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Principal Life Insurance Makes Q3 Mark on East Coast, Chicago

As we noted in our Q2 Lending Spotlight, insurance companies have been conspicuously absent from the top 10 list of commercial real estate lenders in New York City this year, though they have maintained a prominent role in the Boston and Chicago markets ‒  a trend that looks to have continued in Q3.

That’s not to say insurers took the summer off in the Big Apple, however.

Prudential, which was a top 10 NYC originator in Q2 2016, issued first and second mortgages of $18 million and $16 million, respectively, for 241 Central Park West. The loans to refinance the Upper West Side multi-family property were recorded on August 29.

Meanwhile, down in the Village, Principal Life Insurance provided a June $28 million first-mortgage construction loan for a 58,000 square foot office building at 57 E. 11th St. The Greenwich Village property, built in 1903, is undergoing a complete renovation.

Des Moines, Iowa-based Principal Life kept itself busy outside NYC, as well.

Still on the East Coast, over in Boston’s Financial District, Principal Life financed $42 million of debt in June for 50 Congress St., a 188,000 sq.-ft, office property with large floor plates of nearly 19,000 sq.-ft. per floor, which appeal to a wide variety of possible tenants.

As we noted in our Q2 Lending Spotlight, insurance companies have been conspicuously absent from the top 10 list of commercial real estate lenders in New York City this year, though they have maintained a prominent role in the Boston and Chicago markets ‒  a trend that looks to have continued in Q3.

That’s not to say insurers took the summer off in the Big Apple, however.

Prudential, which was a top 10 NYC originator in Q2 2016, issued first and second mortgages of $18 million and $16 million, respectively, for 241 Central Park West. The loans to refinance the Upper West Side multi-family property were recorded on August 29.

Meanwhile, down in the Village, Principal Life Insurance provided a June $28 million first-mortgage construction loan for a 58,000 square foot office building at 57 E. 11th St. The Greenwich Village property, built in 1903, is undergoing a complete renovation.

Des Moines, Iowa-based Principal Life kept itself busy outside NYC, as well.

Still on the East Coast, over in Boston’s Financial District, Principal Life financed $42 million of debt in June for 50 Congress St., a 188,000 sq.-ft, office property with large floor plates of nearly 19,000 sq.-ft. per floor, which appeal to a wide variety of possible tenants.

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Charles Mctiernan comes to CrediFi from Ned Davis Research Group and Roubini Global Economics, where he was the global head of sales. He also spent more than 10 years at Reuters America Holdings, where he held a number of senior sales leadership roles, including head of solutions sales and head of global accounts. Charles, who received his bachelor’s in economics from East Carolina University, has more than 25 years of experience in technology, data and research sales.

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