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Retail Squeeze: Retail Assets Fall Into Distress

January 6, 2010

InsideBayArea has an article out discussing some of the retail projects that have fallen into foreclosure. The projects listed include: Saigon Village LLC, owner of a Vietnamese-themed retail village that us proposed for Stevenson Boulevard between Cedar Boulevard and Albrae Street in Fremont, listed $18.5 million in mortgage debts and a property value of $24 […]

Shake Up in Brokerage – BT Splits From NAI

January 5, 2010

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 firm; […]

The Invisible Hand: 18% of Personal Income From Handouts

January 5, 2010

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]

Mervyn’s 365K SF Fremont Warehouse Sold

January 5, 2010

The 365,000 square foot Fremont warehouse which served as a distribution center for Mervyn’s, has reportedly been sold. We previously reported on the availability of the warehouse space back in February of ’09. The property is 365,000 square feet and sits on about 31.5 acres. It was reportedly sold for about $13M to Global Investors […]

A “Bloodbath” In Silicon Valley

January 5, 2010

Bloomberg is out with a hit piece on Silicon Valley’s office space market. More than 43 million square feet (4 million square meters) — the equivalent of 15 Empire State Buildings — stood vacant at the end of the third quarter, the most in almost five years, according to CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. San […]

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

January 4, 2010

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, developed […]

BAAQMD Seeking To Require Developers to Study Air Quality

January 4, 2010

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 has […]

Tribeca Forecloses on Lembi Buildings

December 30, 2009

The saga continues….Lembi subsidiary Trophy Properties has given several more properties back to Tribeca. Trophy Properties has lost a few more properties in the city and the peninsula. Some of the properties foreclosed on today as part of a loan originally made by UBS include: San Francisco 2642 Gough Street – 6 Units 2011 Sacramento […]

$30M For Circque De Soleil

December 29, 2009

The LA Times has an article out discussing the CIM Group and the investments and loans it has attracted. Locally, CIM has been a fairly active player in the region over the past few years. In San Jose it is known best for being part of the team behind Tower 88. This spring CIM Group […]

Giant On The Loose: UBS Seeking 800K SF in New York City

December 28, 2009

Bloomberg is reporting that UBS is out with a requirement for as much as 800,000 square feet in NYC. This would be a huge deal, though again is most likely not a deal which would be really accretive. UBS AG , Switzerland’s biggest bank, is searching for as much as 800,000 square feet of New […]

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