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Capital Markets: The Rearview Mirror and the Road Ahead

Last year’s capital markets volatility considerably slowed both development and investment. In this first article of a four-part series, Connect CRE asked experts to provide clarity about what happened in 2023 and their 2024 forecasts. In the coming weeks, additional topics will focus on what projects lenders are more likely…
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Leading in Tough Times: T.R. Hazelrigg IV, President and Co-Founder, Avatar Financial Group LLC

Throughout the month of August, Connect CRE is running a series titled “Leading in Tough Times.” We’ve asked leaders around the U.S. and across the commercial real estate spectrum to share their wisdom and discuss lessons learned. In this installment, you’ll hear from Avatar Financial Group LLC’s President and Co-Founder,…
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Can You Fill That Bank-Shaped Void in CRE?

Regional banking crisis blocks traditional financing channels but paves the way for non-bank lenders As seen on ConnectCRE Scroll down to listen to a discussion of this article: industry leaders providing further insight and a look forward on the rising importance of non-bank lenders in commercial real estate. Since May…
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4 Steps To Facilitate A CRE Loan Closing Process

Open To Close: Navigating The Commercial Real Estate Loan Process Borrowers, lenders, and their counsel rely on a loan closing checklist to keep track of documents that must be examined or prepared to finalize and close a commercial mortgage loan. This does not have to be a daunting or intimidating…

Analysis: The Fed’s Slowdown Provides Breathing Room to a Market That Needs It

The Federal Reserve’s 25-basis-point increase in the federal funds rate on Wednesday was widely expected; now the question is where the Fed—and the market—goes from here. Among commercial real estate economists and finance experts, the consensus calls for some much-needed breathing room amid a tight lending environment that is likely…
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Seattle’s Avatar Provides $9M Loan for Utah Ski Mansion

Image Courtesy of Engel & Völkers International Real Estate Seattle-based Avatar Financial Group LLC (Avatar) has provided an $8.75 million bridge loan to custom home builder Iluminus Group to complete the construction of a 17,500-square-foot ski mansion in Park City, UT. The property, currently being resold for a listing price…
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Hotel Construction Soaring, Making Up for Lost Time

As featured in GlobeSt.com January 24, 2023 Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months are up 14%. By Paul Bergeron | January 24, 2023 All stages of hotel construction in the US experienced positive YOY growth through Q4, according to the most recent Construction Pipeline Trend Report…
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Small Businesses Cope With An Historically Challenging Lending Environment

Small businesses are facing the toughest lending environment in decades as the recent Fed-initiated rate hike ripples through the economy. Over the previous 9 months, interest rates have risen by 4.25%. It is easy to forget that interest rates were at historic lows at the beginning of the year. For…
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WMRE 2023 Outlook - Plan to Manage Uncertain Times

By Jerry Zevenbergen & T.R. Hazelrigg IV Commercial real estate investors will face some difficult days ahead and savvy lenders will need to apply the lessons learned through previous cycles of the credit crunch. Fifteen years ago, cheap credit and lax lending standards fueled a housing bubble that set off…
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As featured in the WMRE 2022 Midyear Outlook, Taking Stock of Commercial Mortgage Lending Conditions

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE investors often seek a bridge loan if they are unable to obtain a conventional loan from a bank. These short-term solutions provided by alternative lenders are used for a variety of reasons property rehabilitation and improvement, construction completion, or using the cash toward the purchase of another…
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