Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate investing differs in many ways from the more traditional residential real estate investing. Property income, expenses, and values are often calculated differently, and success in this business often requires speaking the language of commercial real estate fluently.

In this section of the BiggerPockets Blog, you’ll find articles that discuss every aspect of commercial real estate imaginable. From different types of lease agreements, financing solutions, and valuation methods, we’ve got it all. Authors in this section include commercial real estate investors with decades of experience.


Executive summaries are one of the most important aspects of commercial loan package submission, however, many new investors spend the least time and energy on this essential component.  I recently had the opportunity to interview Lori McMahon of LJ Commercial Property Services.  She creates and submits executive summaries as her profession and is considered to be an expert in the field.  Below is a list of questions and answers exchanged by a new commercial real estate investor and Lori.

Commercial Executive Summary Q & A

1. Q: At what point do you begin putting together the Executive Summary? Before/during/after contract has been submitted?

Lori: It’s different every time. Before is fine as long we put that in as the status on the Funding Opportunity Page. Many of clients have wanted to find out if they could get any interest prior to signing the Contract to Purchase. Anytime is good as long as it is directly after you sign the contract because you must understand that in these times, it is taking anywhere from 45 to 90 days for funding…

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