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April 17, 2024

The Next Challenge, Capitalizing It


By Shlomi Ronen

In the first quarter of the year, we saw a palatable increase in financing requests from a variety of sponsors providing some optimism that real estate activity may be picking up. And while very few could be categorized as “good news” transactions, the vast majority were clearly indicative of what we are seeing in the market.

As we see it,

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February 22, 2024

The Urge to Transact




After a year of historically low transaction volumes, we are finally beginning to see encouraging signs that real estate activity may be picking up.

It’s been helpful that the Fed has given the market guidance on rate cut expectations for this year and the economy seems to be leveling off at a 3% inflation rate which has driven the treasury yield down to around 4%.

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October 22, 2023

Transaction Paralysis Having Strong Impact on CRE


In their Sept Mid-year update CBRE reported that year-over-year Q2 investment volume has dropped 60%, a conservative number as I’ve seen other research reports indicating that volume has dropped as much as 75%. With the economy doing well, why is the CRE industry in a state of transaction paralysis?

There are several factors that have brought the CRE industry to this standstill but before I address that I’d like to take a moment to reflect for a moment on the US economy.

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July 6, 2023

Dekel Capital Launches Multifamily Equity Platform


Dekel Capital has launched a new credit platform focused on supplying equity for acquisitions and refinances in the current tight debt market, Commercial Observer has learned.

The Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm’s new credit strategy is geared toward providing multifamily sponsors with mezzanine and preferred equity capital between $2 million and $10 million. Shlomi Ronen, Dekel’s founder and managing principal, said the offering is designed to help property owners in need of equity to finance their assets in a climate with stricter underwriting standards and higher operating costs.

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April 7, 2023

When the Fed Gives You Lemons…


As the old saying goes, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” And of late it definitely feels like the CRE industry has received its fair share of lemons. The post pandemic slow return to office, the Fed’s historic increase of short-term rates, tight labor markets, and persistently high material costs have all created headwinds for CRE investors and developers. While forcing investors to pivot business plans in order to mitigate market risk,

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January 30, 2023

Dekel Launches Correspondent Lending Platform

Tightened lending standards and declining loan demand at large commercial banks are creating a path for nonbank entities such as Dekel Capital to establish lending platforms.

Dekel, based in Century City, has launched a correspondent lending platform that will operate on behalf of capital providers including a global asset manager and large European bank. The platform will be used to originate balance-sheet and commercial mortgage-backed securities loans for the acquisition,

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