Slowdown in prime property market in London appears to be easing

Knight Frank | July 04, 2019

The slowdown in the prime property sales market in London appears to be easing with supply shrinking, according to the latest sector index report. The fall in the number of homes for sales is connected with Brexit uncertainty as sellers appear reluctant to market, the report from international real estate firm Knight Frank suggests. Overall prices in the prime outer London market fell by just 0.2% on a monthly and a quarterly basis but they are still 4.1% below where they were in May 2018. While in the prime central London market they are down by 0.3% month on month, 0.7% quarter on quarter and 4.9% year on year.

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Home Warranty of America Joins the Choice Home Warranty Family

Choice Home Warranty | February 08, 2022

Choice Home Warranty ("Choice") announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Home Warranty of America ("HWA") from Home Warranty of America, Inc. to enhance Choice's position as a leading provider of home warranty service contracts and to accelerate Choice's mission to become the US' largest and most respected home warranty provider. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1996 and based in Illinois, HWA is recognized as a top national provider of home warranty service contracts to real estate professionals. Choice will continue to operate HWA as a stand-alone brand; but would complement HWA's strong brand and experienced employees with modern and improved customer service utilizing Choice's advanced technology. HWA's experienced team and strong reputation with real estate professionals combined with Choice's advanced technology, is an excellent fit with Choice's overall growth strategy, The combination of HWA's real estate channel experience with Choice's direct to consumer business and high-tech administration platform will be complimentary and will improve customer service, be great for our partners, and accelerate our path to attaining our goal of become the US' largest and most respected home warranty provider." Victor Hakim, Chairman, and founder of Choice. Home Warranty of America has been a trusted and recognizable brand in the home warranty space for more than 25 years, We welcome the team and are excited to bring new technology to improve and grow HWA and Choice." Hakim.

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Long View Equity and Endeavor Real Estate Group Acquire Ledgestone East

Long View Equity | March 16, 2022

Long View Equity in partnership with Endeavor Real Estate Group announced the acquisition of an 8.7 acre commercial parcel that fronts Highway 290 W and Ledge Stone Drive in Austin, TX. The property is in the ETJ of Dripping Springs within the Ledgestone Master Planned Community and is opposite of Belterra Village. The commercial development, called Ledge Stone East, will be a retail and office mixed-used development. It is anticipated there will be roughly 25,000 sf of retail and 25,000 sf of office space upon completion of the project. The development is aimed at breaking ground May 2022 with a Q3 2023 delivery. To-date, there has been strong interest in new retail at the project and is currently 25% pre-leased. Long View Equity is actively pursuing acquisition opportunities across office, industrial, and retail asset classes in major Texas markets. We are excited to be able to continue growing our portfolio in Central Texas through this development. We have seen firsthand the growth in Dripping Springs and are happy to be a part of it. We expect to make this project something the community can be very proud of." Daniel Campbell, Managing Director at Long View Equity Long View Equity Long View Equity, LLC, founded in 2010, is an Austin, Texas based investment management company that oversees investment decisions and operations of real estate investment funds and other syndicated investment vehicles. Long View Equity's core purpose is to create long-term value for its 100+ investors by making well-thought-out investment decisions, exercising diligence in management, and continually seeking out opportunities to create value. The Company pursues strategies involving the direct acquisition of core-plus and value-added investments and has a proven 10+ year track record of operating over 50 office, retail, or industrial real estate properties located primarily in metropolitan markets in Texas.

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MG Properties Acquires 215-Unit Community in Orange County's Placentia

MG Properties | April 23, 2022

MG Properties, a private San Diego-based real estate investor, owner, and operator is further expanding their presence in the Orange County, CA with the acquisition of The Herald Apartments. Built in 2021, this 215-unit community is a rare opportunity to acquire a "class A" asset in Placentia. The strong demographics of the surrounding area make The Herald's exceptional amenity package and high-quality finishes well suited to the market. The Herald is ideal addition to our Southern California portfolio. We believe Orange County has strong fundamentals and is positioned well for growth in the near term." Jeff Gleiberman, MG Properties' Managing Director The seller, Lyon Living, was represented by Mark Peterson, Joseph Smolen, Geoff Boler and Jonathan Merhut of Eastdil Secured. The property was financed by Affiliates of Apollo Global Real Estate Management L.P., originated by Lee Redmond and Greg Stampley also of Eastdil Secured. About MG Properties MG Properties is a privately owned, fully integrated real estate company specializing in the investment, redevelopment, and management of multi-family assets. Headquartered in San Diego, California, MG was founded in 1992 by Mark Gleiberman with the mission to enrich communities. MG's current portfolio is comprised of over 28,000 rental homes in California, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Oregon, including 95 communities.

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Three Sklar Kirsh Partners Named "Real Estate Visionaries" by LA Times

Sklar Kirsh LLP | May 20, 2022

Hot off a landmark dealmaking year for the real estate team at Sklar Kirsh LLP, the Los Angeles Times has recognized three of its attorneys as "Real Estate Visionaries." The firm announced today that Founding Partner Andrew Kirsh and Partners Serineh Baghdasarian and Peter Fischer were honored "for their contributions and leadership within their organizations, the legal field, and the community at large" by the publication's commercial real estate magazine. In 2021 alone, the firm's real estate team closed on approximately 200 transactions in over 25 states with a total asset value of approximately $7 billion across all asset classes including multi-family, office, retail, hotel, industrial, student-housing and self-storage. Jeffrey Sklar, co-managing partner and co-founder of the firm, said the team's worked hard to keep that strong momentum going in 2022. It's an honor for the firm's practice to be represented on the list, and given the incredible work they've done, I can't think of anyone more deserving of the title of 'real estate visionary' than Andrew, Peter, and Serineh. This recognition speaks to our group's commitment to clients and to the profession as a whole." effrey Sklar, co-managing partner and co-founder ofSklar Kirsh LLP The publication notes that Kirsh, who leads the real estate team, represents a broad spectrum of matters across the real estate industry, "including acquisitions, dispositions, equity investments, syndications, fund formation, development, leasing, financing, note purchases and foreclosures." Baghdasarian's practice includes extensive representation of real estate equity funds, developers, and investors in all areas of transactional real estate and real estate financing," adds the feature. She has helped various private equity firms grow their investment platform through her practical and hands-on legal approach and is considered an integral part of her clients' team. Fischer is recognized as an experienced commercial real estate transactional attorney who "routinely works on complex joint venture, fund formation, syndication and other transactions involving multi-family, industrial, assisted living, restaurants, hotels and hospitality, construction and office, as well as mobile homes and self-storage facilities" on behalf of a wide variety of clients. AboutSklar Kirsh LLP Sklar Kirsh LLP is a boutique law firm that provides sophisticated and expert advice in the areas of corporate, real estate, bankruptcy, and entertainment law as well as commercial, real estate and entertainment litigation.

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We've been taught that bigger is always better, so does that apply to real estate? Join me in today's episode as I put that mindset on trial. I'll also tell you all about the 4 equalizers to consider when you make investments and how those play into my strategy for the most profit in the game of real estate.

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