Continued Social Unrest Pushes Hong Kong's Office Vacancies to Highest Levels in Years

WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL | December 27, 2019

According to JLL's Property Market Monitor for December 2019, as Hong Kong's office market continues to reel from the impacts of the local social movement and economic uncertainties, leasing across all business districts in Hong Kong have been subdued. The overall leasing market recorded a net withdrawal of 91,900 sq. ft, causing the vacancy rate to rise to 5.9% overall across Hong Kong. The trend of rental decline continued in November as the average monthly office rent dropped to HKD 73.9 per sq. ft, a 0.6% decline m-o-m. In Central, net take-up has remained negative every month since October 2018, with vacancy now reaching its highest point of 3.5% in more than four years. For 2019, in spite of softened demand for office space, JLL estimates an overall net absorption of more than 1 million sq. ft in Hong Kong.

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Green Courte Partners Hires Managing Director of Development

Green Courte Partners, LLC | March 10, 2022

Green Courte Partners, LLC, a private equity real estate investment firm focused on building industry-leading companies within niche real estate sectors, announced that it has hired C.R. Russell as Managing Director of Development. In this role, Mr. Russell will oversee all development and construction activities for Green Courte's investments in Windward Communities, True Connection Communities, and The Parking Spot, Green Courte's land-lease community, senior housing, and near-airport parking companies, respectively. Mr. Russell is replacing John Lyons, who retired in February after being with Green Courte and The Parking Spot since 2010. Prior to joining Green Courte, Mr. Russell was a Senior Vice President of Development and Construction at A.J. Capital Partners, a vertically integrated developer with $3.6 billion in real estate investments across 45 markets. In that role, Mr. Russell oversaw the planning and development efforts of $1.2 billion of high-profile hospitality and mixed-use developments comprising nearly 2.6 million square feet of space. Earlier in his career, Mr. Russell held several management roles at Vail Resorts Development Company on behalf of Vail Resorts, Inc., the largest owner and operator of mountain resort properties. At Vail, Mr. Russell was responsible for the company's mountain development team as well as expansion efforts across its entire portfolio of properties. Mr. Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Rollins College and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. We are thrilled to welcome C.R. to our team, and we look forward to leveraging his diverse skillset and expertise to further expand and improve Green Courte's development efforts across our three active platforms." David B. Lentz, Green Courte's Chief Executive Officer About Green Courte Partners, LLC Green Courte Partners, LLC is a Chicago-based private equity real estate investment firm focused on building industry-leading companies within niche real estate sectors, including active adult/independent senior living properties, land-lease communities, and near-airport parking facilities. The firm combines focused investment strategies with a disciplined approach to transaction execution, operations, and asset management. Green Courte's goal is to invest in high-quality real estate assets that will generate attractive risk-adjusted returns over a long-term holding period.

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EMPIRE STATE REALTY TRUST SIGNS PROGYNY, INC. FOR 70,573 SQUARE FEET ACROSS THREE FULL FLOORS AT 1359 BROADWAY

Empire State Realty | March 03, 2022

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) today announced a new lease with Progyny, Inc. a leading fertility benefits management company, at 1359 Broadway. Progyny has committed to occupy 70,573 square feet across three floors, which includes one floor that it previously subleased, one floor that Progyny will occupy in late 2022 and a third floor that they will occupy in early 2024. We are growing rapidly as more and more employers recognize the value of Progyny's comprehensive fertility and family building solution, We look forward to expanding our presence in our corporate office in New York City with Empire State Realty Trust." Pete Anevski, CEO of Progyny. Located along the updated Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, 1359 Broadway offers convenient access to major transportation hubs, subway lines, dining, lodging, and shopping. The fully modernized office building features industry-leading energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality measures at a fraction of the cost of newer buildings. Our premier indoor environmental quality measures and energy-efficient practices continue to attract high-quality tenants who appreciate our value proposition, Progyny is a welcome addition to our excellent tenant roster at 1359 Broadway after a successful sublease." Thomas P. Durels, executive vice president, real estate at Empire State Realty Trust. David Falk, Kyle Ciminelli, and Dylan Weisman of Newmark Knight Frank represented Progyny, Inc. in the lease negotiations. Property owner representation was provided by Shanae Ursini and Jordan Berger of ESRT, and Paul J. Amrich, Emily Chabrier, Neil V. King III, and Meghan Allen of CBRE. About Empire State Realty Trust Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) is a NYC-focused REIT that owns and manages a well-positioned property portfolio of office, retail, and multifamily assets in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area. Owner of the Empire State Building, the World's Most Famous Building, ESRT also owns and operates its iconic, newly reimagined Observatory Experience. The company is a leader in healthy buildings, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality, and has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per square foot of any publicly traded REIT portfolio in New York City. As of Dec. 31, 2021, ESRT's portfolio is comprised of approximately 9.4 million rentable square feet of office space, 700,000 rentable square feet of retail space and 625 units across two multifamily properties.

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Echo Fine Properties Announces Second Largest Sale Ever in Gulf Stream

Echo Fine Properties | June 06, 2022

Echo Fine Properties, one of the most well-known luxury real estate firms in the Palm Beach area is proud to announce the second highest sale of a home ever in Gulf Stream. The 7715-square foot home on the ocean sold for a final purchase price of 27.5 million. Gulf Stream is ranked as the eleventh highest-income place in the United States. Designed by elite architect Randall Stofft, the home has 7.5 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms and was built in 2021 with a one bedroom one bath guest house. Echo Fine Properties agent Mitch Frank was instrumental in bringing a unique buyer to the spectacular home. The Echo Fine Properties team is known for luxury sales both in Gulf Stream and other areas around South Florida. It is rare to purchase a newer home in Gulf Stream on a premium oceanfront lot. About ECHO Fine Properties ECHO Fine Properties is a luxury real estate brokerage located in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla founded by Jeff Lichtenstein. Selling more 400 million dollars of real estate, Echo is one of the busiest, most awarded and forward-thinking brokerages in all of South Florida. Named, "Best Brokerage of the Year" and "Most Connected Firm" Jeff and his 70-person team are a true one stop shop. Echo's Home ECHOnomics Guarantee is one of the most unique internal collaborations to ever hit the industry.

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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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Stunning new luxury homes are coming soon to an inspiring Spring, Texas community, Woodson’s Reserve by Houston home builders Taylor Morrison. This will be an exceptional place to call home, where homeowners enjoy creative amenities and the serenity of nature. The impressive 6,800 square foot clubhouse will offer an array of features including a fully equipped 24-hour fitness center, indoor play area for children, and areas for entertaining inside and out. A resort style pool will include a center island and lazy river. Event lawns, playgrounds, lakes and a dog park will be connected by a comprehensive trail system. One- and two-story homes will range from 3,265 to 4,153 square feet and feature four bedrooms and a three-car garage, all situated on home sites set into the naturally wooded landscape. To find out more about this unique community, send a message to your Internet Home Consultant.

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