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  • library_books Understanding Triple Net (NNN) Leases in Commercial Real Estate
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailA Triple Net (NNN) lease is a popular type of commercial real estate lease agreement where the tenant is responsible for paying the base rental amount each month to the landlord. In addition to the base rent, the tenant also reimburses the landlord monthly for their pro-rata share of certain estimated…

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  • library_books Understanding Industrial Gross Leases: Responsibilities and Expenses
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailThe industrial gross lease is common in multi-tenant industrial properties. In an industrial gross lease, the tenant is responsible for some, but not all, of the operating expenses of the property…

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  • library_books Dock High Loading - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, Steve Watts,
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    Photo Illustration of Dock High buildingA dock-high loading dock provides a highly efficient method to move cargo between a semi-trailer and your warehouse. The efficiency comes primarily from matching the height of the dock high truck shipping surface to the height of the warehouse floor…

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  • library_books Bridge Crane - Picture with Definition
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    Photo of Client Bridge Crane for Illustration

    A Bridge Crane is a lifting system comprising two sets of rails built near a warehouse’s ceiling and a bridge or steel truss spanning these rails. Cranes are used to lift, move, and place heavy items quickly and accurately.

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  • library_books Why Use a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 17, 2019
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    Market Knowledge 

    As seasoned commercial real estate brokers, we have a firm grasp on our market. We know which buildings are available, understand restrictions, zoning, are aware of proposed developments and are up to date on comparable sales or rents.

    Experienced Negotiators 


    With 100’s of transactions negotiated, we are experts at closing a deal. Our specialty is “thinking outside the box” to get deals done that may be difficult.

    Contracts/Document Understanding 


    Having vast experience with commercial earnest money and lease contracts helps prevent many legal hurdles that arise when the client’s attorney gets the documentation. Also, we make suggestions and point out red flags to legal counsel to avoid problems for our clients.

    Financing 

    Seller notes, bridge loans, mezz loans, conventional, SBA, Seller seconds…we have seen it all and have relationships with lenders which have money to lend at competitive rates. Most of all they are familiar with the Houston Market.

    Understanding Construction 

    Not all commercial real estate brokers understand different types of commercial construction and the advantages/disadvantages of each as well as related reproduction costs. Since we also do development, we have seen what goes into a new building.

    Loyalty 

    Above all, we are here to look out for your interests. As many of our clients will attest, if we feel the deal is not right for you, we will tell you. Our success comes from repeat business and referrals. Unhappy clients do not make for long term success.

    Let our experience, knowledge and loyalty work for you.

    Looking for Warehouse or Office space in Houston?

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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  • library_books WarehouseFinder.Net Assists Businesses in Selecting Suitable Warehouse Space For Sale or Lease
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    Houston, Texas (Marketwire) - November 29, 2010 - Real estate transactions are never simple, but WarehouseFinder.Net takes the headache out of finding the right warehouse space by connecting you with qualified commercial industrial brokers in your city.  The search begins by logging onto www.warehousefinder.net. Enter company requirements, including square footage, location and price.  The Warehousefinder.NET experts do the rest.

    The team of experienced commercial real estate brokers have extensive local experience to quickly identify the best resources throughout the United States. The process includes analyzing square footage and facility requirements including warehouse ceiling heights, fire suppression, electrical power, loading, yard storage, port and rail access. Once the best warehouse space has been located, WarehouseFinder.Net will help each client wade through the technicalities of warehouse leasing or purchasing including negotiating contract terms, assisting with due diligence items including evaluating financing options and the coordination of inspection, survey, appraisal and other applicable studies.

    WarehouseFinder.Net was founded by Eric Hughes, commercial real estate broker with over 19 years in the industrial and office brokerage industry. Eric’s extensive experience includes negotiating warehouse lease and purchase contracts. He has assisted the full range of companies in finding warehouse space.

    WarehouseFinder.NET’s commission is paid by the property owner. Our service is FREE to our clients.

    Our goal at Warehousefinder.net is to understand the operations of our clients so we can better identify the needs of each business. We then negotiate the best price possible for their specific warehouse space requirements,” said Hughes. “Our team has substantial “on the ground” experience with the industrial and office market. We have the experience to manage the details of determining client needs, locating viable alternatives, negotiating leases/purchase contracts and seeing the transaction through to closing.  We utilize Costar, Loopnet and other professional fee-based web databases; however without years of personal experience in a market, this information would be useless.”

    WarehouseFinder.Net works with company owners and facility managers in securing local and regional warehouse properties both in lease and purchase scenarios, handling all forms of industrial properties including heavy crane served manufacturing facilities, dock high distribution buildings, rail served and light manufacturing/service type warehouses.


    About WarehouseFinder.Net 


    WarehouseFinder.Net is a commercial real estate portal established to search and find the right warehouses for lease or sale with active industrial broker/agent supervision. WarehouseFinder.Net affiliates across the United States include, but are not limited to Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Chicago, Detroit, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Denver and Phoenix. The experienced brokers know their respective industrial warehouse and office market and work for each client to ensure suitable warehouse or office space is located and secured at the lowest price possible.

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease?

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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  • library_books Where does WarehouseFinder.NET get such quality and thorough RESULTS?
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    WarehouseFinder.NET provides tailored RESULTS to its clients through affiliate brokers in cities across the U.S. The ultimate fine-tuned list of available warehouse or office property is derived from (4) four primary sources.

    1. Our licensed broker/agent affiliate sends a broker email to all the commercial brokers/agents in your city with your specific office/warehouse requirements. This is crucial in catching properties which may be “flying under the radar” and not listed online or in the primary databases.

    2. Searches of proprietary broker databases which are developed over time with each individual broker in your city.

    3. Searches of Costar, LoopNet and many other city specific sites of which our affiliates are premium members. (These monthly fees are substantial and you get the benefit for FREE!)

    4. Broker’s personal knowledge of his or her market. Years of “beating the streets” brings invaluable experience and understanding of a city’s industrial warehouse and/or office market.  This is probably the most important piece of our research.

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease?

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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  • library_books Warehouse For Rent
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on September 23, 2010 and Updated on August 18, 2019
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    By providing basic contact information and space requirements, we will narrow down your search to the right For Lease or For Sale properties. We will personally contact you with you matched property profile.

    What You Get 

    1. Personal Advantages - One on one representation and guidance from a commercial real estate broker 

    2. Experienced Brokers - 19 years of industrial and office brokerage experience 

    3. Quick Results - Initial surveys usually provided the same day 

    4. No endless searches - We are a one stop shop for locating available commercial property, we have premium access to all the major national databases combined with personal knowledge of your market. We are on the streets, familiar with your area. 

    5. Valuable Guidance - We will treat your sell, purchase or lease as if it is our own business at stake. Our goal is to insure you get the best deal on the property you need. 

    6. No Obligation - What so ever… 

    7. Free Assistance - 

    Our fees are paid by Sellers and Landlords and we represent YOU.

    Free Assistance Areas 

    1. Lease process guidelines - With 1000’s of leases under our belt, we are able to guide you thru all facets of the leasing process, from negotiation to execution. 

    2. Purchase process guidelines - As with leases, we also have handled 100’s of commercial sales transactions and we can hold our buyer’s hand from price negotiations to closing. 

    3. Property Summaries - Our available property summaries provide a map of the availabilities along with a description of each property. 

    4. In Depth Comparisons - We are able to create personal comparisons of the alternatives which allow our clients to make an educated decision. 

    5. Negotiation - We pride ourselves on our ability to get a deal done and think “outside the box.” This gives us a substantial advantage in negotiating leases and purchase agreements. 

    6. Inspection - We provide lists of qualified inspectors and personally inspect properties to make recommendations of additional licensed specialists to avoid missing major issues 

    7. Survey - A category 1-A survey is recommend for our clients and we will work with the Title Company and attorney to review each survey condition 

    8. Appraisal - With extensive knowledge of our market we work closely with appraisers to ensure the appraisal report is reflective of true market conditions. 

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease? 

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX

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  • library_books Understanding Commercial Lease Types and Responsibilities
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    Image representing a commercial lease agreement | Warehouse FinderOver three decades of commercial real estate leasing experience in warehouse and office markets, we’ve encountered numerous lease arrangements and responsibilities. This article aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the most common lease types…

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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.

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease?

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below.

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.


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  • library_books Mastering Commercial Lease Renewal: Expert Tips for Office and Industrial Tenants
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailNavigating the process of commercial lease renewal can be complex and challenging. Still, tenants can secure favorable terms for their office or industrial space with the right approach and knowledge…

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  • library_books Building Your Own Warehouse or Office Building - Be Careful
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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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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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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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. Remember what you are committing to - rent and expenses for the overall lease period. Whether moving into the first property for your business or moving from one location to another

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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 

    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Houston of elsewhere?

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.

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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.

    Looking for Warehouse or Office space in Houston?

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.


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