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Organization Launches $4B Green Initiative for Affordable Housing

The green movement in commercial real estate has caught on like wildfire and even with the recession having left most clutching their pocketbooks, it continues to spread. Now Columbia, Md.-based Enterprise Community Investment Inc. plans to take the trend to new heights with the kicking off its $4 billion Green Communities initiative, which is designed to propel the greening of affordable housing development across the country.

$135M Financing Secured for 1MSF Yonkers Shopping Center

It's almost like the good old days of 2007 when loans over $100 million for commercial real estate practically rained from the sky. Undeniably, those times have not returned, but news that Brooks Shopping Center L.L.C., owner of the 1 million square-foot Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, N.Y., has gotten its hands on a $135 million first mortgage to finance the property's redevelopment certainly brings back good memories.

Manhattan Retail Hit Hard in ’09, But Turnaround on Tap

It's been a rough year for retail, even in tony Manhattan. The crumbling of Wall Street in the fourth-quarter of 2008 spurred the downward spiral of the market and the recession just added salt to the wound, according to a third quarter report by Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services.

The Graying of America: Age and Opportunity

The graying of America may arguably be one of the single most dramatic demographic megatrends shaping our landscape. Although the U.S. population growth for individuals age 55 and over during the past nine years hasn’t been impressive—from 21.06 percent to 24.17 percent—growth for individuals age 55-64 increased by 30 percent over the same period. Given that the oldest Boomers turned 63 this year, maybe it’s time investors consider the opportunities this megatrend offers.

Economy Watch – Mortgage Reforms From Out West

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed green legislation over the weekend, as covered by CPE on Monday, but also nestled in the raft of bills that he signed were major overhauls of the rules governing residential mortgages. The thrust of the reforms was to help prevent some of the mortgage origination abuses that were rampant in the mid-2000s, and which did their part to inflate the housing bubble.

Jersey City Trumps Manhattan, Landing Big Fish with DTCC’s 415,000SF Office Lease

New York's loss is New Jersey's gain, as the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation reveals plans to relocate 1,600 members of its 2,300-member staff to 415,000 square feet of space at the Newport Office Center in Jersey City. It's not a total defeat for New York, however; DTCC will keep its headquarters and its remaining 700 employees in Lower Manhattan.

Charleston Industrial Market Gets Boost with 1.1MSF BTS Deal

Given that the U.S. recession has left the retail market in shambles and the global financial meltdown has hindered trade activity, demand for distribution and warehouse facilities has taken a major hit, so the big news out of Charleston's industrial market is something that is heard of quite infrequently these days. Rockefeller Group Development Corp. and MeadWestvaco Corp., developers of the 400-acre Rockefeller Group Foreign Trade Zone/Charleston industrial park in Berkeley County, S.C., have just landed a 1.1 million square-foot build-to-suit deal with automotive replacement tires marketer TBC Corp.

Investors Prepare to Increase Activity in MF Market in 2010

The multifamily market has not escaped the ravages of the economic downturn, but investors are bullish on the commercial real estate sector for 2010. According to Jones Lang LaSalle's 2010 Multifamily Forecast Survey, 90 percent of the 200 owners and operators surveyed plan to boost their activity in the sector next year, compared to the 68 percent of respondents who had such plans last year.

Economy Watch: Fannie, Freddie Still Vexed by Mortgage Defaults

Federal Housing Finance Agency acting director Edward J. DeMarco told Congress on Thursday that it ain’t over till it’s over when it comes to the problems caused by U.S. housing mortgage delinquencies. And for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae especially, it’s not nearly over.

Economy Watch: Blackstone Takes Amusement Parks

It seemed like an announcement from the good old days (2006, say): Blackstone Group L.P. is buying a sizable chunk of real estate. But it was in fact on Wednesday when the buyout giant told the world that it was going to spent some $2.7 billion to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s amusement parks.

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