Seattle Commercial Real Estate Education

Buyer Services

The Foundation Group has the knowledge and experience to help you in making informative decisions when it comes to the buying process. We are with you from beginning to end and will make this an informative and rewarding process.

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Cap Rate

A discounting factor is used to place a value on the present worth of a future income stream. The selection of the cap rate reflects the  appraiser’s best judgment as to the quality, quantity and durability of the income stream to be generated.

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We usually hear the term underwriting used by insurance agents to justify the policy prices we are asked to pay. Some unknown person in their underwriting department figured out their loss percentage is “x”, therefore we have to pay “y”.

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Glossary of Terms

This section will help you get to know the terms being used on this website and the industry as a whole.

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The Seattle Apartment Investment Newsletter

How the new tax laws may affect commercial real estate values and investing, plus other commercial real estate news in this Winter 2018 issue.

Bellevue, not Seattle, tops new list of toughest places to build

The perception is that Seattle is the most challenging place in the Puget Sound region to develop real estate, but new data suggest this is not the case.

Seattle’s most patient developers plan “Missing Middle Housing”

Land in the city is too expensive to build affordable housing. Or is it? They’ve got a plan—and it could mean 1,000 new apartments for the workers who keep Seattle running.


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