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Vision Properties has closed a circa $76m, 10-year loan with GE Capital Real Estate to finance its $108.7m acquisition of the Metropolitan Center at One Meadowlands Plaza in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The firm purchased the 15-storey LEED Gold office tower, with an unnamed capital partner, from a real state investment trust run by KBS […]
The Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System has committed $150m for the launch of Värde Partners’ first fund dedicated to small, sub-performing US property loans. The Värde fund will invest in so-called “scratch and dent” loans – where borrowers have averted default by resuming payments – targeting discounted secondary market purchases of existing loans backed by office, industrial and retail properties typically […]
Developer Larry Silverstein is on the lookout for roughly $1.2bn in financing to complete 3 World Trade Center now that an agreement brings new life to the stalled tower. After months of negotiations, Silverstein and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reached an agreement this week that immediately frees up $159m in […]
The federal government’s cutoff of funding to Corinthian College could force the sale and closure of more than 100 US schools, putting about $219m worth of CMBS loans at risk. The embattled Santa Ana, California-based for-profit college operator, which operates 107 campuses, signaled that it might shut down after the US Department of Education imposed a 21-day […]
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (ARI), the listed US debt investor, has completed $143.6m in new investments. The REIT, which is managed by Apollo Global Management, has made a $50.2m CMBS acquisition and two loans totaling $93.4m – one of which was secured by a Times Square hotel in New York City. Ari acquired a $28.3m […]
Prudential Mortgage Capital Company has provided $131.7m in first mortgages to refinance a Lock Up/Evergreen Storage portfolio of 18 US properties. The financing is comprised of a $20m, seven-year, floating rate tranche, and a $111.7m, 10-year, fixed rate tranche. Prudential said that the post-recession shift in housing demand from owning to renting continues to drive its faith […]
Colony American Homes’ second single-family rental securitization, the $558.5m Colony American Homes 2014-2, is on the market, becoming the fifth such offering in the rapidly growing asset class. Despite inherent risks in this and other SFR deals, such as house price volatility, managers with limited operating history, and the  geographic concentration of the assets, analysts tell […]
Investors welcome single-family rental-backed bonds, despite risks, writes Al Barbarino
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