Prime Real Estate: Amazon Has Swallowed Downtown Seattle

  | June 29, 2016

Having colonized the South Lake Union neighborhood, Seattle's largest private employer is building three giant spheres filled with trees—the better to connect employees with nature.

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Although only half of surveyed households believe the economy is currently improving, nearly all young renters eventually want to buy a home, and a convincing majority still view homeownership as part of their American Dream, according to a new quarterly consumer survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®. Additionally, a newly-introduced index tracking the financial outlook of households found that compared to earlier this year an increasing share believes their personal financial situation will improve in the months ahead.

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Although only half of surveyed households believe the economy is currently improving, nearly all young renters eventually want to buy a home, and a convincing majority still view homeownership as part of their American Dream, according to a new quarterly consumer survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®. Additionally, a newly-introduced index tracking the financial outlook of households found that compared to earlier this year an increasing share believes their personal financial situation will improve in the months ahead.

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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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The Jills Zeder Group, of Coldwell Banker Realty, Again Ranked No. 1 Large Team in the U.S. by RealTrends

Coldwell Banker Realty | June 13, 2022

The Jills Zeder Group, a powerhouse team of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Ambassadors with Coldwell Banker Realty, have once again been ranked as the No. 1 large team in the entire United States, as announced in the 2022 RealTrends "The Thousand" list published in The Wall Street Journal. Per RealTrends, a large team ranges from 11 to 20 members. RealTrends ranked The Jills Zeder Group No. 1 on the list, based on achieving $2,250,764,707 in closed sales volume in 2021 and 367.60 closed transaction sides in 2021. Affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty's offices in Miami Beach and Coral Gables, Florida, the sales team, which specializes in luxury real estate, including luxury estates, condominiums, waterfront properties, and highly complex assemblages, achieved more sales volume than any other small, medium or large team from any brokerage or company nationwide. Year over year, The Jills Zeder Group not only sets the bar for the industry standard of excellence, but they surpass their own benchmark. The team's ingenuity, dedication to client service, extreme market intelligence and fierce business acumen has resulted in another outstanding recognition this year. It is a true privilege to have the opportunity to serve this top-performing, legendary team as part of Coldwell Banker." Ryan Gorman, CEO of Coldwell Banker "I'm honored to once again congratulate The Jills Zeder Group for their distinguished achievement earning the No. 1 spot on the prestigious RealTrends list, solidifying them as the very best real estate team in the country," said Duff Rubin, president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Florida. "This well-earned recognition reconfirms what we already know about the team, that they offer their clients incomparable professionalism and real estate knowledge, as well as a superior understanding of the complex and evolving market of South Florida." The RealTrends "The Thousand" ranking consists of all real estate agents and teams throughout the United States who took part in residential real estate transactions in 2021. The individual rankings are divided into two top 250 categories, based on closed transaction sides and closed sales volume. To qualify, an individual agent had to close at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2021. For real estate teams, the minimum was 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume. About The Jills Zeder Group The Jills Zeder Group, affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty, is comprised of three families, all of whom are major players in the luxury residential real estate business. These families include Jill Hertzberg, Jill Eber and Felise Eber; and Hertzberg's children Danny Hertzberg and Hillary Hertzberg; and Judy Zeder and her children, Nathan Zeder and Kara Zeder Rosen. Prior to The Jills Zeder Group's formation in 2019, the families closed a combined total of more than $8 billion in real estate sales, including collaborating on multiple luxury sales in the Coral Gables market. With offices in Miami Beach and Coral Gables, The Jills Zeder Group specializes in high-end, multimillion-dollar luxury properties in South Florida's most elite enclaves, representing celebrities, Fortune 500 executives, and a diverse international clientele. They offer incomparable knowledge and services to luxury real estate clients. About Coldwell Banker Realty Coldwell Banker Realty in Florida is a leading residential real estate brokerage company with approximately 73 offices and 8,106 affiliated sales associates. Coldwell Banker Realty is owned by a subsidiary of Anywhere Real Estate Inc. (NYSE:HOUS), the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States. Visit ColdwellBankerHomes.com. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

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Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc. Revamps Their Client & Transferee Portal

Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc. | August 04, 2022

Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc. announces the launch of the new and improved MSite for clients, transferees, and partners. Over the past few years, the real estate industry has changed drastically, leaving businesses to shrink their turnaround times and increase their productivity. Morreale Real Estate Services addresses these changes and works daily to find the "secret sauce" to make the client relocation process as smooth and easy as possible for their clients. During this time, the Development team at Morreale Real Estate Services has remodeled the MSite portal for our partners, as well as enhanced our MSite for our clients and their transferees. With this new technology available to our clients, transferees and partners, the relocation process has been made easier through our secure online MSite portal. The experience our clients have with the Morreale Real Estate team is very important. This new and improved MSite portal is a simple, easy-to-use platform that will make the process of signing documents and returning them more advanced. Our secure system is sure to blow your mind! "Over the past couple of years, Morreale Real Estate Services has made it a point to focus on the transferee experience when working with our office. This MSite is another great tool in our toolbelt when working with the client's transferring employee. Having our transferees electronically sign documents through our portal and return them to us is a more efficient experience that will speed up the process. We are excited to introduce this new method of working with our office." -Aaron Raffel, COO at Morreale Real Estate Services Cory Wilhelmi, Vice President of Client Services, adds Whether you're a transferee, client or partner, the new Morreale Real Estate MSite portal provides you with the tools to make every relocation successful. From uploading expenses for reimbursement or finding the best M-Preferred partner to work with on your transaction, this new and improved portal puts everything at your fingertips. I can't wait for our clients, partners, and transferees to try it out! About Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc. Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc. is an independent, family-owned organization that provides national title and closing services, acquisition and inventory management services, and accounting services to the corporate relocation and mortgage industry. With over 50 years of industry experience, our home purchase and destination programs are customized to meet your needs and are administered with award winning service and state of the art technology.

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