China’s State-Run Companies Rush to Liquidate Real Estate Equities

Securities Times | June 24, 2019

More than a dozen large state-owned enterprises in China are liquidating their equity holdings in real estate projects recently. As real estate used to be the main fuel for China’s GDP growth, as well as a main source of revenues for its state-run companies, the liquidation activities has drawn considerable attention.

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Thompson Thrift Residential Announces Luxury Multifamily Community in Daytona Beach

Thompson Thrift | May 25, 2022

Thompson Thrift Residential, a wholly-owned affiliate of Indianapolis-based Thompson Thrift and one of the nation's leading multifamily developers, announced today the development of Drift, a luxury multifamily community in Daytona Beach. Thompson Thrift plans to welcome new residents beginning in the summer of 2023. Drift's central location provides residents with easy access to Daytona Beach and other large cities along Florida's eastern coast. The Daytona market has witnessed high demand for multifamily communities over the past 10 years and we are pleased to be bringing one of our distinctive luxury communities to this growing community." Josh Purvis, managing partner for Thompson Thrift Residential Located off Williamson Boulevard near the southwest corner of Interstate 95 and Granada Boulevard, the 29.5-acre site will offer 300 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes averaging 1,000 square feet. Residents will be able to choose from a variety of layouts in three-story garden style buildings with a host of in-demand finishes including stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, walk-in closets, and full-size washers and dryers. The luxury living experience will extend throughout the community with a clubhouse featuring stylish entertainment spaces, a 24-hour fitness center, resort-style swimming pool, dog park, community gardens, community-wide WiFi, and more. Residents will be conveniently close to a wide variety of retailers, restaurants and day-to-day services, and just a few miles from Daytona's Main Street Pier and the Daytona International Speedway. The 327-bed Advent Health Daytona is located directly across the street. Daytona Beach is known as the "World's Most Famous Beach", earning its name back in the 1920s as the sandy beaches once used for racing gave way to development of the famous Daytona International Speedway, which now brings over 100,000 people to the Daytona 500 each year. In recent years, the healthcare sector has driven much of the economic growth with approximately 40,000 people working in the healthcare and education sectors. Thompson Thrift has made a name for itself by being one of the few developers to build Class A residential communities in markets across the country with a range of conventional, luxury leased villa and townhome-style communities. Throughout its history, the company has invested more than $3.7 billion and has become known as a trusted partner committed to developing high-quality, attractive communities. The company recently earned the distinction of being named one of GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum's Influencers of Multifamily Real Estate for 2021. About Thompson Thrift Real Estate Company Thompson Thrift is an integrated full-service real estate company with offices in Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Indiana, Houston and Phoenix. Three business units drive Thompson Thrift's success—Thompson Thrift Residential which is focused on upscale Class A multifamily communities and luxury leased homes, Thompson Thrift Commercial which is focused on ground-up commercial development, and Thompson Thrift Construction, a full-service construction company. Through these business units, Thompson Thrift is engaged in all aspects of acquisition, development, construction, leasing, and management of quality multifamily, mixed-use, retail, industrial and commercial projects across the country. We are passionate about our customer's success and strive to ensure our projects not only meet the needs of our customers but also the communities we serve.

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ECI Group Acquires Channel District Site in Tampa for Development of 351-Unit Apartment Community

ECI Group | December 16, 2021

ECI Group and K.D. Keller Development have closed on a two-acre site in Tampa's vibrant Channel District in Tampa, FL, with plans to start construction in January 2022 on Parc Madison, a 351-unit, eight-story Class A apartment community with 6,571 square feet of ground floor retail. The project equity was funded through a joint venture of ECI, Tampa-based K.D. Keller Development, and Scottsdale, AZ-based Kandle Investments, with construction financing provided by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2023. Parc Madison will be located at the east end of the downtown Tampa block bounded by E. Twiggs Street, E. Madison Street, and Channelside Drive, adjacent to the new City of Tampa Madison Street Park. Constructed using efficient tunnel form concrete technology, the building will have a parking deck, skyline views from upper floors, an expansive rooftop pool and gym. The 6,571 square feet of ground floor retail is targeted towards a restaurant and/or coffee shop user. "The ECI team is excited to be underway with the Parc Madison, destined to be a signature property in downtown Tampa, featuring sleek, modern architecture and sunlit, spacious apartments, We are proud to continue to contribute to the rapid growth of the Channel District, bringing in more residents to enjoy the new retailers, grocery stores, restaurants and gathering places." -James Baugnon, President and CIO at ECI. Chip Sykes and Drew Jennewein of Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets assisted in the formation of the project joint venture. About ECI Group For more than 50 years, ECI Group has been one of the most highly regarded, privately owned real estate organizations in the United States. The firm is fully integrated, with development, construction, and management groups that have garnered national recognition for innovation and performance in the multifamily industry. With a portfolio of more than 7,900 units either existing or under construction located throughout the Southeast, ECI is strategically positioned to continue to be a leader in the multifamily industry. For more information, visit www.ecigroups.com. About K.D. Keller K.D. Keller's mission is to help landowners realize the full income potential of their properties while retaining full ownership. We transform obsolete or underutilized structures into the highest and best use for the property, for now and for the future.

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Nuveen Real Estate Launches Global Impact Investing Sector Focused on Community Revitalization, Resident Well-Being

Nuveen | May 11, 2022

Nuveen Real Estate announced the launch of a comprehensive global impact investing sector that will focus on building the vitality and sustainability of entire communities by enriching the lives of their residents. Nadir Settles will serve as Global Head of Impact Investing and Pamela West as Senior Portfolio Manager, Impact Investing. Nuveen Real Estate is one of the world's largest real estate investment managers with more than $152 billion of assets under management. Building on Nuveen's proven 50-year track record in impact investing, the new global real estate sector will provide strategies that address some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the U.S., Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), supporting growth goals of up to $15 billion in real estate AUM by 2026. Specifically, the mandate is designed to improve communities by providing supportive services, enhancing residents' quality of life and financial outcomes, and ensuring affordable, sustainable and climate safe housing, while at the same time supporting Nuveen Real Estate's commitment to making its global property portfolio net zero carbon by 2040. Nuveen is a pioneer in impact investing and we are competitively positioned to deliver a market-leading sector globally and at scale. Under Nadir and Pamela's leadership, I am confident that this new sector will address some of the most pressing challenges in local real estate across the globe, while creating an avenue for investors to have a significant impact through their capital investment. I look forward to working with a seasoned team of experts to build on Nuveen's incredible work in the industry." Chris McGibbon, Global Head of Real Estate at Nuveen Expanding Affordable Housing While Regenerating Communities The new real estate impact sector will invest in early-stage projects and take an impact-led approach to increase the supply of social and affordable housing by targeting low-income and disadvantaged populations, while also focusing on regeneration projects within healthcare, education, and transportation services. "By leveraging Nuveen Real Estate's industry expertise, we are going beyond just affordable housing to focus our attention on community revitalization," said Nadir Settles, Global Head of Impact Investing at Nuveen Real Estate. "We see an immediate opportunity to scale our strategy and leverage our leading position in the industry to support tenant well-being and create a more sustainable future. I am honored to have been chosen to lead such a significant sector." Nadir Settles will report directly to Carly Tripp, Global Chief Investment Officer and Head of Investments at Nuveen Real Estate, and lead an international team across the U.S., Europe and APAC in identifying and pursuing relevant real estate impact investments, while growing the overall sector. Settles will also continue to lead investments as Head of New York Office. Pamela West brings 25 years of industry experience, of which nearly a decade has been dedicated to deploying capital into affordable housing strategies and addressing social and environmental issues. She will continue to oversee the framework's strategy, portfolio construction, and client relationships. West reports to Shawn Lese, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Funds Management, Americas at Nuveen Real Estate. Building on Established Impact Track-Record The real estate global impact investing sector builds on Nuveen's overall efforts in impact. Last month, the firm expanded its range of impact investing strategies to Europe with the launch of the German living impact platform, led by portfolio manager Tanja Volksheimer, to deliver social and environmental impact through affordable housing. The news also comes on the heels of the final close of the firm's first global private equity impact platform, which targets investments that promote energy efficiency and an expansion of services for underserved communities. Nuveen made its first investment in impact in the 1980s and has since invested over $500 million in direct and indirect private equity capital across over 200 portfolio companies in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Today, Nuveen manages over $5.8 billion across all of its public and private markets impact investing strategies. "We have been very intentional about bridging our core competency in real estate with community impact," said Ms. West. "Our portfolio is dedicated to creating change by placing environmental and social impact at the heart of our investment strategy, which ultimately drives better outcomes for residents and inclusive communities while delivering a healthy financial return." The new impact investing sector will add to Nuveen Real Estate's existing sector specialist expertise, ­­­­ including retail, office, housing, industrial, alternatives and debt. Nuveen Real Estate Nuveen Real Estate is one of the largest investment managers in the world with $152 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2021. Managing a suite of funds and mandates, across both public and private investments, and spanning both debt and equity across diverse geographies and investment styles, we provide access to every aspect of real estate investing. With over 85 years of real estate investing experience and more than 725 employees located across 30 cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, the platform offers unparalleled geographic reach, which is married with deep sector expertise.

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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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