Technology, data, starting to transform commercial real estate: survey

CKWX | January 27, 2020

A new report says technology and data are finally shaking up the world of commercial real estate, allowing the industry to make more informed decisions and take on more complex projects. Toronto-based Altus Group says a majority of 400 global commercial real estate executives surveyed are now seeing the disruptive impact of technology on the property sector for the first time in the five years the real estate group has been conducting the survey. Altus CEO Bob Courteau says executives are starting to see that data, innovation and technology are going to be critical going forward, after some reluctance in the past to invest in areas beyond the bricks and mortar of real estate. The change is clear at the executive level, where 80 per cent of firms said they have a chief data officer or equivalent senior executive, compared with only 44 per cent four years ago. The increased data and efficiencies brought on by technology are allowing real estate firms to expand into growing spaces such as multi-family co-living, a sort of dorm-style arrangement with small private bedrooms and shared living and kitchen space, as well as co-working space and new models for retail. Altus says a wave of investment in startups focused on real estate tech, or proptech, has created a huge number of players and the sector is ripe for consolidation.

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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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Greystar Announces Pre-Leasing Underway for 525 Olive in Bankers Hill

Greystar | February 07, 2022

Pre-leasing is underway at 525 Olive,­ a nearly 300,000-square-foot luxury apartment community in Bankers Hill being developed by global real estate leader Greystar ­in conjunction with St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Offering panoramic views of San Diego's famed Balboa Park, the more than $100.2 million project is slated for completion in April 2022, with move-ins to begin in April. According to Raul Tamez, director of development for Greystar, the 20-story luxury community is San Diego's answer to New York's Central Park living – providing easy access to the city's urban playground, Balboa Park, which features over 1,200 acres of natural outdoor space. With its elevated Bankers Hill location, 525 Olive is now the highest residential address in San Diego, offering sweeping city, bay and park views. This is an extraordinary opportunity to live in one of San Diego's most walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, offering close proximity to not only Balboa Park, but also dozens of nearby shops and restaurants, and other vibrant areas such as Downtown, Little Italy, Hillcrest and Mission Hills." Tamez. Greystar – a leading residential real estate manager and developer – acquired the .59-acre parcel of land from St. Paul's in 2019 and construction commenced shortly thereafter. As part of the transaction, the church will occupy 10,000 square feet on 525 Olive's first floor and 8,500 square feet on the bottom level as well as use of the underground parking garage. The 204 total residences will include studio, one-, two-, three-bedroom floor plans, plus penthouse suites, with homes spanning 533 to 1,625 square feet. Designed to condominium standards, 525 Olive homes are outfitted with modern wide wood plank style flooring, private patios or balconies and state of the art touches, such as auto shades, WiFi enabled LG thermostats, keyless entry doors and much more. Kitchens are equipped with top-of-the-line Fisher & Paykel appliances, sturdy quartz countertops and stylish herringbone tile backsplash. Twelve penthouse residences span the top two floors and range from 1,280 to 1,625 square feet with upgraded finishes, more expansive floor plans and unobstructed city views. Furthering the homes' sophisticated motif, all interiors were artfully designed to reflect the building's lush setting, with clean lines and a neutral color palette connecting to the surrounding trees, sky and water, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows to maximize city and park panoramas. While 525 Olive is contemporary in style, elements of the building have been carefully designed to complement the neighboring church – a neo-gothic style structure built in 1951 – as well as the nearby park and the surrounding neighborhood. The striking ground floor lobby area – with bold modern accents, organic fine touches and an understated color palette – also encompasses a soon-to-be named retail venue, plus the community's leasing office, mail area, multiple courtyards and the outdoor dog run. Dramatic amenity spaces include the Level 20 SkyClub, a rooftop retreat that spans the entire top floor and includes a clubroom with kitchen and TVs, the Park Lounge social area with a food bar, and the Sun Club with a sparkling rooftop swimming pool and lounge. Rounding out the amenity line up: an expansive indoor/outdoor fitness studio, courtyards with plenty of outdoor seating, a dog run and pet spa with grooming services and work lounge with Zoom conference rooms. Residents also have access to concierge services, 24-hour package reception, reservable bikes as well as a 15,000 square foot community park. About Greystar Greystar is a leading, fully integrated real estate company offering expertise in investment management, development, and management of rental housing properties globally. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, Greystar manages and operates approximately $230 billion of real estate in 215 markets globally including offices throughout North America, Europe, South America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Greystar is the largest operator of apartments in the United States, manages more than 754,000 units/beds, and has a robust institutional investment management platform with more than $49.9 billion of assets under management, including $22.6 billion of development assets. Greystar was founded by Bob Faith in 1993 with the intent to become a provider of world-class service in the rental residential real estate business.

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JLL Income Property Trust Acquires Newly Constructed North Tampa Surgery Center

JLL Income Property Trust | December 15, 2021

JLL Income Property Trust, an institutionally managed daily NAV REIT (NASDAQ: ZIPTAX; ZIPTMX; ZIPIAX; ZIPIMX) with more than $5.5 billion in portfolio assets, today announced the acquisition of North Tampa Surgery Center, a 13,000-square-foot, newly constructed medical office building in Odessa, Florida. The property is 100 percent leased on a long-term basis to Comprehensive Outpatient Joint and Spine Institute Center. The purchase price was approximately $8.5 million. "Within the office sector, our priority investments are healthcare-oriented, focusing on medical office and life science properties, In an uncertain environment for traditional multi-tenant office properties, these two healthcare-oriented sectors stand out for their lower vacancy rates, healthy net absorption and balanced new supply due to significant barriers to entry. These factors also lead to higher tenant retention, even during periods of weakness within traditional office market environments." -Allan Swaringen, President and CEO of JLL Income Property Trust. This acquisition increases JLL Income Property Trust's healthcare allocation to nine properties totaling more than 925,000 square feet, valued close to $360 million and representing approximately 7 percent of its overall portfolio. Swaringen added: "The shift towards outpatient, standalone surgery centers as an alternative to undergoing procedures in traditional hospital settings combined with the continued aging of our population positions medical office buildings as attractive portfolio additions to our stable value, income-oriented portfolio. It also positions the portfolio well to capture current and future demand, ultimately resulting in what we anticipate to be stable occupancy and long term cashflow." The build-to-suit property, newly constructed this year, comprises three surgery centers and new and innovative technology. The lease term is for 20 years and provides for an average of 2 percent annual rent increases. Located in the northern suburbs of Tampa, Odessa is a low-density but quickly growing community that is within 10 miles of nine hospitals, creating a strong base of potential referrals for North Tampa Surgery Center. LaSalle's Research & Strategy team forecasts the area should continue to see strong population growth and increased healthcare spending. JLL Income Property Trust is an institutionally managed, daily NAV REIT that gives investors access to a growing portfolio of commercial real estate investments selected by an institutional investment management team and sponsored by one of the world's leading real estate services firms. About JLL Income Property Trust (NASDAQ: ZIPTAX; ZIPTMX; ZIPIAX; ZIPIMX), Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc. is a daily NAV REIT that owns and manages a diversified portfolio of high quality, income-producing residential, industrial, grocery-anchored retail, healthcare and office properties located in the United States. JLL Income Property Trust expects to further diversify its real estate portfolio over time, including on a global basis. For more information, visit www.jllipt.com. About LaSalle Investment Management LaSalle Investment Management is one of the world's leading real estate investment managers. On a global basis, LaSalle manages approximately $76 billion of assets in private and public real estate property and debt investments as of Q3 2021. LaSalle's diverse client base includes public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, corporations, endowments and private individuals from across the globe. LaSalle sponsors a complete range of investment vehicles including separate accounts, open- and closed-end funds, public securities and entity-level investments.

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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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