Bendix Anderson

Money Pours into Mezzanine Loans  4
Currently, there are 28 U.S.-focused real estate debt funds in the market, aiming to raise an aggregate $9.0 billion, according to London-based research firm Preqin.
Rating Agencies Sound Warnings on CMBS Underwriting  2
Ratings firms threaten to get tougher on the credit enhancement levels they set for CMBS issues, which will eventually result in higher interest rates for CMBS borrowers.
Non-Listed REITs Booming  2
High-net-worth individuals are pouring cash into non-listed REITs, which continue to aggressively stockpile assets as they build portfolios.
Equity Investments Transform the Alter Group 
The firm is changing its whole business model as it plans its next round of development, using more capital from equity investors and less capital from the founder’s family to start projects and keeping the family’s capital tied up in these properties for a shorter time. Grows with Google 
The recent $50 million investment by Google Capital in will give both companies access to a rich trove of real estate data.
International Development Booms, According to PwC 
A worldwide boom in development is coming—especially in emerging economies, according to Byron Carlock, U.S. real estate practice leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Finding Multifamily Trouble Spots 
All of the markets with large volumes of apartments in the works are relatively healthy now, with vacancy rates under 5 percent.
Fannie, Freddie Still Fighting to Make Loans  1
Federal officials have set tight limits on how much Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac program lenders can lend to multifamily properties—and those limits may drop again this spring.
Apartment REITs Begin to Sell Assets 
REITs can no longer count on apartment building values to rise through the roof because prices have risen so far already. To find yield, apartment REITs are pursuing other strategies.
Commercial Banks Push to Place Permanent Loans on Multifamily Properties 
You might not think of commercial banks as a prime source for longer-term loans—but seven-year terms have become common for commercial mortgages provided from the balance sheets of banks eager to lend, especially on multifamily properties.
Condominium Recovery Begins 
The first new condominium projects in years are beginning to open in markets across the country—and so far, the news is good.
Loans Available Even in Weak Apartment Markets  2
It’s becoming possible to find loans for troubled apartment properties even in weaker markets.
Don’t Cut Apartment Rents Too Soon 
Apartment managers should not rush to cut rents, even if a flood of new apartments are expected and the construction cranes loom over their properties. If vacancies are still low, there still may be time to raise rents before competition for tenants force existing apartments to trim their rental rates.
Flood of Debt, Opportunity Hits CRE 
The first wave of short-term loans passed by in the early years of the recovery without causing as much damage as feared. Now the second wave of long-term loans is nearing, starting in 2015.
Tax Reform Proposals Carry Harrowing Implications for CRE  6
If you're the kind of person who calls your Congressman, it might be a good time to pick up the phone.
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