Industry committed to delivering more and better homes

Home Builders Federation | May 06, 2019

House builders are continuing to invest in land and getting new sites approved despite the wider political and economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit and are committed to quality, the latest industry report shows. Builders had a form of planning permission granted for nearly 370,000 new homes in 2018, the second highest annual total on record and well over double the number being granted a decade ago, according to the latest housing pipeline report from the Home Builders Federation and Glenigan. Whilst many of the permissions will still take months or years to navigate the remainder of the planning process, the numbers underline the commitment of the industry to deliver further increases in housing supply in the years ahead, it points out.

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As of October 1st 2015 the closing process will go through some major changes. On said date, the CFPB’s Integrated
Mortgage Disclosure rule will go into effect. This will mean a couple of things for Real Estate agents:A new Loan Estimate document will replace the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and the early Truth-in-Lending (TIL) disclosure.A new Closing Disclosure document will replace the HUD- 1, and the Final Truth-in-Lending (TIL) disclosure.


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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Taconic Capital Advisors Closes $500M Distressed and Opportunistic Real Estate Fund

Taconic Capital Advisors | May 23, 2022

Taconic Capital Advisors, a global institutional investment firm, announced that it has closed its third real estate fund, Taconic CRE Dislocation Onshore Fund lll (TCREDF III), with $500 million in capital commitments. The fund comprises investments from a diverse group of existing and new investors with flexibility to tap into an overflow vehicle for more concentrated transactions. One year into its investment period, TCREDF III has already committed or closed on $300 million of investments across 15 distinct transactions. Taconic believes the COVID pandemic accelerated pre-existing trends and distress in the CRE market. A combination of aggressive pre-COVID financing and transaction assumptions, oversupply in specific markets and COVID-related societal and demographic shifts should continue to apply significant pressure on the CRE market providing ample investment opportunities. Taconic anticipates that hotel and office assets will comprise the majority of the fund’s investments. We are pleased to build on the performance of Funds l and ll with the close of our third real estate fund, TCREDF III. Our team has a proven ability to identify inefficiencies and dislocated investment opportunities across a host of market sectors, positioning our funds to maximize value for new and existing investors." James Jordan, principal and portfolio manager of Taconic Capital Advisors’ CRE investments About Taconic Capital Advisors Taconic Capital Advisors is a global institutional investment firm that pursues an event-driven, multi-strategy investment approach designed to generate strong, risk-adjusted returns over multiple market cycles. Taconic was founded in 1999 by former Goldman Sachs partners Frank Brosens and Ken Brody. The company has roughly $8 billion of total assets under management with offices in New York, London, and Hong Kong, and more than 100 employees worldwide. Taconic’s full-service commercial real estate platform invests in all asset classes and across the capital structure in both public and private markets. The strategy’s broad mandate offers flexibility to capitalize on shifting market opportunities, creating uncorrelated risk-adjusted return profiles for investors. Rooted in distressed and opportunistic investing, the team applies high-touch asset management capabilities to drive strong asset-level performance and capital market executions. Well-established relationships drive Taconic’s unique and diverse transaction sourcing channels which including local operating partners, investor partners and a broad network of lenders, CMBS special servicers, trading desks and brokerage houses. Taconic’s series of closed-ended real estate funds are fully discretionary and have received over $1 billion in capital commitments. Investments to date across all Taconic funds total over $3 billion of gross asset value across roughly 165 distinct transactions.

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REAL ESTATE ADVICE

Sales of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu Resume

Harold Clarke Advisors | March 09, 2022

Mana'olana Partners, the ownership entity of Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences, Honolulu established by Los Angeles-based Salem Partners, has resumed sales of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu after placing its efforts on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new residence gallery is now open and welcoming guests by appointment. As restrictions continue to ease and we see the return of international travel, we believe it is the perfect time to resume sales. We've been pleased with the interest ahead of our official relaunch and look forward to continuing to build momentum." James Ratkovich, Co-Managing Partner of Mana'olana Partners The Residences features 99 private homes that offer an unprecedented lifestyle made possible by the Mandarin Oriental's legendary service coupled with Hawai'i's boundless natural beauty. The property, located at the nexus of Ala Moana and Waikīkī, will be Mandarin Oriental's first residential concept on O'ahu and the brand's only hotel operated on the island. "There is nothing else like The Residences available in Hawai'i," added Ratkovich. "The return of The Mandarin Oriental brand to Honolulu will offer luxury and hospitality unmatched in the world." Residents will enjoy the advantages of bespoke hotel living, including personalized five-star service, exclusive amenities available only to owners and an attentive concierge team dedicated to delivering authentic experiences of Hawai'i. Michelin-level dining, Mandarin Oriental's world-renowned spa treatments, and world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment make every imaginable convenience within steps of The Residences. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu is designed by a premier team, including [au]workshop architects+urbanists, Honolulu-based AHL, Meyer Davis, Dianna Wong, Hart Howerton, Fluidity Design and Molteni&C Dada. Harold Clarke Advisors, foremost ultra-prime real estate industry experts in Hawai'i, is leading sales and marketing for the project. About Mana'olana Partners Mana'olana Partners is the ownership entity of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences, Honolulu established by real estate development firm Salem Partners. Founded in 1997, Salem Partners comprises three platforms: investment banking, real estate development, and wealth management. Salem's investment bankers have completed billions of dollars of transactions in the media and entertainment, healthcare and life sciences, aerospace and defense, and real estate industries. Real estate development is headed by industry veterans experienced in all segments of the built environment. About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world's most luxurious hotels, resorts, and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 36 hotels and seven residences in 24 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group's oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Three Sklar Kirsh Partners Named "Real Estate Visionaries" by LA Times

Sklar Kirsh LLP | May 20, 2022

Hot off a landmark dealmaking year for the real estate team at Sklar Kirsh LLP, the Los Angeles Times has recognized three of its attorneys as "Real Estate Visionaries." The firm announced today that Founding Partner Andrew Kirsh and Partners Serineh Baghdasarian and Peter Fischer were honored "for their contributions and leadership within their organizations, the legal field, and the community at large" by the publication's commercial real estate magazine. In 2021 alone, the firm's real estate team closed on approximately 200 transactions in over 25 states with a total asset value of approximately $7 billion across all asset classes including multi-family, office, retail, hotel, industrial, student-housing and self-storage. Jeffrey Sklar, co-managing partner and co-founder of the firm, said the team's worked hard to keep that strong momentum going in 2022. It's an honor for the firm's practice to be represented on the list, and given the incredible work they've done, I can't think of anyone more deserving of the title of 'real estate visionary' than Andrew, Peter, and Serineh. This recognition speaks to our group's commitment to clients and to the profession as a whole." effrey Sklar, co-managing partner and co-founder ofSklar Kirsh LLP The publication notes that Kirsh, who leads the real estate team, represents a broad spectrum of matters across the real estate industry, "including acquisitions, dispositions, equity investments, syndications, fund formation, development, leasing, financing, note purchases and foreclosures." Baghdasarian's practice includes extensive representation of real estate equity funds, developers, and investors in all areas of transactional real estate and real estate financing," adds the feature. She has helped various private equity firms grow their investment platform through her practical and hands-on legal approach and is considered an integral part of her clients' team. Fischer is recognized as an experienced commercial real estate transactional attorney who "routinely works on complex joint venture, fund formation, syndication and other transactions involving multi-family, industrial, assisted living, restaurants, hotels and hospitality, construction and office, as well as mobile homes and self-storage facilities" on behalf of a wide variety of clients. AboutSklar Kirsh LLP Sklar Kirsh LLP is a boutique law firm that provides sophisticated and expert advice in the areas of corporate, real estate, bankruptcy, and entertainment law as well as commercial, real estate and entertainment litigation.

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INVESTMENTS

Lev Lending Launches to Vertically Integrate Commercial Real Estate Financing

Lev | February 09, 2022

Lev has launched Lev Lending, the world's first end-to-end digital lending platform for commercial real estate (CRE), to transform the industry's notoriously complex lending process into a surprisingly beautiful digital experience. Lev Lending is the new direct lending arm of Lev, the CRE financing platform that originated nearly $1 billion in loans via its marketplace in 2021. Lev brings speed and transparency to CRE financing by streamlining the application process with automation and deal management tools for borrowers and brokers, along with powerful financing and closing technologies. Borrowers are automatically matched with the right lender through an intuitive interface. Lev Lending utilizes Lev's proprietary AI tech and deep industry expertise to rewire the entire CRE financing process from quote to close. The platform will initially specialize in permanent, non-recourse loans on single-tenant net lease (NNN) properties. In its soft launch period, Lev Lending closed multiple million-dollar loans on retail properties such as Dollar General and KFC in as little as 30 days–or as much as 3x faster than traditional lenders. Over the last decade, most industries have been simplified by technology. Finally, these changes are coming to CRE lending, We're building a platform that not only makes life easier for current investors to get financing, but also simplifies the experience for the lender. It's a win-win for all industry players." Yaakov Zar, founder and CEO of Lev. Lev's technology infrastructure allows the company to scale its business nationally and support all asset types. By automating manual tasks, it has changed the way originators, executors and brokers provide support to their clients. As a result of this differentiated experience, the company grew 10x in 2021–its second year in business. Our goal is to become the nexus of all CRE transactions. Today's commercial borrowers are demanding fast, digital experiences that mirror consumer processes. They want a Rocket Mortgage for their commercial properties. Whether you're a borrower using our marketplace for the best deal, or you're a natural fit for NNN via Lev Lending, we're here with a fast, beautifully-engineered lending experience." Zar. About Lev Lev is the commercial real estate financing platform offering fast, transparent access to capital from the world's leading financial institutions. Having closed $1 billion in CRE mortgages in 2021, Lev has grown 10x year-over-year thanks to its proprietary approach to CRE financing, including the industry's only API. Founded in 2019, Lev has raised $40 million from StepStone Group, First American Title, NFX, Canaan Partners, JLL Spark, Animo Ventures and Ludlow Ventures, among others.

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Spotlight

As of October 1st 2015 the closing process will go through some major changes. On said date, the CFPB’s Integrated
Mortgage Disclosure rule will go into effect. This will mean a couple of things for Real Estate agents:A new Loan Estimate document will replace the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and the early Truth-in-Lending (TIL) disclosure.A new Closing Disclosure document will replace the HUD- 1, and the Final Truth-in-Lending (TIL) disclosure.

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