go back to CRE Tech home page

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Unlock Smarter Real Estate Decisions with Comparative Lease Analysis Reports

As a commercial real estate professional, you know that every decision needs to be backed by data and careful analysis. When evaluating potential lease opportunities, having the right information at your fingertips is critical to making informed choices that protect and guide your clients.

That's where comparative lease analysis reports come into play. These powerful yet easy-to-understand reports give you a complete picture of multiple lease scenarios side-by-side, allowing you to assess the financial implications of each option objectively.

What is a Comparative Lease Analysis Report?

A comparative lease analysis report breaks down the key details of different potential leases, including:

    - Lease term and rent concessions

    - Rentable and usable square footage 

    - Base rent, expenses, and effective rental rates

    - Tenant improvement allowances and costs

    - Leasing commissions

    -Calculations of total lease value and effective rates

By presenting this data across multiple properties in a standardized format, these reports allow you to compare leases apples-to-apples. You can quickly identify the most favorable terms, costs, and projected returns for your situation.

Sample image of a comparative lease analysis

Why Commercial Real Estate Pros Need Comparative Analyses

In today's competitive market, having an in-depth comparative analysis is non-negotiable when making leasing decisions. Here are some key reasons why:

Download a Comparative Lease Analysis - Landlord
1. Apples-to-Apples Comparisons: Different properties quote rates using different methodologies. These reports harmonize the data to create a level playing field for comparison.

2. Identify Hidden Costs: Rent is just one piece of the puzzle. These reports surface and quantify all the ancillary costs so there are no surprises.

Download a Comparative Lease Analysis - Tenant

3. Maximize Returns: By understanding the true costs and rate implications, you can select the option that delivers the highest return on investment.

4. Negotiate Better Deals: Armed with full comparative market data, you have more leverage to negotiate favorable terms that reduce your costs.

5. Streamlined Analysis: Rather than manually building spreadsheets, these reports instantly crunch all the numbers for you in a presentation-ready format.

In commercial real estate, making uninformed decisions can lead to millions in potential losses or missed opportunities. TheAnalyst PRO's Comparative lease analysis revolutionizes your ability to evaluate scenarios, clarify costs, and optimize returns with confidence.

The Bottom Line

Whether you're a landlord looking to maximize property revenue or a tenant seeking to minimize occupancy costs, including comparative lease analysis in your decision process is a best practice for success. With clear, insightful reporting, you'll gain the comprehensive perspective needed to make smarter real estate moves that pay dividends.

Want to see TheAnalyst PRO in action?

Schedule a demo with one of our fantastic team members today!

Schedule a demo button

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

TheAnalyst® PRO vs. Argus vs. Excel

Are you looking to analyze a commercial real estate asset? 

You have a few options:

You could open a blank Excel spreadsheet, sign up for Argus, or bring up TheAnalyst PRO on the device in your hand.

Let's take a look at each of these options in more detail.

You could use Excel, the same software most folks have been using since 1985. But you know Excel is time consuming, requires complicated formulas, and is incredibly susceptible to human error.

Argus, on the other hand, offers an array of financial analytics, but it comes with an extremely expensive annual subscription and a steep learning curve

So, what about TheAnalyst PRO?

Unlike Excel and Argus, TheAnalyst PRO offers a more efficient yet flexible solution, with easy data entry and fully customizable options for income, expenses, reimbursements, financing, and more! 

Its intuitive interface allows users to quickly input data and generate comprehensive reports without the need for complex formulas or extensive training.

Moreover, TheAnalyst PRO provides a comprehensive view of any investment scenario allowing you to instantly create:

  • Portfolio Analyses and Comparative Investment Reports
  • Comparative Lease Analyses
  • 5 and 10 Year Discounted Cash Flow Reports
  • 1 Year Pro Forma
  • Lease Vs. Own Analyses
  • ...and so much more!

Whether you're evaluating leases, assessing potential risks, or exploring different investment options, TheAnalyst PRO empowers you with the insights you need to make informed decisions.

Additionally, TheAnalyst PRO offers a wide range of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that go far beyond basic financial metrics, providing a comprehensive analysis of any property's financial performance.

From Price Sensitivity and Optimal Holding Period, to Weighted Average Lease Expiry (WALE) and Tenant Rollover analysis, TheAnalyst PRO equips you with the tools you need to evaluate deals with confidence.

Overall, TheAnalyst PRO stands out as a more efficient, user-friendly, and cost-effective solution for analyzing real estate deals compared to Excel and Argus. It saves you time, improves accuracy, and empowers users of all backgrounds to make smarter investment decisions.

Get started with this amazing platform today! Sign up for a demonstration with one of our amazing team members and see how
TheAnalyst PRO can revolutionize your CRE business!

Sign up here!

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Unleash the Power of Investment Analysis with TheAnalyst PRO’s Cutting-Edge Comparison Reports

Investment Analysis Comparison Reports

As a savvy commercial real estate investor or professional, you know that making informed decisions is key to maximizing returns and mitigating risk. That's where TheAnalyst PRO’s game-changing Investment Analysis Comparison Report comes into play, revolutionizing the way you evaluate and compare potential real estate investments.

What is an Investment Analysis Comparison Report?

TheAnalyst PRO’s Investment Analysis Comparison Report is a powerful tool that provides a comprehensive, side-by-side analysis of multiple commercial real estate investment opportunities. With a wealth of data and metrics at your fingertips, you can effortlessly compare various properties, assess their financial performance, and make data-driven decisions that align with your investment goals.

Why is it Valuable for Commercial Real Estate Practitioners?

1. Comprehensive Analysis

With only a handful of inputs, TheAnalyst PRO® creates a detailed report that delves into a multitude of crucial factors, including acquisition costs, debt service, CAP rates, cash-on-cash returns, purchase price per square foot or unit, loan-to-value ratios, debt service coverage ratios, and more. This wealth of information empowers you to evaluate investments from multiple angles.

2. Leverage Analysis

One of the standout features of this incredible report is its Impact of Leverage Analysis, which examines how leverage affects your potential returns. By understanding the effective cost of borrowed funds and the impact on equity yields, you can optimize your financing strategies and maximize your investment's performance.

3. Projected Performance

TheAnalyst PRO doesn't just focus on acquisition; this analysis also provides a 5-year or 10-year cash flow and sales proceeds comparison, complete with projected sales prices and property yields (IRRs) with and without financing. This forward-looking perspective allows you to anticipate future performance and make informed hold or sell decisions.

4. Streamlined Decision-Making

TheAnalyst PRO creates incredibly sharable and presentable reports. With all the critical information neatly organized and presented in a clear, concise format, you and your clients can quickly and efficiently compare investment opportunities, saving valuable time and effort in the decision-making process.

5. User-Friendly Interface

TheAnalyst PRO’s intuitive online platform makes it easy to generate these powerful reports with just a few clicks, eliminating the need for complex spreadsheets or manual calculations.

At TheAnalyst PRO, we understand the importance of making data-driven decisions in the ever-evolving commercial real estate landscape. That's why we've developed this cutting-edge Investment Analysis Comparison Report, designed to empower you with the insights and tools necessary to make informed, confident investment choices.

Embrace the future of commercial real estate investing and unlock the full potential of your portfolio with our game-changing Investment Analysis Comparison Report. Contact us today to learn more about how our innovative solutions can propel your success to new heights.

View a sample comparison report:

Schedule a demo of TheAnalyst PRO with one of our amazing team members today!

Monday, February 12, 2024

What to Look for in a CRE Platform

Top Five Things to Look for in a Commercial Real Estate Software Package

It seems like there are a myriad of options when it comes to tools for your commercial real estate brokerage. In this article, we explore the top five things you should consider when you are looking for new tools. Consider these aspects when you're shopping around, whether you are a one person shop or have an office with dozens of agents.

1. Ease of Use

Do your tools work for you or against you?

The best technology simplifies rather than complicates your tasks. 

The interface should be intuitive, with a short learning curve, allowing you to navigate effortlessly through its features. If you find yourself spending excessive time trying to figure out how to perform basic functions, it's a sign that the platform may not be the right fit for your business.

TheAnalyst PRO was designed from the ground up to be user friendly and immediately usable by absolutely anyone with knowledge of Commercial Real Estate. Each screen of the system is instantly understandable with straightforward inputs. Should users have questions regarding any aspect of the system, a tutorial video is available for nearly every aspect of the platform. 

2. Reputation

What are people saying about the platform?

Reputation speaks volumes about the reliability and effectiveness of any software platform. 

Before making a decision, research the platform's standing within the industry. Seek recommendations from colleagues, read reviews, and evaluate testimonials to gauge its track record. Opt for platforms with a proven history of success, as they are more likely to deliver the results you expect. And consider their actual knowledge of the Commercial Real Estate industry.

For over 13 years, TheAnalyst PRO has faithfully served all of our users, whether they are industry leaders with CCIM and SIOR designations or newcomers just starting out in Commercial Real Estate. The founders are your colleagues and have decades of knowledge and practicing in the industry. Ask around, we're confident that our commitment to excellence and innovation will be confirmed. 

3. Versatility

Are all of your needs met with one system?

A top-notch commercial real estate platform should offer versatility, catering to various aspects of your business. 

Whether you're representing sellers, analyzing leases for end users, or managing a portfolio of assets, the platform should provide a robust set of features to support your diverse needs. Look for a platform that offers comprehensive array of tools to ensure it adapts seamlessly to your workflow.

TheAnalyst PRO has tools for every job. From sophisticated financial analytics to complete due diligence packages and comprehensive offering memorandums, TheAnalyst PRO streamlines every aspect of your business. 

4. Improvement

Do your tools evolve with your business?

Innovation is key to staying ahead in the competitive Commercial Real Estate industry. 

Choose a platform that continually evolves and improves over time. This includes regular updates, feature enhancements, and responsive customer support. A platform committed to innovation demonstrates its dedication to meeting the evolving needs of its users, ensuring you always have access to cutting-edge tools and technologies.

TheAnalyst PRO has continued to evolve since its inception as an iPhone app all the way back in 2011. Within the last year, TheAnalyst PRO has integrated ChatGPT functionality, built an entire admin dashboard, and created a system for displaying your entire office's inventory of listings on your firm's website. 

5. Collaboration

Your tools shouldn’t stifle your team.

Effective collaboration is essential for success in commercial real estate. 

Look for a platform that facilitates seamless collaboration among team members, clients, and stakeholders. Features such as the sharing of files, adding team members to multiple reports, and admin controls can enhance teamwork and productivity

TheAnalyst PRO has collaboration and cooperation baked into every aspect of the platform. Easily share input files with team members, allowing them to make modifications to financial analytics and marketing packages. Effortlessly add multiple team members and their contact information to Offering Memorandums and property websites allowing clients to reach everyone involved. 

Are you looking for a better toolkit for your commercial real estate business? We're confident our platform can help you meet your greatest challenges

Schedule a demo with one of our amazing team members today!

Schedule a demo here!

Monday, January 29, 2024

Maximize Your Team's Efficiency with TheAnalyst PRO!

Utilizing TheAnalyst® PRO for Groups

TheAnalyst® PRO is the perfect tool for brokerage offices and teams of CRE professionals. In this article, we will share the top 4 ways to collaborate with your colleagues. 

1. Adding a Team Member to  Offering Memorandums

2. Sharing Input Files with Colleagues 

3. Manage Agents and Listings within your Company's Admin Dashboard

4. Create a Website Listing Widget

1. Adding a Team Member to an Offering Memorandum

Within TheAnalyst® PRO, you are able to add your team members and their contact information to Offering Memoranda and Property Websites. This can be accomplished on the last page of the "Generate Package Report" section as seen below:

Adding Team Members to Reports

When clicking the "Add Team Members" button, you will be prompted to enter the email address associated with your colleague's account. After the email address is entered, your colleague will receive an email asking for their consent to be added to your team and future reports. Only after consent is given, will your colleague's information populate on reports and websites. 

This process only needs to be completed once and your team member's information will be saved for future reports. 

2. Sharing Input Files with Colleagues 

You can share the input files to any financial analysis with any other member of TheAnalyst® PRO. This will allow your colleague to run the same reports or make their own modifications.

To begin this process, simply find the report within the Investment Analysis section. Hover your mouse over the cog wheel next to the name of the report you would like to share. You will then see a menu pop up that will list "Share Inputs". After clicking "Share Inputs", a box will appear, asking for the email associated with your colleague's account. Enter their email address and click "Send".

Sharing Inputs

Once you send the file, your colleague will receive an email with a link to open the analysis. After clicking this link, your colleague will be prompted to store the file within their own account. 

3. Manage Agents and Listings within the Admin Dashboard

The Admin Dashboard and Control Panel is available to groups of three or more subscribers to TheAnalyst® PRO. This dashboard allows a single admin to manage each of the accounts within the group and any associated listings with those accounts. 

To access the dashboard, go to: www.theanalystpro.com/ofcadmin

From here, you will be prompted for the email and password of the admin account. 

After signing in, you will be brought to the dashboard showing recent reports run by all members, A graphical breakdown of listing statuses, and a chart of the members with the most active listings. 

Admin Dashboard

Admins can add and remove members from the "Members" page. Admins are also able to access each member's listings and account settings from the "Members" page.

Members Page

The "Properties" page is where admins can view and search for all current listings held by all members of the group. A breakdown of current listings can also be downloaded in .csv format by clicking the gray box in the top right corner. 

Properties Page

4. Create a Website Listing Widget

Finally, admins can create a Website Listing Widget from the "Listing Feed Widget" page as seen below:

Widget Creation

Multiple versions of the widget can be created to show the entire office's inventory of listings or the listings of smaller groups of agents within the office. To ensure the widget is set up just the way you want, click the "Preview" button to get a live look at your listing feed. 

Widget Preview

TheAnalyst® PRO is by far the best tool for brokerage offices and CRE professionals! Using these tools will allow you and your colleagues to get the most out of your accounts.

Are you and your team not currently subscribed? Jump on a Zoom call with one of our fantastic team members to see all of these features and more in action. Schedule a demo today!

Schedule a demo!

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Thirteen Years and Counting With TheAnalyst PRO

How Far We've Come 

We started this journey all the way back in 2011

During our humble beginnings, we launched TheAnalyst exclusively on the iPhone via the app store. Little did we know that our little app would grow into a comprehensive and robust set of CRE tools. 

In 2014 -
we continued to build out our fundamental tool kit with FEMA Floodplain, FBI Crime, and proprietary Environmental Analysis Reports for any property in the USA. This complete due diligence package is essential to get the full view of a property's health and viability. 

In 2015 -
we released TheAnalyst "PRO" across every major platform including web, iOS, and Android. Today, TheAnalyst PRO is available natively on all your devices including iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, and your laptop. 

In 2018 -
we revealed our Commercial Property Tour and Rating System to the world. This incredibly innovative tool allows buyer and tenant representatives to map the most efficient route between sites and holistically analyze subjective and objective site characteristics side by side. This tool is vital to anyone showing properties to end users. 

In 2019 -
we revolutionized the way CRE practitioners create listing presentations and Offering Memorandums. In as little as 15 minutes, you can create a comprehensive OM with a complete due diligence package and ESRI demographics

In 2023 -
we integrated ChatGPT allowing you to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence to instantly create beautifully written property descriptions and overviews

We welcome you to join us on this fantastic journey as we have amazing things planned for 2024

Want to take the first step? Schedule a demonstration with one of our amazing team members today!

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Profitable CRE Insights


CRE Training Exclusive

BPOs and KPIs Simplified with TheAnalyst PRO

In this training session, we focus on using TheAnalyst PRO to perform Price Analysis, a crucial step in determining a Broker Price Opinion (BPO) that reflects the true market value of your commercial property. We provide a step-by-step walkthrough, ensuring you gain a comprehensive understanding of this essential aspect of the CRE industry.

But that's not all! We will also delve into the top key performance indicators (KPIs) that every savvy real estate investor should be well-versed in. These KPIs include:

1. Cash-on-Cash Return: Learn how to analyze the cash flow generated by your investment relative to the initial capital investment, providing you with insights into your property's profitability.
2. Internal Rate of Return (IRR): Understand how IRR can help you evaluate the potential return on your investment over time, factoring in the time value of money.
3. Equity Yield: Discover how to calculate the percentage return on your equity investment, allowing you to compare it to alternative investment opportunities.
4. Equity Multiple: Gain insights into the overall performance of your investment by measuring the ratio of total returns to the total equity invested.
5. Weighted Average Lease Expiry (WALE): Explore the significance of WALE in assessing the risk and stability of your property's income stream.
6. Optimal Holding Period: Learn to identify the ideal duration for holding your commercial property to maximize returns and minimize risks.
7. Impact of Leverage: Understand the effects of leveraging your investments, including how it can amplify returns and risks.
Elevate and refresh your commercial real estate (CRE) investment game and make informed decisions that lead to profitable transactions with TheAnalyst PRO. Watch the training today!

Visit TheAnalyst PRO's exclusive Training Center for this and many other CRE Training Sessions.

to your account today to access the recording.

To learn more about how TheAnalyst PRO can help turbocharge your business, reach out for a live demo.