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March 16, 2020

Culver City Project Lands $59 Million Loan

A 74,000-square-foot mixed-use creative office building near Culver City has received $59.3 million in construction financing.

The developers of the project, located at 5950 Jefferson Blvd., are Sawtelle-based Urban Offerings Inc. and Meridian Group Ltd.

Dekel Capital Inc. arranged the financing.

The loan, which was provided by an unnamed institutional fund manager, will be used to demolish an existing building and replace it with a four-story creative office building with ground-level retail.

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March 10, 2020

Mortgage Industry Braces for Impact as Coronavirus Fears Grow

As fear and panic rises daily due to more cases reported of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) have jointly encouraged financial institutions to meet the needs of customers and members affected by the illness.

“The agencies understand that many financial institutions may face current staffing and other challenges,” said the federal agencies in their joint statement.

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March 10, 2020

Coronavirus Curtails SoCal Imports, Spelling Fallout for Development and Hotels

The rapid spread and growing fear of the novel coronavirus is disrupting financial markets and devastating the industries that commercial real estate depend on.

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The fallout is starkly displayed at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — the two largest in the Western Hemisphere — as fewer and fewer shipments arrive.

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March 3, 2020

RE Capital Markets Insights: The Coronavirus—the Prognosis for U.S. Real Estate and Real Estate Finance Given Current Market Conditions


Coronavirus,  which first emerged in Wuhan, a port city in the central Hubei province in China in late December, has since emerged on every continent except Antarctica. As health officials work to stem the spread and impact of the health epidemic, which has infected close to 90,000 people and killed more than 3,000 to date, the global business community is grabbling with a potential crisis of its own.

Over the last decade,

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December 2, 2019

RE Capital Markets Insights: Borrowers Must Learn to Navigate the Challenge of the “New” CMBS System

Once considered an unlimited bucket of capital for borrowers, CMBS provided a relatively quick and easy financing alternative for capital requirements that weren’t being addressed by the other capital market systems.

Today, CMBS remains the most aggressive and cheapest capital in town, offering interest rates at historic lows. With the treasuries falling into the mid ones and with spreads in the mid to high 100’s, rates on CMBS loans are hovering in the high 2% to low 3% range.

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September 12, 2019

RE Capital Markets Insights: History Aside, Inverted Yield Curve May Not Signal Next Recession

In August we witnessed a classic recessionary signal when yields on long-term bonds fell below that of their short-term counterparts, a phenomenon known as an inverted yield curve. So when the spread between the 10-year and two-year Treasuries turned negative (actually three times in less than two weeks), concerns about the economy’s health began to escalate. Afterall, over the past 50 years the inverted yield curve has been a pretty accurate warning sign of a pending recession.

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