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A Rebound in Sight for Commercial and Multifamily Lending

New Q4 2020 data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations affirms the movement we here at Juniper Capital have been observing over the last few months: New loan inquires are picking up. In its latest report, commercial mortgage originations, while still down year over year, were up 76 percent over the third quarter of 2020, evidencing a rebound in our space. Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were 18 percent lower in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to a year ago, but increased 76 percent from the third quarter of 2020, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations. Overall commercial and multifamily mortgage originations volumes show […]

Marina Square Brings More Housing to Bremerton

The Marina Square development is underway, following the Port of Bremerton’s sale of a two-acre parking lot to Sound West Group. The sale concludes a deal that has been in the works since the tail end of last year. Juniper Capital provided Sound West with $1.75 million in short-term financing for the acquisition. Marina Square will consist of two six-story buildings, each with stunning views overlooking the Bremerton Marina. The south building is scheduled to become a hotel containing 120 rooms, a restaurant and commercial space, while the north building will include 134 apartments and three levels of parking. Construction is anticipated to take roughly 18-24 months. Aside from dazzling views and amenities, one of the major draws to this […]

Half of Top US Housing Markets are “Overvalued”

It probably won’t come as a surprise to those who are house hunting in the Pacific Northwest that homes have become extremely difficult to afford. Prices of homes, especially in the Northwest, continue to soar while incomes fail to keep up. At the end of July 2017, 46% of the top 50 housing markets were considered “overvalued” according to the financial data experts at CoreLogic. So, what’s to blame? A record-low supply of homes for sale keeps driving prices upward. So much so, that the supply at the end of July 2017, was 9% lower compared to July 2016 and has been shrinking steadily for nearly three years, according to the National Association of Realtors. “Home prices in July continued […]

What’s to Blame for Seattle’s Skyrocketing Prices?

Any aspiring homeowner in Seattle knows that finding a house for sale is becoming a Herculean task, and one nearly impossible when trying to find a home that’s affordable. A laundry list of possible culprits has emerged: Amazon, Californians braving the rain, foreign buyers, or large developers purchasing old properties. However, the real culprit, industry experts claim, is that there are no houses for sale. According to a recent report from and explored in The Seattle Times, though Seattle only has the 15th largest housing market in the country, it has the second lowest number of houses for sale. Only 0.4 percent, or 1 of every 263, Seattle homes are for sale, and those usually sell within fifteen days, […]

Seattle Nears Top of Zillow’s Hottest Housing Markets

Last week, Zillow, a Seattle-based company, released its predictions for this year’s hottest housing markets across the country. With median rent prices of $2,400 and the median home price over $612,000, Seattle was ranked second. Following behind Nashville, it has a forecasted home value appreciation rate of 5.6 percent for 2017. To compile the list, Zillow looked at three factors in the 100 largest markets: their Home Value Forecast, recent income growth, and unemployment rates in the area. Along with Seattle, the West Coast was well-represented with Portland, OR and Sacramento, CA, with smaller, central markets like Salt Lake City and Provo, UT also expected to see a lot of growth. “Mid-size cities…are desirable places to live, with good employment […]

Will Sound Transit 3 Raise Your Rent?

On November 8, Washington voters approved Sound Transit 3, a historic expansion to existing light rails that will bring mass transit to cities across the state including Everett, Ballard, Tacoma, Issaquah, and Kirkland. Though it will take almost a decade until the 116-mile system is completed, state residents will be seeing the property tax necessary to finance the $54 billion project sooner. In a recent article in The Seattle Times, Gene Balk hypothesizes how non-property owners will be impacted by the tax. Balk writes that while landlords occasionally swallow tax increases out of fear of their renters moving to a nearby, un-taxed neighborhood, the reach of this property tax will make moving elsewhere not a viable option for many people […]

Eastside Tech Explosion?

When real estate experts look at tenants’ futures in Seattle’s Eastside, there are many rumors circulating about what Bellevue and its neighbors have in store. Will Apple set up a campus on the Eastside? Will Amazon move to Bellevue? Will Expedia move to Seattle? Some particular questions are also widely speculated, like will F5’s requirement end up on the Eastside? Is the interest in Esterra Park real and will 400 Lincoln be fully leased by the end of the year? ​The Eastside is evolving for sure and could change dramatically in the next few years. It’s good to see that there is sustained, real interest from large-scale office users, in particular tech companies. In fact, a recent article on Geekwire […]

Real Estate in West Seattle

A recent article on by Kirsten O’Brien gives good perspective on the current state of residential property sales in the greater Seattle area. As the staff writer mentions, “West Seattle is like a microcosm of Seattle… It’s a popular place to live, and is considered a hidden gem.” The three bungalows, listing for less than $850K each, were all in the North Admiral neighborhood. They either had a detached garage or a fully fenced sports court, and they were all within walking distance of Alki Beach. At Juniper Capital, we follow real estate news in the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle and the eastside, because we specialize in private money loans for real estate in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We […]

Real Estate Robust in Both Washingtons

This article by staff reporter Mark Holan of the Washington Business Journal, describes how one ambitious hard money lender is branching out to meet the demand for alternative real estate lending across the eastern U.S., including the “other” Washington. The housing market in the District of Columbia is on an upward swing, similar to commercial real estate in the Pacific Northwest. By offering convenient private money loans, lenders like Juniper Capital can help investors secure profitable real estate investments quickly in a flourishing market. As Holan reports: “(Hard money) lending decisions are usually made in just a few days without the tedious underwriting hurdles of banks. That allows investors to buy properties for cash, often before they are posted in […]

Puget Sound Real Estate Ranks High

Real estate in the Puget Sound region remains in the top ten nationally, according to “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014,” a long-trusted publication by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The real estate markets in question include investment, development, and residential properties. Seattle’s office, industrial, and distribution properties reside in the top five nationally. In addition, CoreLogic’s index of national house prices reveals a 12% September increase in Seattle, compared to September 2012. Read more about these statistics and rankings in The Seattle Times’ “Sturdy Outlook for Seattle Real Estate” by Jon Talton. Juniper Capital specializes in private money real estate loans in the Puget Sound. As hard money lenders in Issaquah, Washington, Juniper Capital fast funding for real […]