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GSEs Establish Tougher Standards for Green Apartment Loans in 2019
National Real Estate Investor, Nov. 20, 2018--Bendix AndersonMultifamily borrowers will have to do a lot more in 2019 to get the lower interest rates offered by Fannie May and Freddie Mac's popular "green" lending programs.
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Commercial and Multifamily Origination Volume Takes Drop
National Mortgage Professional, Nov. 19, 2018--Phil HallOrigination volume for commercial and multifamily properties took a drop in the third quarter, according to new data from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
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Former Urban Big-Boxes, Class B Office Buildings Are Being Converted to Last Mile Industrial Space
National Real Estate Investor, Nov. 28, 2018--Patricia Kirk Investors are redeveloping empty retail big box stores and Class B office buildings in urban locations into "last mile" industrial facilities.
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Prudential Making a Big Bet on Lower-Income Housing
Wall Street Journal, Nov. 27, 2018--Peter Grant (subscription)A venture led by Prudential Financial Inc. is spending nearly $600 million for 4,000 housing units aimed at lower-income workers, the latest sign that investors see bigger gains in lower-rent apartments than in the upscale ones that have led the recovery.
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