Saturday, November 15, 2008

Selig Enterprises Announces 48,500-SF Industrial Lease with Elite

ATLANTA, GA--Selig Enterprises, Inc. has leased 48,500 square feet in northeast Atlanta near Interstate I-285 to Elite Transportation Services Worldwide, one of the largest luxury ground transportation services in Atlanta with a fleet of stretch limousines, shuttle buses, corporate vans, andsedans.

Headquartered in Atlanta, the company will occupy the building located at 4601 Winters Chapel Road and use it for day to day operations. The decision to move their headquarters from South Cobb Drive was propelled by the need for a freestanding building to better service clients as well as a larger truck court to accommodate their fleet of buses.

They expect to have about 50 employees, includingoffice staff and drivers at the site.

Michael Kersten, (top right photo) General Partner, also noted that, "The new location at Winters Chapel allows us to be closer to our corporate clients as wellas fuel farms."

Kent Walker, (top left photo) Vice President of Selig Enterprises said, "EliteTransportation is not only on the cutting edge of its industry, they are the finest ground transportation provider in Atlanta. Their customer list reads like a who's who in Atlanta business."

Jeffrey Richardson and Rob Coatsworth of CTR Partners represented EliteTransportation Services in the transaction.

Selig Enterprises is a privately held real estate operating companybased in Atlanta, Georgia. The company owns and manages a real estateportfolio in excess of 10 million square feet throughout the SoutheastUnited States.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Credit Crunch, Economic Concerns Drive Slower Commercial and Multifamily Lending

Washington, DC -- Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations remained low in the third quarter, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations.

Third quarter originations were fifty-three percent lower than during the same period last year. The year-over-year decrease was seen across all property types and most investor groups.

"Uncertainty stemming from the credit crunch, and now the deteriorating economy, has led to a continued pull-back among both lenders and borrowers," said Jamie Woodwell, (top right photo) MBA's Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research.

"The need among most investor groups to conserve capital, and the uncertainty of how the slowing economy will affect property fundamentals, is fueling a prolonged pause in all aspects of commercial real estate activity."

Decreases in total commercial/multifamily mortgage originations continued to be led by a drop in commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) conduit loans and loans for commercial bank portfolios. These numbers show the impact of the recent credit crunch and other market disruptions.


The decrease in commercial/multifamily lending activity during the third quarter was driven by decreases in originations for all property types.

When compared to the third quarter of 2007, the overall 53 percent decrease included an 87 percent decrease in loans for hotel properties, a 61 percent decrease in loans for office properties, a 59 percent decrease in loans for health care properties, a 39 percent decrease in loans for industrial properties, a 30 percent decrease in multifamily property loans, and a 30 decrease in retail property loans.

Among investor types, conduits for CMBS saw a significant decrease of 93 percent compared to last year's third quarter.

There was also a 71 percent decrease in loans for commercial bank portfolios, and a 27 percent decrease in loans for life insurance companies. The dollar volume of loans for Government Sponsored Enterprises (or GSEs - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) saw an increase of 15 percent.


Third quarter 2008 mortgage originations were 11 percent lower than originations in the second quarter of 2008.

Among investor types, loans for commercial bank portfolios saw a decrease in loan volume of 55 percent compared to the second quarter of 200.

Loans for conduits for CMBS saw an increase in loan volume of 67 percent compared to the second quarter of 2008. Life insurance companies increased by 27 percent during the same time span, and GSEs volume increased 12 percent from the second quarter 2008 to third quarter 2008.

On a quarter-over-quarter basis, the size of the decline in loans for commercial banks overwhelmed increases among other investor groups.

Compared to the second quarter of 2008, third quarter originations for hotel properties saw a 71 percent decrease. There was a 42 percent decrease for health care properties, a 28 percent decrease for office properties, a 22 percent increase for industrial properties, a 9 percent increase for retail properties, and a 9 percent increase for multifamily properties.

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