Queensland Government land sell-off plan wins support

Property Council | October 06, 2016

Annastacia Palaszczuk has received widespread support for her Government’s new land-sales strategy amid criticism it breaches Labor’s election promise not to privatise state-owned assets. Property Council Queensland Executive Director Chris Mountford said it sent a ­signal that the state was open for business.

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HomeJab Debuts Novel Real Estate Agent Marketing Method That Creates Real-Estate-Backed-NFTs to Promote Home Sales

HomeJab | July 14, 2022

HomeJab, which provides real estate agents on-demand professional real estate photography services nationwide, is debuting a new and novel marketing method that gives real estate agents a new avenue to promote homes for sale – using an NFT, or non-fungible token. Real estate agents who use HomeJab for professional real estate photography for their listing can now receive a free real-estate-backed-NFT of the home as part of their order. This new service from HomeJab includes promoting these NFT-backed homes for sale and listing them on the new HomeJab NFT site at nft.homejab.com. HomeJab founder and CEO Joe Jesuele emphasized that this new service for real estate agents supplements their traditional marketing efforts by exposing them to an NFT-interested audience. "For real estate agents, we provide an easy way to promote their listings to a new market of potential buyers and it doesn't cost them anything," explained Jesuele. "For crypto enthusiasts, we offer a way to purchase real world assets legally using blockchain," he added. The first NFT-backed home currently being marketed for sale on the HomeJab NFT site is in Detroit, at 20060 Canterbury Road owned by Daniel McDonald and listed for $415,000 by Lisa Virkus, a real estate agent and founder of Realty in the D. Team Title Services, owned by Web Raulston and based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, handles the title and settlement services. McDonald is a Key Advisor at Mortgage Token, which aims to be the first company that allows clients to leverage their home equity to invest in cryptocurrency. "I'm a firm believer that with digital assets such as NFTs, entire industries will benefit from being built on the Ethereum blockchain by increasing consumer transparency and transaction cost-effectiveness," home seller McDonald said. McDonald explained that blockchain, like the internet, is the new "great equalizer" and that "Web3 will level the playing field, making information and pricing inequalities a thing of the past." "Mortgage Token is an autonomous modernized lending platform bridging the gap between real estate and crypto lending. We look forward to launching before the fourth quarter of 2022 as the first lender specifically investing in cryptocurrency." Jason Yourofsky, Mortgage Token founder Jesuele noted, "Our customers will get an NFT listing for free with every photo shoot, and direct exposure to a more tech-savvy group of buyers." With the new service, an agent can bring their buyer, and the buyer would purchase the NFT, which provides them with an option to purchase the property. Buyers purchase NFTs with USD Coin (USDC), a digital currency fully backed by US dollar assets, on the Ethereum blockchain. HomeJab receives 1% on the NFT sale, with the proceeds distributed to the title company who then facilitates the closing and recording of deed. The seller and buyer agent commissions would be part of the settlement statement, like any other traditional transaction. About HomeJab HomeJab is America's leading on-demand professional real estate photography and video service for real estate pros. Lightning-fast high-end visual production offerings also include immersive 3D interactive tours, floor plan creation, affordable virtual staging, turnkey aerial services, and the creation of real-estate-backed NFTs. Its efficient one-stop-shop for real estate listings promotions at HomeJab.com features affordable and customizable shoots to create the most engaging visual content for faster home sales and enrich the listing agent's personal brand. HomeJab is available nationwide and in the U.S. and Canada.

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BUYING/SELLING

Walker & Dunlop Completes the Sale of Richwood, Texas Apartments

Walker & Dunlop | June 30, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it facilitated the sale of East Bank at Richwood Village, a 200-unit luxury apartment complex located in Richwood, Texas. The property represented a rare opportunity to invest in a high-quality asset within the greater Lake Jackson submarket, a fast-growing area with limited multifamily stock. Ryan Epstein and Jennifer Ray led the Walker & Dunlop team in facilitating the disposition from the seller, Pensam Capital, LLC to the buyer's representative, BR Premier Properties. The team assisted the client throughout the entire transaction, ensuring a favorable sale price. Demographic and employment trends within the Lake Jackson area have been extremely positive over the past several months. Occupancy and rent growth in the immediate area have both been increasing significantly, making East Bank an excellent investment opportunity." Ryan Epstein,Managing Director With premium garden-style multifamily residences, East Bank at Richwood Village caters to the Alvin, Angleton, and Lake Jackson submarkets. The community's amenities include a cybercafé, fitness center, clubhouse, outdoor firepit, and dog park. In addition, Dow Chemical, the largest employer in the Lake Jackson area with nearly 4,000 employees, is located less than five miles west of East Bank at Richwood Village. The broader Brazoria County area also offers employment in many different industries, with oil, gas, and chemical companies at the top of the list of employers. 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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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Nitya Capital Continues Global Growth, Opens Investment Opportunities for UAE

Nitya Capital | September 26, 2022

Nitya Capital, a U.S. real estate investment firm, announced that it is expanding to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of its continuing global growth strategy. Nitya plans to open an office in January 2023 to grow its investor base and provide opportunities to directly invest in U.S. real estate amid shifting global economies and stock market fluctuations. Following the recent opening of Nitya’s India office in 2020, the expansion to the UAE underscores the increase in global demand for reliable alternative investment opportunities found in U.S. real estate, particularly multifamily. Nitya’s UAE branch plans to reach a newer, locally sourced investor base, specifically family offices, institutions, and high-net-worth investors. “Opening our first branch in the Middle East is an exciting stepping stone in Nitya’s growth, The Middle East is a very important hub for Nitya given our recent successful capital raises in the region, and we can’t wait to offer the best in real estate services to Middle Eastern institutions and high-net-worth investors. I’m very grateful for the love and hospitality I’ve experienced during my many visits to the UAE and it’s an honor to be working with the investment community.” -Swapnil Agarwal, CEO of Nitya Capital Nitya leadership recently executed successful overseas investment deals with one of UAE’s largest institutional groups, as well as attributed meaningful investments with Middle East families in the past. With this expansion, the company will continue the momentum and meet increased demand from local investors who want to explore a new wave of recession-resilient real estate ventures through a direct presence within the region. Nitya’s Middle East Partner and Managing Director for the new UAE location, Rasheed Chahal, will oversee all internal and regional developments across the branch, work with investors on all levels (high-net-worth individuals, family offices, institutions) for U.S. real estate deals as well as help to grow the UAE office. Chahal has more than 15 years of experience in various roles in real estate development, investment management, and capital markets across North American and Middle Eastern regions. Multifamily real estate in the United States remains to be a lucrative investment as it continues to see increase in demand for housing given continued population growth and shortage of supply, despite global economic shifts. We want to bring these investment opportunities directly to the UAE investment community, Our expansion will provide local investors with in-area, on-the-ground representation and can help them take advantage of exceptional real estate opportunities without taking on major risk. With all the uncertainty and rising inflation taking place across national economies, real estate continues to be a powerful hedge and very attractive place to put your money,stated Chahal. Nitya Capital has experienced historic growth since 2020, has partnered with large institutions across North America, explored several successful new student housing portfolios, opened an India office, and increased its total assets under management. The company currently oversees assets in excess of $3b. Overall, it has successfully exited over $2.5b in assets with 25%+ in total generated net returns for its investors since the company’s launch in 2013. Its latest extension into the UAE region marks a substantial diversification in its growth across national waters, allowing for local investors to seize profitable real estate opportunities with safe and stable returns. About Nitya Capital Nitya Capital is a privately-owned national real estate investment firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. As active investor-operators, Nitya Capital takes a disciplined approach across all avenues pre- and post-acquisition. Our team of dedicated professionals works thoroughly to monitor key performance indicators and optimize asset performance, engaging in in-depth market research and data analysis. We additionally provide a thorough due diligence process and a holistic, hands-on asset management model, maximizing our attention to detail on all ends of the spectrum.

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Capital Square Launches Private Equity Group to Focus on Build-for-Rent and Other Non-Traditional Real Estate Investments

Capital Square | September 20, 2022

Capital Square, one of the nation's leading sponsors of tax-advantaged real estate investments and an active developer of multifamily communities, announced today the launch of its Private Equity Group, a new corporate division that will focus on single-family build-for-rent homes and other non-traditional real estate investment opportunities. Industry veterans, Jon Trott and Dave Platter, have joined Capital Square as managing directors to lead the new division. "Build-for-rent homes are an increasingly popular choice among renters in the Southeast through Texas, where Capital Square actively invests in multifamily housing, Exceptionally strong demand has made build-for-rent a compelling investment strategy in response to a shortage of quality housing. With in-house development, capital markets, asset management and acquisitions, the build-for-rent space is a natural evolution for Capital Square and is another way to provide innovative and compelling options to a growing number of investors and financial advisors nationwide." -Whitson Huffman, co-chief executive officer of Capital Square Build-for-rent homes, comprised of communities of single-family homes built for renting, have become an increasingly popular investment option among institutions and individual investors. Demand for this rental option is growing exponentially among residents who seek a single-family lifestyle, the financial and leasing flexibility of a rental with the amenities and convenience of a professionally managed property. The U.S. has chronically underbuilt housing since the Great Financial Crisis and needs an additional 4.3 million housing units by 2035 to meet the demand for rental housing, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council. Demand for build-for-rent homes continues to increase with professionally managed communities offering one of the best solutions for the shortage of quality, affordable housing. Institutional ownership and build-for-rent's share of overall U.S. housing stock remains less than 5%, paving the way for long-term, sustained growth for the asset class. We are thrilled to have Jon Trott and Dave Platter launch the Private Equity Group at Capital Square and focus on build-for-rent homes and non-traditional real estate investments, Build-for-rent is the hottest segment of multifamily investing and plays into the demographic trend where younger residents along with aging baby boomers want to live in a single-family home with the freedom and flexibility of a rental. We believe build-for-rent housing will become one of the most popular strategies in Capital Square's growing investment portfolio,said Louis Rogers, founder and co-chief executive officer. Prior to joining Capital Square, Trott and Platter led the private equity team of The Amherst Group's build-for-rent division, where they were responsible for capital raising, acquisition sourcing and overall management of the division. Amherst is one of the nation's largest investors and operators of single-family rental homes, with $16 billion in assets under management in over 30 markets. Previously, Trott was an investment professional with Spear Street Capital, a San Francisco-based real estate private equity firm. He began his career with JPMorgan Chase & Co., one of the globe's leading financial services firms, where he reported to the chief executive officer of asset management and was involved in the execution of key mergers and acquisitions transactions, as well as strategic initiatives. He earned a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Prior to his tenure with The Amherst Group, Platter was the co-founder of Southern Creek Capital, a boutique investment manager in the single-family rental and multifamily spaces. He previously worked at the JBG Companies (now JBG SMITH Properties; NYSE: JBGS), where he was responsible for the development of more than $500 million of multifamily and mixed-use properties. His career began in the asset management division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Platter received a bachelor's degree from The University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. About Capital Square Capital Square is a national real estate firm specializing in tax-advantaged real estate investments, including Delaware statutory trusts for Section 1031 exchanges, qualified opportunity zone funds for tax deferral and exclusion and a real estate investment trust (REIT). In recent years the company has become an active developer of mixed-use multifamily properties in the southeastern US, with eight current projects totaling approximately 2,000 apartment units with a total development cost in excess of $600 million. Since 2012, Capital Square has completed more than $6 billion in transaction volume. Capital Square's related entities provide a range of services, including due diligence, acquisition, loan sourcing, property/asset management, and disposition, for a growing number of high-net-worth investors, private equity firms, family offices and institutional investors. Since 2017, Capital Square has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation for six consecutive years. In 2017, 2018 and 2020, the company was also ranked on Richmond BizSense's list of fastest growing companies. Additionally, Capital Square was listed by Virginia Business on their "Best Places to Work in Virginia" report in 2019 and their "Fantastic 50" reports in 2019 and 2020.

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