NAR: Monthly existing home sales fall 0.4% in April

National Association of Realtors | May 21, 2019

In April, existing home sales fell slightly from the previous month, but growing inventory signaled improvement in the market, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. Total existing home sales completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops retreated 0.4% from March to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.19 million in April. This report reveals sales are 4.4% below April 2018’s rate.

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Aventon Companies Breaks Ground on Newest Apartment Development in Orlando

Aventon Companies | May 21, 2022

Aventon Companies, a prominent, vertically integrated multifamily developer with active projects throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, announced it has begun construction on its fourth apartment community within the Orlando metropolitan market. Aventon Opal will be a 308-unit, Class A, multifamily development, meeting Orlando's rapidly growing housing demand. Situated on nearly 12.4 acres and standing tall with four and five-story buildings, Aventon Opal will offer top-of-the-line one, two and three-bedroom units, and amenities designed for luxury living including a resort-style pool with private cabanas, summer kitchen with grills and outdoor pizza oven, and a social lounge housing a wet bar, TV, and poker table. Residents will also enjoy a micro market, around-the-clock fitness center, and clubroom with a remote working lounge encompassing five private offices, numerous booths and communal workspaces as well as a conference room. The pet-friendly community also boasts a pet spa and dog park. With home values in Orlando continuing to skyrocket and the market becoming one of the most desirable in the country given its year-round seasonable temperatures and proximity to the nation's entertainment capital, the need for high-quality housing is at an all-time high. We are excited to deliver another Aventon community which residents are able to proudly call home." Burk Hedrick, Vice President of Development for Aventon Companies The buildings comprising Aventon Opal were designed locally by Scott + Cormia Architecture & Interiors, based in Orlando, while the interiors were created by Beasley & Henley of Winter Park, Florida. Since 2019, Aventon Companies has assembled an impressive $1.5 billion portfolio of ground-up developments expected to bring nearly 6,000 Aventon-branded apartment homes to Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and the Mid-Atlantic. Aventon Opal will debut in 2023. To realize the development Aventon Companies has elected to partner with PPF Real Estate, a subsidiary of PPF Group, as a co-investment partner. This investment will be the second by PPF Real Estate in the Orlando area, having acquired the SouthPark Center for $315 Million in December 2021. "PPF Real Estate is enthusiastic about the creation of a joint venture with Aventon Companies, a development firm with a strong track record of success. We look forward to replicating this partnership in other investments in the Sun Belt region," said Aaron Smith, Managing Director for PPF Real Estate. About Aventon Companies Aventon Companies acquires, develops, and manages multifamily communities in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic with regional offices in West Palm Beach, FL, Orlando, FL, Raleigh, NC and Bethesda, MD. PPF Group operates in 25 countries in Europe, North America and Asia. It invests in multiple sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, media, biotechnology, real estate and engineering. The Group owns assets to the value of EUR 40.3 billion and employs 80,000 people worldwide (as of 30 June 2021).

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PS Business Parks, Inc. Stockholders Approve Acquisition by Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate

PS Business Parks | July 16, 2022

PS Business Parks, Inc. (NYSE:PSB) (“PSB” or the “Company”) announced that, at a Special Meeting of Stockholders held earlier today, PSB stockholders voted to approve the acquisition of PSB by affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate (“Blackstone”). “I am pleased to see that our stockholders approved this transformative transaction, which will provide compelling value to our stockholders and positions the company for collective success” Stephen W. Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of PSB Subject to the satisfaction or waiver of all of the conditions to the closing of the transaction in the merger agreement, the transaction is expected to be completed on or around July 20, 2022. The final voting results will be reported in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission after certification by PSB’s inspector of elections. Additionally, as previously announced, on July 8, 2022, as contemplated by the merger agreement, the PSB Board of Directors declared (i) a prorated quarterly cash dividend (the “pro rata dividend”) on PSB common stock and (ii) a cash dividend (the “closing cash dividend”) of $5.25 per share of PSB common stock, each payable immediately before the effective time of the merger of PSB’s operating partnership with an affiliate of Blackstone, to holders of record as of the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the closing date of the Transaction and contingent upon the approval of the merger agreement by PSB’s stockholders, the satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions to the Transaction and the merger agreement not having been terminated. The amount of the pro rata dividend is based upon PSB’s current quarterly dividend rate of $1.05 per share of PSB common stock and pro-rated for the number of days from and including July 1, 2022 through the day immediately prior to the closing date of the Transaction. Based on the anticipated closing date of the Transaction of July 20, 2022, the pro rata dividend will equal $0.216848 per share of PSB common stock, and each of the pro rata dividend and the closing cash dividend will be payable immediately prior to the partnership merger effective time on July 20, 2022 to the holders of record as of the close of business on July 19, 2022. If the Transaction is completed on July 20, 2022, PSB stockholders who hold their shares of common stock on the record date for the dividends and through the effective time of the Company merger will be entitled to receive an aggregate of $187.716848 per share in cash, consisting of (i) $187.50, representing the $5.25 closing cash dividend and the merger consideration of $187.50 per share as reduced by the $5.25 closing cash dividend plus (ii) the $0.216848 pro rata dividend. If the closing date of the Transaction is delayed past July 20, 2022, holders of PSB’s common stock will not receive the pro rata dividend or the closing cash dividend on July 20, 2022, and in such case PSB will make a public announcement providing further updates with respect to these matters. For additional information regarding the proposed transaction, please consult the definitive proxy statement filed by PSB with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on June 8, 2022. Advisors J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as lead financial advisor to PSB and provided a fairness opinion to the PSB board of directors in connection with the transaction. Eastdil Secured is acting as real estate advisor to PSB and is also acting as a co-financial advisor to PSB. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as PSB’s legal advisor. About PS Business Parks PS Business Parks, Inc., an S&P MidCap 400 company, is a REIT that acquires, develops, owns, and operates commercial properties, predominantly multi-tenant industrial, industrial-flex, and low-rise suburban office space. Located primarily in major coastal markets, PS Business Parks’ 96 properties serve approximately 4,900 tenants in 27 million square feet of space as of March 31, 2022. The portfolio also includes 800 residential units (inclusive of units in-process).

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Genesis San Diego Lands First Life Science Tenant

Barings | June 22, 2022

Barings, one of the world's largest diversified real estate investment managers, along with Phase 3 Real Estate Partners and Bain Capital Real Estate, announced its joint venture has signed its first tenant to Genesis San Diego, a premier Class A life science building in Downtown San Diego, California. Formerly known as The Thomas Jefferson School of Law, this approximately 203,000 square foot, 8-story office building located at 1155 Island Avenue has been transformed into a state-of-the-art life science property. Modifications and improvements include upgraded HVAC and plumbing infrastructure (including VRF heating and cooling systems, new exhaust fans, 100% outside air for lab areas, and needlepoint bipolar ionization) along with a new 5,000 lb. service elevator and upgraded lab floor loads. Additional enhancements include a new lab services facility with a glass wash, autoclave and staffed shipping and receiving room, a top floor lounge and event space, and ready-to-occupy 'spec suites' consisting of 50% lab / 50% office built out in various sizes throughout the building. Barings is excited to lead the life science migration to Downtown San Diego, giving tenants a highly amenitized work, live and play environment. Greater San Diego is an undeniable life sciences global capital and we continue to hear from life science leaders interested in a downtown, urban destination. This investment is a prime example of Barings' value-add real estate investment strategy focusing on creating unique, competitive assets that attract innovative tenant demand." Joe Gorin, Managing Director, Head of US Acquisitions and Portfolio Management for Barings "Delivering premier Class A research ready life science environments that meet the needs of visionary companies continues to be our focus," added BJ Van Aken, Executive Vice President, West and Head of Portfolio Operations for Phase 3 Real Estate Partners. "As a key component of our Genesis portfolio, Genesis San Diego sits at the forefront of life science assets in greater San Diego, and provides the modern design and opportunities for innovation that will bring tenants to this exciting downtown location." Life sciences are a major driver of San Diego's innovation economy. The region is home to more than a thousand life sciences companies, and as the third largest life sciences cluster in the nation, demand for high-quality lab space in greater San Diego continues to increase. While suburban Torrey Pines and Sorrento Mesa have historically answered the call for life science asset needs, Downtown San Diego is poised to be the next life sciences node for greater San Diego given its unmatched amenities, proximity to the popular Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park, key connections to the existing scientific community such as the new UCSD satellite building, and commutability via the extension of the Blue Trolley line. "Downtown San Diego has all the building blocks for a successful life science industry cluster," added Betsy Brennan, President & CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. "Our community has long known this and our 2021 Demographic Study proves it. Whether it's the highly skilled talent living here, a lifestyle that can't be beat, connectivity to our regional ecosystem of innovation, or new projects like Genesis San Diego that offer quality lab and office space, Downtown is where dreams are becoming reality." Genesis San Diego represents a commitment to sustainability, tenant health and wellness, and digital connectivity. The development includes smart building systems, green design elements, and is currently LEED-Gold. About Barings Barings is a $371+ billion global investment manager sourcing differentiated opportunities and building long-term portfolios across public and private fixed income, real estate, and specialist equity markets. With investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, the firm, a subsidiary of MassMutual, aims to serve its clients, communities and employees, and is committed to sustainable practices and responsible investment. About Genesis Genesis is a life science real estate brand that leverages the deep experience and global breadth of its owners' partnership to create an environment focused on meeting the needs of its tenants to accelerate their ground-breaking discovery. Genesis' owners unique integrated venture combines Phase 3 Real Estate Partner's decades of life science real estate development and tenant experience with Bain Capital's pioneering value-add investment approach and the firm's decades of leading experience in the Healthcare and Life Science industry. At Genesis, we relentlessly pursue not only to provide the right environment today but through our deep industry partnerships and participation provide the best environment for cultivating tomorrow's undiscovered advances in science. About Phase 3 Real Estate Partners Phase 3 Real Estate Partners, Inc., develops premier ready to occupy research and development facilities in the major innovation clusters of the United States. Phase 3's focus on delivering the highest quality space with accelerated speed to occupancy within these key geographies allows companies to immediately pursue their scientific goals. The Phase 3 team delivers a clean, modern design aesthetic, the right combination of amenities to create community and appropriate infrastructure to meet the needs of the companies who call our facilities home. The firm's expertise in development, construction and management of life science facilities results in a strong partnership between our tenants and our team. Phase 3's current portfolio consists of nearly 4.5 million square feet and is growing in San Diego, San Francisco and Boston. About Bain Capital Real Estate Bain Capital Real Estate was formed in 2018 and pursues investments in often hard-to-access sectors underpinned by enduring secular trends that drive long-term demand growth for real estate assets and services. The Bain Capital Real Estate team has been executing its strategy since 2010 (formerly as a part of Harvard Management Company), having invested and committed more than $6.8 billion of equity in more than 550 assets across multiple sectors, including more than $1.7 billion in over 6.8 million SF of life sciences assets. Bain Capital Real Estate focuses on small to mid-sized assets where the team applies its deep industry expertise to accelerate impact and drive operational improvements. Bain Capital Real Estate's strategy aligns with the value-added investment approach that Bain Capital pioneered and leverages the firm's global platform and significant experience across asset classes to further bolster its insights and sourcing capabilities.

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