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U.S. Economy Adds 136,000 Jobs in September, Slightly Missing Forecast Mark

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. economy added 136,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in September, falling just shy of economists’ forecast of 145,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, the BLS revised job growth upward in July by 7,000 to 166,000, and by 38,000 in August to 168,000. The healthcare industry led the way in September, adding 39,000 jobs, which was in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate declined 20 …

Drawbridge Realty Purchases CoStar Group Headquarters Building in D.C. for $87M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drawbridge Realty has acquired 1331 L St., a 169,430-square-foot, 10-story office building in Washington, D.C., for $87 million. The building serves as the corporate headquarters for CoStar Group Inc., with approximately 850 employees on site. The building features a 2,940-square-foot roof terrace with views of downtown, a conference center with seating for 76 people and a 3,000-square-foot fitness center with showers and locker rooms. A three-level, below-grade parking …

JLL Negotiates $69.8M Sale of Office Building in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — JLL has negotiated the $69.8 million sale of 1120 G St., a 10-story, 134,964-square-foot office building located three blocks from The White House. The building was 75 percent leased at the time of sale to 13 tenants. Jim Meisel, Matt Nicholson, Andrew Weir, Stephen Conley and Dave Baker of JLL represented the undisclosed seller in the transaction. A fund sponsored by Global Real Estate of Credit Suisse Asset Management acquired the

MBA: Commercial, Multifamily Mortgage Debt Rises $51.9B in Second Quarter Amid Strong Lending Activity

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Commercial and multifamily mortgage debt outstanding rose $51.9 billion, or 1.5 percent, in the second quarter over the prior quarter, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). At the end of the first half of 2019, total commercial and multifamily debt outstanding was $3.5 trillion. Multifamily mortgage debt alone increased $24.4 billion (1.7 percent) to $1.5 trillion from the first quarter. Commercial banks continued to hold the largest share (39 percent) of …

Pebblebrook Sells Hotel Madera in D.C. for $23.3M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has sold Kimpton Hotel Madera, an 82-room hotel in Washington, D.C., for $23.3 million. The property is located at 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, three blocks south of Dupont Circle and one mile north of The White House. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee and tea service, electric car charging stations and a yoga mat in each room. The buyer was not

Paramount Sells Liberty Place Office Building in Washington D.C. for $154.5M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Paramount Group Inc. (NYSE: PGRE) has sold Liberty Place, a landmark office building in Washington D.C., to an undisclosed buyer for $154.5 million. The 172,000-square-foot office building is located at 325 7th St. NW in the East End submarket of Washington, D.C., less than a mile from Capitol Hill. The property comprises two incorporated buildings: the historic Fireman’s Fund Building built in 1882, and a 12-story glass and limestone office tower constructed in 1991. …

JLL Arranges $181.5M Refinancing Loan for Office Building in Southwest D.C.

WASHNIGTON, D.C. — JLL has arranged a $181.5 million refinancing loan for Portals III, a 510,157-square-foot office building in southwest Washington, D.C. ACORE Capital provided the loan, which will be used to refinance existing debt, lease up the asset and fund capital improvements throughout the property. Portals III marks the third phase of the Portals mixed-use development, which comprises more than 1.5 million square feet of office space, more than 370 residential units, a 400-room …

Normandy Real Estate Partners Sells Office Building in D.C. for $104.6M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Normandy Real Estate Partners has sold 950 L’Enfant Plaza, a 315,726-square-foot office building in Washington, D.C., for $104.6 million. The nine-story building was 86 percent leased at the time of sale. I.M. Pei designed the property, which is situated within the 2.5 million-square-foot L’Enfant Plaza mixed-use development. The asset overlooks the Southwest Waterfront and has access to the L’Enfant Metrorail Station and is two blocks from the Virginia Railway …

U.S. Job Gains of 130,000 in August Fall Short of Wall Street’s Expectations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 130,000 in August, and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Friday morning. The job gains fell short of Wall Street's expectations of 150,000. A closer look at the data shows the private sector added 96,000 jobs, while government added 34,000 jobs, including 28,000 at the federal level and 6,000 at the state level. The growth in federal government jobs largely reflected …

Calkain Arranges $15M Sale of Triple-Net-Leased CVS in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Calkain Cos. has arranged the $15 million sale of a triple-net-leased CVS property in Washington, D.C. The 8,754-square-foot building is located at 3323, 3325-3329 Connecticut Ave. NW, three miles north of downtown Washington, D.C. The building first served as a pharmacy in the 1950s before being converted to a CVS in 1990. Jonathan Hipp and Rick Fernandez of Calkain represented the seller, an undisclosed family trust, in the transaction. The buyer was a private investor …

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