Wednesday, May 30, 2012

CMBS Delinquency Rate Hits All Time High in May

 Rate Surpasses the 10% Level as Delinquencies Increase for the Third Straight Month

 Delinquency Rate is Up 24 Basis Points in May, 67 Basis Points in the Last Three Months

NEW YORK ,NY -- Back in December we predicted that 2012 could be a rocky year for CMBS in terms of the delinquency rate. 

At the time, the delinquency rate was hovering at 9.51% and had stayed in a fairly tight band for a number of months. 

We wrote that the market could easily see a spike of 70 basis points in the short term, as five-year loans that were securitized in 2007 began to reach their maturity dates.

That prophecy now appears to be have come true.  The CMBS delinquency rate set an all-time high in May. 

Overall, the delinquency rate for U.S. commercial real estate loans in CMBS jumped 24 basis points in May to 10.04%.  In the process, the rate broke through the 10% threshold for the first time ever.

 Whether the rate creeping into double digits for the first time carries some psychological impact remains to be seen.

The good news for the CMBS market is that the five-year loans originated in 2007 were heavily front-loaded.  This means that by the end of June, the number of these loans reaching their maturity date starts to dwindle. 

 As a result, the upward pressure that this has put on the rate should be coming to an end.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release and charts, please contact:

Lindsay Church | Associate Publicist
Great Ink Communications
27 Union Square West, Suite 205 | New York, NY 10003
(212) 741-2977

HFF closes the sale of 1 Dulles Corridor in Reston, VA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – HFF announced today that it has closed the sale of 1 Dulles Corridor (top left photo), a 216,000 square-foot, Class A office building located in Reston, Virginia.  The sale also included an adjoining 1.9-acre vacant land site.

HFF represented Parkridge 6, LLC and WFLP-H, LLC, entities wholly-owned and controlled by the Estate of Christopher Walker. 

1 Dulles Corridor is located at 10740 Parkridge Boulevard overlooking the Dulles Toll Road at the Hunter Mill interchange in Reston. 

 Built in 2008, the building consists of a seven-story office building plus a four-story parking garage.  Notable features include a two-story lobby, nine-foot ceilings, an efficient center-core design and a rooftop sky garden with panoramic views of Tysons Corner and the Dulles Corridor.

The HFF investment sales team representing the seller was led by senior managing director Andrew Weir (lower right photo) and senior analyst Matt Nicholson.


ANDREW M. WEIR                                      
HFF Senior Managing Director                        
(202) 533-2500                                                

HFF Director, Marketing
(713) 852-3500                                          

HFF arranges $21 million refinancing for Hotel Tria in Cambridge, MA

BOSTON, MA – HFF announced today that it has arranged a $21 million refinancing for Hotel Tria (top left photo), a 121-room boutique hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

HFF worked exclusively on behalf of KW Development LLC to secure a new $16 million first mortgage provided by Ladder Capital Finance LLC. 

In a separate transaction, HFF also advised the ownership in securing a $5 million mezzanine and preferred equity loan on behalf of KW Development from a private investor.  The combined proceeds of these loans were used to refinance the existing loan on the property.

Hotel Tria is located at 220 Alewife Brook Parkway on Route 2 in Cambridge in the burgeoning neighborhood of West Cambridge.  The property benefits from the recent and planned development in the area and its proximity to the Alewife MBTA train station. 

Acquired by the owner in 2008, the property underwent an extensive renovation and expansion in 2009, which included the renovation of the existing 66 guest rooms along with the addition of 55 guest rooms.

 The property is part of the Best Western franchise and has earned the distinction of being named a Best Western Plus hotel by the brand.  Hotel amenities include a business center, fitness center, shuttle service, bar and on-site Starbucks.

The HFF team representing KW Development LLC was led by senior managing director Riaz Cassum (middle right photo) and director Lauren O’Neil.

KW Development LLC (“KW”), based in Wayland, Massachusetts, was formed in 1984 by Robert Karol to develop, own and manage lodging properties and commercial real estate. 

Over the years, KW has developed, owned and managed a successful hotel portfolio under the Marriott, Starwood, US Franchise Systems and Choice Hotels brands as well as a variety of other commercial real estate assets.

 HFF Senior Managing Director                         
617) 338-0990                                                   

LAUREN O’NEIL                               
HFF Director                                 
(617) 338-0990                                                  

HFF Director, Marketing
(713) 852-3500

$95 million refinancing of Boston's 116 Huntington Avenue. Building arranged by HFF

BOSTON, MA – HFF announced today that it has arranged a $95 million refinancing for 116 Huntington Avenue (top left photo), a 264,000-square-foot, Class A office building in Boston’s Back Bay.

HFF worked on behalf of the property’s owner, Broadway Real Estate Fund III, L.P., to secure the adjustable-rate loan through RBC Real Estate Capital Partners, a unit of RBC Capital Markets.  The loan proceeds were used to refinance the maturing first mortgage and mezzanine loans.

Completed in 1991, 116 Huntington Avenue is located between the Copley Place Marriott and the Colonnade Hotel, directly across from the Prudential Center.  The 15-story property features a 120-space parking garage and ground floor retail, and is currently 99 percent leased to tenants including GE Healthcare, American Tower, Constellation New Energy and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

The HFF team representing Broadway Real Estate Fund III, L.P. was led by senior managing director Riaz Cassum and director Porter Terry. 

“In addition to replacing the existing financing, the new loan provides Broadway with additional funds that can be drawn as they execute their business plan,” said HFF senior managing director Riaz Cassum.  “116 Huntington’s Back Bay location made it desirable to numerous lenders, but ultimately RBC Capital Markets provided the best solution for Broadway.”

Broadway Partners is a private real estate investment and management firm headquartered in New York.  The firm invests in high quality real estate in select markets nationwide.  Since 2000, Broadway Partners has acquired assets with a transaction value in excess of $15 billion, and currently owns interests in office assets with over six million square feet located in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

 HFF Senior Managing Director                         
617) 338-0990                                                                                    
HFF Director, Marketing
(713) 852-3500

Publix Opening Completes Boynton Lakes Plaza Redevelopment in Florida

BOYNTON BEACH, FL--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regency Centers (NYSE:REG) completed the redevelopment of Boynton Lakes Plaza, a 117,124-square-foot neighborhood center in Boynton Beach, Fla., which included the addition of a 45,000-square-foot Publix.

The new anchor relocated from an undersized store in a nearby center and is slated to open on June 9.

Boynton Lake Plaza’s redevelopment included the demolition of a former Winn-Dixie store and the construction of anchor and side shop space, new exterior facade and architectural components, parking lot improvements, upgraded lighting and landscaping.

Local artist Suzi K. Edwards (lower left photo) was commissioned to create a mosaic tile archway to further enhance the center’s aesthetics.

“The opening of a new, larger store by market-leading grocer Publix offers area residents a better grocery experience, as well as adds vibrancy to the center,” said Josh Spooner (lower right photo), vice president of investments for Regency Centers.

“Regency is proud to be an active member of this region’s retail business community. We have 14 shopping centers throughout the South Florida market, and we are committed to investing, upgrading and maintaining quality shopping centers that meet the needs of our neighborhoods.”

As part of Regency’s greengenuity® program to reduce the environmental impact of developing and operating shopping centers, the project incorporated basic sustainable elements such as recycling building materials, installing heat-reflective roof material and employing environmentally friendly plumbing fixtures, paint and coatings.

Located one mile west of Interstate 95 at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Hypoluxo Road in Boynton Beach, Boynton Lakes Plaza includes national retailers such as Hair Cuttery and Dunkin’ Donuts. The center is located at 4753 N. Congress Ave. For leasing information, contact Ross Kirchman at 561-630-2314.

The center was built in 1994 and acquired by Regency in 1997.

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For Regency Centers
The Hoffman Agency
Bonnie Hayflick, 904-398-9663
Josh Spooner, 561-630-2308
Vice President, Investments

Post Properties Announces Quarterly Dividends, Increases Dividend Payout to Common Shareholders and Reports Annual Shareholders Meeting Results

ATLANTA, GA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Post Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PPS), an Atlanta-based real estate investment trust, today announced quarterly dividends on its common stock of $0.25 per share for the second quarter of 2012. The dividend is payable on July 13, 2012 to all common shareholders of record as of June 29, 2012.

Said Dave Stockert (top right photo), CEO and President, “With ongoing strength in our business, and a solid financial position, we are pleased to be able to increase the quarterly rate of dividends to common shareholders by more than 13 percent. With today’s announcement, we expect our annual run-rate of common stock dividends to rise to $1.00 per share.”

Post also announced regular quarterly dividends for its 8.5 percent Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock of $1.0625 per share for the second quarter of 2012. The dividend is payable on July 2, 2012 to all Series A preferred shareholders of record as of June 15, 2012.

Shareholders elected the Board’s nine nominees, voted to approve, on an advisory basis, executive compensation, and ratified the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for 2012.


Post Properties, Inc.
Chris Papa, 404-846-5000

Voit Completes New 47,500-SF Industrial Lease for Large Insulation Fabricator in Southern California.

COMMERCE, CA. (May 30, 2012) – David Fults (middle right photo) and Brian McLoughlin (middle left photo) of Voit Real Estate Services’ Greater Los Angeles office have successfully completed the new, seven-year, $1.6 million lease of a 47,500 square-foot industrial warehouse at 6655 East 26th Street in Commerce, CA on behalf of the lessee.

This free-standing industrial facility will be fully occupied by Insul-Therm International, Inc., a company that manufactures and distributes insulation products for the industrial and commercial insulation markets, according David Fults, a Senior Vice President in Voit’s Greater Los Angeles office.

Fults worked with Brian McLoughlin, also a Senior Vice President at Voit, to represent Insul-Therm International as the lessee.  Insul-Therm is expanding its business with this new lease - the company is relocating from a 30,000 square-foot building also in Commerce.

“This is a rare expansion for a manufacturing company in California. The market for Class B industrial buildings continues to struggle because of the shrinking manufacturing sector,” said Fults. ”Our team was able to identify this property, which exceeded the needs of our customer, while leveraging the soft leasing market to negotiate a very low lease rate.  We cut Insul-Therm’s rent by 40 percent on a per-square-foot basis.”

According to Fults, the Voit team also negotiated attractive move-in terms for its client, enabling Insul-Therm International to cut significant expenses during the initial set-up of its manufacturing operation.

The lessor, the Los Angeles Board of Adjusters, was represented by Jeff Sanita, John McMillian and Tim Wallace of Cushman & Wakefield.


Jenn Quader/Judith Brower
Brower, Miller & Cole
(949) 955-7940