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Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Enact 90-Day Financial Relief Plan for Multifamily Borrowers, Tenants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have separately announced nationwide initiatives to provide financial relief for their multifamily borrowers and tenants affected by the outbreak of coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19). The two government-sponsored enterprises are enacting programs that allow their borrowers to defer monthly payments for up to 90 days by showing hardship as a consequence of COVID-19 and by gaining lender approval. Additionally, participants in the …

Kroenke Sports, Revesco Receive $124.6M Refinancing for Elitch Gardens Theme Park in Denver

DENVER — Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE) and Revesco Properties have received a $124.6 million loan to refinance Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park in downtown Denver. The 130-year-old property is Colorado’s only combination amusement park and water park. The park is set to open for its 2020 season in April, but no word has come out if the outbreak of COVID-19 has changed that plan. Eric Tupler and Tyler Dumon of JLL arranged the five-year, floating-rate loan through Pacific …

Somera Road Buys Out Partners for SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh, Plans $167M Development and Renovation

PITTSBURGH — Somera Road Inc., a value-add investment and development firm based in New York City, has taken full ownership of SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood. The adaptive reuse project was formerly the site of J&L Steel Works and now houses approximately 280,000 square feet of retail space, 180,000 square feet of office space and 85 apartments. The project opened in 2004. Somera Road plans to undertake more than $37 million in capital improvements and invest …

CBRE Global Investors Buys Two Central Florida Apartment Communities Totaling 604 Units

WINDERMERE AND ORLANDO, FLA. — CBRE Global Investors, a global real estate assets management based in Los Angeles, has purchased two recently built apartment communities in Central Florida totaling 604 units. Unicorp National Developments Inc., a mixed-use and multifamily developer based in Orlando, sold both properties to a fund sponsored by CBRE Global. The price was not disclosed, but Orlando Business Journal reported last fall that Unicorp was in advanced discussions about selling the …

CMK, Greystar Begin Leasing 31-Story Apartment High-Rise Underway in Chicago’s South Loop

CHICAGO — CMK Cos. and Greystar Real Estate Partners have begun preleasing units at Imprint Apartment Homes, a new 349-unit high-rise community underway along the historic Printer’s Row in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. Local media outlets report the tower will rise 31 stories. CMK is the project’s developer, and Greystar is providing property management services. Chicago-based RL Accelerated is handling Imprint’s leasing services and has secured the property’s first …

Industry Survey Participants Expect Rush of Transaction Activity Ahead of Presidential Election

CARLSBAD, CALIF. — Commercial real estate investors, brokers and lenders are expecting a surge of activity in the first half of 2020, according to the 2020 RCM LightBox Investor Sentiment Report. Participants of the survey noted the intersection of strong market fundamentals, ample investor capital and the potential for increasing headwinds generated by a slowing economy, the impending presidential election and other factors. The report is sponsored by RCM Lightbox, a commercial real …

SL Green Realty to Sell West Manhattan Mixed-Use Tower, Adjacent Development Site for $446.5M

NEW YORK CITY — SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG) has entered into a contract to sell a 36-story mixed-use tower and an adjacent undeveloped parcel in Manhattan for $446.5 million. An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) is the buying entity for the 492,987-square-foot building at 315 W. 33rd St. on the borough’s west side. Also known as The Olivia, the mixed-use tower features 333 residential units and 270,132 square feet of commercial space. The residential portion is …

Property Tax Planning Delivers Major Savings

When it comes to property taxes, what you don’t know can hurt you. Whether it is failing to meet a valuation protest deadline, ignorance of available exemptions or perhaps missing an error in the assessment records, an oversight can cost a taxpayer dearly. Understanding common mistakes — and consulting with local property tax professionals — can help owners avoid the pain of unnecessarily high property tax bills. Think ahead on property taxes Many owners ignore property taxes until a …

Gantry Secures $703M Construction-to-Permanent Financing for VA Medical Office Portfolio

SAN FRANCISCO — Gantry, an independent mortgage banking firm based in San Francisco, has secured $373 million in construction financing and $330 million in permanent financing for a six-property medical office building portfolio. The properties in the portfolio are Veterans Affairs (VA) medical clinics located in San Diego, Chula Vista and Redding, Calif.; New Port Richey, Fla.; and Tulsa, Okla. The sixth property is in an undisclosed, confidential location. George Mitsanas and Peter …

MBA Forecasts U.S. Economy to Slow in 2020 as Job Market Weakens

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. economy is likely to take a hit this year from the effects of geopolitical uncertainty and a global recession in the manufacturing sector, according to Michael Fratantoni, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). His forecast calls for U.S. GDP growth of 1.2 percent in 2020, down from 2.2 percent in 2019, and for job growth to dip from a monthly average of 175,000 last year to 150,000 this year. The unemployment rate, which currently stands at 3.6 …

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