Abu Dhabi enacts new property ownership rules for foreigners

JLL | April 17, 2019

Abu Dhabi’s government enacted changes to the emirate's real estate law, to enable foreigners to own freehold property in designated investment zones for the first time, as part of plans to increase foreign direct investment and boost the economy. “The modernisation of the real estate law reflects  the government vision to support and develop the business environment in Abu Dhabi, along with the development of investor services and procedures,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in a statement issued by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

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Institutional Property Advisors Closes Sale of $96 Million Downtown Tempe Multifamily Asset

Institutional Property Advisors | May 18, 2022

Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus & Millichap, announced the sale of Hudson on Farmer, a 171-unit boutique apartment asset in Downtown Tempe, Arizona. The property traded for $96 million, which represents $561,404 per unit. Hudson on Farmer is supported by a highly educated population of over 620,700 working professionals throughout 16 major employment corridors within a 10-mile radius. Tempe’s outstanding demographics include average and median annual household incomes of $85,200 and $61,500, respectively.” Steve Gebing, IPA executive managing director Gebing and IPA executive managing director Cliff David represented the seller, 8th & Farmer Owner LLC, and procured the buyer, Ideal Capital Group. “Tempe is one of the best suburbs in Arizona for young professionals and this ambitious demographic has long been a key source of the city’s success,” added David. Hudson on Farmer’s Mill Avenue District location places it in the geographical center of Greater Phoenix, close to ASU and steps from the city’s only Whole Foods Market. Downtown Tempe has a mix of treelined walkways and large office developments, including 20-acre, 2-million-square-foot Marina Heights, and Hayden’s Ferry Lakeside, a master-planned mixed-use development with 1.6 million square feet of office, retail and residential space. Major employers near Hudson on Farmer include State Farm, ADP, Silicon Valley Bank, and Microsoft. There is 18.5 million square feet of lifestyle amenities in close proximity, namely Tempe Marketplace, Mesa Riverview, and Sloan Park, the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs. Completed in 2021, six-story Hudson on Farmer has open-concept apartment homes with full-size front-load washers and dryers, walk-in showers, and private balconies. The exclusive sixth floor has distinctive cabinetry with undermount lighting, premium closets, and reserved parking. The property’s common area accommodations include a resort-inspired, heated swimming pool and spa and second-story resident lounge with social space, a conference room, and workspaces accented by modern art and natural wood décor. The landscaped courtyard, with a covered outdoor dining area, barbecue grills, firepit, desert vegetation and misting system gives residents an added venue for entertaining. Additional community amenities include a fitness center, bike parking room and electric vehicle charging stations. About Institutional Property Advisors (IPA) Institutional Property Advisors (IPA) is a division of Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate services firm in North America. IPA’s combination of real estate investment and capital markets expertise, industry-leading technology, and acclaimed research offer customized solutions for the acquisition, disposition and financing of institutional properties and portfolios. About Marcus & Millichap, Inc. Marcus & Millichap, Inc. is a leading brokerage firm specializing in commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services with offices throughout the United States and Canada. As of December 31, 2021, the company had 1,994 investment sales and financing professionals in 82 offices who provide investment brokerage and financing services to sellers and buyers of commercial real estate. The company also offers market research, consulting and advisory services to clients. Marcus & Millichap closed 13,255 transactions in 2021, with a sales volume of approximately $84.4 billion.

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Local Investors to Renovate Apartment Community in Northeast San Antonio

5T CRE | February 22, 2022

5 Talents Commercial Real Estate (5TCRE), along with Totem Capital Group, would like to announce the closing of their latest development project, Aria Apartments. The complex is located on the Northeast side of San Antonio and features 170 apartment units. It is currently 99% occupied and conveniently located near major highways, industrial and large corporate workplaces, and is situated in a vibrant and growing community. The investment team, led by 5TRCE, has over 24 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate. They identify, acquire, rehabilitate, and improve multifamily real estate properties, bringing quality housing options to residents across South Texas. The Aria Apartments renovation project will add value for residents as the community is remodeled. The development was built in 1982, and the project presented a huge opportunity to improve the community for current and future residents, and it offered an opportunity for investors to receive an equitable return on their investment dollars. Most of the $750,000 budget will focus on interior upgrades and renovations, along with the repair and repainting of all exterior building surfaces. Plans also include renovating the leasing office and updating the workout facility. Landscaping, tree trimming, and fencing upgrades will also be included. This project will offer current and future residents beautiful apartment living options in an area that continues to grow, and we are eager to attract new investment partners who share our vision." Abel Pacheco, Principal and President of 5TCRE We help investors, who align with our vision of community improvement and philanthropy, increase their net-worth and cashflow, while reducing their taxable income." Ruben Dominguez, Principal of Totem Capital Group, is the main investment partner with 5TCRE. To date, the group has invested in real estate projects valued at over $80 million, enhancing nearly 1,000 apartment units. The team offers many different investment opportunities that can be tailored to fit into any investor's portfolio.

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BioMed Realty Acquires Premier Site in Seattle Innovation Cluster

BioMed Realty | April 18, 2022

BioMed Realty, a leading provider of real estate solutions to the life science and technology industries, announced the acquisition of Denny Park South in Seattle, Washington. Located in the highly amenitized and talent-rich South Lake Union/Denny Triangle district, the 1.6-acre property consists of two adjacent parcels in close proximity to industry-leading life science and technology companies and research institutions. The proposed 616,000-square-foot development will provide additional optionality for prospective and existing BioMed tenants as they seek purpose-built buildings to accommodate research. BioMed continues to be focused on growth and expansion in our established core markets, like Seattle, where market fundamentals remain strong and innovation ecosystems are thriving. We now have the ability to double our footprint in the Seattle market and continue investing in mission-critical lab infrastructure needed to meet strong tenant demand as life science and technology companies grow and scale in the region.” Tim Schoen, CEO of BioMed Realty The Denny Park South acquisition will allow BioMed Realty to grow its existing 1.2 million-square-foot portfolio in Seattle which includes the recently completed flagship Dexter Yard project in South Lake Union. This acquisition of Denny Park South, along with the T6 Innovation Center at 200 Taylor Avenue North, represent an additional 1.2 million square feet of development potential. The Company anticipates investing an additional $700 million to develop these new facilities over time and expects to create nearly 850 new local construction jobs. BioMed’s local network of best-in-class life science and technology properties, along with its development pipeline now represent 2.4 million square feet in the region to provide companies with the flexibility to grow or establish a presence in the Seattle community. The Company’s local tenants include blue chip companies seeking to be connected to the region’s talent, capital and research institutions. Notable tenants include the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Novo Nordisk, Omeros Corporation, InBios International, Inc., Lyell Immunopharma, Inc., Shape Therapeutics and Tableau. “The South Lake Union/Denny Triangle cluster where Denny Park South is situated is flush with renowned research institutes like UW School of Medicine, Gates Foundation, Fred Hutch, and the Allen Institute, as well as large tech users such as Amazon, Meta and Apple,” said Jon Bergschneider, President of West Coast markets at BioMed Realty. “As demand from life science and technology companies in this neighborhood remain strong, BioMed is well-positioned to provide much-needed sustainable facilities that enable our tenants to continue their critical, and life-saving, work.” BioMed Realty will continue to prioritize its local community engagement initiatives, expanding on its ongoing efforts to create a more equitable, inclusive and climate-resilient Seattle, with organizations such as the Downtown Seattle Association, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce and the University of Washington. About BioMed Realty BioMed Realty, a Blackstone portfolio company, is a leading provider of real estate solutions to the life science and technology industries. BioMed owns and operates high quality life science real estate comprising 14.5 million square feet concentrated in leading innovation markets throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, including Boston/Cambridge, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Boulder and Cambridge, U.K. In addition, BioMed maintains a premier development platform with 3.7 million square feet of Class A properties in active construction in these core innovation markets to meet the growing demand of the life science and technology industries.

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Marcus & Millichap Closes Eight-Asset Reno Multifamily Portfolio Sale for $302 Million

Marcus & Millichap | April 05, 2022

Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in investment sales, financing, research and advisory services, announced the sale of The ERGS Portfolio, a six-property multifamily portfolio spanning a total of 1,077 units across eight assets. The portfolio traded for $302.5 million, or $280,872 per unit. With this purchase, the buyer establishes a strong presence in Reno’s multifamily market. The tremendous upside potential that can be captured through value-add renovations across the majority of the assets in the portfolio, along with the high-value major employers that can be found in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRI Center), made for an extremely attractive acquisition.” Kenneth Blomsterberg, senior managing director investments in Marcus & Millichap’s Reno office Blomsterberg, Ryan Rife and Daniel Winrod represented the seller and procured the buyer. “Over the past five years, the Reno-Sparks region has experienced a rapidly evolving landscape of business development and employment opportunities, and this trend is projected to continue,” added Rife. “Tesla, Apple, Google, Amazon, Blockchain LLC, Switch, and Panasonic are only a few of the major employers that have brought thousands of new jobs to the region. Many of these companies are in the TRI Center, the nation’s largest industrial park, located just a short drive from the ERGS Portfolio.” Built between 1958 and 2021, the assets are: North Peak Apartments, 352 units Silver Lake Apartments, 352 units Sierra Sage Apartments, 232 units Vale Apartments, 40 units Vale Townhomes, 16 units Peavine Peaks, 30 units Oak Manor, 47 units Angel Street Apartments, 8 units “The bulk of the ERGS Portfolio is located in the North Valleys submarket, which is the second-fastest growing employment location in Northern Nevada,” said Winrod. Truckee Meadows Community College is located less than five minutes from the ERGS Portfolio, and the University of Nevada, Reno is nearby. Lake Tahoe, the Black Rock Desert, and North Valleys Regional Park are within a short drive. About Marcus & Millichap, Inc. Marcus & Millichap, Inc. is a leading brokerage firm specializing in commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services with offices throughout the United States and Canada. As of December 31, 2021, the company had 1,994 investment sales and financing professionals in 82 offices who provide investment brokerage and financing services to sellers and buyers of commercial real estate. The company also offers market research, consulting and advisory services to clients. Marcus & Millichap closed 13,255 transactions in 2021, with a sales volume of approximately $84.4 billion.

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Real estate transactions can be some of the most complicated and burdensome undertakings many people ever participate in. Even the simplest lease agreement is rarely fully understood by the parties signing it. Additionally, enforcing the terms of these contracts can take significant time and effort on both sides, landlord, and tenant. Many landlords waste countless hours in their attempts to collect rent payments from their tenants and terminating the tenancies of those who are unable to pay, and many tenants have trouble recovering security deposits or compelling landlords to do repairs in a reasonable timeframe or otherwise abide by their various obligations under the law and the terms of their leases.

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