REAL ESTATE ADVICE
Urban Land Institute | June 28, 2022
A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) investigates how the real estate community is working to address the homelessness crisis in the United States. The report explores how to support people experiencing homelessness through creative housing solutions and collaboration with community organizations, with the ultimate goal of providing abundant, affordable, and high-quality housing for affected and at-risk populations.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2020 marked the fourth consecutive annual increase in people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is a systemic challenge that necessitates the involvement and collaboration of the government, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, health and social services, faith communities, and the public.
The ULI report, Homeless to Housed, offers housing case studies, universally applicable lessons, and a blueprint for how to replicate best practices in other communities to show how the development community can be an active partner in addressing homelessness.
More than ever before, homelessness is being driven by rapidly increasing housing costs, and the public and private sectors must work together both to meet the needs of the unhoused and to prevent more households from falling into homelessness. This report offers creative models and examples of how the real estate community is effectively leveraging its housing development, management, investment, and financing expertise to enable cities to overcome the growing challenge of homelessness."
Christopher Ptomey, Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing
Key takeaways from the new report include:
Housing is important, but social services are essential: Housing is an essential first step in addressing homelessness, but it is not a solution in and of itself. Comprehensive social services are a critical second component. Delivering one without the other offers little chance of successfully tackling the crisis.
Novel, creative solutions are needed: Nowhere is the need for innovation more evident than in seeking to address homelessness. Two areas of focus are cost-effective construction methods and non-governmental funding sources. Private companies -- both in real estate and in other sectors -- have a vital role to play in the latter.
All segments of the community must play a role: Homelessness affects real estate, health care, social services, education, economic development, and more. Community collaboration is essential, particularly among the private and public sectors. The real estate sector is obligated to provide cost-effective housing, and it is incumbent on governments to pursue bold policies that allow for more housing for people of all income levels.
Homelessness is a multifaceted issue, but in many cases links back to economics: Whether because of a lack of affordable housing, low wages, unexpected expenses, loss of employment, illness, lack of insurance, or a domestic issue, homelessness can be a result of economic stress.
The report includes seven case studies that feature creative solutions for addressing homelessness that could serve as models for investors and developers alike:
New Orleans: City of New Orleans Shelter and Engagement Center provides a 24-hour shelter to 100 homeless individuals and provides services to help guests secure permanent housing.
Mountain View, Calif: LifeMoves is a supportive interim housing community that provides intensive case management services to help clients overcome homelessness and return to sustainable housing.
Long Beach, Calif: Former Best Western Motel Conversion was the recipient of funds from Project Homekey, California's innovative $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing. The former motels now provide temporary housing for residents 65 and older with pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
San Antonio: Haven For Hope is the largest mixed-use development in the United States that provides housing for people experiencing homelessness, as well as job training, education, medical care, identification recovery, case management, and animal care services.
Sharon Crossing, N.C.: The Lotus Campaign is a non-profit organization that increases the availability of housing for people experiencing homelessness by engaging with the private, for-profit real estate and investment communities. Recognizing that neither the public nor private sector can solve homelessness alone, the Lotus Campaign strives to bridge that gap while minimizing risks for vulnerable renters.
San Francisco: The Bryant Street Project provides 145 apartments of permanent supportive housing near public transit, grocery stores, and community parks to ensure that residents have access to neighborhood amenities and services.
Washington: John and Jill Kerr Conway Residence provides housing constructed with sustainable materials as well as health and social services to veterans experiencing homelessness in collaboration with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs.
Berkeley, Calif.: The project at 2012 Berkeley Way is a redevelopment of a surface parking lot in downtown Berkeley that will create three distinct projects – an 89-unit affordable family housing development; a 53-unit permanent supportive housing development; and a homeless shelter plus transitional housing – in one unified building.
The full Homeless to Housed report is available on ULI's Knowledge Finder platform.
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Walker & Dunlop | July 01, 2022
Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it facilitated the $92,000,000 sale of First Apartments, a luxury mid-rise apartment community ideally situated less than one mile from both Downtown Miami and Brickell in up-and-coming East Little Havana. Completed in late 2021, the community reached 90% occupancy by January 2022, reflecting an extraordinary initial leasing velocity of nearly 45 leases per month.
Walker & Dunlop's Still Hunter and Kaya Suarez represented the buyer, Lloyd Jones, and the seller, Premium Development, in the transaction. The Walker & Dunlop team acted as advisors and drove a competitive marketing process to ensure an attractive outcome for ownership. This sale represents the first transaction between all three parties as well as Premium Development's first U.S. multifamily project.
Since opening its doors in late September, First Apartments has enjoyed an increase in lease rates with recent leases signed for more than 25% above initial leases. With rental rates that are nearly $500 below communities with comparable finishes and amenities, First Apartments enjoys the enviable position as the best value in the local competitive set. The impressive lease-up performance is a testament to the appeal of the asset and its prime location, proximate to key demand drivers, entertainment venues, and transit routes."
Roger Karré, the Chief Operations Officer at Premium Development
"With the insatiable demand for moderately priced luxury rental options in South Florida, First Apartments meets the growing needs of Miami residents seeking value relative to Brickell and Downtown Miami's rental options," commented Mr. Hunter. "The new community is also an excellent investment opportunity given its proximity to Miami's commercial business district, boasting nearly 22 million square feet of office space and 125,000 jobs."
Developed with incredible attention to detail and a focus on smart design, First Apartments is the premier luxury rental option in East Little Havana. The community features spacious, luxuriously appointed apartment homes that are complemented by an excellent amenity package, including health club quality fitness facilities, a resort-style lap pool, an expansive bark park and various other lifestyle-enhancing amenities.
Walker & Dunlop is a leader in multifamily property sales, having completed $19.3 billion in property sales volume in 2021 alone, up 214% from 2020. Visit our website for information about multifamily properties available for sale via Walker & Dunlop's property sales platform.
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 more than 1,400 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.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
HomeJab | July 14, 2022
HomeJab, which provides real estate agents on-demand professional real estate photography services nationwide, is debuting a new and novel marketing method that gives real estate agents a new avenue to promote homes for sale – using an NFT, or non-fungible token.
Real estate agents who use HomeJab for professional real estate photography for their listing can now receive a free real-estate-backed-NFT of the home as part of their order. This new service from HomeJab includes promoting these NFT-backed homes for sale and listing them on the new HomeJab NFT site at nft.homejab.com.
HomeJab founder and CEO Joe Jesuele emphasized that this new service for real estate agents supplements their traditional marketing efforts by exposing them to an NFT-interested audience.
"For real estate agents, we provide an easy way to promote their listings to a new market of potential buyers and it doesn't cost them anything," explained Jesuele. "For crypto enthusiasts, we offer a way to purchase real world assets legally using blockchain," he added.
The first NFT-backed home currently being marketed for sale on the HomeJab NFT site is in Detroit, at 20060 Canterbury Road owned by Daniel McDonald and listed for $415,000 by Lisa Virkus, a real estate agent and founder of Realty in the D.
Team Title Services, owned by Web Raulston and based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, handles the title and settlement services.
McDonald is a Key Advisor at Mortgage Token, which aims to be the first company that allows clients to leverage their home equity to invest in cryptocurrency.
"I'm a firm believer that with digital assets such as NFTs, entire industries will benefit from being built on the Ethereum blockchain by increasing consumer transparency and transaction cost-effectiveness," home seller McDonald said.
McDonald explained that blockchain, like the internet, is the new "great equalizer" and that "Web3 will level the playing field, making information and pricing inequalities a thing of the past."
"Mortgage Token is an autonomous modernized lending platform bridging the gap between real estate and crypto lending. We look forward to launching before the fourth quarter of 2022 as the first lender specifically investing in cryptocurrency."
Jason Yourofsky, Mortgage Token founder
Jesuele noted, "Our customers will get an NFT listing for free with every photo shoot, and direct exposure to a more tech-savvy group of buyers."
With the new service, an agent can bring their buyer, and the buyer would purchase the NFT, which provides them with an option to purchase the property. Buyers purchase NFTs with USD Coin (USDC), a digital currency fully backed by US dollar assets, on the Ethereum blockchain. HomeJab receives 1% on the NFT sale, with the proceeds distributed to the title company who then facilitates the closing and recording of deed. The seller and buyer agent commissions would be part of the settlement statement, like any other traditional transaction.
HomeJab is America's leading on-demand professional real estate photography and video service for real estate pros. Lightning-fast high-end visual production offerings also include immersive 3D interactive tours, floor plan creation, affordable virtual staging, turnkey aerial services, and the creation of real-estate-backed NFTs. Its efficient one-stop-shop for real estate listings promotions at HomeJab.com features affordable and customizable shoots to create the most engaging visual content for faster home sales and enrich the listing agent's personal brand. HomeJab is available nationwide and in the U.S. and Canada.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Lument | May 27, 2022
Lument announced that it closed a $13.5 million proprietary bridge loan to facilitate the refinance of two multifamily communities consisting of 118 total units in Detroit, Michigan. James Kelly, director with Lument in Atlanta, led the transaction. The sponsor is Greatwater Opportunity Capital, a real estate private equity investment manager and development firm focused on Detroit and other emerging urban markets. Greatwater has deployed over $150 million of equity into Detroit neighborhoods, many of which are designated opportunity zones.
We are always proud to work with organizations like Greatwater Opportunity Capital, which excels at producing positive local outcomes and superior returns by investing in opportunistic cities such as Detroit. This marks our tenth fruitful collaboration, and we look forward to more success in the future and continuing to help Greatwater accomplish its strategy of acquiring, significantly renovating, and leasing up high-quality multifamily housing across the country."
James Kelly, director with Lument
Both properties were originally constructed in 1924. Greatwater acquired the properties in early 2020, at a time when the properties were in disrepair and had almost no occupants. The company promptly undertook $7.5 million in extensive renovations, which equates to $64,000 per unit, to dramatically overhaul the properties and turn them into first-rate multifamily housing.
The bridge loan has a two-year term and a variable interest rate. In addition to refinancing an existing construction loan of $10.6 million and lowering debt service costs, the closing provides cash-out proceeds to investors, funds immediate repairs required to complete substantial rehabilitation, and provides $625,000 for future renovations.
Located approximately half a mile apart, the communities are called Selden Manor, which features 48 units within a four-story building, and Heather Hall, which consists of 70 units within a ten-story building.
ORIX Real Estate Capital Holdings, LLC, d/b/a Lument, is a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation USA. Lument is a national leader in commercial real estate finance. As the combined organization of legacy industry experts Hunt Real Estate Capital, Lancaster Pollard, and RED Capital Group, Lument delivers a comprehensive set of capital solutions customized for investors in multifamily, affordable housing, and seniors housing and healthcare real estate. Lument is a Fannie Mae DUS, Freddie Mac Optigo, FHA, and USDA lender. In addition, Lument offers a suite of proprietary commercial lending, investment sales, investment banking, and investment management solutions. Securities, investment banking, and advisory services are provided through OREC Securities, LLC, d/b/a Lument Securities, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services are provided by OREC Investment Management, LLC, d/b/a Lument Investment Management. OREC Investment Management is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.