Dubai Prime Residential Sales Increase 44 Percent in Early 2019

LUXHABITAT | April 19, 2019

According to Dubai-based real estate consultant Luxhabitat's latest Property Monitor Report, over 1,737 villas and 6,194 apartments were transacted within the first quarter of 2019 in the overall residential market. Volume of transactions in the secondary market was AED 20.4 billion, compared to AED 18.5 billion in Q4 2018 (a 10% increase). This indicates an uptick in the Dubai Residential Market in terms of volume and number of units sold. The average price per square foot also went up, although by only 2.5%.

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Capital Square | June 07, 2022

Capital Square, one of the nation's leading sponsors of tax-advantaged real estate investments and an active developer of multifamily communities, announced the acquisition of Village at Westland Cove, a Class A, 240-unit multifamily community in Knoxville, Tennessee. The community was acquired on behalf of CS1031 Village of Westland Cove Apartments, DST. This is Capital Square's sixth acquisition of a multifamily community in Tennessee for the DST/1031 exchange program. Village at Westland Cove is located in one of the hottest housing markets in the nation for 2021.1 Employment in the area is exceptionally strong, with the Oak Ridge Reservation and National Laboratory, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy, only 19 miles away, generating 14,667 full-time jobs and wages totaling over $1.3 billion." Louis Rogers founder and chief executive officer of Capital Square Completed in 2019, Village at Westland Cove is located at 9635 Westland Cove Way along Interstate 140. The 28.2-acre luxury multifamily community sits on the shore of scenic Fort Loudoun Lake. It offers one-, two- and three-bedroom units averaging 1,147 square feet with best-in-class amenities. The community features include a state-of-the-art fitness center, Amazon lockers and coolers for grocery deliveries, car care center, two pet play areas, coffee bar, business center, food truck nights, gaming patio with bocce ball court, outdoor firepit, outdoor kitchen, club house, swimming pool, kayaks available to residents, as well as lake access via a resident dock. Village at Westland Cove is located within close proximity of The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, a 650,000-square-foot shopping center that includes more than 65 retail stores and restaurants. The property is in the 10th hottest housing market in the country for 2021,1 with a 5-year value increase of 55%, according to Zillow Group. Turkey Creek Medical Center, a Level III trauma center that is part of Tennova Healthcare, lies within two miles of the property. Situated further along the I-140 and I-40 are attractions such as Knoxville Museum of Art, Market Square and Zoo Knoxville. The Oak Ridge Reservation, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy and home to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is approximately 19 miles from the Village at Westland Cove and is the largest employer in the area. According to the East Tennessee Economic Council, approximately 14,667 full-time jobs were directly provided by the DOE and its major contractors within Tennessee in 2020, with annual wages and salaries totaling nearly $1.311 billion.2 WBIR.com reports that Bill Lee, Tennessee's governor, recently announced a $72 million budget for the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute, a collaboration between the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in a bid to attract and maintain science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent in the Knoxville area.3 "Village at Westland Cove is an exceptional multifamily property located in an idyllic setting with luxury amenities throughout," said Whitson Huffman, chief strategy and investment officer. "The local economy is thriving, with low unemployment, high average household income and growing demand for high-end apartment living such as that provided to the residents of Village at Westland Cove." Data from Esri shows the average household income within a three-mile radius of the property reaches approximately $130,000. According to Yardi Matrix, Knoxville's rental rates are rising along with demand, with 18% year-over-year rent growth and 98.1% average occupancy as of March 31, 2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Knoxville witnessed an increase of over 19,000 job opportunities since February 2021, with unemployment rates reaching 2.8%. According to the BLS, job opportunities in the area should continue to grow with 3M Company announcing plans to invest approximately $470 million to expand their manufacturing facility in the Knoxville MSA, creating 600 new jobs by 2025.4 Taylor Bird, Nelson Abels, Robert Stickel, and Alex Brown of Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller. 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In recent years the company has become an active developer of multifamily properties in the southeastern US, with eight current projects totaling approximately 2,000 apartment units with a total development cost in excess of $600 million. Since 2012, Capital Square has completed more than $5.6 billion in transaction volume. Capital Square's executive team has decades of experience in real estate investments. Capital Square's related entities provide a range of services, including due diligence, acquisition, loan sourcing, property/asset management, and disposition, for a growing number of high-net-worth investors, private equity firms, family offices and institutional investors. Since 2017, Capital Square has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation for four consecutive years. In 2017, 2018 and 2020, the company was also ranked on Richmond BizSense's list of fastest growing companies. 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Coretrust Pioneers Bi-polar Ionization Technology That Purifies Elevator Air In Its Office Buildings In Collaboration With Elevator Company Partners

Coretrust Capital Partners | September 27, 2021

Coretrust Capital Partners is one of the first office building owners in the country to install bi-polar ionization generators that purify the air within all elevator cars at its large office properties in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Pasadena. Coretrust collaborated with three leading elevator companies to pioneer the innovative technology since each of its buildings has different elevator suppliers. The bi-polar technology produces a natural bio-climate rich in positive and negative oxygen ions, each with an electric charge like those that exist in nature. The generator sends these ions into the entire elevator cab through the ventilation system. This is a pure and natural air purifying process that effectively restores the natural balance of ions in the air and neutralizes bacteria and virus cells, molds, odor causing particles, aerosols, and VOCs, Ricci states. Fujitec installed the IONFUL developed with the Sharp Corporation, to purify elevator cab air and decrease the risk of inhaling airborne pathogens at 2 Liberty Place in Philadelphia. Several efficacy reports over the past 15 years proved ionization effectiveness in mitigating the transmission of airborne pathogens including viruses, bacteria and fungi. - Joseph Rennekamp, Vice President, Operations, Fujitec America, Inc In addition, Coretrust worked with the three companies to completely overhaul and modernize all elevators at its three buildings: FourFortyFour South Flower Street in Los Angeles; 2 Liberty Place in Philadelphia; and PASARROYO office campus in Pasadena CA. The elevator companies also installed touchless destination dispatch systems in each car, allowing tenants to use personalized access cards to call cars to their respective floors without touching buttons. The elevator bi-polar ionization program is just one of the smart technologies that Coretrust has incorporated into its buildings to create a safe and healthy workplace for its tenants. Technologies include ADIBOT UV-C Robots placed in sensitive areas at night to disinfect air and surfaces against COVID-19 and other harmful airborne pathogens. The robots -- the first to be deployed at any office building in the country -- are created and manufactured by UBTECH Robotics, a global leader in intelligent humanoid robotics and AI technologies. A central element in achieving virtually hospital grade indoor air quality at all Coretrust properties is the patented Biowall MAX, an Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Air Disinfection system by Sanuvox Technologies, Inc., a global leader in ultraviolet air purification. The Biowall MAX sterilizes 99.9 percent of airborne bio-contaminants and virtually eliminates the HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) system as a mode of virus transmission in buildings. Along with the Biowall MAX, Coretrust further enhanced indoor air quality by installing the highest effective MERV air filters allowable at each building, making frequent fresh air purges and allowing maximum fresh air ventilation throughout the day. A major Coretrust innovation was hacking the curtain wall of the FourFortyFour tower to create a 1,000-square-foot terrace that brings fresh air and sunlight into the 22,500-square-foot Workplace Innovation Lab on the sixth floor. Similar fresh air indoor terraces can be created for occupants at all our properties as desired, said Ricci. Coretrust also has added automatic doors, touchless parking garage entry, touchless security access for visitors and touchless restroom fixtures for tenant health and safety. Its comprehensive programs to create a safe office environment have earned Coretrust the first three global UL Verified Healthy Buildings Marks for Indoor Air and Water Quality for FourFortyFour, 2 Liberty Place and PASARROYO. The buildings also have earned U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification, GBAC STAR™ accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA, and WELL Building Health-Safety certification. These certifications by third party independent organizations recognize Coretrust's technologies and operating processes that prioritize building occupants' safety and wellness. Coretrust believes its comprehensive commitment to health, wellness and sustainability distinguishes its properties as Smart, Safe and Beautiful and among America's Best Workplaces, Ricci concludes. About Coretrust Capital Partners Coretrust Capital Partners, LLC is a Los Angeles-based private real estate operating company formed in 2014 by three original partners of Thomas Properties Group, Inc. Coretrust, a Registered Investment Advisor, provides fiduciary investment management services to institutional clients in both co-investment and separate account vehicles targeting opportunistic, value-add, core plus and core strategies in the office sector. Coretrust targets acquisitions in major urban centers located in the West Coast, Southwest and the Mid-Atlantic regions.

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Township Capital | February 17, 2022

Township Capital and Epic Investment Services ("Epic") announce the acquisition of Urban 188 and Urban 96 ("Urban Phoenix"), two adjacent residential rental properties in Phoenix, Arizona, as part of Township's GP Value-Add Fund I. ("the fund") The fund aims to acquire garden-style multifamily properties in select markets targeting strong demographics, durable employment, and other value-add characteristics. This marks the third and fourth acquisitions within the value – add partnership with Epic. Last year Township participated in Epic's U.S. Multifamily Fund I as lead investor with $60 million of total equity commitments. We are proud to be a part of another acquisition with Epic. Township has aligned with the strategy backing Fund I and experienced the results of sourcing the right product for the fund firsthand, The value creation model delivers exceptional results, which is important to Township's role as a lead investor in Epic's U.S. Multifamily Fund I. We've continued to seek opportunities in the multifamily sector given how resilient it has remained through the pandemic." Matthew Gorelik, CEO at Township Capital. About Urban Phoenix The 188-unit and 96-unit garden-style buildings, total 132,675 square feet and 4.42 acres located in central Phoenix. Positioned in a high rent-growth area near well-established employment hubs and in proximity to the Valley Light Rail system and Highway I-17. Providing convenient access to surrounding high profile neighborhoods of Arcadia, Biltmore, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Both have a combined occupancy rate of 92%. The acquisition offers a unique opportunity to implement a value-add program focused on modernizing finishes and improving common-area amenities. About Township Capital, LLC Township Capital, LLC is a leading co-GP real estate investment firm headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA. Founded by CEO Matthew Gorelik in 2014, the firm has experience investing across all major property types with a specialty in student housing, senior living, multifamily, and industrial. About Epic Investment Services Epic Investment Services, which includes its wholly owned subsidiary MDC Realty Advisors in the United States, is a fully integrated North American real estate platform. Epic's Canadian head office is located in Toronto, Ontario and its U.S. head office is located in Denver, Colorado. Epic's portfolio comprises over 30 million square feet and $17.5 billion in assets under management in office, retail, industrial and multi-family residential properties.

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