Mayor of London calls for leasehold reform at launch of new guide for owners

Propertywire | February 22, 2019

The Mayor of London has launched a new guide to help leaseholders and called on Ministers to speed up an overhaul of the system of leasehold for home buyers in the capital. An estimated third of London’s homes, and over 90% of new builds are owned on a leasehold basis, with many leaseholders finding it a complex and confusing form of home ownership. The Mayor has called for wholesale reform of leasehold, including a long term shift toward alternative tenures such as commonhold. In the meanwhile, he is working to ensure London’s leaseholders have access to high quality information on their rights and obligations.

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Lument Closes $13.5 Million Bridge Loan for Two Multifamily Communities in Detroit

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. About Lument 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.

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Walker & Dunlop Completes $92 Million Sale of Luxury Multifamily Community in Miami's Burgeoning East Little Havana Neighborhood

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.

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Douglas Elliman Expands into Basalt, Colorado

Douglas Elliman Realty | July 27, 2022

Douglas Elliman Realty, one of the largest independent residential real estate brokerages in the United States, announced today that it has expanded its footprint in Colorado. With the opening of a new office in Basalt — its fourth office in the state — the company is well positioned to bring its market expertise and unparalleled service to the Mid-Valley communities of Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, near Aspen where Douglas Elliman consistently sets record-breaking sales. Located at 310 Market Street, the 800-square-foot office will provide space for both agents and staff members. With more than 330 active listings, the Mid-Valley is poised to exceed the $943 million in total sales volume generated in 2021. *Statistics provided by Land Title Guarantee and Aspen Glenwood MLS. "Like the increasing numbers of homebuyers and investors drawn to the region, we see tremendous opportunity in Colorado's Mid-Valley, With the current inventory and growing demand for new developments, we expect to substantially increase our market share." Scott Durkin, CEO, Douglas Elliman Realty As a result of remarkable sales activity in nearby Aspen over the past two years, numerous Aspen sellers have taken their financial gains and migrated to the Mid-Valley. And with two luxury country clubs—The Roaring Fork Club in Basalt and Aspen Glen in Carbondale—the region has become a draw for out-of-state buyers, including from Texas. "Our strong sales in Aspen propelled Douglas Elliman to the number two position in overall market share," said Stephen Kotler, CEO of Douglas Elliman Realty's Western Region. "Our new presence in Basalt combined with our ability to leverage our national and international referral network positions us to replicate that success in the Mid-Valley." "With the increased demand for new inventory, numerous development projects are currently under construction or scheduled to break ground over the next 12 months," said Edmund Foran, Executive Manager of Sales and Managing Broker, Aspen and Snowmass Village, for Douglas Elliman Realty. "Having a visible presence in the Mid-Valley will enhance our ability to secure new listings." Some of Elliman's current listings in the Mid-Valley communities include 5616 County Rd 100 in Carbondale listed by Amy Doherty and Julia Herman for $9.8 million, 227 Sage Rim Circle in Basalt listed by Mary Kate Farrell for $9.925 million, 1270 County Road 240 in Glenwood Springs, a 1123 acre ranch on the Colorado River listed by Michael Latousek for $38.647 million and 2561 Frying Pan Road in Basalt, featuring 137 acres and half a mile of frontage of Gold Medal fly fishing on the Frying Pan River for $15.95 million also listed by Michael Latousek. About Douglas Elliman Inc. Douglas Elliman Inc. (NYSE: DOUG, "Douglas Elliman") owns Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC, which is one of the largest residential brokerage companies in the United States with operations in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey, the Hamptons, Massachusetts, Florida, California, Colorado, Texas and Nevada. In addition, Douglas Elliman sources, uses and invests in early-stage, disruptive property technology ("PropTech") solutions and companies and provides other real estate services, including development marketing, property management and settlement and escrow services in select markets.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

SkySlope Launches Breeze to Make Oregon Disclosures Fast and Effortless

SkySlope | June 03, 2022

SkySlope, the leader in real estate transaction software, has launched Breeze, an all-around simple and streamlined application making Oregon Real Estate Forms (OREF) disclosures easy for Oregon agents and sellers to complete. Since 2011, SkySlope has enabled brokers, agents, auditors, and transaction coordinators to track their deals while remaining compliant. Equipped with forms and a digital signature tool, SkySlope provides a frictionless workflow that saves time for agents. As the transaction management platform serving 35 percent of the top 20 largest brokerages in the U.S. and Canada, SkySlope is known for its award-winning customer experience. With the launch of Breeze, SkySlope gives agents the ability to prepare and send disclosures like the Oregon's Seller's Property Disclosure Statement (Form 020) at lightning speed. Breeze requires minimal preparation for agents to prepare and send disclosures to their clients in minutes, from anywhere. For home sellers, Breeze's TurboTax-style workflow helps simplify complicated and confusing disclosure forms—getting them completed quickly and with more confidence and accuracy. Breeze Features Streamlined disclosure preparation equipped with MLS data sync Status visibility, notifications, and easy revision requests Simple guided workflows with helpful tips for consumers Equipped with SkySlope DigiSign for free and unlimited digital signatures Seamlessly integrated with SkySlope's suite of products "Breeze is truly a one-stop-shop for faster disclosures," says Diana Costas of Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty. "The guided workflow helps clients complete disclosures quickly and accurately and our agents can easily prepare disclosures, request signatures, and submit forms for compliance review." Disclosures are a common pain point for both agents and sellers. We're excited to launch a solution that takes a complicated process and makes it effortless for REALTORS® and home sellers." Tyler Smith,SkySlope CEO About SkySlope Established in 2011, SkySlope is a comprehensive transaction management platform for brokers, agents, auditors, and transaction coordinators to manage real estate transactions from anywhere at any time. In 2021, over 300,000 users across 8,000 offices used SkySlope to manage 2.25M transactions. SkySlope provides digital transaction management and services to help agents and brokers be more efficient and compliant. From automation to integrations, SkySlope's vision is to keep agents and brokers connected to the customer forever.

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Significant changes in the Real Estate world have occurred in the past twenty years. The explosive growth of the Internet accompanied by the creation of social networks has made information ubiquitous. Smart phones and mobile devices put the world in our palms. Facebook and LinkedIn enable instantaneous direct relationships among individuals on opposite sides of the world. Yet relation between Real Estate Network to Customer lags behind. Potential business partners in the same town may not be aware of one another. Transparency is lacking. Even after identifying a potential business partner, that potential partner’s “business quality” is often difficult to appraise.

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