CRE Terms to Know: Bay Depth

The distance between columns. (Synonyms: clear span, column spacing) Learn more at

CRE Terms to Know: Basis Points (BPs)

Values equal to one-hundredth of one percentage point. For example, 100 basis points = 1 percentage point. Learn more at

CRE Terms to Know: Available Space

The total amount of space that is currently being marketed for lease. It includes space that is vacant or also space that is currently occupied but will be vacant in the future. Available space can include both direct and sublet space. If sublet space is excluded from the calculation, the term “direct available space” is … Read more

CRE Terms to Know: Automobile Parking Ratio

A ratio calculated by comparing the number of automobile parking spaces at a project to the gross leasable area (GLA) of a building. This ratio is usually expressed in number of spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross leasable space. It varies by property use, with labor-intensive operations needing higher parking ratios. For example, a … Read more

CRE Terms to Know: Asking Rent

The amount asked by landlords for available space, expressed in dollars per square foot per year in most parts of the country (and per month in areas of California and other selected markets). (Synonym: face rate) Learn more at

CRE Terms to Know: Apron

The area, within the truck court, where trucks are parked for loading and unloading. This area will be paved with more durable material than will the rest of the truck court (e.g., concrete or other structural reinforcement vs. asphalt) to withstand the heavy loads being parked there Learn more at

CRE Terms to Know: Anchor Tenant

The primary and usually the largest tenant in a shopping center. Larger shopping centers may have more than one anchor tenant. Rent for anchor tenants is often significantly lower than rent for other tenants in a shopping center because they draw consumers to the center. Learn more at

CRE Terms to Know: Air Rights

A type of property interest referring to the “space” above land. Learn more at

CRE Terms to Know: Adaptive Reuse

A building converted to a different use in order to meet current demand. Examples include a factory converted to retail use or an office building converted to a school. (Also see conversion) Learn more at

CRE Terms to Know: Accelerator

A programming-based workplace designed to help startup companies grow more rapidly by providing them with technical and educational assistance, mentoring, networking opportunities and workspace. Learn more at