Average rents in the UK up by 0.96% in year to April 2019, led by Scotland

Landbay | May 14, 2019

The average rent paid for a property in the UK now stands at £1,218, up by 0.96% in the 12 months to April 2019, the latest lettings index shows. Excluding London, the average rent in the rest of the UK was £773, up 1.11%, with Scotland recording the highest annual growth at 1.78%, according to the data from the Landbay rental index. Rents in London increased by 0.66% and the index report suggests that landlords looking for rental growth in London should look to Islington where rents increased by 1.64%, Wandsworth with a rise of 1.43% or Southwark, up 1.35%.

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Buying an Apartment Building for Beginners: 10 Step Guide, which can be quite daunting. It cannot be emphasized enough that buying apartment complexes for sale, and then managing them, is quite a different breed from owning and renting out single-family properties. However, investors armed with plenty of research, an apartment investing business plan, as well as a rolodex of apartment investing mentors, are sure to create their own success. Below you will find a complete guide on buying an apartment building for beginners.


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Walker & Dunlop Completes the Sale of Richwood, Texas Apartments

Walker & Dunlop | June 30, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it facilitated the sale of East Bank at Richwood Village, a 200-unit luxury apartment complex located in Richwood, Texas. The property represented a rare opportunity to invest in a high-quality asset within the greater Lake Jackson submarket, a fast-growing area with limited multifamily stock. Ryan Epstein and Jennifer Ray led the Walker & Dunlop team in facilitating the disposition from the seller, Pensam Capital, LLC to the buyer's representative, BR Premier Properties. The team assisted the client throughout the entire transaction, ensuring a favorable sale price. Demographic and employment trends within the Lake Jackson area have been extremely positive over the past several months. Occupancy and rent growth in the immediate area have both been increasing significantly, making East Bank an excellent investment opportunity." Ryan Epstein,Managing Director With premium garden-style multifamily residences, East Bank at Richwood Village caters to the Alvin, Angleton, and Lake Jackson submarkets. The community's amenities include a cybercafé, fitness center, clubhouse, outdoor firepit, and dog park. In addition, Dow Chemical, the largest employer in the Lake Jackson area with nearly 4,000 employees, is located less than five miles west of East Bank at Richwood Village. The broader Brazoria County area also offers employment in many different industries, with oil, gas, and chemical companies at the top of the list of employers. Walker & Dunlop is a leader in multifamily property sales, having completed $19.3 billion in property sales volume in 2021 alone, up 214% from 2020. Visit our website for information about multifamily properties available for sale via Walker & Dunlop's property sales platform. About Walker & Dunlop Walker & Dunlop is one of the largest providers of capital to the commercial real estate industry, enabling real estate owners and operators to bring their visions of communities — where Americans live, work, shop and play — to life. The power of our people, premier brand, and industry-leading technology makes us more insightful and valuable to our clients, providing an unmatched experience every step of the way. With more than 1,400 employees across every major U.S. market, Walker & Dunlop has consistently been named one of Fortune's Great Places to Work® and is committed to making the commercial real estate industry more inclusive and diverse while creating meaningful social, environmental, and economic change in our communities.

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Heartwood Real Estate Group launches in Austin, Texas

Heartwood | February 24, 2022

Today, Heartwood Real Estate Group is excited to announce its official launch with several innovative projects totaling more than 1,000 residential units in the Austin, Texas area. Heartwood will develop and build a wide variety of assets, ranging from luxury single-family residences and townhome communities to workforce and affordable apartment communities. Heartwood is dedicated to solving Austin's real estate crisis by providing homes for all residents and strengthening the city's well-loved neighborhoods and communities. Heartwood's team is led by president and founder Chris Affinito, who brings more than a decade of experience in a variety of real estate and development sectors, including acquisitions, development, structured finance, valuation, and sales. Dan O'Dea, President of Delphi Affordable Housing Group, serves as Heartwood's advisor and as lead investor through his family office, DAHG Capital Partners, LLC. Dan brings over 40 years of experience in affordable housing development, structured finance, and private equity. Heartwood's initial project, The Reyna, is already under construction. Estimated for completion in 2023, this luxury, boutique townhome community is just a stone's throw from the many funky bars, restaurants, shops and cafes in the vibrant South Congress corridor. Heartwood is also spearheading a new development on Springdale Road in East Austin. Currently in pre-development, this 344-unit mixed-use community will participate in the City of Austin's Affordability Unlocked program, reserving half of its 344 units for families earning 60% or less of the area's median family income (MFI). Austin home prices rose 30% in 2021, while rents rose by 25%, both of which were among the highest rates in the nation. At Heartwood, we're committed to helping residents face the challenges of this housing crisis through our creative and meticulous approach to real estate development." Affinito. Our goal is to make Austin both affordable and beautiful as it grows, with 50% of our developments featuring substantial affordable housing components." co-founder and Director of Operations Mackenzie McCauley. Heartwood leverages close relationships with local consultants and partners, as well as in-depth knowledge of Austin's housing market and development process, to tackle complex projects others tend to overlook. Heartwood aims to help Austin solve its affordability crisis by making a substantial contribution to the city's critically insufficient housing supply.

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Rubenstein Partners Leases 360,000-Square-Feet of Premier Space at Warren Corporate Center to PTC Therapeutics

Rubenstein Partners | June 13, 2022

Rubenstein Partners, L.P. (including its affiliates, Rubenstein), a vertically integrated real estate investment adviser focused on value-added office property equity and debt opportunities, and joint venture partner Vision Real Estate Partners, a full-service real estate owner/operator, announced global biopharmaceutical PTC Therapeutics (PTC) signed a new 360,000-square-foot, long-term lease at Warren Corporate Center, within the five-building office campus in Warren, N.J. PTC is relocating its corporate headquarters from South Plainfield, N.J. to a new facility at Warren Corporate Center. The lease spans two full buildings located at 400 and 500 Warren Corporate Center Drive and, following construction, will include offices, collaboration and conferencing spaces, and research laboratories. The facility will provide flexible and innovative workspaces with the capacity needed to support PTC's long-term growth of its expanding pipeline of products. Construction activities on the new facility at Warren Corporate Center is expected to begin in June 2022. Originally built as a headquarters for Lucent Technologies, Warren Corporate Center comprises more than 820,000 square feet of office space across five buildings surrounded by walking trails, a richly landscaped pond and four covered parking structures. Since acquiring the 176-acre campus in 2016, Vision and Rubenstein have set out to reposition Warren Corporate Center as a unique opportunity in the market, with headquarters-quality space that integrates attractive amenities and communal areas within a central location to optimize employee well-being and productivity. As part of the repositioning, ownership also developed Warren Hill, a 20,000-square-foot lifestyle center located at the center of the campus, featuring numerous amenities including an outdoor amphitheater; indoor and outdoor patio dining; multi-function conference areas; a full-service cafe with coffee bar; a state-of-the-art fitness center with locker rooms; and full-size indoor basketball court. The amenities hub also provides an easily accessible outdoor roof deck for employees to meet and collaborate. "Since acquiring and repositioning Warren Corporate Center, our goal has been to create the kind of fully-amenitized and differentiated office product high-end companies in the region are seeking," said Stephen Card, Principal at Rubenstein. "PTC Therapeutics is a true global leader and innovator in the biopharmaceutical sector and adding an organization of their magnitude to the roster of tenants at the Warren campus validates the strategic investments we've made at the site." Warren Corporate Center is a suburban office site designed for the modern employee. The institutional-quality property is a rare blend of full-service amenities, outdoor spaces and experiential features, such as our unique lifestyle center, that separate the property from others in the region. Warren Corporate Center is a singular offering in the highly competitive New Jersey office market, and we are pleased to welcome PTC as the long-term, addition to the campus." Sam Morreale, founding and managing partner of Vision Real Estate Partners "Our new headquarters allows us to have a Class-A facility for our growing team, while keeping the new flexible work paradigm in mind," said Doug McLeester, Vice President of Global Facilities at PTC Therapeutics. "As PTC grows into one of the world's leading rare disease companies, our in-house capabilities must similarly grow and adapt. The new facility at Warren Corporate Center, which complements our existing operations at the PTC's Gene Therapy Center of Excellence in Hopewell, is the ideal space for our expected future expansion in New Jersey, a foundational and growing market for biotech in the U.S." Vision Real Estate Partners and Rubenstein Partners have consistently created premier experiential suburban office properties that incorporate a level of amenities more akin to a hospitality setting than a traditional office environment. The joint venture partnership embarked on a multi-million-dollar renovation that transformed The Crossings at Jefferson Park in Whippany, N.J., into a Class-A office campus featuring The Powerhouse, an 11,000-square-foot, standalone amenities center. A testament to the partnership's success in rebranding the property, The Crossings at Jefferson Park was acquired by Barclays Capital in June 2017. Vision and Rubenstein are also collaborating on Latitude, a 30-acre, approximately 700,0000-square-foot office complex located in Parsippany, N.J. Jeff Zell and Louis Kluger of JM Zell Partners represented PTC Therapeutics and Robert Donnelly Sr, Robert Donnelly Jr, Paul Giannone, Todd Elfand and Kevin Carton of Cushman and Wakefield represented building ownership in the lease transaction. About Rubenstein Partners Rubenstein Partners, L.P. founded in September 2005, is a private real estate investment advisory firm with operations throughout the United States. The firm is led by its founder, David Rubenstein, and a group of senior real estate executives, and is focused on directing and managing office real estate investments in the U.S. Rubenstein Partners' predecessor company, The Rubenstein Company, LP and affiliates, founded in 1969, was one of the largest private owner operators of Class A office real estate in the Mid-Atlantic, owning and operating a portfolio of assets valued at approximately $1.2 billion at the time of its disposition in 2004. Since 2005, Rubenstein Partners has, on behalf of its investors and clients, invested in more than 22.5 million square feet of office real estate assets throughout the United States. About Vision Real Estate Partners Vision Real Estate Partners is a full-service real estate owner/operator, specializing in development, property management, asset management and construction. The firm is well known for its deep roots and experience in the New Jersey/New York regional marketplace, and for its track record of identifying properties with great potential and transforming them into superior assets. Vision Real Estate Partners currently is developing or redeveloping more than 2 million square feet of space in its local market. The company has over 100 acres of land parcels available for mixed-use and build-to-suit opportunities. Its Vision Management platform also currently oversees property management, financial reporting and overall operational supervision for nearly 1.5 million square feet of office space on behalf of multiple strategic partners. About PTC Therapeutics, Inc. PTC is a science-driven, global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of clinically differentiated medicines that provide benefits to patients with rare disorders. PTC's ability to globally commercialize products is the foundation that drives investment in a robust and diversified pipeline of transformative medicines and our mission to provide access to best-in-class treatments for patients who have an unmet medical need. The Company's strategy is to leverage its strong scientific expertise and global commercial infrastructure to maximize value for its patients and other stakeholders.

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National Association of Realtors: Why Industrial Spaces Lead Commercial Real Estate in Bouncing Back From COVID

National Association of Realtors (NAR) | March 28, 2022

Commercial real estate took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, as did many industries. But the market is starting to bounce back this year, largely due to increased investments in industrial properties. According to research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), commercial real estate transactions of less than $2.5 million fell by 1% in the beginning of 2021 and the value of commercial real estate properties fell by 6% compared to 2020. Still, there is hope for the future as certain types of commercial properties are driving sales and seeing positive growth from the year before. Here's a closer look at how industrial spaces are helping commercial real estate bounce back from COVID-19. Spend on industrial properties and land increased Sales for all types of commercial real estate decreased in 2021, with the exception of three categories: land (+3%), industrial warehouses (+2%), and industrial flex spaces (+1%). That means, while businesses were shying away from commercial real estate lending for apartment buildings, offices, retail shops, and hotels, they were still spending money on industrial properties and land on which they could build their own structures. Prices rose for industrial properties, land, and apartments The number of commercial real estate transactions may have dropped, but sales prices increased by 2% on average. Specifically, prices for land increased by 6%, industrial flex spaces and warehouses by 5%, and certain types of apartment buildings by 5%. Meanwhile, sales prices declined for retail shops, offices, and hotels. Industrial and residential construction projects grew Commercial development projects are also on the rise for industrial and residential properties. Construction activity is up 1% from last year with a whopping 12% jump in construction for industrial warehouses, a 6% increase for industrial flex spaces, and a 6% growth for certain types of apartment buildings. Vacant malls, for example, are being converted into new types of commercial spaces, such as mixed-use buildings for residential, retail, and office purposes, as well as industrial buildings for distribution and fulfillment processes. Construction activity for retail spaces, offices, and hotels, on the other hand, dropped. Survey respondents noted certain obstacles to reaching their construction goals, including accessing materials, obtaining permits, and hiring workers. Office real estate activity shrunk due to remote work Office spaces, in particular, saw a decrease in real estate activity, largely due to an increase in remote work during the pandemic. Even though some people are heading back to the office, vacancy in these spaces continued to increase, reaching 16.4% from 13% in 2021. What's more, 70% of survey respondents said their companies are moving into smaller offices. Vacancy in industrial properties, however, declined to 4.9%. 2022 promises more growth This year may continue to be rocky for the commercial real estate market, with industrial and land investments pulling their weight. Specifically, businesses predict a 5% increase in land sales, a 3% increase in industrial warehouse sales, and a 1% increase in sales of certain types of apartments. By 2022, however, commercial real estate activity is expected to recover across all categories as more businesses reopen, travel resumes, and people return to the office. Still, sales for land and industrial properties are expected to lead this recovery process, proving their value as part of the commercial real estate market.

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Buying an Apartment Building for Beginners: 10 Step Guide, which can be quite daunting. It cannot be emphasized enough that buying apartment complexes for sale, and then managing them, is quite a different breed from owning and renting out single-family properties. However, investors armed with plenty of research, an apartment investing business plan, as well as a rolodex of apartment investing mentors, are sure to create their own success. Below you will find a complete guide on buying an apartment building for beginners.

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