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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Housing/Subprime/Credit Roundup — September 18, 2008

Items of Interest:

Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
America will need a $1,000bn bail-out
Walden Siew / Reuters:
S&P says pressure building on U.S. “AAA” rating
Attaturk / Firedoglake: The Warm Embrace of a Job Well Done
Wall Street Journal:
Worst Crisis Since '30s, With No End Yet in Sight
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Absurdity Of CNBC — The entire financial system …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo: LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD
Bob Fertik / Democrats.com: Conservatives Want Socialism for the Rich
Diana Olick / Realty Check:
Housing Stats: Completions Down (Good) But Vacancies Up (Bad) -- We all know what empty homes do to a neighborhood, but we’re now looking at brand new developments, filled with empty homes. That means the retail doesn’t move in and the other services don’t move in, and that just turns back around to potential buyers who don’t want to move in...
Seeking Alpha:
Manhattan Office Vacancy Rate Could Rise To 12% -- Real estate brokers Jones Lang LaSalle: Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy could push Manhattan’s commercial real estate vacancy rate up to nearly 10% by Q1’09… In Class A midtown buildings, the vacancy rate could skyrocket to 12% if Lehman disposes all of its space… based on its estimate of Lehman holding 2.7 million-sf of space. Currently, vacancy rates for midtown Class A properties… are running at 8%... Those estimates don’t include the fallout from Bank of America’s sudden acquisition of Merrill Lynch or American International Group… Merrill leases 4.2 million-sf at the World Financial Center [and] an additional 850,000-sf in various locations in Manhattan… AIG occupies about 3M-sf of space downtown… The vacancy rate [already] climbed to 7.1% in Q2...

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