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  • Under construction

    The period of time after construction has started but before the certificate of occupancy has been issued.

  • Under contract

    The period of time after a seller has accepted a buyer's offer to purchase a property and during which the buyer is able to perform its due diligence and finalize financing arrangements. During this time, the seller is precluded from entertaining offers from other buyers.

  • Underwriter

    A company, usually an investment banking firm, that guarantees or participates in a guarantee that an entire issue of stocks or bonds will be purchased.

  • Unencumbered

    Property that is free of liens and other encumbrances.

  • Unimproved land

    Most commonly refers to land without improvements or buildings but also can mean land in its natural state.

  • Unrated classes

    Typically the most subordinated classes of CMBS.

  • UPREIT (umbrella partnership real estate investment trust)

    Organizational structure where a REIT's assets are owned by a holding company for tax purposes.

  • Usable square footage

    The area contained within the demising walls of the tenant space that equals the net square footage multiplied by the circulation factor.

  • Use

    The specific purpose for which a parcel or a building is intended to be used or for which it has been designed or arranged.