JLL Arranges $168.3M Sale of Retail Portfolio Across Mid-Atlantic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — JLL Capital Markets has arranged the sale of a portfolio of eight infill neighborhood retail assets totaling 695,991 square feet in Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and southern Maryland.Stephen Conley, Danny Finkle, Jordan Lex and Kim Flores of JLL represented the D.C.-based seller, WashREIT (NYSE: WRE), which sold the portfolio for $168.3 million. The buyers were Rosenthal Properties and an undisclosed institutional partner, according to the Washington Business …

JBG Smith, Landmark Partners Sell 500 L’Enfant Plaza Office Building in D.C. for $167M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — JBG Smith and Landmark Partners, an Ares Co, have sold 500 L’Enfant Plaza, a 215,000-square-foot office property in Washington, D.C. The buyer, which purchased the property for $167 million, was not disclosed. Jim Meisel and Matt Nicholson of JLL represented JBG Smith in the sale.Delivered in 2019 and designed by ZGF Architects, 500 L’Enfant Plaza is a LEED Gold-certified property. The plaza was 96 percent leased to seven tenants at the time of the sale. The …

Uptick in August Retail Sales Bodes Well for Consumer Spending in Fourth Quarter, Says NRF Economist

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. retail sales increased in August as consumer demand outweighed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions and other factors that affected spending. Even though there was a decrease in car sales due to shipping problems and product shortages, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the sales for retailers and restaurants increased by 0.7 percent in August.The chief economist for the National Retail Federation (NRF), Jack Kleinhenz, says …

US Economy Adds 235,000 Jobs in August, Much Lower Than Previous Months

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate dropped by 20 basis points to 5.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Friday. The economy added much fewer jobs in August compared to July, which was revised up by 110,000 to a total of a little over 1 million jobs. Nonfarm employment has increased by 17 million jobs since April of last year, but is still 5.3 million below the total workforce in February 2020, the last month before …

NMHC Agrees with Supreme Court Ruling to End National Eviction Moratorium

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) has publicly shown support of the Supreme Court’s decision to end the nationwide eviction moratorium. In a statement released this morning, NMHC detailed its support of a short-term ban to evictions during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it does not believe a long-term ban on evictions is going to help sustain the economy.At the beginning of August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had extended …

PRP Sells Four Office Campuses for $1B, Makes $2B Commitment for Logistics and Data Center Acquisitions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — PRP, a privately held real estate investment and management firm based in Washington, D.C., is making a sea change as it looks to bolster its logistics and data center portfolio and churn its office assets. The company is in the process of selling four office campuses in separate deals totaling more than $1 billion.At the same time, PRP is allocating $2 billion to acquire logistics facilities leased to credit-worthy companies in primary and secondary markets, as well as …

NRF: Retail Sales Slowed in July Amid Rising Cases of Delta Variant

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Retail Federation (NRF) reports retail sales have decreased 1.1 percent in July over the prior month on a seasonally adjusted basis — not including automobile dealers, gas stations and restaurants — and up 9.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year. Retail sales in July were worse than the Dow Jones’ prediction of a 0.3 percent decrease, according to CNBC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the delta variant is more than 98.8 percent of all …

JLL Closes $766M Sale of WashREIT Office Portfolio in Metro D.C., Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — JLL has closed the $766 million sale of a 12-property office portfolio totaling 2.3 million square feet in metro Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Stephen Conley, Matt Nicholson, Jim Meisel, Andrew Weir, Dave Baker and Chris Capece of JLL represented the seller, WashREIT. Brookfield Asset Management was the buyer.The portfolio sale, which was announced in mid-June, includes six office properties across Northern Virginia and six in Washington, D.C.’s central business …

Merchants Capital Opens New Office in D.C., Fifth Location Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Merchants Capital, a Carmel, Ind.-based affordable housing lender, has opened a new office in Washington, D.C., that will be the company’s fifth location nationwide. Located at 505 9th St. NW, Suite 800, the new office serves as a hub for a dozen team members and is part of the company’s strategy to expand its national lending footprint with a concentration on the East Coast.“We are excited to be positioned in downtown Washington, D.C., as it is a natural fit for …

MBA: Second-Quarter Commercial, Multifamily Loans Rise More Than Double from 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers have closed 106 percent more loans in the second quarter of 2021 compared to a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations released on Thursday. Compared to first-quarter 2021, loan originations grew by 66 percent. During the second quarter of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic really took a toll on the economy, which is a major factor as to …

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