Rents are less affordable in London, leading to falling rental prices

Zoopla | April 18, 2019

Rental affordability is at its highest in the North of England for a decade but renting a home is the most unaffordable on London, the latest lettings market research has found. Rents are set to rise with earnings, demand is strongest in the South East and occupancy numbers are often overlooked when considering rental affordability, says the property market analysis report from property portal Zoopla. On average, 30% of net earnings is spent on rent today which is in line with the average over the last decade. It points out that tenants can only afford to allocate a certain proportion of their earnings to rent, so there’s a close relationship between affordability and earnings.

Spotlight

Blackbird puts you in the driver’s seat for commercial real estate market analysis, by providing macro- and micro-level virtual market tours layered with real-time data that matters to you. Explore options across the country or within a single block.


Other News
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

City Office REIT Announces Raleigh Acquisition

City Office REIT | January 03, 2022

City Office REIT, Inc. (NYSE: CIO) ("City Office" or the "Company") announced today that it has closed the acquisition of Bloc 83, a premier two-building office complex located in Raleigh, North Carolina, for a gross purchase price of $330.0 million exclusive of closing costs. The 494,000 square foot, newly built Class A complex possesses a prime location, market-leading features and strong tenancy. Bloc 83 is situated in the Glenwood South submarket, a preeminent live-work-play district of downtown Raleigh. Glenwood South has attracted a population of young professionals relocating from larger metro areas and is the epicenter of Raleigh's dining, shopping and entertainment district. Bloc 83 features best-in-class, modern tenant buildouts, common areas and amenities. Highlights of the property include state-of-the-art fitness centers, a rooftop sky lounge, a yoga studio, various retail amenities and expansive lounges. The first building was delivered in 2019 and is currently 93% leased with a weighted average lease term remaining of approximately 10.3 years. The second building was delivered in 2021 and is in its initial lease-up phase at approximately 67% leased as of closing. Adding Raleigh to our footprint of high growth markets in the south and west strategically enhances our portfolio, Raleigh's highly educated workforce has been a driver for growth in the STEM and life science industries. The region's tier one research universities, high quality of life and diverse economy positions it favorably over the long term." James Farrar, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. About City Office REIT, Inc. City Office REIT is an internally-managed real estate company focused on acquiring, owning and operating high-quality office properties located in leading 18-hour cities in the Southern and Western United States. City Office currently owns or has a controlling interest in 6.2 million square feet of office properties. The Company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

Read More

INVESTMENTS

Woodstock Development Acquires 100% Ownership of One Bay Plaza in Burlingame, California

Woodstock Development | January 28, 2022

Woodstock Development ("Woodstock"), a full service commercial real estate investment and development firm specializing in premier office and life science properties in the San Francisco Bay Area, today announced that it has acquired the remaining ownership stake in One Bay Plaza, a 9-story Class-A office building located on the Bayshore waterfront in Burlingame. With the completion of the transaction, valued at $108 million, Woodstock is now the 100% owner of the property. Located at 1350 Bayshore Highway, the property has a total of approximately 196,000 rentable square feet, including ~12,000 square feet of Lower Level amenity space. The building is currently 85% leased to over 35 tenants including Alaska Airlines, Cushman & Wakefield, BTIG, and Acco Brands. Woodstock first acquired the property with Iron Point Partners, LLC ("Iron Point") in June of 2019. Our partnership with Iron Point has been remarkable and has transformed One Bay into a market-leading Class-A office building, In addition to life science, the Burlingame area has seen unprecedented demand and expansion with big-name technology users like Google and Facebook. Our full acquisition of One Bay expresses Woodstock's confidence in the Peninsula market and continues Woodstock's more than 25 year record of developing premiere office and life science properties." Kirk Syme, President at Woodstock. The acquisition builds on Woodstock's value-additive history with One Bay. Since 2019, Woodstock has implemented a comprehensive renovation of the building, including new lobbies, restrooms and corridors. Additionally, Woodstock retained renowned architecture firm, Mark Cavagnero Associates to design a 12,000 square feet amenity area including conference rooms, collaboration rooms, ping pong, fitness room with showers and lockers and a social pantry where tenants are offered "grab and go" sandwiches and salads along with complimentary coffee, espresso and fresh fruit. On the Bayshore, Woodstock upgraded the Bay Trail with new landscaping, a bocci court, picnic tables and chairs for Bay viewing. In the last two years, despite the pandemic and work-from-home alternatives, Woodstock has added a market-leading 14 new tenants and renewed nine existing tenants totaling approximately 90,000 square feet which is nearly 50% of the building. About Woodstock Development Woodstock Development, Inc. was founded in 1995 in Burlingame, CA. Woodstock focuses on the development of premier office and Life Science properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Woodstock has entitled and/or developed over 3 million square feet of Class A Office and Life Science space over the past 26 years and currently has over 2 million square feet in its development pipeline in the Bay Area.

Read More

INVESTMENTS

Lev Lending Launches to Vertically Integrate Commercial Real Estate Financing

Lev | February 09, 2022

Lev has launched Lev Lending, the world's first end-to-end digital lending platform for commercial real estate (CRE), to transform the industry's notoriously complex lending process into a surprisingly beautiful digital experience. Lev Lending is the new direct lending arm of Lev, the CRE financing platform that originated nearly $1 billion in loans via its marketplace in 2021. Lev brings speed and transparency to CRE financing by streamlining the application process with automation and deal management tools for borrowers and brokers, along with powerful financing and closing technologies. Borrowers are automatically matched with the right lender through an intuitive interface. Lev Lending utilizes Lev's proprietary AI tech and deep industry expertise to rewire the entire CRE financing process from quote to close. The platform will initially specialize in permanent, non-recourse loans on single-tenant net lease (NNN) properties. In its soft launch period, Lev Lending closed multiple million-dollar loans on retail properties such as Dollar General and KFC in as little as 30 days–or as much as 3x faster than traditional lenders. Over the last decade, most industries have been simplified by technology. Finally, these changes are coming to CRE lending, We're building a platform that not only makes life easier for current investors to get financing, but also simplifies the experience for the lender. It's a win-win for all industry players." Yaakov Zar, founder and CEO of Lev. Lev's technology infrastructure allows the company to scale its business nationally and support all asset types. By automating manual tasks, it has changed the way originators, executors and brokers provide support to their clients. As a result of this differentiated experience, the company grew 10x in 2021–its second year in business. Our goal is to become the nexus of all CRE transactions. Today's commercial borrowers are demanding fast, digital experiences that mirror consumer processes. They want a Rocket Mortgage for their commercial properties. Whether you're a borrower using our marketplace for the best deal, or you're a natural fit for NNN via Lev Lending, we're here with a fast, beautifully-engineered lending experience." Zar. About Lev Lev is the commercial real estate financing platform offering fast, transparent access to capital from the world's leading financial institutions. Having closed $1 billion in CRE mortgages in 2021, Lev has grown 10x year-over-year thanks to its proprietary approach to CRE financing, including the industry's only API. Founded in 2019, Lev has raised $40 million from StepStone Group, First American Title, NFX, Canaan Partners, JLL Spark, Animo Ventures and Ludlow Ventures, among others.

Read More

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Terreno Realty Corporation Acquires Property in Santa Clara, CA for $54.6 Million

Terreno Realty Corporation | May 09, 2022

Terreno Realty Corporation, an acquirer, owner and operator of industrial real estate in six major coastal U.S. markets, acquired an industrial property located in Santa Clara, California on May 4, 2022 for a purchase price of approximately $54.6 million. The property consists of one industrial distribution building containing approximately 135,000 square feet on 6.5 acres. The property is at 3660 Thomas Road, adjacent to US 101, the Bayshore Freeway, provides 13 dock-high and five grade-level loading positions and parking for 91 cars. The property is 100% leased to four tenants, which expire between 2022 and 2027, and the estimated stabilized cap rate is 2.5%. Estimated stabilized cap rates are calculated as annualized cash basis net operating income stabilized to market occupancy (generally 95%) divided by total acquisition cost. Total acquisition cost includes the initial purchase price, the effects of marking assumed debt to market, buyer’s due diligence and closing costs, estimated near-term capital expenditures and leasing costs necessary to achieve stabilization. AboutTerreno Realty Corporation Terreno Realty Corporation acquires, owns and operates industrial real estate in six major coastal U.S. markets: Los Angeles, Northern New Jersey/New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Miami, and Washington, D.C.

Read More

Spotlight

Blackbird puts you in the driver’s seat for commercial real estate market analysis, by providing macro- and micro-level virtual market tours layered with real-time data that matters to you. Explore options across the country or within a single block.

Resources