The Bay Shore shopping center is 100% occupied, anchored by anewly expanded and remodeled 60,000-sf Super Stop & Shopsupermarket. In addition, the property boasts regional and nationaltenants, including Eckerd, Dunkin' Donuts and Blockbuster.

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This transaction demonstrates the emphasis GE Real Estate placeson building strong customer relationships. "GE rate-locked thisdeal even though we were in the middle of the sub-prime lendingimplosion," says the broker, Paul Greenbaum of GCP Capital GroupLLC.

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David Cohen, regional director with GE Real Estate notes that,"in spite of the changes that occurred in the financing marketduring this deal, those relationships were our top priority. Wewant to continue to be a dependable financing partner."

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Cohen explains to GlobeSt.com that, "at the time that weactually rate locked the deal, the subprime market went intoturmoil and several of our competitors either were not rate lockingtransactions or were increasing their spreads by 20 plus basispoints... .And obviously during this turmoil, there was a lot ofuncertainty and volatility with the widening of CMBS spreads."

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"Other lenders were changing terms as the availability oflong-term, interest-only products in this market quicklyevaporated," adds Rubin Pikus, CEO of Milbrook Properties. "GEcould easily have backed out of their commitment, but they didn't.They delivered and closed on every detail, exactly aspromised."

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Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of GlobeSt.com and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses GlobeSt.com, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for GlobeSt.com. Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, FashionLedge.com, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including MSNBC.com and Museums New York magazine.