FHFA: American home price appreciation inches forward 0.1% in May

Federal Housing Finance Agency | July 23, 2019

Home prices rose slightly in May, inching forward only 0.1% from the previous month but up 5% from 2018, according to the latest monthly House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The FHFA monthly HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Because of this, the selection excludes high-end homes bought with jumbo loans or cash sales.

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REfresh Is Back - A Virtual Experience for Yardi Breeze Clients

Yardi Breeze | April 04, 2022

Following a very successful inaugural event in 2021, Yardi is hosting the REfresh user conference on April 6-7, 2022. This virtual event is free to Yardi Breeze and Yardi Breeze Premier clients in the U.S. and Canada. With over 6,000 companies now on Breeze or Breeze Premier, thousands of users are once again expected to attend the event featuring more than 85 on-demand classes, spotlight sessions and an exclusive keynote presentation by Nikki Greenberg, an influential real estate futurist and thought leader. The goal is to empower property owners, managers and investors with the information and tools they need to succeed. (And maybe have a little fun while they are it.) Attendees can learn more about their Breeze or Breeze Premier software and see how they can expand their platform with other key Yardi products designed to help them better market their properties, find quality residents and tenants, protect their assets and improve their operations through innovation and automation. Clients are automatically preregistered for REfresh. They only need to log in to their Breeze or Breeze Premier system on April 6-7 and click on the conference link to learn and connect. Attendees can engage with peers and Yardi experts via live chat. Plus, anyone who signs in will find multiple ways to win prizes! Abut Yardi Yardi develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. Established in 1984, Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and serves clients worldwide.

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Bluerock Residential Growth REIT To Be Acquired By Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate In $3.6 Billion Transaction

Bluerock Residential | December 21, 2021

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) (the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate ("Blackstone") under which Blackstone will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of BRG for $24.25 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.6 billion (the "Acquisition"). Under the terms of the agreement, Blackstone will acquire 30 multifamily properties comprising approximately 11,000 units as well as a loan book secured by 24 multifamily assets. The properties consist of high-quality garden-style assets with significant green space and resort-style amenities, built, on average, in 2000. The majority of the properties are located in Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Denver and Austin. Prior to the Acquisition, the Company separately intends to spin off its single-family rental business to its shareholders (the "Spin-Off" and together with the Acquisition, the "Transaction") through the taxable distribution to shareholders of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of a newly formed real estate investment trust named Bluerock Homes Trust, Inc. ("BHOM"), which will be externally managed by an affiliate of Bluerock Real Estate. BHOM will own interests in approximately 3,400 homes, including 2,000 through preferred/mezzanine investments, located in fast growing, high quality of life and knowledge economy markets across the United States. The Company's shareholders will receive shares of BHOM, with a current implied Net Asset Value estimated at $5.60 (based on the midpoint of the valuation range provided by Duff & Phelps, independent financial advisor to the Company's board of directors), for each share of Company common stock. There can be no assurance that the trading price upon a listing of BHOM will be equal to or greater than this estimated NAV. The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the Company's board of directors and the Acquisition, excluding the value of BHOM, represents a premium of approximately 124% over the unaffected closing stock price on September 15, 2021, the date prior to a media article reporting that the Company was exploring strategic options including a sale. We are very proud to enter into a transaction that delivers tremendous value to our shareholders. We believe the substantial premium to our historic trading price is a testament to our success in building a best-in-class institutional-quality multifamily apartment portfolio in our attractive knowledge-economy target markets, along with the robust process run by the board of directors and management to secure maximum value for our shareholders," Ramin Kamfar, Company Chairman and CEO. Bluerock's portfolio consists of high-quality multifamily properties in markets across the U.S. experiencing some of the strongest fundamentals. We look forward to bringing our best-in-class management to these properties to ensure they continue to be operated at the highest standards for the benefit of tenants and the surrounding communities." Asim Hamid, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Real Estate Completion of the Acquisition, which is currently expected to occur in the second quarter of 2022, is contingent upon consummation of the Spin-Off, as well as customary closing conditions, including the approval of the Company's shareholders, who will vote on the transaction at a special meeting on a date to be announced. The Acquisition is not contingent on receipt of financing by Blackstone. Most members of the Company's senior management, along with certain entities related to them, have agreed to retain their interests in the Company's operating partnership, which will hold the assets related to the single-family rental business upon completion of the Spin-Off, rather than receiving cash consideration. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Eastdil Secured LLC are the Company's lead financial advisors with BofA Securities also serving as an advisor. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank, PLC, and Vinson & Elkins, LLP are serving as the Company's legal counsel. Barclays and Wells Fargo Securities LLC are Blackstone's financial advisors and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is Blackstone's legal advisor. About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) is a real estate investment trust that focuses on developing and acquiring a diversified portfolio of institutional-quality highly amenitized live/work/play apartment communities in demographically attractive knowledge economy growth markets to appeal to the renter by choice. The Company's objective is to generate value through off-market/relationship-based transactions and, at the asset level, through value-add improvements to properties and to operations. BRG has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. About Blackstone Real Estate Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone's real estate business was founded in 1991 and has $230 billion of investor capital under management. Blackstone is the largest owner of commercial real estate globally, owning and operating assets across every major geography and sector, including logistics, multifamily and single-family housing, office, hospitality and retail. Our opportunistic funds seek to acquire undermanaged, well-located assets across the world. Blackstone's Core+ strategy comprises open-ended funds that invest in substantially stabilized real estate assets globally and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (BREIT), a non-listed REIT that invests in U.S. income-generating assets. Blackstone Real Estate also operates one of the leading global real estate debt businesses, providing comprehensive financing solutions across the capital structure and risk spectrum, including management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT).

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KKR Expands U.S. Industrial Real Estate Strategy with Investments in Ground-up Development

KKR | May 10, 2022

KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced the expansion of KKR’s industrial real estate investment strategy in the U.S. to include ground-up development of Class A industrial logistics properties. KKR’s wholly owned U.S. industrial real estate platform, Alpha Industrial Properties (AIP), has begun development at four sites and has another four sites in pre-development. KKR has appointed industry veterans Greg Bradley and Matt Singleton as Senior Vice Presidents at AIP responsible for managing the platform’s sourcing, pre-development and development activity. The eight projects are expected to deliver 1.8 million square feet (SF) of state-of-the-art industrial space serving the Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and Orlando markets. Funding for the projects is being provided by KKR Real Estate Partners Americas III, KKR’s Americas opportunistic equity real estate fund. The addition of ground-up development capabilities enhance our ability to assemble diversified portfolios of high quality industrial real estate and increase our presence in growth markets where we believe the supply-demand fundamentals remain dynamic. Our extensive experience acquiring approximately $7 billion of industrial real estate in the U.S. over the last four years positions us to identify attractive opportunities and development is a natural extension of our strategy.” Ben Brudney, a Director in the Real Estate group at KKR who oversees the firm’s industrial investments in the United States The development program augments KKR’s strategy of acquiring industrial assets and portfolios in major U.S. markets that are experiencing outsized demand for logistics real estate driven by demographic trends and the proliferation of ecommerce. Across its funds, KKR has committed or acquired approximately $7 billion of U.S. logistics assets since 2018 and currently owns over 45 million SF of industrial real estate. Square Mile Capital and BMO Harris Bank have provided KKR with a $200 million construction facility to finance its investments in industrial developments nationwide. About KKR KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries.

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Broadmark Realty Capital Expands and Further Strengthens Board of Directors

Broadmark Realty Capital | April 26, 2022

Broadmark Realty Capital Inc., an internally managed secured real estate finance company, announced that it is strengthening its Board of Directors with the addition of a new independent director, Pinkie D. Mayfield, effective today. Ms. Mayfield’s addition increases the size of the Board of Directors to eight members, including six independent directors. We are very pleased to expand and further strengthen our Board of Directors. We welcome Pinkie and look forward to benefitting from her extensive experience in public relations, corporate affairs and investor relations. Pinkie will complement our already strong group of directors as we look to expand our business, execute our strategy to provide capital solutions for our customers, and maintain our commitment to our communities and the Company's stakeholders.” Dan Hirsch, Chairman of Broadmark’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Ms. Mayfield has been Chief Communications Officer and Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Company), a diversified conglomerate whose principal operations include education and media. In her current role since 2018, Ms. Mayfield is responsible for corporate affairs, public relations, communications and strategic initiatives. Since joining Graham Holdings in 1998, she has held a number of executive leadership positions. Prior to joining Graham Holdings, Ms. Mayfield was a Vice President and Trust Officer at NationsBank (now Bank of America) in the Investment Services Division. A director of Founders Bank, a Washington D.C.-based community bank, she has chaired the audit committee since joining the board in 2020. Ms. Mayfield also serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the District of Columbia College Access Program and a trustee of the Philip L. Graham Fund. Ms. Mayfield graduated magna cum laude with a BA in business administration from Trinity Washington University and earned an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. About Broadmark Realty Capital Broadmark Realty Capital Inc. is a specialty real estate finance company, providing financing solutions generally in the $2 to $50 million range across the entire debt capital stack for commercial and residential real estate opportunities throughout the United States. Broadmark is particularly well equipped to address complex financing requirements that require rapid response, investing across a variety of market conditions and economic cycles.

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