REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Gray Capital | June 30, 2022
Multifamily investment firm Gray Capital has closed on their acquisition of Club Meridian Apartments, a 406-unit property located in Okemos, MI just east of Lansing, MI.
Gray Capital intends to make strategic upgrades at the property, including siding and asphalt repairs, pool upgrades, re-painted balconies, new signage, and other exterior enhancements to boost the curb appeal of the property. Additionally, interior renovations like modern appliances, new flooring, and upgraded countertops will significantly increase the value of the asset and elevate its position in the rental market.
Club Meridian is already a well-maintained property, and this solid foundation will allow us to dedicate our resources to those renovations and improvements that are most important to residents and the quality of the property itself."
Spencer Gray, President and CEO of Gray Capital
George Tikijian, Hannah Ott, and Cameron Benz of the Indianapolis Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller in the transaction, with Gray Capital representing itself.
Club Meridian is the second property within Gray Capital's $100 million multifamily investment fund, The Gray Fund, and follows the acquisition of Indianapolis apartment property Stonybrook Commons one month prior.
The acquisition of Club Meridian and Stonybrook Commons in 2022 adds to Gray Capital's $600+ million in assets under management and more than $1 billion in commercial real estate projects to date since its founding in 2015.
Cherre and Fortimize | August 12, 2022
Cherre, the industry’s leading real estate data management and analytics platform, and Fortimize, a Salesforce partner since 2012, have entered into a strategic alliance to help real estate firms make faster and more accurate decisions within Salesforce.
The alliance combines an industry-leading real estate data management platform with an industry-first consulting approach on the world’s #1 CRM and customer engagement ecosystem, to increase deals in the pipeline and improve the accuracy of underwriting for acquisitions and dispositions. Together – and along with the expertise and advisement of Jonathan Fishman of Bizydev – the new partnership brings multiple decades of experience in the real estate and proptech sectors, to bring new and innovative solutions to the market.
“Real estate investors and operators are demanding more data-driven insights for decision making. The Cherre and Fortimize alliance provides the real estate industry with expertise and a turnkey solution for users to get the data they want into a tool of their choice,”
- Grant Wood, Cherre Vice President of Strategic Solutions
Fawn Perazzo, Fortimize Real Estate Practice Lead added, This partnership amplifies the power of Salesforce for real estate companies. By connecting a mutual customer’s disparate real estate data, Cherre’s platform enables us to seamlessly integrate property data into Salesforce, creating a single source of truth around a team's deal pipeline. Firms can customize the Salesforce platform to meet their team’s needs, which many pointed solutions lack. In this highly competitive landscape, this means dealmakers are better enabled to focus on building relationships and closing deals, instead of wasting time swiveling between disparate systems.
With the launch of this partnership, Cherre and Fortimize will arm real estate organizations and teams with key data points to help reduce space downtime, maximize rental terms and improve revenue forecasting for leasing use cases, all from within their CRM.
Cherre is the leader in real estate data and insight. We connect decision makers to accurate property and market information, and help them make faster, smarter decisions. By providing a unique “single source of truth,” Cherre empowers customers to evaluate opportunities and trends faster and more accurately, while saving millions of dollars in manual data collection and analytics costs. Cherre launched in 2016 and is located in New York City.
Fortimize, a financial services and real estate consulting firm, partners with clients to design, build, automate and enhance digital experiences for their customers and employees leveraging the Salesforce platform and other leading technologies. Fortimize has been a Salesforce partner since 2012.
Bizydev is a business development firm based in New York City that specializes in working with technology, product and service companies across industries such as PropTech, business intelligence, analytics, and other verticals to help accelerate growth. Bizydev creates value for the groups it works with by generating unique opportunities around customers, partners, and capital.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
JLL-IR | July 07, 2022
JLL announced it has acquired Metropolitan Valuation Services ("MVS"), one of the largest independent commercial property appraisal and real estate consulting firms in the greater New York metropolitan area.
The addition of 20 valuations professionals to JLL's existing team of 10 creates an advisory powerhouse during a period of intensive pricing discovery. MVS's core competency extends to multi-housing, CBD and suburban office buildings, industrial/warehouse and shopping/retail properties, land, property transfers and market rent studies and appraisals for HUD section 8 properties. MVS was founded in 2003 by Principal and Co-Founder Steven Schleider. Clients include major financial institutions, Fortune 500 corporations, REITs, commercial real estate developers, investors, insurance companies, law firms, City of New York and government agencies.
"MVS, a 20-year-old experienced Tri-State team of highly seasoned professionals with a deep and intimate knowledge of New York, is well placed to empower clients with information and knowledge to help them make the best decisions for their real estate assets. Joining forces with MVS enables JLL to enhance our service for existing clients, strengthen our multi-housing capabilities within this buoyant segment and scale our footprint across the U.S.,"
Tony Lenamon, Head of Valuation Advisory at JLL in the Americas
Executive Vice President Ross Friedman and the existing JLL NYC Tri-State team will join forces with MVS Executive Vice Presidents Peter Rastetter and David Lyon under the leadership of Steven Schleider. "We have a unique and detailed understanding of the Tri-State area and I'm excited by the opportunity to expand our capabilities to better serve our clients as part of JLL," said Steven Schleider, President of Metropolitan Valuation Services.
"With JLL, we will have the resources to scale faster, broaden our existing practice areas, serve new asset sectors and to continue assisting investors and lenders in the NYC Tri-State area. We will also advise lenders and owners on navigating the valuation impacts that the energy mandates and sustainability regulations will have on commercial properties. This will all lead to a better understanding of the upside to be gained by creating healthy, sustainable buildings while helping New York City achieve its net zero targets."
As the top investment market globally over the last decade and a top-two market for cross-border investment over this time period, New York remains a key gateway city for national portfolios and global capital. As economic conditions, mobility patterns, consumer spending and tourism are improving in New York, the market is increasingly solidifying its position as a leading global hub for talent and resilient market for investment.
JLL's 2,000 qualified valuation professionals are connected across more than 50 countries, sharing insights and real-time data to advise on changing market dynamics and trends before they happen. A global community of sector-based specialists, the team delivers tailored client solutions for your real estate and business asset interests, giving an accurate picture of value and risk across any opportunity.
U.S. property valuation and tax consulting services are performed by JLL Valuation & Advisory Services, LLC, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.
About Metropolitan Valuation Services
Metropolitan Valuation Services is one of the largest independent commercial property appraisal and real estate consulting firms in the greater New York metropolitan area. Our clients include major financial institutions, Fortune 500 corporations, REITs, commercial real estate developers, investors, insurance companies, law firms, and government agencies.
JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $19.4 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 100,000 as of March 31, 2022. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.