Coronavirus outbreak threatens industrial real estate returns

Pensions & Investments | March 17, 2020

Industrial properties have been a top-performing real estate sector but, though still early, COVID-19 could cut into returns, according to a recent presentation to CalSTRS officials. Warehouses in the U.S. earned 13.4% in 2019, the only sector to produce double-digit returns in the NCREIF Property index, according to data from the NCREIF data. The second highest-performing sector of NCREIF Property index was office with 6.6%. While hotels have been the hard hit by the coronavirus, the industry recently is beginning to see "chinks in the armor" in industrial properties, especially those in the port market, Taylor Mammen, a Los Angeles-based senior managing director based in at consulting firm RCLCO, told the CalSTRS' investment committee on March 4. California State Teachers' Retirement System, West Sacramento, has a 13% target real estate allocation, with $34.2 billion invested in real estate as of Sept. 30, according to its latest semi-annual real estate report. A combination of factors, including new warehouse construction and "drastically increasing rents" added to problems warehouse tenants have had with reduced cargo from China — are causing warehouse users to question whether they need more warehouse space, Mr. Mammen said. The coronavirus is starting to impact the price buyers are willing to pay for warehouses, he said.

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JLL Income Property Trust Acquires Newly Constructed North Tampa Surgery Center

JLL Income Property Trust | December 15, 2021

JLL Income Property Trust, an institutionally managed daily NAV REIT (NASDAQ: ZIPTAX; ZIPTMX; ZIPIAX; ZIPIMX) with more than $5.5 billion in portfolio assets, today announced the acquisition of North Tampa Surgery Center, a 13,000-square-foot, newly constructed medical office building in Odessa, Florida. The property is 100 percent leased on a long-term basis to Comprehensive Outpatient Joint and Spine Institute Center. The purchase price was approximately $8.5 million. "Within the office sector, our priority investments are healthcare-oriented, focusing on medical office and life science properties, In an uncertain environment for traditional multi-tenant office properties, these two healthcare-oriented sectors stand out for their lower vacancy rates, healthy net absorption and balanced new supply due to significant barriers to entry. These factors also lead to higher tenant retention, even during periods of weakness within traditional office market environments." -Allan Swaringen, President and CEO of JLL Income Property Trust. This acquisition increases JLL Income Property Trust's healthcare allocation to nine properties totaling more than 925,000 square feet, valued close to $360 million and representing approximately 7 percent of its overall portfolio. Swaringen added: "The shift towards outpatient, standalone surgery centers as an alternative to undergoing procedures in traditional hospital settings combined with the continued aging of our population positions medical office buildings as attractive portfolio additions to our stable value, income-oriented portfolio. It also positions the portfolio well to capture current and future demand, ultimately resulting in what we anticipate to be stable occupancy and long term cashflow." The build-to-suit property, newly constructed this year, comprises three surgery centers and new and innovative technology. The lease term is for 20 years and provides for an average of 2 percent annual rent increases. Located in the northern suburbs of Tampa, Odessa is a low-density but quickly growing community that is within 10 miles of nine hospitals, creating a strong base of potential referrals for North Tampa Surgery Center. LaSalle's Research & Strategy team forecasts the area should continue to see strong population growth and increased healthcare spending. JLL Income Property Trust is an institutionally managed, daily NAV REIT that gives investors access to a growing portfolio of commercial real estate investments selected by an institutional investment management team and sponsored by one of the world's leading real estate services firms. About JLL Income Property Trust (NASDAQ: ZIPTAX; ZIPTMX; ZIPIAX; ZIPIMX), Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc. is a daily NAV REIT that owns and manages a diversified portfolio of high quality, income-producing residential, industrial, grocery-anchored retail, healthcare and office properties located in the United States. JLL Income Property Trust expects to further diversify its real estate portfolio over time, including on a global basis. For more information, visit www.jllipt.com. About LaSalle Investment Management LaSalle Investment Management is one of the world's leading real estate investment managers. On a global basis, LaSalle manages approximately $76 billion of assets in private and public real estate property and debt investments as of Q3 2021. LaSalle's diverse client base includes public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, corporations, endowments and private individuals from across the globe. LaSalle sponsors a complete range of investment vehicles including separate accounts, open- and closed-end funds, public securities and entity-level investments.

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SKB acquires a 24,235 rentable square foot industrial property, located in the historic Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

SKB | December 20, 2021

ScanlanKemperBard (SKB) has announced the acquisition of 600 NW 40th Street, an industrial property situated on 0.83 acres just off Leary Way NW between the Ballard and Fremont neighborhoods. The property consists of two warehouses, with one having been recently completed in 2020. The property is currently 100% leased by a single tenant, Glass Eye Studios, who have been operating out of the property since its construction in 1978. Glass Eye Studios is one of the oldest and largest privately-owned glass blowing operations in the country and has served as the training ground for some of the most famed glass artists of the Pacific Northwest. We are thrilled to be making our second investment this month and third overall in the Inter-Bay region of Seattle. We are strong supporters of the manufacturing and community in the area. We hope to preserve that community by making these key acquisitions" SKB President, Todd Gooding, About ScanlanKemperBard SKB is an established real estate developer and operator based in Portland, Oregon. Since its inception in 1993, SKB has originated total portfolio activity of $4.78 billion, comprised of 31.2 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space and 2,154 residential units. With longstanding relationships in each of its markets, SKB has the ability to source, structure and execute value creation across a wide spectrum of real estate opportunities.

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Walker & Dunlop Structures $70 Million in Financing for Manhattan's 21 West Street Apartments

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. | April 12, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it has arranged $70,000,000 in permanent financing for 21 West Street in New York, New York. The 33-story tower includes 293 carefully designed studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Located in the Financial District of Manhattan, the property is proximate to the offices of major financial firms, including Goldman Sachs and American Express. Jonathan Schwartz, Adam Schwartz, Aaron Appel, Keith Kurland, Michael Ianno, and Triston Stegall led the Walker & Dunlop team in arranging the financing for Rose Associates, a repeat client. Based in New York, Rose Associates is a leading multifamily and mixed-use real estate developer and operator that has overseen the successful residential and retail leasing at the property for nearly 30 years. The 12-year loan, provided by MetLife features an attractive fixed rate and interest-only payments for the entire term, which will ensure continued operating performance for years to come. The Rose Associates team was led by Marc Ehrlich, Chief Investment Officer and Michele Bengelsdorf, Head of Asset Management. Though the New York City rental market experienced headwinds during the COVID-19 pandemic, the market has successfully absorbed more than 60,000 new units that were delivered over the past four years. With vacancies at near record lows, this lending opportunity was very attractive to the capital markets." Walker & Dunlop's Jonathan Schwartz 21 West Street blends modern convenience and a classic landmark style with luxurious residences. The property's amenity offerings include a roof deck, fitness center, resident lounge, and children's playroom. With excellent transit access, residents enjoy convenient access to the rest of Manhattan as well as to Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey. New retail offerings, including West of Broadway, Brookfield Place, and Westfield's World Trade Center mall dramatically increase area residents' shopping and dining options. Walker & Dunlop is the third largest provider of capital to the U.S. multifamily market, originating $49 billion in transactions and lending over $42 billion for multifamily properties in 2021. With one of the strongest networks in the industry, the firm's 2021 brokered loan originations totaled $30 billion, a 170% increase over 2020. 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 over 1,000 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. About Rose Associates, Inc. Established in 1925, Rose Associates is a premier real estate firm specializing in multifamily rental properties in New York City and the tristate area. Focused on the development, acquisition and management of the highest quality assets, the firm is currently developing six properties in the New York City metropolitan area. Rose's management platform incorporates state-of-the-art services to maximize revenue and enhance asset value, ensuring that Rose properties consistently outperform the market. Under the leadership of CEO and President Amy Rose, the firm is a certified Women's Business Enterprise that is currently pursuing a diverse and aggressive growth strategy.

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National Association of Realtors: Why Industrial Spaces Lead Commercial Real Estate in Bouncing Back From COVID

National Association of Realtors (NAR) | March 28, 2022

Commercial real estate took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, as did many industries. But the market is starting to bounce back this year, largely due to increased investments in industrial properties. According to research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), commercial real estate transactions of less than $2.5 million fell by 1% in the beginning of 2021 and the value of commercial real estate properties fell by 6% compared to 2020. Still, there is hope for the future as certain types of commercial properties are driving sales and seeing positive growth from the year before. Here's a closer look at how industrial spaces are helping commercial real estate bounce back from COVID-19. Spend on industrial properties and land increased Sales for all types of commercial real estate decreased in 2021, with the exception of three categories: land (+3%), industrial warehouses (+2%), and industrial flex spaces (+1%). That means, while businesses were shying away from commercial real estate lending for apartment buildings, offices, retail shops, and hotels, they were still spending money on industrial properties and land on which they could build their own structures. Prices rose for industrial properties, land, and apartments The number of commercial real estate transactions may have dropped, but sales prices increased by 2% on average. Specifically, prices for land increased by 6%, industrial flex spaces and warehouses by 5%, and certain types of apartment buildings by 5%. Meanwhile, sales prices declined for retail shops, offices, and hotels. Industrial and residential construction projects grew Commercial development projects are also on the rise for industrial and residential properties. Construction activity is up 1% from last year with a whopping 12% jump in construction for industrial warehouses, a 6% increase for industrial flex spaces, and a 6% growth for certain types of apartment buildings. Vacant malls, for example, are being converted into new types of commercial spaces, such as mixed-use buildings for residential, retail, and office purposes, as well as industrial buildings for distribution and fulfillment processes. Construction activity for retail spaces, offices, and hotels, on the other hand, dropped. Survey respondents noted certain obstacles to reaching their construction goals, including accessing materials, obtaining permits, and hiring workers. Office real estate activity shrunk due to remote work Office spaces, in particular, saw a decrease in real estate activity, largely due to an increase in remote work during the pandemic. Even though some people are heading back to the office, vacancy in these spaces continued to increase, reaching 16.4% from 13% in 2021. What's more, 70% of survey respondents said their companies are moving into smaller offices. Vacancy in industrial properties, however, declined to 4.9%. 2022 promises more growth This year may continue to be rocky for the commercial real estate market, with industrial and land investments pulling their weight. Specifically, businesses predict a 5% increase in land sales, a 3% increase in industrial warehouse sales, and a 1% increase in sales of certain types of apartments. By 2022, however, commercial real estate activity is expected to recover across all categories as more businesses reopen, travel resumes, and people return to the office. Still, sales for land and industrial properties are expected to lead this recovery process, proving their value as part of the commercial real estate market.

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