Home Prices Surge in U.S. as Low Mortgage Rates Attract Buyers

BloombergQuint | February 12, 2020

Home Prices Surge in U.S. as Low Mortgage Rates Attract Buyers
Buyers are rushing into the U.S. housing market to take advantage of falling borrowing costs. Now, they’re facing rising prices. The median price of an existing single-family home gained 6.6% in the fourth quarter, hitting $274,900, according to the National Association of Realtors. That was the biggest year-over-year gain in nearly three years. By comparison, the annual gain in the third quarter was 5.1%.

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Pacaso Launches Innovative Luxury Second Home Co-ownership Platform in Santa Barbara, California

Pacaso | November 26, 2021

Pacaso, the leading real estate platform that helps people buy and co-own a luxury second home, announced that it has expanded its service to Santa Barbara, California. The company has begun hiring a regional team and is working with a variety of local businesses to support its operations. "We're thrilled to be expanding our service into Santa Barbara, Known for its beautiful beaches and gorgeous Mediterranean-style homes, along with the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara has long been a dream destination for buyers. However, many are left waiting on the sidelines due to escalating prices and a lack of homes for sale. With Pacaso, people looking to purchase a second home here now have a new solution. A small group of families can up-level their buying power through co-ownership of a luxury home. Not only does this make more efficient use of housing stock, but it also redirects second home buyers away from the mid-tier market, freeing up that inventory for local primary homebuyers." - Pacaso CEO and co-founder, Austin Allison. "Working with the Pacaso has been a pleasure, and it's obvious to me that the Pacaso team has a passion for their business, and goes above and beyond for their customers, Pacaso brings something new to the table: they only purchase luxury homes in second home destinations, and because they offer up to eight shares of ownership per home, their model actually helps increase inventory in the area." - Sotheby's International real estate agent Tyler Mearce. Pacaso partners with all interested real estate agents and brokerages in markets where it operates. Real estate agents representing buyers who purchase a share of a Pacaso home receive a 3% referral commission in addition to 500 RSUs of Pacaso stock as a referral equity bonus. Agents in Santa Barbara who are interested in working with Pacaso can learn more on the company's website. Pacaso's first listing in the area is a contemporary four-bedroom situated in the hills of Santa Barbara that features stunning ocean, harbor, and mountain views. About Pacaso Pacaso® (pronounced like "Picasso") modernizes the decades-old practice of co-ownership by creating a marketplace that makes buying, owning, and selling a luxury second home easy. From curating the best listings in top second home markets to offering integrated financing and sales from as little as ⅛ to as much as ½ ownership; upscale interior design; and professional property management, Pacaso provides owners with all the benefits of owning a second home with less hassle. After purchase, Pacaso manages the home on an ongoing basis and supports a frictionless resale process in partnership with a licensed real estate professional.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Quebec Real Estate Record Sale of Penthouse Condominium Breaks

businesswire | January 13, 2021

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Sold to a U.S. buyer, this transaction also demonstrates that there is significant demand for Canadian real estate from local, national and international buyers.” Favourable mortgage lending conditions and continued stock market uncertainty position Canadian real estate as an attractive and stable investment alternative, Kottick said. Further details of the sale of this estate remain private. About Sotheby's International Realty Canada Combining the world's most prestigious real estate brand with local market knowledge and specialized marketing expertise, Sotheby's International Realty Canada is the leading real estate sales and marketing company for the country's most exceptional properties. 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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

CIM Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc. Announces Merger Agreement with CIM Income NAV, Inc.

CIM Group | September 23, 2021

CIM Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire CIM Income NAV, Inc. in a stock-for-stock, tax-free merger transaction. CMFT and INAV are non-traded REITs managed by affiliates of CIM Group, LLC (“CIM”). The pro forma combined company would have approximately $6.0 billion in total enterprise value, creating a leading commercial credit-focused real estate investment trust (REIT) with greater tenant, industry, and asset type diversity, financial strength, and improved access to capital markets. This transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to certain closing conditions, including INAV stockholder approval. The merger agreement was negotiated on behalf of CMFT and INAV by their special committees composed exclusively of disinterested independent directors. Each special committee recommended approval of the merger agreement to its respective Board of Directors. Each respective Board of Directors subsequently unanimously approved the entry by its REIT into the merger agreement. We believe combining INAV and CMFT will benefit stockholders of both companies by creating a larger, more diversified and valuable company, positioning the company for a public market listing. - Richard Ressler, Principal and Co-Founder of CIM Group. Potential Strategic Benefits The merger is expected to produce meaningful benefits for stockholders of CMFT and INAV, including: Greater Scale & Relevance: With $6.0 billion and $3.2 billion1 in enterprise value and equity value, respectively, CC CMFT will be one of the largest credit-focused REITs, increasing its relevance in the capital markets and reducing its cost of debt and equity capital. Diversification: CC CMFT's combined 590 property, 23.8-million-square-foot real estate portfolio will have greater tenant, industry and asset type diversity, providing CC CMFT with greater flexibility to opportunistically pursue growth strategies and recycle non-core assets. CC CMFT’s top five tenant concentration decreases from 22% at both CMFT and INAV to 19%, with no single tenant concentration above 5%. Path to Liquidity: The merger transaction is one more step in the execution of CMFT’s business plan and is anticipated to better position CC CMFT for a public market listing, which, subject to market conditions, is expected to occur in 2022.2 Cost Savings: CC CMFT is expected to realize $2.8 million of annualized general and administrative synergies on a run-rate basis with additional cash flow improvement of $2.5 million to INAV stockholders through the elimination of ongoing stockholder servicing fees. Transaction Terms Subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement, INAV stockholders would receive an approximate 10.6% premium3 for each share of INAV common stock based upon the receipt of the following consideration: Class D: 2.574 shares of CMFT common stock, which is valued at approximately $18.53 per share Class T: 2.510 shares of CMFT common stock, which is valued at approximately $18.07 per share Class S: 2.508 shares of CMFT common stock, which is valued at approximately $18.06 per share Class I: 2.622 shares of CMFT common stock, which is valued at approximately $18.88 per share Additionally, CMFT intends to increase its distribution rate, subject to approval by the CMFT Board of Directors, so that INAV stockholders will receive aggregate per annum distributions in an amount equal to or greater than INAV’s current annualized distributions after the closing of the proposed merger. Advisors RBC Capital Markets, LLC is acting as financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of CMFT, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Venable LLP are acting as legal advisors to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of CMFT. Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is acting as REIT and securities counsel in connection with the transaction. The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of INAV has engaged Jones Lang LaSalle Securities, LLC, an affiliate of Jones Lang LaSalle America, Inc. as their financial advisor, and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as their legal advisor. About CIM Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc. CMFT is a public non-traded corporation that has elected to be taxed and currently qualifies as a REIT. CMFT holds investments in net lease and multi-tenant retail assets as well as real estate loans and other credit investments. CMFT is managed by affiliates of CIM. About CIM Income NAV, Inc. INAV is a public, non-traded corporation that has elected to be taxed and currently qualifies as a REIT. INAV holds investments in office, industrial and retail assets. INAV is managed by affiliates of CIM. About CIM Group CIM is a community-focused real estate and infrastructure owner, operator, lender and developer. Since 1994, CIM has sought to create value in projects and positively impact the lives of people in communities across the Americas by delivering more than $60 billion of essential real estate and infrastructure projects. CIM’s diverse team of experts applies its broad knowledge and disciplined approach through hands-on management of real assets from due diligence to operations through disposition. CIM strives to make a meaningful difference in the world by executing key environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives and enhancing each community in which it invests.

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