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LeFrak, Citigroup execs talk commercial real estate investments

March 03, 2010 10:39AM

Richard LeFrak, president of the LeFrak Organization, appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box recently with Tom Flexner, global head of Citigroup Real Estate, to discuss opportunities in the commercial real estate market. LeFrak, who cited the billions of investment dollars on the market sidelines, asked Flexner how private capital can invest in real estate at a time when no one seems willing to take a loss on their distressed assets. “It’s really a function of distressed sellers rather than distressed assets,” Flexner said. “The number one way that private capital can get into the real estate sector is to lower their return requirements.”