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New York Life, Northwestern Lend $500Mln Against Boston's International PlaceThursday, 30 October 2014 Written by Dan Moynihan
New York Life Insurance Co. and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. have provided $500 million of financing against One and Two International Place, a 1.9 million-square-foot office property in Boston. The fixed-rate loan, which the two insurers equally funded, was arranged by HFF.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 Written by Dan Moynihan
General Growth Properties Inc. is offering for sale the Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green, Ky. The REIT had offered it two years ago, but ended up refinancing it. It's tapped CBRE to handle the sale. The property could sell for about $120 million, or roughly $207/sf, resulting in a capitalization rate of about 8 percent, based on last year's net operating income.
Former Blackstone Lending Exec, Peter Sotoloff, Joins Forces with Mack Real EstateWednesday, 29 October 2014 Written by Dan Moynihan
Peter Sotoloff, the former head of U.S. originations at Blackstone Group, has joined Mack Real Estate Group as chief investment officer of its newly launched originations unit. The unit, Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies, will focus its investments on mezzanine and senior loans and preferred equity on properties in transition and in need of flexible capital. The buzz is it's looking to raise $750 million for a fund that would capitalize its investments.
London Investment Manager Aims for $700Mln of U.S. Deals in Next 2 YearsTuesday, 28 October 2014 Written by Dan Moynihan
London investment manager 90 North Real Estate Partners has its eyes on an expansion in North America. The three-year-old company, whose name refers to 90 degrees north latitude, the northern-most point on the globe, has hired Daniel T. Cooper, a 25-year real estate veteran, to lead its efforts. It's aiming to make up to $700 million of investments in the coming two years, primarily in net-leased office and industrial properties, as well as student housing.
Pebblebrook Buying Boston's Revere Hotel for $261MlnTuesday, 28 October 2014 Written by Dan Moynihan
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has struck a deal to pay $261 million for the 358-room Revere Hotel in Boston's Theater District. The REIT is buying the hotel, a former Radisson, along with an adjacent lot from Northwood Investors, which had purchased it in 2010 and invested $27 million in a massive renovation and repositioning.
Monday, 27 October 2014 Written by Dan Moynihan
A venture led by Worthe Real Estate Group is in the market to sell two Burbank, Calif., office properties with 95,852 square feet. The Santa Monica, Calif., developer has tapped Madison Partners to market the properties, 3300 Riverside Drive, with 55,500 sf, and 4444 West Lakeside Drive, with 37,802 sf.
Allianz Lends $125Mln Against Station Place II in Washington, D.C.Friday, 24 October 2014 Written by Orest Mandzy
Allianz Real Estate of America has provided a $125 million loan against Station Place II, a 362,069-square-foot office building at 600 2nd St. NE in Washington, D.C. The loan was used to defease a $94.5 million CMBS loan that was securitized in 2006 and had carried a 6.9 percent coupon.
Torchlight Seeks $1Bln for Debt FundFriday, 24 October 2014 Written by Orest Mandzy
Torchlight Investors, an investment manager that operates a CMBS special servicing unit, is looking to raise $1 billion of equity commitments for a fund that would invest in commercial real estate acquire debt and CMBS. Its last fund raised $956 million of commitments last year and is still in its investing stage.
Deutsche Lends $98.2Mln Against Boston's 399 BoylstonThursday, 23 October 2014 Written by Dan Moynihan
Deutsche Bank has provided $98.2 million of financing against 399 Boylston St., a 229,400-square-foot office building in Boston's Back Bay that was purchased last month by the Blackstone Group for $117 million, or roughly $510/sf. The building will face a substantial vacancy in 2017, but that could spell an opportunity for the investment manager.
Federal regulators this week approved final rules regarding the retention of risk in asset-backed securities, including CMBS. The rules do not differ much from the proposed regulations that the SEC and other agencies had proposed a year ago and are expected to increase the costs to borrow via the CMBS market.