Commercial Real Estate Professional Investor Group

When will Commercial Real Estate Market Recover?

A recent LoopNet Poll indicated that at the end of 2009 LoopNet members were slightly more pessimistic than the previous quarter about when the market would bounce back, but still 59% believed it would happen in 2010.  The other 50% believed more like 2012

Many of the LinkedIn Loopnet members disagreed with a bounce back on 2010 and most gave it at lease a 2 to 3 year span before a stabilized market comeback.

One member on LinkedIn brought up an interesting point about the fact that the residential markets were still not completely bouncing back, If commercial real estate lags residential by at least two years then the market may not see a real move in the positive for 4 or more years!?

Although, as with all real estate, different sectors and different locations and price ranges rise and fall independently.  Wanted to mention that and get it out of the way.  Most of what I am talking about is in general terms.

Commercial real estate mortgages face problems

“Predictions of an imploding commercial real estate market
in the U.S. are hardly new. but almost all the previous gloomy predictions came from analysts or folks in the commercial real estate business. So, when the

government’s own watchdog for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says things could get a lot worse — and I mean a lot worse — in the commercial real estate market, you just have to sit up and take notice.

Speaking on CNBC,
Elizabeth Warren said that 50% of ALL commercial real estate mortgages in this country could be “under water” by the end of this year. In what amounts to what is surely a model for understatement, she called this prospect a “serious problem.”How serious? well, besides half of all commercial real estate potentially being worth less than their mortgages in just a few months, Warren points out that something like 3,000 mid-size banks have what she calls “dangerous concentrations” of these ticking, toxic, time-bomb commercial mortgages.”

There seems to be more and more gloom and doom on the horizon. Now is a time for patience. Hitting deals out of the park is probably not in the cards, but a series of base hits could be the way to go.

Hopefully with TALF ending and extend and pretend not viable to the banks without appreciation, we can start seeing a slow change. I believe the programs have to stop so the market can start working again. Growth will probably be more organic as the banks have to let go of assets and property owners find themselves at the end of their ropes. I like the win win scenario, but in this market many will have to take loses in order for the markets to recover and this could take awhile.

Many of the problems with the lenders, that claim they are lending, is that you
have to have a lot of skin in the game and in these hard times that can be tough.

So the property owners have a real rough time refinancing. This is not a problem for the investor however, but when does investor know where the bottom is? Any investor worth his weight knows that you buy on the upswing, not when the market is falling or flat. That is why investing is stagnant.

If you can make 8 to 12% in this market you are doing well, but it seems that even these deals are like finding a needle in a needle stack.
I would like to hear about problems you are seeing and especially would like to hear about solutions to those problems.

If the market can not find a way to deal with troubled assets our recovery could last for the next 20 years.

Should I mention Shadow Market Inventory?  Houses are cheap, cheap, cheap and that causes another layer of competition for tenants. Multifamily in many areas will have to be extremely competitive at a time when they can’t afford to be.

When a good deal is found, the competition is high for the property, but I just spoke to a major auctioneer in the midwest and they reported that the banks are handing out properties very sparingly and they are finding that realworld valuation of properties is very hard to underwrite for many properties.

If anyone has long or short term solutions that they believe everyone should know about, please let me know so they can be shared. My groups reach over 20,000 CRE investors and professionals and if we are going to organically fix things or move toward stabilization we need to get the news out.

Also if I am wrong, I need to know. If there are lenders lending at terms owners in trouble, can handle or if there are market places that are on the upswing or your an investor that has a criteria that they would like to convey, let’s hear about it.

I believe that watching the market is depressing. I would like to be proactive and would like others who want to be proactive to get together to network and collaborate towards a better future for our industry.

I think it is great musing over when the market will hit bottom, but I also believe there are so many extraneous variables that it is all conjecture at best. What I do know is that the market will turn sometime in the future so the best advice I can muster is to get yourself in a position to score when the turnaround comes.

Again, watch out for false profits as the market may make a few corrections and false upswings.

If you are engaged in the disposition, acquisition, valuation, development, or finance of CRE distressed assets or notes; come and join the Commercial Real Estate Distressed Assets Association. Become part of a group of like-minded investors and professionals that want to find solutions to the issues.

JW Najarian





April 5, 2010 Posted by | General Posts | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Upfront Fees for Loans Could be Sign of Fraud or Scam

I have written about scams in the REO bulk market and many others. I have worked with many phonies and learned the hard way. About a year ago a friend came to me with an absolutely great deal whereby we can get funded for deals directly via the Federal Reserve Bank.

After much due dilligence I decided to walk away as too many questions were not answered to my satisfaction. Many others that really needed funding did, however buy in to the program.

Most of the people were knowledgeable and smart people, but I tend to see that when a lot of money is at stake, many seem to through caution to the wind.

Anyway many got burnt. The good news is that the person responsible for the fraud was caught. The bad news is that my friend and his family were hurt badly and many others are still suffering from tremendous losses.

If someone wants money up front that should be a flag for you to do double the due dilligence you usually do.

See the story below.

Woman charged in $2M fraud case
Report: Valencia resident, 40, spent ill-gotten gains at high-class shops

By Jessica Selva
Signal Staff Writer
661-259-1234 x518
Posted: Dec. 14, 2009 10:07 p.m.
POSTED Dec. 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.

A Valencia woman is in federal prison without bail after she allegedly scammed millions of dollars out of people to whom she promised loans, prosecutors said.

Pamela Terry, 40, allegedly posed as an employee of the Federal Reserve Bank and fraudulently promised 30-year business loans to about 15 customers at a fixed rate of 2.3 percent interest, according to a court affidavit.

She collected about $2 million in advance fees she called “minimum capital requirement,” the affidavit said, and she allegedly spent tens of thousands of dollars at stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

Read More…

JW Najarian


December 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Commercial Real Estate Distressed Assets Association is now in Pre-Launch

CREPIG is launching a new site dedicated to commercial distressed assets and non-performing notes.

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credaa logoAre you engaged in the Disposition, Aquisition, Valuation, Determination, Development and / or Finance of CRE Distressed, Unstable or Toxic Assets, REOs or Non-Performing Notes?

CREDAA is dedicated to educating our members on current Commercial REO, Distressed Assets or Non-performing Notes and attracting legitimate investors, brokers, lenders and sellers to communicate together in on-going daily forums.

CREDAA, as an association, will be a powerful information resource for this industry as well as growing a community that will effect positive change. Come join us in our mission to support & educate you and to bridge investors with these assets. As a group, we will assist the economy by turning around our current bad debt in Commercial Real Estate markets.

As an association member you will be invited to help us support, educate and become an association for change in the CRE Distressed Assets Arena.

You are welcome to join us. We will be working closely with RIISnet (ARGUS Software) and their ADAPT Platform to offer disemination and aquisition of properties and are in the process of setting up alliances with the Commercial Real Estate Industry to help our members and other organizations towards solutions to today’s most pressing issues.

The Commercial Real Estate Professional Investor Group (CREPIG) Commercial Real Estate Investors, Property Owners and Professionals… Network, Find Funding, Promote your Event, Project, Product or Service.

JW Najarian

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CREDAA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Commercial Real Estate Professional Investor Group (CREPIG) says Hello world!

The Commercial Real Estate Professional Investor Group (CREPIG) was created on LinkedIn in March 31st of 2008 and has grown to over 6500 members at the time of this blog entry.

CREPIG was also opened up on the web at in November of 2008 and now has around 1700 members.  The web site is much more descerning about it’s member and we have knocked off over 400 members in the past for spamming other members or shady deals.  CREPIG on the web insists on a recognizable head shot and completed profile before you are allowed to join.

The idea is to keep the quality of user at a very high level. CREPIG on the web is a very powerful group site that, unlike LinkedIn, allows a users blog posts to be searchable on the web. It also allows the member to upload video, documents and pictures. The Blogs and Forum areas are completely customizable for content with imbedded pictures and video also.

The huge power behind CREPIG is not just the quality of members or the searchable blogs and forums and is not even about the 24/7 CRE news from most of the major CRE news services, but the true power lies in the forum posts which not only populate the CREPIG site, but can be viewed by the more than 6500 members on LinkedIn in the CREPIG on LinkedIn News Section and is also fed directly to CREPIG on Twitter to over 10,000 targeted Twitter followers in CRE, Finance and Commercial Property related fields of all types.

This means that a single forum post has the potential to reach over 15,000 eyeballs at one time! This is very powerful and is a no cost proposition to the member.  If you were to submit a press release for this type of targeted audience it would cost, minimally over $300 per post. You can post all day on CREPIG at no cost to you.  At this time most members have not figured out this powerful feature, even after being told many times so the power is still wide open for now. This can not be a free service forever.

CREPIG is starting alliances with growing and influential companies and networks in the CRE space such as our new alliance with RIISnet. RIISnet is an ARGUS Software partner that has created the ADAPT platform for Commercial Distressed Assets (REO and Non-Performing Notes). RIISnet and ARGUS are working at becoming the focal point of distressed asset dissemination and CREPIG has set up the Commercial Real Estate Distressed Assets Association (CREDAA) to front end ADAPT as a social media platform.

CREPIG is also working with several other networking sites in joint to help support and share the power of each. Multi Family Insiders is one that we want to work closely with. This will bring the alliances and services of Multi Family Insiders to CREPIG’s multi family members.

This is the first of many posts from CREPIG. Our mission is to help further the abilities of CRE investors and professionals to find funding, promote their projects, products and services and help the industry through one of the most trying times it has ever seen.

Kindest Regards,

JW Najarian

October 11, 2009 Posted by | General Posts, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments