Retail Tragedy and Triumph

Prescott retail commercial real estateNo, the dark moments of 2008 are not yet behind us. The Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona retail markets appear to be booming…emphasis on “appear.”

Looks can be, and often are, deceiving. Our local retail shopping centers we may be repeating history by overbuilding in a flat market that cannot sustain the economic demands of retailers.

Hearing the Giant Sucking Sound

Prescott and Prescott Valley are now two distinct retail markets with minimal consumer crossover. Frontier Village was Yavapai County’s first major retail mall. Prior to its development consumers shopped at what was then called “Ponderosa Plaza” located on Gail Gardner Way between Willow Creek Road and Iron Springs Road. At this point in retail history, Prescott Valley was still in a state of retail infancy.

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Road Kill: Tenant Trough, Part 2

Here we are again, with time on our hands to engage in a little Commercial Real Estate Road Kill where we can shoot the breeze about CRE. This is a continuation of my rambling discussion about the current “The Tenant Trough” that is impacting office and retail owners.

This was shot while tooling down Interstate 40 between Flagstaff and Kingman, Arizona. It’s all part of a new feature for this blog entitled CRE Road Kill. Stay tuned for more CRE Road Kill.


Donald Teel is a Senior Associate and Principal with Arizona Commercial, an Arizona commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm, headquartered in Prescott, Arizona. Need more information? Please call 1-877-777-9100 or, if you prefer, you may email Donald Teel

Challenging Property Tax Values

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Posted by Donald Teel – Arizona Commercial

In today’s commercial investment environment, property taxes can be lethal. Many investors are still paying property taxes that are reflective of the market run-up of 2000-2006 and not necessarily on the current valuations of their investments.

The questions are what can you do about inflated tax valuations, where do you turn and more importantly, how can investors challenge property tax values successfully?
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Upon these Three the Deal Hinges

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Posted by Donald Teel, Arizona Commercial

Taking the guesswork out of commercial real estate investment requires more than a hope, a prayer and signature.

The genesis of commercial real estate investment is found in the analysis of the basic math surrounding the transaction. Costs, cash flow, depreciation, appreciation, money in and money out. Math is the science of the deal.

While the origin of commercial transactions is found in the science of basic mathematical functions, the art of performance is found in the crafting of the document; this is the model. Well crafted documents are extensions of the numbers and the intentions of the principals.

If there is to be any semblance of predictability of performance such must be memorialized and embedded in the language that constructs the investment, i.e., the purchase agreement or lease agreement.
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