REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Nitya Capital | September 26, 2022
Nitya Capital, a U.S. real estate investment firm, announced that it is expanding to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of its continuing global growth strategy. Nitya plans to open an office in January 2023 to grow its investor base and provide opportunities to directly invest in U.S. real estate amid shifting global economies and stock market fluctuations.
Following the recent opening of Nitya’s India office in 2020, the expansion to the UAE underscores the increase in global demand for reliable alternative investment opportunities found in U.S. real estate, particularly multifamily. Nitya’s UAE branch plans to reach a newer, locally sourced investor base, specifically family offices, institutions, and high-net-worth investors.
“Opening our first branch in the Middle East is an exciting stepping stone in Nitya’s growth, The Middle East is a very important hub for Nitya given our recent successful capital raises in the region, and we can’t wait to offer the best in real estate services to Middle Eastern institutions and high-net-worth investors. I’m very grateful for the love and hospitality I’ve experienced during my many visits to the UAE and it’s an honor to be working with the investment community.”
-Swapnil Agarwal, CEO of Nitya Capital
Nitya leadership recently executed successful overseas investment deals with one of UAE’s largest institutional groups, as well as attributed meaningful investments with Middle East families in the past. With this expansion, the company will continue the momentum and meet increased demand from local investors who want to explore a new wave of recession-resilient real estate ventures through a direct presence within the region.
Nitya’s Middle East Partner and Managing Director for the new UAE location, Rasheed Chahal, will oversee all internal and regional developments across the branch, work with investors on all levels (high-net-worth individuals, family offices, institutions) for U.S. real estate deals as well as help to grow the UAE office. Chahal has more than 15 years of experience in various roles in real estate development, investment management, and capital markets across North American and Middle Eastern regions.
Multifamily real estate in the United States remains to be a lucrative investment as it continues to see increase in demand for housing given continued population growth and shortage of supply, despite global economic shifts. We want to bring these investment opportunities directly to the UAE investment community, Our expansion will provide local investors with in-area, on-the-ground representation and can help them take advantage of exceptional real estate opportunities without taking on major risk. With all the uncertainty and rising inflation taking place across national economies, real estate continues to be a powerful hedge and very attractive place to put your money,stated Chahal.
Nitya Capital has experienced historic growth since 2020, has partnered with large institutions across North America, explored several successful new student housing portfolios, opened an India office, and increased its total assets under management. The company currently oversees assets in excess of $3b. Overall, it has successfully exited over $2.5b in assets with 25%+ in total generated net returns for its investors since the company’s launch in 2013.
Its latest extension into the UAE region marks a substantial diversification in its growth across national waters, allowing for local investors to seize profitable real estate opportunities with safe and stable returns.
About Nitya Capital
Nitya Capital is a privately-owned national real estate investment firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. As active investor-operators, Nitya Capital takes a disciplined approach across all avenues pre- and post-acquisition. Our team of dedicated professionals works thoroughly to monitor key performance indicators and optimize asset performance, engaging in in-depth market research and data analysis. We additionally provide a thorough due diligence process and a holistic, hands-on asset management model, maximizing our attention to detail on all ends of the spectrum.
AGENT,REAL ESTATE ADVICE
RESAAS Services Inc. | September 09, 2022
RESAAS Services Inc., a technology platform for the real estate industry, today announced the Company has won the PropTech Breakthrough Award: Agent Match Solution of the Year for the second consecutive year.
"RESAAS is proud to be recognized by this prestigious global award for a second consecutive year, showcasing the pedigree of our enterprise-grade technology platform, RESAAS continues to cement its position as the real estate industry's leading solution for Agents and Brokers to secure new business. By focusing on unique real estate data, RESAAS solutions provide unrivalled business value to the global real estate industry."
-RESAAS CEO, Tom Rossiter
The 2022 PropTech Breakthrough Awards received over 1,500 nominations globally. Winners alongside RESAAS include Rocket Mortgage, OpenDoor, Appfolio, and TenantBase. Submissions were judged on several critical characteristics including innovation, functionality, performance, ease of integration and ease of use.
About RESAAS Services Inc.
RESAAS is an award-winning global technology platform for the real estate industry. With over 500,000 real estate agents utilizing RESAAS in 160 countries, RESAAS enables real-time industry communication, delivers new business opportunities and captures unique real estate data. Some of real estate's biggest brands leverage RESAAS to provide business intelligence to real estate brokerages, franchises and associations.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
STORE Capital, GIC and Oak Street | September 17, 2022
STORE Capital Corporation, an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, and GIC, a global institutional investor in partnership with Oak Street, a Division of Blue Owl, one of the largest net lease investors, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which GIC and funds managed by Oak Street will acquire STORE Capital in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $14 billion.
Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, STORE Capital stockholders will receive $32.25 per share in cash, which represents a premium of 20.4% to STORE Capital’s closing stock price as of September 14, 2022 and a premium of 17.8% to the 90-day volume weighted average stock price through that date.
“This all-cash transaction delivers a meaningful premium that provides immediate and certain value for our stockholders in a challenging market environment, while positioning the Company, its customers and its partners for continued success, I would like to extend my thanks to the entire Board and management team for their hard work during this process, and for their unwavering commitment to acting in the best interests of our stockholders.”
-Tawn Kelly, Chairman of the Board of Directors of STORE Capital
We are pleased to partner with GIC and Oak Street to deliver what we believe is an excellent outcome for our stockholders, This opportunity is an endorsement, by two leading real estate investors with significant access to capital, of the strength of our platform, our experienced leadership team and our disciplined investment approach. We look forward to continuing to grow and support our customers,said Mary Fedewa, President and Chief Executive Officer of STORE Capital.
As one of the largest dedicated U.S. net lease real estate companies in a nearly US$4 trillion-dollar market, STORE Capital is a strong addition to GIC’s diverse portfolio of U.S. real estate investments, We are confident the Company will continue its trajectory of accretive growth by meeting the demand for long-term financing solutions from middle market U.S. companies. We look forward to working closely with STORE Capital and our partners at Oak Street to grow this platform over the long term,said Adam Gallistel, Head of Americas Real Estate, GIC.
As a global long-term investor, GIC seeks to invest in best-in-class businesses with strong long-term growth potential, We are thrilled to lead this investment in STORE Capital given its impressive cash flow profile, long-weighted average lease term and highly diversified portfolio with strong rent coverage,said Lee Kok Sun, Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate, GIC.
We are extremely excited to invest together with a like-minded and thoughtful partner in GIC, We believe the STORE Capital platform complements Oak Street’s exposure to the triple-net industry and our focus on sale-leasebacks. The potential scale of this combination and partnership can deliver one of the most diversified, unique and long dated net lease platforms across the globe,said Marc Zahr, President of Oak Street.
Timing and Approvals
The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the STORE Capital Board of Directors, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023, subject to approval by STORE Capital’s stockholders and the satisfaction of certain other customary closing conditions. The closing of the transaction is not subject to any financing conditions.
The definitive merger agreement includes a 30-day “go-shop” period that will expire on October 15, 2022, which permits STORE Capital and its representatives to actively solicit and consider alternative acquisition proposals. There can be no assurance that this process will result in a superior proposal, and the Company does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the go-shop process unless and until it determines such disclosure is appropriate or is otherwise required.
Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, STORE Capital will declare and pay its third quarter cash dividend in the ordinary course. Thereafter, the Company has agreed to suspend payment of any further regular quarterly dividends through the closing.
Subject to and upon completion of the transaction, STORE Capital’s common stock will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Evercore and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are acting as financial advisors to STORE Capital, and DLA Piper LLP (US) is acting as its legal counsel. Eastdil Secured Advisors LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. are acting as financial advisors to GIC and Oak Street. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as legal counsel to GIC and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel to Oak Street.
About STORE Capital
STORE Capital is an internally managed net-lease REIT that is a leader in the acquisition, investment and management of Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, which is its target market and the inspiration for its name. STORE Capital is one of the largest and fastest growing net-lease REITs and owns a large, well-diversified portfolio that consists of investments in more than 3,000 property locations across the United States, substantially all of which are profit centers.
GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to secure Singapore's financial future. As the manager of Singapore's foreign reserves, GIC takes a long-term, disciplined approach to investing, and is uniquely positioned across a wide range of asset classes and active strategies globally. These include equities, fixed income, real estate, private equity, venture capital, and infrastructure. The firm's long-term approach, multi-asset capabilities, and global connectivity enable them to be an investor of choice. GIC seeks to add meaningful value to its investments. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC has a global talent force of over 1,900 people in 11 key financial cities and has investments in over 40 countries.
About Oak Street, a Division of Blue Owl
Oak Street, a division of Blue Owl, is a real estate investment firm focused on acquiring properties net-leased to investment grade and creditworthy tenants. Oak Street specializes in providing flexible capital solutions to a variety of organizations including corporations, healthcare systems, universities and government entities. Oak Street has $16.6 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2022. Blue Owl is a global alternative asset manager with $119 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2022. Anchored by a strong permanent capital base, the firm deploys private capital across Direct Lending, GP Solutions and Real Estate strategies on behalf of Institutional and Private Wealth clients. Blue Owl's flexible, consultative approach helps position the firm as a partner of choice for businesses seeking capital solutions to support their sustained growth.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
HomeJab | July 14, 2022
HomeJab, which provides real estate agents on-demand professional real estate photography services nationwide, is debuting a new and novel marketing method that gives real estate agents a new avenue to promote homes for sale – using an NFT, or non-fungible token.
Real estate agents who use HomeJab for professional real estate photography for their listing can now receive a free real-estate-backed-NFT of the home as part of their order. This new service from HomeJab includes promoting these NFT-backed homes for sale and listing them on the new HomeJab NFT site at nft.homejab.com.
HomeJab founder and CEO Joe Jesuele emphasized that this new service for real estate agents supplements their traditional marketing efforts by exposing them to an NFT-interested audience.
"For real estate agents, we provide an easy way to promote their listings to a new market of potential buyers and it doesn't cost them anything," explained Jesuele. "For crypto enthusiasts, we offer a way to purchase real world assets legally using blockchain," he added.
The first NFT-backed home currently being marketed for sale on the HomeJab NFT site is in Detroit, at 20060 Canterbury Road owned by Daniel McDonald and listed for $415,000 by Lisa Virkus, a real estate agent and founder of Realty in the D.
Team Title Services, owned by Web Raulston and based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, handles the title and settlement services.
McDonald is a Key Advisor at Mortgage Token, which aims to be the first company that allows clients to leverage their home equity to invest in cryptocurrency.
"I'm a firm believer that with digital assets such as NFTs, entire industries will benefit from being built on the Ethereum blockchain by increasing consumer transparency and transaction cost-effectiveness," home seller McDonald said.
McDonald explained that blockchain, like the internet, is the new "great equalizer" and that "Web3 will level the playing field, making information and pricing inequalities a thing of the past."
"Mortgage Token is an autonomous modernized lending platform bridging the gap between real estate and crypto lending. We look forward to launching before the fourth quarter of 2022 as the first lender specifically investing in cryptocurrency."
Jason Yourofsky, Mortgage Token founder
Jesuele noted, "Our customers will get an NFT listing for free with every photo shoot, and direct exposure to a more tech-savvy group of buyers."
With the new service, an agent can bring their buyer, and the buyer would purchase the NFT, which provides them with an option to purchase the property. Buyers purchase NFTs with USD Coin (USDC), a digital currency fully backed by US dollar assets, on the Ethereum blockchain. HomeJab receives 1% on the NFT sale, with the proceeds distributed to the title company who then facilitates the closing and recording of deed. The seller and buyer agent commissions would be part of the settlement statement, like any other traditional transaction.
HomeJab is America's leading on-demand professional real estate photography and video service for real estate pros. Lightning-fast high-end visual production offerings also include immersive 3D interactive tours, floor plan creation, affordable virtual staging, turnkey aerial services, and the creation of real-estate-backed NFTs. Its efficient one-stop-shop for real estate listings promotions at HomeJab.com features affordable and customizable shoots to create the most engaging visual content for faster home sales and enrich the listing agent's personal brand. HomeJab is available nationwide and in the U.S. and Canada.