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Articles by Kolbe

Articles By Kolbe

  • Building Wealth in Commercial Real Estate

    Very few business opportunities allow investors to build wealth without paying taxes and subsequently pay reduced taxes when the time finally comes to settle up with Uncle Sam. Commercial real estate ownership is a prime exception. There are not many wealthy individuals that are not involved in commercial real estate. They are not in real estate because they are wealthy. In many cases they are wealthy because they are in real estate.

  • Is It Wiser To Lease Or To Own?

    The quick, easy answer that most people would give to this question would be that it is always better “to own”. The next thing they might typically say is that they believe they cannot afford to own. Today, however, there are a number of financing vehicles available that can make ownership an easier alternative than they might expect. I am involved in an office project currently that can offer qualified buyers up to 95% financing. Over the years I have worked with a number of business owners who were considering purchasing commercial real estate. Most of those owners had successfully grown their businesses in leased facilities and had now felt that the portion of their cash flow that they allocated for “occupancy costs” would be better invested through equity payments for their space rather than lease payments. Those businesses have included health professionals with growing practices, office professionals, retailers, restaurants, service providers, distribution companies and manufacturing companies.

  • Commercial Real Estate Decisions Growing More Challenging

    The combination of an unstable economic environment and a number of upcoming proposed regulatory changes are making both short and long term planning extremely difficult for commercial real estate owners, tenants and investors. As a result, it will be critical over upcoming years to consult with appropriate professionals prior to making lease and purchase decisions.

  • Will Rogers On Real Estate

    On April 13, 1930, Will Rogers uttered one of his more famous quotes, saying “out here I had been putting what little money I had in ocean frontage, for the sole reason that there was only so much of it and no more, and that they wasn't making any more”. This is the famous quote that is often paraphrased to say: “Buy land. They ain't making any more of the stuff.“

  • Growing Demand For Fort Bend Investment Properties

    Demand for quality commercial real estate properties increased substantially in Fort Bend County in 2012 as investors sought to move cash into hard assets. Driven by projections of rising inflation and slow economic growth over upcoming years, competition for quality properties has been brisk. Investors are moving to commercial real estate as an alternative to investments which may be more susceptible to a devaluing dollar.

  • Weighing Lease/Purchase Decisions in an Uncertain Market

    We often have company owners in Fort Bend seek our advice when weighing the advantages and disadvantages of leasing versus purchasing the commercial space needed to operate their businesses. Those of you who have followed my column over the last few years know that a number of factors other than equity accumulation can make the financial benefits of owning significantly more attractive.

  • Commercial Real Estate Owners Can Significantly Cut Taxes Through "Cost Segmentation"

    As a commercial real estate broker, one of the tasks that I perform most often with clients is an explanation of the benefits of owning commercial real estate over leasing. From an economic standpoint, the benefits will generally always outweigh those of leasing spaces.

  • Tenant Representation - The Value of Using a Commercial Real Estate Broker

    An experienced commercial real estate broker will offer clients a number of services. Among these are assisting the client with financing alternatives, with legal resources, with resources for design and construction and help with locating the numerous vendors required when leasing or purchasing a commercial property.


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