Real Estate Blog


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Former Railroad Rights-of-Way

03/25/2013   |   BY Joshua M. Alper

Many cities and towns, particularly in greater Boston, are criss-crossed with former railroad lines and rights of way, some of... Read More »

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Letters of Credit versus Cash Security Deposits

03/19/2013   |   BY Gary D. Buchman

Commercial Tenants often request that Landlords accept a Letter of Credit in lieu of a cash security deposit. This blog... Read More »

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Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels: Taking a Local Look at a Global Problem

03/05/2013   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

The Boston Harbor Association recently released a sobering report entitled “Preparing for the Rising Tide” which assesses Boston’s vulnerability to... Read More »

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Streamlining Property Surveys – A Look at the ALTA/ACSM Table A Requirements

01/09/2013   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

The property survey is typically a lead-time item in commercial real estate loans since it can often take several weeks... Read More »

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Featured Deal: RBS Citizens, N.A. Financing of Mixed Use Project

01/08/2013   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Gary Markoff and Bethany Bartlett represented RBS Citizens on the financing of a mixed use project in Lowell, Massachusetts. For more... Read More »

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Amazon being pressed to collect sales tax in Massachusetts

11/21/2012   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

The Boston Globe reported on November 21, 2012 that the Patrick administration is pushing for to collect sales tax... Read More »

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How Green is my Dollar Tree?

11/19/2012   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

While shopping for socks the other day, I heard this announcement. “Did you know,” said the soothing female voice, “that... Read More »

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Negotiating Inclusions and Exclusions from Operating Expenses or Common Area Maintenance (CAM) Costs

11/07/2012   |   BY Gary D. Buchman

Most retail leases are so called triple net leases, in which Tenant pays its proportionate share of Insurance, Real Estate... Read More »

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Breaking Up Is So Very Hard To Do: The Importance of Shareholders’ Agreements

10/31/2012   |   BY Gary M. Markoff

“Make it easy on yourself”, the hit single by the Walker brothers, not only resonates with love struck couples, it... Read More »

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Maximizing Percentage Rent: Pointers for Landlords

10/25/2012   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

In exchange for creating a retail environment that increases the revenues of a tenant’s store, a landlord often negotiates for... Read More »

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Due Diligence – What commercial real estate lenders need to know when reviewing leases that affect their collateral

10/17/2012   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

While larger lending institutions may have experience with sophisticated commercial real estate loan transactions, community or regional lenders often do... Read More »

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Choosing Between Massachusetts and Delaware LLCs – A Practical Approach

10/11/2012   |   BY Joshua M. Bowman

The Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) has become the entity of choice for many owners and operators of commercial real estate,... Read More »