Bank of America aims to boost homeownership, will give borrowers up to $10,000 to close a loan

Bank of America | April 02, 2019

Bank of America is committing $5 billion to help boost homeownership for “low- to moderate-income and multicultural homebuyers and communities” across the country, the bank announced Tuesday. According to the bank, it plans to commit an additional $5 billion over the next five years to its Bank of America Neighborhood Solutions program, which “will help more than 20,000 individuals and families thrive through the power of homeownership.”

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Ascot Corp., an Associate of Ping An Group, has Started a Real Estate Fund Management Business in Japan

Ascot Corp. | May 09, 2022

Ascot Corp. has formed the first private fund through a joint venture with global institutional investors to invest in MF residential, senior living facilities, and student housing in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Main Investment Properties of the Fund "ASTILE" is MF residential brand winning the Good Design Award twice last year, and "FARE" is the brand winning the Award seven times for the five consecutive years. *The Good Design Award is the only comprehensive design evaluation and recommendation system in Japan that covers a wide range of fields from industrial products to business models and event activities. Overview of the Fund and Strategy The investment targets of the Fund are MF residential, senior living facilities, and student housing, and their locations are limited to the Tokyo metropolitan area where are expected to provide stable cash flows with little impact from the Covid-19 pandemic and high liquidity on exit, and consequently stable investment results. Furthermore, the investment risks can be identified within the limited scope and in a quantitative manner due to the predefined properties. The portfolio of the Fund No. 1 comprises of 9 properties, mainly MF residential developed by Ascot (including ASTILE Harajuku, and ASTILE Nishi-Shinjuku II etc.). In the near future, Ascot plans to expand the scope of its fund in collaboration with global institutional investors by acquiring MF residential, senior living facilities, and student housings from external developers and funds, in addition to properties developed by Ascot. Ascot manages these properties as the asset manager of the Fund. The Growth Strategy of Real Estate Fund Business Department The Real Estate Fund Business Department, established in 2021, is a new business unit of Ascot that leverages the company's design and quality property development capabilities cultivated over the past 20 years since Ascot's founding in 1999, as well as its domestic and international network. As one of the key pillars of our mid-term growth strategy, we aim to further expand our business by forming joint venture funds with domestic and foreign investors and new private funds, as well as by entering the REIT and other businesses. In addition to MF residential and offices, which are our strengths, we will target a wide range of asset classes, including logistics, hotels, senior housing, data centers, etc. Furthermore, we are considering entering some asset classes from the development stage. The Fund Business Department will contribute to the growth of the real estate investment market by continuously providing optimal solutions and quality investment opportunities to a wide range of investors while expanding total assets under management. Background Under the circumstances of limited investment opportunities under the low interest rate policy and globalization trend of investment, there has been a shift in allocations from traditional assets such as listed stocks and bonds to alternative investments, with real estate investment in particular gaining prominence worldwide over the past few years. As the global asset allocation strategy, a certain percentage has been shifted to Asia, and, in comparison to other Asian countries, investment in Japanese real estate has been allocated to a significant degree in terms of core investment. The primary factor is that Japan's low interest rate policy has ensured a relatively large yield gap. Secondly, Japan, centered on Tokyo, has a considerable market size which provides high liquidity on exit. In addition, the infrastructure for investment, such as legal, accounting, and taxation is very stable. Therefore, stable returns are expected to be secured. Consequently, the investment needs and flow of funds from global investors, especially institutional investors, to Japanese real estate have continued even with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent depreciation of Japanese yen has also attracted investors' attention to Japanese real estate. The asset classes receiving great attention are logistics and MF residential. Since Ascot has advantage in longstanding residential development business, the first fund focused on residential properties. Comments by Takeshi Nakabayashi, President of Ping An Japan Investment Co, Ltd. Ascot Corp. is the first real estate company in Japan invested by Ping An Group. We are fascinated by Ascot's excellent development track record backed by its ability to plan and deliver high value-added residential and office properties. We have high expectations for the growth of Ascot's new global business, including the real estate fund management business just launched, the development of logistics facilities, and integrated services from real estate brokerage to property management for global investors. About Ascot Corp. Ascot is a global comprehensive real estate service provider targeting Tokyo metropolitan area. The business includes the development of the MF residential and logistics, fund management, real estate brokerage for global investors, and property management leveraged by its design and high-quality property development capabilities as well as its domestic and international network. Its design and development capabilities cultivated over the past 20 years are highly recognized, as the track record of winning the Good Design Award 14 times in total shows. Through Digital Transformation, Ascot aims to provide quality real estate services in line with global standards by enhancing customer contact and creating new revenue models.

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Tempus Realty Partners Acquires 15 property Industrial Portfolio for $39.2M

Tempus Realty | June 18, 2022

Tempus Realty Partners, an Arkansas-based real estate investment partnership, announced the purchase of an industrial portfolio totaling 15 properties across eight states in some of the most competitive markets in the U.S. Total purchase price was $39.2 million. The 458,297-square-foot portfolio includes 15 facilities located in Alabama, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Each facility in the transaction is fully occupied by W.W. Williams, an industrial distribution repair and service company. We're really excited to have a collection of industrial properties in great locations with the opportunity for our team to add value over time. Additionally, we're pleased to offer our partners this opportunity to invest in a collection of high- quality properties occupied by a well-respected tenant." Dan Andrews, Tempus Realty Partners CEO W.W. Williams, founded in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and most diversified industrial distribution repair and service companies in the United States. The company will remain a long-term tenant across each of the 15 facilities purchased by Tempus. About Tempus Realty Partners Tempus Realty Partners is an Arkansas-based real estate investment partnership focused on acquiring and developing commercial real estate mainly in the South and Midwest. The strategy of Tempus is to create superior risk adjusted returns via unique commercial real estate opportunities by investing with its network of partners in targeted cities. The General Partners of Tempus include Dan Andrews, Kevin Huchingson, Mark Saviers and Isaac Smith.

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Sealy & Company Boosts Oklahoma City Holdings with Latest Addition of Irreplaceable Infill Warehouse

Sealy & Company | July 20, 2022

Sealy & Company, a fully-integrated commercial real estate investment and operating company and recognized leader in the industrial real estate market, announces the acquisition of 200 NW 142nd Street in the Oklahoma City MSA. The 27,000 square foot Class A Industrial property was acquired in an off-market deal for an undisclosed amount. The rear-load warehouse distribution center offers optimal functionality for a smaller warehouse, including nine dock-high doors, eight drive-in doors, 22’ clear heights, and minimal office finish-out. The property is located in one of Oklahoma City’s most attractive submarkets. The irreplaceable infill location is situated one mile from the intersection of Highway 77 and John Kilpatrick Turnpike and just five miles from Interstate-35. The property is currently 100% leased to three tenants Fueled by robust population growth and the rise of e-commerce, the Oklahoma City region has added 16.4 million SF of new industrial space since 2010. With the area’s central location, steady job growth, and strong transportation infrastructure, the region continues to solidify itself as an emerging logistics hub. Oklahoma City is only one of 14 cities across the country to add more than 100,000 people in the last ten years, according to 2020 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Of the 25 largest cities by population, Oklahoma City had the sixth-fastest growth rate between 2010 and 2020 at 17.4 percent. “Sealy & Company first entered the Oklahoma City market in 2014. Since then, we have continued to seek investment opportunities in industrial real estate that align with our portfolio by design objective. Oklahoma City has been a great market for Sealy, and we look forward to continuing to acquire and develop quality industrial properties,” Davis Gibbs, Sealy & Company’s Director— Investment Services Jason Gandy, Managing Director – Investment Services, and Mr. Gibbs led the transactions for Sealy & Company. Jason Hammock of CBRE represented the seller. Sealy & Company Sealy & Company, a fully-integrated commercial real estate investment and operating company, is a recognized leader in acquiring, developing, and redeveloping regional distribution warehouses, industrial/flex, and other commercial properties. Sealy provides a full-service platform for high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors through our development, management, and brokerage divisions. Sealy & Company has an exceptional team of over 100 employees, located in eight offices, with corporate offices in Dallas, TX and Shreveport, LA.

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