Commercial Real Estate Terms – G


General Contractor: The prime contractor who contracts for the construction of an entire building or project, rather than just a portion of the work. The general contractor hires subcontractors, coordinates all work and is responsible for payment to subcontractors.

General Partner: A member of a partnership who has authority to bind the partnership and shares in the profits and losses of the partnership

Going-in Capitalization Rate:
The capitalization rate computed by dividing the projected first year’s net operating income by the value of the property

Graduated Lease: A lease, generally long-term in nature, in which rent varies depending upon future contingencies

Grant: To bestow or transfer an interest in real property by deed or other instrument

Grantee: One to whom a grant is made

Grantor: The person making the grant

Gross Building Area
: The sum of areas at each floor level, including basements, mezzanines and penthouses included within the principal outside faces of the exterior walls and neglecting architectural setbacks or projections

Gross Investment in Real Estate (historic cost): The total amount of equity and debt invested in real estate investments, including the gross purchase price, all acquisition fees and costs, plus subsequent capital improvements, less proceeds from sales and partial sales

Gross Leasable Area: The portion of total floor area designed for tenants’ occupancy and exclusive use, including storage areas. It is the total area that produces rental income.

Gross Lease: A lease in which the tenant pays a flat sum for rent out of which the landlord must pay all expenses such as taxes, insurance, maintenance, utilities, etc.

Gross Real Estate Asset Value: The market value of the total real estate investments under management in a fund or individual accounts. It typically includes the total value of all equity positions, debt positions and joint venture ownership positions, including the amount of any mortgages or notes payable related to those assets.

Gross Real Estate Investment Value: The market value of real estate investments held in a portfolio without regard to debt, equal to the total of real estate investments as shown on a statement of assets and liabilities on a market-value basis

Gross Returns: Returns generated from the operation of real estate without dilution for adviser or manager fees

Ground Rent: Rent paid to the owner for use of land, normally on which to build a building. Generally, the arrangement is that of a long-term lease (e.g. 99 years) with the lessor retaining title to the land.

Guarantor: One who makes a guaranty

Agreement whereby the guarantor assures satisfaction of the debt of another or performs the obligation of another if and when the debtor fails to do so

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