Prime property prices paused in Scotland at start of year but still up 2.3%

Knight Frank | April 09, 2019

Prime property market price growth paused in Scotland in the first quarter of 2018, but demand at the top of the market remained strong and it outperformed the rest of the UK. Overall prices were up 2.3% year on year in the 12 months to March 2019 compared with a fall of 1.8% in the rest of the UK, according to the latest analysis market index from Knight Frank. Cottages emerged as the best performing property type, with average values rising by 3.4% annually and the number of properties sold with a value of £1 million and above was up 23% year on year in the 12 months to January 2019.

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EMPIRE STATE REALTY TRUST SIGNS PROGYNY, INC. FOR 70,573 SQUARE FEET ACROSS THREE FULL FLOORS AT 1359 BROADWAY

Empire State Realty | March 03, 2022

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) today announced a new lease with Progyny, Inc. a leading fertility benefits management company, at 1359 Broadway. Progyny has committed to occupy 70,573 square feet across three floors, which includes one floor that it previously subleased, one floor that Progyny will occupy in late 2022 and a third floor that they will occupy in early 2024. We are growing rapidly as more and more employers recognize the value of Progyny's comprehensive fertility and family building solution, We look forward to expanding our presence in our corporate office in New York City with Empire State Realty Trust." Pete Anevski, CEO of Progyny. Located along the updated Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, 1359 Broadway offers convenient access to major transportation hubs, subway lines, dining, lodging, and shopping. The fully modernized office building features industry-leading energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality measures at a fraction of the cost of newer buildings. Our premier indoor environmental quality measures and energy-efficient practices continue to attract high-quality tenants who appreciate our value proposition, Progyny is a welcome addition to our excellent tenant roster at 1359 Broadway after a successful sublease." Thomas P. Durels, executive vice president, real estate at Empire State Realty Trust. David Falk, Kyle Ciminelli, and Dylan Weisman of Newmark Knight Frank represented Progyny, Inc. in the lease negotiations. Property owner representation was provided by Shanae Ursini and Jordan Berger of ESRT, and Paul J. Amrich, Emily Chabrier, Neil V. King III, and Meghan Allen of CBRE. About Empire State Realty Trust Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) is a NYC-focused REIT that owns and manages a well-positioned property portfolio of office, retail, and multifamily assets in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area. Owner of the Empire State Building, the World's Most Famous Building, ESRT also owns and operates its iconic, newly reimagined Observatory Experience. The company is a leader in healthy buildings, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality, and has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per square foot of any publicly traded REIT portfolio in New York City. As of Dec. 31, 2021, ESRT's portfolio is comprised of approximately 9.4 million rentable square feet of office space, 700,000 rentable square feet of retail space and 625 units across two multifamily properties.

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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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BDP Holdings | March 02, 2022

BDP Holdings, a New Jersey-based real estate investment company, announced today the acquisition of 27 and 35 Waterview Drive, a best-in-market, Class A office building in Fairfield County, Connecticut, part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. The 310,000 square foot facility is 100% leased to Pitney Bowes Inc. The location at Waterview Drive is 100 percent leased to Pitney Bowes and just a short commute from the company's headquarters. Pitney Bowes is a well-established industry leader with a long track record of success whose revenues have only continued to grow over the last 24 months, We are thrilled to have acquired such a desirable property, located in such an affluent and scenic location as Fairfield County." Dennis Lim, principal, BDP Holdings. Located in the county of Fairfield, Connecticut's largest and wealthiest county, the Pitney Bowes location at Waterview Drive totals approximately 310,000 square feet situated on 22.7 acres of land and provides easy access to several major local roadways, as well as mass transit which offers an easy commute to Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. The property consists of three stories of office space, with additional space utilized for assembly/warehousing and engineering. The building also includes a full-service cafeteria, fitness center and a scenic outdoor area, perfect for a post-COVID work environment. Built in 1995, the property has undergone many recent capital improvements, including a new roof and major office and lab renovations throughout, making it well-positioned for future productivity. Pitney Bowes is a global technology leader which provides e-commerce, shipping and mailing services across various market segments and supports 90% of all Fortune 500 companies. The Pitney Bowes location at Waterview is considered a mission critical location, serving as an operations center for all business lines and containing the largest concentration of Pitney Bowes employees in the world. It is also in close proximity to the company's headquarters, located in Stamford, Connecticut. In addition to Pitney Bowes, Fairfield County is home to 19 Fortune 1000 companies, including Indeed.com, UBS, WWE, Financial Charter Communications and many others. Just 60 miles from New York City, Fairfield is one of the most affluent counties in the country, with an extremely educated workforce. Nearly half of all workers hold at least a bachelor's degree. Fairfield also features many public and private golf courses, yacht and boat clubs, country clubs and marinas. This is BDP Holdings' fifth investment in the New York City Metropolitan Area. BDP's leadership has invested more than $6.5 billion in value-driven real estate across the U.S. About BDP Holdings Led by a team with nearly 30 years of experience, BDP Holdings is a New Jersey-based real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition, development and repositioning of real estate in the New York Tri-State area and across the U.S. BDP focuses on properties in markets with high barriers to entry and then seeks to add value through the repositioning of current properties or the development of new properties and communities. BDP's executive team has invested in over $6.5 billion of value-driven real estate and acquired over five million commercial square feet in more than 30 states.

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National Association of Realtors: Why Industrial Spaces Lead Commercial Real Estate in Bouncing Back From COVID

National Association of Realtors (NAR) | March 28, 2022

Commercial real estate took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, as did many industries. But the market is starting to bounce back this year, largely due to increased investments in industrial properties. According to research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), commercial real estate transactions of less than $2.5 million fell by 1% in the beginning of 2021 and the value of commercial real estate properties fell by 6% compared to 2020. Still, there is hope for the future as certain types of commercial properties are driving sales and seeing positive growth from the year before. Here's a closer look at how industrial spaces are helping commercial real estate bounce back from COVID-19. Spend on industrial properties and land increased Sales for all types of commercial real estate decreased in 2021, with the exception of three categories: land (+3%), industrial warehouses (+2%), and industrial flex spaces (+1%). That means, while businesses were shying away from commercial real estate lending for apartment buildings, offices, retail shops, and hotels, they were still spending money on industrial properties and land on which they could build their own structures. Prices rose for industrial properties, land, and apartments The number of commercial real estate transactions may have dropped, but sales prices increased by 2% on average. Specifically, prices for land increased by 6%, industrial flex spaces and warehouses by 5%, and certain types of apartment buildings by 5%. Meanwhile, sales prices declined for retail shops, offices, and hotels. Industrial and residential construction projects grew Commercial development projects are also on the rise for industrial and residential properties. Construction activity is up 1% from last year with a whopping 12% jump in construction for industrial warehouses, a 6% increase for industrial flex spaces, and a 6% growth for certain types of apartment buildings. Vacant malls, for example, are being converted into new types of commercial spaces, such as mixed-use buildings for residential, retail, and office purposes, as well as industrial buildings for distribution and fulfillment processes. Construction activity for retail spaces, offices, and hotels, on the other hand, dropped. Survey respondents noted certain obstacles to reaching their construction goals, including accessing materials, obtaining permits, and hiring workers. Office real estate activity shrunk due to remote work Office spaces, in particular, saw a decrease in real estate activity, largely due to an increase in remote work during the pandemic. Even though some people are heading back to the office, vacancy in these spaces continued to increase, reaching 16.4% from 13% in 2021. What's more, 70% of survey respondents said their companies are moving into smaller offices. Vacancy in industrial properties, however, declined to 4.9%. 2022 promises more growth This year may continue to be rocky for the commercial real estate market, with industrial and land investments pulling their weight. Specifically, businesses predict a 5% increase in land sales, a 3% increase in industrial warehouse sales, and a 1% increase in sales of certain types of apartments. By 2022, however, commercial real estate activity is expected to recover across all categories as more businesses reopen, travel resumes, and people return to the office. Still, sales for land and industrial properties are expected to lead this recovery process, proving their value as part of the commercial real estate market.

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Spotlight

The Issues Mobilization Fund (IMF) has evolved into one of the most versatile and important advocacy tools at your disposal. Since
2006, the Michigan Realtors® Board of Directors has utilized the IMF to pass two statewide ballot proposals. These victories
strengthened Michigan’s eminent domain protection and modernized business taxes by eliminating the job-killing personal
property tax. The IMF has also been used to successfully fight for our local associations against ordinances that would have a
detrimental impact on the day to day business activities of our membership and to develop legislation to help the industry such
as the Commercial Broker Lien Act (Public Act 201 of 2010) and the Agency Responsibility Act (Public Act 91 of 2008).

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