REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Rubenstein Partners | June 13, 2022
Rubenstein Partners, L.P. (including its affiliates, Rubenstein), a vertically integrated real estate investment adviser focused on value-added office property equity and debt opportunities, and joint venture partner Vision Real Estate Partners, a full-service real estate owner/operator, announced global biopharmaceutical PTC Therapeutics (PTC) signed a new 360,000-square-foot, long-term lease at Warren Corporate Center, within the five-building office campus in Warren, N.J.
PTC is relocating its corporate headquarters from South Plainfield, N.J. to a new facility at Warren Corporate Center. The lease spans two full buildings located at 400 and 500 Warren Corporate Center Drive and, following construction, will include offices, collaboration and conferencing spaces, and research laboratories. The facility will provide flexible and innovative workspaces with the capacity needed to support PTC's long-term growth of its expanding pipeline of products.
Construction activities on the new facility at Warren Corporate Center is expected to begin in June 2022.
Originally built as a headquarters for Lucent Technologies, Warren Corporate Center comprises more than 820,000 square feet of office space across five buildings surrounded by walking trails, a richly landscaped pond and four covered parking structures. Since acquiring the 176-acre campus in 2016, Vision and Rubenstein have set out to reposition Warren Corporate Center as a unique opportunity in the market, with headquarters-quality space that integrates attractive amenities and communal areas within a central location to optimize employee well-being and productivity.
As part of the repositioning, ownership also developed Warren Hill, a 20,000-square-foot lifestyle center located at the center of the campus, featuring numerous amenities including an outdoor amphitheater; indoor and outdoor patio dining; multi-function conference areas; a full-service cafe with coffee bar; a state-of-the-art fitness center with locker rooms; and full-size indoor basketball court. The amenities hub also provides an easily accessible outdoor roof deck for employees to meet and collaborate.
"Since acquiring and repositioning Warren Corporate Center, our goal has been to create the kind of fully-amenitized and differentiated office product high-end companies in the region are seeking," said Stephen Card, Principal at Rubenstein. "PTC Therapeutics is a true global leader and innovator in the biopharmaceutical sector and adding an organization of their magnitude to the roster of tenants at the Warren campus validates the strategic investments we've made at the site."
Warren Corporate Center is a suburban office site designed for the modern employee. The institutional-quality property is a rare blend of full-service amenities, outdoor spaces and experiential features, such as our unique lifestyle center, that separate the property from others in the region. Warren Corporate Center is a singular offering in the highly competitive New Jersey office market, and we are pleased to welcome PTC as the long-term, addition to the campus."
Sam Morreale, founding and managing partner of Vision Real Estate Partners
"Our new headquarters allows us to have a Class-A facility for our growing team, while keeping the new flexible work paradigm in mind," said Doug McLeester, Vice President of Global Facilities at PTC Therapeutics. "As PTC grows into one of the world's leading rare disease companies, our in-house capabilities must similarly grow and adapt. The new facility at Warren Corporate Center, which complements our existing operations at the PTC's Gene Therapy Center of Excellence in Hopewell, is the ideal space for our expected future expansion in New Jersey, a foundational and growing market for biotech in the U.S."
Vision Real Estate Partners and Rubenstein Partners have consistently created premier experiential suburban office properties that incorporate a level of amenities more akin to a hospitality setting than a traditional office environment. The joint venture partnership embarked on a multi-million-dollar renovation that transformed The Crossings at Jefferson Park in Whippany, N.J., into a Class-A office campus featuring The Powerhouse, an 11,000-square-foot, standalone amenities center. A testament to the partnership's success in rebranding the property, The Crossings at Jefferson Park was acquired by Barclays Capital in June 2017. Vision and Rubenstein are also collaborating on Latitude, a 30-acre, approximately 700,0000-square-foot office complex located in Parsippany, N.J.
Jeff Zell and Louis Kluger of JM Zell Partners represented PTC Therapeutics and Robert Donnelly Sr, Robert Donnelly Jr, Paul Giannone, Todd Elfand and Kevin Carton of Cushman and Wakefield represented building ownership in the lease transaction.
About Rubenstein Partners
Rubenstein Partners, L.P. founded in September 2005, is a private real estate investment advisory firm with operations throughout the United States. The firm is led by its founder, David Rubenstein, and a group of senior real estate executives, and is focused on directing and managing office real estate investments in the U.S. Rubenstein Partners' predecessor company, The Rubenstein Company, LP and affiliates, founded in 1969, was one of the largest private owner operators of Class A office real estate in the Mid-Atlantic, owning and operating a portfolio of assets valued at approximately $1.2 billion at the time of its disposition in 2004. Since 2005, Rubenstein Partners has, on behalf of its investors and clients, invested in more than 22.5 million square feet of office real estate assets throughout the United States.
About Vision Real Estate Partners
Vision Real Estate Partners is a full-service real estate owner/operator, specializing in development, property management, asset management and construction. The firm is well known for its deep roots and experience in the New Jersey/New York regional marketplace, and for its track record of identifying properties with great potential and transforming them into superior assets. Vision Real Estate Partners currently is developing or redeveloping more than 2 million square feet of space in its local market. The company has over 100 acres of land parcels available for mixed-use and build-to-suit opportunities. Its Vision Management platform also currently oversees property management, financial reporting and overall operational supervision for nearly 1.5 million square feet of office space on behalf of multiple strategic partners.
About PTC Therapeutics, Inc.
PTC is a science-driven, global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of clinically differentiated medicines that provide benefits to patients with rare disorders. PTC's ability to globally commercialize products is the foundation that drives investment in a robust and diversified pipeline of transformative medicines and our mission to provide access to best-in-class treatments for patients who have an unmet medical need. The Company's strategy is to leverage its strong scientific expertise and global commercial infrastructure to maximize value for its patients and other stakeholders.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
SkySlope | June 03, 2022
SkySlope, the leader in real estate transaction software, has launched Breeze, an all-around simple and streamlined application making Oregon Real Estate Forms (OREF) disclosures easy for Oregon agents and sellers to complete.
Since 2011, SkySlope has enabled brokers, agents, auditors, and transaction coordinators to track their deals while remaining compliant. Equipped with forms and a digital signature tool, SkySlope provides a frictionless workflow that saves time for agents. As the transaction management platform serving 35 percent of the top 20 largest brokerages in the U.S. and Canada, SkySlope is known for its award-winning customer experience.
With the launch of Breeze, SkySlope gives agents the ability to prepare and send disclosures like the Oregon's Seller's Property Disclosure Statement (Form 020) at lightning speed.
Breeze requires minimal preparation for agents to prepare and send disclosures to their clients in minutes, from anywhere. For home sellers, Breeze's TurboTax-style workflow helps simplify complicated and confusing disclosure forms—getting them completed quickly and with more confidence and accuracy.
Streamlined disclosure preparation equipped with MLS data sync
Status visibility, notifications, and easy revision requests
Simple guided workflows with helpful tips for consumers
Equipped with SkySlope DigiSign for free and unlimited digital signatures
Seamlessly integrated with SkySlope's suite of products
"Breeze is truly a one-stop-shop for faster disclosures," says Diana Costas of Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty. "The guided workflow helps clients complete disclosures quickly and accurately and our agents can easily prepare disclosures, request signatures, and submit forms for compliance review."
Disclosures are a common pain point for both agents and sellers. We're excited to launch a solution that takes a complicated process and makes it effortless for REALTORS® and home sellers."
Tyler Smith,SkySlope CEO
Established in 2011, SkySlope is a comprehensive transaction management platform for brokers, agents, auditors, and transaction coordinators to manage real estate transactions from anywhere at any time. In 2021, over 300,000 users across 8,000 offices used SkySlope to manage 2.25M transactions. SkySlope provides digital transaction management and services to help agents and brokers be more efficient and compliant. From automation to integrations, SkySlope's vision is to keep agents and brokers connected to the customer forever.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Curbio | July 07, 2022
Curbio, Inc., the leading fix now, pay-at-closing home improvement solution for real estate agents and their clients, today announced that it has expanded its services into the Jersey Shore area of New Jersey. This expansion includes Tom's River, Atlantic City, Cape May, and the surrounding areas.
Curbio is a groundbreaking PropTech solution that has set out to transform the way that real estate agents, brokerages, and their clients get listings ready for market. Curbio's expertise in pre-listing home improvements, combined with its proprietary technology, enable the company to complete pre-listing updates of any size efficiently and reliably, so that realtors and their clients can sell their home for more without the hassle of traditional home improvement.
Curbio takes care of all sourcing, project management and communication, and acts as the licensed, insured general contractor on all projects. The company does not have any project minimums or maximums, making their pay-at-closing solution ideal for listings of any size. From basic listing preparations to whole home makeovers, Curbio helps any listing become market-ready quickly and reliably.
"We couldn't be more excited to be bringing Curbio to the Jersey Shore. Buyers in the Jersey Shore want move-in-ready homes, and Curbio is here to help with that. We are the only completely turnkey pre-listing home improvement solution that allows real estate agents and their clients to update their listings and sell for more, without taking on the stress of traditional home improvement. Plus, homeowners don't pay any cash until the home sells, with zero interest, fees, or premiums," said Olivia Mariani, VP of Marketing at Curbio.
This is the seventh new-market expansion for Curbio this year, following their launches in Nashville, Tenn., Richmond, Va., Wilmington, Del., Charlotte, N.C., Virginia Beach, Va., and Raleigh, N.C. The company now serves 31 markets across the United States.
Curbio was founded in 2017 to transform the multi-billion-dollar home improvement industry and has quickly become the nation's leading pay-at-closing home improvement solution. The company partners exclusively with real estate agents and their clients to get any home ready for the market, allowing it to sell faster and for top dollar. Using technology to power their service, Curbio completes pre-listing home improvement projects of any size quickly and without hassle, from start to finish, with zero payment due until the home sells. Curbio is trusted by thousands of realtors and brokerages nationwide, and has been continuously recognized for its exemplary solution, receiving nods in HousingWire, Qualified Remodeler and Comparably, to name a few.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Walker & Dunlop, Inc. | June 02, 2022
Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it completed the sale of Parc at Champion Forest, a 232-unit, garden-style apartment property located in Houston, Texas. Built in 2000, the community provides the buyer with an excellent opportunity to implement a greater value-add program by renovating units, in addition to the 95 recently upgraded by the seller.
Ryan Epstein and Jennifer Ray of Walker & Dunlop Investment Sales represented the seller, Commerce Capital Partners, while Paul House and Larry Perez of Walker & Dunlop's Capital Markets group secured the financing for the buyer, Lone Star Capital Group. The teams worked to coordinate with several parties on behalf of their clients, including agencies and local government entities, to ensure compliance with the property's existing Land Use Restrictive Agreement (LURA), which is set to expire in May 2023.
With steady population growth and employment growth, Lone Star Capital remains bullish on Houston multifamily, particularly workforce housing such as Parc at Champion Forest. We are excited to build from the seller's successful renovations at Parc at Champion Forest, which is well-poised to benefit from strong demand and limited new supply in the submarket. Parc's suburban setting coupled with its convenience to jobs and retail make it a dynamic investment for either short term value-add or longer-term yield."
Rob Beardsley,Lone Star Capital's
"With the extreme demand for affordable housing, Parc at Champions Forest will continue to service the community it is has for years as upgrades are completed," commented Mr. Epstein. "The community is also an excellent investment opportunity, given its high-visibility location in Houston, strong value-add potential, and LURA expiring in less than two years. Walker & Dunlop's Houston Multifamily Investment Sales Team exclusively listed the property for our client and helped to find the perfect buyer looking for long-term stability, future rent growth, and value appreciation."
Parc at Champion Forest is a three-story multifamily community, comprised of 112 one-bedroom units, 108 two-bedroom units, and 12 three-bedroom units, situated along Bammel North Houston Road in the Champions area. Bammel North Houston Road, which experiences traffic of nearly 50,000 cars per day, allows residents to easily locate nearby retail, including Willowbrook Mall, Willow Center, North Oaks Shopping Center, and Kroger.
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. The firm was also 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. For information about multifamily properties available for sale via Walker & Dunlop's investment sales platform, visit our website.
About Walker & Dunlop
Walker & Dunlop is the largest provider of capital to the multifamily industry in the United States and the fourth largest lender on all commercial real estate including industrial, office, retail, and hospitality. Walker & Dunlop enables 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 make us more insightful and valuable to our clients, providing an unmatched experience every step of the way. With over 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.