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Friday, March 28, 2008 | - The Real Deal

Ratner gets $680 million in financing for Beekman Tower

Forest City Ratner said it has closed on $680 million in construction financing from a consortium of banks led by Eurohypo AG for its Beekman Tower residential development in Lower Manhattan, which had been stalled for several months. Forest City had been under pressure to get the Beekman project restarted, because the tower includes a 630 student K-8 school that was scheduled to open in the fall of 2009 and will open by 2010.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | - New York Times

McCain Rejects Broad U.S. Aid on Mortgages

Senator John McCain of Arizona warned against vigorous government action to solve the deepening mortgage crisis saying that “it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly".

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | - New York Times

Home Prices and Consumer Sentiment Slide

The value of single-family homes plummeted 10.7 percent in January compared with a year earlier. However, sales of previously owned homes ticked up last month, according to the National Association of Realtors, ending a six-month streak of declines.

Monday, March 24, 2008 | - New York Times

Wall St. Cheers Bear Deal and Housing Data

Shares soared after negotiations salvaged the bailout of the investment bank Bear Stearns and the Realtors reported that housing sales snapped a six-month streak of declines.

Monday, March 24, 2008 | - New York Times

With Economy Tied to Wall St., New York Braces for Job Cuts

The finance industry was responsible for nearly a third of all wages earned in New York City in 2007, the highest in modern times.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 | - Forbes.com

What The New Lending Limits Mean For You

A cash infusion advances the government sponsored enterprises' (GSE) ability to securitize home loans, which makes it easier for people to get credit because lenders have a government sponsored guarantee should the loans falter.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 | - The Slatin Report

Bear Bites Bear

In the commercial real estate world as elsewhere in the capital markets, the speed and depth of Bear's fall left onlookers gasping for breath and grasping for comprehension, something that has been in increasingly short supply in recent weeks alongside the dollar's value.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 | - New York Times

Great Jones Street in NoHo, a Quiet Block Starts to Stir

The slumbering block between Lafayette Street and the Bowery is waking up. Landmark designation is pending, but it will come too late to save a nifty little 1898 building at 30 Great Jones.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 | - New York Times

Buyers, Seeking a Second Opinion, Unnerve Brokers - Who Asked You?

Brokers estimate that as many as a quarter of all buyers solicit third-party views and that 10 to 25 percent of the deals fall apart as a result.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 | - New York Times

Nice Tower! Who’s Your Architect?

A building boomlet of name-brand designs is poised to transform residential New York. They reveal an unmistakable shift in the appetites and aspirations of an elite group of New Yorkers for whom an apartment’s architectural pedigree has become a new form of status symbol.

Friday, March 21, 2008 | - Los Angeles Times

U.S. moves to free up funds for mortgages

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight of Fannie and Freddie Mac, which buy home loans and guarantee bonds backed by mortgages, said it was reducing their required capital cushion against losses. The move could stimulate home purchases or refinances within a month or two.

Friday, March 21, 2008 | - New York Times

Can’t Grasp Credit Crisis? Join the Club

This may not be comforting, but your confusion is shared by many people in the middle of this financial crisis. The overwhelming majority of homeowners are doing just fine. So how is it that a mess concentrated in one part of the mortgage business — subprime loans — has frozen the credit markets, sent stock markets gyrating, caused the collapse of Bear Stearns, left the economy on the brink of the worst recession in a generation and forced the Federal Reserve to take its boldest action since the Depression?

Friday, March 21, 2008 | - New York Times

What Will Be Left of Gehry’s Vision for Brooklyn?

The growing possibility that much of the multibillion-dollar Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn will be scrapped because of a lack of financing may be a bitter pill for its developer, Forest City Ratner. But it’s also a painful setback for urban planning in New York.

Friday, March 21, 2008 | - New York Times

Slow Economy Likely to Stall Atlantic Yards

Economic conditions may delay the signature office tower and three residential buildings at the heart of the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | - Living with Legends

One time Chelsea Hotel resident Arthur C. Clarke Dies at Age 90

The Hotel Chelsea Blog on the passing of former Chelsea Hotel resident Arthur C. Clarke, with links to other tributes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 | - New York Times

Home Sweet Investment

The strength of an economy comes, fundamentally, from what it can produce. Can America still produce homes? Yes. Can America still produce desirable urban and suburban areas that people are willing to pay a fortune to live in? Yes.

Monday, March 17, 2008 | - New York Times

Troubled Outlook for New York City Economy Turns a Lot Grimmer

The outlook for New York City’s economy and its main engine, the financial services industry, had already taken a bleak turn before the sudden failure of Bear Stearns, the fifth-largest firm on Wall Street.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 | - Bloomberg.com

U.S. Fed Cuts Discount Rate, Says Dealers May Borrow

In an announcement before the start of trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Fed lowered its so-called discount rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.25 percent. The central bank also approved the financing of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s purchase of Bear Stearns Cos., including support for as much as $30 billion of Bear's assets.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 | - Bloomberg.com

JPMorgan Chase Buys Bear Stearns for $240 Million

JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to buy Bear Stearns Cos. for less than a 10th of its value, after a run on the company ended 85 years of independence for Wall Street's fifth-largest securities firm.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 | - New York Times

JPMorgan Acts to Buy Ailing Bear Stearns at Huge Discount

Bear Stearns, pushed to the brink of bankruptcy by what amounted to a run on the bank, agreed late Sunday to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for a mere $2 a share, narrowly averting a collapse that threatened to cascade through the financial system.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 | - New York Times

Fears That Bear Stearns’s Downfall May Spread

Investors are bracing for another volatile week in the markets as bankers and policy makers deal with the fallout from their bid to rescue Bear Stearns.

Saturday, March 15, 2008 | - The Real Deal

Paterson could push Spitzer's affordable housing plan ahead

Of all the vague notions that real estate players have about incoming Governor David Paterson, the idea that he will support new affordable housing could be the most solid.

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