Real Estate in a WarehouseOverview 

    Committing to a lease for 3, 5, 7, or 10 years is a monumental consideration for a business. Whether that is moving into the first property or from one location to another, entering into any commercial lease agreement can be stressful, time-consuming, and requires adequate research and qualified commercial real estate brokers, attorneys, and possibly even engineers to determine the most suitable location(s)…

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  • library_books 6 Tips When Looking To Purchase Land
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    The following are a few of about 40 checklist items we typically cover in our due diligence when assisting clients:

    • Zoning/deed restrictions - Be sure any applicable zoning or restrictions allow for your business use 
    • Access - The property needs to be easily accessed from major thoroughfares and delivery trucks should be able to navigate the roadways to your warehouse 
    • Taxes and POA’s - Compare property tax rates as MUD’s and other U.D.’s can increase the tax rate significantly. Also Property Owner Associations may assess annual fees to keep the property mowed and cover some common electric 
    • Elevation - While many properties lie outside 500 and 100 year flood zones, they still may hold water after heavy rains or get run off from adjacent property. Do your homework, interview adjacent property owners and get a good topographic survey 
    • Detention - In many counties, the Flood Management District will require a developer install storm water detention onsite to control water runoff. This can eat up 15% or more of your useable area. Some master planned business parks have the detention in place for the entire development and your land could be used entirely for your improvements with no detention required 
    • Utilities - A buyer needs to confirm that his prospective site has access to sanitary sewer, water and storm water outfall. If a water well and/or septic system are to be used, be sure all required installation distances, spray field, and local government requirements can be met 

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  • library_books Warehouse Loading Types
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on February 17, 2022
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    Distribution, manufacturing, service, fabrication, storage and many other uses occupy millions of warehouses around the world. Goods go in, goods go out, machinery goes in, machinery goes out - and on and on - through docks. Understanding the types of access to these warehouses is imperative when evaluating business needs and alternative facilities available. In this article we will explore several widely used loading types.

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  • library_books Property Due Diligence Guide
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    So you found your perfect office and/or warehouse. It is the right square footage, has adequate ceiling heights and yard area and is in a good location. You just went under contract at the Title Company. Now what?

    Now the real important work begins. There will almost always be several buildings that fit your requirement, however finding the one with few to no issues is a different story. Many brokers feel their work is done once the property is under contract. This is far from the truth. A good commercial broker shines once the contract clock starts ticking.

    Free items first 

    While there are numerous due diligence items which have to be handled, I always put the questions on the top of the checklist which won’t cost my client anything to get answered. That way if my Buyer can’t live with these he won’t waste money on phase one environmental studies, appraisals and further attorney fees.

    Physical inspection of the property is more than just looking at the obvious components of the warehouse and or office as the roof, structure, paving, electrical and mechanical systems. The ones that can be missed are indications of standing water near the building which may be caused from poor drainage. Does the roof drain to one side or does it collect in the middle of the building in a gutter, which may be problematic. If you have an office building, do you have enough parking, adequate and efficient HVAC? Does the building meet ADA codes? If an office warehouse, is the truck court adequate, is there enough power, is the rail siding up to the rail provider’s specs? The structural, MEP and environmental studies should be handled by licensed professionals…however they often miss issues. A second set of eyes is important.

    Documents contained in the Seller deliveries and the title commitment are the first to get tackled. While attorney consultation is a must with contract and commitment review, a quality broker can make valuable suggestions that an attorney may miss and then can evaluate. The title commitment should provide copies of any recorded deed restrictions on the property which may be problematic. At this stage local zoning should also be confirmed for the same reason. Encumbrances evidenced in the commitment may also be revealed such as an easement which may prohibit the Buyers intended use. Again a good real estate attorney is important at this point.

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  • library_books Industrial Properties Search
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    Leasing and Sales Specialists 

    We are seasoned commercial real estate brokers specializing in Industrial property sales and leasing. With over 21 year’s experience, we provide our clients with invaluable knowledge of warehouse and industrial property. What do we bring to the table?

    Commercial Industrial Property 

    • Extensive market knowledge 
    • Expert financial analysis of each deal 
    • In excess of 150 lease transactions negotiated and closed 
    • Over $150 million in sales and leases closed 
    • Loyalty, honesty and thoroughness 
    • Understanding of industrial development and construction 
    • Logistics and process flow comprehension 
    • Financing and lender contacts 

    Industrial Property Lease 

    If you are in the market for office/warehouse space, whether it is manufacturing, distribution, assembly or direct port access, we can help.

    Need an industrial property specialist? You are in the right place.

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