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Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 5:56 a.m.

McKinley appointed receiver of one of largest distressed apartment portfolios in U.S.

By Paula Gardner

An Ann Arbor real estate company was just awarded a contract to manage one of the largest distressed multifamily housing portfolios in the U.S.

McKinley Inc. was appointed receiver of the Babcock and Brown FX 3 Portfolio, which was originated by Column Financial in 2006.

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The $195 million loan for the 14-property portfolio was packaged into commercial mortgage-backed securities by an Austrailian investment company that liquidated in 2009.

At that time, the company owned more than 20,000 apartment units that were financed by the complex CMBS structure.

Many of the firm’s assets have been sold as the trust operating them winds down, said Ken Polsinelli, senior vice president at McKinley.

Now, McKinley is taking over the management of the portfolio’s 3,719 units in six states, Polsinelli said.

“It’s a significant assignment,” he said.

McKinley owns about 5,000 apartments in Washtenaw County and about 15,000 others in its 20-state market.

Over recent years, its business has grown significantly from adding to its institutional management portfolio, bringing its total number of multifamily units under management to 30,000.

The latest contract represents at least 10 percent growth in that number.

It comes as the CMBS market continues to suffer under declining values, particularly in the multifamily sector, Polsinelli said.

“Commercial real estate is still very distressed,” he said.

Among CMBS deals, the default rate for multifamily properties is about 17 percent. That compares to its historic rate of about 1 percent.

That means there still will be many more temporary management opportunities awaiting companies like McKinley, which specializes in large, complex deals, Polsinelli said.

The most recent assignment could last up to about two years, Polsinelli said. That timeframe represents a typical workout, which makes McKinley responsible not just for daily operations but also initiating repairs, raising occupancy levels and increasing the value of the asset.

McKinley will hire staff at the individual properties, but the contract is not likely to result in additional staffing at the Ann Arbor headquarters on North Main Street, Polsinelli said.

Recent local workouts for McKinley include Tuscan Creek and LakePointe Apartments, both in Ypsilanti Township.



Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 1:06 p.m.

They are a great management company . Civic minded yet business smart a goal for every management to set . Without them property values would be further depressed . So contrary to what some think in size does come strength of character and value . Lake in the Woods was a ghetto until McKinley took it over . Please keep up the great work .


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 2:47 a.m.

McKinley Inc. was founded by Ron Weiser, recent state GOP chairman. It has a great reputation in property management.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

Living somewhat near another McKinley complex i'm impressed by the company's attention to keeping up appearences, and although the place regularly shows up on the AnnArbor Observer crime map that's not the fault of the company.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 5:38 p.m.

Either the owners voluntarily agreed to a receivership or a court ordered one (the article is unclear). Rarely does the former happen and, for the latter, the property must be seriously distressed in both a financial and operational sense.

Thinking over here

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 4:26 p.m.

So is the Villas (pictured) a distressed property?


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 2:35 p.m.

I've seem McKinley do somewonderful things with distressed properties. I've live in a couple of their units and found them to be quite competant. I hope that this does not overwhelm their organization. The best of luck to them.