Most Home Sellers Think Now is a Good Time to Sell

JON WHITELY | July 28, 2016 | 164 views

This year, sellers are unabashed in stating that they think now is a good time to sell and that they hold the power in the housing market. According to the latest Redfin Survey of home sellers conducted this month.

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3 Ways to Simplify Leasing Out Your Commercial Property

Article | July 6, 2022

You have a commercial property and you need to lease it as soon as possible. In an ideal world, you would find a client as soon as your property is vacant. But we do not live in an ideal world. As a property owner or manager, you need to list your property, get the right contacts, and find a buyer who is ready to occupy immediately at a price that's efficient to you. It can be a tedious journey. That’s where a broker comes in. Filling your vacant properties is essential but navigating a labyrinth of procedures shouldn't keep you occupied, which is whyleveraging a brokernetwork is so important. Here are three ways you can connect with brokers to make the most of their services. Updating Your Inventory List If you've tried handing a PDF of your current available listings, you might want to reconsider your approach for better chances of success. Brokers must be aware of the properties you have available if you want them to consider yours. The issue with online CRE listings is that many of them are outdated. This may cause a broker to think they’ve found an ideal property for their client, only to discover it’s already leased out. This doesn’t make a good impression. In addition, static listings are not search-friendly. To cut to the chase, deploy a search-ready, updated portfolio. Simplifying things for brokers will keep them coming back and contribute towards building a positive association with them. Sharing an Inventory List Right to Their Inbox Simplifying property search isn’t all. What are you doing to make a broker’s life much easier? You don’t need to spend a ton on proptech to reach out to brokers on time. Set up a commercial real estate email list that directly emails your updated listings to the brokers, providing them with timely alerts on when a new property is on the market or reminding them that an existing listing is still available. Providing Easy Access to the Property Information Regular emails about your updated property portfolio is bound to keep brokers engaged and informed. Going a step further, you can create a mobile-friendly property information page for each of your CRE properties to ensure that brokers have all the information they need at their fingertips. This avoids any bottlenecks caused by having the wrong information or no information at all about the specifications of your properties. A Final Word of Advice One of the most effective things commercial property owners can do to guarantee their properties are continuously leased is to engage with brokers, keep them updated, and simplify ways for them to interact with your property.

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The Economic Slowdown and Its Impact on the Housing Market in 2022

Article | July 12, 2022

A survey by CNBC revealed that only 24% of survey participants thought the economic conditions in the country were good in 2021. Down from 50% in 2019, Americans are losing confidence in the economy fast, which has largely impacted the housing market. The COVID-19-led recession is still getting heated, and the Federal Reserve attempted to assuage these concerns with its commitment to bringing down inflation. However, this does bring up a myriad of possibilities for the housing and real estate industry. Here are some ways the economic slowdown might impact the housing market in 2022. An Increase in Bad Debts and Vacancy Rates The economic slowdown will no longer exacerbate layoffs, especially in the entertainment, hospitality, retail and education industries. Multifamily homes may experience an increase in vacancies, especially in areas where these industries are major employers. The intense supply chain disruption is bound to impact economies worldwide. Many tenants who work in these industries may be forced to look for cheaper housing, which will create an exponential increase in the vacancy rates. Additionally, since non-payment of rent constitutes a bad debt, there will be an increase in bad debt. Moreover, suitable new tenants might not be available to replace those who are evicted for bad debt due to unemployment. Exponential Demand for Local Equity There may be a bright side to the chaos caused by the economic slowdown. It will result in an increase in the internal capital flow for real estate. Owing to the fact that the real estate market is considered a safer investment option, many stock investors will redirect their investments from the stock market to real estate. Local U.S. investors will put more money into multifamily properties, which can offset the dip in demand for multifamily real estate, leading to a stabilization in prices or avoiding a significant decline in property values. Dip in Commercial Real Estate Prices As foreign equity, which is continually searching to buy real estate in the United States, encounters difficulties accessing U.S. markets, we will observe a decline in the price of commercial real estate. Foreign investors can demand greater prices for multifamily properties since their expectations are often significantly lower than those of domestic investors. The demand for multifamily buildings will decrease as foreign investments in the American market fall, leading to reduced pricing. Bringing it Together The recession brings with it immense uncertainty. Despite this, the impact on the housing and real estate markets can be predicted by looking at historical patterns. The big picture is that buyers need to be cautious when investing but also consider the tremendous opportunity they can leverage during the recession.

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Hybrid Composite Technology- the Dark Horse of the Indian Infrastructure Sector

Article | July 14, 2022

Infrastructure development is directly proportional to the economy and is a key indicator of economic growth. World powers have heavily invested in infrastructure development to support the system and other varied sectors of the economy. The Indian construction sector, in particular, has been significantly affected by the pandemic. However, this year will be fruitful, as the sector appears poised to regain growth and seize various opportunities with the ease of global markets. The Indian construction sector began the year with DRDO partnering with Maiwir Engineering to complete a 7-storey state-of-art research facility at the Aeronautical Development Establishment campus in Bengaluru, spreading across 1,30,000 sq. ft. in a record timeline of 45 days using hybrid construction technology. The quest for a greater economy, concerning material costs and reduced construction timelines, has resulted in innovative solutions that seek to combine construction materials and methods to an optimum effect. One such adaptation is the use of hybrid construction technology. Hybrid construction technology is a mix of conventional and pre-engineered methodology, using a combination of structural steel and reinforced concrete to form an efficient and sustainable design model. The highest level of optimization is achieved in resolving complex engineering problems in well planned phases. First, the structural steel members and partial pre-cast members are manufactured off-site at a factory yard. In the second phase, ready-to-assemble members are transported to the construction site, and in the third phase, they are installed in a calibrated manner using machinery. Decoding this Innovation The hybrid construction technology is a highly flexible building system. It is composed of horizontal and vertical structures, which can be used either separately or as part of a system depending upon the required standards. It is a global, effective, and cutting-edge solution for industrial, commercial, and residential structures, as well as large works, infrastructures, facilities, renovation, and conservative restoration. An offsite precast yard is setup for the fabrication and assembling of precast elements. Once all the members are installed to form a structural frame, a cast in-situ concrete pour is done monolithically to achieve the structural integrity. The Way Forward The main areas of focus in the near future are high-rise buildings for commercial, residential, educational institutions, hospitals, data centers, and urbanization of logistic corridors. Just like India’s space program "mission to Mars," the mission to build can happen at a fraction of the cost with local materials and skill-developed teams, and we shall target and improve the country’s GDP growth with infrastructure development and spending. Over the past 3 decades in India, there has been a quantum jump in construction technology, especially in steel structures related to design concepts, erection methodology, manufacturing, section profiles, code provisions, etc. The evolution of composite structures is one such revolution, which has gained significant importance and has mostly replaced conventional construction techniques. Application of Hybrid construction technology High Rise Residential & Commercial buildings Hospitals & educational institutions Bridges Seaports & airports Data centres Recreational centres The industry can reap the benefits of both worlds of conventional concrete construction and precast structural construction. This new combination of technology ensures flexibility in terms of design and also faster project deliverables without compromising quality and onsite safety. It has proven to produce high-quality structures in record timelines, resolving complex engineering projects to cater for the rapid growth of infrastructure in the country. The Importance of Hybrid Construction Technology No or minimal wastage during the construction phase, which roughly accounts for 1–5% in conventional RCC buildings. Improved structural integrity Faster construction reduces the timelines by up to 60% Optimized resource utilization Wind loads & seismic load resistant Significant reduction in construction costs While fast-growing economies like China and other developed economies in Europe and the Middle East are adopting technological advancements for constructing complex engineering projects and residential structures, with this revolutionary technology, India can witness itself on the global map as a developed economy by building faster and more economically efficient structures than any other global power.

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3 Proptech Trends That Are Making Waves in the Real Estate Industry

Article | July 6, 2022

Proptech, or property technology, comprises digital solutions that help facilitate buying, selling and leasing of commercial real estate. It is also called CREtech or REtech for commercial real estate technology, respectively. It usually refers to the digital tools and software used in real estate. With digitalization growing at an exponential rate across the real estate sector, proptech is evolving, here are three topmost trends in proptech that real estate solution providers must keenly follow. 1 3D House Tours Both prospective buyers and real estate agents love this technology. 3D house tours simulate a real house tour and can be viewed either on virtual reality (VR) headsets or one’s computer screen. They simplify initial interactions by enabling users to confirm their interest in a property, saving both time and visits for buyers and agents. They also allow agents to better market their properties and schedule multiple visits from the comfort of their offices. The ensuing process ensures that agents are able to provide realistic walkthroughs of their properties and eliminate friction from the get-go, making the showing as painless as possible. 2 Automated Service Desks Exceptional customer service is the name of the game in real estate and agents are expected to provide their clients with white glove service wherever possible. Conversational AI is one way that many real estate solution providers are achieving this. With round-the-clock contact channels to assist clients with the information they need, agents and brokers are better equipped to deal with queries and reduce their response time. The automation of menial tasks also ensures that they don’t have to be everywhere all the time. 3 Digital Transaction Management Real estate comes with its share of sky-high paperwork. With digital transaction management, agents can now reduce the significant amount of legwork that goes into managing paperwork. It also helps in signing documents digitally, which means physical presence isn’t needed to execute agreements and registration processes, making the process smoother and faster. Real estate clients with multiple properties will no longer need to be inundated with massive amounts of paperwork and travel. For the Record Digitalization is transforming industries at lightning speed and real estate is a frontrunner in adopting new technologies. The impact that proptech has on RE is visibly vital. The above trends are revolutionizing the real estate technology landscape. Keep an eye out to see how these trends change the way people buy and sell property.

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New Urban Land Institute Report Explores How Real Estate Sector Can Support People Experiencing Homelessness

Urban Land Institute | June 28, 2022

A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) investigates how the real estate community is working to address the homelessness crisis in the United States. The report explores how to support people experiencing homelessness through creative housing solutions and collaboration with community organizations, with the ultimate goal of providing abundant, affordable, and high-quality housing for affected and at-risk populations. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2020 marked the fourth consecutive annual increase in people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is a systemic challenge that necessitates the involvement and collaboration of the government, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, health and social services, faith communities, and the public. The ULI report, Homeless to Housed, offers housing case studies, universally applicable lessons, and a blueprint for how to replicate best practices in other communities to show how the development community can be an active partner in addressing homelessness. More than ever before, homelessness is being driven by rapidly increasing housing costs, and the public and private sectors must work together both to meet the needs of the unhoused and to prevent more households from falling into homelessness. This report offers creative models and examples of how the real estate community is effectively leveraging its housing development, management, investment, and financing expertise to enable cities to overcome the growing challenge of homelessness." Christopher Ptomey, Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing Key takeaways from the new report include: Housing is important, but social services are essential: Housing is an essential first step in addressing homelessness, but it is not a solution in and of itself. Comprehensive social services are a critical second component. Delivering one without the other offers little chance of successfully tackling the crisis. Novel, creative solutions are needed: Nowhere is the need for innovation more evident than in seeking to address homelessness. Two areas of focus are cost-effective construction methods and non-governmental funding sources. Private companies -- both in real estate and in other sectors -- have a vital role to play in the latter. All segments of the community must play a role: Homelessness affects real estate, health care, social services, education, economic development, and more. Community collaboration is essential, particularly among the private and public sectors. The real estate sector is obligated to provide cost-effective housing, and it is incumbent on governments to pursue bold policies that allow for more housing for people of all income levels. Homelessness is a multifaceted issue, but in many cases links back to economics: Whether because of a lack of affordable housing, low wages, unexpected expenses, loss of employment, illness, lack of insurance, or a domestic issue, homelessness can be a result of economic stress. The report includes seven case studies that feature creative solutions for addressing homelessness that could serve as models for investors and developers alike: New Orleans: City of New Orleans Shelter and Engagement Center provides a 24-hour shelter to 100 homeless individuals and provides services to help guests secure permanent housing. Mountain View, Calif: LifeMoves is a supportive interim housing community that provides intensive case management services to help clients overcome homelessness and return to sustainable housing. Long Beach, Calif: Former Best Western Motel Conversion was the recipient of funds from Project Homekey, California's innovative $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing. The former motels now provide temporary housing for residents 65 and older with pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. San Antonio: Haven For Hope is the largest mixed-use development in the United States that provides housing for people experiencing homelessness, as well as job training, education, medical care, identification recovery, case management, and animal care services. Sharon Crossing, N.C.: The Lotus Campaign is a non-profit organization that increases the availability of housing for people experiencing homelessness by engaging with the private, for-profit real estate and investment communities. Recognizing that neither the public nor private sector can solve homelessness alone, the Lotus Campaign strives to bridge that gap while minimizing risks for vulnerable renters. San Francisco: The Bryant Street Project provides 145 apartments of permanent supportive housing near public transit, grocery stores, and community parks to ensure that residents have access to neighborhood amenities and services. Washington: John and Jill Kerr Conway Residence provides housing constructed with sustainable materials as well as health and social services to veterans experiencing homelessness in collaboration with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Berkeley, Calif.: The project at 2012 Berkeley Way is a redevelopment of a surface parking lot in downtown Berkeley that will create three distinct projects – an 89-unit affordable family housing development; a 53-unit permanent supportive housing development; and a homeless shelter plus transitional housing – in one unified building. The full Homeless to Housed report is available on ULI's Knowledge Finder platform. About the Urban Land Institute The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

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Ashcroft Capital and SFO Capital Partners Acquire a 388-Unit Multifamily Housing Community in Atlanta

Ashcroft Capital | June 20, 2022

Ashcroft Capital, a New York-based fully integrated multifamily investment firm, and SFO Capital Partners, a London-based global real estate investment management firm, today announced their joint acquisition of Elliot Gateway (formerly Discovery Gateway), a garden-style community located in Marietta, Ga., one of metro Atlanta's thriving suburbs. The transaction marks the first joint venture between the two companies. The community features 388 apartment homes and marks Ashcroft's sixth community in metro Atlanta, a market the company entered just more than a year ago, and SFO Capital Partners' 19th acquisition in the U.S. housing sector. Birchstone Residential, Ashcroft Capital's in-house property management company, has assumed day-to-day management of Elliot Gateway. We are honored to partner with such a respected institutional firm as SFO Capital Partners, and we look forward to expanding this relationship in the future. We are also excited to expand our presence in the Atlanta market. Atlanta is a market with exceedingly positive multifamily fundamentals that bode well for our value-add strategy." Frank Roessler, founder and CEO of Ashcroft Mohamad Abouchalbak, CEO of SFO Capital Partners, said: "We are thrilled to partner with Ashcroft Capital on this exciting acquisition in Atlanta, a metro with robust macroeconomic fundamentals, favorable demographics and a clear growth outlook. To date, SFO Capital Partners has acquired over USD1 billion of U.S. housing assets comprising more than 7,500 units located across the nation's fastest growing metro areas. This has demonstrated our continued conviction in the sector. We are looking forward to growing our successful partnership with Ashcroft Capital." Elliot Gateway sits in the South Cobb/Cumberland Galleria submarket in Marietta. The booming submarket is home to a large and growing concentration of office space, a robust inventory of industrial properties, a substantial number of military personnel supporting Dobbins Air Reserve Base and highly regarded public schools. According to census data, the submarket has added the highest number of renter households with a bachelor's degree of any metro Atlanta submarket in recent years, helping drive demand for high-end apartments in the area. The submarket is also home to Truist Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) and the surrounding Battery Atlanta mixed-use development. Fortune 500 companies with offices in the area include TKE, Synovus, Genuine Parts, Comcast and HD Supply. "This tremendous submarket combined with our renovation plans, our growing 'boots on the ground' in Atlanta and the operational expertise of Birchstone Residential all set the stage for Elliot Gateway to excel and become one of the most desired apartment communities in the area," said Scott Lebenhart, chief investment officer at Ashcroft Capital. "This property and the surrounding area have so much going for them that we could not be more bullish about how Elliot Gateway will perform moving forward." In-home improvements, which will be executed by Birchstone's construction team, will include the addition of quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, faux-wood flooring, upgraded plumbing and lighting fixtures, new cabinet fronts with brushed nickel pulls and 2-inch faux-wood blinds. Other improvements will include a landscaping update, the replacement of pool-area furniture, the installation of a package locker system and the implementation of a valet trash service. Situated at 720 Franklin Gateway SE, Elliot Gateway was built in 1984 (30 of the units were constructed in 2021). The gated property offers one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Community amenities include a resort-inspired swimming pool, a new clubhouse and fitness center, playground, soccer field, outdoor kitchen and barbecue area. About Ashcroft Capital Founded in 2015, Ashcroft Capital is a vertically integrated multifamily investment firm that has acquired more than 14,600 apartment homes spanning nearly 50 communities since its inception. It now has approximately $2 billion in assets under management throughout several high-growth metros of the Sun Belt. The firm focuses on capital preservation while striving to return strong, risk-adjusted cash-on-cash to investors. Ashcroft is capitalized with high net worth, family office and institutional capital. Ashcroft specializes in value-add multifamily real estate and exhibits an expertise in extracting maximum value from every asset it acquires. Rather than attempting to play cycle timing, the firm strives to acquire excellent apartment communities within well-located submarkets of large and growing U.S. metros. About SFO Capital Partners SFO Capital Partners is a London-based global real estate investment management firm focused on investing in high quality assets acquired at attractive valuations with a clear path to value creation. SFO Capital Partners adopts disciplined investment strategies organized by asset classes and geographies. SFO Capital Partners hands-on approach to investing combines entrepreneurial agility with best-in-class practices, consistently delivering superior risk adjusted returns to its private and institutional investors. SFO Capital Partners has acquired in excess of USD2.0 billion of assets located in Europe and the USA (as of May 2022). About Birchstone Residential Birchstone Residential is the in-house property management company of Ashcroft Capital. It has a comprehensive property management platform that provides all essential services, including leasing, maintenance and construction management. Birchstone was purpose-built to execute the value-add business plan for each Ashcroft property, optimize financial returns and deliver high resident satisfaction. Committed to a people-centric culture and employee development through job training, job enrichment and accelerated development, Birchstone seeks to provide best-in-class service that attracts new residents and enriches the lifestyles of current residents.

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Atlas Cottage Homes Announces an Alternative Solution to Florida's Affordable Housing Crisis

Atlas Group LTD | June 17, 2022

Atlas Cottage Homes, a division of Atlas Group LTD, announced its plans to provide alternative affordable housing. Built to Florida code for single family homes in its manufacturing plants in Orlando, Atlas Cottages Homes range from 588 SF to 1074 sq. ft. and qualify for a 30-year mortgage. The need for affordable family housing for Florida's workforce is critical. We are equipped to create 5000 homes in the next five years in our existing facilities, and are excited to partner with local municipalities, businesses, and investors to help make homeownership more attainable and preserve paradise in the Sunshine State." Lincoln Hine, Founder of Atlas Group LTD and CEO of Atlas Cottage Homes "We are meeting with key officials across the state and are grateful for the Florida House Bill 1339 which allows municipal governments to approve affordable developments like Atlas Cottage Homes on any parcel zoned for residential, commercial or industrial use," said Hine. Atlas Cottage Homes floor plans include a one bedroom/one bathroom and two to three bedrooms/two bathrooms. The homes feature insulated walls (R-14) ceiling (R-20) and flooring (R-13); sculpted shingles or metal roof and fiber cement siding. A traditional 30-year mortgage for these affordable homes would be $700-$1600 a month, based on 20 percent down payment and current interest rates. Home buyers will pay less should they qualify for other mortgage loans (i.e., FHA, VA, Good Neighbor Next Door Loans, Florida's Hometown Heroes program). And unlike other small home concepts, Atlas Cottage Homes are foundation-based and as such, are an appreciating asset. The Value Collection features one- and two-bedroom designs with full kitchen cabinetry, bathroom with stand up shower, toilet and sink, and built-in cabinets and storage. Other amenities include ductless air conditioning, tankless water heater, garbage disposal and vinyl flooring. The Premier Collection features two single and one two-story home designs. These homes include one to three bedrooms, with open living spaces, smart technology, and marble kitchen countertops. Options include solar power, decks and patios, carports and garages. Atlas Cottage Homes is in development of three planned communities with more than 400 homes sites in Florida. The developments will be placed on either deeded lots or on land lease lots. These communities may include shared amenities such as a swimming pool, a playground, and a community center. About Atlas Community Homes Atlas Community Homes are affordable foundation-based single-family homes that qualify for a 30-year mortgage. These homes, ranging from 588 to 1074 sq. ft., are built to Florida code standards in its facilities in Orlando, FL. The Value Collection is one- and two-bedroom designs and the Premier Collection is one to three bedrooms designs, including a two-story home. About Atlas Group Founded by Lincoln Hine, Atlas Group LTD is an investment-focused and impact-driven company based in Palm Beach, FL. The company's holdings include real estate, finance, construction, manufacturing, hospitality and recruiting.

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New Urban Land Institute Report Explores How Real Estate Sector Can Support People Experiencing Homelessness

Urban Land Institute | June 28, 2022

A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) investigates how the real estate community is working to address the homelessness crisis in the United States. The report explores how to support people experiencing homelessness through creative housing solutions and collaboration with community organizations, with the ultimate goal of providing abundant, affordable, and high-quality housing for affected and at-risk populations. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2020 marked the fourth consecutive annual increase in people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is a systemic challenge that necessitates the involvement and collaboration of the government, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, health and social services, faith communities, and the public. The ULI report, Homeless to Housed, offers housing case studies, universally applicable lessons, and a blueprint for how to replicate best practices in other communities to show how the development community can be an active partner in addressing homelessness. More than ever before, homelessness is being driven by rapidly increasing housing costs, and the public and private sectors must work together both to meet the needs of the unhoused and to prevent more households from falling into homelessness. This report offers creative models and examples of how the real estate community is effectively leveraging its housing development, management, investment, and financing expertise to enable cities to overcome the growing challenge of homelessness." Christopher Ptomey, Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing Key takeaways from the new report include: Housing is important, but social services are essential: Housing is an essential first step in addressing homelessness, but it is not a solution in and of itself. Comprehensive social services are a critical second component. Delivering one without the other offers little chance of successfully tackling the crisis. Novel, creative solutions are needed: Nowhere is the need for innovation more evident than in seeking to address homelessness. Two areas of focus are cost-effective construction methods and non-governmental funding sources. Private companies -- both in real estate and in other sectors -- have a vital role to play in the latter. All segments of the community must play a role: Homelessness affects real estate, health care, social services, education, economic development, and more. Community collaboration is essential, particularly among the private and public sectors. The real estate sector is obligated to provide cost-effective housing, and it is incumbent on governments to pursue bold policies that allow for more housing for people of all income levels. Homelessness is a multifaceted issue, but in many cases links back to economics: Whether because of a lack of affordable housing, low wages, unexpected expenses, loss of employment, illness, lack of insurance, or a domestic issue, homelessness can be a result of economic stress. The report includes seven case studies that feature creative solutions for addressing homelessness that could serve as models for investors and developers alike: New Orleans: City of New Orleans Shelter and Engagement Center provides a 24-hour shelter to 100 homeless individuals and provides services to help guests secure permanent housing. Mountain View, Calif: LifeMoves is a supportive interim housing community that provides intensive case management services to help clients overcome homelessness and return to sustainable housing. Long Beach, Calif: Former Best Western Motel Conversion was the recipient of funds from Project Homekey, California's innovative $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing. The former motels now provide temporary housing for residents 65 and older with pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. San Antonio: Haven For Hope is the largest mixed-use development in the United States that provides housing for people experiencing homelessness, as well as job training, education, medical care, identification recovery, case management, and animal care services. Sharon Crossing, N.C.: The Lotus Campaign is a non-profit organization that increases the availability of housing for people experiencing homelessness by engaging with the private, for-profit real estate and investment communities. Recognizing that neither the public nor private sector can solve homelessness alone, the Lotus Campaign strives to bridge that gap while minimizing risks for vulnerable renters. San Francisco: The Bryant Street Project provides 145 apartments of permanent supportive housing near public transit, grocery stores, and community parks to ensure that residents have access to neighborhood amenities and services. Washington: John and Jill Kerr Conway Residence provides housing constructed with sustainable materials as well as health and social services to veterans experiencing homelessness in collaboration with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Berkeley, Calif.: The project at 2012 Berkeley Way is a redevelopment of a surface parking lot in downtown Berkeley that will create three distinct projects – an 89-unit affordable family housing development; a 53-unit permanent supportive housing development; and a homeless shelter plus transitional housing – in one unified building. The full Homeless to Housed report is available on ULI's Knowledge Finder platform. About the Urban Land Institute The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

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Ashcroft Capital and SFO Capital Partners Acquire a 388-Unit Multifamily Housing Community in Atlanta

Ashcroft Capital | June 20, 2022

Ashcroft Capital, a New York-based fully integrated multifamily investment firm, and SFO Capital Partners, a London-based global real estate investment management firm, today announced their joint acquisition of Elliot Gateway (formerly Discovery Gateway), a garden-style community located in Marietta, Ga., one of metro Atlanta's thriving suburbs. The transaction marks the first joint venture between the two companies. The community features 388 apartment homes and marks Ashcroft's sixth community in metro Atlanta, a market the company entered just more than a year ago, and SFO Capital Partners' 19th acquisition in the U.S. housing sector. Birchstone Residential, Ashcroft Capital's in-house property management company, has assumed day-to-day management of Elliot Gateway. We are honored to partner with such a respected institutional firm as SFO Capital Partners, and we look forward to expanding this relationship in the future. We are also excited to expand our presence in the Atlanta market. Atlanta is a market with exceedingly positive multifamily fundamentals that bode well for our value-add strategy." Frank Roessler, founder and CEO of Ashcroft Mohamad Abouchalbak, CEO of SFO Capital Partners, said: "We are thrilled to partner with Ashcroft Capital on this exciting acquisition in Atlanta, a metro with robust macroeconomic fundamentals, favorable demographics and a clear growth outlook. To date, SFO Capital Partners has acquired over USD1 billion of U.S. housing assets comprising more than 7,500 units located across the nation's fastest growing metro areas. This has demonstrated our continued conviction in the sector. We are looking forward to growing our successful partnership with Ashcroft Capital." Elliot Gateway sits in the South Cobb/Cumberland Galleria submarket in Marietta. The booming submarket is home to a large and growing concentration of office space, a robust inventory of industrial properties, a substantial number of military personnel supporting Dobbins Air Reserve Base and highly regarded public schools. According to census data, the submarket has added the highest number of renter households with a bachelor's degree of any metro Atlanta submarket in recent years, helping drive demand for high-end apartments in the area. The submarket is also home to Truist Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) and the surrounding Battery Atlanta mixed-use development. Fortune 500 companies with offices in the area include TKE, Synovus, Genuine Parts, Comcast and HD Supply. "This tremendous submarket combined with our renovation plans, our growing 'boots on the ground' in Atlanta and the operational expertise of Birchstone Residential all set the stage for Elliot Gateway to excel and become one of the most desired apartment communities in the area," said Scott Lebenhart, chief investment officer at Ashcroft Capital. "This property and the surrounding area have so much going for them that we could not be more bullish about how Elliot Gateway will perform moving forward." In-home improvements, which will be executed by Birchstone's construction team, will include the addition of quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, faux-wood flooring, upgraded plumbing and lighting fixtures, new cabinet fronts with brushed nickel pulls and 2-inch faux-wood blinds. Other improvements will include a landscaping update, the replacement of pool-area furniture, the installation of a package locker system and the implementation of a valet trash service. Situated at 720 Franklin Gateway SE, Elliot Gateway was built in 1984 (30 of the units were constructed in 2021). The gated property offers one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Community amenities include a resort-inspired swimming pool, a new clubhouse and fitness center, playground, soccer field, outdoor kitchen and barbecue area. About Ashcroft Capital Founded in 2015, Ashcroft Capital is a vertically integrated multifamily investment firm that has acquired more than 14,600 apartment homes spanning nearly 50 communities since its inception. It now has approximately $2 billion in assets under management throughout several high-growth metros of the Sun Belt. The firm focuses on capital preservation while striving to return strong, risk-adjusted cash-on-cash to investors. Ashcroft is capitalized with high net worth, family office and institutional capital. Ashcroft specializes in value-add multifamily real estate and exhibits an expertise in extracting maximum value from every asset it acquires. Rather than attempting to play cycle timing, the firm strives to acquire excellent apartment communities within well-located submarkets of large and growing U.S. metros. About SFO Capital Partners SFO Capital Partners is a London-based global real estate investment management firm focused on investing in high quality assets acquired at attractive valuations with a clear path to value creation. SFO Capital Partners adopts disciplined investment strategies organized by asset classes and geographies. SFO Capital Partners hands-on approach to investing combines entrepreneurial agility with best-in-class practices, consistently delivering superior risk adjusted returns to its private and institutional investors. SFO Capital Partners has acquired in excess of USD2.0 billion of assets located in Europe and the USA (as of May 2022). About Birchstone Residential Birchstone Residential is the in-house property management company of Ashcroft Capital. It has a comprehensive property management platform that provides all essential services, including leasing, maintenance and construction management. Birchstone was purpose-built to execute the value-add business plan for each Ashcroft property, optimize financial returns and deliver high resident satisfaction. Committed to a people-centric culture and employee development through job training, job enrichment and accelerated development, Birchstone seeks to provide best-in-class service that attracts new residents and enriches the lifestyles of current residents.

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Atlas Cottage Homes Announces an Alternative Solution to Florida's Affordable Housing Crisis

Atlas Group LTD | June 17, 2022

Atlas Cottage Homes, a division of Atlas Group LTD, announced its plans to provide alternative affordable housing. Built to Florida code for single family homes in its manufacturing plants in Orlando, Atlas Cottages Homes range from 588 SF to 1074 sq. ft. and qualify for a 30-year mortgage. The need for affordable family housing for Florida's workforce is critical. We are equipped to create 5000 homes in the next five years in our existing facilities, and are excited to partner with local municipalities, businesses, and investors to help make homeownership more attainable and preserve paradise in the Sunshine State." Lincoln Hine, Founder of Atlas Group LTD and CEO of Atlas Cottage Homes "We are meeting with key officials across the state and are grateful for the Florida House Bill 1339 which allows municipal governments to approve affordable developments like Atlas Cottage Homes on any parcel zoned for residential, commercial or industrial use," said Hine. Atlas Cottage Homes floor plans include a one bedroom/one bathroom and two to three bedrooms/two bathrooms. The homes feature insulated walls (R-14) ceiling (R-20) and flooring (R-13); sculpted shingles or metal roof and fiber cement siding. A traditional 30-year mortgage for these affordable homes would be $700-$1600 a month, based on 20 percent down payment and current interest rates. Home buyers will pay less should they qualify for other mortgage loans (i.e., FHA, VA, Good Neighbor Next Door Loans, Florida's Hometown Heroes program). And unlike other small home concepts, Atlas Cottage Homes are foundation-based and as such, are an appreciating asset. The Value Collection features one- and two-bedroom designs with full kitchen cabinetry, bathroom with stand up shower, toilet and sink, and built-in cabinets and storage. Other amenities include ductless air conditioning, tankless water heater, garbage disposal and vinyl flooring. The Premier Collection features two single and one two-story home designs. These homes include one to three bedrooms, with open living spaces, smart technology, and marble kitchen countertops. Options include solar power, decks and patios, carports and garages. Atlas Cottage Homes is in development of three planned communities with more than 400 homes sites in Florida. The developments will be placed on either deeded lots or on land lease lots. These communities may include shared amenities such as a swimming pool, a playground, and a community center. About Atlas Community Homes Atlas Community Homes are affordable foundation-based single-family homes that qualify for a 30-year mortgage. These homes, ranging from 588 to 1074 sq. ft., are built to Florida code standards in its facilities in Orlando, FL. The Value Collection is one- and two-bedroom designs and the Premier Collection is one to three bedrooms designs, including a two-story home. About Atlas Group Founded by Lincoln Hine, Atlas Group LTD is an investment-focused and impact-driven company based in Palm Beach, FL. The company's holdings include real estate, finance, construction, manufacturing, hospitality and recruiting.

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