Landlord association supports calls for ban on ads encouraging short term lets in London

Property Wire | May 27, 2019

They Mayor of London is being asked to pull advertisements calling on landlords to stop providing homes for Londoners and move into tourist lets. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has added its support to calls for Sadiq Khan to remove the adverts by short term lettings company Hostmaker from the Transport for London (TfL) network. RLA research shows that short term letting has already had a significant impact on the number of homes to rent available to Londoners and has the potential to push up rents. The figures show listings on the short term lettings site, Airbnb, increased by 60% to 53,000 listings in the capital in the 12 months to 2017 alone and the popularity of these sites shows no sign of abating. Laws limit the number of days homes in London can be let on a short term basis to 90 nights a year to prevent homes being taken from the long term rental market, with Airbnb making a firm commitment to enforcing these rules.

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Innovative Industrial Properties | May 17, 2022

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP), the first and only real estate company on the New York Stock Exchange focused on the regulated U.S. cannabis industry, announced that it closed on the acquisition of a property comprising approximately 104,000 square feet of industrial space in Taunton, Massachusetts. The purchase price for the property was $40.0 million (approximately $384 per square foot), which is fully built out and operational as a regulated cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing facility. Concurrent with the closing of the purchase, IIP entered into a long-term, triple-net lease agreement for the property with a subsidiary of TILT Holdings Inc. (TILT). TILT was a tenant of the prior owner of the property, and executed a purchase agreement with the prior owner to acquire the property for $13.0 million (approximately $125 per square foot). In addition, during TILT’s tenancy with the prior owner, TILT invested in excess of $27.0 million (approximately $260 per square foot) of its own funds in improvements to the building. IIP’s investment of $40.0 million consists of the original purchase price for the approximately 12-acre site and standard industrial building to the prior owner and a portion of the costs invested in the building by TILT for buildout of the facility, which included the HVAC, electrical, plumbing, cultivation, extraction and processing room buildouts and other building systems infrastructure necessary to support regulated cannabis cultivation and processing. The property consists of approximately 60,000 square feet of cultivation space, 8,000 square feet of production space (including a full commercial kitchen and extraction facility), 2,400 square feet of retail space and mechanical, office, administrative and storage space. The property currently produces a wide variety of form factors, both in-house and with third-party branded partners, including packaged and pre-rolled flower, concentrates, edibles and vaporizers. As the pioneering real estate investment trust (REIT) for the regulated cannabis industry, IIP partners with experienced, regulated cannabis operators and serves as a source of capital by acquiring and leasing back their real estate assets, in addition to offering other creative real estate-based capital solutions. TILT is a vertically integrated enterprise with a portfolio of companies focused on inhalation technology and regulated cannabis operations, and in 2021 generated approximately $203 million in revenues. Jupiter Research LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TILT and leader in the vaporization segment, focuses on hardware design, research, development and manufacturing with customers across the United States, as well as Canada, Israel, Mexico, South America and the European Union. TILT also conducts regulated cannabis operations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York (through its partnership with the Shinnecock Indian Nation). TILT owns a vertically integrated license in Massachusetts, with its Taunton facility dually licensed for both medical and adult-use cultivation, product manufacturing and retail. In addition to the Taunton facility, TILT operates a dispensary in Brockton that is licensed for both medical and adult-use cannabis, and expects regulatory approval soon for an additional medical-use dispensary in the city of Cambridge. TILT’s products recently were awarded first-place gold in “solvent concentrates” and second-place silver in the “edibles category” at the 2022 NECANN Canna Competition in Boston. According to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, 2021 regulated cannabis sales in Massachusetts were approximately $1.6 billion. Including this property, IIP owns nine properties in Massachusetts, comprising approximately 879,000 rentable square feet (including square footage under redevelopment) and representing a total investment, including commitments to fund future improvements, of approximately $282.7 million (approximately $322 per square foot). As of May 16, 2022, IIP owned 110 properties located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, representing a total of approximately 8.2 million rentable square feet (including approximately 2.4 million rentable square feet under development / redevelopment). As of May 16, 2022, IIP had committed approximately $2.2 billion across its portfolio, including capital invested to date (excluding transaction costs) and additional capital commitments to fund future construction and improvements at IIP’s properties. These statistics do not include an $18.5 million loan from IIP to a developer for construction of a regulated cannabis cultivation and processing facility in California and up to $55.0 million that may be funded between June 15, 2022 and July 31, 2022 pursuant to IIP’s lease with a tenant at one of IIP’s Pennsylvania properties, as the tenant at that property may not elect to have IIP disburse those funds and pay IIP the corresponding base rent on those funds. About Innovative Industrial Properties Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. is a self-advised Maryland corporation focused on the acquisition, ownership and management of specialized industrial properties leased to experienced, state-licensed operators for their regulated cannabis facilities. Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, commencing with the year ended December 31, 2017.

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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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Explore the Luxury Home of Your Dreams Near the Nation's Capital

Gloria Rojas | June 20, 2022

Gloria Rojas, a top producer with Fairfax Realty Select recently listed two new homes for sale in Potomac, Maryland and Oakton, Virginia. Both stunning, custom properties are beautifully appointed, well kept, and located in excellent locations within easy, 30-minute access to Washington D.C. and the surrounding metro area. A Multi-Million Dollar Club Member and Top Producer since 2005, Gloria Rojas has been an elite licensed real estate advisor for nearly two decades. Her listings regularly fall within the DC metro area, in suburbs that welcome nearly any lifestyle – from cozy brownstones to full luxury estates fit for a dignitary. Potomac, Maryland: 11300 Glen Road A uniquely stunning 11,639 square feet custom-built property on 2+ acres, featuring a perfect blend of European and American stone-and-stucco cozy aesthetics. Outdoor, landscaped gardens, cherry-blossom trees, mature framing trees, with a private entrance and convenient circular driveway. It also comes with a 6-car garage. Custom trim, custom ceilings, soaring windows, Italian paint, and embassy-sized marble foyer with a monumental custom staircase complete with iron handrails are just a few of the home's exciting features. Ideally located just outside of DC, in the very exclusive community of Potomac, Maryland. Price: $3,100,000 Total Beds: 6 Total Baths: 5 full/ 2 half Total Sq. ft.: 11,639 on 2.01-acre property. Take a virtual tour of the home HERE. Oakton, Virginia: 2961 Trousseau Lane Nestled on a quiet street in the exclusive Northern Virginia neighborhood of Oakton and close to everything a homeowner could need, this home features a long driveway, gleaming hardwood floors, and spacious living areas. With other highlights like a stainless-steel gourmet kitchen, butler's pantry, a wet bar, guest suite on main level, and outdoor patio, this house is an Oakton treasure. Price: $1,299,900 Total Beds: 5 Baths: 5 full/2 half Total Sq. ft.: 5,826 on 0.15-acre property. Take a 3D tour of the home. Mrs. Gloria Rojas is extremely professional. She understands the difference between selling real estate vs. selling a home for her clients. When we decided to make the move to Washington D.C. metro area, we searched for the best realtor possible and we were extremely fortunate to work with Gloria. She guided my husband and I through the whole process and we were able to find our perfect home with no hassle and everything was transparent." A. Robertson About Gloria Rojas: Your Licensed Luxury Real Estate Advisor Since 2005, Gloria Rojas has been a trusted Washington DC real estate advisor to the elite, helping families find luxury homes and real estate investments with a wide variety of listings throughout the DC metro area, including Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland. A Top Producer and award-winning real estate professional, Gloria has striven to provide the best advice and service to her clients, especially when it comes to advising them with her expertise in listing a property, regardless of the price of the home, establishing her distinguished career over the course of nearly two decades. She holds a degree from University of Cambridge, located in the UK, a graduate degree from Sorbonne Université, located in Paris, France, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and French – earning her the respect and admiration of a truly global clientele, and her colleagues.

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The Real Brokerage Surpasses 5,000 Agent Milestone

The Real Brokerage Inc. | June 18, 2022

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