A total of $26.3 billion of domestic, private-label CMBS was issued during the first quarter, up from $19.8 billion a year ago. Volumes were driven by the 18 single-borrower transactions totaling $12.5 billion, more than triple the $3.5 billion of such deals that were issued during the same time last year. Deutsche Bank remained comfortably at the top of the bookrunner ranking. But JPMorgan edged it out in the loan-contributor ranking.
The New England Teamsters and Industry Pension Fund is offering for sale 131 Dartmouth St., a 370,000-square-foot office and retail building in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. JLL has been hired to sell the property, which could sell for about $300 million, or $810.81/sf. That would result in a capitalization rate of about 5 percent.
KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, which four years ago moved into the CMBS arena by hiring a team of professionals who previously were with Citadel Securities, has started originating conduit loans. It's contributing 14 loans to an upcoming transaction and the company says it's committed to the sector.
Strategic Properties of North America, which recently paid $53 million, or $106,854 /unit for the 496-unit Meadows Apartment Homes complex in Lakemoor, Ill., is planning on making some $1.5 billion of apartment investments through 2018.
Freedom Mortgage Corp., among the more active residential lenders, has moved into the commercial mortgage business and aims to write up to $750 million of relatively small-balance loans this year that it would sell through the CMBS market. It's contributing nearly $30 million of loans to an upcoming deal.
TIAA-CREF has teamed with Norges Bank Investment Management to pay $307 million, or roughly $788.69/sf, for Republic Square I, a 389,252-square-foot office property in downtown Washington, D.C. The venture is assuming $185 million of debt that was provided two years ago by a group of lenders led by Morgan Stanley.
Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT I Inc. is now in its disposition phase and is putting a number of its properties up for sale. It's looking to sell three properties in the short term and would like to have its entire portfolio liquidated within the next two to three years. The company carries its assets on its balance sheet at a value of roughly $315 million.
Goldman Sachs Mortgage Co. has provided $345 million of financing against a portfolio of nine office properties in downtown Seattle with 1.6 million square feet owned by Martin Selig Real Estate. A big chunk of the loan was used to defease a $242 million loan that was securitized through JPMorgan Chase Commercial Mortgage Securities Corp., 2005-LDP5.
A venture of Moore Associates and Velocis Partners is in the market to sell two office properties with 174,797 square feet in suburban Austin, Texas. The two properties, Arboretum Atrium and Las Cimas I, are being offered through Transwestern.
Blue Vista Capital Management is seeking $400 million for a fund that would, like its predecessor, specialize in providing the so-called sponsor equity that is needed by operating partners to complete the purchase of properties in deals with larger institutional partners. The fund is aiming for returns of 17 percent to 19 percent.
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