REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Echo Fine Properties | June 06, 2022
Echo Fine Properties, one of the most well-known luxury real estate firms in the Palm Beach area is proud to announce the second highest sale of a home ever in Gulf Stream. The 7715-square foot home on the ocean sold for a final purchase price of 27.5 million. Gulf Stream is ranked as the eleventh highest-income place in the United States.
Designed by elite architect Randall Stofft, the home has 7.5 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms and was built in 2021 with a one bedroom one bath guest house.
Echo Fine Properties agent Mitch Frank was instrumental in bringing a unique buyer to the spectacular home. The Echo Fine Properties team is known for luxury sales both in Gulf Stream and other areas around South Florida. It is rare to purchase a newer home in Gulf Stream on a premium oceanfront lot.
About ECHO Fine Properties
ECHO Fine Properties is a luxury real estate brokerage located in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla founded by Jeff Lichtenstein. Selling more 400 million dollars of real estate, Echo is one of the busiest, most awarded and forward-thinking brokerages in all of South Florida. Named, "Best Brokerage of the Year" and "Most Connected Firm" Jeff and his 70-person team are a true one stop shop. Echo's Home ECHOnomics Guarantee is one of the most unique internal collaborations to ever hit the industry.
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 TECHNOLOGY
Walker & Dunlop | June 09, 2022
Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it has hired Paul Darrow as Managing Director on its multifamily investment sales platform. Mr. Darrow is based in Los Angeles and is responsible for originating and executing on middle market multifamily property sales throughout Greater Los Angeles.
We are excited to continue building out our experienced team in Southern California. The middle market space is a vital segment for private and institutional investors who seek opportunities up and down the price spectrum. Through the addition of Paul and his understanding of both client profiles, we expand our ability to provide best-in-class services to our clients at every price tranche."
Blake Rogers,Managing Director
Mr. Darrow has over 16 years of experience and has closed over $5 billion of multifamily investment sales during his career. Mr. Darrow stated, "I couldn't be more excited to join Walker & Dunlop having observed its incredible growth over such a short period. Beyond its leadership position in capital markets and investment sales, the firm's leaders have demonstrated an intriguing forward-thinking mindset through their investments in data science, valuations, and analytics. I think those investments will be a huge advantage when it comes to providing actionable insights and opportunities to our clients."
Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Mr. Darrow served as Senior Director at Marcus & Millichap. Previously, he was Managing Director with Cushman & Wakefield. Mr. Darrow is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a LEED certified professional.
Walker & Dunlop is one of the top multifamily investment sales platforms in the United States and has seen significant growth over the past several years. In 2021, the company grew its property sales volume by 214% year over year to $19.3 billion. For information about multifamily properties available for sale via Walker & Dunlop's investment sales platform, visit our website.
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 make us more insightful and valuable to our clients, providing an unmatched experience every step of the way. With over 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.