Real Estate Management Processes

No matter what particular type of real estate your business has evolved ? residential, commercial or industrial ? a successful business model primarily  focuses on real estate performance metrics, which help to streamline financial and operations processes. Monitoring the factors that affect the business particularly enhances the ability to improve the whole portfolio performance.

Appropriate performance measures can include calculation of rates of return, space quality and comparison to market, unresolved transactions, monthly feedback by staff, accuracy and completeness of property records, quality assessment of properties, client surveys on staff performance and occupancy patterns.

Occupancy rates can be increased on condition of the availability of the right amount of space at the right time ? that’s what prospective customers usually await. Meeting their expectations is key to customer retention and consequently to higher performance level.

In addition to other information, the occupancy rates can be viewed by property, lease changes, rent roll, operating statements and accounts receivable information. If the company gets the actual data, from accounts payable and receivable to lease origination and occupancy patterns it manages the entire portfolio cost effectively.

Building up value oriented real estate management, property companies look forward to the optimization of the portfolio and the relevant services seeking to measure strategic orientation, structures, processes, qualifications, performances together with the costs and resources by certain benchmarks.

Benchmarking is a continuous learning process targeted at creating advantages by means of identifying the problem, whether it is realization in profit or cost reduction potential, and finding the right solution. The latter can be the result of a profound analysis of the company’s own experience as compared with others’. The points of the comparison may be standardization of properties information, a uniform performance measurement, identification of performance gaps and others.

Real Estate Properties: The big profits

Real estate is often termed as the safest investment avenue. In fact, real estate investments done with proper evaluation of the property (and its true value), can lead to good profits. This is one reason why some people pursue real estate investment as their full time job. The talks of real estate are generally focussed towards residential real estate; commercial real estate seems to take a back seat. However, commercial real estate too is a good option for investing in real estate.

Commercial real estate includes a lot of different kinds of properties. Most people relate commercial real estate with only office complexes or factories/ industrial units. However, that is not all of commercial real estate. There is more to commercial real estate. Health care centers, retail structures and warehouse are all good examples of commercial real estate. Even residential properties like apartments (or any property that consists of more than four residential units) are considered commercial real estate. In fact, such commercial real estate is much in demand.

So, is commercial real estate really profitable? Well, if it were not profitable I would not have been writing about commercial real estate at all. So, commercial real estate is profitable for sure. The only thing with commercial real estate is that recognising the opportunity is a bit difficult as compared to residential real estate. But commercial real estate profits can be real big (in fact, much bigger than you would expect from residential real estate of the same proportion). You could take up commercial real estate for either reselling after appreciation or for renting out to, say, retailers. The commercial real estate development is in fact treated as the first sign for growth of residential real estate. Once you know of the possibility of significant commercial growth in the region (either due to tax breaks or whatever), you should start evaluating the potential for appreciation in the prices of commercial real estate and then go for it quickly (as soon as you find a good deal). And you must really work towards getting a good deal. If you find that commercial real estate, e.g. land, is available in big chunks which are too expensive for you to buy, you could look at forming a small investor group (with your friends) and buy it together (and split the profits later). In some cases e.g. when a retail boom is expected in a region, you might find it profitable to buy a property that you can convert into a warehouse for the purpose of renting to small businesses.

Real estate loan – Understanding the concept

Real estate loan is what a lot of people use to buy their home. Real estate loans have been instrumental in bringing joy to people by making that unaffordable house affordable. Some real estate investors too make use of real estate loans for buying properties. However, real estate loan is not free money and anyone who buys real estate or plans to buy real estate using real estate loan must understand the concept of real estate loan very clearly.

Real estate loan (also known as mortgage) is the money that you borrow from someone (a financial institution i.e. a mortgage lender) for the purpose of buying a property. The real estate loan generally covers a part of your purchase price and the remaining portion has to be paid by you upfront i.e. as down payment. The amount (i.e. the percentage of total purchase price) that you have to pay as down payment is dependent on a number of factors and you can generally reduce it to even 5% by going for mortgage insurance.

FHA and VA loans (i.e. mortgage insurances through FHA and VA) reduce the down payment requirement on real estate loan even further. Whatever you borrow from the mortgage lender as real estate loan needs to be paid back to the mortgage lender over a period of time (and, of course, you will also need to pay appropriate interest on that real estate loan). The tenure of your real estate loan and the prevailing market rate will determine the amount of interest you pay for your real estate loan. Generally, you are required to pay back the real estate loan in the form of monthly instalments which are composed of both interest and principal portions of your real estate loan.