REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
ACRE | June 29, 2022
ACRE, a global real estate private equity firm, announced it has finalized a $43.5 million bridge loan with Peak Capital Partners (“Peak Capital”), to support the luxury multifamily apartment community ‘Connect at First Creek’ in Denver, Colorado.
Issued through ACRE’s latest debt fund “ACRE Credit I”, the loan will support Peak Capital’s purchase of the 150-unit community. Executed in May, the 3-year agreement includes options for two single-year extensions.
Brian Caudel and Jack Tidrick at KeyBank Real Estate Capital served as brokers for the deal.
Denver has continued to add huge numbers of both jobs and residents over recent years, making it one of the country’s fastest-growing metro areas and creating a critical need for high-quality rental housing. Connect at First Creek has already enjoyed impressive success in helping to satisfy that robust demand, and we’re proud to play a role in supporting Peak Capital’s purchase of this first-class property.”
Daniel Jacobs, Managing Partner at ACRE
The agreement for Connect at First Creek was one of four loans, totaling approximately $169 million, issued via ‘ACRE Credit I’ in May alone. Other loans finalized during the month were issued in support of multifamily developments in Nashville, Tennessee; Fort Worth, Texas; and Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The loan also represents the third issued to Peak Capital since ACRE Credit 1’s launch in August 2020, following two transactions for properties in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
To date, the fund has raised $509 million of equity and has committed to provide more than $2 billion in whole loans across 52 transactions to support the acquisition, lease-up, redevelopment and recapitalization of multifamily assets in growing secondary markets across the U.S.
“Our lending platform has been able to provide financing for a fast-expanding list of apartment developments across a wide variety of markets, as we continue to form and solidify partnerships with industry leaders like Peak Capital Partners,” said Jacobs. “May marked yet another productive month for ‘ACRE Credit I’, and we look forward to continuing to support other companies and the country’s rental housing sector at-large, as it experiences nearly unprecedented growth.”
Located at 17900 East 56th Avenue, Connect at First Creek was built and delivered by Massimino Development. Since opening in 2020, the community has enjoyed significant lease-up success, as it is currently 96 percent leased.
The development’s 150 luxury units feature a wide range of amenities, with in-unit features and finishes including stainless steel kitchen appliances, quartz countertops, Bluetooth keyless deadbolt locks, wood-style flooring, washer/dryer, walk-in closets, and private balcony/patio space. Community amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, clubhouse, open air dining spaces with stainless steel BBQ grills, game room with billiards, coworking and conference spaces, a half-acre dedicated park, and direct access to First Creek Trail.
Connect at First Creek is located just a short distance from Pena Boulevard, Interstate 70, Interstate 225 and the 61st & Pena Light Rail station, offering residents an easy trip to Downtown Denver, Denver International Airport, and Aurora. The property is also adjacent to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,988-acre wildlife sanctuary.
ACRE is a vertically integrated private equity firm specializing in commercial real estate through active investments in both direct equity and debt capital markets as well as special situation opportunities. ACRE manages a global portfolio in excess of $3.1 billion concentrated in U.S. multifamily with holdings in the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia through separate verticals. ACRE has offices in Atlanta, New York, and Singapore.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT,REAL ESTATE ADVICE
United Real Estate | August 09, 2022
United® Real Estate (United) announced today its partnership and the newest member of its national network, United Real Estate | Fortune, based in Great Neck, New York. The move ushers United into New York State and the New York City area for the first time and expands its service footprint to one of the most exciting, diverse and competitive real estate markets in the world.
United Real Estate is a five-time Inc. 5000 fastest-growing U.S. company and currently the 7th largest independent real estate operation in America. The alliance equips United Real Estate | Fortune agents with advanced proprietary technologies, marketing programs and a breadth of resources provided by United's national organization. Some resources United Real Estate | Fortune is rolling out include:
100% commission, flat-free transaction compensation
Automated listings marketing and personal marketing programs
Lead-generating agent websites
National referral network
Agent productivity platform – Bullseye™
Revolutionary marketing & communications platform
24/7 on-demand and live agent training
United Real Estate | Fortune's talented team provides expert representation for residential, commercial, multi-family, land and rental properties. They service Long Island and all five NYC boroughs. The office is also fully equipped to serve both English- and Mandarin-speaking clientele.
The new partnership provides United | Fortune agents exciting new ways to serve buyers, sellers, investors and business owners while expanding their marketing firepower and local and national reach.
Our agents and their clients are at the heart of how we make decisions and evolve our business in this fast-paced and competitive New York real estate market, With United under our wings, our agents are going to serve buyers and sellers with the utmost integrity and professionalism, while utilizing exciting new resources. Clients will benefit from exceptional service and sales results. It was an obvious choice for us to choose to partner with United,stated CEO/Broker of United Fortune, Susanna Shao.
"We are very pleased to welcome Susanna and her team to United Real Estate and open a new market for us in the process. Their professionalism and their passionate, positive energy for growth are amazing. They are a great addition to our national network. The services, support and tools we are bringing their agents will be a great complement to United Fortune's deep skillsets, contacts and expertise in the NYC area – a true catalyst for growth."
-President of United Real Estate, Rick Haase
About United Real Estate
United Real Estate (United) – a division of United Real Estate Group – was founded with the purpose of offering solutions to real estate brokers and agents in the rapidly changing real estate brokerage industry. United provides the latest training, marketing and technology tools to agents and brokers under a flat-fee, transaction-based agent commission model. By leveraging the company's proprietary cloud-based Bullseye™ Agent & Broker Productivity Platform, United delivers a more profitable outcome for agents and brokers. United Real Estate operates in 32 states with 140 offices and more than 17,500 agents. The company produced over $21.5 billion in sales volume in 2021.
About United Real Estate | Fortune
Formerly MEHome Realty, CEO/Broker Susanna Shao founded the company in 2018 with the goal of providing buyers, sellers, investors and business owners a service-oriented, one-stop shopping experience, focusing on integrity and professional representation of clients. The full-service, multi-cultural office based in Great Neck, NY serves Long Island and all five NYC boroughs. They assist both English- and Mandarin-speaking clientele.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Embrey | May 18, 2022
Embrey, a diversified real estate investment company based in San Antonio, Texas, has acquired the Arboretum Oaks apartment community. Located in Austin, Texas, the 252-unit property built in 1984, marks the first acquisition, and 25th asset that Embrey has either developed, owned, or operated in the greater Austin area. Embrey's nationally recognized, award-winning Embrey Management Services will take over property management duties at the community.
Located less than 15 minutes northwest of downtown Austin and five minutes west of The Domain, Arboretum Oaks offers numerous competitive advantages in terms of its accessibility, community amenities and walkable proximity to retail. Through the purchase of Arboretum Oaks, Embrey will be leveraging the explosive, pent-up demand for rental properties in a market that has added more than 80,000 jobs since 2016. Despite continued in-migration, low housing supply, and strong job creation, Austin's Arboretum area has seen only one apartment community developed since 2000.
This is a beautiful community with great access to the Arboretum, The Domain, downtown Austin, and a number of highly sought-after employers such as Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, to name just a few. We plan to fully renovate the property to bring it up to current market standards and renter expectations. Combining the property's prime location and remarkable bones with the red-hot rental demand of Northwest Austin makes this a terrific investment for our company."
Alex Sampson, Vice President of Acquisitions at Embrey
Fueled by the nation's leading job and population growth, the Austin area has one of the hottest apartment markets in the country. Asking rents are now up roughly 25 percent since the start of the pandemic, well ahead of the national average. Most recently, as of the first quarter of 2022, occupancy in Austin increased three percent to 96.4 percent according to Witten Advisors.
"This acquisition signifies another step in expanding Embrey's acquisition platform and capital base," says Sampson. "As a vertically integrated, diversified real estate investment company, we continue to seek acquisition opportunities like this to create value for our capital partners."
Embrey partnered with Black Salmon Capital on this acquisition with debt being funded by an affiliate of Heitman LLC, a global real estate investment management firm. Embrey and its partners were assisted in this transaction by Walker & Dunlop investment sales brokers Matt Pohl and Spencer Roy, as well as debt brokers Patrick Short and Tom Toland.
San Antonio-based Embrey is a diversified real estate investment company that owns, develops, builds, acquires and manages multifamily and commercial assets in targeted markets across the United States. Since 1974, Embrey has developed more than 44,000 apartments and over 6 million square feet of commercial property. Embrey is a leading developer in the multifamily sector, with more than 6,000 units under construction or in development.