El mega propietario de Wall Street, Blackstone, gira el tornillo del gobierno español y el mercado inmobiliario
In English Below. traducción del articulo de Don Quijones, El mega terrateniente de Wall Street, Blackstone, una vez más está haciendo sentir su presencia en España, que representa aproximadamente una quinta parte de su imperio de propiedad global. Durante la sesión de preguntas y respuestas de una reciente reunión de desayuno organizada por la Cámara de Comercio de Estados Unidos, la asesora principal de la filial española del grupo, Claudio Boada, se enfrentó a la Ministra de Economía y Negocios de España, Nadia Calviño, sobre los planes del gobierno para reformar las leyes de alquiler en España, un intento de frenar el ritmo de aumento de alquileres.De particular interés para el coloso de capital privado es el objetivo declarado del gobierno de extender la duración mínima de los contratos de alquiler de tres a cinco años para particulares y de tres a siete años para empresas, con la esperanza de atenuar la tasa a la que aumentan los alquileres. en el país. Pero también obstaculizará la capacidad de los propietarios de capital privado como Blackstone para desalojar a los inquilinos existentes de las propiedades recién adquiridas lo más rápido posible para aumentar los precios de alquiler de los nuevos.“Creemos que las medidas que se están discutiendo podrían terminar incrementando el precio de los alquileres y reduciendo la inversión”, dijo Boada. Traducción: si el gobierno continúa con su plan equivocado para hacer la vida un poco más fácil para las legiones de inquilinos en dificultades, los propietarios de capital privado como Blackstone podrían verse tentados a reducir su inversión en sacar dinero de los españoles.
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Dado que las firmas de capital privado son una de las mayores fuentes de demanda de propriedades en España, así como los principales compradores de activos inmobiliarios deteriorados de los bancos españoles y el banco malo de España, Sareb, es una amenaza bastante grande, y una del gobierno sin duda está tomando muy en serio.
Blackstone tiene más de 100,000 activos inmobiliarios en España que son controlados a través de docenas de compañías. Esos activos incluyen una enorme cartera de activos inmobiliarios deteriorados, incluidas las hipotecas en mora y los activos de propiedad inmobiliaria (REO).
La compañía no es solo el mayor administrador de propriedades privados en España; También es el mayor propietario de hoteles, luego de adquirir el fideicomiso de inversión en bienes inmobilarios(REIT) más grande del país, Hispania, por € 1,9 mil millones, a principios de este año.
Tras una serie de operaciones más pequeñas, la adquisición de Hispania consolidó la posición de Blackstone como el líder en uno de los mercados turísticos más grandes del mundo, con un stock total de 17,000 habitaciones, muy por delante de Meliá (casi 11,000), H10 (más de 10,000) y Hoteles Globales (algo más de 9.000).
En el último año y medio, Blackstone ha desempeñado un papel destacado en algunas de las operaciones inmobiliarias más grandes de España. En 2017, pagó 5,1 mil millones de euros por los préstamos en mora que Banco Santander heredó de su adquisición de Banco Popular.
En los últimos meses, se han desembolsado otros 1.700 millones de euros para comprar las participaciones de los bancos españoles en TESTA, otro REIT gigante con una cartera de más de 10.000 propiedades de alquiler.
Blackstone también es propietaria de 1,800 unidades de vivienda social, que adquirió del Ayuntamiento de Madrid en un trato poco fiable negociado por el hijo del ex primer ministro español José María Aznar y la ex alcaldesa de Madrid Ana Botella.
Blackstone pagó 202 millones de euros por los apartamentos en 2013; ahora se estima que tienen un valor de € 660 millones, ¡un 227% de rendimiento en solo cinco años!
Desde la compra de las propiedades, Blackstone ha incrementado las rentas de los apartamentos en un 49%. Los que no pueden pagar han sido desalojados.
La transformación de los principales grupos de capital privado como Blackstone en propietarios globales con más de tres billones de dólares en activos inmobiliarios, casi el doble de lo que tenían hace cinco años, se ha producido por varias razones.
Crisis de la vivienda de 1946: miles de personas marchan en Londres y ocupan bloques de lujo, forzando el Gobierno a construir casas sociales baratos. Crisis de la vivienda 2018 – ¡La misma lucha sigue siendo bueno! 196 Retweets 239 Likes
Primero, después de la crisis financiera, fueron uno de los pocos grandes participantes en el mercado con suficientes fondos disponibles para invertir en casas embargadas y planes de propiedad fallidos, de los cuales había un exceso masivo en todo el mundo.
Los bancos centrales, los reguladores financieros y los gobiernos prestaron una gran ayuda al reducir el costo de los préstamos, especialmente para los fondos bien conectados de Wall Street, a profundidades hasta entonces inimaginables, así como al aprobar regulaciones que facilitaron la emisión de fondos respaldados por títulos basado en alquileres
Dado que las alquileres medias en España aumentaron en un 25% desde 2014, y en más del 50% en Barcelona y las Islas Baleares, esas inversiones han dado buenos resultados.
Como advirtió en mayo la Fundación Española de Cajas de Ahorros (FUNCAS), los fondos de capital privado con grandes inversiones han empezado a preocuparse de que muchas familias españolas, que se ganan la vida con trabajos mal pagados, sin seguridad, sean incapaces de pagar las altas rentas de hoy.
Muchos de los que no pueden pagar ya han sido desalojados de los apartamentos que son propiedad del fondo.
El gobierno pretende (o al menos antes tenía la intención de) ayudar a estas personas al aumentar la duración mínima de los contratos de alquiler. Pero hacer eso chocaría de frente con los intereses del mayor propietario de Wall Street.
Como tal, las posibilidades que el gobierno de España, que ya ha descartado una serie de medidas populares, en realidad cumple su promesa, son infinitamente más pequeñas hoy que antes de la reunión del desayuno de la semana pasada.
Wall Street mega-landlord Blackstone is once again making its presence felt in Spain, which represents about one-fifth of its global property empire. During the Q&A session of a recent breakfast meeting organized by the American Chamber of Commerce, the senior advisor of the group’s Spanish subsidiary, Claudio Boada, confronted Spain’s Minister of Economy and Business, Nadia Calviño, on the government’s plans to reform Spain’s renting laws in an attempt to slow down the pace of rising rents.
Of particular concern to the private equity colossus is the government’s stated goal of extending the minimum duration of rental contracts from three to five years for private individuals and from three to seven years for businesses, in the hope of tempering the rate at which rents are rising in the country.
But it will also hamper the ability of private-equity landlords like Blackstone to turf out the existing tenants of newly acquired properties as quickly as possible in order to jack up rental prices for new ones.
“We think that the measures being discussed could end up increasing the price of rents price and reducing investment,” said Boada. Translation: if the government proceeds with its misguided plan to make life a little easier for the legions of struggling tenants, private equity landlords like Blackstone might be tempted to reduce its investment in Spanish real estate.
Given that private equity firms are one of the biggest sources of demand for real estate in Spain as well as the main buyers of impaired real estate assets from Spanish banks and Spain’s bad bank, Sareb, it’s a pretty big threat — and one the government will no doubt take very seriously.
Blackstone alone has over 100,000 real estate assets in Spain that are controlled via dozens of companies. Those assets include a huge portfolio of impaired real estate assets, including defaulted mortgages and real estate-owned assets (REOs).
The company is not only the biggest private real-estate manager in Spain; it is also the biggest hotel owner, after acquiring the country’s largest real estate investment trust (REIT), Hispania, for €1.9 billion, earlier this year.
Following a string of smaller operations, the acquisition of Hispania cemented Blackstone’s position as top dog in one of the world’s biggest tourist markets, with a total stock of 17,000 beds, far ahead of Meliá (almost 11,000), H10 (more than 10,000) and Hoteles Globales (just over 9,000).
In the past year and a half, Blackstone has played a leading role in some of the largest real estate operations in Spain. In 2017 it paid €5.1 billion for the defaulted loans Banco Santander inherited from its shotgun-acquisition of Banco Popular.
In the last few months it has splashed out a further €1.7 billion to purchase Spanish banks’ holdings in TESTA, another giant REIT with a portfolio of more than 10,000 rental properties.
Blackstone also owns 1,800 social housing units, which it acquired from Madrid City Hall in a dodgy deal brokered by the son of former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar and former Madrid mayor Ana Botella.Blackstone paid €202 million for the apartments in 2013; they are now estimated to be worth €660 million — a 227% return in just five year! Since its purchase of the properties, Blackstone has hiked rents on the flats by 49%. Those who can’t pay have been evicted.The transformation of top private equity groups like Blackstone into global landlords with over three trillion dollars of real estate assets — almost double what they had five years ago — has occurred for a number of reasons.First, after the financial crisis they were one of the few large market participants with enough funds on hand to invest in foreclosed homes and failed property schemes, of which there was a massive glut all over the world.
Housing Crisis 1946 – Thousands march in London in support of squatted empty blocks in Bloomsbury, forcing Governmant to build cheap social housing. Housing Crisis 2018 – The same struggle is still good! 196 Retweets 239 Likes
Central banks, financial regulators, and governments lent a big helping hand by driving the cost of borrowing, especially for well-connected Wall Street funds, to heretofore unimaginable depths, as well as by passing regulations that made it easier for the funds to issue rent-backed securities.
With average rents in Spain soaring by 25% since 2014, and by over 50% in Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, those investments have paid off handsomely.
As the Spanish Savings Banks Foundation (FUNCAS) warned in May, heavily invested private equity funds have begun to fret that many Spanish families, scratching a living on poorly paid, zero-security jobs, are incapable of paying today’s high rents.
Many of those that can’t pay have already been evicted from the fund-owned apartments.
It is these people the government intends (or at least intended) to help by increasing the minimum duration of rental contracts. But doing that would clash head-on with the interests of Wall Street’s largest landlord.
As such, the chances of Spain’s government, which has already backslid on a number of popular measures, actually carrying through on its pledge are infinitely smaller today than they were before last week’s breakfast meeting.
English translation .llegiu en català #ManiOkupa .Squat Demo December 1 Demonstration for Occupation
On Saturday, December 1, we take to the streets in defense of Occupation.In the face of repression and the wave of evictions we do not retreat, on the contrary, we take a step forward.
Saturday December 1 .. All on the streets! No eviction without response.
Spread the word and Act!
The occupation of abandoned sites for self-management of our lives has been a reality for more than two decades in Barcelona.
This was our response to the need for social spaces and the lack of accessible housing in the cities. In the last year, and like other times, we are experiencing a wave of repression of our projects: ccupied Social Centers such as La Clandestina, REA, Ateneu la Pua … and homes such as Ca La Trava, Kubo, Kantonada, Montmany 3 … have been evicted.
“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” – Ursula Le Guin
When the outright fascist Jair Bolsonaro won the Brazilian presidency in October, it wasn’t just the poor, people of colour, LGBTQ, or indigenous peoples that lost. Indeed, the earth’s weakened biosphere and imperiled climate lost even bigger.
The president elect of the world’s 4th largest democracy has vowed to open up vast swaths of the iconic rainforest to multinational logging, cattle, mining and agricultural industries. With this one political victory the world’s ruling capitalist elite saw more dollar signs than in their wildest dreams, and the earth’s “lungs” were given a terminal prognosis.
Bolsonaro’s rise to power bears a strong resemblance to that of Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Rodrigo Duterte and Viktor Orban.
Janjak Desalin (Jean Jacques Dessalines), said, “I Want the Assets of the Country to be Equitably Divided” and for that he was assassinated, 212 years ago today.
Nearly a million Haitians took to the streets nationwide in Haiti on October 17, 2018. The day marked the 212th anniversary of the assassination of Haiti’s liberator and founding father Janjak Desalin by the mulatto sons of France and their slave-making European fathers and white settler colonists.
The comical colonial co-option was obvious as many of the suspected criminals/Bafyòti who are at the heart of Haiti’s neocolonial corruption and who are accused of stealing state funds, entered the demonstrations, also asking for the stolen monies to be returned and for a stop to impunity!
Despite demonstrations, petitions, and letters, the Trump administration cut TPS to 60,000 Haitians . Trump Administration for Racial Discrimination in Haitian TPS Cut-Off … ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to about 60,000 Haitians.
But the people know who they are. The Haitian population assures that they are mobilized in an unprecedented manner and won’t be distracted…. Haitians died today. They want the Western-imposed government out of Haiti. They want an end to impunity.
The people of Haiti want the $3.8 billion PetroCaribe funds returned to Haiti with a legitimate government ruling.
Honor to Defile – Kouwon pou Defile, was the warrior mother who gathered the pieces of our Liberator and held on to our dignity on that October day, 212 years ago, as Aset did for Kmt. Thank you Defile!
If I am a whole human being today I have to say: Thank you Desalin! End the Unjust System.
If you read the Associated Press reporting for the demonstrations in Haiti, Haitians protest alleged misuse of Petrocaribe funds, you’ll see the complicit media are at it again. How is it possible that the significance of October 17th to Haitians is NEVER really mentioned in this Associated Press article for today. At least 7 Haitians died today. They did not die in vain or just because they WANTED to get shot.
They want the Western-imposed government out of Haiti, their resources to be used for local Haiti development, infrastructure, education and health, not flown to foreign coffers or used for the sole comfort of the few Western puppets imposed on them… But the racist Associated Press reporting fails to make any sense.
They won’t explain about the Digicel’s monopoly and role in the fake elections; won’t point to the Obama-Clinton, consultant-create fake elections that put in a far-right colonial puppet government in Haiti to services the oligarchs and sell out the country.
No real context was given other than the imagery of the violent Haitians throwing rocks and burning tires. The magnitude of the popular revolt wasn’t conveyed.
The AP article also fails to mention the United Nations role in Haiti, making millions for 15-years, training the police who shot the unarmed demonstrators and many say that same United Nations also transported the doctored ballots that gave Haiti the unelected, Western-supported Jovenel Moise, the people did not elect this so called “legal bandit” and the incriminated money-laundering president!
AP and their crew are a bunch of oligarchy waterboys. These racists and decontextualized articles from AP and the complicit media should not be trusted by anyone with a brain cell. They are tapping into racist imagery and stereotypes about “rioting Haitians”.
But, I’ll say his name: “Janjak Desalin (Jean Jacques Desalin”) since AP cannot utter the name of the man who first put liberty into application in the Western Hemisphere, beat three European nations and was assassinated by the mulatto sons of France and their slave-making European fathers and white settler colonists, exactly 212 years ago today.
This October 17th, Haitians came out to say this system in Haiti that started with the assassination of the man who ended slavery in the Western Hemisphere, that day is when neocolonialism and the social/economic exclusion of the Black masses began.
Two hundred and fourteen years after Haitian Independence, Haitians are still paying the price for having fought slavery and for having won that fight. The former colonists France and Spain have returned to make Haiti a free for all. The United States and Canada are there too. This is to be expected.
Almost every former European colony has had to fight for its independence more than once. Cuba fought Spain, Vietnam fought France, and then they had to fight again. Independence is never won. In Haiti, this ongoing struggle is part of the fabric of our history. If we successfully did it when we were slaves, then we can do it again.
We can never give up that fight. Haiti has been a beacon forhuman rights. When everybody was giving lip service to the rights of men, we were the ones who stepped up and said most persuasively that there was no place for slavery in the rights of men. Yet slavery persists. It was unacceptable back in the late 18th century, and it is unacceptable now. The colonists are returning as international gangs. People all over the world must also join to fight them.
It began with endless indebtedness, unfair trade, privatization of public assets for the oligarchs’ interest, wage slavery and a black face to Eurocentricism to rule on behalf of the white oligarchs. Colonialism and imperialism in Haiti will end, the demonstrators said, using the PetroCaribe $3.8 billion theft done after the earthquake, as their latest example of neocolonial theft in Haiti.
It is reported that today’s gatherings were the largest protests and popular dissent to a colonial government, ever seen in Haiti, in terms of the sheer numbers of people who took the streets, nationwide to protest the post-earthquake embezzlement of monies in the name of “helping Haitians.”
The populace gathered at several key locations in the capital and converged at Champ de Mars, in Port au Prince to show the colonial puppets, put in power through fake elections. They have NO POPULAR SUPPORT and cannot investigate themselves, indict and punish themselves for stealing monies and putting Haiti in debt that must be repaid by the oppressed and exploited Haitian majority.
The Clinton-Obama installed, puppet president, Jovenel Moise, and the other unelected narco-trafficking Parliamentarians must get out of the way, the leaders of this movement said. That’s what the people are saying. They knew the police, paid and funded by the colonists and the small white Arab/Lebanese/Syrian/Jewish (Bigio & Mev) oligarchs ruling Haiti, would shoot them. Freedom is not FREE!
A lot of people got hurt today. We knew this. The battle for liberty, inclusion, and economic justice is hard in this profit over people world. It’s been interminably long for Haitians, who, after 300 years of brutal European slavery, now are at 212-years of containment in poverty while their natural resources get pillaged and plundered by Empire’s oligarchs and puppets.
But, though long and horrific, for the descendants of Defile and Desalin, every day we die to stop the despots and tyrants and this time fight to bring economic liberty to all, not just to end chattel slavery…to be replaced by wage slavery…or cloaked in humanitarian imperialism, the charitable industrial complex, poverty pimping do-gooders or other such sophisticated frauds, dubbed “free trade, democracy, neoliberal economics, et al… ” We know the complicit media can’t tell our story. But FreeHaiti lives – Nou La! We’re still here.
In the last few days, Water Protectors across the so-called US have taken action against a variety of pipeline projects. This includes both Embridge’s Line 3 pipeline, which saw action and construction stoppages on the Fond Du Lac Ojibwe Reservation, in so-called Manitoba, and outside of a Wells Fargo in Minneapolis, a bank which is helping to finance Line 3.
Actions in the ‘Hell Bender Autonomous Zone’ in the Appalachian territory also continue against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines, and the L’eau Est La Vie camp continues to throw down against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in so-called Louisiana.
Here’s a roundup of actions that have kicked off the last several days.
In the early hours of 14th June 2017, a fire tore through a 24-storey tower block in North Kensington, killing at least 72 people. In the wake of the event, it soon became clear that this was more than a tragic accident, as revelations began to emerge around a lack of fire safety standards, a refurbishment which had saved £293k by downgrading insulation to less fire-proof material, as well as panels installed on the outside of the building to make it ‘look better’ for local wealthy neighbors (creating a cavity which acted as a chimney).
It also emerged that the residents of the tower had been trying to raise their voices in the run-up to the event in order to get their landlords and the council to address fire safety issues in the building, but to no avail….
Housing Crisis 1946 – Thousands march in London in support of squatted empty blocks in Bloomsbury and near Regents Park. Housing Crisis 2018 – The same slogan is still good! 196 Retweets 239 Likes
Grenfell Tower has now become a beacon for the housing crisis and urban inequalities in cities like London, symbolic of an aesthetic disregard for the poor (not listening to their voices and trying to mask their appearance on the city’s skyline behind panels) as well as who has the ability to access safe and secure housing (which is currently distributed around property ownership and notions of entitlement). Many, for instance, have pointed out that the fire took place in one of the richest boroughs in the country, but that Kensington and Chelsea also has one of the highest number of empty buildings in the UK, which are largely being used as investments by the international super-wealthy.”
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La Molinera, “a Social Center for neighborhoods, activists and neighbors of the city”, is the name of the group that supports the initiativeFACHADA DEL C.S. LA MOLINERA. FOTO: Gaspar Francés
Early in the morning, a large group of activists has occupied the abandoned luxury hotel Marques de la Ensenada de Valladolid with the aim that the building will never again be a space dedicated to speculation.
Around a dozen activists have been occupying the building in secret for a week, although it has not been until today when they have publicized their action.
“A group in Valladolid have decided to take a step forward and recover for the public life of the city this space that is behind us, and we have baptized itr with the name of La Molinera (The Mill).
We have been working for several months to materialize this project that today, finally, we can present publicly, considering, with all the evidence on our part, that both institutions and owners have abandoned their duties in the preservation of this heritage space, cataloged as an Asset of Cultural Interest by the Junta de Castilla y León in 1991.