Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ken Baudry Joins Grubb & Ellis as Senior Vice President, National Data Center Practice

ATLANTA (Feb. 25, 2010) – Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE: GBE), a leading real estate services and investment firm, today announced that Ken Baudry (top right photo) , founder and former president of KJ Baudry Inc. and a leading data center expert, has joined the company as senior vice president, National Data Center Practice, effective immediately.

With more than 23 years of experience in real estate brokerage, data center design, consulting and project management, Baudry will represent owners and users in their data center real estate needs while overseeing Grubb & Ellis’ National Data Center Practice efforts in the Southeast region.

“Bringing Ken on board to oversee the Southeast fills the last region of the map for our National Data Center Practice,” said Jack Van Berkel, (bottom left photo)  chief operating officer and president, Real Estate Services.

“By recruiting top talent and leveraging the company’s national platform, the National Data Center Practice has become a leading service provider to many major corporations, including Equinix, Sabey and United Airlines.”

Baudry becomes the 19th member of Grubb & Ellis’ National Data Centers Practice, which was formed in 2008 to serve the increasingly complex data center needs of its clients in markets throughout the country. The team’s members have highly technical backgrounds in a number of disciplines, including corporate real estate, brokerage, engineering, construction, project management and digital consulting.

Contact: Erin Mays, Phone: 312.698.6735, Email:

Cambridge Reports Dollar Volume for Loan Origination Requests Shows Slight Improvement in January

CHICAGO, IL--Cambridge Realty Capital Companies reports that the 22 loan origination requests processed by the company in January lagged behind the total for the same month last year, when 27 loan origination requests were reviewed.

Even so, the combined dollar volume for loan origination requests was slightly higher for the first month of this year, $373.9 million compared with $364.6 million in January 2009, Cambridge Chairman Jeffrey A. Davis (top right photo) reports.

Lenders close a relatively small percentage of loan requests received. But Davis believes it’s useful to track this information as an indication of market directions.

“While it’s too early to establish a trend line for 2010, analysis of a year-over-year 12-month trailing average for origination requests suggests there is room for improvement in the months ahead,” he says.

Davis says the trailing average for origination requests peaked in January 2007, when the company processed 417 loans totaling $4.76 billion for the 12-month period. This compares with 308 requests totaling $4.1 billion for a comparable period ending in January 2010.

Contact: Evan Washington, Phone: (312) 521-7603, Fax: (312) 357-1611, E-Mail:, Twitter:

Marcus & Millichap Lists $24.5M Trophy Asset in Southern California

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif., Feb. 26, 2010 –Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has retained the exclusive listing for The Madison, (top left photo)  a 90-unit, 118,874-square foot luxury apartment building in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 The listing price of $24.5 million represents $272,222 per unit and $206 per square foot.

Ron Harris, a senior vice president investments and a senior director of the firm’s National Multi Housing Group in Los Angeles, is representing the seller, a Northern California- based investment group

“The Madison is one of the most esteemed apartment home communities in Rancho Palos Verdes and is an affordable alternative to the multimillion-dollar single-family residences on the Palos Verdes Peninsula,” says Harris.

 “The Madison provides deluxe accommodations for a discerning tenant base that enjoys the Southern California beach lifestyle and benefits from the community’s proximity to multiple employment centers.”

Located in the hills above the Pacific Ocean at 6507 and 6510 Ocean Crest Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, The Madison’s residents have an easy commute to downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two largest employment centers in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

 The property is also minutes from multiple key employers in neighboring Torrance.

The Madison’s unit mix features 19 one-bedroom/one-bath units and 71 two-bedroom/two-bath apartments. The average unit size is greater than 1,200 square feet and 56 percent of the apartments have ocean views. Select units have panoramic views of the sea and of Catalina Island.

The Madison has recently received more than $2.1 million in renovations, including unit upgrades and common area improvements.

“The Madison is not subject to any rent control restrictions,” adds Harris. “This is an excellent opportunity to further upgrade renovations to the standard of other trophy coastal assets in Hermosa Beach, Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica.”

Press Contact: Stacey Corso, Communications Department, (925) 953-1716

Friday, February 26, 2010

Timeshare Survey Shows Exchange Availability and High Maintenance Fees at Top of Owners' Complaint List

SEATTLE,, WA, Feb.  26, 2010 --( A timeshare survey released by the largest online timeshare marketplace, identified the top five timeshare improvements.

Topping the list were exchange availability and the high maintenance fees charged by the resorts. The remaining three categories rounding out the top five list are: honesty, resale opportunities, and resort improvements.

The number one item on the list - exchange availability - refers to a timeshare owner's desire to trade their interval week at one resort for a week at another resort.

High maintenance fees, the second survey item, indicated respondents concerns over the rising annual fee charged by the resort and paid by the owners. These fees vary from resort to resort and also by size and type of the timeshare unit owned.

" visitors are telling us that it's not easy to make their desired exchange," said Randy Conrads, (top right photo) CEO. "It is also clear that flexibility and reasonable fees are vital to timeshare."

Timeshare owner and member Caroline Lindholm commented, "We love our timeshares but are concerned about rising maintenance fees.

"My family owns several weeks and we have made approximately 100 exchanges since 1995. In recent years,  there has been a sharp decrease in the availability of desired exchange weeks."

The breakdown of over 650 responses received to the question, "What would you like to improve about timeshare?" are:

*Exchange availability, 34%
*High maintenance fees, 28%
*Honesty and less pressure, 14%
*Resale opportunities, 12%
*Resort improvements, 7%

Survey response categories not included in the top five are: easier to understand (timesharing), poor management (of resorts), and shorter stays - the typical timeshare interval is seven nights. is the largest online marketplace for timeshare rentals, timeshare resale and timeshare exchange. It is a member-supported marketplace connecting travelers and the timeshare community.

The site was launched in November of 2002 and now has over 1,300,000 registered users and includes 5,000 timeshare resorts worldwide. It offers resort condominium accommodations for rent, purchase, and exchange directly between users.

The company was co-founded by Randy Conrads, who also founded the popular Web site, which was acquired in 2004 by United Online, Inc.

Contact: John Locher,  425-458-4440, ext. 1,,

$16.5M Luxury Apartment Complex in Northern California Listed by Marcus & Millichap

 NOVATO, CA – Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has retained the exclusive listing for Oak Grove Apartments (top left photo) , an 88-unit, 75,666-square foot luxury apartment complex in Novato.

The listing price of $16.5 million represents $187,500 per unit and $218 per square foot.

Brad Pennington, a first vice president investments and a director of the firm’s National Multi Housing Group in San Francisco, is representing the seller.

“Oak Grove Apartments is the premiere multifamily community in this submarket,” comments Pennington. “The current ownership has been in place for the past 10 years.”

 Nestled into a hillside adjacent to a greenbelt, the property is located at 100-145 Cielo Lane in Novato, Marin County’s northernmost city.

Built in 1998, Oak Grove Apartments sits on six separate parcels of land totaling approximately 6.16 acres. The complex consists of eight three-story residential buildings, seven enclosed garage buildings and a freestanding fitness center.

 The buildings are wood-frame construction with stucco and wood exteriors on slab foundations. The roofs are pitched-composition shingle and the property has ample parking for 204 cars.

 The unit mix is comprised of 55 two-bedroom/two-bath apartments ranging from 893 to 1,089 square feet and 33 one-bedroom/one-bath units ranging from 636 to 870 square feet.

The large individual units all have washers and dryers, one-car garages and either a patio or a balcony. Seven storage closets are available for tenants to rent.

 Novato is located approximately 29 miles north of San Francisco and 37 miles northwest of Oakland, Calif.

The Golden Gate Bridge (bottom left photo)  links Marin County to San Francisco and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge connects the county to the East Bay.

Marin County is bordered to the north by Sonoma County and to the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Press Contact: Stacey Corso, Communications Department, (925) 953-1716

Grubb & Ellis Commercial Florida negotiates long-term office lease for 3,021 SF in downtown Tampa

TAMPA – Grubb & Ellis Commercial Florida, associated with 130 offices worldwide, recently negotiated a long-term office lease for 3,021 square feet in MetWest International at 4030 Boy Scout Boulevard in downtown Tampa.

Mia Jarrell, (top right photo)  managing director of Grubb & Ellis Commercial Florida in Tampa, negotiated the transaction representing the new tenant The Judge Group, Inc. The Pennsylvania-headquartered firm leased suite 450 in the Class A. office building for 7.5 years.

The landlord is Tampa-based Metropolitan Life Insurance.
Mia Jarrell 813-639-1111;
Jeffrey Sweeney 407-481-5387
Larry Vershel 407-644-4142

Grubb & Ellis Commercial Florida Negotiates Sale of 30,040 SF Industrial building in Denver

TAMPA - Grubb & Ellis Commercial Florida, which is associated with 130 Grubb & Ellis offices worldwide, recently negotiated the sale of a 30,040 square foot industrial building at 4707 Lima Street in Denver.

Tom Kennedy, (middle left photo)  vice president in the firm’s Office Services Group and Sean Kennedy (bottom right photo) vice associate negotiated the transaction representing the seller, Clearwater-based Metal Industries.

Tacoma, Wash.-based Ellingson Brothers, LLC a food service equipment and supply company purchased the facility for expansion of its operations in the Northwest.

Tom Kennedy, VP Office Group 813-830-7892;
Jeffrey Sweeney, SIOR President 407-481-5387
Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142

Palmer Electric secures contract to wire new church in Sanford, FL

WINTER PARK, FL— Palmer Electric Company has secured a $700,000 contract with Turner Construction Company for electrical contracting for the new Winter Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sanford, Fla.

Under its scope of services, Palmer Electric is providing site and building electrical services along with low voltage systems.

The new two-story, 60,000-square-foot facility is composed of worship space, classrooms, pre-school and administrative offices. The $9 million project is scheduled for completion in January 2011.

Slocum Platts Architects P.A. of Winter Park, Fla. is the project architect. Orlando, Fla.-based Ingenuity Engineers Inc. is the electrical engineer.

Contact: Elaine Ingra, 407 384-1344,

Cindy Pfeifer Named Lane Company President

ATLANTA, GA, – Real estate veteran Cindy Pfeifer (top right photo)  has been named president of Atlanta-based multifamily firm Lane Company.

She will work with the firm’s current executive team to implement new strategies to capitalize on market opportunities. Founder George Lane (middle left  photo) retains the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board.

“Cindy is uniquely qualified to lead Lane Company through this period of our history,” Lane said. “Her decades of experience through several up and down economic cycles will help us identify new opportunities to grow the business.”

Pfeifer consulted with Lane Company for several months before accepting the post. This helped her get to know the firm and gain insight into its operations.

“Lane Company not only has a fabulous reputation, but it is continuing to grow,” Pfeifer said. “We’re going to aggressively seek market opportunities with various new capital resources.

"Plus, the property management arm – Lane Management – is unsurpassed in service to both residents and owners. Its president Rob Couch is doing a tremendous job and I look forward to working with him and the rest of the executive team.”

During her successful 25-year career, she served in a variety of leadership positions in some of the most successful real estate companies in the Southeast.

She was most recently the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Investment Officer of Place Properties, one of the top multifamily companies in the country, where she oversaw the placement of more than $250 million of investor equity while leading the development, construction, acquisition, property management and asset management teams.

Before that, she was a partner and Chief Financial Officer for Carter, the largest full service commercial real estate company in Atlanta for more than 20 years.

Contact: Terri Thornton, 404-687-8760, 404-932-4347 (Cell),

HFF secures $71M financing for five-property office portfolio in Southern California

IRVINE, CA – The Orange County and San Diego offices of HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.)  have secured $71 million in financing for a five-property office portfolio in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

HFF senior managing directors Don Curtis (top right photo)  and Tim Wright (bottom left photo)  arranged the seven-year fixed-rate loan through Northwestern Mutual Life Company.

The portfolio includes three properties in San Diego and two properties in El Segundo and totals 576,457 rentable square feet.


Donald J. Curtis, HFF Senior Managing Director, (949) 253-8800,
Timothy J. Wright, HFF Senior Managing Director, (858) 552-7690,
Kristen M. Murphy, HFF Associate Director, Marketing, (713) 852-3500,

HFF closes sale of and arranges financing for office building in Houston’s Energy Corridor

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston office of HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.) announced that it has closed the sale of and arranged financing for Timberway II, a 130,822-square-foot office building in Houston’s Energy Corridor.

HFF senior managing director Dan Miller, (top right photo) associate director Martin Hogan  (middle  left photo) and real estate analyst Trent Agnew led the investment sales team on behalf of the seller, PS Business Parks, Inc. Beacon Investment LLC purchased the property for an undisclosed amount.

The HFF debt team was led by senior managing director Susan Hill, (bottom right photo)  who worked exclusively on behalf of the borrower, BRI 1826 Timberway, Ltd., a Texas limited partnership, to secure the fixed-rate acquisition financing through First Community Credit Union.

Timberway II is situated on a 4.5-acre site at 15995 North Barkers Landing, adjacent to BP’s North American Headquarters in Houston’s Energy Corridor submarket.

The fully-leased property has three stories of office space plus a two-level, 357-space parking garage. Tenants include Severn Trent Environmental, Christian Brothers Automotive and eProduction Services.

“The Energy Corridor submarket is historically one of Houston’s most dynamic and best-performing submarkets,” said Miller. “Tenants are attracted to the area due to its proximity to executive and middle-management residential neighborhoods and master planned communities, desirable school districts and an extensive amenity base.”

PS Business Parks, Inc. (NYSE:PSB) is a publicly-traded corporation specializing in leasing commercial multi-tenant flex, office and industrial space throughout the United States.

Beacon Investment Properties is a real estate investment and property development group based in Hallandale Beach, Florida with additional offices in Houston, Texas. This is Beacon’s third acquisition in Houston having previously acquired 8866/8876 Gulf Freeway and 1717 St. James.


H. Dan Milelr, CCIM, SIOR, HFF Senior Managing Director, (713) 852-3500,
Susan L. Hill, HFF Senior Managing Director, (713) 852-3500,
Kristen M. Murphy, HFF Associate Director, Marketing, (713) 852-3500,

HFF arranges $7.85M financing for 25 Commerce Way in North Andover, MA

BOSTON, MA – The Boston office of HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.)  has arranged $7.85 million in financing for 25 Commerce Way (top left photo), a 168,735-square-foot flex industrial building in North Andover, Massachusetts.

HFF directors Greg LaBine (middle  right photo)  and Janet Krolman (bottom left photo) worked exclusively on behalf of the borrower to secure the fixed-rate loan through Salem Five.

The borrower is One Clark Street North Andover LLC. Loan proceeds are being used to refinance existing debt, fund tenant improvements, leasing commissions and cover closing costs.

Situated on 18.5 acres, 25 Commerce Way is located adjacent to the Lawrence Municipal Airport along State Route 125 in North Andover, approximately two miles from Interstate 495.

The single-story building has office, warehouse and manufacturing space and is 82% leased to GarrettCom, Peabody Supply, Comfort Foods and OSI Electronics.

 “This transaction serves as another example of the availability of debt from the local banking community for loans under $15 million.

"HFF received considerable interest for 25 Commerce Way, due to the quality of the sponsorship coupled with the solid cash flow being generated by the multi-tenant property,” said LaBine.


Gregory F. Labine, HFF Director, (617) 338-0990,
Janet N. Krolman, HFF Director, (617) 338-0990,
Kristen M. Murphy, HFF Associate Director, Marketing, (713) 852-3500,

Arbor Closes Almost $8M in Two New Fannie Mae DUS Loans

Avalon Apartments in August, GA Gets $3.1M Loan

UNIONDALE, NY (Feb.26, 2010) - Arbor Commercial Funding, LLC (“Arbor”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, announced the recent funding of a $3,127,600 loan under the Fannie Mae DUS® product line for the 64-unit complex known as Avalon Apartments in Augusta, GA.

The 10-year loan amortizes on a 30-year schedule and carries a note rate of 6.15 percent.

The loan was originated by John Edwards, (top right photo) Vice President, in Arbor’s full-service Boston, MA lending office. “We were pleased with the opportunity to provide financing for a repeat client of Arbor,” said Edwards. “The property is well-positioned in the market and we look forward to future opportunities with this long-term client.”

$4.62M  Loan Closed for Cloverly Park Apartments in Philadelphia, PA

UNIONDALE,, NY (Feb.  26, 2010) - Arbor Commercial Funding, LLC (“Arbor”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, announced the recent funding of a $4,620,000 loan under the Fannie Mae DUS® Loan product line for the 52-unit complex known as Cloverly Park Apartments in Philadelphia, PA.

The 10-year loan amortizes on a 30-year schedule and carries a note rate of 6.14 percent.

The loan was originated by John Kelly, (bottom  left photo) Vice President, in Arbor’s full-service Boston, MA lending office. “Arbor was pleased to provide permanent financing on this recently renovated asset, which benefited from the client’s excellent job during the construction,” said Kelly.

“We look forward to working on other similar projects that are currently underway in the same market.”

Contact:  Kelly Maxey,

Thursday, February 25, 2010

HUD's New Lean Funding Program Comes at Auspicious Time, Says Cambridge Chairman

CHICAGO, IL--Timing for the introduction of HUD’s new Lean funding programs immediately following Labor Day in September 2008 could not have been more auspicious, finance expert Jeffrey A. Davis (top right photo) suggests.

“Although no one planned it that way, the timing was essentially simultaneous with the global financial meltdown and changes in worldwide capital markets. Fortuitously, HUD Lean came into existence at an extremely critical and vital time when the industry needed it most,” he observes.

Davis is Chairman of Cambridge Realty Capital Companies, one of the nation’s leading FHA-approved HUD 232 healthcare lenders. Counting both conventional and FHA-insured transactions, the company has closed senior housing/healthcare loans totaling more $3 billion since the early 1990s.

In developing its new program, Davis says that HUD’s goals in adopting the Lean concept and strategies have focused on the development of a standardized product and a more effective, fair and reliable way of delivering it.

In a significant shift, responsibility for processing HUD loans moved from HUD field offices to FHA’s Office of Insured Health Care Facilities (OIHCF) in Washington, D.C. Effectively, the agency now provides a single source for program and policy development and a more consistent and user-friendly platform for borrowers and lenders.

“It’s a much more efficient system than in the past when HUD lenders had proprietary relationships with different HUD field offices in different areas of the country. Such arrangements made it extremely difficult for national lenders to operate either competitively or effectively in all markets.

“With the changes made, HUD has effectively leveled the playing field by creating a single set of rules for all players,” Davis said.

Contact:, Evan Washington, Phone: (312) 521-7603, Fax: (312) 357-1611, E-Mail:,,

$12.5M Development Site Hits the Market in Nevada

LAUGHLIN, NV– Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has retained the exclusive listing for a 960,000-square foot, 20.81-acre marina-front development site and 8.77 acres of Laughlin Bay Marina, the only full-service private marina in Nevada and on the Colorado River. The properties are being offered as a portfolio but may be purchased separately.

Frank Pour, a senior associate in the firm’s Encino office, is representing the seller.

John Vorsheck,  (middle right photo) regional manager of Marcus & Millichap’s Las Vegas office, is also providing representation.

“The Laughlin Bay Marina development project was approved through the efforts of U.S. Senator Harry Reid from Nevada,” says Pour. “This project complements other casino, hospitality and marina operations in the area.”

“The Laughlin Bay Marina is a true oasis in our desert,” said Reid. “This development marks resurgence in growth and the economy, while respectfully protecting the surrounding environment.”

The offering is located at 4000-4040 Marina Lagoon Drive in Laughlin, on the state-protected Laughlin Bay lagoon.

The Laughlin Bay Marina development site is comprised of entitled, graded residential land for 521-marina-front town homes and a recently completed 5,409-square foot clubhouse with fitness center, pool and spa.

There is also a lit boardwalk area with gazebos, sandy beaches and recreational areas. The site is listed for $5 million.

The Laughlin Bay Marina features 110 boat slips, 48 jet-ski slips, a five-story 20,133- square foot climate-controlled boat storage facility, a three-lane launch ramp with operator’s apartment, a 7,280-square foot banquet room with manager’s office and apartment, a restaurant with full commercial kitchen and a lounge/bar.

The property is zoned H1 – hospitality with gambling overlay – Nevada’s highest designation for commercial land developments. The listing price for the marina and other completed structures and facilities is $7.5 million.

The city of Laughlin, Nevada, is located 90 miles south of Las Vegas on the Colorado River. More than 21 million people live within six hours of Laughlin. Los Angeles is approximately five hours away.

Press Contact: Stacey Corso, Communications Department, (925) 953-1716

Marcus & Millichap Capital Corp. Arranges $1.9M Financing for Apartment Building in Valley Village, CA

VALLEY VILLAGE, CA – Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation (MMCC) has arranged a $1.9 million refinancing loan for a multifamily property in Valley Village.

Adam Petriella, (top right photo) a vice president capital markets in the firm’s West Los Angeles office, arranged the loan for the property.

“The borrower’s circumstances required MMCC’s hands-on involvement with his advisors,” says Petriella. “The borrower took cash out and we were able to close the loan in fewer than 60 days.”

The loan has a loan-to-value of 60 percent and a 6.25 percent interest rate, fixed with no prepay.

Press Contact: Stacey Corso, Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation, (925) 953-1716

C&W negotiates 2 new leases for Berry Town Plaza in Davenport, FL

ORLANDO, FL – Cushman & Wakefield Associate Director Mindy Boehm (top right photo)  announced two new leases for Berry Town Plaza in Davenport. Both transactions closed on February 2.

Boehm represented the landlord in a 3-year lease for Edy’s Ice Cream Shop and discounted attraction tickets sales office.

Boehm also represented the landlord in a 2-year lease for Number 1 Broker, a real estate office performing brokerage, funding and property management services.

Contact: Brook Hines. Tel: 407-541-4401,,

Ramada Strikes Again! Signs Fourth Management Agreement in Bangkok

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Feb. 25, 2009) – Following an announcement last September about its first management agreements in Thailand, Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with more than 7,100 hotels under 11 brands, today announced the signing of the company’s fourth management agreement in Bangkok.

The Ramada® Plaza Sukhumvit, (top left rendering)  currently being developed by Kijsompong Co. Ltd., will be located on Soi 15 Sukhumvit Road. The 300-room hotel will feature one restaurant, a lobby lounge, rooftop bar, meeting facilities, a swimming pool and fitness facilities. The hotel is expected to open in late 2013.

“Bangkok is an important business and leisure destination in the Asia Pacific region and we are excited to be extending our management platform there,” said Tom Monahan, (bottom right photo)  Wyndham Hotel Group executive vice president of international development. “This hotel will further the brand’s reach and clearly position Ramada as a strong, vibrant and leading brand in the country.”

Wyndham Hotel Group has a managed portfolio of nearly 30 properties around the globe, including the 162-room Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour in London; the 600-room Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; and the recently opened 588-room Wyndham Xiamen in Xiamen, China.

Contact: Christine Da Silva, +1 (973) 753-6590,

NAIOP Central Florida Names Ron Rogg Investment Property Broker of the Year

ORLANDO, FL--Ronald J. Rogg,  (top left photo) CCIM was awarded the title "Investment Property Broker of the Year - 2009" at the "Best of the Best awards Gala presented by the Central Florida Chapter of NAIOP. This is the fifth consecutive year this title has been bestowed on Mr. Rogg.

Ron was also recognized for completing the largest Central Florida transaction of the year with the investment sale of the 315,000 square foot Quorum Center project.

RealtyTrac Partners with RealtyJoin to Launch New Online Social Networking Forum for Real Estate Investors

IRVINE, CA – February 25, 2010 – RealtyTrac® (, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today announced a strategic agreement with RealtyJoin™ (, a new and exciting social networking site that allows real estate investors to connect with the people who can help them profitably invest in real estate: agents, brokers and other real estate professions — all 100 percent free.

"RealtyJoin brings key components of social networking to play for real estate investors, home buyers and sellers and real estate professionals," said Rick Sharga, (top right photo) senior vice president of RealtyTrac.

"We believe that our current members will benefit from these interactions, and that by participating in RealtyJoin we will expose the benefits of RealtyTrac's products and services to a broad audience of prospective new members as well."

“RealtyJoin is on a fast growth trajectory, and aims to be one of the most popular real estate social networking sites by the end of 2010,” said Andy Heller (bottom left photo) , co-founder of RealtyJoin. “If you want to succeed in the real estate field, you can’t be a well-kept secret.

"Others need to know who you are and what you are looking to do. You need an easy way of reaching out into your community and finding the customers and vendors that will help your business thrive. RealtyJoin is the first social networking site for the entire real estate industry."

To view questions and answers or to post a question, visit

Arbor Closes $4M Fannie Mae DUS® MAH Coop Loan for Fox Ridge Townhouses in Topeka, KS

UNIONDALE,  NY (Feb.  25, 2010) - Arbor Commercial Funding, LLC (“Arbor”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, announced the recent funding of a $4,000,000 loan under the Fannie Mae DUS® MAH Coop Loan product line for the 200-unit complex known as Fox Ridge Townhouses in Topeka, KS.

The 30-year loan amortizes on a 30-year schedule and carries a note rate of 7.49 percent.

The loan was originated by Michael Jehle, (top right photo)  Midwest Regional Director, in Arbor’s full-service Bloomfield Hills, MI lending office. “The 200 members of Fox Ridge Cooperative have major renovation plans with the proceeds from our loan,” said Jehle. “They are thrilled to have refinanced at such an attractive interest rate fixed for 30 years.”

Ingrid Principe,
Kelly Maxey,

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Arbor Closes $1.25M Fannie Mae DUS® Small Loan for Willow Brook Avenue in Los Angeles, CA

UNIONDALE, , NY (Feb.  24, 2010) - Arbor Commercial Funding, LLC (“Arbor”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, announced the recent funding of a $1,250,000 loan under the Fannie Mae DUS® Small Loan product line to for the18-unit property known as Willow Brook Avenue in Los Angeles, CA.

The 10-year loan amortizes on a 30-year schedule and carries a note rate of 6.43 percent.

The loan was originated by Stephen York, (top right photo)  Director, in Arbor’s full-service New York, NY lending office.

 “The sponsors were able to purchase this property at a steep discount, enabling us to refinance their existing debt and provide them with cash out within five months of their purchase,” said York. “This deal highlights Arbor’s unique ability to offer aggressive financing terms in an overall difficult lending environment, which definitely pleased our client.”

Contact: Kelly Maxey, Arbor Commercial Mortgage, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd, Ste. 900, Uniondale, NY 11553, PH 516.506.4602,

HFF closes $31.25M sale of Gables Rothbury in suburban Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington, D.C. office of HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.) announced today that it has closed the sale of Gables Rothbury (top left photo) , a 204-unit, Class A multi-housing community in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

HFF managing director Dave Nachison (middle right photo)  and director Alan Davis (bottom left photo)  led the marketing efforts on behalf of the seller, Gables Residential.

Avalon Bay Communities, Inc. purchased the property for $31.25 million, all cash.

Gables Rothbury is located at 20120 Rothbury Lane approximately 21 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. via Interstate 270 in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

Completed in 2005, the property has one-, two- and three-bedroom units averaging 1,111 square feet each. Community amenities at the 96% occupied complex include a fitness center, swimming pool, business center, conference room, resident library, community room with billiard table, picnic area with grills, children’s playground, storage units and 48 attached garages.

“Gables Rothbury is the highest quality multi-housing property in the Gaithersburg/Germantown submarket. It is uniquely positioned to benefit from favorable fundamentals such as strong demand from consistent population and job growth. Future supply constraints due to the current economic climate will ensure superior operating performance,” said Nachison.

Gables Residential is a privately owned REIT, which owns, develops and manages multi-housing communities and mixed-use developments in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, South Florida, Southern California and metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Additionally it has third-party management operations in the Chicago, New York, Phoenix, central and North Florida and Washington state markets. Currently, the company manages more than 35,000 apartment homes, owns 63 communities with nearly 17,000 units and has an additional 20 communities in lease-up or under development.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. is in the business of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing high-quality apartment communities in the high barrier-to-entry markets of the United States. These markets are located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Northern and Southern California regions of the country.


David R. Nachison, HFF Managing Director, (202) 533-2500,
Alan M. Davis, HFF Director (202) 533-2500,
Kristen M. Murphy, HFF Associate Director, Marketing,  (713)