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Re-Open the Spigots to Private Equity Funds
After a very slow start to private equity fundraising in 2013, the funding spigots seemed to open up again this past week. Ten sponsoring investment firms reported raising more than $3.5 billion to pump into the recovering CRE markets. That amount is well more than half of what was reported raised in all of the first quarter.

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JPMorgan , Gramercy Loans into New

More Blackstone-owned hotels and a hefty portfolio of Bank of America offices and branches just re-acquired by Gramercy Trust back latest large loan CMBS deal.

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Foreign Investors Moving Beyond Top Tier Markets to Buy Office Property In More U.S. Cities

CoStar Group analyzed data reported by CMBS trustees on a random sample of more than 300 property loans financed in 2007 and that have reported full-year 2012 net operating incomes. In that group, full-year NOIs have almost returned to their 2007 levels. In fact, NOIs on almost all yearly vintages of CMBS loans are now near or above underwritten financial levels.

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Facility Closures & Downsizings: Clothing Retailer Shedding Stores

The Jones Group plans to “reset” its domestic retail business through a reduction of underperforming stores and will streamline certain wholesale divisions and the supply chain Also this week: the latest property availability leads.

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