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What is a property manager?

A property manager is normally an individual third-party professional who as agent of the owner of real estate (landlord) manages the owner/tenant relations in order to maximize ca…


What is a property developer?

A property developer is a person – individual, partnership, corporation, co-operative or other legal form of organization – that mainly or exclusively engages in property developme…


What is a mortgage?

A mortgage is security created by the transfer (pledge) or assignment of legal title to real property (real estate) or personal property (chattel) in the form of a real estate mort…


What is a ground lease?

A ground lease is the lease of only land, typically unimproved property, commonly for 99 years and longer.  All expenses of the property incurred in a ground lease – taxes, repair…


What is a facilities manager?

A facilities manager is an individual who represents the tenant or the owner-occupier of property by aligning property strategy with productivity strategy with a view to the use of…


What development due diligence and analysis is performed?

Planning/pre-construction phase in a property development project involves the investigation of the site, performance of a development needs and use analysis, site acquisition, sec…


What are the site attributes of property?

The geographic location where development takes place is the site.  Site attributes are the natural characteristics of a plot (parcel of land) in terms of its size, shape, topograp…


What are the main concern of property users?

Property users generally prioritize their goals as follows: Maintenance of the property in support of the users’ core business units and activities and the end users’ demand for co…


What are the linkage attributes of property?

Linkage of a particular site or property is its how it is physically connected to the general market, submarkets and trade area within which it competes for space users and/or mark…


What are the key mortgage terms?

In an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), the interest rate is generally fixed for a short period of time, after which it is periodically adjusted up or down to a reference market rate…


What are the environmental attributes of property?

Environmental attributes are the distinct but related geographic characteristics used in defining the market context in which a particular property is located.  Markets (neighborho…


What are the different feasibility analysis reports?

A comprehensive feasibility study might include several types of studies, any one of which could be the analyst’s total assignment in a particular situation. Strategy study – Analy…


What are the common loan repayment methods?

Mortgage loans may be structured as amortizing, balloon or bullet loans.  A residential mortgage is generally an amortizing loan, in which the loan payments of principal and intere…


What are the common ancillary CRE lease agreements?

A subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreement (SNDA agreement) is employed by a landlord, tenant and the lender to resolve how and when the rights of tenants will be su…


What are the classes of investment property?

Commercial space (units) is defined and ranked by the quality of the property as: Class A – The highest quality of commercial space available; Class B – The second highest quality…


What are the building attributes of property?

Structural attributes are the characteristics of the fabricated structures on a site, including the design, materials, scale, features, quality and other items that define a buildi…


What are the basic duties of property management?

There are various types of property management companies.  There are those that are specialized in the management of closed neighborhoods of single-family homes and multi-dwelling…


What are real estate improvements?

Additions to or enhancements of raw land or structures on real property that are permanently affixed or attached and add usefulness and value to the property, rather than simply re…


What are real estate facilitators?

The real estate market is not a single unified market, rather it is highly fragmented and segment into markets and submarkets, each having a different market structure and competit…


What are project contractors?

The general contractor is commonly an engineer specialized in construction supervision engaged by the project manager to coordinate the overall property development process.  The g…


What are listing services?

A multiple listing service (MLS) is a service used by real estate brokers to represent sellers and allow others to view the listings of properties for sale.  Both selling and buyin…


What are fixtures?

A fixture is originally an item of personal property that has become permanently affixed or attached to real estate such that it is considered to be an integral part of the propert…


What are facilities services?

Facility services are those services organized and rendered by facilities managers that focus on the buildings and the property infrastructure that support the core business of the…


What are building codes?

A building code is the set of rules that specifies the standards for buildings and other structures within a jurisdiction as established by the responsible government authority.  A…


How is residential real estate classified?

A single-family residence (SFR) is a free-standing residential structure consisting of one unit that is usually occupied by one household or family.  Most single-family homes are b…


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