Hong Kong Tops London as World's Most Expensive Office Market in 2019

WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL | June 14, 2019

According to a new report from CBRE, the rising cost of leasing prime office space accelerated across the globe in the year ended March 31 due to continued economic growth, job gains and limited availability of prime space in certain markets. Of the 122 markets tracked by CBRE, 85 registered cost increases. CBRE's annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs Report found that average costs for leasing the best office space in each market's best location increased by 3.6 percent globally in that 12-month period, outpacing the year-earlier gain of 2.4 percent. The 10 most expensive markets were the same markets as last year, though several have changed positions within the top category. Hong Kong Central ($322 per sq. ft. per year) and London's West End ($222.70) retained the top two spots, with the former widening the gap between itself and the field. The biggest gainer within the top 10 was Midtown Manhattan ($196.89) in New York City, which climbed to the fourth most expensive market this year from the sixth last year as companies sought prime space in Midtown corridors and the new Hudson Yards mixed-use development.

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Online auctions continue to offer real estate investors, both novice and experienced, a way to get a great deal on real estate. As with traditional real estate transactions, buyers must employ a common sense approach and perform thorough due diligence for every listing. Several considerations determine how relevant or important your research findings are to your decision about buying. For exampleif the property is to be purchased as an investment, then community amenities may be less of a concern than if you were buying a primary residence (see tip 8).


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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Broadmark Realty Capital Expands and Further Strengthens Board of Directors

Broadmark Realty Capital | April 26, 2022

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

HomeServices of America Acquires Ownership Stake in Title Resources Group

Title Resources Group | May 04, 2022

Title Resources Group, one of the nation's leading title insurance underwriters, announced that HomeServices of America is acquiring a minority stake in TRG. Financial terms were not disclosed. HomeServices, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, is the nation's largest residential real estate company, based on closed transactions. HomeServices is joining TRG's other major shareholders, Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and Realogy Holdings Corp., in participating in the JV. The expanded roster of joint venture partners will be instrumental in accelerating TRG's mission and growth as the title underwriter built for the real estate industry. HomeServices of America is a long-time, valued customer of TRG, and we're thrilled to welcome them as a significant shareholder to our joint venture. We look forward to working with their team to expand our collaboration in the months and years ahead, further accelerating our growth." Scott McCall, president and CEO, Title Resources Group "Our strengthened partnership with Title Resources Group further enhances the ability of HomeServices' sales associates to provide clients with a one-stop shopping approach to delivering the American dream of homeownership," said Gino Blefari, CEO, HomeServices. "We're excited to be a part of this joint venture with Scott McCall and his team, as well as our other partners at Centerbridge and Realogy." "We are pleased to partner with HomeServices of America on this compelling JV," said Kevin Mahony, managing director at Centerbridge. "The investment in TRG by its long-time customer validates the bright prospects for the business, and we are excited about the strategic benefits of expanding the relationship. HomeServices' perspective and track record of success will be invaluable as we shape and execute TRG's growth and value creation plan together." "The continued investment in TRG's future is a powerful endorsement of Realogy's strategy to unleash the underwriter's growth potential and reinforces our confidence in the exciting opportunity of this business," said Ryan Schneider, CEO and President, Realogy. About Title Resources Group (TRG) Title Resources Group – the underwriter built for the real estate industry – is one of the nation's largest title insurance underwriters, according to the American Land Title Association's 2021 market share data. A joint venture with Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and Realogy Holdings Corp., TRG serves title insurance agents in 37 states and the District of Columbia. With $163 million in liquid assets at year-end 2021, its financial strength and stability are rated A' (Unsurpassed) by Demotech, Inc., and B++ (Good) by AM Best Rating Services, and since its inception, the company has consistently operated profitably without a net operating loss in any fiscal year. With a mission to provide knowledgeable and responsive underwriting solutions, TRG is dedicated to growing lifelong relationships and maintaining quality through integrity and financial stability. About HomeServices of America HomeServices of America, Inc., through its operating companies, is the nation's largest residential real estate company based on closed transactions and is a premier provider of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, settlement, property and casualty insurance, relocation services and more. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate residential real estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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INVESTMENTS

Brennan Acquires In-Fill Industrial Sites along I-90 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Brennan Investment Group | February 01, 2022

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Armada Venture Partners Acquires Park Hill Industrial Building

Armada Venture Partners | December 30, 2021

Armada Venture Partners, a local boutique commercial real estate investment and development company, announced it has purchased a 46,000 square-foot warehouse in Park Hill. The vacant Denver warehouse, located at 3939 Kearney Street, will be renovated and leased in 2022. We are being intentional in acquiring and redeveloping in-fill opportunities across various asset classes to support growing companies and drive economic growth in our city, Park Hill is one of the gems of Denver. It is known for its architectural diversity, relaxed suburb-in-the-city vibe, and the easy access it affords to major thoroughfares, transit and downtown." Ryan Arnold, principal of Armada. Evan Makovsky, Byron Johnson and Craig Myles of NAI Shames Makovsky facilitated the transaction on behalf of the seller. The purchase price was $6,320,000. About Armada Venture Partners Armada Venture Partners, a creative boutique commercial real estate company founded in Denver in 2021, brings value to properties and investors by integrating acquisitions, capital markets and structured finance, in addition to offering asset management solutions for projects in Colorado and other high growth regions. Armada's principals have acquired, developed and asset managed over $200M in real estate assets since 2014.

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Online auctions continue to offer real estate investors, both novice and experienced, a way to get a great deal on real estate. As with traditional real estate transactions, buyers must employ a common sense approach and perform thorough due diligence for every listing. Several considerations determine how relevant or important your research findings are to your decision about buying. For exampleif the property is to be purchased as an investment, then community amenities may be less of a concern than if you were buying a primary residence (see tip 8).

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