The coronavirus impact on the real estate industry

AZ Big Media | March 16, 2020

Chances are that the world returns to normal. From SARS to Bird Flu to Ebola, it seems there is always some type of health scare that we are told will alter the course of our existence. Hopefully, a few years from now we are able to put coronavirus into the category of other “close calls”. But this one feels different. And it is already altering our lifestyle in dramatic ways that prior health scares did not.  Just this week, the NCAA said that it will hold March Madness without crowds, SXWS canceled its annual event, the Coachella Festival announced that it will be postponed, Google told its 100,000+ employees to work from home, countless other companies encouraged their employees to telecommute, and toilet paper has become an unusually hot commodity. While the real estate industry as a whole appears (at least so far) to not be affected to the same degree as the travel and entertainment industries, what impact can we expect the coronavirus to have on the real estate industry over the course of the next few months and years?

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Sotheby's International Realty Expands in Michigan

Sotheby's International Realty | August 17, 2022

Sotheby's International Realty announced the opening of Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty, signifying the brand's continued growth in the state of Michigan. The addition marks the brand's seventh office in the state. Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty is owned and operated by Dean Groulx and Wendy Groulx, who bring more than 60 years of collective experience to the company. Headquartered in the city of Elk Rapids, the office will serve the greater Traverse City area in Michigan including Alden, Bellaire, Elk Rapids, Elk Lake, Lake Leelanau, North Port, Suttons Bay, Torch Lake, and Traverse City. "Greater Traverse City has a robust luxury home market, It's become attractive for high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs and we're seeing both U.S. and international buyers purchasing primary and secondary homes in the area. Our continued growth in the state enables our brand to service this growing market and I look forward to supporting Dean, Wendy, and the entire Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty team." -Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby's International Realty The Traverse City area boasts a lifestyle and culture that few other places can match, Our area has access to some of the largest and most pristine freshwater lakes and access to world-class entertainment and fine dining. Few real estate companies can match the background and experience of our brokers and sales associates, and our affiliation with Sotheby's International Realty will offer sellers and buyers in the greater Traverse City area an experience like no other thanks to its prestige, global presence, and marketing capabilities,said Groulx. The company has plans for future growth in Alden, Bellaire, Traverse City, Northport, and Leelanau. Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty was launched in partnership with Russ Post, owner/broker of Ocean Sotheby's International Realty. The Sotheby's International Realty® network currently has nearly 26,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in over 1,000 offices in 81 countries and territories worldwide. Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm's brokers and clients will benefit from an association with Sotheby's auction house and worldwide Sotheby's International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated. Sotheby's International Realty Sotheby's International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for discerning clients of Sotheby's auction house. Today, the company's global footprint spans more than 1,000 offices located in 81 countries and territories worldwide, including 51 company-owned brokerage offices in key metropolitan and resort markets. In February 2004, Anywhere Real Estate Inc. entered a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby's, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby's International Realty name and the development of a franchise system. The franchise system is comprised of an affiliate network, where each office is independently owned and operated. Sotheby's International Realty supports its affiliates and agents with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Affiliates and agents also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby's auction house, established in 1744.

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Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. adds Gary VanAlstyne as Branch Manager, Principal of Leesburg, Virginia Office

Bowman | July 11, 2022

Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. (“Bowman”) announced that Gary VanAlstyne joined the company as branch manager and principal at its Leesburg, Virginia office. VanAlstyne has more than 30 years of experience in construction and development. As a Bowman branch manager/principal, VanAlstyne is responsible for providing consistent, effective leadership through stability, innovation, and common-sense solutions. Before joining Bowman, VanAlstyne served as vice president of Davis Utility Consulting, LLC, as director of design and construction services of the Loudoun County Public Schools, and as a member of the FSM Public Review Committee of the Loudoun County Government. He furthered his career working for Toll Brothers, Inc. as regional AVP and served as vice president of development for both Beazer Homes and Lennar. In addition, VanAlstyne owned and operated a development consulting firm in the residential, commercial, and recreational markets on the Eastern seaboard. He designed and built golf courses working with Arnold Palmer and Rees Jones as well as designing numerous master planned communities and various water parks around the country for Six Flags, Dollywood, and others. Before joining Bowman, he worked closely with the company as a client and had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with many individuals at the engineering services firm. “The industry has changed since I started working with Bowman in the early 2000s on residential subdivisions,” he said. VanAlstyne’s relationships with Bowman and the industry have allowed him to adapt and learn about different projects and clients and helping assure that Bowman is the “go-to” firm for engineering services in Loudoun County. “Thanks to his 22 years as a Bowman client, Gary VanAlstyne is a perfect addition to our team and we look forward to his continued contribution to Bowman’s success,” Bowman Chief Operating Officer Mike Bruen Bowman’s IPO and subsequent acquisitions compelled VanAlstyne to join the company and return to consulting. “I have come full circle,” he said. “I have been a Bowman client for over 20 years and having that experience as well as being a consultant and an owner’s representative helps me enhance the customer service experience,” he added. “What makes Bowman different from its competitors is its size and depth of specialized skills across the country, providing clients the ability to obtain all the services needed in one place and enhance my goal of bringing the customer experience to a new level.” VanAlstyne earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) and a geotechnical minor from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and is a registered professional engineer in NY, PA and VA. He is an active member of the Northern Virginia Builders Industry Association (NVBIA), the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP). VanAlstyne is also a member of the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). About Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. (Bowman): Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Bowman is an engineering services firm delivering infrastructure solutions to customers who own, develop and maintain the built environment. With over 1,400 employees and more than 60 offices throughout the United States, Bowman provides a variety of planning, engineering, construction management, commissioning, environmental consulting, geomatics, survey, land procurement and other technical services to customers operating in a diverse set of regulated end markets. Bowman trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol BWMN.

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The Real Brokerage Surpasses 5,000 Agent Milestone

The Real Brokerage Inc. | June 18, 2022

The Real Brokerage Inc., an international, technology-powered real estate brokerage, announced that it has surpassed 5,000 agents. The company has grown from 2,450 agents to 5,000 agents in the past 12 months, an increase of 104%. Over the past year, Real was listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, launched a new platform for its technology, and broadened its brokerage operations to 44 states and the District of Columbia, with an addition of 13 states including Indiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Iowa, Michigan, Idaho, Kentucky, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arkansas, Maine and Mississippi. The Company also added an international dimension, commencing operations in Canada, including Alberta and Ontario. The Company is focused on building a new model of national real estate brokerage that breaks away from franchise fees and brick-and-mortar offices and provides agents with an attractive financial incentive structure, innovative technology tools and an enterprising, ambitious culture. We've seen monumental success over the past year, and I believe a large part of that can be attributed to our agent attraction momentum and comprehensive tech solutions. Real attracts agents who are driven to succeed and who want to work with others who are equally as passionate. We build the technology and collaborative culture, and they continue to champion our growing community." Tamir Poleg, Real Chairman and CEO About Real Real is a technology-powered real estate brokerage operating in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario and Alberta, Canada. Real is building the future, together with more than 5,000 agents and their clients. Real creates financial opportunities for agents through better commission splits, best-in-class technology, revenue sharing and equity incentives.

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American Real Estate Partners Commits Capital to Its 6th Deal in Recently Announced Strategic Opportunity Fund III

AREP | July 29, 2022

American Real Estate Partners (“AREP”), and its Joint Venture partner Machine Investment Group (MIG) today announced the company’s latest investment in the logistics & distribution market, a 1,015,740 square foot industrial property located in Middletown, Delaware. This is AREP’s sixth investment through its Strategic Opportunity Fund III (“Fund III”) and is now 60 % deployed. The New Castle County industrial submarket has experienced meaningful growth, with the newly developed Route 301 Bypass transforming the ease of access to Middletown from Interstate 95. The current lack of easily accessible properties in Southern Jersey, Northern Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania has pushed tenants to seek strong alternate locations, the Middletown area is a premier example of this. “At AREP, we have sought to invest in those markets where we see growth of both tenancy and rents, We were drawn to this asset in a growing market as demand from Logistics & Distribution companies along 3PL providers continue to lead market absorption.” Doug Fleit, Co-Founder & CEO of AREP “Just weeks after announcing the closing of our third investment fund, this acquisition exemplifies AREP’s strategic and meaningful investments in the logistics market,” said Brian Katz, Co-Founder & President of AREP. “Our team has a proven track record of credibility and expertise in opportunistic investments, and we are proud to continue the diversification of our four asset pillars: industrial, data center, multi-family and office. We remain optimistic about Fund III and will continue to put its capital to work in a judicious manner.” In June, AREP announced the closing of Fund III with $63 million in equity commitments expanding on the diverse mix of public and private institutional investors and family offices. Fund III will continue AREP’s focus on a value-add and opportunistic strategy, concentrating on data center, residential, industrial, and office assets in East Coast urban and urbanized suburban markets. Fund III’s co-investment capital is targeted to invest in $1.5 B to $2.0 B of total asset value, utilizing moderate financial leverage. ABOUT AMERICAN REAL ESTATE PARTNERS Headquartered in the Greater Washington metropolitan area, AREP is an institutional fund manager and operating partner focused on data center, residential, industrial, and office assets, on both a development and repositioning basis in various markets along the East Coast. Since the company’s founding in 2003, AREP has deployed over $5.1B across targeted geographies, acquired more than 20 million SF of Class A real estate, and currently oversees over 10 million SF. AREP's vertically integrated real estate platform and experienced Management Team provide exceptional expertise in all ownership disciplines from acquisition to realization. By leveraging this expertise, AREP remains at the forefront of real estate innovation, maximizing investment and enhancing performance to provide added value for its investors.

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