Radnor Property Group Lands $142M for Philadelphia Community

MultiHousing News | February 10, 2020

Radnor Property Group has landed $142.6 million in financing for The Hamilton, a new high-rise apartment community in Philadelphia’s Center City. The core, Class A, two phase building will feature 576 units. JLL Capital Markets worked on behalf of Radnor to secure the financing.  JLL arranged a $70 million floating-rate loan from Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies (MRECS) to retire the existing construction financing. The firm also arranged that financing for the first phase of the development three years ago. In addition, JLL facilitated a $55 million construction loan from Santander Bank and $17.6 million in mezzanine financing, provided by MRECS, for Phase II’s development. Just last week, JLL marketed Village West, a student housing community in West Lafayette, Ind., which sold to Muinzer Management.

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BXP Earns Top ESG Rating in 2022 GRESB Assessment

BXP | October 18, 2022

BXP (NYSE: BXP), the largest publicly traded developer, owner, and manager of premier workplaces in the United States, today announced that it has earned a top ESG rating in the 2022 GRESB® assessment. BXP earned an eleventh consecutive “Green Star” recognition and the highest GRESB 5-star Rating, as well as an “A” disclosure score. BXP also achieved the highest scores in several categories, including Data Monitoring & Review, Targets, Policies, Reporting, and Leadership. “Real estate companies, as stewards of the built environment, play an essential role in addressing the climate crisis, I am proud of this recognition and of BXP’s leadership in strategic climate action. BXP’s focus on sustainability is an important component of our premier workplace strategy and is valued by our clients, partners, employees, and communities.” -Owen Thomas, CEO of BXP BXP actively works to promote its growth and operations in a sustainable and responsible manner and is a recognized leader in green building. BXP has certified 29.4 million square feet of its current in-service portfolio at the highest LEED certification levels of Gold and Platinum. BXP has publicly announced sustainability goals and has implemented energy conservation projects and other measures in actively managed properties that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 80% and site energy use intensity by 41% since 2008. BXP has aligned its emissions reduction targets with climate science and became the first North American office REIT to establish an emissions reduction target ambition in line with a 1.5°C trajectory, the most ambitious designation available at the time of submission under the Science Based Targets initiative. BXP remains on track to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2025. BXP’s commitment to ESG performance management and transparency is key to our ESG program, Our focus on measurable impacts guides our decision making and investments, creating a more resilient, purposeful company,said Ben Myers, Vice President of Sustainability, BXP. The GRESB Real Estate Assessment is the investor-driven global ESG benchmark and reporting framework for real estate. The Assessment is shaped by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of real estate investments. The methodology is consistent across different regions, investment vehicles, and property types, and aligns with international reporting frameworks. The data is self-reported by Assessment participants and subjected to a multi-layer validation process after which it is scored and benchmarked. The result is high-quality data that investors and participants can use in their investment, engagement, and decision-making processes. About BXP ESG BXP’s commitment to ESG leadership has been recognized by numerous industry groups and rankings, including BXP’s inclusion as #4 on the 2021 Forbes Green Growth 50 list and #3 on Barron’s 10 Most Sustainable U.S. REITs list. BXP was named to Newsweek’s America’s Most Responsible Companies 2022 list, ranking first in its industry with an increased ranking of 31st overall out of the 499 companies included on list. In 2022, BXP was again named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award Winner and a Best in Building Health winner by the Center for Active Design. BXP was recently recognized as an inaugural Platinum level Green Lease Leader by the Institute for Market Transformation and the U.S. Department of Energy. About BXP BXP (NYSE: BXP) is the largest publicly traded developer, owner, and manager of premier workplaces in the United States, concentrated in six markets - Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. BXP is a fully integrated real estate company, organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT), with more than 50 years of experience developing, owning, managing, and acquiring exceptional properties in dynamic gateway markets. As of June 30, 2022, including properties owned by unconsolidated joint ventures, BXP’s portfolio totaled 53.7 million square feet and 193 properties, including 12 properties under construction/redevelopment.

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REZI Launches in Austin with Rastegar Partnership

REZI | September 26, 2022

REZI, the pioneer of Occupancy-as-a-Service, has launched in Austin with a partnership with the city's leading developer, Rastegar Property Company. Rastegar is a technology-enabled private real estate investment firm focused on value-add and development in all asset classes throughout Austin and the Southwest US. The partnership between REZI and Rastegar was announced today by Sean Mitchell, Co-Founder and CEO of REZI. This deal contracts over 200 apartments across 9 buildings with floor plans ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms in West Lake Hills, Mueller, Hyde Park, Highland Heights, Clarksville, South Austin. All units will be onboarded to REZI's innovative AI-powered leasing platform, where REZI will take ownership over all marketing and leasing providing Rastegar with a turnkey guaranteed leasing solution delivering higher asset NOIs across their portfolio. "We are thrilled to be partnering with the "King of Austin Real Estate" not only because Austin is a key market for us, but Rastegar and REZI share the mission of using technology and innovation to make finding and acquiring housing fair, transparent, and accessible for everyone," - Mitchell,Co-Founder and CEO of REZI We were immediately impressed with REZI and what they have provided the previous markets in which they've launched, In just a few years, they have become a highly reputable brand with nationwide outreach and a service that aligns perfectly with our needs and philosophy,said Ari Rastegar, Founder & CEO of Rastegar Property Company. The announcement of this partnership coincides with REZI's launch of their Texas Headquarters at 1920 Mckinney Ave in Uptown, Dallas. About REZI Founded in 2016, REZI leverages state-of-the-art leasing and financial technology to improve and optimize renters' leasing experience and improve property owners' leasing performance. REZI is a privately held company based in New York City. About Rastegar Property Company Rastegar Property Company is a technology-enabled private real estate investment firm focused on value-add and development in all asset classes throughout Austin and the southwest United States. Rastegar and its affiliates have co-invested in or directly own and operate over 13.8 million square feet of real estate across projects in 13 states and 35 cities. The firm specializes in acquiring complex or undervalued assets with opportunities to create value through repositioning, redevelopment, and/or improved operational efficiencies.

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Berkadia Signs Multiyear Agreement With Esusu

Berkadia and Esusu | September 08, 2022

Berkadia announced today that it signed an agreement with Esusu, the leading financial technology company leveraging rental data for credit building. This partnership unlocks greater equity for renters, improves property performance for multifamily owners and operators and reduces lender risk. With a mission to dismantle barriers to housing for working families, Esusu reports on-time rent payments to the three major credit bureaus, Equifax, Transunion, and Experian, to establish and boost credit scores for residents. The collaboration, which launched in the Spring of 2021, has expanded to over 34,000 units, establishing over 5,300 credit scores for residents to date. “We could not be happier to have a multi-year agreement with Esusu, which allows Berkadia to extend a powerful property performance enhancing solution to our clients, This will help owners and operators reach their own ESG goals at an exceptional value and support Esusu’s critical and innovative objective–helping renters build and improve their credit.” -Bryce Nyberg, Director of Berkadia Digital Partnering to Provide Value and Solutions Seeing the value Esusu could bring to the entire residential ecosystem, a partnership was formed when Esusu joined Berkadia’s inaugural BeEngaged program in February 2020. The partnership has proven to be mutually beneficial and has helped Berkadia develop a competitive advantage as an attractive funding source to owners and operators who value Esusu as both an economic and social solution. Through Berkadia’s introduction, Esusu services over 285 properties across more than 10 management companies including Burbank Housing, Comunidad, Eagle Property Capital, Morgan Properties, Odin Properties and more. As a workforce housing provider operating primarily in the inner city, Odin Properties has long been focused on supporting quality of life for our residents, In Esusu, we found a solution and a team that helped further that goal by allowing residents unprecedented access to the financial system, while improving property performance. It has been encouraging to see Esusu grow as their message rightfully resonates with so many different housing stakeholders,said Phil Balderston, Founder & CEO of Odin Properties LLC. Supporting an Equitable Housing Market Throughout the partnership, there has been growing industry awareness around the criticality of equity in multifamily housing. This was further emphasized when Esusu announced a collaboration with Freddie Mac. Through their joint initiative in support of increasing equitability in the housing market, Freddie Mac provides closing cost credits to multifamily borrowers who agree to use Esusu to report on-time rental payments. Esusu also provides discounted pricing for these and other Freddie Mac borrowers who agree to report on-time rental payments through the platform. Our credit building initiative has helped build or establish credit scores for tens of thousands of multifamily renters nationwide, It is an essential component of our effort to build a more equitable multifamily housing system,said Corey Aber, Vice President of Mission, Policy and Strategy for Freddie Mac Multifamily. Utilizing Real-Time Data for Returns Esusu not only improves the quality of life for residents but also helps properties maximize net operating income (NOI). By adding Esusu to Berkadia’s expansive network, borrowers can see scalable social impact results–credit score increases, new established scores, eviction prevention–as well as economic returns through improved rent collections, reduced delinquencies and renter turnover, and thereby healthier cash flows. We are grateful for our long-standing collaboration with Berkadia, The firm took an early bet on Esusu through their BeEngaged program which has paved the way for Esusu’s proliferation throughout the marketplace. Berkadia has shared our vision from day one and their foresight has led to adoption by other lenders and sponsors throughout the industry. Together, we will continue to create a world-class experience for their sponsors while taking tangible steps towards dismantling barriers to housing and bridging the racial wealth gap,said Samir Goel and Wemimo Abbey, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Esusu. About BeEngaged Launched in 2019, the BeEngaged program advises and accelerates startups that are redefining the commercial real estate industry by providing them with resources, strategic counsel, and a collaborative network to test and grow innovative concepts. Since then, the organization has accelerated more than a dozen CRE tech startups, including Esusu. BeEngaged features three stages to foster innovation and collaboration across the commercial real estate industry: BeEngaged Network®, Verified Status, and the BeEngaged Lab®. The BeEngaged Network® develops an ecosystem of founders, industry professionals, and capital providers dedicated to redefining the commercial real estate space. Companies participating in the BeEngaged Network® that have proven potential for long-term growth and industry transformation can be invited to seek Verified Status (VP). This stage provides company founders with focused mentorship for validating strategic alignment to participants of the BeEngaged ecosystem through experiments and pilots. Successful VP companies are invited to join BeEngaged Lab®, which is a catalyst for founders and Berkadia to collaborate on long-term initiatives. About Berkadia® Berkadia, a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group, is a leader in the commercial real estate industry, offering a robust suite of services to our multifamily and commercial property clients. Through our integrated mortgage banking, investment sales and servicing platform, Berkadia delivers comprehensive real estate solutions for the entire life cycle of our clients’ assets. About Esusu Esusu is the leading financial technology platform that leverages data solutions to empower residents and improve property performance. 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