Category Archives: CREF

  1. Mixed Use Finance 101 in 2019

    Mixed Use Finance 101 in 2019 By Scott Lynn   Twenty-five years ago, the concept of “mixed-use development” was a product type that most capital providers shied away from citing mixed-use projects could only be successful in major core markets or limited pockets of high-density

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  2. You Own a Vacant Retail Big Box….Now what?

    You Own a Vacant Retail Big Box… Now What? By Jacob Rich   Real estate sponsors or individual principals who own 100,000 square-foot plus retail big boxes with expiring leases or vacancy are at risk of falling victim to the so-called “Retail Apocalypse”. Unsuccessful attempts

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  3. Office Space…If you could just finance it that would be great.

    As real estate product types change and evolve it takes time for the financial markets to learn/understand and adopt new underwriting standards as it relates to capital providers continue, in maturing product loans & investments.  However, the beginning is always the toughest part.  With the recent developments in creative office & co-working spaces, I will highlight differences in these sub-categories of the product type and how those impact your ability to obtain capital for your project.

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  4. Lock it In

    Are you looking for a long-term fixed rate mortgage that is non-recourse, high leverage, has an ultra-low interest rate, and potentially a significant interest-only period?  I know what you are thinking yes, yes, yes, and yes please.

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  5. Chicken Little or Chicken Sandwich – Has Financing For Shopping Centers & Commercial Retail Evaporated?

    Chicken Little or Chicken Sandwich Has Financing For Shopping Centers & Commercial Retail Evaporated? By Scott Lynn The rise of Amazon, online shopping and major retail store closings have debt & equity providers spooked. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) compared loan origination volume for property

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  6. March Madness – Interest Rates, Not Basketball

    March Madness – Interest Rates, Not Basketball By Charley Babb Is your prediction still alive in your March Madness pool? If you are thinking basketball, then probably not. Three number 1 seeds failed to make the NCAA Tournament Final Four. But if you are thinking

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