Chip Gaines' former real-estate partners sue him for over $1 million

usatoday | April 28, 2017

Chip Gaines, who hosts Fixer Upper along with wife Joanna, is being accused of conspiring to cheat his ex-partners — and now ex-friends — in his Texas real-estate company by buying out their stakes for peanuts two days before announcing the show that would go on to become a lucrative hit for HGTV.

Spotlight

Eyal Malinger, Corporate Development Director at Countrywide Plc., shares his views on PropTech.


Other News
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

STORE Capital to be Acquired by GIC and Oak Street in $14 Billion Transaction

STORE Capital, GIC and Oak Street | September 17, 2022

STORE Capital Corporation, an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, and GIC, a global institutional investor in partnership with Oak Street, a Division of Blue Owl, one of the largest net lease investors, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which GIC and funds managed by Oak Street will acquire STORE Capital in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $14 billion. Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, STORE Capital stockholders will receive $32.25 per share in cash, which represents a premium of 20.4% to STORE Capital’s closing stock price as of September 14, 2022 and a premium of 17.8% to the 90-day volume weighted average stock price through that date. “This all-cash transaction delivers a meaningful premium that provides immediate and certain value for our stockholders in a challenging market environment, while positioning the Company, its customers and its partners for continued success, I would like to extend my thanks to the entire Board and management team for their hard work during this process, and for their unwavering commitment to acting in the best interests of our stockholders.” -Tawn Kelly, Chairman of the Board of Directors of STORE Capital We are pleased to partner with GIC and Oak Street to deliver what we believe is an excellent outcome for our stockholders, This opportunity is an endorsement, by two leading real estate investors with significant access to capital, of the strength of our platform, our experienced leadership team and our disciplined investment approach. We look forward to continuing to grow and support our customers,said Mary Fedewa, President and Chief Executive Officer of STORE Capital. As one of the largest dedicated U.S. net lease real estate companies in a nearly US$4 trillion-dollar market, STORE Capital is a strong addition to GIC’s diverse portfolio of U.S. real estate investments, We are confident the Company will continue its trajectory of accretive growth by meeting the demand for long-term financing solutions from middle market U.S. companies. We look forward to working closely with STORE Capital and our partners at Oak Street to grow this platform over the long term,said Adam Gallistel, Head of Americas Real Estate, GIC. As a global long-term investor, GIC seeks to invest in best-in-class businesses with strong long-term growth potential, We are thrilled to lead this investment in STORE Capital given its impressive cash flow profile, long-weighted average lease term and highly diversified portfolio with strong rent coverage,said Lee Kok Sun, Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate, GIC. We are extremely excited to invest together with a like-minded and thoughtful partner in GIC, We believe the STORE Capital platform complements Oak Street’s exposure to the triple-net industry and our focus on sale-leasebacks. The potential scale of this combination and partnership can deliver one of the most diversified, unique and long dated net lease platforms across the globe,said Marc Zahr, President of Oak Street. Timing and Approvals The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the STORE Capital Board of Directors, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023, subject to approval by STORE Capital’s stockholders and the satisfaction of certain other customary closing conditions. The closing of the transaction is not subject to any financing conditions. The definitive merger agreement includes a 30-day “go-shop” period that will expire on October 15, 2022, which permits STORE Capital and its representatives to actively solicit and consider alternative acquisition proposals. There can be no assurance that this process will result in a superior proposal, and the Company does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the go-shop process unless and until it determines such disclosure is appropriate or is otherwise required. Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, STORE Capital will declare and pay its third quarter cash dividend in the ordinary course. Thereafter, the Company has agreed to suspend payment of any further regular quarterly dividends through the closing. Subject to and upon completion of the transaction, STORE Capital’s common stock will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Advisors Evercore and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are acting as financial advisors to STORE Capital, and DLA Piper LLP (US) is acting as its legal counsel. Eastdil Secured Advisors LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. are acting as financial advisors to GIC and Oak Street. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as legal counsel to GIC and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel to Oak Street. About STORE Capital STORE Capital is an internally managed net-lease REIT that is a leader in the acquisition, investment and management of Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, which is its target market and the inspiration for its name. STORE Capital is one of the largest and fastest growing net-lease REITs and owns a large, well-diversified portfolio that consists of investments in more than 3,000 property locations across the United States, substantially all of which are profit centers. About GIC GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to secure Singapore's financial future. As the manager of Singapore's foreign reserves, GIC takes a long-term, disciplined approach to investing, and is uniquely positioned across a wide range of asset classes and active strategies globally. These include equities, fixed income, real estate, private equity, venture capital, and infrastructure. The firm's long-term approach, multi-asset capabilities, and global connectivity enable them to be an investor of choice. GIC seeks to add meaningful value to its investments. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC has a global talent force of over 1,900 people in 11 key financial cities and has investments in over 40 countries. About Oak Street, a Division of Blue Owl Oak Street, a division of Blue Owl, is a real estate investment firm focused on acquiring properties net-leased to investment grade and creditworthy tenants. Oak Street specializes in providing flexible capital solutions to a variety of organizations including corporations, healthcare systems, universities and government entities. Oak Street has $16.6 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2022. Blue Owl is a global alternative asset manager with $119 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2022. Anchored by a strong permanent capital base, the firm deploys private capital across Direct Lending, GP Solutions and Real Estate strategies on behalf of Institutional and Private Wealth clients. Blue Owl's flexible, consultative approach helps position the firm as a partner of choice for businesses seeking capital solutions to support their sustained growth.

Read More

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Coastal Ridge Real Estate to Develop Build-for-Rent Community in Central Ohio

Coastal Ridge Real Estate | September 01, 2022

Columbus, Ohio – Coastal Ridge Real Estate (Coastal Ridge) a national multifamily investment, management, and development firm, announced today that they are continuing the expansion of their Stillwell brand with a new project in Central Ohio. The firm will build 230 build-for-rent (BFR) homes at Jerome Village, a master-planned community developed by Nationwide Realty Investors. Jerome Village boasts a wide range of housing styles and options to support Central Ohio’s growing population and housing needs. The community includes over 700-acres of parks, and green space with a network of walking and nature trails connecting to Glacier Ridge Metro Park. “The Stillwell brand compliments the lifestyle offered at Jerome Village, We’re enthusiastic about our partnership with Jerome Village and Hallstatt Real Estate Partners on this project and look forward to welcoming our first set of residents to our community in 2023.” -Jerimi Nuckolls, Director of Development at Coastal Ridge Coastal Ridge launched the Stillwell brand earlier this year with Stillwell Wellen Park and Stillwell Avery Centre, BFR projects in Sarasota, Florida and Round Rock, Texas, respectively. We’ve looked forward to the day when we could announce the Stillwell brand would be coming to the Central Ohio community, With so many of our Coastal Ridge team members located in Central Ohio and our corporate headquarters located in downtown Columbus, this project is of particular importance to our organization and development team,said Andy Lallathin, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Coastal Ridge. Stillwell Jerome is being developed in a joint venture partnership with Halstatt Real Estate Partners and Coastal Ridge, with Columbus-based, Hallmark Construction serving as the contractor. Stillwell Jerome will be located within the Fairbanks School District and will feature one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes with first-floor private entries and individual backyards. Residents will have onsite access to a resort-style pool, state-of-the-art clubhouse, walking trails, outdoor seating areas, and a fitness center. About Coastal Ridge Real Estate Headquartered in Columbus, OH, Coastal Ridge Real Estate is a full-service real estate investment and property management firm executing on core, core plus, value add, and ground-up development investment strategies in the multifamily real estate asset class. The firm's vertically integrated platform includes divisions to oversee investment management, property management, and development. Coastal Ridge's current portfolio is comprised of 35,000+ conventional apartment homes and student housing beds spanning 53 distinct markets, with assets under management totaling over $4 billion. Coastal Ridge has been recognized as an Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America five times. About Stillwell Created by Coastal Ridge, Stillwell is an innovative multifamily housing concept within the build-for-rent sector. This innovative product known as a Horizontal Apartment or Cottage Community consists of free-standing one- and two-story single-family residential homes with private yards, utilizing shared parking similar to a typical garden apartment layout, and featuring programmed amenities. This product offers a new option for residential living, providing the privacy of a single-family home, and the amenities, professional management, and ease of living of a traditional apartment community. About Halstatt Real Estate Partners Halstatt Real Estate Partners (HREP), a women-owned real estate private equity firm, has participated in the acquisition and development of over $1 billion in Southeast based real estate assets since 2011. Founded by the Sproul family, based in Naples, Florida, and a proud part of the Barron Gift Collier legacy in Southwest Florida, HREP invests in middle market, value add and opportunistic commercial and residential real estate projects. HREP works with best-in-class local and regional operating partners to maximize the value of its real estate investments. HREP invests alongside a cross-section of institutional limited partners from fund to fund including charitable foundations and endowments, domestic and international family offices, and corporate pension funds with a history of continuity.

Read More

REAL ESTATE ADVICE

New Urban Land Institute Report Explores How Real Estate Sector Can Support People Experiencing Homelessness

Urban Land Institute | June 28, 2022

A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) investigates how the real estate community is working to address the homelessness crisis in the United States. The report explores how to support people experiencing homelessness through creative housing solutions and collaboration with community organizations, with the ultimate goal of providing abundant, affordable, and high-quality housing for affected and at-risk populations. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2020 marked the fourth consecutive annual increase in people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is a systemic challenge that necessitates the involvement and collaboration of the government, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, health and social services, faith communities, and the public. The ULI report, Homeless to Housed, offers housing case studies, universally applicable lessons, and a blueprint for how to replicate best practices in other communities to show how the development community can be an active partner in addressing homelessness. More than ever before, homelessness is being driven by rapidly increasing housing costs, and the public and private sectors must work together both to meet the needs of the unhoused and to prevent more households from falling into homelessness. This report offers creative models and examples of how the real estate community is effectively leveraging its housing development, management, investment, and financing expertise to enable cities to overcome the growing challenge of homelessness." Christopher Ptomey, Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing Key takeaways from the new report include: Housing is important, but social services are essential: Housing is an essential first step in addressing homelessness, but it is not a solution in and of itself. Comprehensive social services are a critical second component. Delivering one without the other offers little chance of successfully tackling the crisis. Novel, creative solutions are needed: Nowhere is the need for innovation more evident than in seeking to address homelessness. Two areas of focus are cost-effective construction methods and non-governmental funding sources. Private companies -- both in real estate and in other sectors -- have a vital role to play in the latter. All segments of the community must play a role: Homelessness affects real estate, health care, social services, education, economic development, and more. Community collaboration is essential, particularly among the private and public sectors. The real estate sector is obligated to provide cost-effective housing, and it is incumbent on governments to pursue bold policies that allow for more housing for people of all income levels. Homelessness is a multifaceted issue, but in many cases links back to economics: Whether because of a lack of affordable housing, low wages, unexpected expenses, loss of employment, illness, lack of insurance, or a domestic issue, homelessness can be a result of economic stress. The report includes seven case studies that feature creative solutions for addressing homelessness that could serve as models for investors and developers alike: New Orleans: City of New Orleans Shelter and Engagement Center provides a 24-hour shelter to 100 homeless individuals and provides services to help guests secure permanent housing. Mountain View, Calif: LifeMoves is a supportive interim housing community that provides intensive case management services to help clients overcome homelessness and return to sustainable housing. Long Beach, Calif: Former Best Western Motel Conversion was the recipient of funds from Project Homekey, California's innovative $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing. The former motels now provide temporary housing for residents 65 and older with pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. San Antonio: Haven For Hope is the largest mixed-use development in the United States that provides housing for people experiencing homelessness, as well as job training, education, medical care, identification recovery, case management, and animal care services. Sharon Crossing, N.C.: The Lotus Campaign is a non-profit organization that increases the availability of housing for people experiencing homelessness by engaging with the private, for-profit real estate and investment communities. Recognizing that neither the public nor private sector can solve homelessness alone, the Lotus Campaign strives to bridge that gap while minimizing risks for vulnerable renters. San Francisco: The Bryant Street Project provides 145 apartments of permanent supportive housing near public transit, grocery stores, and community parks to ensure that residents have access to neighborhood amenities and services. Washington: John and Jill Kerr Conway Residence provides housing constructed with sustainable materials as well as health and social services to veterans experiencing homelessness in collaboration with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Berkeley, Calif.: The project at 2012 Berkeley Way is a redevelopment of a surface parking lot in downtown Berkeley that will create three distinct projects – an 89-unit affordable family housing development; a 53-unit permanent supportive housing development; and a homeless shelter plus transitional housing – in one unified building. The full Homeless to Housed report is available on ULI's Knowledge Finder platform. About the Urban Land Institute The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

Read More

REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Zentap Launches Game-Changing Marketing App for Real Estate Agents

Zentap | August 24, 2022

Zentap, a SaaS company that empowers real estate professionals with a true all-in-one marketing solution has launched a mobile app making it even easier for real estate agents to build their brand and generate new prospects. "With the market slowing down and things being even more competitive for real estate professionals, the launch of this app will make it even easier for real estate agents who are always on the go, to create and distribute branded marketing content for themselves and/or their listings by saving time and money and helping them build their brand," - Betty Gabbaie, Zentap's Chief Executive Officer Through this app, real estate professionals will have access to a powerful dashboard where they can create, post, and download different digital marketing assets in minutes and share seamlessly on multiple platforms allowing them to stand out from the competition and remain top of mind. Users will also have access to unlimited branded content including Local Market Updates, Single Data Snapshots, Comparative Market Analysis, Listing Videos & Flyers, Open House Videos, Testimonial Videos, Infomercials, and more. From professional websites and social posting to exclusive email campaigns and lead generation, Zentap helps agents scale their business and reinforce their brand through innovative marketing solutions and expertise. In addition to products and services, Zentap also provides useful resources to help educate clients about current digital marketing trends and best practices using social media through their free educational webinar series and exclusive Facebook group for clients. Zentap also offers a full team dedicated to customer success and support for clients to ensure ease of use and optimal results. If you are a real estate professional that needs help with your real estate marketing, contact us today to see how we can help you elevate your real estate marketing.

Read More