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The final FASB (GAAP) Lease Accounting Standard was released today. It has been a long time (2006) since the IASB and FASB (IFRS) endeavored to increase transparency and consistency in accounting standards.  Ultimately the two bodies did not agree on everything and there are still two standards, but they are much more similar than before. Additionally,...
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Happy New Year!  The time has come again, the time for setting resolutions to get to the gym more often, eat healthier, and overall get in shape. But have you spent any time thinking about your business resolutions, and how to keep your business in shape?  Here is a list of real estate resolutions for you to consider in 2016: Put Important Lease Dates...
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Has the business cycle run its course, or does it have legs for a few more years? Has the stock market peaked again? What about commercial Real Estate?  Is it different this time?  What might derail the market this time?  Is it the shift of private debt to national debt?  Will it be the raising of interest rates...
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Has the business cycle run its course, or does it have legs for a few more years? Has the stock market peaked again? What about commercial Real Estate?  Is it different this time?  What might derail the market this time?  Is it the shift of private debt to national debt?  Will it be the raising of interest rates...
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Most every commercial lease contains a provision requiring both the tenant and the landlord to buy insurance.  Typically, several forms of insurance are required, including Commercial General Liability, Physical Damage, Workers Compensation, and Business Interruption (rental loss for landlords). The most often negotiated components of the insurance provision regards the actual limits of liability and the amount of the...
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Many tenants receive and Estoppel Certificate at some point during their lease term.  Some tenants just take a quick glance, sign it and send it straight back to the landord.  Don’t be that tenant!  Not every tenant knows what an Estoppel Certificate (“EC”) is, so here is a brief description: An Estoppel Certificate is a document...
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Many tenants receive and Estoppel Certificate at some point during their lease term.  Some tenants just take a quick glance, sign it and send it straight back to the landord.  Don’t be that tenant!  Not every tenant knows what an Estoppel Certificate (“EC”) is, so here is a brief description: An Estoppel Certificate is a document...
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As a tenant rep I have to take a pretty hard line on landlords to ensure my clients get a good deal and that the “benefit of the bargain” is properly documented in the lease.  But it is important to note that the relationship between the landlord and tenant is a long term one, and nurturing that...
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Personally, I think we are getting close to the top (ie: end) of the real estate cycle.  Over Easter weekend I was talking to some family and friends that are active in the real estate industry and noticed a few catch phrases like “it’s different this time,” “this location has no downside,” and “there is...
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If you have been following the ongoing joint efforts of the FASB and IASB (IFRS) to converge and change lease accounting standards, it has been a long road.  Globalization, the financial crises and several bad actors, like Enron, brought the two boards together to change accounting methods for more consistency, transparency and reliability.   Two years after...
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