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Last month I saw Bruce Springsteen performing his Broadway show (Covid vaccine card and masks required). At one point during the performance, Bruce recalls what life was like at 19 years of age. We all know that age is a time of transition. It is when we either ...

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Reconfiguring Your Existing Real Estate for Office Re-entry

Although remote work offers some advantages to employees, there are many benefits to returning to the office. For example, collaboration is more straightforward, technical issues aren’t as big of a worry, and being together in the same building inspires a stronger ...

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New Technologies that Make Running Your Business Easier

It seems every week we’re presented with a new piece of business technology that’s designed to be the latest and greatest and dramatically improve our lives. With technology being a $5 trillion industry, we’re constantly inundated with updates and innovations. It ...

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Mid-Year 2021 Broker Commercial Real Estate Insights

Exclusive content for Kenwood Investors. 

Since it’s mid-year 2021, we wanted to provide you with some different perspectives about the various leasing markets where our properties are located and how these markets are performing now compared with ...

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes Made When Signing a Commercial Lease

For any first-time small business owner, signing a commercial lease is a crucial decision that deserves a considerable amount of careful thought, in-depth research, and advice from someone — such as a lawyer — that understands the ins and outs of commercial ...

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Kenwood’s Investor Summer Reading List

As we all take a deep breath from 2020 and enjoy all that summer has to offer in 2021, it is time to unwind and think about simpler things. The days are longer, the weather warmer, and the air is filled with the smells of the ocean and barbecues, and the sounds of ...

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Kenwood’s Business Summer Reading List

Vacations, sunshine, bug spray, sunscreen, longer days, blooming flowers. There are dozens of staples and traditions that remind us of summertime. For many business owners, summer marks the season for reflection and recharge. It’s a time that we dedicate to ...

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The Value of Internal Rates of Return

Investors frequently ask us what metric is the best to analyze and valuate a real estate opportunity. At Kenwood, we utilize multiple models to underwrite each acquisition. However, we find that, compared to other models, the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) captures ...

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Common Area Maintenance Expenses

As a tenant you have most likely discovered that common area maintenance expenses (CAM) are often one component of your total monthly rent. However, many tenants simply pay the amounts billed on their monthly statement without fully understanding what is included ...

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Lessons from Basketball: Recruiting and Retaining Talent within Your Business

For the 2021-2022 season in the NBA, only 10% of players were traded to another team. Meanwhile, at least 30% of your employees are ...

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Four Factors to Consider Before Signing a Commercial Property Lease Agreement

The day has come. Your home office has finally become too cramped. You’ve crammed two new employees into your house and your garage is swollen with product inventory.

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The new playbook for business management

Sports are not unlike business. In fact, sports metaphors can be seen throughout the business world from the “game plan” to the “home run” to the “slam dunk.” Even if you’re not a fan, you can’t deny the influence of organized competitive sports.

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Resources Round Up: For Tenants

Here at Kenwood Management, we strive to build a strong community for all of our tenants. When you lease from us, we go beyond just providing the space. Our goal is to expand the typical tenant-landlord relationship. We endeavor to enhance our tenant’s businesses ...

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What’s The Purpose of a Tenant Estoppel?

Kenwood recently completed its second property sale in its 24-year history. As part of the normal sale process and the due diligence performed by the buyer, we were required to provide an estoppel certificate for each tenant to execute.

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Cap Rates – The Misunderstood Valuation Metric

I was recently talking with a few potential investors about three different investment properties. In each situation, the first question they asked me was, “What was the cap rate?” Although many may think this is a natural question when evaluating a real estate ...

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Do You Have a Go-Giver Culture?

We've all got a TBR (to be read) pile, but what about a TBRA (to be read AGAIN) pile? Here at Kenwood Management, there’s a copy of Bob Burg’s book Go-Giver on all of our bookshelves, and we end up reading it again... and again.

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REITs vs. Private Syndications: The Best Investment Model for You

If you are similar to many investors, you recognize the long-term value of real estate, and you want to diversify your portfolio, but you don’t want to be a landlord. The idea of collecting rents, paying the bills, and responding to tenant calls isn’t very ...

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2020 Employment Law Updates Every Business Needs to Know

Just in time for the end of the year, Kenwood Management Company hosted a webinar on the 2020 Employment Law Updates that business owners need to know. Hosted by Meredith S. Campbell, Esq. of Shulman Rogers, the webinar was offered as an exclusive benefit to ...

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Five Additional Essential Criteria for Analyzing Your Real Estate Investment

Recently, a business owner I was talking to asked me about the benefits of investing in real estate as a way to diversify her portfolio. After explaining some of the fundamental advantages of real estate over stocks and bonds, I wanted to expand the conversation. ...

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Thriving Through Adversity: Part 3

Adversity is a healthy part of life and business, and something that should be welcomed with a warm embrace. To truly thrive through your adversities, it is important to start by assessing yourself and your business environment. ...

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Five Essential Criteria for Analyzing Your Real Estate Investment

I was recently talking with a business owner who had a stock and bond portfolio. She also owned the building where her company was headquartered and recognized the inherent long-term value of real estate and its stability as investment, but really didn’t know ...

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Thriving Through Adversity: Part 2

Culture isn’t just a buzzword. Culture attracts ideal candidates to your organization. Culture retains your top talent. Culture creates a frictionless energy that propels your company forward towards its mission and vision.

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Advantages of Real Estate in Creating a Well-Balanced Portfolio

Investing in real estate can be a scary and uncertain process for many people. There are so many considerations to evaluate and many questions that need to be understood and answered. Although those issues may appear daunting, there are significant advantages in ...

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Thriving Through Adversity: Part 1

The four phases of the business cycle — expansion, peak, contraction (recession), and trough — are only one way to look at the evolution of a business. Contraction and recession are often positioned as something that we endure, but these shifts are inherent to ...

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The Kenwood Community

The Kenwood Community philosophy is based on the fundamental concept that by expanding the Landlord-Tenant relationship beyond its typically known role (Landlord provides space and Tenant pays rent), we can enhance our tenant’s businesses as well as the ...

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Cope Corrales COVID-19 Business Survival Tips

Kenwood Management Company has launched a monthly lunch-and-learn webinar series that offers tips, insights, and helpful content focused on a variety of pertinent topics. Lunch-and-learn webinars have included human resources in the ...

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Investment Perspective — Kenwood's Historical Real Returns vs. S&P 500

Most investors want a high rate of return along with a low level of risk. Stocks (Equities), mutual funds, and real estate are investment vehicles that investors often consider. These options can provide positive long-term returns. However, investing in commercial ...

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The Future of Office Work Environments in a Post-Coronavirus World

“Marty, we’re going back to the future.” I don’t think that when Doc Brown made that memorable and iconic statement in the 1985 movie Back to the Future, the writers could have predicted the coronavirus pandemic 35 years hence. Those words will define some aspects ...

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Coronavirus and Its Impact on Commercial Real Estate Investments

Uncertainty in the economy reminds all investors of the importance of diversifying their investment portfolio. It also represents a time to remember that the landlord-tenant relationship isn’t one-sided. It is a dynamic one where both parties need to work together ...

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The Tenant Improvement Process — From Design to Substantial Completion

When the day finally arrives and you are ready to sign a lease agreement with your landlord, you feel excited to begin a new chapter for your business. Negotiations went well, you are comfortable with the lease terms, and you are ready to celebrate in your new ...

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COVID-19 Federal, State, & Local Resources

Kenwood's main priority during this unique and challenging time is to support our tenants, local businesses, and the community. We understand the difficult nature of today's economical climate. To help your organization find solutions, our team compiled a list of ...

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Kenwood Management Cleaning for Office Tenants in Response to COVID-19

Kenwood Management understands that this is an incredibly challenging time for our tenants. Just know that we are here for you and are working hard to provide solutions. We value the Kenwood Community immensely, which is why we will continue to invest in your ...

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March Madness – The Sweet 16 of Real Estate Decision Making

I am often asked by our real estate investors one of the following questions: 

  • How do we determine what properties to invest in? 
  • What is our acquisition vetting process like? 
  • What are the analytics we ...

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Why Is Reviewing A Prospective Tenant's Financials Necessary?

Prospective Tenants often question the reason that a Landlord wants to review their financial situation when they are considering leasing space. Prospective Tenants sometimes feel offended and don’t fully understand the connection ...

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What's the Purpose of a Leasing Letter of Intent?

When prospective commercial Tenants are looking to lease space, there are many questions to answer and unknowns to contemplate. How much space is needed? How many offices, workstations, and conference rooms are desirable? What is the monthly rent?  When will ...

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Office Transition Made Easier: Tips for Navigating Your Office Upgrade

As a business owner, you know when you’ve outgrown your current office space. You have employees tripled up in a single office, interns working in the hallway, and an outdated color scheme or layout that is ...

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Understanding the Tenant Improvement Construction Process

Tenant and property owner relations can be a bit tricky at times. There are so many aspects of a lease for both parties to acknowledge and Read More

How To Negotiate A Commercial Lease

Your business is growing. That tentative, short-term lease you signed might have been ideal when you were trying to get your business off the ground, but now it’s time to look at a commercial property that further meets your needs as your business blooms.

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5 Steps to Prepare for Signing a Commercial Lease

Understanding the mechanics of commercial leases is very important to managing business risks. You always need to read the fine print, understand what you’re committing to, and plan your exit strategy well in advance.

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Why Multi-tenant Properties Offer Better Risk-Reward Ratios Than Single Tenant Properties

A multi-tenant property, by definition, has more than one tenant. Lease terms are generally shorter than those found in a single tenant leased property and can typically range from 3–10 years. A multi-tenant property also has a number of benefits from an ...

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Commercial Property Analysis - Financial Factors to Consider

Certain criteria must be analyzed to effectively assess the value, potential risks, and rewards of different real estate investment opportunities. Simply utilizing the old adage “location, location, location” is often too simplistic in evaluating income-producing ...

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Is a Single Tenant Property Right for You?

Single Tenant Properties may look like an attractive investment, but is that really the case?

A single tenant property, by definition, is leased to one tenant for some time period. The lease term could be relatively short (5 years or less) or long (10 ...

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