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To What Degree Did Hurricane Florence Impact September Jobs Report? Economists Weigh In

The national unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.7 percent in September, the lowest level since 1969. That’s the same year that Apollo 11’s lunar module, Eagle, carrying U.S. astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Employers added 134,000 jobs in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), well below economists’ expectations of 180,000. But the effects of Hurricane Florence that struck the Carolinas during the month, plus …

Beacon Capital Partners Buys Trophy Office Building in Chicago’s East Loop for $182M

CHICAGO — An affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners has acquired 303 East Wacker, a 944,000-square-foot riverfront office tower in Chicago’s East Loop, for $182 million. Completed in 1980 by Metropolitan Structures, the 30-story tower has two penthouse levels and floor-to-ceiling windows offering unobstructed, 360-degree views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the city skyline. A lower-level retail concourse at the property connects it directly to the Swissotel and Hyatt Regency …

Ackman-Ziff Arranges $97M Loan for Site Acquisition, Development of Mixed-Use Project in Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY — Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC has arranged a $97 million loan for the site acquisition and development of 540 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. The site is located on the northeast corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue at the nexus of three downtown submarkets: Flatiron, Chelsea and Greenwich Village.The borrowers, Landsea Homes and DNA Development LLC, acquired the property from Extell Development and plan to build a mixed-use building with residential and …

Montecito Purchases 68,500 SF Medical Office Building in East Providence, Rhode Island

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Montecito Medical Real Estate has acquired the University Medicine Medical Office Building in East Providence. The sales price was undisclosed. The four-story, 68,500 square-foot property was built in 2016 and is occupied by anchor tenant University Medicine as well as Brown Dermatology, Performance Physical Therapy and Asthma & Allergy Physicians of Rhode Island. University Medicine is one of the largest primary care providers in Rhode Island. The seller was …

HFF Secures $30.1M Construction Loan for Mixed-Use Development Near Boston

NEWTON, MASS. — HFF has secured a $30.1 million construction loan for the 28 Austin Street Apartments, a mixed-use development in Newton. The property will consist of 68 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, a new public plaza and a 124-space municipal parking lot. Amenities will include a common roof terrace and garden as well as a private 90-car underground parking garage. HFF worked on behalf of the borrower, a joint venture between Dinosaur …

Goodman Group Acquires 616,992 SF Logistics Center in Northern New Jersey

TETERBORO, N.J. — Goodman Group has acquired a 616,992-square-foot logistics center in Teterboro. The sales price was undisclosed. The property is fully leased to a major e-commerce provider and is located approximately seven miles from Manhattan. It is one of only two Class A logistics centers larger than 400,000 square feet in Northern New Jersey. The seller was

Is Today’s Boom Market for Healthcare, Medical Office Real Estate Built to Last?

By John Pollock CEO, Meridian It is hard to refute that demographic changes occurring in the United States are having a positive impact on healthcare real estate. Based on the latest U.S. Census data, the number of people age 65 and over is on a steep increase and on track to nearly double between 2010 and 2030. The utilization rate of healthcare facilities by people in this age cohort is dramatically more than the younger cohort. According to a report released by Transwestern in …

LaSalle Hotel Properties Changes Course, Accepts Pebblebrook’s $5.2B Merger Offer as Blackstone Bows Out

BETHESDA, MD. —It appears the sixth time’s a charm as LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) has accepted Pebblebrook Hotel Trust’s (NYSE: PEB) merger proposal made in late August. The two Maryland-based hotel REITs jointly announced today that Pebblebrook will acquire all of LaSalle’s outstanding common shares in a deal valued at $5.2 billion. In accepting the unsolicited Pebblebrook bid, LaSalle has terminated its previously announced merger agreement with affiliates of The …

Not All Bricks are Created Equal: How Functional Obsolescence Affects Property Taxes

Appraisal districts across Texas often use the cost approach to determine market value for property tax purposes. When valuing certain commercial properties via the cost approach, county appraisers frequently use cost-estimating services. These services enable appraisers to estimate the cost of the subject property’s improvements as if they were new, as well as determine the depreciation to apply to the subject. Cost estimators can be a great resource and valuation tool, but the appraiser …

Student Housing Pushes Out Affordable Living in College Towns

For Kyle Bach, CEO of The Annex Group LLC, there’s an affordable housing crisis taking place in large university towns. After extensive research in Bloomington, Indiana, and other similar towns, Bach found that over the past decade or so virtually all new multifamily product added to the market has been either student or luxury housing. This has priced out the workforce or affordable housing residents in those communities, he says. About a year-and-a-half ago, Bach’s Indianapolis-based …

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