In another sign of life in the real estate market, a New York developer is expressing confidence he can arrange bank financing for the construction of an 800,000-square-foot midtown office tower.

"There seems to be a willingness" on the part of banks to lend the money, provided tenants sign up in advance for a substantial amount of the space, said Larry Wyman, managing director of HRO International Ltd., an organization controlled by Howard Ronson.

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