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Fair Value Disclosures

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Fair Value Disclosures
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2013
Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]  
Fair Value Disclosures
NOTE 8: FAIR VALUE DISCLOSURES
Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value
For assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis, quantitative disclosures about the fair value measurements are required to be disclosed separately for each major category of assets and liabilities, as follows:
Level 1: Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets
Level 2: Significant other observable inputs
Level 3: Significant unobservable inputs
The only assets or liabilities we had at September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012 that are recorded at fair value on a recurring basis are the assets held in the Supplemental Executive Retirement Program (“SERP”). We base the valuations related to this asset on assumptions derived from significant other observable inputs and accordingly these valuations fall into Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy. The fair values of these assets at September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012 were as follows (in thousands):
 
September 30, 2013
 
December 31, 2012
 
Fair
Value
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Fair
Value
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SERP
$
3,004

 
$

 
$
3,004

 
$

 
$
2,421

 
$

 
$
2,421

 
$



Financial Assets and Liabilities Not Measured at Fair Value
The following disclosures of estimated fair value were determined by management using available market information and established valuation methodologies, including discounted cash flow. Many of these estimates involve significant judgment. The estimated fair value disclosed may not necessarily be indicative of the amounts we could realize on disposition of the financial instruments. The use of different market assumptions or estimation methodologies could have an effect on the estimated fair value amounts. In addition, fair value estimates are made at a point in time and thus, estimates of fair value subsequent to September 30, 2013 may differ significantly from the amounts presented.
Following is a summary of significant methodologies used in estimating fair values and a schedule of fair values at September 30, 2013.
Cash and Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash include cash and commercial paper with original maturities of less than 90 days, which are valued at the carrying value, which approximates fair value due to the short maturity of these instruments (Level 1 inputs).
Notes Receivable
We acquired a note receivable ("2445 M Street note") in 2008 with the purchase of 2445 M Street. We estimate the fair value of the 2445 M Street note based on a discounted cash flow methodology using market discount rates (Level 3 inputs).
Debt
Mortgage notes payable consist of instruments in which certain of our real estate assets are used for collateral. We estimate the fair value of the mortgage notes payable by discounting the contractual cash flows at a rate equal to the relevant treasury rates (with respect to the timing of each cash flow) plus credit spreads estimated through independent comparisons to real estate assets or loans with similar characteristics. Lines of credit payable consist of bank facilities which we use for various purposes including working capital, acquisition funding or capital improvements. The lines of credit advances are priced at a specified rate plus a spread. We estimate the market value based on a comparison of the spreads of the advances to market given the adjustable base rate. We estimate the fair value of the notes payable by discounting the contractual cash flows at a rate equal to the relevant treasury rates (with respect to the timing of each cash flow) plus credit spreads derived using the relevant securities’ market prices. We classify these fair value measurements as Level 3 as we use significant unobservable inputs and management judgment due to the absence of quoted market prices.
As of September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the carrying values and estimated fair values of our financial instruments were as follows (in thousands):
 
September 30, 2013
 
December 31, 2012
 
Carrying Value
 
Fair Value
 
Carrying Value
 
Fair Value
Cash and cash equivalents (1)
$
7,923

 
$
7,923

 
$
19,324

 
$
19,324

Restricted cash (1)
7,674

 
7,674

 
14,582

 
14,582

2445 M Street note
6,166

 
6,990

 
6,617

 
6,654

Mortgage notes payable (1)
314,305

 
337,266

 
342,970

 
374,591

Lines of credit
85,000

 
85,000

 

 

Notes payable
846,576

 
873,702

 
906,190

 
968,040


(1) Includes amounts that have been reclassified to "Other assets related to properties sold or held for sale" or "Other liabilities related to properties sold or held for sale" on the consolidated balance sheets (see note 3).