Pending home sales show modest retreat in February

National Association of Realtors | March 28, 2018

Pending home sales dropped 1% in February, declining 4.9% from last year, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, dropped to 101.9 in February, down from January’s 103.2. Activity in the four major regions were split, with the South and West showing a bump in contracts while the Northeast and Midwest reported slight declines.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Walker & Dunlop Features HASTA Capital CEO Mark Hafner in Latest Installment of its "What Drives You" Campaign

Walker & Dunlop | June 23, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced the fourth installment of its "What Drives You" campaign. Launched on November 12, 2019, the campaign features some of Walker & Dunlop's inspiring clients through spotlights that highlight the passion, perseverance, and inner drive that fuels each of them in their pursuit of greatness. This latest installment of the campaign features Mark Hafner, founder and CEO of the $1 billion commercial real estate firm HASTA Capital. HASTA Capital focuses on investing, developing, and managing residential multifamily assets that are "purpose built," or designed to be inclusive communities of all renters. Founded in 2017, HASTA now has developments and properties in four countries. Hafner attributes the company's rapid growth to an attention to detail, a willingness to try new things, and a commitment to continuously improving the customer experience. For example, Hafner and his family try to spend a week living at each property to see what's missing that residents might need and appreciate, like a bench at a dog park. Hafner also cites the company's partnership with Walker & Dunlop, which financed HASTA's very first deal and nearly 100% of its deals since then and has been with HASTA every step of the way. "I want people to love where they live, and Walker & Dunlop is always coming up with great ideas on how they can help, thinking proactively and outside of the box for ways we can do things better, both for the short-term and the long-term," commented Hafner. "They're an extension of the HASTA team and a true partner." Mark built a $1 billion, 15-property portfolio in just five years. It's been a story of extreme growth differentiated by a standout customer experience, and it's a story of extreme vision and opportunity. We're looking forward to seeing what Mark and his team at HASTA do next." Willy Walker, Chairman & CEO of Walker & Dunlop 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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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Hamilton Zanze Sells Multifamily Community in Las Vegas Metro

Hamilton Zanze | June 14, 2022

San Francisco-based real estate investment firm Hamilton Zanze is pleased to announce the sale of Miro at the Parc apartment community located in the desirable Henderson/Green Valley submarket of Las Vegas, Nevada. The firm purchased the property in 2014 and the sale closed on May 25, 2022. Newmark's Doug Schuster represented the sellers at acquisition and disposition. During their ownership, Hamilton Zanze completed numerous exterior and landscaping improvements, and several amenity upgrades as well. Las Vegas continues to be a solid market with strong population and job growth. Miro at the Parc represents the 10th Las Vegas property sale for Hamilton Zanze. We were ahead of schedule with our business plan and returns well-exceeded our initial expectations. It is great to deliver this win to our investors." Anthony Ly, senior director of dispositions at Hamilton Zanze Miro at the Parc was built in 2013 and is located at 1651 American Pacific Drive in Henderson. The property comprises 164 one- and two-bedroom units averaging 1,043 square feet. The community has a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse with TV rooms, pool tables, shuffleboard, arcade games, and a 24-hour fitness center. The property also has a pool with a beach area, fire pits, showers, and an infinity hot tub. Miro at the Parc is in the Henderson/Green Valley submarket of the Las Vegas metro area, one of the most affluent submarkets in the market. The property is conveniently located close to two major freeways, I-515 and I-215, which provide easy access to downtown Las Vegas. Additionally, the property is located just a 20-minute drive west of the Las Vegas Strip, which provides entertainment, shopping, and dining for residents. About Hamilton Zanze Hamilton Zanze (HZ) is a private, San Francisco-based real estate investment company that owns and operates apartment communities. Since its founding in 2001, Hamilton Zanze has acquired over $5.9 billion in multifamily assets primarily in the Western, Southwestern, and Eastern U.S. The company currently owns and operates 132 properties (22,821 units) across 17 states and 30 markets.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

American Real Estate Partners Commits Capital to Its 6th Deal in Recently Announced Strategic Opportunity Fund III

AREP | July 29, 2022

American Real Estate Partners (“AREP”), and its Joint Venture partner Machine Investment Group (MIG) today announced the company’s latest investment in the logistics & distribution market, a 1,015,740 square foot industrial property located in Middletown, Delaware. This is AREP’s sixth investment through its Strategic Opportunity Fund III (“Fund III”) and is now 60 % deployed. The New Castle County industrial submarket has experienced meaningful growth, with the newly developed Route 301 Bypass transforming the ease of access to Middletown from Interstate 95. The current lack of easily accessible properties in Southern Jersey, Northern Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania has pushed tenants to seek strong alternate locations, the Middletown area is a premier example of this. “At AREP, we have sought to invest in those markets where we see growth of both tenancy and rents, We were drawn to this asset in a growing market as demand from Logistics & Distribution companies along 3PL providers continue to lead market absorption.” Doug Fleit, Co-Founder & CEO of AREP “Just weeks after announcing the closing of our third investment fund, this acquisition exemplifies AREP’s strategic and meaningful investments in the logistics market,” said Brian Katz, Co-Founder & President of AREP. “Our team has a proven track record of credibility and expertise in opportunistic investments, and we are proud to continue the diversification of our four asset pillars: industrial, data center, multi-family and office. We remain optimistic about Fund III and will continue to put its capital to work in a judicious manner.” In June, AREP announced the closing of Fund III with $63 million in equity commitments expanding on the diverse mix of public and private institutional investors and family offices. Fund III will continue AREP’s focus on a value-add and opportunistic strategy, concentrating on data center, residential, industrial, and office assets in East Coast urban and urbanized suburban markets. Fund III’s co-investment capital is targeted to invest in $1.5 B to $2.0 B of total asset value, utilizing moderate financial leverage. ABOUT AMERICAN REAL ESTATE PARTNERS Headquartered in the Greater Washington metropolitan area, AREP is an institutional fund manager and operating partner focused on data center, residential, industrial, and office assets, on both a development and repositioning basis in various markets along the East Coast. Since the company’s founding in 2003, AREP has deployed over $5.1B across targeted geographies, acquired more than 20 million SF of Class A real estate, and currently oversees over 10 million SF. AREP's vertically integrated real estate platform and experienced Management Team provide exceptional expertise in all ownership disciplines from acquisition to realization. By leveraging this expertise, AREP remains at the forefront of real estate innovation, maximizing investment and enhancing performance to provide added value for its investors.

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BROKERAGE

The Real Brokerage Surpasses 5,000 Agent Milestone

The Real Brokerage Inc. | June 18, 2022

The Real Brokerage Inc., an international, technology-powered real estate brokerage, announced that it has surpassed 5,000 agents. The company has grown from 2,450 agents to 5,000 agents in the past 12 months, an increase of 104%. Over the past year, Real was listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, launched a new platform for its technology, and broadened its brokerage operations to 44 states and the District of Columbia, with an addition of 13 states including Indiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Iowa, Michigan, Idaho, Kentucky, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arkansas, Maine and Mississippi. The Company also added an international dimension, commencing operations in Canada, including Alberta and Ontario. The Company is focused on building a new model of national real estate brokerage that breaks away from franchise fees and brick-and-mortar offices and provides agents with an attractive financial incentive structure, innovative technology tools and an enterprising, ambitious culture. We've seen monumental success over the past year, and I believe a large part of that can be attributed to our agent attraction momentum and comprehensive tech solutions. Real attracts agents who are driven to succeed and who want to work with others who are equally as passionate. We build the technology and collaborative culture, and they continue to champion our growing community." Tamir Poleg, Real Chairman and CEO About Real Real is a technology-powered real estate brokerage operating in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario and Alberta, Canada. Real is building the future, together with more than 5,000 agents and their clients. Real creates financial opportunities for agents through better commission splits, best-in-class technology, revenue sharing and equity incentives.

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