REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
StratCap | June 07, 2022
StratCap’s institutional data center real estate investment platform, Strategic Datasphere, LLC, has completed the acquisition of a 187,000 square foot facility with a high-density data center, banking operations center and flex/R&D space in Cleveland, OH. Serving as a central connectivity point between Chicago and New York, Cleveland has seen an influx of interest due to local and regional companies looking to outsource their data center presence. And because Cleveland is an NFL city, it has seen an increase of cloud and edge customer activity from AWS, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook who are looking to establish nodes and local zones in these markets.
Located 5 minutes from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown Cleveland, this facility benefits from robust fiber connectivity from over seven providers. Originally built in 1988 as National City Bank’s operations and data center facility, it was expanded in 2008 when a major financial institution acquired the property to create a modern technology campus. This financial institution (an investment grade tenant) leases about 26% of the facility and has approximately 14 years of lease term remaining on their current lease.
As a value-add investment opportunity, the property has approximately 138,500 square feet of space available to lease. There is an 8,000 square foot turn-key data hall that can supply 3 MW of critical power at N+1. The data center has a 48” raised floor with liquid cooled racks capable of supporting over 300 watts per square foot. The building also has about 59,000 square feet of flex/R&D space can likely be repositioned to accommodate additional data center space as well.
We believe the existing 3 MW data center is unique in the local market and will be appealing to technology and financial services firms that run high-density compute applications. The ability to convert underutilized space into operational data halls also creates an attractive value-add opportunity for this asset. In addition, the current lease structure provides us with what we believe are long-term, predictable rental revenues.”
Bryan Marsh, CEO of StratCap’s data center platform
The Seller, Legacy Investing, LLC, a Virginia-based company focused on mission-critical real estate, was represented by Jones, Lang, LaSalle, Inc. Datasphere purchased the property on an all-cash basis.
StratCap is a privately held, global alternative investment management platform committed to providing access to dynamic asset classes and highly experienced investment professionals in order to provide clients with attractive risk-adjusted returns. The company is focused on a wide range of digital economy investments with an emphasis on digital infrastructure, sustainability, and technology-centric sectors.
About Strategic Datasphere
Datasphere is a data center real estate and infrastructure investment platform. Datasphere is focused on the acquisition, development and management of fully and partially stabilized data center facilities across North America and Europe. Datasphere has access to significant committed equity capital that is expected to support more than $1.5 billion in potential investments alongside debt financing. Datasphere is led by data center industry veteran, Bryan Marsh, and supported by a seasoned management team with several decades of collective experience in the data center industry.
About Legacy Investing, LLC
Headquartered in Northern Virginia and founded by seasoned technology company executives, Legacy Investing focuses on mission critical real estate impacted by new technologies: digital and physical supply chains, future workplaces, and life sciences. Legacy’s principals have leveraged this platform and their public company C-level experience across the past two decades to complete more than $2.75 billion in transactions across 19 million square feet of data centers, e-commerce distribution centers, modern office buildings, and life sciences facilities on behalf of select family office and institutional investors. Legacy leverages its expertise on technology’s impact on tenant demand, site selection, and leasing to target and position properties to meet those needs and create long-term real estate value.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
FAIRSTEAD | December 17, 2021
Fairstead, a purpose-driven, vertically integrated real estate company committed to sustainable development and the creation and preservation of high-quality housing, today announced it has acquired the Sable Palms Apartments in Jacksonville, Florida. The acquisition will preserve and extend the affordability of the 200 units and enable investments in improvements to the apartments, buildings, and outdoor space.
Preserving our affordable housing stock is a critical strategy to supporting our neighborhoods and ensuring that families can stay in the communities they love, Fairstead's acquisition of Sable Palms Apartments will extend the affordability of 200 homes and bring improvements to enhance the lives of residents."
-Jordan Capellino, Director, Development at Fairstead
The Sable Palms Apartments features 200 one- to four-bedroom units across 29 residential buildings. The campus includes one community building, where the management office is located, as well as two playgrounds, laundry facilities, and parking. Fairstead will preserve and extend the affordability of these units and provide upgrades to the buildings including improved kitchens, bathrooms, appliances, and common areas.
Fairstead recently announced a new $500 million equity commitment to strategically grow the company's operations, including expanding its multi-family housing portfolio and enhancing the firm's prop tech, sustainability, and community impact programming. Fairstead works with community leaders, advocates, and residents to provide programming and services that improve resident health outcomes, provide financial literacy, offer job training, bolster internet access, and provide opportunities for civic engagement.
This purchase is part of Fairstead's ongoing commitment to creating and preserving affordable housing across the nation. This week, Fairstead announced the largest affordable housing deal of the year in New York City with the acquisition of 48 buildings in the Bronx. Last week, Fairstead announced the acquisition of Gateway, 160 apartments in Lake Jackson, Texas, where it will preserve and expand its affordability. In Virginia, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) recently announced that it had selected Fairstead in partnership with Mill Creek Residential and The Communities Group to redevelop the Samuel Madden Homes in Old Town Alexandria, nearby the new Amazon HQ2, where the company will create a sustainable mixed-use community with affordable, workforce, and market-rate housing.
Fairstead is a purpose-driven vertically integrated real estate developer specializing in creating sustainable, high-quality housing. The firm's national footprint includes more than $6 billion in assets and identified pipeline. With offices in New York, Maryland, and South Carolina, Fairstead's team manages 90+ communities across the country and runs its comprehensive real estate platform, which includes acquisitions and development, venture capital investments in prop tech, design and construction, energy and sustainability, property management, marketing, and leasing. The firm also administers one of the industry's most proactive community impact programs to provide on-site support services to residents.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
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.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Zillow | March 25, 2022
The housing market is expected to return to pre-pandemic, 2019 norms — at least in terms of inventory and the share of purchases made by first-time home buyers — by 2024 according to a panel of housing market experts polled in the latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey.
The dwindling supply of homes for sale has been a key driver of the recent explosion in U.S. home values, which have risen 32% in the past two years. Total inventory has fallen from a monthly average of 1.6 million units in 2018 and 2019 to just over 1 million in 2021, and monthly figures in 2022 are lower still.
Inventory should return to a monthly average of 1.5 million units or higher in 2024, according to the largest group (38%) of respondents to Zillow's survey. But many are more optimistic — the second-largest group (36%) believes supply will bounce back to pre-pandemic levels in 2023, while 2025 earned the third-highest share of votes with 12%.
Inventory and mortgage rates will determine how far and how fast home prices will rise this year and beyond. We are seeing new listings returning to the market, slowly, as we enter the hottest selling season of the year, but this supply deficit is going to take a long time to fill."
Jeff Tucker, Zillow senior economist
Return of the first-time home buyer
The pandemic ushered in record-breaking price growth alongside rent hikes that made saving for down payments even more difficult. As a result, the share of first-time home buyers dropped from 45% in 2019 to 37% in 2021, according to a Zillow survey of recent buyers.
First-time buyers should regain their pre-pandemic share of the market in a couple of years, according to the majority of experts polled, with 26% pointing to 2024, and 25% liking 2025. Eighteen percent of the experts polled did not believe the share of first-time buyers will rise above 45% until after 2030, despite millennials — the largest U.S. generation ever — aging well into their prime home-buying years before that time.
Inflation has already begun eroding the bottom lines of American households, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics noting rising costs for energy, housing and food as prime factors driving it to a four-decade high.
Of the six categories considered, survey participants expect energy prices to increase the most over the course of 2022, followed by house prices, residential rents and food costs. Employee wages and stock prices were ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, rounding out the list.
Price growth projections
Pulsenomics founder Terry Loebs said the panel's average projections for home price growth in 2022 have been revised upward, from 6.6% three months ago to 9% in this survey.
"Against the backdrop of tightening Fed policy and increasing mortgage rates, this more bullish outlook for home values suggests that home inventory shortages will remain the dominant price driver this year," Loebs said. "If price increases this year for homes, rents, energy, and food each exceed wage growth – as the panel expects – home affordability challenges will intensify further, especially for low- and moderate-income renters."
Zillow economists forecast a 16.3% rise in typical home values from February through December.
1 This edition of the Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey surveyed 109 housing market experts and economists between February 16 and March 2, 2022 to gather their predictions for the outlook of the housing market in 2022 and beyond. The survey was conducted by Pulsenomics, LLC on behalf of Zillow, Inc. The Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey and any related materials are available through Zillow and Pulsenomics.
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