Mortgage Applications Dip in Late April

Mortgage Bankers Association | April 29, 2019

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 19, 2019, Mortgage applications decreased 7.3 percent from one week earlier. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 7.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 6 percent compared with the previous week.

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According to a report by Savills, an international real estate adviser, the total value of global  real estate reached $217 trillion in 2015, representing 60% of mainstream global assets.

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According to a report by Savills, an international real estate adviser, the total value of global  real estate reached $217 trillion in 2015, representing 60% of mainstream global assets.

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Columbia Property Trust to Be Acquired by Funds Managed by Pacific Investment Management Company LLC in a $3.9 Billion Transaction

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. | September 07, 2021

Columbia Property Trust, Inc.announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, one of the world’s premier global investment management firms, for $3.9 billion including Columbia’s proportionate share of consolidated and unconsolidated debt. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Columbia’s Board of Directors, PIMCO will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Columbia common stock for $19.30 per share in cash. This represents a premium of approximately 27% over Columbia’s unaffected closing share price on Friday, March 12, 2021. During this time period the high barrier office sector has traded down 5%. This transaction with PIMCO is the culmination of a comprehensive strategic review process undertaken by Columbia’s Board of Directors which was publicly announced in the spring of this year. As part of this process, Columbia’s Board and advisors invited nearly 90 potential counterparties to participate, including strategic acquirers, private equity firms and other investment management firms. Constance Moore, Chair of the Columbia Board of Directors, said, “The Board of Directors is pleased to have reached this definitive agreement with PIMCO. This transaction provides Columbia shareholders with immediate and certain cash value at a significant premium to the Company’s public market valuation, and we are confident it represents the best outcome for all Columbia shareholders.” “We continue to believe that high-quality office buildings in major U.S. cities offer long-term value for our clients and Columbia has assembled a modernized, well-located portfolio of assets that we expect will perform well in the years ahead,” said John Murray, PIMCO Global Head of Private Commercial Real Estate. Francois Trausch, PIMCO Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Real Estate, added, “This is an exciting transaction and a great example of the strength of relationships within PIMCO’s global real estate platform.” The transaction is expected to close as early as year-end, subject to approval by Columbia’s shareholders and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Upon completion of the transaction, Columbia’s common stock will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Columbia shareholders will be entitled to receive the previously announced third quarter dividend of $0.21 per share payable on September 15, 2021. Thereafter, Columbia will not pay additional quarterly dividends during the pendency of the transaction. Due to the pending acquisition, Columbia will not be holding a conference call for its third quarter 2021 business results after it releases earnings information. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as lead financial advisor to Columbia and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal advisor. Eastdil Secured LLC and J.P. Morgan are also acting as financial advisors to Columbia. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as lead financial advisor to PIMCO and Latham & Watkins LLP and Milbank LLP are serving as legal advisors. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. is also acting as a financial advisor to PIMCO. Cushman & Wakefield is acting as a real estate consultant to PIMCO. About Columbia Columbia creates value through owning, operating, and developing storied properties for legendary companies in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Boston. The Columbia team is deeply experienced in transactions, asset management and repositioning, leasing, development, and property management. It employs these competencies to grow value across its high-quality, well-leased office portfolio of 15 properties that contain more than six million rentable square feet, as well as four properties under development, and also has more than eight million square feet under management for private investors and third parties. Columbia has investment-grade ratings from both Moody’s and S&P Global Ratings. About PIMCO PIMCO is one of the world’s premier fixed income investment managers. With its launch in 1971 in Newport Beach, California, PIMCO introduced investors to a total return approach to fixed income investing. In the 50 years since, it has continued to bring innovation and expertise to its partnership with clients seeking the best investment solutions. Since launching its first opportunistic credit vehicles over 15 years ago, PIMCO has significantly expanded in alternative credit and private markets. The firm invests globally across commercial and residential real estate equity and credit, performing and distressed corporate credit, and specialty finance markets – actively managing investments across the capital structure. In 2020, PIMCO and Allianz Real Estate combined their commercial real estate platforms, making it one of the largest in the world. On a combined basis, PIMCO manages over $180 billion in commercial real estate assets globally. Today PIMCO has offices across the globe and professionals united by a single purpose: creating opportunities for investors in every environment. PIMCO is owned by Allianz S.E., a leading global diversified financial services provider.

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Newmark Announces Agreement with Leading Commercial Real Estate Services Group in Poland

Newmark | January 03, 2022

Newmark Group, Inc., today announced that it has fortified its presence in the Central and Eastern European ('CEE') market through an agreement with a leading commercial real estate group in Poland. The team will provide a full spectrum of client services in Poland and the surrounding area, operating as Newmark Polska. The 45-person team of real estate professionals based in Warsaw, Wrocław, Tricity and Krakow will benefit from combined resources, technology and product offerings to support Newmark's growing roster of clients in CEE. Led by industry veteran Piotr Kaszyński, the group offers services including tenant representation, market research, valuation and project management. The team will also leverage Newmark's global capital markets expertise, which equips clients with enhanced access to investment opportunities in North America and around the world. We are thrilled to welcome Kaszyński and his team to the Newmark platform. Aligning ourselves with one of Poland's leading CRE teams is part of our strategy to build greater capabilities in CEE, a dynamic and evolving market, Poland's robust and diversified economy, which is benefiting from healthy GDP growth and low unemployment, signals substantial opportunity for the team across numerous business lines." Newmark Chief Executive Officer Barry Gosin. The enhanced regional presence will enable Newmark to better serve its clients' needs in Poland, where Newmark operates an existing Warsaw office focused on consulting, lease administration and facilities management. The country currently boasts record-breaking levels of market activity, and companies increasingly identify Poland as a target destination for a variety of functions, including nearshore technology and back-office operations. The agreement underscores Newmark's successes in bolstering its presence throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa ('EMEA'). Earlier this year, the company commenced its International Referrals program covering EMEA, and recently announced new regional leaders within its International Capital Markets and Valuations practices, in addition to the expansion of Newmark's own flexible office platform through the acquisition of two agile workspace providers in 2021: Knotel and Deskeo. In December, Newmark named Stuart Logan as Executive Managing Director of its Valuation & Advisory service line in EMEA. Newmark Polska will build on the local team's recent track record of completing complex transactions, including the representation of world-class brands. In total, the group facilitated over 470,000 square meters in industrial and office transactions in 2020 alone. We look forward to this new chapter for our practice, Newmark continues to demonstrate the wherewithal to invest in the best-in-class resources and talent to comprehensively serve the needs of its clients. Having evaluated Newmark's extensive platform over the years, we are confident in our ability to offer first-rate advisory services at the local, national, regional and global levels. As Newmark's business partner, we can now collaborate with the entire Newmark network to meet client needs going to or from Poland." Piotr Kaszyński, Newmark Polska Managing Partner. About Newmark Newmark Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMRK), together with its subsidiaries ("Newmark"), is a world leader in commercial real estate, seamlessly powering every phase of the property life cycle. Newmark's comprehensive suite of services and products is uniquely tailored to each client, from owners to occupiers, investors to founders, and startups to blue-chip companies. Combining the platform's global reach with market intelligence in both established and emerging property markets, Newmark provides superior service to clients across the industry spectrum. Newmark generated revenues in excess of $2.5 billion for the trailing twelve months ending September 30, 2021. Newmark's company-owned offices, together with its business partners, operate from over 160 offices with approximately 6,200 professionals around the world.

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StepStone Real Estate Closes Fund IV With $1.4 Billion in Capital Commitments

prnewswire | September 29, 2020

StepStone Real Estate ("SRE") announced today the final closing of StepStone Real Estate Partners IV ("SREP IV"), its fourth in a series of funds focused on special situations secondaries and recapitalizations of real estate vehicles. SREP IV's $1.4 billion final closing exceeded the $1 billion target for the fund and notably, approximately $870 million of the commitments closed after the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisors for the formation of the fund. SREP IV is double the size of its predecessor, SREP III, which had its final closing in February 2017 with $700 million in primary commitments and invested capital of approximately $1.2 billion, including capital from co-investors.

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