Catalyst Capital Management, LLC Launches Florida Focused Opportunistic Real Estate Fund

Catalyst Capital Management, LLC | November 05, 2019

Catalyst Capital Management, LLC (Catalyst) today announced the launch of its new real estate private equity fund, Catalyst Capital Fund, LLC (the "Fund"). The Fund is taking a direct aim at the shortage of quality, affordable workforce housing in Florida's fastest growing counties, where demand is high but affordable housing stock is limited due to historically low housing starts and prohibitively high costs of land and construction. The Catalyst Capital Fund is uniquely positioned to take advantage of opportunistic residential assets and execute its social impact strategy to create jobs, improve target zoned neighborhoods and to generate strong risk adjusted returns for our Investors.

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Our fundamental approach and valuation models suggest global REITs are priced to deliver an 8.5%–10.5% total return in 2017, consisting of a 4% current dividend yield and 5%–6% growth in earnings driven by occupancy gains, higher revenue from bringing in-place rents on expiring leases to market, acquisition of new properties and the completion of existing development projects. All in all, we believe global real estate demand trends are firm and valuations are attractive, with global REITs trading at a 6% discount to NAV.

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Our fundamental approach and valuation models suggest global REITs are priced to deliver an 8.5%–10.5% total return in 2017, consisting of a 4% current dividend yield and 5%–6% growth in earnings driven by occupancy gains, higher revenue from bringing in-place rents on expiring leases to market, acquisition of new properties and the completion of existing development projects. All in all, we believe global real estate demand trends are firm and valuations are attractive, with global REITs trading at a 6% discount to NAV.

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Ashcroft Capital and SFO Capital Partners Acquire a 388-Unit Multifamily Housing Community in Atlanta

Ashcroft Capital | June 20, 2022

Ashcroft Capital, a New York-based fully integrated multifamily investment firm, and SFO Capital Partners, a London-based global real estate investment management firm, today announced their joint acquisition of Elliot Gateway (formerly Discovery Gateway), a garden-style community located in Marietta, Ga., one of metro Atlanta's thriving suburbs. The transaction marks the first joint venture between the two companies. The community features 388 apartment homes and marks Ashcroft's sixth community in metro Atlanta, a market the company entered just more than a year ago, and SFO Capital Partners' 19th acquisition in the U.S. housing sector. Birchstone Residential, Ashcroft Capital's in-house property management company, has assumed day-to-day management of Elliot Gateway. We are honored to partner with such a respected institutional firm as SFO Capital Partners, and we look forward to expanding this relationship in the future. We are also excited to expand our presence in the Atlanta market. Atlanta is a market with exceedingly positive multifamily fundamentals that bode well for our value-add strategy." Frank Roessler, founder and CEO of Ashcroft Mohamad Abouchalbak, CEO of SFO Capital Partners, said: "We are thrilled to partner with Ashcroft Capital on this exciting acquisition in Atlanta, a metro with robust macroeconomic fundamentals, favorable demographics and a clear growth outlook. To date, SFO Capital Partners has acquired over USD1 billion of U.S. housing assets comprising more than 7,500 units located across the nation's fastest growing metro areas. This has demonstrated our continued conviction in the sector. We are looking forward to growing our successful partnership with Ashcroft Capital." Elliot Gateway sits in the South Cobb/Cumberland Galleria submarket in Marietta. The booming submarket is home to a large and growing concentration of office space, a robust inventory of industrial properties, a substantial number of military personnel supporting Dobbins Air Reserve Base and highly regarded public schools. According to census data, the submarket has added the highest number of renter households with a bachelor's degree of any metro Atlanta submarket in recent years, helping drive demand for high-end apartments in the area. The submarket is also home to Truist Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) and the surrounding Battery Atlanta mixed-use development. Fortune 500 companies with offices in the area include TKE, Synovus, Genuine Parts, Comcast and HD Supply. "This tremendous submarket combined with our renovation plans, our growing 'boots on the ground' in Atlanta and the operational expertise of Birchstone Residential all set the stage for Elliot Gateway to excel and become one of the most desired apartment communities in the area," said Scott Lebenhart, chief investment officer at Ashcroft Capital. "This property and the surrounding area have so much going for them that we could not be more bullish about how Elliot Gateway will perform moving forward." In-home improvements, which will be executed by Birchstone's construction team, will include the addition of quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, faux-wood flooring, upgraded plumbing and lighting fixtures, new cabinet fronts with brushed nickel pulls and 2-inch faux-wood blinds. Other improvements will include a landscaping update, the replacement of pool-area furniture, the installation of a package locker system and the implementation of a valet trash service. Situated at 720 Franklin Gateway SE, Elliot Gateway was built in 1984 (30 of the units were constructed in 2021). The gated property offers one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Community amenities include a resort-inspired swimming pool, a new clubhouse and fitness center, playground, soccer field, outdoor kitchen and barbecue area. About Ashcroft Capital Founded in 2015, Ashcroft Capital is a vertically integrated multifamily investment firm that has acquired more than 14,600 apartment homes spanning nearly 50 communities since its inception. It now has approximately $2 billion in assets under management throughout several high-growth metros of the Sun Belt. The firm focuses on capital preservation while striving to return strong, risk-adjusted cash-on-cash to investors. Ashcroft is capitalized with high net worth, family office and institutional capital. Ashcroft specializes in value-add multifamily real estate and exhibits an expertise in extracting maximum value from every asset it acquires. Rather than attempting to play cycle timing, the firm strives to acquire excellent apartment communities within well-located submarkets of large and growing U.S. metros. About SFO Capital Partners SFO Capital Partners is a London-based global real estate investment management firm focused on investing in high quality assets acquired at attractive valuations with a clear path to value creation. SFO Capital Partners adopts disciplined investment strategies organized by asset classes and geographies. SFO Capital Partners hands-on approach to investing combines entrepreneurial agility with best-in-class practices, consistently delivering superior risk adjusted returns to its private and institutional investors. SFO Capital Partners has acquired in excess of USD2.0 billion of assets located in Europe and the USA (as of May 2022). About Birchstone Residential Birchstone Residential is the in-house property management company of Ashcroft Capital. It has a comprehensive property management platform that provides all essential services, including leasing, maintenance and construction management. Birchstone was purpose-built to execute the value-add business plan for each Ashcroft property, optimize financial returns and deliver high resident satisfaction. Committed to a people-centric culture and employee development through job training, job enrichment and accelerated development, Birchstone seeks to provide best-in-class service that attracts new residents and enriches the lifestyles of current residents.

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Bright MLS and California Regional MLS Partner to Change How Residential Real Estate Data is Collected and Distributed for Institutional Use

Bright MLS | July 15, 2022

Bright MLS and California Regional MLS (CRMLS), the nation’s two largest Multiple Listing Services, announced today the launch of REdistribute, LLC, a joint venture that changes how MLS data is collected and distributed on behalf of the real estate industry for institutional use. REdistribute will aggregate and distribute data on behalf of participating MLS organizations and brokerages, providing unbiased, up-to-date MLS data directly from the source to institutions involved with the housing industry, and puts brokers back in control of their data rights and data usage. Additionally, the revenue generated by REdistribute will be shared back with the brokers and MLS organizations who participate, ensuring that participants are compensated fairly – and at true market value – for the data they provide. “The exchange of real estate data is currently a one-way street, Third parties are aggregating and providing MLS data to government entities and a host of other for-profit companies. What’s missing are the data rights, data management and fair market compensation provided back to the owners of the data – the brokers.” Art Carter, CEO of CRMLS “Today, we are rewriting the rules of engagement,” said Brian Donnellan, President & CEO of Bright MLS. “Now is the time for professional MLS organizations to invest in solutions that create additional value for brokers, while also delivering the most comprehensive, accurate and freshest data to critical participants in the housing industry. Mortgage lenders, government sponsored entities and others creating property valuations and insights and their constituents will benefit greatly from REdistribute.” Bright and CRMLS began working collaboratively late last year on solutions that improve services for the brokerage community, including recent work on a showing services hub that supports more choice for brokers. REdistribute is the next step the two companies are taking together, and at launch aggregates the MLS data of Bright and CRMLS, with Beaches MLS in Florida also signing a letter of intent to join for the launch. “Beaches MLS is excited to be the first ownership partner with Bright MLS and CRMLS on REdistribute to bring even more value to our brokers,” stated Dionna Hall, CEO of Beaches MLS. In addition to distributing MLS data from the source, REdistribute will also deliver innovations that will allow licensees such as lenders, insurance companies and government-sponsored enterprises to gain real-time insights on a market-by-market basis. About California Regional MLS California Regional MLS is the nation's largest and most recognized subscriber-based MLS, dedicated to servicing more than 110,000 real estate professionals from 40 Associations, Boards, and MLS organizations. CRMLS provides accurate data through innovative technology solutions, empowering real estate professionals to cooperate and succeed. About Bright MLS Bright MLS was founded in 2016 as a collaboration between 43 visionary associations and two of the nation’s most prominent MLSs to transform what an MLS is and what it does, so real estate pros and the people they serve can thrive today and into our data-driven future through an open, clear and competitive housing market for all. Bright is proud to be the source of truth for comprehensive real estate data in the Mid-Atlantic, with market intelligence currently covering six states (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia) and the District of Columbia. Bright MLS’s innovative tool library—both created and curated—provides services and award-winning support to well over 100k real estate professionals, enabling their delivery on the promise of home to over half a million home buyers and sellers monthly. In 2021, Bright subscribers facilitated $141B in real estate transactions through the company’s platform.

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Starz Real Estate forms new €300M JV with Ready Capital

Ready Capital | July 14, 2022

Ready Capital Corporation (NYSE: RC) ("Ready Capital" or the "Company") today announced Starz Real Estate (Starz), a pan-European commercial real estate lending platform has formed a new joint venture with Ready Capital Corporation (NYSE: RC), a commercial mortgage REIT headquartered in New York, to originate circa €300m of new commercial real estate loans over the next two years. The new joint venture will focus on deploying commercial real estate bridge and term loans between €10m and €40m in size across the UK, Benelux, Dach Region, Italy and Portugal with up to 75% LTV across sectors including office, residential, mixed use, student housing, logistics, self-storage, and selective retail and hotel opportunities. The joint venture can also offer construction lending in the above mentioned continental European locations. The deal reflects further institutional confidence in Starz, following backing from a Middle East Sovereign Wealth Fund at the end of last year to originate €900m of loans with the latest transaction in that fund comprising a €68.5m senior facility to Union Street Investments for a multi-office investment platform in the Netherlands. "This partnership with Ready Capital will significantly expand our capability to service the increasing demand for agile, mid-market capital across the UK and Europe, bolstering our existing lending strategy." David Arzi, CEO of Starz "We are working in a challenging yet exciting landscape in the wake of the pandemic, with new opportunities as assets change hands or need repurposing to suit new demands. We are pleased to have an institutional investor of this calibre backing us, with our streamlined underwriting processes ensuring we can take capital to market in an efficient and decisive manner." "This new JV partnership with Starz follows through on our commitment to expand Ready Capital's commercial real estate lending business internationally," said Thomas Capasse, CEO of Ready Capital. "With a history of sourcing high quality loans from strong sponsors, the team at Starz has an investment philosophy that aligns well with the credit foundation of Ready Capital's lending strategies, plus they share our hands-on approach to loan servicing and asset management." Ready Capital is externally managed by Waterfall Asset Management, LLC. About Starz Launched in July 2018, Starz is a commercial real estate lender focused on middle-market loans throughout Europe. With a balance sheet built for the long haul, Starz is a flexible and reliable source of capital for real estate investors. Starz provides collaborative lending solutions coupled with streamlined underwriting processes that ensures seamless service. https://starzrealestate.com/ About Ready Capital Ready Capital Corporation (NYSE: RC) is a multi-strategy real estate finance company that originates, acquires, finances and services small to medium balance commercial loans. Ready Capital specializes in loans backed by commercial real estate, including multifamily agency, stabilized and bridge financing, as well as government guaranteed business loans. Ready Capital and its affiliates also provide alternative lending, construction lending, and low-income housing finance as well as residential mortgages. Headquartered in New York, Ready Capital employs more than 600 lending professionals nationwide. The company is externally managed by Waterfall Asset Management, LLC.

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