Expectations for Real Estate Market Transactions Weaken in the First Quarter, According to First American Real Estate Sentiment Index

First American Title | July 21, 2016

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, today announced that the First American Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI) for the first quarter of 2016 decreased 4.4 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015.

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In a retail business, compromising on quality may affect the bottom line. In the construction industry, it can cost lives. Poor construction quality costs millions of dollars in profit loss each year and accounts for hundreds of injuries, with costs related to quality issues often estimated between 2% and 20% of each project.1 Quality issues are also safety issues, putting both the construction crews and long-term users of a building at risk for injury and property loss. The development of advanced construction technology has created new opportunities for improving build quality, but construction firms must develop work practices that make the most of these tools. All the risk analysis and modeling in the world won’t help if the results are ignored and quality issues are overlooked.


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BUYING/SELLING

Bonaventure Sells Luxury Multifamily Community in Williamsburg, Virginia for $100 Million

Bonaventure | June 27, 2022

Bonaventure, an integrated alternative asset manager focused on the development, construction, and property management of innovative lifestyle multifamily communities in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions, today announced the sale of a 289-unit garden-style multifamily property Williamsburg, Virginia, to Illinois-based The Inland Real Estate Group. We are very pleased with the outcome of this transaction. The price we were able to command reflects the asset’s high quality and the strong investor appetite for stabilized multifamily communities in markets with solid employment fundamentals. We take great pride in our proven ability to create meaningful value for our residents and investors.” Dwight Dunton, founder and CEO of Bonaventure The property is extremely well located at 401 Bulifants Blvd. and features a diverse collection of two- and three-bedroom floor plans with in-unit washers and dryers and private balconies or patios. The luxury community’s many amenities include a swimming pool, a fitness center, a business center, a clubhouse and a dog park. The property benefits from its proximity to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and the shops and restaurants near Route 199 and Interstate 64. As one of the nation’s largest and most active developers and owners of multifamily communities, Bonaventure has established a track record of delivering exceptionally well-designed and highly amenitized properties that residents want to live in and investors want to own. This strategic disposition further demonstrates how Bonaventure’s vertically-integrated platform is capable of generating compelling risk-adjusted returns for its investors. Drew White, Senior Managing Director of Berkadia D.C. Metro, and Carter Wood, Senior Director of Berkadia Norfolk, facilitated the sale of the community on behalf of Bonaventure. About Bonaventure Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia Bonaventure is an integrated alternative asset management firm specializing in multifamily design, development, construction, investment and property management. Bonaventure has over $1.5 billion of assets under management, is an expert at utilizing low-cost financing, and manages over 6,000 apartment units across 31 communities primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Since its founding in 1999 by Dwight Dunton, with the intent to create best-in-class capabilities connecting capital to assets, the focus of the firm has been to generate excess returns on a risk adjusted basis while building enduring value through ingenuity.

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BROKERAGE

The Real Brokerage Surpasses 5,000 Agent Milestone

The Real Brokerage Inc. | June 18, 2022

The Real Brokerage Inc., an international, technology-powered real estate brokerage, announced that it has surpassed 5,000 agents. The company has grown from 2,450 agents to 5,000 agents in the past 12 months, an increase of 104%. Over the past year, Real was listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, launched a new platform for its technology, and broadened its brokerage operations to 44 states and the District of Columbia, with an addition of 13 states including Indiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Iowa, Michigan, Idaho, Kentucky, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arkansas, Maine and Mississippi. The Company also added an international dimension, commencing operations in Canada, including Alberta and Ontario. The Company is focused on building a new model of national real estate brokerage that breaks away from franchise fees and brick-and-mortar offices and provides agents with an attractive financial incentive structure, innovative technology tools and an enterprising, ambitious culture. We've seen monumental success over the past year, and I believe a large part of that can be attributed to our agent attraction momentum and comprehensive tech solutions. Real attracts agents who are driven to succeed and who want to work with others who are equally as passionate. We build the technology and collaborative culture, and they continue to champion our growing community." Tamir Poleg, Real Chairman and CEO About Real Real is a technology-powered real estate brokerage operating in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario and Alberta, Canada. Real is building the future, together with more than 5,000 agents and their clients. Real creates financial opportunities for agents through better commission splits, best-in-class technology, revenue sharing and equity incentives.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Whitecrest Real Estate Celebrates the Completion and Official Grand Opening of Brand-New Luxury Condominium Development, The Heritage

The Menkiti Group | May 21, 2022

MG Residential, an arm of Brookland's The Menkiti Group, was joined by Whitecrest Real Estate, to celebrate the launch of The Heritage, a newly developed collection of modern condominiums starting in the mid $300's. The new development offers 1–2-bedroom units that range from 570 – 1050 square feet. The completion of this project marks a major milestone in the new development and momentum in Ward 5. "The project was started late 2018 and took over 3 years to complete. Even through the chaos of COVID-19, we trooped through as we believed in the project," said the company's Director of Design, Maryam Kazmi. "We chose this project as we believed in the neighborhood and wanted to add value to this area and offer new modern living. This is an emerging neighborhood and we wanted to be part of its story." The Heritage lies in the heart of Woodridge, a residential neighborhood located just north of the National Arboretum. The dynamic team of Whitecrest Real Estate always believed in the Woodridge neighborhood, but it was not until they began working in the area, that they realized its true potential. We were one of the first very few developers who started to invest in the neighborhood, about a decade ago in 2013 with a boutique style building. While working in Woodridge, we realized that it is not only a conveniently located and easily accessible neighborhood to various hot spots of Washington DC, but also amongst one of the safest and most affordable areas in the city." Reza Damani, Real Estate Investor and Chief of Operations for Whitecrest The Heritage is conveniently located near a variety of the District's parks and amenities. Barnard Hill Park lies in the northwest corner of the neighborhood, providing 22 acres of open green space for walking or picnics. Also, near the neighborhood, the Dwight A. Mosley Playground and Taft Recreation Center have a large playground, several sports fields, a tennis court, and a basketball court. Although Woodridge lies in a residential area, its proximity to the city's main attractions is what gives this neighborhood its unique flexibility and advantage. Whitecrest and MG Residential were joined by many Ward 5 residents and local businesses, resulting in a successful community event. Joe Dawson of Mission Mortgage and Lawrence Elliot of Prime Title sponsored the event and were also in attendance. "We appreciate everyone who attended the official Grand Opening for The Heritage," says MG Residential's VP of Sales and top 1% of realtors nationwide, Lashika Mason. "We are truly overwhelmed by the constant outpouring of support from the community and look forward to seeing The Heritage's impact in Ward 5." The Heritage is on one of the main arteries of the neighborhood, that runs into Washington, DC. The luxurious finishes combined with the extra effort that was taken to preserve the 100-year-old bank façade makes this beautiful building stand out. The Heritage is a well-built, high-end, and eco-friendly mixed-use condo building in a calm and inviting neighborhood that's a rare find in Washington, DC. The units are well-designed, efficiently built, and are offered at the most competitive prices available in the marketplace for brand-new condominiums. "This is an exciting partnership with MG Residential and Whitecrest Development," says top producing realtor and Managing Director at MG Residential, Anthony Mason. "We are proud to be a part of this project and are looking forward to seeing the impact on the community as we strive to continue to fulfill our mission of transforming lives, careers, and communities through real estate." About Whitecrest Real estate Whitecrest is a dynamic team of real estate investors composed of four key players: Farid Khan serves as the President for Whitecrest Real Estate Company. His primary role is developing a vision for White crest real estate. He also Analyzes budgets and financial reports regularly, reviews and advises on contracts, and leads the company towards success. Reza Damani serves as the Chief of Operation for Whitecrest Real Estate, providing executive management and overseeing all areas of a project from acquisition of raw land to design and development of all the company's construction projects. Mr. Damani is a licensed Class A builder in the Washington DC area with 20 plus years and over 150,000 total developed square feet in the Washington DC metro area. From site selection, through acquisition and construction, to occupancy, he offers comprehensive ground-up and build-to-suit development services for the region. Syed Ali serves as the Chief financial Officer for Whitecrest Real estate and is responsible for tracking cash flow, financial planning, analyzing the company's financial strengths and weaknesses and proposing strategic direction. He is also responsible for maintaining relationships with bankers and investors. Maryam Kazmi serves as the Director of Design for Whitecrest Real Estate. She oversees all design decisions and aesthetics of the project from the floor plans to the finishes. Her responsibilities include making all indoor and outdoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials to ensure a well-designed and cohesive look to the whole project. About MG Residential MG Residential is a premier sales team based in Washington, DC, with expertise providing residential and commercial real estate services to buyers, sellers, investors, and developers across Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Over the past 15+ years, MG Residential has had the privilege of serving over 3,000 families in the greater DMV region and has consistently been ranked within the top 100 teams nationally for Keller Williams. Founded with the mission of transforming lives, careers, and communities through real estate, MG Residential is anchored by Bo and Kymber Menkiti and Anthony and Lashika Mason. Their goal is to close the gap on homeownership and create intergenerational wealth in the District of Columbia and throughout the greater DMV region.

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REAL ESTATE ADVICE

Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. adds Gary VanAlstyne as Branch Manager, Principal of Leesburg, Virginia Office

Bowman | July 11, 2022

Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. (“Bowman”) announced that Gary VanAlstyne joined the company as branch manager and principal at its Leesburg, Virginia office. VanAlstyne has more than 30 years of experience in construction and development. As a Bowman branch manager/principal, VanAlstyne is responsible for providing consistent, effective leadership through stability, innovation, and common-sense solutions. Before joining Bowman, VanAlstyne served as vice president of Davis Utility Consulting, LLC, as director of design and construction services of the Loudoun County Public Schools, and as a member of the FSM Public Review Committee of the Loudoun County Government. He furthered his career working for Toll Brothers, Inc. as regional AVP and served as vice president of development for both Beazer Homes and Lennar. In addition, VanAlstyne owned and operated a development consulting firm in the residential, commercial, and recreational markets on the Eastern seaboard. He designed and built golf courses working with Arnold Palmer and Rees Jones as well as designing numerous master planned communities and various water parks around the country for Six Flags, Dollywood, and others. Before joining Bowman, he worked closely with the company as a client and had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with many individuals at the engineering services firm. “The industry has changed since I started working with Bowman in the early 2000s on residential subdivisions,” he said. VanAlstyne’s relationships with Bowman and the industry have allowed him to adapt and learn about different projects and clients and helping assure that Bowman is the “go-to” firm for engineering services in Loudoun County. “Thanks to his 22 years as a Bowman client, Gary VanAlstyne is a perfect addition to our team and we look forward to his continued contribution to Bowman’s success,” Bowman Chief Operating Officer Mike Bruen Bowman’s IPO and subsequent acquisitions compelled VanAlstyne to join the company and return to consulting. “I have come full circle,” he said. “I have been a Bowman client for over 20 years and having that experience as well as being a consultant and an owner’s representative helps me enhance the customer service experience,” he added. “What makes Bowman different from its competitors is its size and depth of specialized skills across the country, providing clients the ability to obtain all the services needed in one place and enhance my goal of bringing the customer experience to a new level.” VanAlstyne earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) and a geotechnical minor from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and is a registered professional engineer in NY, PA and VA. He is an active member of the Northern Virginia Builders Industry Association (NVBIA), the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP). VanAlstyne is also a member of the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). About Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. (Bowman): Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Bowman is an engineering services firm delivering infrastructure solutions to customers who own, develop and maintain the built environment. With over 1,400 employees and more than 60 offices throughout the United States, Bowman provides a variety of planning, engineering, construction management, commissioning, environmental consulting, geomatics, survey, land procurement and other technical services to customers operating in a diverse set of regulated end markets. Bowman trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol BWMN.

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In a retail business, compromising on quality may affect the bottom line. In the construction industry, it can cost lives. Poor construction quality costs millions of dollars in profit loss each year and accounts for hundreds of injuries, with costs related to quality issues often estimated between 2% and 20% of each project.1 Quality issues are also safety issues, putting both the construction crews and long-term users of a building at risk for injury and property loss. The development of advanced construction technology has created new opportunities for improving build quality, but construction firms must develop work practices that make the most of these tools. All the risk analysis and modeling in the world won’t help if the results are ignored and quality issues are overlooked.

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