Cell tower buyouts

by don

Is it a good idea to sign a perpetual easement? I have a real problem with that phrase and what does that mean to me if we do agree?

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Sep 22, 2010
Cell Tower Buyouts and Perpetual Easements
by: Tower Genius

Thanks for the question Don, the perpetual easement is exactly what it says. While nothing is forever I like to tell folks the easement is for longer than your and my lifetime. The tower companies and lease buyout companies offering these lump sum cash buyouts are betting that the cell tower will be there for a long time.

Now a perpetual easement does not have to be a bad thing. Generally the big cell tower companies offering perpetual deals like Crown, American Tower and SBA have very deep pockets and can beat even the most aggressive tower management companies like Unison on these 99 year or perpetual deals.

However if you are NOT interested in something that is "forever" then look for a buyout proposal that is for less money but for a shorter term such as 10, 15 or 20 years. They will still cut you a decent check and you have the possibility of future cell tower rental payments.

We always tell landlords to hold onto the leases as long as they can and only sell them if you are going to use them for another investment or to pay down a mortgage. But if you need to sell remember that there are many ways to structure these deals -- and you may have only been offered one or two options.

Please call us at 888-313-9750 if you'd like us to evaluate the buyout offer you received.

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