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CRE Lenders Ended 2018 on a Strong Note

February 20, 2019

Fourth quarter increases over the year-ago quarter were led by the healthcare, multifamily and industrial sectors. A strong fourth quarter lifted commercial mortgage originations by 3 percent in 2018 as multifamily and industrial originations drove investor activity, according to preliminary estimates from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations. The MBA […]

16th Annual IMN Opportunity & Private Fund Forum

January 25, 2019

Despite the rainy weather, the mood was upbeat at the 2019 IMN Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing, held at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California. Over 1,100 people registered for the event, which according to IMN’s website is:  “Developed by leaders within the commercial real estate (CRE) industry representing […]

Understanding the Potential Tax Benefits of Opportunity Zones

September 5, 2018

Keep in mind, this has not been finalized as it is currently going through legislation. With the S&P 500 continuing to set record highs, opportunity zones represent an excellent way for taxpayers to realize their gains and diversify their portfolio away from the equities market while deferring and mitigating some of their capital gains taxes. […]

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Trump Administration Looking to Reform Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

August 8, 2018

Ending the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been a new objective in the sights of the Trump administration. This is an economic dilemma left over from the financial housing crisis of 2008 exacerbated by the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were created by Congress to deepen liquidity in […]


Westgate’s Commercial Implications

June 26, 2018

Recently, a huge deal rocked the commercial real estate landscape of Arizona. GoDaddy founder and billionaire, Bob Parsons, recently acquired Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District for $133 million. Being the West Valley’s sports and entertainment hub, Parsons’ Scottsdale-based YAM Properties closed on the deal, purchasing the property from iStar, a New York City-based firm. This large-scale […]

George Maravilla joins Tower Capital

January 31, 2018

Tower Capital, a commercial real estate structured finance firm, announced that George Maravilla has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as Vice President. In his new position, Mr. Maravilla will be utilizing his extensive 14-year background at DMB Associates, a Scottsdale-based developer specializing in master-planned communities, country clubs, mixed-use commercial, multifamily, office and retail developments throughout […]

15th Annual IMN Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Forum

January 17-19th, 2018 The weather was beautiful at the Montage resort in Laguna Beach this year for the 15th Annual IMN Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Forum, the premier conference for commercial real estate focused private equity in the country. The vibes and energy were positive and bullish. With over 1,000 registrants for the […]

Public Transportation’s Impact on Property Values: Good or Bad?

September 19, 2017

There appears to be a sort of unfortunate urban myth that public transportation projects makes nearby neighborhoods less desirable. Certainly, the construction phases of some projects may generate noise and cause some inconvenience. No research supports the idea that public transportation increases crime or negatively impacts property values. The Positive Impact of Public Transportation on […]

Market Insights

July 19, 2017

Multifamily borrowers are continuing to benefit from a strong rental market. Many are taking advantage of the increased rents and NOI’s by refinancing and pulling cash out to be used for a variety of purposes, such as returning equity back to investors, performing capital improvements, or applying the funds toward additional investment opportunities. Banks and […]

Commercial Real Estate Finance: Questions for Borrowers and Lenders

August 24, 2016

With the capital markets being so competitive in today’s finance environment, the highest degree of value a mortgage broker or banker can offer their client is surety of execution. Any experienced investor or intermediary knows that there are a number of issues that can arise to make a deal go sideways. Fortunately, solutions can be […]

1031 Exchanges Explained

December 7, 2015

IRC Section 1031, also known as a 1031 exchange or a “like-kind” exchange, allows investors to defer tax on gains from the sale of an investment property if they reinvest the proceeds into a similar (like-kind) property. It was enacted by congress in 1921 to promote economic growth by encouraging reinvestment into the economy and […]

RealShare National Investment & Finance Conference – Part 2

July 21, 2015

The afternoon sessions focused largely on the state of the economy and the drivers affecting it. The opening RealShare National Investment & Finance Conference session was titled Power Panel: Direct from the C-Suite and was moderated by Lew Horne, President of CBRE Greater LA/Orange County Region. Panelists included Warren De Haan, Founder & Managing Partner of […]

RealShare National Investment & Finance Conference – Part 1

July 14, 2015

We recently attended the Realshare National Investment & Finance conference at the Omni Hotel in in downtown Los Angeles. There were a number of topics covered including the current state of the capital markets, loan programs and underwriting standards for various types of capital sources, the overall economy in relation to commercial real estate, and […]

The Trap of Low Interest Rates: Ensuring Financing is In Line with an Investor’s Goals & Objectives

April 17, 2015

As the saying goes: All good things must come to an end, and with murmurs of a potential rate increase by the Fed this fall, many investors are preparing for the future by locking in long term low interest financing. According to Morningstar, it now estimates some $63.7 billion in performing CMBS loans will mature […]

Commercial Real Estate Finance

January 20, 2015

Tower Capital is a Commercial Real Estate Finance firm specializing in debt and equity placement on behalf of commercial real estate investors throughout the country. We offer borrowers short term bridge solutions through our in-house private money platform, as well effectuating conventional permanent financing through our commercial mortgage brokerage division. Tower Capital believes in forging […]