Cheap Real Estate Still for Sale in Closed-End Funds

  | July 13, 2016

Yesterday I talked about using real estate as a way of finding income in these yield-starved times. While it is true that most people are underexposed to real estate and that

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An initiative to make it easier to manage and control listing data gets underway as NAR, RPR, and Upstream resign an agreement to work together. UPSTREAM is intended to help brokers of all sizes and business models and all MLSs and associations succeed. That's a top story in The Voice for Real Estate for the week of Nov. 9, 2015. The news video also looks at the potential of crowd funding in boosting real estate sales and leasing, who today's home buyers are, and what to expect at the NAR Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego.


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REAL ESTATE ADVICE

Sklar Kirsh Expands Real Estate Team with Amit S. Patel

Sklar Kirsh | June 29, 2022

Los Angeles-based law boutique Sklar Kirsh LLP announced that it has bolstered its real estate practice with the addition of Amit S. Patel, who joins the firm as a Partner. Patel represents owners, developers, and investors in the acquisition, sale, lease, development, and financing of retail, office, commercial, industrial and residential real estate. His recent work includes oversight over the fifth largest multifamily sale in the history of U.S. real estate, worth approximately $1.85 billion and consisting of 13,243 apartments at 36 properties, 21 loan defeasances and 11 loan assumptions. An expert in portfolio transactions on behalf of industrial owners, he recently handled approximately $850 million over two sales of 26 properties. Joining the highly successful practice chaired by firm Co-Founder Andrew T. Kirsh, Patel brings the total number of attorneys working under the firm's real estate arm to 18. We've been expanding steadily as a firm, but our goal hasn't been to add attorneys for the sake of it - we're cultivating talent that will add value to our clients for years to come. Between Amit's thriving practice and his tireless dedication to his practice, we couldn't be happier to add him to the team." Andrew T. Kirsh,Co-Founder Patel additionally counsels clients in operating and tenants-in-common agreements, restructuring and buy/sell agreements and property management agreements. Patel praised the quality and versatility of Sklar Kirsh's real estate team, which he attributed as a primary motivator for joining the team. "I've always taken a comprehensive approach to representation, guiding clients from start to finish while looking out for them from every angle," said Patel. "It's refreshing to be practicing with a team of professionals who shares and complements that mindset." AboutSklar Kirsh Sklar Kirsh LLP is a boutique law firm that provides sophisticated and expert advice in the areas of corporate, real estate, bankruptcy, and entertainment law as well as commercial, real estate and entertainment litigation.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Walker & Dunlop Features HASTA Capital CEO Mark Hafner in Latest Installment of its "What Drives You" Campaign

Walker & Dunlop | June 23, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced the fourth installment of its "What Drives You" campaign. Launched on November 12, 2019, the campaign features some of Walker & Dunlop's inspiring clients through spotlights that highlight the passion, perseverance, and inner drive that fuels each of them in their pursuit of greatness. This latest installment of the campaign features Mark Hafner, founder and CEO of the $1 billion commercial real estate firm HASTA Capital. HASTA Capital focuses on investing, developing, and managing residential multifamily assets that are "purpose built," or designed to be inclusive communities of all renters. Founded in 2017, HASTA now has developments and properties in four countries. Hafner attributes the company's rapid growth to an attention to detail, a willingness to try new things, and a commitment to continuously improving the customer experience. For example, Hafner and his family try to spend a week living at each property to see what's missing that residents might need and appreciate, like a bench at a dog park. Hafner also cites the company's partnership with Walker & Dunlop, which financed HASTA's very first deal and nearly 100% of its deals since then and has been with HASTA every step of the way. "I want people to love where they live, and Walker & Dunlop is always coming up with great ideas on how they can help, thinking proactively and outside of the box for ways we can do things better, both for the short-term and the long-term," commented Hafner. "They're an extension of the HASTA team and a true partner." Mark built a $1 billion, 15-property portfolio in just five years. It's been a story of extreme growth differentiated by a standout customer experience, and it's a story of extreme vision and opportunity. We're looking forward to seeing what Mark and his team at HASTA do next." Willy Walker, Chairman & CEO of Walker & Dunlop 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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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Atlas Cottage Homes Announces an Alternative Solution to Florida's Affordable Housing Crisis

Atlas Group LTD | June 17, 2022

Atlas Cottage Homes, a division of Atlas Group LTD, announced its plans to provide alternative affordable housing. Built to Florida code for single family homes in its manufacturing plants in Orlando, Atlas Cottages Homes range from 588 SF to 1074 sq. ft. and qualify for a 30-year mortgage. The need for affordable family housing for Florida's workforce is critical. We are equipped to create 5000 homes in the next five years in our existing facilities, and are excited to partner with local municipalities, businesses, and investors to help make homeownership more attainable and preserve paradise in the Sunshine State." Lincoln Hine, Founder of Atlas Group LTD and CEO of Atlas Cottage Homes "We are meeting with key officials across the state and are grateful for the Florida House Bill 1339 which allows municipal governments to approve affordable developments like Atlas Cottage Homes on any parcel zoned for residential, commercial or industrial use," said Hine. Atlas Cottage Homes floor plans include a one bedroom/one bathroom and two to three bedrooms/two bathrooms. The homes feature insulated walls (R-14) ceiling (R-20) and flooring (R-13); sculpted shingles or metal roof and fiber cement siding. A traditional 30-year mortgage for these affordable homes would be $700-$1600 a month, based on 20 percent down payment and current interest rates. Home buyers will pay less should they qualify for other mortgage loans (i.e., FHA, VA, Good Neighbor Next Door Loans, Florida's Hometown Heroes program). And unlike other small home concepts, Atlas Cottage Homes are foundation-based and as such, are an appreciating asset. The Value Collection features one- and two-bedroom designs with full kitchen cabinetry, bathroom with stand up shower, toilet and sink, and built-in cabinets and storage. Other amenities include ductless air conditioning, tankless water heater, garbage disposal and vinyl flooring. The Premier Collection features two single and one two-story home designs. These homes include one to three bedrooms, with open living spaces, smart technology, and marble kitchen countertops. Options include solar power, decks and patios, carports and garages. Atlas Cottage Homes is in development of three planned communities with more than 400 homes sites in Florida. The developments will be placed on either deeded lots or on land lease lots. These communities may include shared amenities such as a swimming pool, a playground, and a community center. About Atlas Community Homes Atlas Community Homes are affordable foundation-based single-family homes that qualify for a 30-year mortgage. These homes, ranging from 588 to 1074 sq. ft., are built to Florida code standards in its facilities in Orlando, FL. The Value Collection is one- and two-bedroom designs and the Premier Collection is one to three bedrooms designs, including a two-story home. About Atlas Group Founded by Lincoln Hine, Atlas Group LTD is an investment-focused and impact-driven company based in Palm Beach, FL. The company's holdings include real estate, finance, construction, manufacturing, hospitality and recruiting.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

United Real Estate Launches Specialty Properties Group, an AI-Powered Suite of Websites

United Real Estate | June 08, 2022

United® Real Estate has announced the launch of its Specialty Properties Group (SPG) websites. Lifestyle.UnitedRealEstate.com is a collection of websites featuring AI and machine learning designed to enhance proprietary SEO algorithms for United's lead acquisition program. The technology-first strategy is converting more buyer and seller leads while significantly reducing the company's acquisition and transaction costs. Together, the SPG collection is producing organic website traffic and business leads for United's Agent-centered inbound lead program, powered by 2.1+ million listings. The collection includes: Golf properties Gated communities Waterfront properties Condominium property types The specialty websites are streamlining the customer experience and substantially lowering the cost of lead acquisition for United's brokers and agents. United's proprietary Bullseye™ Cloud-Based Productivity Platform is fully integrated with the SPG website collection. The platform connects interested buyers and sellers to United's customer care team and national agent and broker network. The system is deploying market-ready buyers and sellers to United's tech-enabled agent base – at a substantially lower cost than traditional lead acquisition programs. As a result, United is driving more profitability for agents and brokers. The real estate internet space is filled with systems that get between agents and their customers. Our proprietary system connects agents with their past, present and future real estate clients and is designed to substantially lower costs to brokers and agents, improve effectiveness and deliver tremendous business opportunities to our broker and agent network across the country." Rick Haase, President of United Real Estate "Our proprietary technology platform, Bullseye, continues to evolve rapidly. These new organic websites are another piece of our end-to-end strategy of lead acquisition for our agents. By leveraging our cloud architecture and our exclusive listing warehouse, we are able to deploy our unique organic SEO strategies rapidly. Our lead program is now delivering more opportunities for earnings to our agents nationwide – at a fraction of the cost of traditional lead acquisition programs. We continue to invest heavily in our technology platform to enhance our value proposition for our agents," says David Dickey, Chief Technology Officer of United Real Estate Group. United's tech-enabled business services model is gaining attention inside and outside the real estate industry. In 2021, D.A. Davidson named United a top 100 U.S. private technology company. The Herd highlights a diverse group of businesses across cloud, collaboration, fintech, human capital management, infrastructure, sales and marketing, security and vertical software. In 2022, Housing Wire recognized United Real Estate as one of the Top 100 technology companies in real estate. About United Real Estate United Real Estate (United) – a division of United Real Estate Group – was founded with the purpose of offering solutions to real estate brokers and agents in the rapidly changing real estate brokerage industry. United provides the latest training, marketing and technology tools to agents and brokers under a flat-fee, transaction-based agent commission model. By leveraging the company's proprietary cloud-based Bullseye™ Agent & Broker Productivity Platform, United delivers a more profitable outcome for agents and brokers. United Real Estate operates in 31 states with 110 offices and more than 16,500 agents. The company produced over $21.5 billion in sales volume in 2021. About United Real Estate Group United Real Estate Group (UREG) operates United Real Estate and United Country Real Estate, addressing the unique market needs of suburban, major metropolitan urban and rural markets. Utilizing the cloud-based Bullseye™ Agent & Broker Productivity Platform, UREG offers the latest training, marketing and technology tools producing a significant competitive advantage. The platform realizes a decade-long investment in virtual agent and brokerage technology services and is powered by a 2.1 million listings data warehouse generating over 3 million monthly visitors and 30,000 leads per year. Together, the United Real Estate Group supports more than 600 offices and 20,000 real estate and auction professionals across four continents. United Real Estate Group produced over $27.1 billion in 2021. Through its in-house advertising agency, UREG offers differentiating marketing support and collateral for specialized lifestyle property websites as well as access to a 650,000+ opt-in buyer database.

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An initiative to make it easier to manage and control listing data gets underway as NAR, RPR, and Upstream resign an agreement to work together. UPSTREAM is intended to help brokers of all sizes and business models and all MLSs and associations succeed. That's a top story in The Voice for Real Estate for the week of Nov. 9, 2015. The news video also looks at the potential of crowd funding in boosting real estate sales and leasing, who today's home buyers are, and what to expect at the NAR Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego.

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