The five-story 94-foot by 89-foot property at the northeastcorner of 92nd St. and 37th Ave. contains 46 units--three studios,35 one-bedrooms and seven two-bedrooms--and six stores overapproximately 41,830 sf. The building is two blocks from RooseveltAvenue and Junction Boulevard near shopping and the 7 subwayline.

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Massey Knakal broker Swain Weiner tells GlobeSt.com that thebuyer is Queens-based investor, Clearview LLC. He explains thatClearview was attracted to the combination of retail andresidential "in a thriving area of Jackson Heights." The seller henotes, is Blue Star LLC, and is selling the property because "he isan active investor."

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The transaction, which Weiner says had more than 20 offers,occurred at a capitalization rate of 7.06%. The property sold for$184.08 per sf. He notes that the property is a "great piece in anarea that only grows in population. The buyers will work onimprovements in the building and subtely increase the top linerevenue stream."

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Weiner, who represented the sell with broker Kenneth Hillman,says that "apartment buildings continue to be the most desirableproperty type in the market today. Investors jumped at thisopportunity. We were able to maximize the sale price and terms forthe contract with a sit down signing during the contractphase."

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[IMGCAP(2)]The six-story, 92-foot by 153-foot property at 86-11Whitney Ave. is located at the northeast corner of Whitney Avenueand Macnish Street. It consists of 90 units broken down into 90units--17 studios, 48 one-bedrooms, 24 two-bedrooms and a super'sunit. It also features twin elevators and an indoor parking garagefor 19 vehicles.

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Weiner, who exclusively represented the seller, David Greene,tells GlobeSt.com that this was a family-owned property and "theseller was retiring from the business." He notes that there were 25offers and the buyer, Westchester investor, Wassermann LLC, wasinterested in the mint condition, as well as the location of theproperty. "This sale demonstrated that a good product will sellwith a strong price in any economic environment," he says.

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The transaction occurred at a capitalization rate of 4.37%. Theproperty sold for $134.98 per sf. A block and a half from Broadway,the property offers everything in a neighborhood that is onlyexpected to continue growing, he says.

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In a Q2 question and answer session, Massey Knakal chairmanRobert Knakal, says that multifamily properties remain in highestdemand "given their artificially below market rent levels due torent regulation. They are also easiest to finance." He did note,however that the biggest question for this sector is howlegislation is going to affect regulation. "The political horizonis likely to change fundamentally in November and these changeswill undoubtedly make things more challenging for landlords."

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