Change in Buying Habits Leads to Real Estate Warehouse Boom

National Association of Realtors | April 16, 2020

The industrial real estate sector is seeing a bright spot: Warehouse demand is surging. The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has changed consumers’ buying habits. While some could view it as temporary, companies are re-evaluating how to better handle more bloated supply chains in the future. Amid the pandemic, consumers are stockpiling essentials, such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies, and rushing to stock up at grocery stores. Even apparel stores and other retailers are fielding more online orders as their physical stores remain temporarily closed. The need for space to store more goods is growing. E-commerce operations are requiring more storage space, and companies are ramping up more “safety stock” and rethinking previous lean-inventory strategies. “There’s this move away from just-in-time [inventory], so the tenants are getting fatter,” Kevin McGowan, president of McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors, which specializes in industrial real estate, told The Wall Street Journal.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

FAIRSTEAD ACQUIRES 200-UNIT PORTFOLIO IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

FAIRSTEAD | December 17, 2021

Fairstead, a purpose-driven, vertically integrated real estate company committed to sustainable development and the creation and preservation of high-quality housing, today announced it has acquired the Sable Palms Apartments in Jacksonville, Florida. The acquisition will preserve and extend the affordability of the 200 units and enable investments in improvements to the apartments, buildings, and outdoor space. Preserving our affordable housing stock is a critical strategy to supporting our neighborhoods and ensuring that families can stay in the communities they love, Fairstead's acquisition of Sable Palms Apartments will extend the affordability of 200 homes and bring improvements to enhance the lives of residents." -Jordan Capellino, Director, Development at Fairstead The Sable Palms Apartments features 200 one- to four-bedroom units across 29 residential buildings. The campus includes one community building, where the management office is located, as well as two playgrounds, laundry facilities, and parking. Fairstead will preserve and extend the affordability of these units and provide upgrades to the buildings including improved kitchens, bathrooms, appliances, and common areas. Fairstead recently announced a new $500 million equity commitment to strategically grow the company's operations, including expanding its multi-family housing portfolio and enhancing the firm's prop tech, sustainability, and community impact programming. Fairstead works with community leaders, advocates, and residents to provide programming and services that improve resident health outcomes, provide financial literacy, offer job training, bolster internet access, and provide opportunities for civic engagement. This purchase is part of Fairstead's ongoing commitment to creating and preserving affordable housing across the nation. This week, Fairstead announced the largest affordable housing deal of the year in New York City with the acquisition of 48 buildings in the Bronx. Last week, Fairstead announced the acquisition of Gateway, 160 apartments in Lake Jackson, Texas, where it will preserve and expand its affordability. In Virginia, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) recently announced that it had selected Fairstead in partnership with Mill Creek Residential and The Communities Group to redevelop the Samuel Madden Homes in Old Town Alexandria, nearby the new Amazon HQ2, where the company will create a sustainable mixed-use community with affordable, workforce, and market-rate housing. About Fairstead: Fairstead is a purpose-driven vertically integrated real estate developer specializing in creating sustainable, high-quality housing. The firm's national footprint includes more than $6 billion in assets and identified pipeline. With offices in New York, Maryland, and South Carolina, Fairstead's team manages 90+ communities across the country and runs its comprehensive real estate platform, which includes acquisitions and development, venture capital investments in prop tech, design and construction, energy and sustainability, property management, marketing, and leasing. The firm also administers one of the industry's most proactive community impact programs to provide on-site support services to residents.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT To Be Acquired By Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate In $3.6 Billion Transaction

Bluerock Residential | December 21, 2021

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) (the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate ("Blackstone") under which Blackstone will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of BRG for $24.25 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.6 billion (the "Acquisition"). Under the terms of the agreement, Blackstone will acquire 30 multifamily properties comprising approximately 11,000 units as well as a loan book secured by 24 multifamily assets. The properties consist of high-quality garden-style assets with significant green space and resort-style amenities, built, on average, in 2000. The majority of the properties are located in Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Denver and Austin. Prior to the Acquisition, the Company separately intends to spin off its single-family rental business to its shareholders (the "Spin-Off" and together with the Acquisition, the "Transaction") through the taxable distribution to shareholders of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of a newly formed real estate investment trust named Bluerock Homes Trust, Inc. ("BHOM"), which will be externally managed by an affiliate of Bluerock Real Estate. BHOM will own interests in approximately 3,400 homes, including 2,000 through preferred/mezzanine investments, located in fast growing, high quality of life and knowledge economy markets across the United States. The Company's shareholders will receive shares of BHOM, with a current implied Net Asset Value estimated at $5.60 (based on the midpoint of the valuation range provided by Duff & Phelps, independent financial advisor to the Company's board of directors), for each share of Company common stock. There can be no assurance that the trading price upon a listing of BHOM will be equal to or greater than this estimated NAV. The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the Company's board of directors and the Acquisition, excluding the value of BHOM, represents a premium of approximately 124% over the unaffected closing stock price on September 15, 2021, the date prior to a media article reporting that the Company was exploring strategic options including a sale. We are very proud to enter into a transaction that delivers tremendous value to our shareholders. We believe the substantial premium to our historic trading price is a testament to our success in building a best-in-class institutional-quality multifamily apartment portfolio in our attractive knowledge-economy target markets, along with the robust process run by the board of directors and management to secure maximum value for our shareholders," Ramin Kamfar, Company Chairman and CEO. Bluerock's portfolio consists of high-quality multifamily properties in markets across the U.S. experiencing some of the strongest fundamentals. We look forward to bringing our best-in-class management to these properties to ensure they continue to be operated at the highest standards for the benefit of tenants and the surrounding communities." Asim Hamid, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Real Estate Completion of the Acquisition, which is currently expected to occur in the second quarter of 2022, is contingent upon consummation of the Spin-Off, as well as customary closing conditions, including the approval of the Company's shareholders, who will vote on the transaction at a special meeting on a date to be announced. The Acquisition is not contingent on receipt of financing by Blackstone. Most members of the Company's senior management, along with certain entities related to them, have agreed to retain their interests in the Company's operating partnership, which will hold the assets related to the single-family rental business upon completion of the Spin-Off, rather than receiving cash consideration. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Eastdil Secured LLC are the Company's lead financial advisors with BofA Securities also serving as an advisor. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank, PLC, and Vinson & Elkins, LLP are serving as the Company's legal counsel. Barclays and Wells Fargo Securities LLC are Blackstone's financial advisors and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is Blackstone's legal advisor. About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) is a real estate investment trust that focuses on developing and acquiring a diversified portfolio of institutional-quality highly amenitized live/work/play apartment communities in demographically attractive knowledge economy growth markets to appeal to the renter by choice. The Company's objective is to generate value through off-market/relationship-based transactions and, at the asset level, through value-add improvements to properties and to operations. BRG has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. About Blackstone Real Estate Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone's real estate business was founded in 1991 and has $230 billion of investor capital under management. Blackstone is the largest owner of commercial real estate globally, owning and operating assets across every major geography and sector, including logistics, multifamily and single-family housing, office, hospitality and retail. Our opportunistic funds seek to acquire undermanaged, well-located assets across the world. Blackstone's Core+ strategy comprises open-ended funds that invest in substantially stabilized real estate assets globally and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (BREIT), a non-listed REIT that invests in U.S. income-generating assets. Blackstone Real Estate also operates one of the leading global real estate debt businesses, providing comprehensive financing solutions across the capital structure and risk spectrum, including management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT).

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INVESTMENTS

Morgan Stanley, Embrey to Relocate Offices To Embrey's Premier 7600 Broadway Development

Embrey | January 31, 2022

Morgan Stanley and Embrey will relocate their current offices in San Antonio, Texas, to Embrey's premier mixed-use development, 7600 Broadway, bringing the office building to 100 percent occupancy. Morgan Stanley will occupy 28,000 square feet while Embrey will move its corporate headquarters into the remaining 25,000 square feet. Tenant buildout has begun immediately with occupancy expected in the summer of 2022. Embrey has designed a unique living and working experience at 7600 Broadway with the highest quality of design and attention to detail, Embrey is proud to make 7600 Broadway our corporate home and pleased to have a company like Morgan Stanley as our neighbor and tenant." Trey Embrey, President and CEO of Embrey. A professionally equipped fitness studio with showers, co-working study and private conference room, a full-featured lounge for entertainment and recreation, elevated pool deck and outdoor terrace, piano bar, and underground parking, highlight a number of luxury amenities thoughtfully curated specifically to create a premier living and working experience. Property management services will be provided by Stream Realty Partners. JLL's Office Leasing team of Mark Krenger and Meredith Howard represented Embrey. Jeff Miller and John Worthen with JLL's Corporate Advisory Group represented Morgan Stanley. We endeavor to align ourselves with the highest quality projects in the marketplace that attract great tenants. 7600 Broadway is truly representative of this. This amazing space will provide the Embrey and Morgan Stanley teams a place where they can achieve their best ambitions, 7600 Broadway is a signature property for Embrey and JLL is proud to partner with them. The highly amenitized and walkable project, at the corner of Broadway and Nacogdoches, stands as a gateway to the Alamo Heights community and is leading the redefinition and revitalization of the historic boulevard." Mark Krenger, Managing Director and Co-Market Lead, JLL. Residential leasing for the development is expected to begin in 2022 with management provided by Embrey Management Services, nationally recognized for its award-winning approach to service. This project represents the highest calling of our profession in terms of concept, detail, innovation and vision, 7600 improves the streetscape at an iconic intersection that creates a more walkable neighborhood and a first-class experience in the heart of San Antonio." John Kirk, Managing Director and Executive Vice President for Development for Embrey. About Embrey San Antonio-based Embrey Partners LLC is a diversified real estate investment company that owns, develops, builds, acquires, and manages multifamily residential communities and commercial assets in targeted markets across the United States. Since 1974, Embrey has developed nearly 43,000 apartments and more than 6 million square feet of commercial property. Embrey is a leading developer in the multifamily sector with more than 4,000 units under construction.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Balfour Beatty Communities Receives Multiple National Resident Satisfaction Awards for Excellence in Military, Multifamily, and Student Housing

Balfour Beatty Communities | April 07, 2022

Balfour Beatty Communities, a national residential real estate investment and management company, received national honors for its military, multifamily, and student property management services based on an independent satisfaction survey conducted by SatisFacts, a national leader for technology, data, and education in the multifamily industry. Balfour Beatty Communities received honors in three categories: National Company Award for overall military housing, National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing, and National Property Awards across its military, multifamily, and student housing portfolio, which numbers close to 50,000 units. We are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts to provide exceptional service across our military, multifamily, and student housing properties. These awards are a testament to the dedication of our employees who embody our mission-driven culture through the hard work and high-quality services that they provide to our residents, partners, and communities every day.” Chris Williams, Balfour Beatty Communities president The SatisFacts surveys measure the resident experience from move-in to move-out and include resident scores on their interaction with office and maintenance staff on a 5-point scale. The SatisFacts Index allows Balfour Beatty Communities to benchmark resident satisfaction compared to other residential management companies. Balfour Beatty Communities then uses the scores to enhance resident satisfaction, retention, and overall community performance. This year, SatisFacts received over 40,000 survey responses from Balfour Beatty Communities military housing residents and scored in the top percentile for both move-in and work order performance. These high scores resulted in the company receiving the National Company Award for overall military housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its military properties. For Balfour Beatty Communities’ military housing installations, current reporting indicates the company scored: 4.41 out of 5 on overall move-in performance 4.61 out of 5 on overall work order performance Balfour Beatty Communities received similarly high scores across its 18-property multifamily and student housing portfolio, obtaining over 4,200 survey responses from its residents and performing highly on both move-in and work order experiences. The company was awarded the National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its multifamily and student properties. About Balfour Beatty Communities Balfour Beatty Communities is an active owner and operator of residential real estate in the multifamily, student and military housing sectors across the United States. Since its inception in 1999, Balfour Beatty Communities has invested in nearly 100 properties representing more than $7.9 billion of gross asset value. Our broad in-house expertise includes decades of acquisition, development, finance, renovation, leasing and property/facility management experience. Leveraging this extensive expertise and a customer service-focused approach, Balfour Beatty Communities seeks to create value in its real estate projects while delivering exceptional living experiences. Balfour Beatty Communities is a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty Investments, Inc. and Balfour Beatty plc, a leading international infrastructure group.

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