Feature

Head of the Class: Teachers Retirement Fund TIAA-CREF Making Waves in New York

8 Spruce Street

Though not a traditional owner-operator, TIAA-CREF has begun to draw the attention of the real estate industry in recent months for a bevy of deals, including its acquisition of a stake in the Frank Gehry-designed building at 8 Spruce Street and a joint venture with Norges Bank Investment Management.

The asset management firm’s steady persistence in the real estate market during the downturn has led to a realization of gains, and recent deals could lead to the redeployment of capital in key markets going forward, said analysts familiar with the firm’s strategy going into 2013.

“TIAA is one of the investors that was pretty active in the depths of the market in 2009 and 2010, and some of those investments have turned into significant home runs,” said Dan Fasulo, managing director and head of research at Real Capital Analytics. Read More

Mortgage Beat

Sources: $200 Million Newport Tower Loan Imminent

Newport Tower.

Newport Tower, a 1,099,767-square-foot office tower in Jersey City, N.J. is about to be refinanced, thanks to a $200 million first mortgage provided by Prudential Mortgage Capital Co. Sources tell The Mortgage Observer that the loan, which is for a term of 7 years at a rate of 3.5 percent, hasn’t closed yet but should do so within the next several weeks. Read More

Stuy Town

No More Stuy Towns for California Pensioners

In the wake of its vaporized $500 million equity investment in Stuyvesant Town, the giant California pension California Public Employees’ Retirement System, as of Monday, approved a new policy: No more investing in real estate deals that convert rent-regulated apartments to market rate.

Here’s more from Bloomberg:

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest Read More