Pending Home Sales in U.S. Climb 2.8 Percent in June

National Association of Realtors | July 31, 2019

According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales in the U.S. continued to ascend in June 2019, marking two consecutive months of growth. Each of the four major regions recorded a rise in contract activity, with the West experiencing the highest surge. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, moved up 2.8% to 108.3 in June, up from 105.4 in May. Year-over-year contract signings jumped 1.6%, snapping a 17-month streak of annual decreases.

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KKR Expands U.S. Industrial Real Estate Strategy with Investments in Ground-up Development

KKR | May 10, 2022

KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced the expansion of KKR’s industrial real estate investment strategy in the U.S. to include ground-up development of Class A industrial logistics properties. KKR’s wholly owned U.S. industrial real estate platform, Alpha Industrial Properties (AIP), has begun development at four sites and has another four sites in pre-development. KKR has appointed industry veterans Greg Bradley and Matt Singleton as Senior Vice Presidents at AIP responsible for managing the platform’s sourcing, pre-development and development activity. The eight projects are expected to deliver 1.8 million square feet (SF) of state-of-the-art industrial space serving the Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and Orlando markets. Funding for the projects is being provided by KKR Real Estate Partners Americas III, KKR’s Americas opportunistic equity real estate fund. The addition of ground-up development capabilities enhance our ability to assemble diversified portfolios of high quality industrial real estate and increase our presence in growth markets where we believe the supply-demand fundamentals remain dynamic. Our extensive experience acquiring approximately $7 billion of industrial real estate in the U.S. over the last four years positions us to identify attractive opportunities and development is a natural extension of our strategy.” Ben Brudney, a Director in the Real Estate group at KKR who oversees the firm’s industrial investments in the United States The development program augments KKR’s strategy of acquiring industrial assets and portfolios in major U.S. markets that are experiencing outsized demand for logistics real estate driven by demographic trends and the proliferation of ecommerce. Across its funds, KKR has committed or acquired approximately $7 billion of U.S. logistics assets since 2018 and currently owns over 45 million SF of industrial real estate. Square Mile Capital and BMO Harris Bank have provided KKR with a $200 million construction facility to finance its investments in industrial developments nationwide. About KKR KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries.

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Titan Development Announces First Speculative Industrial Building at Westpointe40 Business Park in Albuquerque

Titan Development | March 26, 2022

Titan Development is moving forward with its first speculative building at Westpointe40, a business park located at I-40 and 98th Street in Albuquerque. Building 1 is a Class A, institutional-grade facility with 150,574 square feet of space targeted for completion in the second quarter of 2023. Westpointe40 will be ideally located within a one-minute drive of Interstate 40, a major thoroughfare for warehousing and distribution users, and Titan will target these users in addition to light manufacturing companies. Many major cities – including Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and Oklahoma City – are within an eight-hour drive of Albuquerque, making the city and Westpointe40 an important hub for commerce. The park is also in close proximity to Interstate 25, Albuquerque International Airport and within close driving distance to most of the city's labor force. Building 1 at Westpointe40 has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of warehousing, distribution, light manufacturing and services users, with a rear-load configuration, 32' clear height, dock-high and grade-level doors and ample trailer parking. The building is designed for users between 40,000 and 150,000 square feet. Wilger Enterprises is the general contractor for the project, GBA is the architect, Tierra West is the civil engineer, and Consensus Planning serves as an entitlement consultant. NAI SunVista's Riley McKee, Alex Pulliam, Jim Wible and Jim Hakeem are currently marketing the property for lease. This building is part of Westpointe40, a master plan business park containing 100 acres of shovel-ready sites. Titan's efforts at Westpointe40 follow its strong successes over the last several years in the Texas markets of Austin and San Antonio where demand is surging. Titan has received strong support and interest from the Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA) in exploring options and opportunities to create new jobs for the community. We believe – and our data shows – that Albuquerque is ready for speculative industrial development, and we're already seeing strong interest in the Westpointe40 project from prospective tenants and buyers. Paired with the city's booming residential market and its renewed focus on recruiting non-local businesses and growing local businesses, we anticipate that our industrial park will attract new jobs and employment opportunities for both current residents and newcomers to our great state." Brian Patterson, PE and Senior Vice President at Titan "Titan and our local land partners are excited to bring industrial development to Albuquerque, especially along the critical I-40 corridor," said Sal Perdomo, Director of Acquisitions and Development. "Several major companies already have distribution centers in this area, and as national demand for ecommerce continues to grow – and as private developers as well as the city and state continue to recruit and retain economic base employers – we expect that Westpointe40 will serve as a key southwestern hub for other manufacturers and logistics warehouses looking to expand or relocate their operations." About Titan Development Titan Development is a leading Southwest full-service development and real estate investment firm. Titan has developed 13 million square feet of real estate totaling more than $2.5 billion in project cost since the firm was formed in 1999. Titan Development has a wealth of real estate development experience in many asset classes including private equity fund investment and management, and has offices in Austin, TX, and Albuquerque, NM. Titan Development's first private equity fund Titan Development Real Estate Fund I (TDREF I) raised $112 million and invested in a variety of real estate asset classes. Titan Development Real Estate Fund II (TDREF II) raised $95 million and commenced in November of 2020. TDREF II focuses on industrial and multifamily development in secondary and tertiary markets. TDREF II has identified all fund projects, has committed 80% of the total fund equity to eleven projects and has identified the remaining projects which will commence construction in early 2022.

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In Just 8 Months, YourHomeHub Powered by MooveGuru Has Already Sold Out 26 States and 28 Regional Territories. And It's Just Getting Started

YourHomeHub | June 01, 2022

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FAIRSTEAD ACQUIRES 200-UNIT PORTFOLIO IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

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. About Fairstead: 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.

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