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Investors Reselling Condo Units Bought During Housing Collapse

posted by Alex Ferreras
(Source: Paul Owers Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (MCT) — Bulk buyers have resold more than 60 percent of the coastal condominiums snapped up during the housing bust, according to a recent report.

The investment groups have unloaded roughly 3,200 of the 5,100 units that were in or near foreclosure, said CondoVultures.com, a Bal Harbour-based real estate consulting firm.

Many of the bulk sales occurred in Miami-Dade County. But as available properties there became scarce, the investors found deals in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The supply of available condos is shrinking quickly, prompting developers to plan thousands of new units in South Florida over the next few years.

Bulk buyers started by renting the condos but are reselling them for modest profits now that values are increasing, Zalewski said. He added that the groups are likely to keep renting some units, expecting prices to rise even more in the months ahead.

Some of the larger bulk sales involved Trump Hollywood, Las Olas by the River in Fort Lauderdale and 2700 N. Ocean Drive on Singer Island in Riviera Beach.

The 200-unit Trump Hollywood is sold out, Miami-based BH3 announced last month. The group took control of the development in late 2010 after developer Jorge Perez handed the 41-story tower back to the lender. Donald Trump still licenses his name to the building.

Lionheart Capital said last week that 2700 N. Ocean, now known as Ritz-Carlton Residences, has surpassed $100 million in sales.

Lionheart, a Miami-based private equity firm, bought 146 of the 242 oceanfront units in 2010. Prices range from the $700,000s to more than $10 million.

Sales are picking up, and buyers are discovering that they can’t wait indefinitely to decide, said Carolyn Block Ellert, a sales executive at the Ritz-Carlton Residences.

With less than a third of the units still available, “we’re well ahead of our projections,” said Ophir Sternberg, president of Lionheart.

Read full story here: http://www.loansafe.org/investors-reselling-condo-units-bought-during-housing-collapse

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Vornado Realty Buys Lincoln Road Retail for $132M

By Jennifer LeClaire – GlobeSt.com

MIAMI—Vornado Realty Trust is on a major retail acquisition roll. Beyond acquiring 666 Fifth Retail for $707 million, the REIT also acquired a prime South Beach retail building just days ago.

Vornado Realty Trust’s 25% owned real estate fund, Vornado Capital Partners, just acquired 1100 Lincoln Rd., a 167,000-square-foot retail property in Miami Beach, for $132 million. 1100 Lincoln Road is the western anchor of the Lincoln Road shopping district .

Vornado could not immediately be for comment. But GlobeSt.com caught up with Carter McDowell, partner at Bilzin Sumberg and local counsel to Vornado on the Lincoln Road transaction.

“There is no doubt about it, Miami is hot right now and this transaction is further evidence of its viability as one of the most in demand real estate markets in the country,” McDowell tells GlobeSt.com. “This isn’t the last major deal that we’ll hear about in coming months and in fact, there are a number of large national REITs that are currently pursuing other properties on Lincoln Road and elsewhere across the region.”

1100 Lincoln Road is 97% leased. Principal tenants include Regal Cinemas, Anthropologie, and Banana Republic. The building also includes a 298-space parking garage.

Vornado disclosed that the $132 million purchase price was financed in part by a $66 million new mortgage loan on the property. The loan bears interest at LIBOR plus 2.75% and matures in July 2015 with two one-year extension options.

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