Morgan Stanley has provided a $108 million loan against Harlem USA, a 285,000-square-foot retail property in Harlem, N.Y. The 10-year loan replaced a maturing loan of the same size and amounts to roughly half the value of the property securing it.
Hospitality Properties Trust is said to be close to buying the 236-room Beverly Heritage Hotel in Milpitas, Calif., for $52 million, or nearly $220,340/room. The Newton, Mass., REIT would buy the property from an affiliate of Fillmore Capital Partners and rebrand it a Sonesta.
Blackstone Group has paid $282.2 million for an 80 percent stake in Metropolitan Square, a 607,041-square-foot office building in the East End of Washington, D.C. It bought a 49.5 percent stake from the New York Common Retirement Fund and a 30.5 percent stake from Boston Properties Inc.
Macerich Co. has lined up $325 million of mortgage financing against its previously unencumbered Fresno Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno, Calif. The Santa Monica, Calif., REIT got the loan from JPMorgan Chase Bank and Societe Generale. The 10-year loan doesn't amortize and pays a coupon that's 184 basis points more than Treasurys.
Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII LP is offering for sale 14200 Shady Grove Drive, a 635,058-square-foot office/laboratory property in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Rockville, Md. The property, which Blackstone assumed through its purchase of BioMed Realty Trust, is triple-net leased to GlaxoSmithKline.
REITs issued $31.4 billion of unsecured notes this year through September, easily topping the annual record of $30.6 billion set in 2014. The volume was driven by their ability to raise debt at historically low interest rates. The notes issued this year carried a weighted average coupon of 3.99 percent, down from 4.09 percent last year.
New York real estate investor David Bistricer has filed to take his Clipper Realty Inc. public in order to provide potential liquidity to his existing investors and pay down some debt. The company owns eight properties that have 3,269 apartment units, 472,653 square feet of office space and 109,275 sf of retail and parking space in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Tarak Patolia, the chief investment officer of Sterling Equities, where he oversaw five investment funds, has left the firm to pursue deals on his own. He has formed BanyanTree Group, which is based in San Francisco and will opportunistically pursue class B and B-plus apartment properties in select markets in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas.
CBRE Global Investor is said to have struck a deal to acquire the 612,613-square-foot Legg Mason Tower in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area. The 24-story building, at 100 International Drive, is owned by H&S Properties Development Corp., which had offered it through CBRE.
The $196.9 million of CMBS financing against the 1.2 million-square-foot office property at 500-512 Seventh Ave. in midtown Manhattan has transferred to special servicer LNR Partners, after a forbearance agreement burned off. The three-building property is subject to a ground lease that might be the thorn in its side.
Challenging Retail Environment Weights on REITs Mixed economic news is weighing on retail markets, pushing REIT performance down in 2015. This week, the National Retail Federation announced that back-to-school spending is expected to be down 9.3% in 2015. This news came on the heels of a report from the Commerce Department stating that retail sales declined 0.3%...
US REITs Feeling Effects from Turmoil in Greece and China International economic forces have taken center stage this week, affecting both US stock markets and REITs. The crash in the Chinese stock market and ongoing concerns about the future of Greece in the eurozone drove markets down during the first half of the week. REITs fared better than the overall market...
What Does Increased Construction Mean for Apartment REITs? REITs so far this year have raised $17.1 billion of capital through the sale of unsecured notes, bringing the total raised over the past two and a half years to just more than $75 billion. That’s more than they raised during the previous five years. The massive volume shouldn’t be a surprise as it comes while the yield from 10-year Treasury bonds, the benchmark...
shouldn’t be a surprise as it comes while the yield from 10-year Treasury bonds, the benchmark against which most REIT’s price their bonds