Prepping Foreign Sellers Early in the Process on FIRPTA Requirements Can Prevent Closing Table Issues

North American Title | May 17, 2016

Recent changes to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) have shone a spotlight on the challenges facing real estate agents and settlement service providers when handling transactions for non-U.S. citizens selling their U.S. property.

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REAL ESTATE ADVICE

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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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Walker & Dunlop Expands Investment Sales Platform with Veteran Multifamily Advisor

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.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

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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BUYING/SELLING

Bonaventure Sells Luxury Multifamily Community in Williamsburg, Virginia for $100 Million

Bonaventure | June 27, 2022

Bonaventure, an integrated alternative asset manager focused on the development, construction, and property management of innovative lifestyle multifamily communities in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions, today announced the sale of a 289-unit garden-style multifamily property Williamsburg, Virginia, to Illinois-based The Inland Real Estate Group. We are very pleased with the outcome of this transaction. The price we were able to command reflects the asset’s high quality and the strong investor appetite for stabilized multifamily communities in markets with solid employment fundamentals. We take great pride in our proven ability to create meaningful value for our residents and investors.” Dwight Dunton, founder and CEO of Bonaventure The property is extremely well located at 401 Bulifants Blvd. and features a diverse collection of two- and three-bedroom floor plans with in-unit washers and dryers and private balconies or patios. The luxury community’s many amenities include a swimming pool, a fitness center, a business center, a clubhouse and a dog park. The property benefits from its proximity to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and the shops and restaurants near Route 199 and Interstate 64. As one of the nation’s largest and most active developers and owners of multifamily communities, Bonaventure has established a track record of delivering exceptionally well-designed and highly amenitized properties that residents want to live in and investors want to own. This strategic disposition further demonstrates how Bonaventure’s vertically-integrated platform is capable of generating compelling risk-adjusted returns for its investors. Drew White, Senior Managing Director of Berkadia D.C. Metro, and Carter Wood, Senior Director of Berkadia Norfolk, facilitated the sale of the community on behalf of Bonaventure. About Bonaventure Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia Bonaventure is an integrated alternative asset management firm specializing in multifamily design, development, construction, investment and property management. Bonaventure has over $1.5 billion of assets under management, is an expert at utilizing low-cost financing, and manages over 6,000 apartment units across 31 communities primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Since its founding in 1999 by Dwight Dunton, with the intent to create best-in-class capabilities connecting capital to assets, the focus of the firm has been to generate excess returns on a risk adjusted basis while building enduring value through ingenuity.

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