Your Rolodex is More Important Than Your Personal Financial Statement

By David Repka, Co-Founder Bison Financial Group Let’s face it, the last few years have been astonishingly difficult for anyone in the “dealmaking game” as fear, uncertainty and doubt have crept into the capital markets driving reliable sources of capital Read More

Is Warren Buffet's entry into distressed real estate the sign we have been looking for that it is safe to jump back in the water?

Not really. While there is frothy excitement in social media circles that Warren Buffet’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is mentioned in the same sentence as “distressed real estate” his firm is a special servicer, not a buyer of distressed Read More

Bank cleanup delayed: Where are all those fish that were supposed to be in the barrel?

Earlier this year, commercial real estate had all the hallmarks of a distressed asset sale of the millennium. Across America, hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of office buildings, hotels, apartment complexes and malls were tanked up with debt and Read More

Is Commercial Real Estate a Zombie Filled Black Hole or Double Down Opportunity?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4TqcnID77c] D.C.-area developer Jeff Neal gives the Huffington Post Investigative Fund a tour of empty commercial properties just blocks from the Capitol. He says we were, “drunk on a binge of easy credit and the bartender (the market) took away Read More

About $12B In TALF Eligible Deals Emerge Ahead Of Deadline

From the Wall Street Journal By Anusha Shrivastava Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–About $12 billion in consumer loan-backed deals have emerged ahead of a loan-application deadline for cheap funding under a Federal Reserve program. Issuers include Ford Read More

TALF Update: Fed Gets $2.3 Billion of Commercial Mortgage Requests

By Jody Shenn on Bloomberg.com Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Investors asked the Federal Reserve for $2.3 billion of loans against commercial-mortgage-backed securities created before this year, an expansion from $668.9 million in its financing program’s first round a month earlier. Read More

Commercial Real Estate Lessons from Charles Darwin

By David Repka I attended an Urban Land Institute (ULI) conference a few weeks back. During the coffee and continental breakfast I overheard someone being asked, “How’s business?”. Their reply, “I’m surviving… but survival is the new good”, got me Read More