Bascom Group | January 18, 2022
The Bascom Group, LLC ("Bascom") has acquired a two-property, 140-unit multifamily portfolio located in the Northridge neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles. The properties, NMS Northridge and NMS Superior, boast large floorplans consisting of mostly two- and three-bedrooms with each unit receiving a private 2-car garage or two spaces of structured parking. The properties are centrally-located within the San Fernando Valley and sit adjacent to California State University – Northridge ("CSUN"). CSUN has an enrollment of 38,000 students and provides significant resident demand. Bascom purchased the 140-unit property for $52,500,000, or $375,000 per unit. Brightspire Capital (fka Colony Capital) provided the debt financing for the acquisition and was arranged by Mark Strauss and Rob Quarton of Walker Dunlop Capital Markets. Apartment Management Consultants (AMC) will provide property management services.
NMS Northridge and NMS Superior represent compelling acquisitions in a high-barrier-to-entry market. Market occupancies have been exceptionally high over the last decade and only a limited amount of new supply is currently under construction. Despite the pandemic-related challenges for many universities and the communities serving them over the past two years, we believe the Northridge submarket will see strong fundamental growth over the next several years driven by limited new housing supply and continued population growth."
Bascom Sr. Principal, Chad Sanderson.
The properties are located adjacent to California State University – Northridge, a 38,000-student university within California State University system. Although the properties' residents are not all students or university affiliates, the properties' proximity to the university provides consistent demand from a highly educated resident base of students, faculty, and other university affiliates and non-affiliates. Bascom's Senior Vice President of Operations.
The properties are just a short walk across the street from the CSUN student recreation center, which will be an incredible complement to our planned amenity upgrades on the properties. Other property upgrades will include unit interior renovations and a rebrand to appeal to a younger, tech-savvy resident base."
The Bascom Group has been one of the most active apartment buyers in Southern California since its inception in 1996, partnering with institutional and private capital. To date, Bascom has acquired 95 multifamily properties and 15,808 units in Southern California, with 39 of those properties and 5,952 units located in Los Angeles County. Over the past year, Bascom has completed over $1.85 billion in multifamily transactions.
Bascom is a private equity firm specializing in value-added multifamily, commercial, and non-performing loans and real estate related investments and operating companies. Bascom sources value-added and distressed properties including many through foreclosure, bankruptcy, or short sales and repositions them by adding extensive capital improvements, improving revenue, and reducing expenses by realizing operational efficiencies through implementation of institutional-quality property management. Bascom, founded by principals Jerry Fink, David Kim, and Derek Chen, is one of the most active and seasoned buyers and operators of apartment communities in the U.S. Since 1996, Bascom has completed over $20.5 billion in multifamily value-added transactions encompassing 349 multifamily properties and over 90,000 units. Bascom has ranked among the top 50 multifamily owners in the U.S. Bascom's subsidiaries and joint ventures include the Bascom Value Added Apartment Investors, Shubin Nadal Associates, Spirit Bascom Ventures, REDA Bascom Ventures, Bascom Northwest Ventures, Bascom Arizona Ventures, Harbor Associates, Village Partners Ventures, and Realm Group. Bascom's subsidiaries also include Premier Workspaces, one of the largest privately held executive suite, coworking and shared workspace companies in the U.S.
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Ascot Corp. | May 09, 2022
Ascot Corp. has formed the first private fund through a joint venture with global institutional investors to invest in MF residential, senior living facilities, and student housing in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Main Investment Properties of the Fund
"ASTILE" is MF residential brand winning the Good Design Award twice last year, and "FARE" is the brand winning the Award seven times for the five consecutive years.
*The Good Design Award is the only comprehensive design evaluation and recommendation system in Japan that covers a wide range of fields from industrial products to business models and event activities.
Overview of the Fund and Strategy
The investment targets of the Fund are MF residential, senior living facilities, and student housing, and their locations are limited to the Tokyo metropolitan area where are expected to provide stable cash flows with little impact from the Covid-19 pandemic and high liquidity on exit, and consequently stable investment results. Furthermore, the investment risks can be identified within the limited scope and in a quantitative manner due to the predefined properties.
The portfolio of the Fund No. 1 comprises of 9 properties, mainly MF residential developed by Ascot (including ASTILE Harajuku, and ASTILE Nishi-Shinjuku II etc.). In the near future, Ascot plans to expand the scope of its fund in collaboration with global institutional investors by acquiring MF residential, senior living facilities, and student housings from external developers and funds, in addition to properties developed by Ascot. Ascot manages these properties as the asset manager of the Fund.
The Growth Strategy of Real Estate Fund Business Department
The Real Estate Fund Business Department, established in 2021, is a new business unit of Ascot that leverages the company's design and quality property development capabilities cultivated over the past 20 years since Ascot's founding in 1999, as well as its domestic and international network. As one of the key pillars of our mid-term growth strategy, we aim to further expand our business by forming joint venture funds with domestic and foreign investors and new private funds, as well as by entering the REIT and other businesses.
In addition to MF residential and offices, which are our strengths, we will target a wide range of asset classes, including logistics, hotels, senior housing, data centers, etc. Furthermore, we are considering entering some asset classes from the development stage.
The Fund Business Department will contribute to the growth of the real estate investment market by continuously providing optimal solutions and quality investment opportunities to a wide range of investors while expanding total assets under management.
Under the circumstances of limited investment opportunities under the low interest rate policy and globalization trend of investment, there has been a shift in allocations from traditional assets such as listed stocks and bonds to alternative investments, with real estate investment in particular gaining prominence worldwide over the past few years.
As the global asset allocation strategy, a certain percentage has been shifted to Asia, and, in comparison to other Asian countries, investment in Japanese real estate has been allocated to a significant degree in terms of core investment. The primary factor is that Japan's low interest rate policy has ensured a relatively large yield gap. Secondly, Japan, centered on Tokyo, has a considerable market size which provides high liquidity on exit. In addition, the infrastructure for investment, such as legal, accounting, and taxation is very stable. Therefore, stable returns are expected to be secured. Consequently, the investment needs and flow of funds from global investors, especially institutional investors, to Japanese real estate have continued even with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent depreciation of Japanese yen has also attracted investors' attention to Japanese real estate.
The asset classes receiving great attention are logistics and MF residential. Since Ascot has advantage in longstanding residential development business, the first fund focused on residential properties.
Comments by Takeshi Nakabayashi, President of Ping An Japan Investment Co, Ltd.
Ascot Corp. is the first real estate company in Japan invested by Ping An Group. We are fascinated by Ascot's excellent development track record backed by its ability to plan and deliver high value-added residential and office properties. We have high expectations for the growth of Ascot's new global business, including the real estate fund management business just launched, the development of logistics facilities, and integrated services from real estate brokerage to property management for global investors.
About Ascot Corp.
Ascot is a global comprehensive real estate service provider targeting Tokyo metropolitan area. The business includes the development of the MF residential and logistics, fund management, real estate brokerage for global investors, and property management leveraged by its design and high-quality property development capabilities as well as its domestic and international network. Its design and development capabilities cultivated over the past 20 years are highly recognized, as the track record of winning the Good Design Award 14 times in total shows. Through Digital Transformation, Ascot aims to provide quality real estate services in line with global standards by enhancing customer contact and creating new revenue models.
Dreamscape | December 14, 2021
A joint-venture between affiliates of Dreamscape Companies and Meritage Group LP completed the acquisition of the Nashville Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown, a newly constructed hotel situated in the heart of Downtown Nashville in the city's vibrant SoBro (South of Broadway) neighborhood. This purchase marks Dreamscape's second hospitality transaction in the city in 2021, having acquired The Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown in June. The purchase of this 230-room hotel underscores Dreamscape's commitment to expanding its presence in the Nashville market, as well as identifying prime growth opportunities in key regional areas across the country.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with Meritage on this exciting deal. Nashville has long signified an area of keen interest for us, and after entering the market earlier this year with the purchase of The Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, we immediately knew that we wanted to expand our footprint in this booming city, which continues to attract tourists from all over the country as well as across the globe."
-Eric Birnbaum, Founder and CEO of Dreamscape Companies
"We are thrilled to be expanding our presence in Nashville given the strong market fundamentals. This transaction marks Dreamscape's fifth acquisition in the last year and fits squarely into our thesis to acquire assets in high-growth markets at an attractive basis."
-Scott Broder, President of Dreamscape Hospitality
The Nashville Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown, located at 415 4th Avenue South, has been outfitted with 230 rooms and 8,700 square feet of first-class meeting space, making it an ideal establishment for leisure and business travelers alike. The property, which opened its doors just two years ago, also includes the street front cocktail bar and restaurant, 4th and Peabody, which is preparing to undergo a thoughtful renovation, as well as an on-site parking garage. In addition to reimagining the hotel's dining concept, Dreamscape is also planning to integrate additional retail concepts within the property's expansive lobby.
"We are pleased to partner with Dreamscape to acquire another leisure-oriented, new construction hospitality asset in a dynamic growth market. This is a continuation of Meritage's broader commitment to investing in downtown Nashville, which began in 2017, and this marks our fifth investment in Nashville of strategically located, urban-core assets."
-Jared Halperin, a Managing Director at Meritage
Located just a short walk from the city's ever-bustling and widely trafficked Broadway strip, the Nashville Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown places visitors in close proximity to Bridgestone Arena; Music City Center, the city's convention center; and other iconic institutions and landmarks. Additionally, those craving the best Nashville has to offer will delight in knowing that the hotel is situated just across the street from Nashville's famous barbeque restaurant, Martin's BBQ Joint.
Dreamscape's mission is to create long-term financial prosperity through a diversified portfolio of differentiated, forward-thinking real estate projects. Led by Founder and CEO Eric Birnbaum, Dreamscape owns and operates residential, retail, hospitality, entertainment and gaming properties, (re)developing experience-centered spaces that focus on maximizing each property's intrinsic value.
About Meritage Group LP
Meritage is a fundamentally-oriented investment firm with assets under management in excess of $11 billion as of December 31, 2020. Meritage invests in public and private equity, credit and real estate. The firm has approximately 50 employees in offices located in Greenwich, New York City, and San Francisco.