prnewswire | October 29, 2020
Granite Realty Partners, LLC, a Chicago-based real estate company, announced today that it has completed the fundraising for an investment vehicle to continue its purchases of "broken condominium units."
The company has already been involved with seven condominium projects, in Illinois and Florida, totaling over 1,500 units. In four of those projects to date, Granite Realty Partners acquired enough units to complete a "condominium deconversion," thereby changing ownership from individually owned condominium units to a singly-owned apartment complex.
Rob Palley, Principal and Co-Founder of Granite Realty Partners, said "We continue to search for and identify high-quality projects that for numerous reasons were not successful as condominium projects but which are viable as well-located and desirable apartment living."
"Investment in "broken condominiums" allows an investor to participate in a multi-family platform at a cost basis well-below that of a widely-marketed apartment project," according to Palley.
Granite Realty Partners currently has a pipeline of 4 projects totaling over 1,200 units and is actively seeking more investment opportunities.
In 2017, Granite principals were involved in the purchase of individual condominium units at the Village at Town Center, in Davenport, Florida and completed a deconversion. The property had been converted to condominiums in 2006 and failed to sell out during the 2008 Recession. Upon gaining control, 48 of the units were fully renovated, achieving rent increases averaging over $250 per month, generating a return of over 20% on renovation costs. At that time, the property was sold and allowed the buyer the opportunity to achieve a substantial return by renovating the remaining 192 units.
In 2018, Granite principals were part of the purchase of 89% of the units at Darlington Court, a 235-unit condominium property in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The investment group was able to buy the units at a favorable cost per unit by assuming low-leverage, high rate, CMBS debt. Within 6 months, all of the remaining units were purchased and select units were renovated and the common areas significantly improved. The property was sold 14 months after it was acquired and generated a significant return on investment.
Also in 2018, Granite principals were part of the purchase of 58% of the units at Pine Hill Condominiums, a 264-unit condominium property in Wheeling, Illinois. The property was a failed condominium conversion of a two-building, 6-story project originally built in the 1970s. Within one year all of the remaining units were purchased and an upgrade of the common areas is close to complete and unit renovations are on-going, with an average rent increase of over $200 per month for renovated units.
Palley stated that "we look for projects that are well-located and have proven lease up history but that due to market timing or conditions were not able to succeed as condominiums but are attractive and viable apartment projects when the condominium ownership structure is removed."
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Village Partners | January 04, 2022
A joint venture between Village Partners Ventures, LLC ("Village Partners") of Newport Beach, California and The Bascom Group, LLC ("Bascom") of Irvine, California has closed on a construction loan and six acre land acquisition for a mixed-use project at 5050 Arrow Highway, Montclair, California. The sale and loan closed on December 28, 2021.
JLL's capital markets team in Newport Beach, led by Mark Erland and Matt Benson, secured a $77 million construction loan from Citizens of Providence, Rhode Island for construction of the project. The land purchase price was $10 million.
We are pleased to reach this milestone with Village at Montclair, a transformative project that will be a first in the area, a transit-oriented mixed-use development walkable to Montclair Place and transit."
Village Partners principal Don Henry
Designed by New Urbanist design firm Torti Gallas, Village at Montclair, a mixed-use infill redevelopment with 350-units, is a Type V mid-rise project with combination of structured and surface parking, designed as a walkable transit village with housing, ground floor retail, and public spaces including a Village Square and the Station Promenade. The project has a direct pedestrian connection to the Montclair Transit Station and future Metro Goldline.
Village at Montclair is designed to celebrate the inviting Mediterranean climate and San Gabriel Mountain views of Montclair, with elements including a mixture of Spanish and Italian architecture, abundant public space, walkable streetscapes, landscaped courtyards, and a rooftop deck. Warm California Modern interiors by Mannigan Design thoughtfully complement the architecture. Project amenities include pool and spa, co-working suites, clubhouse, parcel lockers, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility.
The project is located within the City's North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan. The plan covers 200 acres of land surrounding Village at Montclair and sets the standards for the creation of an urban, walkable district surrounding the TransCenter and future Goldline, with up to 2,500 new residential units and commercial space planned over the next decade. This District and the Project site are adjacent to the prestigious Claremont College consortium. Construction of Village at Montclair will commence in January 2022 by general contractor Johnstone Moyer Inc.
About Village Partners:
Village Partners is a full-service real estate development company focused on the development of distinctive in-fill mixed-use projects, including multifamily residential, retail and office. Village Partners principals have been involved in the development of approximately 3,000 urban multifamily residential units and 3 million square feet of commercial space with a combined value of over $1 billion in development costs. Its pipeline include other planned mixed-use projects in nearby Claremont and Redlands, California.
Bascom is a private equity firm specializing in value-added multifamily, commercial, and non-performing loans and real estate related investments and operating companies. Bascom sources value-added and distressed properties including many through foreclosure, bankruptcy, or short sales and repositions them by adding extensive capital improvements, improving revenue, and reducing expenses by realizing operational efficiencies through implementation of institutional-quality property management. Bascom, founded by principals Jerry Fink, David Kim, and Derek Chen, is one of the most active and seasoned buyers and operators of apartment communities in the U.S. Since 1996, Bascom has completed over $20.4 billion in multifamily value-added transactions encompassing 347 multifamily properties and over 89,600 units. Bascom has ranked among the top 50 multifamily owners in the U.S. Bascom's subsidiaries and joint ventures include the Bascom Value Added Apartment Investors, Shubin Nadal Associates, Spirit Bascom Ventures, REDA Bascom Ventures, Bascom Northwest Ventures, Bascom Arizona Ventures, Harbor Associates, Village Partners Ventures, and the Realm Group. Bascom's subsidiaries also include Premier Workspaces, one of the largest privately held executive suite, coworking and shared workspace companies in the U.S.
REAL ESTATE ADVICE
prnewswire | October 28, 2020
Global business advisory firm EisnerAmper LLP and leading Real Estate technology consulting firm REdirect, Inc., have entered into a strategic alliance. This collaboration will leverage each firm's deep resources and expertise to provide a holistic platform that incorporates their business advisory and technology capabilities. This will provide clients with timely and actionable data to improve and expedite decision-making in the highly competitive and time-sensitive real estate sector. "This collaboration represents a tremendous opportunity for clients to gain access to EisnerAmper's advisory expertise alongside REdirect's 20-plus years of hands-on real estate technology experience. We're excited to work with EisnerAmper's outstanding team and further assist real estate organizations gain unmatched efficiencies, improve controls and reduce risk," said Josh Malinoff, Principal at REdirect Consulting.