Redfin: Homebuyer competition eases as housing market cools

Redfin | April 01, 2019

As the housing market continues to cooling, homebuyers across the country are benefiting from declining home prices and rising inventory. In fact, according to recent data from Redfin, housing market competition is easing, therefore permitting homebuyers to close on homes faster than previous months. “With more homes on the market, prices growing at a slower rate and even falling in some markets, and less competition from other buyers, finding a home is a lot less stressful this year than it has been in recent years,” Redfin writes. “When a buyer finds the home they want to make an offer on there’s now a greater chance that their offer will be the only one and that the seller will accept it.”

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Nuveen Real Estate, Taconic Partners & North American Properties Acquire Ridge Hill Shopping Center

Nuveen | May 06, 2022

Nuveen Real Estate, Taconic Partners and North American Properties have acquired Ridge Hill for $220 million, a mixed-use lifestyle center in Yonkers, NY, with the intention of rebranding and transforming the 74-acre property into the preeminent outdoor lifestyle center serving the northern New York City metropolitan area. Renovation plans for the 1.2 million square foot complex are still in development, but the partners will look to incorporate state-of-the-art initiatives that enhance Ridge Hill's public spaces, street design and parking amenities. They will also draw on their combined network of retailers to attract top-tier local and NYC inspired food and beverage concepts, and national luxury apparel and boutique fitness providers, building on Ridge Hill's existing experiential features to create the leading lifestyle center in the tri-state region. We see this as an attractively priced asset in an evolving sector that fits within our well-diversified New York property focused real estate fund. The acquisition of Ridge Hill reflects a generational opportunity to re-position an already dominant lifestyle center that sits in the heart of one of the country's most affluent and densely populated regions." Nadir Settles, Managing Director at Nuveen and Head of the New York Property Fund "This unique retail asset will be a great addition to our Fund and we look forward to being a part of its successful redevelopment," said Chris Balestra, President and Chief Investment Officer at Taconic Partners. Lifestyle Centers Generating Strong Foot Traffic, Superior Rental Revenues As the retail economy continues to re-open, lifestyle centers may be one of today's most undervalued retail asset classes. Conceived as a modern-day interpretation of the shopping mall, lifestyle centers are characterized by outdoor settings and multiple uses, including office, multi-housing and hospitality in addition to upscale, national-chains and specialty retail. Research has shown the top 20 lifestyle centers in the highest population U.S. markets reported nearly 8.1 million visits in August 2021, compared with 1.3 million visits in April 2020. During 2021's second quarter, lifestyle centers drew 46 percent higher rents than regional malls and 11.5 percent higher rents than super regional malls.1 Developed in 2011, Ridge Hill features a wide variety of local and national retailers, including Apple, Banana Republic, Sephora, H&M, The Container Store, and Uniqlo. The center is also home to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center; a 12-screen National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux; Whole Foods; LA Fitness, and several full-service restaurants. Ridge Hill is located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, making it easily accessible to all residents and visitors from Westchester and Putnam counties and the New York City metropolitan area. Growing Partnerships As a part of the partnership, North American Properties (NAP) will begin operations and repositioning of the property in May 2022. NAP is a boutique, full-service real estate owner/developer notable for projects such as Avalon in Alpharetta, GA; Birkdale Village in Charlotte, NC; Colony Square in Atlanta, GA; and, Newport on the Levee in Newport, KY. The partnership between Nuveen and NAP continues to grow, with Ridge Hill representing their third project together. The partners recently acquired the open-air lifestyle center The Forum on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners, GA. "Over the last decade, Ridge Hill has become a core component of the Yonkers community and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to enhance it by applying our high-touch, hospitality-driven approach toward management. We coined the term ExperienceMakers for our team years ago because making an impact on the lives of every guest we serve is in our DNA, and we can't wait to introduce ourselves to the market," said Tim Perry, Managing Partner at NAP. "We've already started working to enhance the public realm, bring technology forward in the guest and parking experience, as well as longer term unlocking the full development potential of the site. Helping to design and define this will require community engagement to determine what's missing, from a retail, as well as experiential, perspective." Nuveen Real Estate and Taconic Partners have collaborated since 2015, collectively investing more than $2 billion across over 2 million square feet in New York. The partners completed a $260 million fundraising round for their jointly sponsored value-add New York City Property Fund II in 2021. The acquisition of Ridge Hill reflects the partnership's first investment into value-add retail and an opportunity to diversify beyond its existing life science, office and industrial holdings. Together, Taconic Partners and Nuveen Real Estate will continue to capitalize on unique opportunities to reposition underutilized assets or build best-in-class products for the future. About Nuveen Real Estate Nuveen Real Estate is one of the largest investment managers in the world with $152 billion of assets under management. Managing a suite of funds and mandates, across both public and private investments, and spanning both debt and equity across diverse geographies and investment styles, we provide access to every aspect of real estate investing. With over 85 years of real estate investing experience and more than 725 employees located across 30 cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, the platform offers unparalleled geographic reach, which is married with deep sector expertise. About Taconic Partners Since 1997, Taconic Partners has acquired, redeveloped and repositioned over 12 million square feet of commercial office and mixed-use space, as well as over 6,500 units of luxury and workforce housing. As a fully integrated real estate company with a keen eye for uncovering value, its diverse capabilities are evidenced by its multifaceted success with luxury properties, as well as adaptive reuse and urban revitalization projects. In New York City, Taconic is currently developing 619 West 54th Street—the Hudson Research Center, 125 West End Avenue, 817 Broadway, 312 West 43rd Street and Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side. The firm also manages various real estate funds on behalf of institutional and pension fund investors. About North American Properties Founded in 1954, North American Properties is a privately held, multi-regional real estate operating and development company that has acquired, developed and managed more than $7 billion of mixed-use, retail, multifamily and office properties across the United States. Rooted in its purpose-driven approach to development, North American Properties is creating great places that connect people to each other; cities to their souls; partners to opportunities; and individuals to experiences that move them. Headquartered in Cincinnati, with offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Fort Myers, Florida, the company has developed 22 million square feet of commercial space and 19,000 residential units in 15 states and 67 cities. In the past three years, North American Properties has launched 36 projects totaling $2.2 billion in total capitalization. In metro Atlanta, North American Properties led the turnaround of Atlantic Station and the ground up development of Avalon. Currently, the company's mixed-use portfolio includes Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia; Avenue East Cobb in Marietta, Georgia; Birkdale Village in Huntersville, North Carolina; Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta; Newport on the Levee in Newport, Kentucky; Riverton in the New York metro area; and The Forum on Peachtree Parkway.

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JLL Income Property Trust Acquires Kansas City Medical Office Portfolio

JLL Income Property Trust | March 30, 2022

JLL Income Property Trust, an institutionally managed daily NAV REIT with more than $5.9 billion in portfolio assets announced the acquisition of Kansas City Medical Office Portfolio, a more-than 50,000-square-foot, three-property medical office building portfolio with properties in and around Kansas City, Missouri. The purchase price was approximately $22.2 million. We've continued to focus on expanding our national medical office portfolio as we target healthcare-oriented properties in the office sector to take advantage of positive, long-term market trends that should continue to produce stable cashflow for our shareholders. Kansas City Medical Office Portfolio is another great example of a top-of-the-line asset in a location with positive demographic trends and strong tenancy that we believe positions our portfolio well for the coming years." Allan Swaringen, JLL Income Property Trust President and CEO In aggregate, the three properties are 100 percent leased to a diverse tenant roster of leading health systems and physicians groups. The portfolio has a weighted average lease term of just under 15 years, providing long-term cashflow. All of the properties are strategically located throughout Kansas City, drawing patients from throughout the metro area. The portfolio includes three properties: Roeland Park: a nearly 30,000-square-foot medical office building constructed in 2021. The property's largest tenant is AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, a subsidiary of AdventHealth, an investment-grade rated not-for-profit health system. Northland Women's Healthcare: a 10,000-square-foot medical office building constructed in 2021 and fully leased to one of Kansas City's most established women's healthcare providers. Blue Springs Pediatrics: a 10,500-square-foot medical office building fully redeveloped in 2021 as a best-in-class single-tenant property leased to a leading physician group that is subsidiary of Children's Mercy, an investment-grade rated, not-for-profit health system. This acquisition increases JLL Income Property Trust's healthcare allocation to 12 properties totaling more than 1.1 million square feet, valued in excess of $450 million and representing approximately 8 percent of its overall portfolio. JLL Income Property Trust is an institutionally managed, daily NAV REIT that brings to investors a growing portfolio of commercial real estate investments selected by an institutional investment management team and sponsored by one of the world's leading real estate services firms. About Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc. Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc. is a daily NAV REIT that owns and manages a diversified portfolio of high quality, income-producing apartment, industrial, grocery-anchored retail, healthcare and office properties located in the United States. JLL Income Property Trust expects to further diversify its real estate portfolio over time, including on a global basis. About LaSalle Investment Management LaSalle Investment Management is one of the world's leading real estate investment managers. On a global basis, LaSalle manages approximately $76 billion of assets in private and public real estate property and debt investments as of Q3 2021. LaSalle's diverse client base includes public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, corporations, endowments and private individuals from across the globe. LaSalle sponsors a complete range of investment vehicles including separate accounts, open- and closed-end funds, public securities and entity-level investments.

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JPAR - Real Estate Enters Lubbock, Texas Market Through Acquisition Of John Walton Realtors

JPAR - Real Estate | March 23, 2022

JPAR Real Estate, America's #1 fastest-growing, full service 100% commission brokerage, announced the acquisition of John Walton Realtors in Lubbock Texas. John Walton Realtors has been serving the Lubbock community for more than 45 years. With nearly 40 sales associates, they have a long standing legacy of serving the West Texas market that is consistent with the values of JPAR - Real Estate - integrity, productivity and service. We are excited to join forces with Wayne and Wendy Walton and all the associates of this amazing firm. Over the last 45 years they have created a market presence and legacy of service that we take very seriously. Both firms are known for exceeding customer expectations and serving the local community. We look forward to continuing that tradition of excellence." Mark Johnson, President of JPAR - Real Estate The firm's Lubbock office will remain at its current location and Wayne Walton will join the JPAR - Real Estate staff as a support broker. Wayne Walton said, "I am excited to join the JPAR - Real Estate family. Mark Johnson is an exceptional leader and visionary who has his pulse on how best to serve today's real estate professionals and the consumer. Our associates will benefit from a world-class technology platform and full service, a capped, transaction-based financial model." Lubbock is a new market for JPAR - Real Estate and is the 11th-most populous city in Texas. With a population of 257,141 in 2020, the city is also the 86th-most populous in the United States. Lubbock's nickname, "Hub City", derives from it being the economic, educational, and health-care hub of the multi-county region, north of the Permian Basin and south of the Texas panhandle. "It was important for us to partner with a solid operator like JPAR – Real Estate. Mark Johnson and the JPAR team understand the real estate brokerage business," stated Wayne Walton. We support their mission to develop influential industry leaders and we feel confident its industry-leading marketing, technology and training programs will benefit all of our associates and extend our legacy for years to come." About JPAR - Real Estate JPAR - Real Estate and JPAR Franchising is a full-service real estate brokerage and franchise platform offering a highly competitive transaction fee-based model and agent-centric culture. The JPAR platform provides agents 7 day-per-week broker support, physical office locations, a comprehensive tech stack and open architecture, physical office locations, marketing, lead generation, training, coaching, mentoring and agent health care. The company boasts more than 3,300 agents operating in 65 offices across 25 states and closes more than $8B annually in sales volume.

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Walker & Dunlop Structures $70 Million in Financing for Manhattan's 21 West Street Apartments

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. | April 12, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it has arranged $70,000,000 in permanent financing for 21 West Street in New York, New York. The 33-story tower includes 293 carefully designed studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Located in the Financial District of Manhattan, the property is proximate to the offices of major financial firms, including Goldman Sachs and American Express. Jonathan Schwartz, Adam Schwartz, Aaron Appel, Keith Kurland, Michael Ianno, and Triston Stegall led the Walker & Dunlop team in arranging the financing for Rose Associates, a repeat client. Based in New York, Rose Associates is a leading multifamily and mixed-use real estate developer and operator that has overseen the successful residential and retail leasing at the property for nearly 30 years. The 12-year loan, provided by MetLife features an attractive fixed rate and interest-only payments for the entire term, which will ensure continued operating performance for years to come. The Rose Associates team was led by Marc Ehrlich, Chief Investment Officer and Michele Bengelsdorf, Head of Asset Management. Though the New York City rental market experienced headwinds during the COVID-19 pandemic, the market has successfully absorbed more than 60,000 new units that were delivered over the past four years. With vacancies at near record lows, this lending opportunity was very attractive to the capital markets." Walker & Dunlop's Jonathan Schwartz 21 West Street blends modern convenience and a classic landmark style with luxurious residences. The property's amenity offerings include a roof deck, fitness center, resident lounge, and children's playroom. With excellent transit access, residents enjoy convenient access to the rest of Manhattan as well as to Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey. New retail offerings, including West of Broadway, Brookfield Place, and Westfield's World Trade Center mall dramatically increase area residents' shopping and dining options. Walker & Dunlop is the third largest provider of capital to the U.S. multifamily market, originating $49 billion in transactions and lending over $42 billion for multifamily properties in 2021. With one of the strongest networks in the industry, the firm's 2021 brokered loan originations totaled $30 billion, a 170% increase over 2020. 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 over 1,000 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. About Rose Associates, Inc. Established in 1925, Rose Associates is a premier real estate firm specializing in multifamily rental properties in New York City and the tristate area. Focused on the development, acquisition and management of the highest quality assets, the firm is currently developing six properties in the New York City metropolitan area. Rose's management platform incorporates state-of-the-art services to maximize revenue and enhance asset value, ensuring that Rose properties consistently outperform the market. Under the leadership of CEO and President Amy Rose, the firm is a certified Women's Business Enterprise that is currently pursuing a diverse and aggressive growth strategy.

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