Citing opposition from some political leaders, Amazon has withdrawn its plans to bring its second headquarters to Long Island City, Queens. Investors who made real estate commitments based on the anticipation of Amazon’s investment in Queens are in for a big disappointment. One disappointed … [Read more...] about 2.6.19: Amazon Changes Course – So What About One Court Square?
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and other industry trade groups asked the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to approve a bill that would amend the Securities Exchange Act to modify requirements for qualified commercial real estate. The rules, as written, are expected to negatively … [Read more...] about 2.25.16: MBA, Trade Groups Urge Changes to CRE Risk Retention Rule
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a rule that will eliminate the section of the SBA guide which limits project expenses eligible for 504 Loan Program financing to those incurred within nine months prior to receipt by SBA of a completed loan application. This change will permit … [Read more...] about 3.12.14: SBA Approves Borrower-Friendly Rule Changes for 504 Loan Program
Nearly all CMBS lenders obtain a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment report as part of the property diligence process. EMG, an industry leader in delivering Phase I Environmental Assessments and a member of the ASTM E50 Committee, reports that the committee is currently finalizing changes to the … [Read more...] about 8.23.13: Changes Around the Corner for Environmental Site Assessments
FHA multifamily lenders expressed concern after listening to HUD's proposed guidelines to tighten its underwriting. At the Mortgage Bankers Association's Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo, Carol Galante, deputy assistant secretary for multifamily housing at … [Read more...] about 2.1.10: FHA Changes to Multifamily Underwriting Draw Industry Concern