Secretary of State for Housing pledges planning reform green paper later this year

propertywire | April 05, 2019

Home builders have welcomed a pledge from the Government to reduce planning delays, increase the capability of local planning departments and improve procedure to accelerate the end to end planning process. Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire told the Home Builders Federation’s policy conference that quality counts and it is not simply about getting the numbers up. But he pointed out that for the first time in 10 years home ownership amongst 35 to 44 year olds is up and in 2018 more new homes were built than in any other year bar one of the previous 31.

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Many real estate law firms have found it easier to outsource closings to title companies than to perform them in-house, but this practice comes at significant costs - both literal and figurative. Outsourcing typically serves one of three purposes. It relieves some of the manpower pressure with which small and solo firms struggle. It saves time over scheduling and facilitating closings internally. It ensures the closing is handled by professionals who have the knowledge, tools, and expertise needed to comply with strict government rules and regulations.


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BUYING/SELLING

Offerpad to Expand Into Five New Markets This Year, Bringing Its Convenient Home Buying and Selling Solutions to More Homeowners Across the Country

Offerpad | May 05, 2022

Offerpad, a leading tech-enabled platform for buying and selling residential real estate, revealed expansion plans that will bring the company’s top-rated1 solutions to residents in Cincinnati; Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, Colo.; Fort Myers, Fla.; and Fort Wayne, Ind. The expansion news comes on the heels of continued momentum with the company’s best quarter in Offerpad history. Earlier today the company reported first-quarter financial results announcing a year-over-year $1.1 billion revenue increase. At Offerpad, we do things differently. Bringing together technology with our local real estate expertise, we take buying and selling homes from stressful to seamless. Traditional real estate, especially in today’s competitive market, often leaves homeowners feeling out of control and uncertain. Our solutions provide buyers and sellers with the flexibility to act fast and take care of all their needs under one roof. Americans increasingly want more convenience and control over their transactions, and we’re excited to help more homeowners in these new markets.” Vaughn Bair, Offerpad Chief Real Estate Officer Offerpad is expected to complete its Fort Myers opening in the second quarter and plans to expand to Cincinnati and the additional three markets later this year. When these five markets open, buyers and sellers across 29 U.S. markets will have access to the company’s entire suite of solutions: Cash offers in just 24 hours with flexible closing dates, no showings or open houses, and free local moving services Custom listing solutions and dedicated local market expertise to help customers sell their home on the open market with the option to retain a cash offer as back up Home buying solutions that provide easy access to Offerpad’s inventory of homes for sale Access to home mortgage and title services Bundling selling, buying and financing solutions together to save thousands with Offerpad Bundle Rewards Offerpad is available in more than 1,700 cities and towns and 24 U.S. markets. For the remainder of 2022, Offerpad will focus on growing its footprint around regional hubs in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest. Offerpad plans to begin hiring local real estate experts across all its new markets. Additionally, Offerpad plans to hire local home renovation vendors and develop partnerships with area homebuilders, real estate brokerages and agents. Offerpad currently offers a 3% referral fee to real estate agents who help a client sell to Offerpad. About Offerpad Offerpad’s mission is to deliver the best home buying and selling experience so you can spend less time ‘real estat-ing’ and more time living. From cash offers and flexible listing options to mortgages and buyer services, Offerpad has been helping homeowners since 2015. We pair our local expertise in residential real estate with proprietary technology to put you in control of the process and help find the right solution that fits your needs.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Thompson Thrift Residential Announces Luxury Multifamily Community in Daytona Beach

Thompson Thrift | May 25, 2022

Thompson Thrift Residential, a wholly-owned affiliate of Indianapolis-based Thompson Thrift and one of the nation's leading multifamily developers, announced today the development of Drift, a luxury multifamily community in Daytona Beach. Thompson Thrift plans to welcome new residents beginning in the summer of 2023. Drift's central location provides residents with easy access to Daytona Beach and other large cities along Florida's eastern coast. The Daytona market has witnessed high demand for multifamily communities over the past 10 years and we are pleased to be bringing one of our distinctive luxury communities to this growing community." Josh Purvis, managing partner for Thompson Thrift Residential Located off Williamson Boulevard near the southwest corner of Interstate 95 and Granada Boulevard, the 29.5-acre site will offer 300 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes averaging 1,000 square feet. Residents will be able to choose from a variety of layouts in three-story garden style buildings with a host of in-demand finishes including stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, walk-in closets, and full-size washers and dryers. The luxury living experience will extend throughout the community with a clubhouse featuring stylish entertainment spaces, a 24-hour fitness center, resort-style swimming pool, dog park, community gardens, community-wide WiFi, and more. Residents will be conveniently close to a wide variety of retailers, restaurants and day-to-day services, and just a few miles from Daytona's Main Street Pier and the Daytona International Speedway. The 327-bed Advent Health Daytona is located directly across the street. Daytona Beach is known as the "World's Most Famous Beach", earning its name back in the 1920s as the sandy beaches once used for racing gave way to development of the famous Daytona International Speedway, which now brings over 100,000 people to the Daytona 500 each year. In recent years, the healthcare sector has driven much of the economic growth with approximately 40,000 people working in the healthcare and education sectors. Thompson Thrift has made a name for itself by being one of the few developers to build Class A residential communities in markets across the country with a range of conventional, luxury leased villa and townhome-style communities. Throughout its history, the company has invested more than $3.7 billion and has become known as a trusted partner committed to developing high-quality, attractive communities. The company recently earned the distinction of being named one of GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum's Influencers of Multifamily Real Estate for 2021. About Thompson Thrift Real Estate Company Thompson Thrift is an integrated full-service real estate company with offices in Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Indiana, Houston and Phoenix. Three business units drive Thompson Thrift's success—Thompson Thrift Residential which is focused on upscale Class A multifamily communities and luxury leased homes, Thompson Thrift Commercial which is focused on ground-up commercial development, and Thompson Thrift Construction, a full-service construction company. Through these business units, Thompson Thrift is engaged in all aspects of acquisition, development, construction, leasing, and management of quality multifamily, mixed-use, retail, industrial and commercial projects across the country. We are passionate about our customer's success and strive to ensure our projects not only meet the needs of our customers but also the communities we serve.

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KKR to Acquire Leading Japanese Real Estate Asset Manager from Mitsubishi Corporation and UBS Asset Management in a Strategic Transaction

KKR | March 17, 2022

KKR & Co. Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation and UBS Group and UBS AG announced the signing of a strategic transaction by a subsidiary of KKR, which is acquiring all of the outstanding shares of Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc. from Mitsubishi and UBS Asset Management in an all-cash transaction valued at JPY230 billion (US$2 billion). MC-UBSR is one of the largest real estate asset managers in Japan. Founded in 2000 as a joint venture between Mitsubishi and UBS-AM, MC-UBSR is a pioneer in the Japanese real estate investment trust (J-REIT) segment. Today, it is one of the largest real estate asset managers in Japan with JPY1.7 trillion (US$15 billion) in assets under management.2 The business has approximately 170 dedicated professionals managing two Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed REITs: Japan Metropolitan Fund Investment Corporation (JMF) and Industrial & Infrastructure Fund Investment Corporation (IIF). JMF, with approximately JPY1.3 trillion (US$11 billion) in assets under management as of August 31, 2021, invests in retail, offices, hotels and other assets located in urban areas. IIF, with approximately JPY 0.5 trillion (US$4 billion) in assets under management as of January 31, 2022, focuses on industrial and infrastructure properties in Japan. Both REITs have established environmental, social, governance (ESG) programs and are included in the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index. Mitsubishi and UBS-AM showed us unwavering support over the years, enabling MC-UBSR to become Japan’s outright top J-REIT manager. We are excited to welcome KKR, which brings significant resources and relationships to MC-UBSR, and is well-placed to work with our experienced team to extend our long and successful track record of delivering strong results for the unitholders of JMF and IIF and take the business to the next level.” Katsuji Okamoto, President & CEO and Representative Director of MC-UBSR “Japan is one of the most important and high-volume real estate markets in the world, and is a market we have been dedicated to investing in with a local team since 2006. MC-UBSR has an excellent track record of serving investors across its REIT offerings and a strong commitment to enhancing its investments through a strategic approach to ESG. We look forward to working with and supporting a team that has served investors so well over the last two decades, and we anticipate that our combined strengths will further enhance MC-UBSR’s ability to deliver for new and existing clients and unitholders,” said Hiro Hirano, CEO of KKR Japan and Co-Head of Asia Pacific Private Equity at KKR. Takuya Kuga, Group CEO-designate, Urban Development Group of Mitsubishi, said, “We are pleased to have supported MC-UBSR’s development and operations over these past 20 years, and are proud to have grown MC-UBSR into Japan’s leading REIT manager. Mitsubishi continuously strives to optimize and strengthen its business portfolio, and will continue to expand its real estate development and asset management businesses in Japan, led by its wholly owned subsidiaries, Mitsubishi Corporation Urban Development, Inc. and Diamond Realty Management Inc, along with accelerating its initiatives in overseas real estate and large-scale urban development/management business. Welcoming a high-caliber real estate and diversified investment firm like KKR is a major endorsement of MC-UBSR, its team and its business, and we look forward to working with KKR and MC-UBSR.” Suni Harford, President of UBS Asset Management, said, “In partnership with Mitsubishi, we are proud to have developed MC-UBSR into a leading real estate platform in Japan. We are confident that KKR is well placed to take this business forward and wish the MC-UBSR team every success for the future. The Japanese market remains a cornerstone of our Real Estate & Private Markets business in Asia Pacific, and we remain focused on serving the needs of our clients and capturing growth opportunities in this strategically important region. Through our rapidly growing real estate investment unit, UBS Japan Advisors, we will continue to advise our clients on Japanese property investments.” UBS’s asset management, wealth management, and investment banking businesses operating in Japan are unaffected by the transaction. 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. About Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Corporation is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates businesses together with its offices and subsidiaries in approximately 90 countries and regions worldwide, as well as a global network of around 1,700 group companies. Mitsubishi has 10 Business Groups that operate across virtually every industry: Natural Gas, Industrial Materials, Petroleum & Chemicals Solution, Mineral Resources, Industrial Infrastructure, Automotive & Mobility, Food Industry, Consumer Industry, Power Solution and Urban Development. Through these 10 Business Groups, Mitsubishi’s current activities have expanded far beyond its traditional trading operations to include project development, production and manufacturing operations, working in collaboration with our trusted partners around the globe. With an unwavering commitment to conducting business with integrity and fairness, Mitsubishi remains fully dedicated to growing its businesses while contributing to a prosperous society. About UBS UBS provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. UBS is the largest truly global wealth manager, and a leading personal and corporate bank in Switzerland, with a large-scale and diversified global asset manager and a focused investment bank. The bank focuses on businesses that have a strong competitive position in their targeted markets, are capital efficient, and have an attractive long-term structural growth or profitability outlook. UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in more than 50 regions and locations, with about 30% of its employees working in the Americas, 30% in Switzerland, 19% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 21% in Asia Pacific. UBS Group AG employs more than 72,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In Japan, the firm offers corporate, institutional, and high net worth private clients a full array of financial products and services through five business entities: UBS Japan Securities Co., Ltd., UBS AG Tokyo Branch, UBS SuMi TRUST Wealth Management Co., Ltd., UBS Asset Management (Japan) Ltd., and UBS Japan Advisors Inc.

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Local Investors to Renovate Apartment Community in Northeast San Antonio

5T CRE | February 22, 2022

5 Talents Commercial Real Estate (5TCRE), along with Totem Capital Group, would like to announce the closing of their latest development project, Aria Apartments. The complex is located on the Northeast side of San Antonio and features 170 apartment units. It is currently 99% occupied and conveniently located near major highways, industrial and large corporate workplaces, and is situated in a vibrant and growing community. The investment team, led by 5TRCE, has over 24 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate. They identify, acquire, rehabilitate, and improve multifamily real estate properties, bringing quality housing options to residents across South Texas. The Aria Apartments renovation project will add value for residents as the community is remodeled. The development was built in 1982, and the project presented a huge opportunity to improve the community for current and future residents, and it offered an opportunity for investors to receive an equitable return on their investment dollars. Most of the $750,000 budget will focus on interior upgrades and renovations, along with the repair and repainting of all exterior building surfaces. Plans also include renovating the leasing office and updating the workout facility. Landscaping, tree trimming, and fencing upgrades will also be included. This project will offer current and future residents beautiful apartment living options in an area that continues to grow, and we are eager to attract new investment partners who share our vision." Abel Pacheco, Principal and President of 5TCRE We help investors, who align with our vision of community improvement and philanthropy, increase their net-worth and cashflow, while reducing their taxable income." Ruben Dominguez, Principal of Totem Capital Group, is the main investment partner with 5TCRE. To date, the group has invested in real estate projects valued at over $80 million, enhancing nearly 1,000 apartment units. The team offers many different investment opportunities that can be tailored to fit into any investor's portfolio.

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Many real estate law firms have found it easier to outsource closings to title companies than to perform them in-house, but this practice comes at significant costs - both literal and figurative. Outsourcing typically serves one of three purposes. It relieves some of the manpower pressure with which small and solo firms struggle. It saves time over scheduling and facilitating closings internally. It ensures the closing is handled by professionals who have the knowledge, tools, and expertise needed to comply with strict government rules and regulations.

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