Glossary of Terms

Underwriting

The process of evaluating the future performance of a property. Similar to an insurance underwriter, in the context of commercial real estate,

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Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)

As stated in the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, any income derived from a business activity that is not related to the tax-exempt purpose of the organization is subject to taxation. An exempt organization must file a Form 990-T if unrelated business income exceeds $1,000.

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Unsystematic Risk

The risk attributed to the assets of a single industry or company. Commonly referred to as “specific risk”, unsystematic risk is not correlated to the performance of the overall market. Examples of unsystematic risk include new competition, regulatory changes, fraudulent behavior by a company’s senior management, and union strikes.

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UPREIT

An Umbrella Partnership Real Estate Investment Trust (UPREIT) is a partnership formed between the owner of appreciated real estate and a

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Useable Square Footage

The space that is actually occupied by a tenant, typically equal to the size of the tenant’s suite, without deductions for columns or other

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