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CRE Loan Prices Fall in December: DebtX

According to a recent report by DebtX, a full-service loan sale advisor based in Boston, the aggregate value of DebtX-priced commercial real estate (CRE) loans that collateralized commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) dropped to 75.9 percent as of December 31, 2009, falling 1.8 percent from November 30, 2009.

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Veros Adopts ASF LINC Loan Identification System

Veros Real Estate Solutions, a Santa Ana, California-based provider of enterprise risk management and collateral valuation services, announced Thursday that the company has adopted the American Securitization Forum (ASF) Loan Identification Number Code (ASF LINC).

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Retail, Apartment Sectors See Upturn in Prices

Despite negative reports regarding commercial real estate, this down market may be a window of opportunity for investors. According to the CCIM Institute and the Real Estate Research Corporation (RERC), commercial real estate is positioning itself to be an attractive investment on a risk-adjusted basis in 2010 and 2011. Property prices in the retail and apartment sectors, in particular, showed moderate increases in the fourth quarter of 2009, breaking the string of significant price declines during the previous 12 months.

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Joint Venture Acquisition Announced by Greystar and Praedium

Lincoln Shores, a 631-unit apartment property in St. Petersburg, Florida, was recently acquired in a joint venture by Charleston, South Carolina-based Greystar Real Estate Partners and The Praedium Group, headquartered in New York. ""We are pleased to be entering into our first joint venture with Greystar, an exceptionally experienced and dynamic organization, and we look forward to future opportunities with them,"" said David Dowell, VP at Praedium.

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Fed Sees Signs of Recovery, Confirms Withdrawal from MBS Market

The Federal Reserve offered its most upbeat economic outlook in nearly a year at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting Wednesday, but again voted to maintain the benchmark federal funds rate at near-zero. Policymakers also made it clear that they are sticking to their plan of pulling back from the secondary market, with the program to purchase mortgage-backed securities (MBS) coming to a close on March 31, as scheduled.

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Regulators Issue Final Guidance on New Securities Accounting Rules

Federal banking regulators issued a final risk-based capital rule last week outlining how lenders are to account for assets, including mortgages that have been repackaged and sold to investors. Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) had previously been excluded from banks' balance sheets, but new industry-wide accounting standards force lenders to move these securitized assets back onto their books.

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Manhattan’s Stuy Town Project Heads Back to Lenders

Real estate developer Tishman Speyer and money manager BlackRock, Inc. said Monday that they are returning the Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village complexes to creditors. The decision comes just weeks after Tishman Speyer and BlackRock withheld their $16.1 million payment from debt holders in an attempt to force the special servicer to restructure the loans.

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House Leader Pushes for GSEs’ End

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank says he will be recommending Congress close the doors on the government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and rebuild the nation's housing finance system from ground zero. According to Frank, who has long been one of the GSEs' biggest proponents on Capitol Hill, the two firms cannot continue in their current form and his committee plans to propose killing off the enterprises completely rather than taking a ""piecemeal"" approach to their restructuring.

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