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Uncertainty Looms in Investment Real Estate

January 6, 2010

Tweet Robert Knakal has written an article for the Observer detailing the various mechanisms the FED has at its disposal to address liquidity in the market. Just reading the article gives me a headache. Not because it’s confusing, but because there are just so many variables now in play that it becomes nearly impossible to […]

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Shake Up in Brokerage – BT Splits From NAI

January 5, 2010

Tweet After undergoing a major re-branding from BT Commercial to NAI BT Commercial a few years ago, BT is making a move again. This time, it is joining up with some firms formerly associated with Colliers to create a new one named Cassidy Turley. BT Commercial is joining Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers, a D.C.-area real estate services […]

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The Invisible Hand: 18% of Personal Income From Handouts

January 5, 2010

Tweet David Rosenberg, the chief economist of Gluskin Sheff, and former Chief Economist for Merrill Lynch, has put out this chart. Take this back to normal levels, and then tell me what the real GDP and unemployment numbers are please… [via Business Insider]

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Credit Suisse Being Sued For High Loan-To-Value Loan

January 4, 2010

Tweet Credit Suisse is being sued in Montana for allegedly making loans based on inflated appraisals, so that it could take over when the debts couldn’t be repaid. Classic. This would set a pretty gnarly precedent if the lawsuit goes anywhere. Blixseth is suing for losses from his property at the Yellowstone Club in Montana, […]

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BAAQMD Seeking To Require Developers to Study Air Quality

January 4, 2010

Tweet The Mercury News reported yesterday on a proposal by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District that could require some housing developers to go study air quality as part of their entitlement process. According to the article, developments within 1,000 feet of major transportation corridors seem to be those affected. The air district already […]

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WSJ on San Francisco Real Estate

December 28, 2009

Tweet Nothing new here, but WSJ has an article focused in on the San Francisco office market. It’s a different kind of commercial-property slump from earlier this decade, however. While office rents collapsed after the dot-com bust, rents are holding steadier this time. Asking lease rates peaked at $67.73 a square foot in downtown San […]

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Jon Kanas on 2010 Bank Outlook and CRE

December 23, 2009

Tweet John Kanas, CEO of BankUnited was on CNBC providing his outlook for banks in 2010. Back in August, he was on CNBC and projected over 1,000 banks to fail over the next two years. He was back on recently, and his thoughts on the market have remained fairly unchanged. His thoughts are that commercial […]

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Investors Jostling for FDIC Assets

December 23, 2009

Tweet The FDIC has received over a dozen bids for a $1.1B pool of mortgage assets made by now-failed banks. This would mark the second largest sale of FDIC assets since Starwood’s acquisition of Corus Bank assets back in October. No word on how that deal is going, but the deals the FDIC is structuring […]

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Lembi’s East Coast Counterparts Go Bust

December 22, 2009

Tweet The NY Times has an article out about Dawnay Day, a British landlord who had a fairly similar M.O. that San Francisco’s Lembi Group had. It was then, after a meeting with a New York landlord at an art show in Miami, that the British firm plunked down $225 million for 47 rental buildings, […]

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CBRE Selling State of California Buildings For .08% Fee

December 18, 2009

Tweet The numbers speak for themselves. The six groups vying to handle the massive sale-leaseback transaction for the State of California were: CBRE, HFF, Eastdil Secured, Jones Lang LaSalle, Cushman & Wakefield, and The Palmer Team. The winning bidder was CBRE, whose bid was .08%. That’s right, one-twelfth of 1%. And they weren’t even the cheapest! […]

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