British Farmland Market Mooted by Brexit Uncertainty

Knight Frank | April 16, 2019

According to Knight Frank's latest Farmland Index, the average value of bare agricultural land in England and Wales remained virtually unchanged in the first three months of 2019.Values continue to hover just below £7,000/ acre - 3% lower than they were 12 months ago and down 5% over five years - but still almost 50% higher than they were a decade ago. At the time of writing we should have spent the past week outside the EU, but deadlock at Westminster to back Theresa May's Brexit deal or agree on an alternative plan means our departure date remains uncertain.

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The current market environment is leading investors across the globe to seek an alternative to traditional equity and fixed income investments. Following a multi-year decline in interest rates and recent global financial upheaval, the ability to invest for yield has diminished and the outlook for growth has been generally subdued. With interest rates beginning to rise and the potential for inflation looming, investors are seeking a New Essential portfolio investment to help navigate the market cycles that lie ahead.

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The current market environment is leading investors across the globe to seek an alternative to traditional equity and fixed income investments. Following a multi-year decline in interest rates and recent global financial upheaval, the ability to invest for yield has diminished and the outlook for growth has been generally subdued. With interest rates beginning to rise and the potential for inflation looming, investors are seeking a New Essential portfolio investment to help navigate the market cycles that lie ahead.

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IDEAL AGENT | August 22, 2022

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Hines | September 21, 2022

Hines, the global real estate investment, development, and property manager, announced today the launch of Hines Real Estate Exchange (HREX), a platform designed to serve qualified investors interested in tax-advantaged investment opportunities. The platform intends to make 1031 exchange opportunities available to investors in the form of interests in Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) holding assets sourced from Hines Global Income Trust (HGIT). HGIT will have an option to acquire the properties held by the DSTs. The HREX platform is intended to provide participants with a solution to aid in the deferment of capital gains and other taxes while providing them with the opportunity to diversify real estate holdings through the ownership of institutional-grade assets. "Hines Real Estate Exchange is a natural progression for the firm, Given the strong market demand for 1031 exchange products and Hines' vast experience and expertise as sponsor of HGIT, we believe the time is right to launch this initiative." -Alfonso Munk, CIO of the Americas and president of HGIT Many exchangers are eager to capitalize on existing pricing environments. A growing number of financial professionals are requesting DSTs to offer their clients tax-advantaged solutions on their platforms, said Mark Earley, CEO of Hines Securities, Inc. HGIT features a $3.8 billion portfolio of commercial real estate investments that is nearly two- thirds weighted toward the industrial and living sectors. HGIT is diversified by geography and real estate sectors, with a focus on stable assets with strong long-term income potential. About Hines Global Income Trust Hines Global Income Trust, Inc. is a public, non-listed real estate investment trust sponsored by Hines. It commenced operations in 2014 and invests in commercial real estate investments located in the United States and internationally. About Hines Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 285 cities in 28 countries. Hines oversees investment assets under management totaling approximately $90.3 billion¹. In addition, Hines provides third-party property-level services to 373 properties totaling 114.2 million square feet. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired approximately 1,530 properties, totaling over 511 million square feet. The firm currently has more than 198 developments underway around the world. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a foundational commitment to ESG, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world.

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MRI Software Acquires ApartmentData.com, Houston-Based Provider Of Market Research and Data Solutions for Multifamily Properties

MRI Software | August 08, 2022

MRI Software, a global leader in real estate software, has acquired ApartmentData.com, further expanding its MRI Living™ suite of property management solutions for the multifamily market. ApartmentData.com is a Houston-based provider of market research and data solutions that enable multifamily property owners and managers to increase property values by optimizing pricing and occupancy. Founded in 1986, the company provides comprehensive and accurate information on professionally managed properties with more than 50 units, including pricing, concessions, occupancy, amenities, and policies at the floor plan level. The company serves 12 of the fastest-growing metropolitan statistical areas ("MSAs") in the U.S.: Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Atlanta, Phoenix/Tucson, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville. ApartmentData.com supplements its digital collection techniques with direct calling and client communications, helping ensure the highest levels of data accuracy and detail. ApartmentData.com's flagship solution, Competition RADAR™, leverages proprietary algorithms to identify and alert users to relevant competitive trends, provide pricing recommendations, and calculate property- or portfolio-level impact. "Over the last several years, we've significantly expanded our MRI Living portfolio to provide tools that make our clients' lives easier and help them take better care of their residents, businesses, and themselves, Data is critical to helping us deliver on those objectives. With a 'smart data' solution like Competition RADAR, we can provide clients with actionable data and market insights, so they can navigate the future with confidence and gain a competitive advantage." -John Ensign, MRI's president and executive managing director, North America In addition to deepening MRI's footprint in the southern U.S., the acquisition enhances the company's MRI Living suite, an already extensive portfolio of multifamily solutions that empower property owners and operators with AI-first tools to easily manage every part of the residential lifecycle, from lead to lease to renewal. We're thrilled to join the MRI family, Thanks to this acquisition, both our and MRI's clients will be able to take advantage of new and expanded capabilities, which will help them manage real estate portfolios more effectively and profitably. They won't have to wade through specialty providers who require customers to perform their own analysis. Instead, our clients will enjoy access to the combined resources of two well-established players,says Rudy Mui, chief executive officer of ApartmentData.com. John Severance, founder and chief technology officer of ApartmentData.com, looks forward to what he describes as "the next chapter." He states: By leveraging the resources of MRI, we can more easily address the growing demand for insights at a time when most multifamily organizations need to drive occupancy and maximize revenue. Today, MRI serves more than 82% of companies on the National Multifamily Housing Council's (NMHC) list of top 50 U.S. apartment managers. Additionally, MRI solutions support more than 20 million residential units worldwide. MRI will continue to serve ApartmentData.com clients without interruption. Silvermark Partners served as the exclusive advisor to Apartment Data.com. About MRI Software MRI Software is a leading provider of real estate software solutions that transform the way communities live, work and play. MRI's open and connected, AI-first platform empowers owners, operators and occupiers in commercial and residential property organizations to innovate in rapidly changing markets. MRI has been a trailblazer in the PropTech industry for over five decades, serving more than two million users worldwide. Through innovative solutions and a rich partner ecosystem, MRI gives real estate companies the freedom to realize their vision of building thriving communities and stronger businesses.

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