Texas tops the U.S. for real estate development spending and jobs

NAIOP | June 21, 2019

For the second year in a row, Texas topped the nation in real estate development activity in 2018. With almost $26 billion in direct spending on real estate projects, the Texas building sector contributed more than $62 billion last year to the state's economy, according to a report from the NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

National Real Estate Firm Evernest Acquires Kansas City Property Management Business

Evernest | April 29, 2022

Evernest, a national, full-service real estate and property management firm, announced that they have acquired the property management portion of Kansas City-based Hunter Properties. The acquisition represents Evernest's foray into the Kansas City market, complimenting the 16 other real estate markets already served by the firm. The combination of Hunter Properties' local property management footprint in Kansas City, along with our full-service real estate offerings, will ensure an ideal experience for their current clients and allow us to build something special in the Kansas City market. Owners, residents, and investors will continue to receive the high-quality care they have come to expect, but now with Evernest's touch." Matthew Whitaker, Evernest Founder and CEO "Evernest's commitment to client care is one of the primary reasons for this deal," said Hunter Properties owner, Robin Hunter. "I have confidence in their ability to serve my valued clients and, as I'm retaining the real estate side of my business, I'm now able to focus primarily on buying and selling homes for my clients." Hunter Properties is the 18th organization purchased by Evernest. "Our goal is to find best-in-class property management providers who are ready to exit the industry. We take the legacy they've built and infuse it with our distinctive culture, including a national brand, in-house brokerage services, and in-house underwriting." In other words, this acquisition also opens the door for real estate investors looking to break into Kansas City. "As Evernest moves into KC, we're excited to help residents, owners, and investors achieve their real estate goals, whatever those may be," said Whitaker. AboutEvernest Evernest is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and operates in 17 real estate markets across the country. It is one of the nation's largest single-family and small multi-family investment brokers and property management providers. The firm manages more than 6,500 homes for over 3,000 owners, brokers more than 700 investment deals annually, and has made the Inc5000 list five of the last six years.

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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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Shopoff Realty Investments Sells Iron Horse Shopping Center in Sparks, Nevada for $18 Million

Shopoff Realty Investments | April 28, 2022

Shopoff Realty Investments, a national manager of opportunistic and value-add real estate investments, announced the company has sold Iron Horse Shopping Center, a 185,890-square-foot neighborhood center, located in Sparks, Nevada for $18 million. When Shopoff purchased Iron Horse Shopping Center, the property was in very poor condition having been foreclosed on by the lender and under the management of a receiver for several years. Through our team's efforts, the property made a major transformation, with the addition of many new tenants, the reworking of leases with existing tenants, extensive improvements, and the addition of a new retail pad. The asset is now a positive resource for the surrounding community, rather than a blight." William Shopoff, Shopoff Realty Investments president and chief executive officer When Shopoff purchased the property, it was a distressed, lender-owned asset and only 33% occupied, with a former Target store space representing over 100,000-square-feet of vacant space. Shopoff was able to make significant capital improvements to the center, including new paint and column architectural features, enhanced signage, landscaping, repairing and replacing of the asphalt in the parking lots. Additionally, a new 7,151-square-foot pad was also constructed on the property. Ultimately, the Shopoff team was able to increase the occupancy of the center to 75%, signing several key long-term leases. In addition to the main center, there are two retail pads on the property that are being sold separately. One of the pads is 3,008-square-feet, and currently houses a Jack-in-the-Box fast food restaurant, and the other is the aforementioned 7,151-square-foot pad constructed by Shopoff, which has several tenants including Starbucks, Super Chix, Roberto's and Freeway Insurance. About Shopoff Realty Investments Shopoff Realty Investments is an Irvine, California-based real estate firm with a 30-year history of value-add and opportunistic investing across the United States. The company primarily focuses on proactively generating appreciation through the repositioning of commercial income-producing properties and the entitlement of land assets. The 30-year history includes operating as Asset Recovery Fund, Eastbridge Partners and Shopoff Realty Investments (formerly known as The Shopoff Group). Performance has varied in this time frame, with certain offerings generating losses.

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INVESTMENTS

Lument Provides $16.8 Million to Acquire Affordable Housing Tower in Colorado

Lument | February 04, 2022

Lument recently closed a $16.8 million Fannie Mae DUS® loan to acquire Residences at Franklin Park, a 92-unit affordable multifamily community in Denver, Colorado. Timothy Hoppin, director at Lument, led the transaction. Closing this deal was particularly satisfying, as the loan will allow the sponsor to acquire this 92-unit property and preserve much-needed affordable housing in the Denver area, The sponsor was able to secure a new 20-year Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract that will help the community maintain safe, comfortable, and affordable housing." Hoppin The sponsor of the loan is Edgemark, a repeat Lument client and well-established presence in Colorado, Texas, and throughout the Midwest. The property will be managed by Selden Property Management, which currently oversees 17,000 units across Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The Residences at Franklin Park was originally constructed in 1972 and renovated in 2011. The property consists of one 10-story building situated on 0.56 acres, and its 92 units include studios, one-bedrooms, and larger one-bedroom units with dens. All apartments include a full appliance package, laminate countertops, vinyl flooring in kitchen areas, and a private patio or balcony. Group amenities include a community room, laundry facility, and surface parking lot. About Lument ORIX Real Estate Capital Holdings, LLC, d/b/a Lument, is a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation USA. Lument is a national leader in commercial real estate finance. As the combined organization of legacy industry experts Hunt Real Estate Capital, Lancaster Pollard, and RED Capital Group, Lument delivers a comprehensive set of capital solutions customized for investors in multifamily, affordable housing, and seniors housing and healthcare real estate. Lument is a Fannie Mae DUS®, Freddie Mac Optigo®, FHA, and USDA lender. In addition, Lument offers a suite of proprietary commercial lending, investment sales, investment banking, and investment management solutions. Securities, investment banking, and advisory services are provided through OREC Securities, LLC, d/b/a Lument Securities, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services are provided by OREC Investment Management, LLC, d/b/a Lument Investment Management. OREC Investment Management is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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With Halloween just a few days away, why not spice up your marketing ideas with a little holiday spirit? Whether you’re a new or seasoned investor, chances are, you are very well aware of the fact that real estate investing is a people business. You can be great at finding deals, an expert at talking to private money lenders, or an interior design pro, but without people (aka your clients), your business won’t succeed.

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