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Archive for March, 2013

Reading through your entire commercial lease in Phoenix can be daunting and intimidating. Before you sign on the dotted line, familiarize yourself with these six commercial real estate terms that may be discussed at the negotiating table.

Gross lease: A gross lease means the lessee (the person who wants to lease) pays a flat amount for rent, and the landlord agrees to pay expenses, such as property taxes, insurance, and maintenance. This type of lease is more common with apartment and home renters.

Net lease: In this type of agreement, the tenant must pay some or all of the property expenses in addition to rent. If you are a small business owner, a net lease could add up quickly due to property taxes, building insurance, maintenance, and other expenses.

Full-service rent: This “all-inclusive” rent might include operating costs, common area maintenance fees, real-estate taxes, and more. Before signing your commercial lease in Phoenix, make sure to find out if your total cost only accounts for the basic shell of the office or if it covers others fees as well.

Non-compete clause: This clause prevents landlords from leasing space in the same building to direct competitors or companies operating the same type of business. If you are in an industry that expects a lot of walk-in traffic, consider having this clause added to your lease to reduce competition.

Common area maintenance (CAM): With CAM fees, the tenant is charged additional rent to maintain the common areas used by all other tenants. This could include landscaping, snow removal, insurance, and property tax. CAM fees can be charged in fixed installments or from time-to-time as major repairs are needed. Check your lease to see if CAM fees are variable or fixed, as well as whether or not there is an annual maximum that your company can be charged.

Tenant improvements: These are improvements made for or by a tenant to the interior of the leased space. If the office space you are researching could use some changes or upgrades, it may be worth negotiating these costs with the landlord to see if they would be willing to work with you.

Whether you rent a property from us or another real estate firm, Camroad Properties wants you to feel confident when it comes time to sign your lease. Knowing these common terms will help you better understand the leasing process and stay in control of your negotiations.

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Written by: Savannah Ivanitski

Providing health insurance to employees can be challenging for small businesses in an Arizona commercial office. On average, businesses that employ fewer than 50 people pay about 18% more than their larger counterparts for the same health insurance policy. In addition, many small businesses lack the purchasing power that larger employers have. The Affordable Care Act that will go into effect in 2014 intends to change this disparity, so smaller businesses will enjoy tax credits and have the ability to shop in an Affordable Insurance Exchange in the near future.

Let’s take a closer look at the current and future benefits of the Affordable Care Act, as well as its effects on small businesses:

Small business tax credit: Small businesses, including those with an Arizona commercial office, can qualify for a tax credit of up to 35% to offset the cost of health insurance. In order to qualify, businesses must have fewer than 25 employees, pay less than $50,000 in annual wages, and provide health insurance for their staff. Starting in 2014, the small business tax credit will increase to 50% for qualifying employers.

Early Retiree Reinsurance Program: This program is designed to provide financial help for small firms who carry retirees (ages 55-64) on their health insurance plans. This program reduces health costs for employers and also lowers the cost of premiums for all employees.

Affordable Insurance Exchange: Beginning in 2014, small businesses with 100 employees or less can shop in an Exchange, a new marketplace where small businesses and individuals can buy affordable health care plans. As a result, all businesses (regardless of size) will have better choices and lower prices on health insurance.

Employer Responsibility Policy: With the new Employer Responsibility Policy, firms with more than 50 full-time employees will be required to offer affordable health coverage. Companies could be subject to a hefty fee If they don’t abide by these regulations and one of their full-time employees receives a premium tax credit for purchasing insurance coverage through one of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges.

With the Affordable Care Act going into effect, roughly 4 million small businesses nationwide could qualify for a new tax credit this year, which could mean billions of dollars in relief over the next ten years.

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Written by: Savannah Ivanitski


As dedicated commercial real estate professionals, all of us at Camroad Properties pride ourselves on operating office buildings to the highest industry standards. This translates into consistently high occupancy rates, and tenant retention rates averaging over 80% in all of our Arizona commercial real estate properties. As local owner-operators, you can rely on Camroad Properties to provide the best leasing opportunities for quality office space in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe. Our knowledge of Arizona commercial real estate and our ability to react promptly to our clients' office space requirements is our specialty. We can customize office suites to fit any of your commercial real estate needs.
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