Mortgage Observer

Citigroup and others to lend $1.45B to SL Green, as REIT raises cash for new deals

388 Greenwich Street

The financial musical chairs at Citigroup’s Tribeca offices continue. The multinational financial services firm signed a contract in December to occupy and possibly buy two buildings, 388 and 390 Greenwich Street, which it already occupies. Now, the bank is also lending a whopping $1.45 billion to the current landlord, SL Green Realty, according to a report from Bloomberg News today.

That loan–which reportedly includes bundled funds from Barclays Plc, Wells Fargo and Bank of China—will be packaged into bonds set to hit the market next month. Read More

On the Market

Socony-Mobil Building on the Market

Socony-Mobil Building. (Credit: PropertyShark)

The Sacony-Mobil Building, a 1.7 million-square-foot office tower at 150 East 42nd Street is on the market, according to Bloomberg News. The building’s owner, Hiro Real Estate, a Japanese investment firm, is asking $900 million for the long-term leasehold.

The building is 90 percent occupied and has two major tenants, Wells Fargo and Mount Sinai Hospital, which each occupy approximately 500,000 square feet. The 42-story tower is located less than a block from Grand Central Terminal. Read More

Lease Beat

Western Union Signs Direct Deal for its Space at 199 Water

199 Water Street

Western Union, which currently leases a 29th floor space at 199 Water Street as a subtenant of Wells Fargo, will now lease it directly from landlord Jack Resnick & Sons, Commercial Observer has learned. 

The worldwide global payment services company’s new 10-year direct lease of 20,689 square feet in the 1.1 million-square-foot lower Manhattan building will start on Jan. 1. Asking rents were in the high $40s per square foot. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Rockrose Receives Morgan Stanley Loan for LIC Residential Tower

Linc LIC

New York brokerage firm The Singer & Bassuk Organization has negotiated a $240 million loan on behalf of luxury real estate owner Rockrose Development Corp. to refinance its 42-story rental tower Linc LIC‎ in Long Island City, Mortgage Observer has exclusively learned.

Morgan Stanley provided the 10-year loan, which closed on Friday, March 6, Andrew Singer, Singer & Bassuk’s chairman and chief executive officer, said, noting that the loan could be securitized in the future. The permanent mortgage replaces a 5-year $155 million construction loan from October 2011 provided by a syndicate of lenders led by Wells Fargo. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Finance 229 West 28th Street Acquisition

229 West 28th Street

An entity owned by the private investment, development and management company Lexin Capital has received $55 million in financing from Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan for its acquisition of a 12-story office building at 229 West 28th Street in Chelsea, Mortgage Observer has exclusively learned.

Wells Fargo provided a $38 million senior loan, which carries a term of three years with two one-year extension options, the San Francisco-based financial company said. The interest rate on the senior loan is about 1.5 percent over Libor. Read More

Mortgage Observer

J.P. Morgan’s Priscilla Almodovar Takes Banking on Community to New Heights

Priscilla Almodovar, Head of Community Development Banking at J.P. Morgan Chase (Photo by Michael Nagle)

A first-generation American daughter of Puerto Rican parents, Priscilla Almodovar has a corner office with jaw-dropping views on the 45th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper—home to one of the most powerful banks in the world. The native of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is working tirelessly to deploy J.P. Morgan Chase’s colossal balance sheet in the section of the real estate world she’s most passionate about: the less-than-glamorous but increasingly important affordable housing industry.

“I am exhibit A for the American dream,” Ms. Almodovar told Mortgage Observer during an interview at her office in January.

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Retail

Related Picks Winick to Market Luxury Tower Retail

(Emporis)

Related Companies has selected Winick Realty Group to exclusively market four newly-constructed retail spaces that will anchor a 34-story luxury residential building at 500 West 30th Street.

Located at a crossroads between the High Line, Chelsea and Hudson Yards, the tower offers retailers a space at the base of 390 residential units set to be Read More

Mortgage Observer

Experts: Lots of Opportunities for U.S. Investors in European Debt

Southern Spain.

When comparing the re-emergence of Europe’s real estate market with how real estate has recovered in the United States, investors and analysts speaking to The Mortgage Observer often pointed out, to use a baseball metaphor, that Europe today is barely in the first inning. Of course, this metaphor would hardly be appreciated in Europe. Nonetheless, it is fitting, given that even overseas, the game is increasingly an all-American one. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Cartier! Versace! Vuitton! Financing Next Gen at Crown’s Ritzy Retail Focus

Chera brothers.

One day in the late 1980s, three Brooklyn brothers in their teens—Isaac, Haim and Richard Chera—followed their grandfather, Isaac, and their father, Stanley, on a trip to Manhattan. While not in school, the brothers would spend much of their spare time in the Fulton Street children’s clothing store that their grandfather had opened in 1948, in a space formerly occupied by a hat store, Suzette Millinery Shop. At the time, lacking the money to replace the previous banner, Isaac Chera simply tweaked it, naming his business Suzette Kiddie Store. Only later, after having expanded to several other stores, did the family change the name to Young World. Soon, the elder Isaac Chera started to invest in real estate. The best advice he gave to his family, according to his grandson, Haim, was to always buy the building where they had a store. Read More

Mortgage Beat

$310 M. 120 Broadway CMBS Loan Closes

120 Broadway.

Mortgage Observer Weekly  has learned that a $310 million CMBS loan on 120 Broadway closed last week, likely at a rate in the mid-2 percent range. Wells Fargo originated the loan.

A previous CMBS loan on the building had an outstanding balance of $215 million. Originated back in May of 2006, it was set to mature in June 2013, according to data from Trepp. Read More