Home owner wins legal case against surveyor for failing to spot Japanese knotweed

Property Wire | May 30, 2019

A London home owner has won his legal case against a chartered surveyor who failed to identify Japanese knotweed growing in the garden of his property during a residential survey. According to invasive plant removal experts Environet UK, the case strongly reinforces the legal precedent that surveyors must fulfil their duty of care by identifying the invasive plant and if they fail to do so, they could be sued for negligence. Paul Ryb commissioned a Chartered Surveyor to carry out a Level Three RICS Building Survey of the ground floor flat in Highgate, North London, the most comprehensive survey available which provides an in-depth analysis of the property’s condition, including a visual inspection of the grounds. The surveyor found the property to be in excellent condition with very few defects and recommended that the sale proceed. But, the following year, a gardener discovered what he believed to be Japanese knotweed growing in the garden of the property.

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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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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Triumph Properties Closes on Land Acquisition for 287 Multi-Family Development Deal in North Phoenix AZ

Triumph Properties | April 08, 2022

Triumph Properties announced it has closed an $82.5mm total capitalization of a 287-unit multi-family development project, Aileron, located in the booming North Phoenix submarket. The land parcel of 9.87 acres was purchased from Moderne Capital Partners, who will be Triumph's development partner on the deal. Triumph believes that Aileron's location will benefit from the continued growth of the north Phoenix market including notable job announcements like the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), who announced plans to open a 1,129 acre $12 billion factory. Aileron is 1 mile south of the Deer Valley Airport where Cox communications and Honeywell Aerospace have strong employment centers. Other notable nearby employers are Discover, Safeway Corporate and Albertsons. Aileron will feature a mix of studios, one-, and two-bedroom units averaging 842 square fee. Unit finishes will include vinyl plank and carpet flooring, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, in unit laundry, air conditioning and more. Amenities will include, pool, spa, clubhouse, fitness center, BBQ area, secured access and package center. "We are excited about this project and our partnership with Moderne. Each of Moderne's Partners brings tremendous experience and value to the table. We believe this will be the first of many projects together", said Steve Feder, Principal at Triumph Properties. We are looking to make more strategic partnerships like we did on Aileron in the Southeast and Southwest as we expand our development pipeline. Suburban, garden-style apartments, surface parked or wrap product are what we are focused on." Blake Brewer, Director of Acquisitions at Triumph Properties AboutTriumph Properties Triumph Properties is a national full service commercial real estate investment, management, and development firm based out of Southern California. Triumph leverages decades of expertise and an innovative approach to maximize value for residents and investors.

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EMPIRE STATE REALTY TRUST SIGNS THREE NEW RETAIL TENANTS AT TWO NYC PROPERTIES

EMPIRE STATE REALTY TRUST | February 02, 2022

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today three new retail leases signed with AT&T Mobility, Subway, and Le Café Coffee at two of its New York City properties. 10 Union Square East AT&T Mobility signed its third lease with ESRT for a 3,077 square foot retail space in January 2022. Steve E. Baker of Winick Realty Group, LLC. represented AT&T Mobility in the lease negotiations. Property owner representation was provided by Fred C. Posniak of ESRT and Gene Spiegelman, Andrew Mandell, Richard Skulnik, and Beth Rosen of RIPCO. Subway signed its second lease with ESRT for a 600 square foot retail space in January 2022. Neil Seth of C&W represented Subway in the lease negotiations. Property owner representation was provided by Fred C. Posniak of ESRT and Gene Spiegelman, Andrew Mandell, Richard Skulnik, and Beth Rosen of RIPCO. 501 Seventh Avenue Le Café Coffee signed its second lease with ESRT for a 731 square foot retail space in December 2021. Yoel Gorjian represented Le Café in the lease negotiations. Property owner representation was provided by Fred C. Posniak of ESRT. Quality retail service tenants continue to be attracted to our retail stores located in bustling neighborhoods with high volume foot traffic where their businesses thrive, We are pleased to nurture established retail relationships as we continue to build our roster of high-quality retailers who also provide great amenities for our office tenants." Fred C. Posniak, SVP, leasing at Empire State Realty Trust. 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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Heartwood Real Estate Group launches in Austin, Texas

Heartwood | February 24, 2022

Today, Heartwood Real Estate Group is excited to announce its official launch with several innovative projects totaling more than 1,000 residential units in the Austin, Texas area. Heartwood will develop and build a wide variety of assets, ranging from luxury single-family residences and townhome communities to workforce and affordable apartment communities. Heartwood is dedicated to solving Austin's real estate crisis by providing homes for all residents and strengthening the city's well-loved neighborhoods and communities. Heartwood's team is led by president and founder Chris Affinito, who brings more than a decade of experience in a variety of real estate and development sectors, including acquisitions, development, structured finance, valuation, and sales. Dan O'Dea, President of Delphi Affordable Housing Group, serves as Heartwood's advisor and as lead investor through his family office, DAHG Capital Partners, LLC. Dan brings over 40 years of experience in affordable housing development, structured finance, and private equity. Heartwood's initial project, The Reyna, is already under construction. Estimated for completion in 2023, this luxury, boutique townhome community is just a stone's throw from the many funky bars, restaurants, shops and cafes in the vibrant South Congress corridor. Heartwood is also spearheading a new development on Springdale Road in East Austin. Currently in pre-development, this 344-unit mixed-use community will participate in the City of Austin's Affordability Unlocked program, reserving half of its 344 units for families earning 60% or less of the area's median family income (MFI). Austin home prices rose 30% in 2021, while rents rose by 25%, both of which were among the highest rates in the nation. At Heartwood, we're committed to helping residents face the challenges of this housing crisis through our creative and meticulous approach to real estate development." Affinito. Our goal is to make Austin both affordable and beautiful as it grows, with 50% of our developments featuring substantial affordable housing components." co-founder and Director of Operations Mackenzie McCauley. Heartwood leverages close relationships with local consultants and partners, as well as in-depth knowledge of Austin's housing market and development process, to tackle complex projects others tend to overlook. Heartwood aims to help Austin solve its affordability crisis by making a substantial contribution to the city's critically insufficient housing supply.

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