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Richard LeFrak on CNBC With a Wait and See Attitude

April 27, 2010

Richard LeFrak of the LeFrak Organization was on CNBC with Maria to discuss commercial real estate. He continues to be somewhat cautious and is taking a “wait and see” approach, though there is certainly more cautious optimism out of him. Echoing his comments, multifamily continues to be hot with investors scrambling to take a stab at any decent product. Not a week goes by where I don’t talk to at least one group who is looking to acquire apartment properties.

That said, the banks are increasing the rate at which they sell property, though the profile of asset certainly remains to be on the small side. This will undoubtedly move up the food chain over time, though the hope is that re-inflation will help manage losses. The government is certainly doing its part to help on that end, and I’m certain that while the Fed was pondering how to help preserve asset values last year, they felt it an easy decision to risk inflation rather than usher in deflation.

Still, if you look at the consumer, they are still under stress, particularly at the low-to-mid income levels. That is what ultimately will need to turn around to support a meaningful recovery, and the unemployment numbers reversing will drive that.



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joshua April 29, 2010


thank you for the honesty. apartments are merely ok. i have yet to see a really good apartment deal. the decent deals trade at caps that are damn near bubble levels (6.5% for class b in b areas of so cal). the truth is its the fannie mae financing that is being thrown out to buyers with little to no regard.

Los Angeles lofts May 5, 2010


As a development company in the Los Angeles area we have seen a pick up in leasing over the last six months or so. WHile prices remain down slightly, we are seeing a lot of new businesses being started and some growth of some existing tenants. We remain cautiously optimistic that the market has turned a corner for the better.

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