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Grubb Secures 11% Loan Secured by Accounts Receivable

March 31, 2011

Tweet Been a while since I posted anything, but this was too good to pass up: Grubb & Ellis Company (GBE: 0.00 N/A) announced that it has received an $18 million financing commitment from private equity firm Colony Capital, LLC. In turn, the Los Angeles-based international investment firm has secured the right to negotiate exclusively […]

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40 Million Americans Receiving Food Stamps

May 10, 2010

Tweet 1 in 8 Americans is now receiving food stamps, a new record. Despite the economy purportedly adding jobs again, it is also adding to the number of people on food stamps. The USDA numbers show that 39.68M Americans were receiving food stamps in February, up 260,000 from January. And the problem is expected to […]

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Mark to Market: Sunnyvale R&D Trades For $40 PSF

May 7, 2010

Tweet Well there you go, $40 psf on a building, and less than $1M/acre for a Sunnyvale R&D project. We’re back to the lows of 2003 as far as land costs go when Gilbane acquired the 12-acre site of Kifer Commerce Park for about $19 psf. The purchase of 645 Almanor by Trumark sets a […]

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What The Market Told Us Today

May 6, 2010

Tweet We were told that a trader put in a “B” (for billion) instead of an “M” (for million). Then we’re told it was tied to the E-Mini futures. Let’s say we’re naive enough to believe the B vs M scenario is accurate. The total market capitalization of the US stock market is probably somewhere […]

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Roubini’s Back: “In A Few Days There Might Not Be A Eurozone”

April 28, 2010

Tweet The prolific Roubini is back! At the Milken Global Conference on a panel to discuss the Eurozone, Roubini indicated that “in a few days…there might not be a eurozone for us to discuss.” That certainly is an extreme view. But if you have been following the Greek debt crisis, one thing is certain, and […]

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Richard LeFrak on CNBC With a Wait and See Attitude

April 27, 2010

Tweet 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 […]

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JLL Squeezes Out a Profit in Q1

April 27, 2010

Tweet Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL: 143.14 -0.12%) posted earnings this afternoon and they managed to squeeze out a small profit in a continuing sign of stability in the brokerage business. The company reported a profit of $200,000, which although paltry, is a vast improvement from the $60M loss they posted a year ago for the […]

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Moody’s CPPI Index Down 2.6%

April 20, 2010

Tweet In our previous post we indicated that risk was back, alluding to our belief that many investors are likely getting ahead of themselves in believing that we’ve seen the worst of it. In a market where the government is willing to artificially provide support to markets at nearly any cost (debt), it ultimately leads […]

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Welcome Back Risk

April 19, 2010

Tweet For the past few months, it seems the bears have taken a back seat to a lot of bullishness, particularly in commercial real estate. A few months of rising prices, equity flowing everywhere, and a whole lot more buyers than sellers has made many investors feel that perhaps we’ve seen the worst of it. […]

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GS Whitehall Funds Down to Last $30M … From $1.8B!

April 16, 2010

Tweet And you thought that Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds were the only players in town who had an expertise in losing massive amounts of money. The Financial Times is reporting that Whitehall Street International, GS’s international REF has essentially been wiped out. The fund is down to its last $30m, from about $1.8bn, a […]

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