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Edgewater N.J. Complex Scores $85M Refi From Freddie Mac

The View at Edgewater

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage arranged an $85 million revolving credit facility through Freddie Mac for an Edgewater, N.J., mixed-use complex, Mortgage Observer has exclusively learned.

The five-year loan has a floating rate based on Libor, currently ticking in at 2.05 percent, and a 75 percent loan-to-value ratio. The proceeds will be used to refinance a bridge loan, also provided by Berkadia, prior to stabilization. The property, called The View at Edgewater Harbor, was built in 2012, according to Read More

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M&T Refinances 250 Mercer Street Through Freddie Mac Loan

250 Mercer Street

M&T Realty Capital Corp., the commercial mortgage banking subsidiary of M&T Bank, recently closed a $34 million Freddie Mac loan to refinance a 256-unit co-op building at 250 Mercer Street in NoHo, a spokesperson for the bank told Mortgage Observer. The borrower is listed in public records as Mercer Square Owners Corp.

Proceeds from the ten-year loan will go to capital improvements on the 16-story pre-war building and allow the shareholders to lock into a low fixed interest rate, according to the lender. Read More

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A World Without Fannie and Freddie?

Fannie Mae Headquarters

A proposed Senate bill that seeks to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next five years, revealed last month, would preserve their multifamily lending businesses under a new entity and maintain a government guarantee for the multifamily lending market, commercial lenders and brokers told Mortgage Observer.

The bill, announced by Senators Tim Johnson and Mike Crapo on March 11, focuses on the dissolution of the firms’ single-family residential mortgage business, a market that the government-sponsored entities continue to dominate six years after the beginning of the financial crisis. It also creates a provision that would spin off the companies’ multifamily businesses and establish new independent businesses within a year of the bill’s passage. Read More

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Beech Street Capital’s Grace Huebscher Finds Opportunity in Acquisition

Grace Huebscher (Photo by Susana Raab)

During last year’s Mortgage Bankers Association commercial real estate finance (CREF) conference, Grace Huebscher, president of the leading multifamily lender Beech Street Capital, found clarity on a topic she had been considering for some time—that staying ahead of the competition would require the support of a larger institutional partner. Capital One, Beech Street’s primary bank since 2010, had been on her radar, along with other top players in the finance arena. But prior to the annual event, Ms. Huebscher had felt that time was on her side.

A deeper sense of urgency set in as she listened to her peers speak about the challenges and changes ahead, from agency reductions to the return of the banking industry. That solidified a thought she and her partners had been entertaining for more than a year. Read More

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Fannie and Freddie Phase Out ‘Shocking,’ Real Estate Experts Say

Fannie Mae Headquarters

Despite their surprisingly rapid recovery five years after being placed into government conservatorship, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be dissolved, if bi-partisan legislation announced today by the Senate banking committee eventually passes.

Under the bill, private capital would have to take the first 10 percent of all mortgage losses, effectively removing much of the firm federal backing that mortgage-backed securities repackaged by Fannie and Freddie have enjoyed. Read More

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Live From Orlando: It’s the 2014 MBA CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo

The MBA Super Bowl Bash

Hello dedicated readers, industry insiders and commercial real estate junkies.

We are reaching out from the Mortgage Bankers Association‘s 2014 CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla. 

The four-day event kicked off last night at the Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel with several panels on the tumultuous FHA landscape and a lively Super Bowl party to cap off the night. (The Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8, for those who missed it.) Read More

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Workforce January 2014

Work Force

Blackstone Mortgage Trust has named Paul Quinlan chief financial officer, replacing Geoffrey Jervis, who resigned to pursue other opportunities. 

Mr. Quinlan, who most recently worked as head of financial planning and business development at Blackstone, will also now serve as CFO for the firm’s real estate debt strategies division. Read More

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Q&A: Prudential Mortgage Capital Co. President and CEO David Durning

David Durning

Roughly a year after taking the helm as president and CEO of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company and nearing the end of a very busy year in terms of deal volume, Mr. Durning catches up Mortgage Observer on his transition and outlook for the future.

Mortgage Observer: You were named David Twardock’s successor about a year ago now. How has that transition been going?

David Durning: The transition has gone well. It’s been busy, fun, active. The organization that we had, Dave had been building for a while, and given Dave’s style, my fingerprints were on it as well, as were others, and so I have a terrific team. So in that sense, we haven’t missed a beat in anything that we’re doing. For me, the interesting part of the challenge and the opportunity that something like this provides is to tell the PMCC story both externally and internally along the way.

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Life Companies Are Back and Strategically Competing Against Big Banks. Here’s How.

Illustration by Thomas Pitilli.

It’s easy to see why life companies continue to plow money into commercial and multifamily real estate mortgages: They have provided strong returns, inflicted virtually no losses and match up perfectly with their long-term liabilities.

“Mortgages have proven to be really good, solid investments for life companies,” said Robert Merck, head of real estate investors for MetLife, the top life insurer in this space and the subject of a longer profile in this month’s Mortgage Observer. Read More

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Willy Walker Keeps His Bets on Fannie and Freddie While Preparing to Branch Out

Willy Walker, Chairman and CEO of Walker & Dunlop

Willy Walker, chairman and CEO of what the Mortgage Bankers Association ranked 2012’s 10th largest commercial real estate lender and third largest multifamily lender, has yet to shy away from a race in his professional and personal lives. With heightened competition for multifamily among other areas of commercial real estate lending and continued talk of winding down the GSEs, that determination may prove helpful going forward. Read More