Tenant improvement allowances, or TIAs, are a common aspect of commercial leases. They refer to the amount of money that a landlord is willing to contribute towards the cost of renovations or customizations made to a leased property by the tenant. These allowances can play a critical role in determining whether a tenant can afford to take on a lease, and they can also be a point of negotiation between the landlord and tenant.
The first step in determining the amount of a tenant improvement allowance is to establish the scope of the project. This typically involves creating a detailed list of all the renovations or customizations that the tenant would like to make to the property, including the materials and labor required. The list should also include any necessary permits or approvals that will be required for the project.
Once the scope of the project is determined, the next step is to estimate the cost of the project by obtaining quotes from contractors or suppliers for the materials and labor required. The landlord can then decide on an allowance amount they are willing to contribute, which is generally a percentage of the total project cost. The percentage will vary depending on the landlord and the specific circumstances of the lease.
It’s important to note that the tenant improvement allowance is typically applied to the rent. This means that the tenant will pay a higher rent to the landlord to compensate for the allowance. Tenants should carefully consider the total cost of the lease, rent plus allowance, when deciding about whether to take on a lease.
From the landlord’s perspective, offering a tenant improvement allowance can be a way to attract and retain tenants in a commercial space. It can also be used to incentivize tenants to improve or upgrade a space in a way that benefits the overall property. A tenant improvement allowance can also benefit a tenant as it can reduce the costs associated with outfitting a space to meet their specific needs. Additionally, the tenant may be able to negotiate a higher allowance from the landlord if the tenant improvements benefit the property overall.
Tenant improvement allowances can play a key role in commercial lease negotiations and greatly benefit both tenants and landlords. When discussing tenant improvements, it’s crucial to have a defined goal and a well-thought-out strategy. At Kelley Commercial, our experienced professionals are ready to assist you in creating a clear plan and provide the guidance you need to confidently negotiate the best possible outcome as a tenant or landlord. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you make an informed decision.
Due diligence typically involves reviewing and gathering a variety of information about a property, including financial records, legal documents, appraisals, and physical inspections before a buyer or seller enters into an agreement. The role of a commercial real estate agent in the due diligence process is to act as a facilitator, helping to gather and organize information, and to serve as a resource for the buyer or seller as they assess the potential risks and liabilities associated with the purchase or sale of a commercial property.
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Due Diligence for Buyers
From the buyer’s perspective, due diligence is an important step in the process of purchasing commercial real estate because it helps them make an informed decision about whether to purchase the property and to understand the potential risks and liabilities associated with the purchase. Some specific tasks that may be involved in due diligence for a commercial real estate transaction from the buyer’s perspective include:
- Reviewing financial documents, such as tax records, budgets, and income statements, to assess the financial health and performance of the property.
- Examining legal documents, such as leases, contracts, and deeds, to understand the property’s ownership and any legal liabilities or obligations associated with it.
- Conducting physical inspections of the property to assess its condition and identify any potential issues or repairs that may need to be addressed.
- Reviewing environmental reports and assessments to ensure that the property is in compliance with local and national environmental regulations and to identify any potential environmental hazards.
Due Diligence for Sellers
From the seller’s perspective, due diligence is the process of providing information and documentation about the property to the potential buyer. The seller is responsible for disclosing any known issues or problems with the property, as well as providing any relevant financial and legal documents for the buyer to review. In addition to providing information to the buyer, the seller may also want to conduct their own due diligence on the buyer. This could involve reviewing the buyer’s financial situation and ability to purchase the property, as well as their plans for the property once they take ownership.
Our associates at Kelley Commercial Partners have the experience and knowledge to ensure seamless property transactions for either buyers or sellers. If you’re considering the acquisition of a property or the sale of property, consider representation from our team. Contact one of our experts today.
When interest rates rise, it can potentially make borrowing more expensive for commercial real estate investors. This may lead some investors to shift their focus to properties that have stable, long-term cash flow, as these properties may be able to generate enough income to offset the higher borrowing costs. However, rising interest rates can also create opportunities for certain types of investments.
One potential opportunity for commercial real estate investors when interest rates rise is to focus on investments that are relatively insensitive to changes in borrowing costs. For example, properties with long-term leases or properties that have stable, predictable cash flows may be less affected by rising interest rates.
Another option for commercial real estate investors is to invest in properties with strong demand, such as properties in high-growth areas or properties that are leased to creditworthy tenants. These properties may be able to command higher rents, which can help to offset the higher borrowing costs associated with rising interest rates.
Investors might also consider exploring alternative financing options, such as private lending or crowdfunding, which may offer more favorable terms than traditional bank financing.
Finally, commercial real estate investors might negotiate interest rate swaps or caps with their lenders, which can help to mitigate the impact of rising rates on their investment portfolio.
For nearly 40 years, Kelley Commercial Partners has helped provide clients with a competitive advantage. We have the knowledge and experience to help clients navigate through the ever-changing market. Whether you are new to the commercial real estate market or an experienced investor, we are here to help you meet your real estate goals. Contact us today.
Are you a tenant? A landlord thinking about selling? Or an investor looking to buy a leased property? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, it is important that you understand what a tenant estoppel certificate is and the benefits and protections it offers.
What is a tenant estoppel certificate?
A tenant estoppel certificate is a legally binding document signed by a tenant verifying the current status and terms of a lease and specifying any modifications to the original agreement, defaults by the landlord, or other issues relating to the lease. Typically, an estoppel certificate is requested by the landlord as part of the due diligence process before closing on the sale of a property. This statement of facts regarding the lease and the premises estops either party from making a claim that contradicts those facts post transaction.
If you lease, own, or want to purchase a tenant-occupied property, it’s important to understand how a Tenant Estoppel Certificate can protect you.
Most commercial real estate lease agreements include a provision requiring a tenant to complete an estoppel certificate within a specified amount of time after receiving the Landlord’s request. However, only a landlord wishing to sell or refinance the property would request the estoppel. If a lease does not have a provision requiring a tenant to complete an estoppel certificate, it is in the best interest of the tenant to carefully review and complete the estoppel certificate to verify all pertinent lease information.
Why sign a tenant estoppel certificate?
From the tenant’s perspective, an estoppel certificate informs and certifies to the purchaser of the property (i.e., the new landlord under the lease) and, in the event of financing, the lender of any existing issues they will need to address after closing. For lenders and purchasers, the estoppel certificate verifies information presented by the landlord regarding the tenant, the premises, and certain material terms of the lease, which helps prevent any costly surprises after closing.
As a full-service commercial real estate firm, Kelley Commercial Partners provides landlord and tenant representation. And no matter which side we represent, we are committed to successfully guiding you through the process from the beginning through closing. For all your commercial real estate needs, let us be your partner to success.
Over the last 13 years Kelley Kolettis has progressed from art student, to experienced designer, to successful entrepreneur with her very own design firm, Kelley Kolettis Designs. The Shoppes at Rodney Parham became KKD’s newest home base in February 2022. “We were so pleased to work with such a talented member of the business community and help her find the perfect space for her firm,” said Cheryl White, senior property manager.
Kelley has a wide range of experience working in several different areas of the design world from furniture design, kitchen and bath renovations, commercial office layouts, and event planning, but her current focus and specialization is now on residential design and small commercial projects. Her busiest months are November and December when she is busy decorating homes and businesses around central Arkansas for the holidays.
Kelley Kolletis Designs, 10020 N. Rodney Parham, Suite 6, Little Rock. Illustration by Ellen Yahl
Kelley is available by appointment to meet with you at the studio located in Suite 6 of the Shoppes where her unique and sophisticated style are on full display. If you can’t get to her studio, Kelly offers virtual consultations as well. She is eager to share what she’s learned over her many years of experience and is always willing to answer questions or recommend one of her trusted tradesmen to help you get the job done. Her design studio also features a gallery of works by local artists’ if you’re looking for some color to add to your walls.
“We know that Kelley has many years of success in her future, and we wish her all the best on her journey,” said Brooke Miller, agent and partner.
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