REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company | June 16, 2022
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) is pleased to announce the financial closing of $160 million for the acquisition and development of Auburn 18 Business Park, a 129-acre industrial site in Auburn, Washington. BGL's Real Estate Advisors team served as financial advisor to Industrial Realty Group (IRG), with Oak Street, a Division of Blue Owl, as the capital partner to IRG.
IRG is a nationwide real estate development and investment firm specializing in the acquisition, development, and management of commercial and industrial real estate throughout the United States. IRG, through its affiliated partnerships and limited liability companies, operates a portfolio containing more than 150 properties in 31 states with over 100 million square feet of rentable space.
Oak Street is a real estate investment firm focused on investing in net-leased properties.
Oak Street seeks to form partnerships with best-in-class organizations and real estate developers by creating structures that facilitate our partners' strategic and financial initiatives. We are excited to form a long-term partnership with IRG, one of the leading industrial developers in the country."
Colleen Collins, Managing Director of Oak Street
Auburn 18 Business Park is comprised of approximately 129 acres of land located one mile southwest of the Commercial Business District of the City of Auburn. The property is currently improved with over one million square feet of space, including two large office buildings, seven large warehouse buildings, an operations and maintenance building, and several other small support buildings located throughout the property.
Originally purchased in 1944 by the United States Army as 435 acres of farmland, the site was improved with 20+ dry storage warehouses for use during World War II. In 1962, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) took ownership of a 177-acre portion, with multiple WWII warehouses, three 1950s-era warehouses, an administration office, and a water tower. The remaining U.S. Army property was sold to private developers. During the 1990s, GSA donated land to the City of Auburn for a park and the Auburn City School Bus Depot. An additional 8.4 acres was donated to the City of Auburn for its municipal fire training center.
The disposal of the Auburn complex is part of a larger strategy to evaluate underutilized assets and shrink the federal footprint. IRG acquired the Auburn Federal Complex through an online auction process. Renovations to the existing eight warehouse buildings have begun and include fire and life safety upgrades, lighting improvements, and adding additional loading docks, as needed.
With excellent frontage on C Street, this perfectly positioned site offers prime visibility and easy access to WA-18, WA-167, and I-5. The site is within two miles of the Auburn Municipal Airport and the BNSF Rail Yard, as well as various key supply chain, logistics, and manufacturing facilities, including UPS, Starbucks, Safeway, Behr, Gist USA, Boeing, Amazon, Costco, DHL, and REI.
BGL's Real Estate Advisors Group offers comprehensive real estate investment banking services tailored to the middle market. It provides client-focused solutions with an emphasis on real estate advisory, debt, preferred and private equity placement, financial restructuring, recapitalizations, sale-leasebacks, structured finance, and asset acquisitions and dispositions across all asset classes. The team assists real estate owners and developers looking to form alliances and joint ventures with single-source capital providers to gain local and institutional access for all capital needs.
About Blue Owl Capital Inc.
Blue Owl is a global alternative asset manager with $102.0 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2022. Anchored by a strong permanent capital base, the firm deploys private capital across Direct Lending, GP Capital Solutions and Real Estate strategies on behalf of Institutional and Private Wealth clients. Blue Owl's flexible, consultative approach helps position the firm as a partner of choice for businesses seeking capital solutions to support their sustained growth. The firm's management team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals with more than 25 years of experience building alternative investment businesses. Blue Owl employs over 400 people across 10 offices globally.
IRG is a nationwide real estate development and investment firm specializing in the acquisition, development and management of commercial and industrial real estate throughout the United States. IRG, through its affiliated partnerships and limited liability companies, operates a portfolio containing over 150 properties in 31 states with over 100 million square feet of rentable space. IRG is nationally recognized as a leading force behind the adaptive reuse of commercial and industrial real estate, solving some of America's most difficult real estate challenges.
About Brown Gibbons Lang & Company
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) is a leading independent investment bank and financial advisory firm focused on the global middle market. The firm advises private and public corporations and private equity groups on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructurings, business valuations and opinions, and other strategic matters. BGL has investment banking offices in Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, and real estate offices in Chicago, Cleveland, and San Antonio. The firm is also a founding member of Global M&A Partners, enabling BGL to service clients in more than 30 countries around the world. Securities transactions are conducted through Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company Securities, Inc., an affiliate of Brown Gibbons Lang & Company LLC and a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC.
REAL ESTATE ADVICE
United Real Estate | July 25, 2022
United® Real Estate (United) announced today that Pearson Smith Realty has merged with United's national network. The alliance expands United's and Pearson Smith's service footprint in Metro DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
The dynamic partnership brings together Pearson Smith Realty, the youngest company ranking among the Top 100 real estate companies in the nation, and United Real Estate, the 7th largest and fastest growing independent real estate operation in the nation. Pearson Smith Realty is a top ten market share leader and an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company, moving from 17 agents in 2014 to more than 1,000 agents today. The merger increases United's network to more than 21,000 agents in 630 offices globally.
"Pearson Smith Realty and United Real Estate share the same agent-centric model where support and culture are at the heart of our operations. By combining our programs, resources and talent, we are creating exciting opportunities for our agents to serve their clients with excellence. Our agents are our stars, and we will continue to work to make them shine in our marketplace," stated Eric Pearson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Pearson Smith Realty.
"We are thrilled to welcome Pearson Smith Realty and their incredible team of agents, brokers and staff to the United Real Estate organization. From our initial meetings with Eric and Chuck nearly a year ago, to attending and seeing first-hand the energy and excitement of Pearson Smith's agents at their St. Patrick's Day Agent Awards and Recognition celebration, it was apparent that our organizations are culturally aligned and well-positioned for the future with our agents as our North Star," stated Dan Duffy, Chief Executive Officer of United Real Estate Group. "For every ten brokerages we consider investing in, we move forward with less than one. We are really excited to incorporate a number of Pearson Smith Realty's best-in-class offerings into our national agent and broker programs. It is rewarding to see the excitement of Eric and his team as they discover the advantages of being part of United and determine how best to leverage our resources and technology to strengthen their offering in the markets they currently serve."
"Eric and his team are a powerful force. They have developed processes and systems we are busily integrating with United's to benefit our national network. When two fast-growing, dominant companies combine their tools, resources, leadership and agent talent, it becomes a catalyst for growth for both. While other companies are shrinking or pulling back on expansion, United continues to make the necessary investments for smart growth into the future. Our alliance greatly strengthens our existing operations along the East Coast," said Rick Haase, President of United Real Estate.
Together, Pearson Smith Realty and United's DC Metro Region office will now serve clients in the multi-state region. Pearson Smith Realty will retain its company name and leadership team moving forward, but now with the national reach, referral network, technology and breadth of resources of United's national network. In turn, United benefits from Pearson Smith Realty's deep well of talent and powerful programs that have fueled its growth.
"United Real Estate's vision is continuous growth with a focus on adding value for agents and their clients. Welcoming Pearson Smith Realty to our national network strengthens us regionally and nationwide with proven systems and an extended service footprint. I look forward to what the future holds for our agents and clients," said Zhanneta Nekrich, Regional Vice President of United DC Metro Region.
"Our model has always been to hire great agents and to support them with the best resources and tools. We firmly believe that our partnership with United Real Estate will take us to the next level in providing that support. We look forward to working with the United Team to help our agents win in this very competitive market,"
Chuck Smith, Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder of Pearson Smith Realty
The merger with Pearson Smith Realty follows previous mergers with Platinum Realty, Leading Edge Real Estate Group, Texas United Realty, Virtual Properties Realty, Benchmark Realty, Charles Rutenberg Realty Fort Lauderdale and others yet to be announced.
About United Real Estate
United Real Estate (United) – a division of United Real Estate Group – was founded with the purpose of offering solutions to real estate brokers and agents in the rapidly changing real estate brokerage industry. United provides the latest training, marketing and technology tools to agents and brokers under a flat-fee, transaction-based agent commission model. By leveraging the company's proprietary cloud-based Bullseye™ Agent & Broker Productivity Platform, United delivers a more profitable outcome for agents and brokers. United Real Estate operates in 32 states with 139 offices and more than 17,500 agents. The company produced over $21.5 billion in sales volume in 2021.
About Pearson Smith Realty
Pearson Smith Realty is a full-service brokerage serving Virginia, Maryland, DC, and West Virginia. Since its founding in 2014, it has grown from 17 agents to nearly 1,000 agents today. Eric Pearson and Chuck Smith founded the firm based on a core set of values: customer focus and commitment to deliver value with respect, honesty, and personal accountability. Pearson Smith Realty provides professional representation for residential real estate, new homes, land and property management.
About United Real Estate Group
United Real Estate Group (UREG) operates United Real Estate and United Country Real Estate, addressing the unique market needs of suburban, major metropolitan urban and rural markets. Utilizing the cloud-based Bullseye™ Agent & Broker Productivity Platform, UREG offers the latest training, marketing and technology tools producing a significant competitive advantage. The platform realizes a decade-long investment in virtual agent and brokerage technology services and is powered by a 2.1 million listings data warehouse generating over 3 million monthly visitors and 30,000 leads per year. Together, the United Real Estate Group supports more than 630 offices and over 21,000 real estate and auction professionals across four continents. United Real Estate Group produced over $27.1 billion in 2021. Through its in-house advertising agency, UREG offers differentiating marketing support and collateral for specialized lifestyle property websites as well as access to a 650,000+ opt-in buyer database.
HOME AND DESIGN
HomeStars | May 19, 2022
HomeStars, Canada’s largest network of verified home service professionals, is proud to announce a new partnership with Perch, a technology platform offering homebuyers and homeowners the financial insights they need to build wealth through real estate. This first-of-its-kind partnership will help homeowners find flexible refinancing solutions to fund their renovation and home improvement needs.
Through the new partnership, HomeStars offers a refinancing option to Canadian homeowners looking to make home renovations, repairs, or improvements. Homeowners can now receive cash based on the equity in their homes and use these funds for home improvement projects.
We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Perch and offer Canadian homeowners flexible refinancing options to fund their home renovations. It’s been a difficult year for Canadians, with the volatile housing market and economic pressures making purchasing newer homes less accessible and forcing many Canadians to stay in their homes longer. This partnership will allow homeowners to increase the value of their homes and make the much-needed improvements to their homes. This is a great opportunity to provide Canadians with an alternative to financing to give them continued comfort in their homes and live in a space they’re proud of.”
Shir Magen, CEO of HomeStars
The 2021 HomeStars Reno Report reported that 20 percent of Canadians needed financial assistance to execute home renovations, and many put off home improvements due to the daunting costs associated. With the current market volatility, its expected more Canadians will be financially stretched. HomeStars met this growing financial need by partnering with Perch to empower Canadians to execute their home renovations without the upfront investment. Whether it’s Canadians choosing to age in place, convert their home to one that can be multi-generational, or reinvest in their current property due to the current housing market, through this new partnership, homeowners will be able to get quality work done through vetted professionals with a lower financial impact on their monthly budget.
Homeowners can access the Perch refinancing calculator on https://homestars.com to help understand their borrowing power while starting a HomeStars service request. After entering your current property value and mortgage information, homeowners will have the ability to view the results and either begin the pre-approval process or chat with a Perch advisor. Once your loan is finalized and you are matched with a verified pro, you can leverage the funds towards your dream home project with a reputable pro.
“Perch’s analytics help Canadians get pre-approved for their mortgages and give them insights to understand exactly how much they can afford,” says Alex Leduc, Founder & CEO of Perch. “We saw a connection to the HomeStars online home services platform, and we’re very excited to be working with them. Together, we can help homeowners reach their goals faster.”
By leveraging Canada’s largest network of verified home service professionals, HomeStars allows Canadians to choose qualified professionals in their area and have a clear line of sight into home service professionals' ratings and quality of work. Canadian homeowners are well equipped to hire right the first time with a proprietary star score, verified background and finance checks, and manually verified reviews.
HomeStars is Canada's largest network of verified and community-reviewed home service professionals. HomeStars empowers Canadian homeowners to hire right the first time for home renovations or repairs by connecting project-ready homeowners with the best pros in their neighborhood. In 2021, 8 million homeowners visited HomeStars looking for a pro for their next home improvement project. HomeStars was created in 2006 to relieve Canadian homeowners’ anxiety and put their minds at ease knowing they’ve hired a vetted, highly rated home service professional. With three distinct trust metrics, HomeStars gives Canadians the confidence of hiring right the first time, can vet pros recommended to homeowners, and allows for searching and requesting for specific home service professionals. HomeStars is based in Toronto, Ontario, and is an operating business of Angi.