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Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital arranged a life company loan for the acquisition of five shopping centers in the Chicago suburbs

Bellwether Enterprise Arranges Acquisition Loan for Chicagoland Shopping Center Portfolio

Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital LLC (BWE), a national commercial and multifamily mortgage banking company, closed on a $74,487,616 life company loan to finance the acquisition and improvement of a diverse portfolio of open-air shopping centers in the Chicago metropolitan area. The five properties in the portfolio are Cicero Marketplace, Northwest Shopping Center, Golf Plaza II, Fox River Commons and English Valley. 

Daniel Rosenberg, EVP in BWE’s Chicago office, originated the loan on behalf of the borrower, Continental Realty Corporation. 

The properties were approximately 82% leased at the time of acquisition and are home to nearly 70 tenants, including many at below-market-rate rent. To help mitigate rollover risk, no single tenant occupies more than 15% of the portfolio’s gross leasable space. 

The lender provided a fixed rate, interest-only loan to help protect against future rate increases. The three-year loan also comes with two one-year extension options.  


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