San Francisco Chronicle: California can’t divert mortgage relief funds to pay off state debt

Wall Street | April 04, 2019

In a former job, Neil Barofsky’s title was SIGTARP – the Special Inspector General overseeing the Troubled Assets Relief Program. He was one of the most feared men on Wall Street, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2008 to monitor the $700 billion bailout of some of the nation’s largest banks. Now, Barofsky is back making headlines, although this time as a lawyer in private practice. According to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle, a California appeals court this week sided with Barofsky to force the state to use $331 million of funds it received six years ago in the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement for the purpose intended: helping troubled homeowners. The banks in the settlement were some of the same Barofsky had overseen as SIGTARP: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and GMAC.

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Walker & Dunlop Closes GeoPhy Acquisition

Walker & Dunlop | March 01, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced today that it closed on the previously announced acquisition of GeoPhy, a leading commercial real estate technology company. We are excited to officially welcome GeoPhy founder and CEO, Teun van den Dries, and his entire team to Walker & Dunlop. GeoPhy's technology capabilities will allow us to dramatically accelerate the growth of our digitally driven businesses, including Apprise, our tech-enabled appraisal business, and our small balance lending (SBL) platform as we continue to differentiate the Walker & Dunlop platform through our people, brand, and technology." Aaron Perlis, Walker & Dunlop Chief Information Officer. Walker & Dunlop acquired GeoPhy for $85 million in cash paid at closing with an additional $205 million of cash earn-out potential structured to directly align with Walker & Dunlop's Drive to '25 goals surrounding growth in appraisal revenues, SBL volumes, and mortgage banking gains. About Walker & Dunlop Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD) 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 1,000 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.

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Brennan Acquires In-Fill Industrial Sites along I-90 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Brennan Investment Group | February 01, 2022

Brennan Investment Group, a private real estate investment firm that acquires, develops, and operates industrial facilities throughout the United States, has announced its acquisition of two land parcels totaling approximately 21 acres along I-90 in Hoffman Estates, IL. The plan is to develop a state-of-the-art, speculative industrial building totaling 201,600 square feet on the larger, 17-acre site and simultaneously pursue build-to-suits on the smaller, 4-acre site. The properties are situated 10 miles northwest of O'Hare International Airport and provide excellent access to the Chicago MSA via key highway systems and transportation infrastructure. The properties will have I-90 visibility and benefit from convenient access to I-90 at the Barrington Road interchange, and subsequently, to interstates I-290, I-294, and I-355, providing superior transportation routes for the end user, their customers, and their employees, As of Q4 2021, the overall Chicago industrial market contained approximately 1.2 billion square feet of industrial inventory, which equates to a vacancy rate of 3.3%." Kevin Brennan, Managing Principal for the Midwest Region. This transaction is illustrative of Brennan's preferred method of land acquisition: in-fill parcels in major markets whose submarkets have compelling fundamentals, Brennan's overall development pipeline will exceed $1 billion in 2022." Scott McKibben, Brennan's Chief Investment Officer. About Brennan Investment Group Brennan Investment Group, a Chicago-based private real estate investment firm, acquires, develops, and operates industrial properties in select major metropolitan markets throughout the United States. Since 2010, Brennan Investment Group has acquired or developed $5 billion in industrial real estate in 30 states. The company's current portfolio spans 27 states and encompasses approximately 46 million square feet. Brennan Investment Group co-invests with private and institutional capital to achieve outstanding risk-adjusted returns. The company has 11 regional offices throughout the United States, and the firm's management team is among the most accomplished in its industry, having invested in over 5,000 properties covering more than 60 cities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

KKR Expands U.S. Industrial Real Estate Strategy with Investments in Ground-up Development

KKR | May 10, 2022

KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced the expansion of KKR’s industrial real estate investment strategy in the U.S. to include ground-up development of Class A industrial logistics properties. KKR’s wholly owned U.S. industrial real estate platform, Alpha Industrial Properties (AIP), has begun development at four sites and has another four sites in pre-development. KKR has appointed industry veterans Greg Bradley and Matt Singleton as Senior Vice Presidents at AIP responsible for managing the platform’s sourcing, pre-development and development activity. The eight projects are expected to deliver 1.8 million square feet (SF) of state-of-the-art industrial space serving the Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and Orlando markets. Funding for the projects is being provided by KKR Real Estate Partners Americas III, KKR’s Americas opportunistic equity real estate fund. The addition of ground-up development capabilities enhance our ability to assemble diversified portfolios of high quality industrial real estate and increase our presence in growth markets where we believe the supply-demand fundamentals remain dynamic. Our extensive experience acquiring approximately $7 billion of industrial real estate in the U.S. over the last four years positions us to identify attractive opportunities and development is a natural extension of our strategy.” Ben Brudney, a Director in the Real Estate group at KKR who oversees the firm’s industrial investments in the United States The development program augments KKR’s strategy of acquiring industrial assets and portfolios in major U.S. markets that are experiencing outsized demand for logistics real estate driven by demographic trends and the proliferation of ecommerce. Across its funds, KKR has committed or acquired approximately $7 billion of U.S. logistics assets since 2018 and currently owns over 45 million SF of industrial real estate. Square Mile Capital and BMO Harris Bank have provided KKR with a $200 million construction facility to finance its investments in industrial developments nationwide. About KKR KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries.

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Embrey Sells The Harper Luxury Apartments In Franklin, Tennessee

Embrey | April 22, 2022

The Harper Luxury Apartments in Franklin, Tennessee, has been sold by Embrey of San Antonio, Texas. The Harper is part of a mixed-use, planned community being developed by SouthStar and Embrey, which are both known for developing highly desirable living and working experiences. It has been a pleasure to be a part of such a well-planned horizontal mixed-use master plan and partnering with SouthStar. Every good development has a great story. This was a very complex transaction and without the collaboration of SouthStar, Gamble Design Collaborative, Kimley Horn Engineers, and HEDK Architects, The Harper could not have been developed." Brad Knolle, Executive Vice President of Development at Embrey The 328-unit property features luxurious interiors such as nine-foot ceilings, open floor plans, granite countertops, large islands and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. Community amenities include a resort-inspired pool with cabanas, an elegant clubhouse with a fireplace and a billiards room, a yoga studio and a fully equipped business center. The Harper is scheduled for substantial completion in July 2022 and the one- and two-bedroom units are now leasing. Embrey Management Services, nationally recognized for providing exemplary residential services, has been selected to manage this property. About Embrey San Antonio-based Embrey is a diversified real estate investment company that owns, develops, builds, acquires, and manages multifamily residential communities and commercial assets in targeted markets across the United States. Since 1974, Embrey has developed nearly 43,000 apartments and more than 6 million square feet of commercial property. Embrey is a leading developer in the multifamily sector with more than 4,000 units under construction.

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