Category: Accounting



Boxing in the Dark

One of the things that make it hard to figure out the costs of leasing a building is that different types of real estate charge differently for space.  For instance, a retail or industrial building is going to charge a base rent plus taxes, maintenance and utilities.  These chargers can ... Read More
March 19, 2023Lynn Drake


Net/Net/Net (n/n/n): A lease requiring the tenant to pay, in addition to a fixed rental rate, the expenses for the property leased. These usually include the following: taxes, insurance and maintenance. Be careful with these types of leases or else the landlord will have the tenant paying everything ... Read More
April 12, 2018Lynn Drake



Crunch Those Numbers

When I stumbled into commercial real estate I found my personal nirvana. I liked bookkeeping and enjoyed studying business and accounting in college. But I couldn’t see my future in computerized ledgers. I needed more action.I landed a job working for one of the biggest commercial real estate landlords in ... Read More
October 25, 2017Lynn Drake


Having managed a fortune 500’s real estate department for many years, I was never a big believer in long term leases. I found that business space needs fluctuate and it's often not good to be locked in.However, there are times when you may want to consider a long-term lease. For ... Read More
March 7, 2016Lynn Drake


In the spring of 2015, I got a 22% increase in my common area maintenance (CAM) pass-through expense. CAM charges are billed pro rata to me and other tenants, based on our percentage of total property square footage and to cover the cost of common area upkeep.When I sent an ... Read More
February 29, 2016Lynn Drake


It is interesting when one takes a group of people out on tour to see their reactions. Some people go simply on about how the space looks the minute they see it. Others are very analytical, and need lots of data. No matter what, your agent needs to run ... Read More
January 7, 2015Lynn Drake



Are Banks Really Lending?

Helping our clients buy buildings is an aspect of our business that we really enjoy. However, I have to say: I’m not convinced that the banks are truly lending in this economic climate. We recently had a client who was looking to buy a very small building. Getting a mortgage ... Read More
November 13, 2013Lynn Drake


Friends of mine  introduced me to a great game called cash flow. It was developed by Kisosky(author of Rich Dad Poor Dad).  Cash flow is a real life game that teaches you that no matter whether you are a truck driver or a Doctor you can obtain wealth.  This game ... Read More
August 21, 2012Lynn Drake


For everyone that began to believe there really is such a thing as a free lunch and free rent, the game is changing. Landlords are willing to give a month, but the incredibly generous deals are fading as buyer interest picks up. Watch out if you find ... Read More
April 28, 2011Lynn Drake