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April 2018 Archives

Developers may need to heed warning signs of another bubble

The traditional retail model has undergone massive changes in the last few years here in California and across the country. With more people shopping online, shopping malls and other retail stores are helping the commercial real estate market plateau. Developers could find themselves in financial trouble if paying back their loans becomes problematic due to changes in how the economy works.

Empty bank branches present opportunities for developers

As mobile banking and automated teller machine use increase, diminished foot traffic in bank locations led to shuttered branches. Nine out of ten households now utilize online banking and four out of ten use mobile banking, eliminating the need to visit a branch for normal transactions.

Liability insurance is essential for a commercial tenant

No matter how much planning you do, something could go wrong. For this reason, part of your business planning involves purchasing insurance policies to cover different eventualities that could occur during the course of your business. As a commercial tenant, your Orange County landlord will more than likely expect you to include liability insurance in those policies.

Insurance is an important component of any development project

Nearly every project, whether here in California or elsewhere, involves numerous moving parts. In order to protect yourself from any adverse events that could occur during a development project, you may want to consider several types of insurance. This may seem like an obvious choice, but what may not be as obvious to a new developer is what you need to properly insure your project and protect your interests.

That's a fancy remodel, landlord

We've written about common area maintenance in the past. And for good reason. Vague line items like "administrative fees" can be thousands of dollars, sometimes hundreds of thousands or more. That's one reason you audit past CAM charges, especially where you've taken over a business. In other situations involving CAM, the property owner's estimates are off - by huge margins - and the tenant is hit with a massive bill.