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Durst Organization Secures $1B Financing Package for Manhattan Office Portfolio

NEW YORK CITY — The Durst Organization, a New York-based owner and operator of Manhattan office and residential assets, has closed a financing package totaling $1 billion from multiple lenders for several of its office assets. The financing included a $600 million loan for five office buildings and a $400 million credit line. The five assets involved in the debt include 655 Third Ave., 675 Third Ave., 825 Third Ave., 114 West 47th St. and 205 E. 42nd St. Citi Private Bank was the lead..

August 17, 2017

Miami Multifamily Market Remains Strong, But Where are the Deals?

The multifamily market in South Florida is gaining strength but not sales velocity due to converging market and demographic forces. Sales topped $400 million for the third year in a row in 2016, largely because the average price per unit jumped 13 percent to $185,300 per unit. The vacancy rate fell below 4 percent at the end of last year, and rents climbed almost 4 percent on all types of units to an effective rate of $1,351 per month. It’s clear the current upcycle will continue beyond..

August 14, 2017

Healthcare Realty Trust to Buy Medical Office Portfolio in Atlanta for $612.5M

ATLANTA — Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: HR), a healthcare REIT based in Nashville, has agreed to purchase 15 medical office buildings located in the metro Atlanta area from Meadows & Ohly for $612.5 million. More than 85 percent of the portfolio is located on hospital campuses, and all of the assets are associated with three leading health systems in Atlanta. The portfolio spans 1.3 million square feet and was 96.2 percent leased at the time of the deal announcement. The assets have..

August 10, 2017

Miami Office Market Thrives Due to Young Workers Seeking South Florida Lifestyle

Looking ahead to the rest of 2017, we can expect to see continued improvement of Miami’s office market based on strong market fundamentals and employment growth. Key trends to watch in 2017 that will help drive and shape the market, include: • Steady, modest growth in office rents • Declining available office supply • New transit-oriented mixed-use developments that include office space in both Miami’s downtown urban core and other connected walkable neighborhoods such as Coconut..

August 7, 2017

Westwood Financial Receives $171M in Financing for 13-Property Retail Portfolio

LOS ANGELES — Westwood Financial, a shopping center investment firm based in Los Angeles, has received $171 million in financing in two separate loan transactions. The company will use the debt to refinance or fund acquisitions for 13 retail properties totaling nearly 1.1 million square feet in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina and Texas. Nationwide Life Insurance Co. provided a $94 million loan for Westwood Financial to refinance or acquire seven multi-tenant..

August 3, 2017

Property Owners Celebrate Fair Taxation Ruling by Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Commercial property owners around the country are cheering a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that breathes new life into constitutional guarantees of uniformity in taxation. Overruling a decade of lower court decisions, the ruling reestablishes the primacy of constitutional uniformity protections to taxpayers in the strongest possible language, fittingly issued just one day after the July 4 holiday. Nearly every state constitution requires uniformity in taxation, meaning that two..

August 3, 2017

Better Together: The Opportunity in Mixed-Use Retail Condos

A wave of high-density mixed-use development has swept across the country within the past decade. A number of forces have contributed to this activity, including demographic trends, shifts in housing demand, environmental concerns, as well as governmental forces and municipalities seeking to create sustainable, pedestrian-oriented communities that incorporate a mix of uses. As a result, developers are building ground-up mixed-use projects or converting older hotels or apartment and office..

August 1, 2017

Miami Retail Market Faces Obstacles from E-Commerce, Declining Foreign Tourism

There are two major trends affecting retailers across South Florida: the reduction of affluent foreign tourists in the market and the internet, which is forcing retailers to shift their concepts at an accelerating pace. Both factors have led to a slight decline in market conditions, specifically a deceleration of growth rates, but not significantly enough to cause great concern or to feel South Florida has become a “falling market.” Instead, much like origami, one must shape retail concepts..

July 31, 2017

Sunstone Acquires New Hotel, Marina in Key West for $175M

KEY WEST, FLA. — Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (NYSE: SHO) has purchased the 175-room Oceans Edge Hotel & Marina in Key West for $175 million. The newly constructed, oceanfront hotel and marina complex is situated across 20 land and water acres on Stock Island and is the largest purpose-built luxury resort and marina in Key West. Sunstone purchased the asset from the developer, Singh Resorts, a hotel development and management firm headed by Pritam Singh. The hotel, which opened in..

July 27, 2017

Atlanta Multifamily Market Continues Strong Performance in All Asset Classes

In 2016 and the first quarter of this year, Atlanta’s economy boomed, showing several positive signs that point to another banner year for the multifamily market. From December 2016 through February 2017, Atlanta added 96,700 total non-farm jobs, an increase of 3.7 percent over the same time the previous year. Additionally, in 2016 the city experienced 3 percent wage growth overall. This translates to a robust multifamily market with solid fundamentals. According to Axiometrics,..

July 24, 2017