January 9, 2010
Twenty thousand New York apartment dwellers are in limbo as complex owners, BlackRock Realty and Tishman Speyer Properties, defaulted on their loan. Efforts to renegotiate $3 billion in debt have been unsuccessful to date. They anticipated missing a $16 million loan payment on Friday.
Is this the same BlackRock advising the U.S. Treasury on complex mortgage backed securities? They have a web page devoted to real estate. It says:
BlackRock believes that successful real estate investing is a result of establishing a strategic advantage in portfolio exposures to property sectors and markets, and in the speed and quality of executing those exposures. This focus on strategy and execution is the cornerstone of BlackRock’s investment philosophy. BlackRock’s real estate investment strategy is guided by its proprietary research tools and the combined knowledge, experience and market expertise of its senior investment professionals.
However, BlackRock believes knowledge of a superior mix of sectors and markets is an advantage only if the portfolio can move to establish exposure in those sectors and markets quickly. The firm is therefore organized for maximum opportunity flow. The firm expands its acquisition flow by teaming its skilled transaction team with the experience and relationships of its portfolio and asset management teams to source investments and investment partners.
Except in the case of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. The partnership may be an equal opportunity shafter. DealBook reports:
Aside from the $3 billion in mortgages, there is an additional $1.4 billion in secondary, or mezzanine, loans and almost $1 billion in equity invested by the partners, a Florida pension fund, the Church of England and others.
Also in the mix are the government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together hold a bond that is secured by as much as $2 billion of debt on the property. Those two companies will get paid first with whatever revenue comes from the property, but they are not involved in the negotiations.
BlackRock and Tishman Speyer may hand the keys over to the Mac siblings, Fannie & Freddie. What BlackRock can do for the U.S. taxpayer, given its abandonment of New York apartment residents, remains to be seen.
A letter to the NAA regarding an email they deleted without reading – please retract your amicus in the Abad case in Arizona – it is fraud by a political action committee, the National Apartment Association, that is furthering another fraud by another political action committee, the US Chamber of Commerce
Political Action Committee – NAA – files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer