Freddie Mac: These are the most rent-burdened housing markets

Freddie Mac | April 03, 2019

It’s not exactly a secret that affordability for both home buyers and renters is shrinking. But how much is too much?  This week, Freddie Mac released a paper analyzing rent-burdened housing markets across the U.S. and found that Miami and San Diego are the two most rent-burdened metros in the country.  Freddie Mac’s analysis looks at four widely cited affordability studies that cover the Top 50 largest U.S. metro areas. The GSE looked at the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2018 Gap report and its 2018 Out of Reach report as well as the New York University Furman Center’s 2018 National Rental Housing Landscape report and Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies 2017 Rental Housing report.

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Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Stockholders Approve Acquisition by Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT | April 13, 2022

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. announced that at a special meeting of stockholders held earlier, based on preliminary voting results, the Company's stockholders approved the proposed acquisition of the Company by affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate. The Acquisition will occur following the spin-off of the Company's single-family rental business through the taxable distribution to common stockholders of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of a newly formed real estate investment trust named Bluerock Homes Trust, Inc. Company common stockholders will receive $24.25 in cash per share of Company common stock in the Acquisition in addition to the BHM common stock that they will receive in the Spin-Off. The final voting results will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a Form 8-K. We are pleased that our stockholders have approved this transaction and thank them for their continued support. Today's stockholder approval marks a key step in completing the transaction and delivering on the tremendous value it offers to our stockholders." Ramin Kamfar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company The Acquisition and the Spin-Off currently are expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, and are subject to the completion of customary closing conditions. Upon the closing of the Acquisition, BRG's common stock and preferred stock will no longer be listed on any public market. About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. 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.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

New Western Enters Chicago Market with Eye on Revitalizing $543M Affordable Homes

New Western | May 24, 2022

New Western, the largest national private source of distressed residential investment properties, announced the opening of its first office in Illinois. This most recent geographic expansion to the Windy City is New Western's 43rd office location and its 19th state. Realtor.com lists Chicago as one of the Top Housing Markets Positioned for Growth in 2022. Chicago is the third-largest city in America and is a rapidly growing market. This is a big milestone and important market in our nationwide expansion with our latest office opening in the Prairie State. Providing affordable housing, especially in large markets like Chicago, is vital. When we help bring distressed properties back to the market, it's up to 31% less expensive than a new construction home. We pride ourselves on being specialists in providing exclusive inventory for real estate investors to evaluate and purchase in a matter of days and believe our presence in Chicago will positively impact the community." Kurt Carlton, co-founder and president of New Western New Western brings market insight and an exclusive marketplace with distressed investment property inventory to help real estate investors acquire fixer-upper properties. The company's agents are helping to address the affordable housing crisis by revitalizing distressed homes across the U.S., with nearly three million aged properties in the Chicago area alone, and 87.7% of them built before 2001. Richard Randall is the general manager (GM) and managing broker leading the new Chicago office, located at 1 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite 300, in Westchester. As GM, Randall is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and leading his team to revitalize $543 million in residential properties in the Chicago market over the next five years. "There is a disconnection in Chicago between what investors need and the properties that are available. Our business model works incredibly well in this environment," said Randall. "Investors are hungry for properties that are ideal for fixing and flipping, and our agents are the conduit that uncovers these gems." Randall began his career with New Western in 2015 in its Fort Worth office as a sales agent and quickly moved his way up, becoming an acquisition agent, then sales manager. In 2019 the company asked him to open its new Kansas City office and serve as its GM and managing broker. New Western is the largest private source of investment properties in the nation. Since 2008, New Western has bought and sold nearly $12 billion in residential real estate. About New Western New Western makes real estate investing more accessible for more people. Operating in most major cities, our marketplace connects more than 100,000 local investors looking to rehab houses with sellers. As the largest private source of investment properties in the nation, we buy a home every 13 minutes. New Western delivers a new opportunity for all—a fresh start for sellers, exclusive inventory for investors, and affordable housing for buyers.

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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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Walker & Dunlop Arranges $162.4 Million in Financing from Northwind Group for SHVO's Mandarin Oriental Residences, Fifth Avenue

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. | June 15, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it arranged $162,400,000 in construction financing for Mandarin Oriental Residences, Fifth Avenue, New York City's first turn-key branded residences available for sale. Located directly on Fifth Avenue at the intersection of East 54th Street in the heart of Manhattan's Plaza District, the property will be managed and operated by Mandarin Oriental, providing owners with access to luxury, five-star hotel services, without the hotel guests. Manhattan-based Northwind Group provided the whole loan solution through its discretionary debt fund. Northwind Group has originated in the last year $840 million of loans secured by 76 properties in NYC, Houston, Miami, and Chicago. Aaron Appel, Keith Kurland, Jonathan Schwartz, Adam Schwartz, Sean Bastian and Michael Ianno, led Walker & Dunlop's team in arranging the financing. The team served as exclusive advisor to their client, SHVO, the culture-defining real estate development and investment firm headquartered in New York City. Proceeds from the loan allowed SHVO to refinance the existing debt and capitalize for remaining construction costs to complete the conversion of the former Gucci NYC headquarters. This transaction highlights the current demand – among both lenders and consumers – for uniquely-branded, turn-key condominium product located in one of Manhattan's most iconic neighborhoods. This financing will reinforce the project's swift completion, with closings anticipated later this year for this world-class, luxury product that is unavailable to buyers in today's market" Aaron Appel, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of New York Capital Markets for Walker & Dunlop Ran Eliasaf, Founder and Managing Partner of Northwind Group said "We were able to curate a flexible financing solution for this once in a lifetime asset, that will assist our Borrower to achieve its goals, and complete the transformation of this property into one of Manhattan's most beautiful residential buildings. This financing fits well in our strategy and marks another step in our growth as a company. Northwind intends to deploy this year close to $1 billion in debt transactions in NYC and other major gateway cities." SHVO has developed a forward-thinking best-in-class offering with residents having access to hotel-inspired living, encompassing the legendary service of Mandarin Oriental with the added security and privacy of a residential-only building. The Mandarin Oriental Residences feature 69 fully-furnished and accessorized homes ranging from junior suites to two-bedroom residences appointed with Molteni kitchens and fitted closets, Miele appliances, chevron oak floors, Juliet balconies, custom upholstery, and comprehensive wall coverings as well as Frette sheets, Georg Jensen silver, and custom champagne fixtures by Dornbracht gilded in 22 karat galvanized gold. In addition to white-glove Mandarin Oriental service, the suite of unparalleled amenities includes a state-of-the-art fitness center with steam, sauna, and treatment rooms; a private rooftop pool, with a lounge and bar, featuring views of Central Park; and a private restaurant by Michelin-Starred chef Daniel Boulud – Boulud Privé. About Northwind Group Northwind Group is a real estate private equity firm with offices in Manhattan and Cleveland that has transacted on $3.0+ billion worth of debt and equity investments covering a portfolio of over 100 properties and nearly 6M square feet. Northwind currently manages three discretionary debt funds providing acquisition, bridge, condo-inventory, construction, predevelopment and land loans secured by real estate and healthcare properties. 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. Walker & Dunlop is the third largest provider of capital to the U.S. multifamily market, originating $49 billion in transactions 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.

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