Price falls in London now spreading out beyond the capital, latest analysis suggests

LCPA | April 19, 2019

While prices have been falling in London, the latest analysis of the property market shows that prices are also now falling in England and Wales. The LCPA residential index says that there is little doubt that Brexit uncertainty is derailing home owners now, not just investors and plans are being put on hold, adding that the economic fall-out of a bad Brexit could impact the housing market for years to come. In England and Wales, excluding Greater London, prices growth it at its lowest since 2013, down by 0.7% in the final quarter of 2018 to an average of £262,126 while sales fell by 3.7%, the largest drop since 2008.

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Houwzer Names Jonathan Zabusky Executive Chairman of Board of Directors to Help Drive Next Stage of Company’s Growth

Houwzer | April 19, 2022

Houwzer, a next generation real estate brokerage and homeownership platform powered by proprietary technology and an all-W2 labor model, announces that advisor, entrepreneur, and investor, Jonathan Zabusky, will join the company’s board as Executive Chairman. Zabusky, most recently the President and Board Director at GrubHub Inc., will act as a co-pilot to Houwzer’s CEO, Mike Maher, helping drive the next stage of growth at the company, which pulled in $118M in equity and debt as part of a Series B funding round earlier this year. With the new funds, Houwzer is introducing three new products, Cash Advantage, Convenience Offers, and Buy Before You Sell, to help clients remain competitive in the most challenging housing market in history. Zabusky will work alongside Maher to help refine corporate strategy, which is timely given the current state of the housing market. As a seasoned CEO and operator, Zabusky will provide mentorship to Maher as a strategic thought partner as he navigates the company through market volatility and unprecedented change. He will also ensure maximum collaboration and vision alignment between the other Directors and the management team transforming the Board into a strategic weapon for the business. I am incredibly excited to join Houwzer's Board as Executive Chairman and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mike and his outstanding team. I’m energized by our mission to elevate the home buying and selling experience to become more fair, transparent, and seamless. Houwzer's robust suite of integrated tools, products and technology, coupled with a deeply engaged and aligned team of expert agents, facilitates a more enjoyable and productive real estate journey for its clients." Zabusky Zabusky led Seamless, as its CEO, through tremendous growth before merging it with GrubHub. After the merger, Zabusky led corporate strategy and development, product, marketing, and corporate and restaurant sales as GrubHub’s President. During his tenure, he successfully integrated multiple strategic acquisitions and played a pivotal role in the company’s initial public offering. Zabusky is Founder and Managing Partner of Bounce Ventures LLC and also serves as an advisor and board director to a portfolio of venture and private equity-backed companies in the U.S. and Israel. “Jonathan brings a wealth of strategic growth experience to the team,” says Houwzer CEO and Founder, Mike Maher. “As we continue building on our momentum, he will play a critical role in fine-tuning our approach and ensuring we continue to prioritize resources to accelerate growth and market share. I couldn’t be more excited to work alongside an entrepreneur as successful and thoughtful as Jonathan.” Houwzer also announced the recent hiring of Andrew Daley as Chief Marketing Officer. Daley brings two decades of high-growth experience in highly competitive environments, helping companies differentiate their brands across a range of industries like mobility, real estate, and travel. Most recently, he led marketing for Hana, a CBRE company that redefined the flexible office space experience. Daley has also served as Global Head of Marketing for Zipcar and in key marketing functions for Starwood Hotels, Reebok, and several online travel and startup brands. “The real estate industry is ripe for disruption and the incumbent model is broken. Houwzer is realigning the incentives more fairly between the broker, the agent, and the client so that everyone wins. The end result is a better, faster, smarter way to buy, sell, finance, and insure homes,” says Daley. Houwzer has eliminated the percentage-based commission pricing for listings and rebuilt the brokerage model around the customer, creating a one-stop shop for real estate, mortgage, title, and insurance that simplifies the chaotic and expensive process of buying and selling homes. Its $5,000 flat-fee listing model empowers sellers to maximize their profit – saving an average of $15,000 in commissions, while still providing a full-service experience via technology and expert, salaried agents. Houwzer has helped clients buy and sell more than 4,000 homes with a cumulative sales volume of nearly $2 billion, saving home sellers $35 million in brokerage commissions. Houwzer is the only real estate company operating on an all-W2 compensation model across all of its salaried agents and mortgage advisors. It’s also the industry’s first B Corporation real estate brokerage and will soon be announcing its newly appointed Board of its impact model, the RiseUp Fund. Recently, the company entered into a partnership to become the Official Real Estate Partner of the 76ers. About Houwzer Houwzer is a next-generation real estate brokerage and home services company built around the customer. Its full-service, salaried agents and loan officers help homeowners save when they sell and trust when they buy. Houwzer’s proprietary technology is an end-to-end platform that streamlines the entire transaction from beginning to end with an integrated one-stop shopping experience. The company employs unique salaried agents as dedicated seller or buyer agent specialists who receive salary instead of commissions, allowing them to focus on service, not just sales. Houwzer has maintained an industry-leading Net Promoter Score of 84 and an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from over thousands of client reviews online. Since launching in 2015, Houwzer has saved home sellers along the East Coast over $35 million and helped clients buy or sell thousands of homes worth almost $2 billion.

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Green Courte Partners Hires Managing Director of Development

Green Courte Partners, LLC | March 10, 2022

Green Courte Partners, LLC, a private equity real estate investment firm focused on building industry-leading companies within niche real estate sectors, announced that it has hired C.R. Russell as Managing Director of Development. In this role, Mr. Russell will oversee all development and construction activities for Green Courte's investments in Windward Communities, True Connection Communities, and The Parking Spot, Green Courte's land-lease community, senior housing, and near-airport parking companies, respectively. Mr. Russell is replacing John Lyons, who retired in February after being with Green Courte and The Parking Spot since 2010. Prior to joining Green Courte, Mr. Russell was a Senior Vice President of Development and Construction at A.J. Capital Partners, a vertically integrated developer with $3.6 billion in real estate investments across 45 markets. In that role, Mr. Russell oversaw the planning and development efforts of $1.2 billion of high-profile hospitality and mixed-use developments comprising nearly 2.6 million square feet of space. Earlier in his career, Mr. Russell held several management roles at Vail Resorts Development Company on behalf of Vail Resorts, Inc., the largest owner and operator of mountain resort properties. At Vail, Mr. Russell was responsible for the company's mountain development team as well as expansion efforts across its entire portfolio of properties. Mr. Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Rollins College and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. We are thrilled to welcome C.R. to our team, and we look forward to leveraging his diverse skillset and expertise to further expand and improve Green Courte's development efforts across our three active platforms." David B. Lentz, Green Courte's Chief Executive Officer About Green Courte Partners, LLC Green Courte Partners, LLC is a Chicago-based private equity real estate investment firm focused on building industry-leading companies within niche real estate sectors, including active adult/independent senior living properties, land-lease communities, and near-airport parking facilities. The firm combines focused investment strategies with a disciplined approach to transaction execution, operations, and asset management. Green Courte's goal is to invest in high-quality real estate assets that will generate attractive risk-adjusted returns over a long-term holding period.

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Triumph Properties Closes on Land Acquisition for 287 Multi-Family Development Deal in North Phoenix AZ

Triumph Properties | April 08, 2022

Triumph Properties announced it has closed an $82.5mm total capitalization of a 287-unit multi-family development project, Aileron, located in the booming North Phoenix submarket. The land parcel of 9.87 acres was purchased from Moderne Capital Partners, who will be Triumph's development partner on the deal. Triumph believes that Aileron's location will benefit from the continued growth of the north Phoenix market including notable job announcements like the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), who announced plans to open a 1,129 acre $12 billion factory. Aileron is 1 mile south of the Deer Valley Airport where Cox communications and Honeywell Aerospace have strong employment centers. Other notable nearby employers are Discover, Safeway Corporate and Albertsons. Aileron will feature a mix of studios, one-, and two-bedroom units averaging 842 square fee. Unit finishes will include vinyl plank and carpet flooring, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, in unit laundry, air conditioning and more. Amenities will include, pool, spa, clubhouse, fitness center, BBQ area, secured access and package center. "We are excited about this project and our partnership with Moderne. Each of Moderne's Partners brings tremendous experience and value to the table. We believe this will be the first of many projects together", said Steve Feder, Principal at Triumph Properties. We are looking to make more strategic partnerships like we did on Aileron in the Southeast and Southwest as we expand our development pipeline. Suburban, garden-style apartments, surface parked or wrap product are what we are focused on." Blake Brewer, Director of Acquisitions at Triumph Properties AboutTriumph Properties Triumph Properties is a national full service commercial real estate investment, management, and development firm based out of Southern California. Triumph leverages decades of expertise and an innovative approach to maximize value for residents and investors.

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Bluerock Residential Growth REIT To Be Acquired By Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate In $3.6 Billion Transaction

Bluerock Residential | December 21, 2021

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) (the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate ("Blackstone") under which Blackstone will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of BRG for $24.25 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.6 billion (the "Acquisition"). Under the terms of the agreement, Blackstone will acquire 30 multifamily properties comprising approximately 11,000 units as well as a loan book secured by 24 multifamily assets. The properties consist of high-quality garden-style assets with significant green space and resort-style amenities, built, on average, in 2000. The majority of the properties are located in Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Denver and Austin. Prior to the Acquisition, the Company separately intends to spin off its single-family rental business to its shareholders (the "Spin-Off" and together with the Acquisition, the "Transaction") through the taxable distribution to shareholders of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of a newly formed real estate investment trust named Bluerock Homes Trust, Inc. ("BHOM"), which will be externally managed by an affiliate of Bluerock Real Estate. BHOM will own interests in approximately 3,400 homes, including 2,000 through preferred/mezzanine investments, located in fast growing, high quality of life and knowledge economy markets across the United States. The Company's shareholders will receive shares of BHOM, with a current implied Net Asset Value estimated at $5.60 (based on the midpoint of the valuation range provided by Duff & Phelps, independent financial advisor to the Company's board of directors), for each share of Company common stock. There can be no assurance that the trading price upon a listing of BHOM will be equal to or greater than this estimated NAV. The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the Company's board of directors and the Acquisition, excluding the value of BHOM, represents a premium of approximately 124% over the unaffected closing stock price on September 15, 2021, the date prior to a media article reporting that the Company was exploring strategic options including a sale. We are very proud to enter into a transaction that delivers tremendous value to our shareholders. We believe the substantial premium to our historic trading price is a testament to our success in building a best-in-class institutional-quality multifamily apartment portfolio in our attractive knowledge-economy target markets, along with the robust process run by the board of directors and management to secure maximum value for our shareholders," Ramin Kamfar, Company Chairman and CEO. Bluerock's portfolio consists of high-quality multifamily properties in markets across the U.S. experiencing some of the strongest fundamentals. We look forward to bringing our best-in-class management to these properties to ensure they continue to be operated at the highest standards for the benefit of tenants and the surrounding communities." Asim Hamid, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Real Estate Completion of the Acquisition, which is currently expected to occur in the second quarter of 2022, is contingent upon consummation of the Spin-Off, as well as customary closing conditions, including the approval of the Company's shareholders, who will vote on the transaction at a special meeting on a date to be announced. The Acquisition is not contingent on receipt of financing by Blackstone. Most members of the Company's senior management, along with certain entities related to them, have agreed to retain their interests in the Company's operating partnership, which will hold the assets related to the single-family rental business upon completion of the Spin-Off, rather than receiving cash consideration. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Eastdil Secured LLC are the Company's lead financial advisors with BofA Securities also serving as an advisor. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank, PLC, and Vinson & Elkins, LLP are serving as the Company's legal counsel. Barclays and Wells Fargo Securities LLC are Blackstone's financial advisors and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is Blackstone's legal advisor. About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) is a real estate investment trust that focuses on developing and acquiring a diversified portfolio of institutional-quality highly amenitized live/work/play apartment communities in demographically attractive knowledge economy growth markets to appeal to the renter by choice. The Company's objective is to generate value through off-market/relationship-based transactions and, at the asset level, through value-add improvements to properties and to operations. BRG has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. About Blackstone Real Estate Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone's real estate business was founded in 1991 and has $230 billion of investor capital under management. Blackstone is the largest owner of commercial real estate globally, owning and operating assets across every major geography and sector, including logistics, multifamily and single-family housing, office, hospitality and retail. Our opportunistic funds seek to acquire undermanaged, well-located assets across the world. Blackstone's Core+ strategy comprises open-ended funds that invest in substantially stabilized real estate assets globally and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (BREIT), a non-listed REIT that invests in U.S. income-generating assets. Blackstone Real Estate also operates one of the leading global real estate debt businesses, providing comprehensive financing solutions across the capital structure and risk spectrum, including management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT).

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