December 5, 2023

The Golden Metropolis has been no stranger to the unstable housing market, however one New York Metropolis actual property powerhouse led by mother-daughter crew Dolly and Jenny Lenz warns San Francisco is now a “catastrophe” for the business.

“It was as soon as the jewel and the crown. San Francisco was our private favourite metropolis, our shoppers’ favourite metropolis. The jewel and the crown is a catastrophe,” Dolly Lenz Actual Property CEO Dolly Lenz stated on “The Claman Countdown” Thursday. 

“A number of large hoteliers have given again the keys to the lenders” Dolly added. “They only stated, You already know what, I hand over. I paid a billion and a half. You gave me a $700 million mortgage. I am unable to afford to make the funds, and you are not going to refinance.”


In June, Park Resorts & Resorts Inc. introduced that it stopped making funds on a $725 million mortgage that secured each its 1,921-room Hilton San Francisco Union Sq. and 1,024-room Parc 55 San Francisco properties and expects to take away them from its portfolio, citing a number of “main challenges” within the California metropolis.

In its June investor presentation, Park Resorts cited “ongoing considerations over security and safety” as a part of its rationale for giving up on the 2 outstanding San Francisco inns, and stated the transfer would save $30 million a yr in curiosity funds and a few $200 million in upkeep bills over the subsequent 5 years.

“The issue is we’re scared that that is going to trigger contagion,” managing director Jenny Lenz stated. “So if that is occurring in a single constructing, then one other, then one other lodge. And these banks cannot afford to maintain them on the stability sheets. They will need to take them again and promote them rapidly. That is going to trigger extra provide which goes to trigger costs to return down.”

“San Francisco is a catastrophe each in industrial and in residential,” she added. 

Dolly Lenz Actual Property CEO Dolly Lenz and managing director Jenny Lenz declare the San Francisco actual property market is a catastrophe. (FOX Enterprise / Fox Information)

Park’s departure comes amid a rising exodus of retailers fleeing downtown San Francisco for numerous causes as town continues to wrestle with retail theft, homelessness and a raging drug disaster.

Corporations together with AT&T, Westfield and Nordstrom are amongst companies planning to additionally exit San Francisco’s downtown space. 

Dolly claimed, in San Francisco, “residential is lifeless, industrial is deader.”


The problems with industrial actual property lengthen past San Francisco, and in response to the actual property skilled, is “worse” than individuals assume. 

“It is worse as a result of quite a lot of the information is not on the market but,” Dolly stated. “They’re attempting to work with the house owners of those properties to say, look, we’ll offer you a short-term extension, let’s work this out. However the house owners are saying, no, I am unable to afford this. So until you give me half an rate of interest like I had earlier than or we do one thing else, very artistic, I am unable to afford to maintain this and proceed to keep up it.”

Jenny added that most of the loans in industrial actual property are coming due throughout the subsequent 18 months. 

“We’ll see how this performs out. And when you simply sit on the sidelines, you can also make 5.5% on a six-month T-bill… That is being paid handsomely for doing completely nothing. So are you actually going to spend money on residential, industrial? You are not. You are going to be on the sidelines,” Jenny stated.


Whereas the industrial aspect struggles, the actual property consultants identified that stated luxurious house is an space that’s performing properly regardless of the general market points.

In New York Metropolis, for instance, properties above $2 million are nonetheless seeing success.

“It is loopy. It is all headline. So New York, two current gross sales this week. $50 million [for] one downtown rental, $52 million [for] one other downtown rental over 10,000 a foot. These not too long ago offered for round $30. So a $20 million bump in 5 years. It is loopy,” she stated. 

“Sadly for the typical shopper, they’re nonetheless affected by excessive mortgage charges,” Jenny famous. “They’re at about 7% for a 30-year mounted. Excessive median house value at about $430,000, which is about 32% increased than simply a few years in the past. So we actually cannot get a break when you’re the typical shopper or first-time house purchaser, and so they’re simply affected by excessive inflation. It is actually unhealthy.”

In response to the most recent information from Freddie Mac, the 30-year-fixed mortgage charge is at 6.96% for the week ending July 13, up from the identical time final yr at 5.51%. 

Current inflation information confirmed costs cooling as the patron value index climbed 3% on an annual foundation. Core inflation, nonetheless, remained increased at 4.8%, exhibiting each inflation numbers properly above the Federal Reserve’s goal of two%. 


Dolly identified how costs, notably in Florida, are driving consumers away from the market. 

“Florida’s excellent, if not nice. It is nearly on the peak, which is nearly the unhealthy information as a result of costs have gone up so rapidly that individuals are being priced out of the market,” she warned. 

“They’re exhibiting up 9 months later and saying, oh, keep in mind that condo I offered for $2 million? Can we go go to one other one like that? Effectively, now it is three and a half. So that they’re like, wait a minute, it was simply $2 million.”

FOX Enterprise’ Breck Dumas, Megan Henney and Aislinn Murphy contributed to this report.