Prudential Insurance Co. of America has provided a $225 million loan against 901 New York Ave. NW, a 539,679-square foot office property in the East End submarket of Washington, D.C. The loan takes out $151.2 million of debt that was held by MetLife.
Starwood Mortgage Capital has provided $85.5 million of financing against Chase Manhattan Centre, a 441,341-square-foot office property in downtown Wilmington, Del. The loan was used to defease, or replace with government securities, an $82.8 million CMBS loan that was securitized through Merrill Lynch Mortgage Trust, 2005-CKI1.
A $93.2 million CMBS loan against a 526,245-square-foot office property in the Las Colinas section of Irving, Texas, that's leased to NEC America Inc. has been paid off. The pay off, highlighted by Barclays Capital in a research brief yesterday, came as a surprise because the mortgage, which was securitized through JPMorgan Chase Commercial Mortgage Securities Corp., 2005-LDP5, was modified just four months earlier.
McDowell Properties has struck a deal to sell a portfolio of eight apartment properties with 2,571 units in the Charlotte, N.C., area for $215 million, or about $83,625/unit. The San Francisco apartment specialist had acquired the portfolio in 2007 from Equity Residential Properties Trust for $205 million, or roughly $79,736/unit.
Prudential Real Estate Investors is seeking $500 million of equity commitments for its fifth investment fund targeting the seniors-housing market. Senior Housing Partnership Fund V is a follow-up to a vehicle that raised $568 million and so far has generated a 7.43 percent internal rate of return.
Defeasance activity in the CMBS sector this year has hit a new post-market collapse high, with $16.2 billion of loans having been replaced with government securities, according to Trepp LLC. That compares with $11.8 billion for all of last year. The full-year tally could be as much as $1 billion higher when all is said and done as a few big-ticket loans get defeased in the coming weeks.
Just a year after raising $600 million of equity commitments for one value-add investment fund, Bridge Investment Group Partners, a Salt Lake City investment manager, is back in the market seeking up to $750 million for another vehicle. Its recently-launched ROC Multifamily & Commercial Office Fund III will pursue value-add and opportunistic investments.
KBS REIT III Inc. has agreed to pay $248 million, or $304.30/sf, for the Towers at Emeryville, an 815,018-square-foot office complex in Emeryville, Calif., which is across the bay from San Francisco. It's buying the three-building complex from a venture of LBA Realty and Starwood Capital Group that bought it four years ago for $130 million.
The $2.6 billion of financing that Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Barclays Bank and Column Financial have provided to facilitate NorthStar Realty Finance's acquisition of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Inc. includes both fixed- and floating-rate components. In addition, Credit Suisse is providing $351 million of financing under a loan denominated in Pounds Sterling.
Gramercy Property Trust has struck a deal to pay $399 million for a portfolio of 12 office, industrial and data-center properties with 2.7 million square feet from Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc. It is assuming $142 million of a $173.8 million CMBS loan against the properties, which are scattered among seven states, with a concentration in California.
REITs to be Reclassified into a New GICS Sector Noting the significant differences between public real estate and financial companies and how investors increasingly incorporate public real estate separately into asset allocation, MSCI and S&P this week announced plans to separate equity REITs and other listed real estate companies from financial services and to elevate the securities to a new...
REITs Focus on Organic Growth One of the themes to emerge from this week’s REIT World conference in Atlanta is a widespread focus on organic growth. Healthy real estate market fundamentals have brought new investors into the market and driven up asset prices. CEOs of some of the largest REITs noted that it has become more...
REITs Surge Ahead in Volatile October Market October was a volatile month for stocks. Nevertheless, REITs fared well during the month, driven at least in part by strong earnings announcements. Month-to-date through October 29th, the FTSE NAREIT All REIT Index climbed 6.94 percent, which far exceeded returns for the DJIA (-0.40 percent), the S&P 500 (0.62 percent), and...