How USD Helped Four Alumni Close a Real Estate Deal

Monday, June 25, 2018TOPICS: Alumni

Published article by SoCal Real Estate
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Story by Carrie Rossenfeld at SoCal Real Estate.

The Shops at Fletcher Hills Center, a 36,750-square-foot retail center in El Cajon, California, anchored by 99 Cents Only, recently sold for $7.8 million. The transaction, by most standards in the commercial real estate world, could be described as textbook except for one interesting fact: four alumni graduating in different years from the real estate program at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Business had a hand in successfully closing the transaction.

The property, comprising three retail buildings on approximately 2.86 acres, is situated on Fletcher Parkway and is 98 percent leased to a diverse tenant mix including Coldwell Banker and Baskin Robbins. It’s in a high-traffic location with over 31,000 cars per day and good frontage. The loan for the transaction was made with a local credit union at 65 percent LTV, fixed for 10 years, with no prepay. It features a stabilized rent roll and strong historical occupancy.

Alfred Atallah, principal attorney with San Diego–based Atallah Law Group and broker at Atallah Group, a real estate brokerage company, who obtained both a BBA in 2000 and his JD in 2003 from USD; Shaun Moothart, a vice president at Newport Beach, California–based CBRE Capital Markets’ Debt & Structured Finance, with a BBA from USD obtained in 2006; Chris Carter, a 2012 USD grad with a Master of Science in Real Estate, who is director of acquisitions and leasing with San Diego–based SENTRE; and Danielle Priore, a 2017 USD graduate with a BBA, who works with Moothart in the Newport Beach office as a financial analyst on CBRE’s Debt and Structured Finance Team, each played a significant role in the transaction.


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