Mortgage

SL Green Completes $600M Refinancing Of Construction Facility at 410 Tenth Ave.

September 2020

NEW YORK—SL Green Realty Corp reported on Sept. 8 it had closed on a new $600-million construction facility for its 410 Tenth Ave. project. SL Green is redeveloping the 636,000-square-foot office building that is anchored by Amazon and First Republic Bank. The loan was provided by a consortium of domestic and international banks led by…

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Westchester LDC Approves More Than $340M in Bond Financing For Westchester Medical Center and Sarah Lawrence College

September 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Board of Directors of Westchester County’s Local Development Corporation (LDC) recently voted to approve more than $340 million in bond financing for two major not-for-profits. At its August 20th meeting, the LDC board unanimously approved $300 million in bond financing for Westchester County Healthcare Corporation, the public authority responsible for governing the Westchester…

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After Broad Industry Criticism, FHFA Delays Controversial Refi Loan Fee

August 2020

WASHINGTON—A little over a week after first proposing a controversial 0.5% Adverse Market Refinance Fee on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on Aug. 25 that it would delay the fee’s implementation until Dec. 1, 2020. The FHFA first announced the Adverse Market Refinance Fee on Aug. 12 and…

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FHA Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Record High

August 2020

WASHINGTON—The Mortgage Bankers Association reported on Aug. 17 that the share of late FHA loans rose to nearly 16% in the second quarter, up from about 9.7% in the previous quarter. The second quarter FHA delinquency rate was the highest level on record dating back to 1979. The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit…

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New York Taking Early Steps Toward COVID Jobs Recovery

August 2020

ALBANY—While noting that July labor statistics are expected to be released soon, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a report today that chronicled both the devastating impacts to the state’s labor force in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and the recent inroads that have been made toward recovery since the state’s economy…

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Local Government Sales Tax Collections Fell 8.2% in July

August 2020

ALBANY—As the New York State economy continues its reopening process and the state continues to post low COVID infection numbers, local sales tax collections are improving, although still down compared to last year. Sales tax revenue for local governments in July fell 8.2% compared to the same period last year, according to New York State…

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Nearly $53M Redevelopment, Refinancing Of Fort Schuyler House in Bronx Complete

August 2020

NEW YORK—Fort Schuyler House, Inc., MDG Design + Construction, LLC, Smith & Henzy Advisory Group, Inc., Concord Management of New York, and partners recently celebrated the completion of the $52.7-million revitalization and refinancing of Fort Schuyler House, an affordable senior housing development in the Bronx. The project preserves the affordability of Fort Schuyler House’s 138…

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My 90-Day Payment Deferment is Up, Now What?

June 2020

Each commercial real estate asset class has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another. Many commercial lenders extended 90-day payment deferments to their borrowers as a way to help relieve immediate financial hardship in case the tenants (sometimes the borrowers themselves) were unable to pay rent. These deferments are ending in…

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Living in the Now

June 2020

As we head into another re-opening phase, let’s take a moment to reflect on our current events as well as our present state of affairs. After enduring a three-month pandemic that stopped the world, it is only now that we begin to emerge from a “shelter in place.” The phrase itself, “shelter in place,” is…

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Post-COVID Commercial Lending—A Big Question Mark

June 2020

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the commercial real estate market in the Hudson Valley, the nation, and the world. Small “mom and pop” stores, restaurants, bars, hotels, landlords, developers and even major retailers were all slammed by the three-month shut-down mandate to curb the spread of the deadly disease. As a…

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A.S.A.P. Mortgage Opens New Headquarters in Peekskill

June 2020

PEEKSKILL—A.S.A.P. Mortgage announced on June 8 it has relocated its corporate headquarters from Cortlandt Manor to Peekskill. Originally scheduled for mid-April, the opening of A.S.A.P.’s new headquarters was delayed until June 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new headquarters is located at 2 South Division St., at the intersection of Division Street and Central…

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Is this the Trough? Unprecedented Drop in Growth, Large Job Losses, But Purchase Applications Signal a Rebound

June 2020

By Mike Fratantoni and Joel Kan The extraordinary impact from COVID‐19 social distancing measures and business closings is impacting the economy and job market in unprecedented ways. While April economic data has been uniformly awful, more recent data on purchase applications indicate significant pent up demand for housing. Housing demand is strengthening as more states…

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Eastern Union Launches New 'Distressed Notes Initiative'

May 2020

BROOKLYN—To help commercial lenders minimize the future damage that the COVID-19 pandemic will inevitably inflict upon their balance sheets, Eastern Union has launched a Distressed Notes Initiative that will identify investors interested in purchasing lenders' troubled mortgages. The company will leverage its extensive database of investors to help community banks and private debt funds find…

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Longtime Rockland County Clerk Piperato Dies

May 2020

THIELLS—Rockland County government has confirmed that longtime Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato passed away on May 6 at the age of 61. At press time the cause of death was not known. Rockland County Executive Ed Day released the following statement on Piperato’s passing: “Today Rockland County mourns. The loss of County Clerk Paul Piperato…

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Buy, Sell or Hold?

May 2020

During these turbulent times, many lenders are suspending activity or taking very conservative views on ongoing business. Investors are in a panic, not knowing what will be their best path forward. Having navigated previous financial crises from the Savings and Loan scandal to 9/11 to the Great Recession and with more than 30 years of…

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Orange Bank & Trust Provides More Than $100M in PPP Loans

May 2020

MIDDLETOWN—Orange Bank & Trust Company reported on May 5 the successful processing of more than 700 small business loan applications for local business customers, totaling more than $100 million. The applications were funded under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was established in late March to help small businesses remain afloat and retain employees…

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Mortgage Forbearance Does Not Mean Mortgage Forgiveness

March 2020

As I sit here trying to find words of advice for consumers to navigate through the financial portion of COVID-19, my emotions are all over the place. It’s difficult to talk about finances when we’re all going through so much more, although, I know this information is important and crucial for some to protect against…

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