Tariff wars: What do Walmart and Target prices have to do with the housing market?

Walmart | May 23, 2019

When a top executive at Walmart told Wall Street analysts and journalists on a conference call last week that tariffs on Chinese goods would lead to higher prices for his customers, people who follow the housing and mortgage industries felt a sense of foreboding. Higher consumer prices lead to higher inflation, which leads to higher mortgage rates that put a chill on home sales. “Increased tariffs will lead to increased prices, we believe, for our customers." Walmart chief financial officer Brett Biggs on a call after the world’s largest retailer reported earnings for the first quarter of 2019. Since then, executives at Target, Home Depot, Kohl's, and Macy's have made similar statements.

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Despite a shortage of listings in some market segments, Toronto real estate sales hit another record high for  the month of May,” said Mr. Etherington, Toronto Real Estate Board President.


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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Innovative Industrial Properties Acquires Massachusetts Property and Enters Into Long-Term Lease with TILT

Innovative Industrial Properties | May 17, 2022

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP), the first and only real estate company on the New York Stock Exchange focused on the regulated U.S. cannabis industry, announced that it closed on the acquisition of a property comprising approximately 104,000 square feet of industrial space in Taunton, Massachusetts. The purchase price for the property was $40.0 million (approximately $384 per square foot), which is fully built out and operational as a regulated cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing facility. Concurrent with the closing of the purchase, IIP entered into a long-term, triple-net lease agreement for the property with a subsidiary of TILT Holdings Inc. (TILT). TILT was a tenant of the prior owner of the property, and executed a purchase agreement with the prior owner to acquire the property for $13.0 million (approximately $125 per square foot). In addition, during TILT’s tenancy with the prior owner, TILT invested in excess of $27.0 million (approximately $260 per square foot) of its own funds in improvements to the building. IIP’s investment of $40.0 million consists of the original purchase price for the approximately 12-acre site and standard industrial building to the prior owner and a portion of the costs invested in the building by TILT for buildout of the facility, which included the HVAC, electrical, plumbing, cultivation, extraction and processing room buildouts and other building systems infrastructure necessary to support regulated cannabis cultivation and processing. The property consists of approximately 60,000 square feet of cultivation space, 8,000 square feet of production space (including a full commercial kitchen and extraction facility), 2,400 square feet of retail space and mechanical, office, administrative and storage space. The property currently produces a wide variety of form factors, both in-house and with third-party branded partners, including packaged and pre-rolled flower, concentrates, edibles and vaporizers. As the pioneering real estate investment trust (REIT) for the regulated cannabis industry, IIP partners with experienced, regulated cannabis operators and serves as a source of capital by acquiring and leasing back their real estate assets, in addition to offering other creative real estate-based capital solutions. TILT is a vertically integrated enterprise with a portfolio of companies focused on inhalation technology and regulated cannabis operations, and in 2021 generated approximately $203 million in revenues. Jupiter Research LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TILT and leader in the vaporization segment, focuses on hardware design, research, development and manufacturing with customers across the United States, as well as Canada, Israel, Mexico, South America and the European Union. TILT also conducts regulated cannabis operations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York (through its partnership with the Shinnecock Indian Nation). TILT owns a vertically integrated license in Massachusetts, with its Taunton facility dually licensed for both medical and adult-use cultivation, product manufacturing and retail. In addition to the Taunton facility, TILT operates a dispensary in Brockton that is licensed for both medical and adult-use cannabis, and expects regulatory approval soon for an additional medical-use dispensary in the city of Cambridge. TILT’s products recently were awarded first-place gold in “solvent concentrates” and second-place silver in the “edibles category” at the 2022 NECANN Canna Competition in Boston. According to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, 2021 regulated cannabis sales in Massachusetts were approximately $1.6 billion. Including this property, IIP owns nine properties in Massachusetts, comprising approximately 879,000 rentable square feet (including square footage under redevelopment) and representing a total investment, including commitments to fund future improvements, of approximately $282.7 million (approximately $322 per square foot). As of May 16, 2022, IIP owned 110 properties located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, representing a total of approximately 8.2 million rentable square feet (including approximately 2.4 million rentable square feet under development / redevelopment). As of May 16, 2022, IIP had committed approximately $2.2 billion across its portfolio, including capital invested to date (excluding transaction costs) and additional capital commitments to fund future construction and improvements at IIP’s properties. These statistics do not include an $18.5 million loan from IIP to a developer for construction of a regulated cannabis cultivation and processing facility in California and up to $55.0 million that may be funded between June 15, 2022 and July 31, 2022 pursuant to IIP’s lease with a tenant at one of IIP’s Pennsylvania properties, as the tenant at that property may not elect to have IIP disburse those funds and pay IIP the corresponding base rent on those funds. About Innovative Industrial Properties Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. is a self-advised Maryland corporation focused on the acquisition, ownership and management of specialized industrial properties leased to experienced, state-licensed operators for their regulated cannabis facilities. Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, commencing with the year ended December 31, 2017.

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Honely.com Signs Licensing Agreement for Its Property and Area Forecast APIs with Forescite, Inc.

Honely, LLC | March 29, 2022

Honely, a Boca Raton-based prop tech firm that uses proprietary AI/ML techniques to forecast the values of over 100 million properties, is pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic relationship with Forescite, a leading New York City-based FinTech company revolutionizing the journey to a secure financial future with their AI/ML-powered mobile app, Investall. Forescite will now have the capability to help calculate a user's net worth and equip them with statistics pertinent to the real estate market through a major licensing deal with a big data player in the Prop Tech space. Forescite will be licensing Honely's Property and Metro Level Forecast APIs which will allow them to give a true assessment of their users' financial position. This major partnership will be the first of many to come. We understand how impactful our statistics can be especially on a robust real time wealth management platform such as the Investall APP. The use case of our statistics can vary over a broad spectrum of industries, however the first one the public will be able to interact with is on Forescite's Budgeting and wealth management platform." Maxwell Schwarz, President of Honely FORESCITE EXECUTIVE Bala Shagrithaya, Investall CEO commented, "After an exhaustive search of data from industry leaders such as Zillow, we're thrilled to have found a partner in Honely, that far exceeds the complexity and reliability of data available on any property, which is important when trusting an algorithm that our users can rely on." About Honely Honely is a data and analytics company which uses high-level AI and data science techniques to deliver unique statistics such as home-value forecasts up to 36 months into the future, migration trends, neighborhood growth forecasts, and more. On Honely.com, every insight is delivered in real time and can be downloaded in customizable reports. The site also has interactive features that allow users to make important calculations and estimates, serving as a fully comprehensive tool for RE investors. About Forescite Forescite Inc enables "smarter Investing powered by AI," a New York City-based FinTech company that is revolutionizing the journey to a secure financial future with its AI/ML-powered Investall mobile apps. Like a GPS for finances, Forescite allows retail investors to leverage the predictive data and analytics used by the banks and hedge funds to make more effective investment decisions. The company's investing platform offers users the most powerful risk analysis tool on the market with the technology to manage their money like a pro.

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Dynamic City Capital Acquires a Florida AC Hotel by Marriott

Dynamic City | February 25, 2022

Dynamic City Capital (DCC), a Utah-based real estate investment firm focused on acquiring and developing premium-branded hotels, announced its acquisition of the AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach. The hotel is located on Alhambra Street, adjacent to Sebastian Street Beach. The Fort Lauderdale Beach AC Hotel is a beautiful hotel situated in an ideal location. In addition, this purchase aligns with our strategy of acquiring and developing high-quality, branded hotels in core markets. It is a perfect complement to our portfolio." Joel Sybrowsky, DCC's co-managing partner. The AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach features spectacular vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Just steps from Sebastian Beach and minutes from Fort Lauderdale Beach, the hotel provides easy access to a variety of activities: watersports, eclectic shops, celebrated restaurants, and renowned entertainment. The ten-story hotel features 171 rooms, a resort-style pool with cabanas, dining services, a lounge, and spacious conference rooms for business meetings and private parties. The acquisition of the AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach follows the company's announcement of the purchase of two Clearwater Beach, Florida, hotels at the end of 2021 and a San Francisco hotel last month. As a company, we are excited to add this hotel to our portfolio, furthering our growth. We are thrilled with the assets we've acquired this year, thanks to a fantastic team and great partners." Sybrowsky About Dynamic City Capital Dynamic City Capital (DCC) is a privately held real estate investment and asset management firm with three decades of experience in hospitality. During its 30+ year history, DCC has placed hundreds of millions of dollars of capital on behalf of its investment partners. After opening the first Marriott® franchised hotel in the state of Utah in 1991, DCC has been involved in the development, acquisition, and management of hotel assets throughout the United States, representing the premium-branded hotel families of Hilton®, Hyatt, IHG®, and Marriott®.

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City Office REIT Announces Raleigh Acquisition

City Office REIT | January 03, 2022

City Office REIT, Inc. (NYSE: CIO) ("City Office" or the "Company") announced today that it has closed the acquisition of Bloc 83, a premier two-building office complex located in Raleigh, North Carolina, for a gross purchase price of $330.0 million exclusive of closing costs. The 494,000 square foot, newly built Class A complex possesses a prime location, market-leading features and strong tenancy. Bloc 83 is situated in the Glenwood South submarket, a preeminent live-work-play district of downtown Raleigh. Glenwood South has attracted a population of young professionals relocating from larger metro areas and is the epicenter of Raleigh's dining, shopping and entertainment district. Bloc 83 features best-in-class, modern tenant buildouts, common areas and amenities. Highlights of the property include state-of-the-art fitness centers, a rooftop sky lounge, a yoga studio, various retail amenities and expansive lounges. The first building was delivered in 2019 and is currently 93% leased with a weighted average lease term remaining of approximately 10.3 years. The second building was delivered in 2021 and is in its initial lease-up phase at approximately 67% leased as of closing. Adding Raleigh to our footprint of high growth markets in the south and west strategically enhances our portfolio, Raleigh's highly educated workforce has been a driver for growth in the STEM and life science industries. The region's tier one research universities, high quality of life and diverse economy positions it favorably over the long term." James Farrar, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. About City Office REIT, Inc. City Office REIT is an internally-managed real estate company focused on acquiring, owning and operating high-quality office properties located in leading 18-hour cities in the Southern and Western United States. City Office currently owns or has a controlling interest in 6.2 million square feet of office properties. The Company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

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Despite a shortage of listings in some market segments, Toronto real estate sales hit another record high for  the month of May,” said Mr. Etherington, Toronto Real Estate Board President.

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