The cost of a top end flat in London would buy at least two homes elsewhere

GetAgent | May 06, 2019

Across the UK, you could buy at least two homes for the price of a flat in Kensington and Chelsea in London, one of the most expensive home markets in the country, new research has found. Although it is unlikely to happen, with an average detached house price of £137,742, prime central London flat buyers could pick up eight homes on the Western Isles for the same budget. While this was the highest across the country, Burnley, County Durham, Blaenau Gwent, Port Talbot, East Ayrshire, Blackpool, Hyndburn, Stoke and Dumfries and Galloway all have detached house prices between £156,000 and £182,00, meaning for the price of a high end London flat you could pick up six to seven detached homes in each area.

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Balfour Beatty Communities Receives Multiple National Resident Satisfaction Awards for Excellence in Military, Multifamily, and Student Housing

Balfour Beatty Communities | April 07, 2022

Balfour Beatty Communities, a national residential real estate investment and management company, received national honors for its military, multifamily, and student property management services based on an independent satisfaction survey conducted by SatisFacts, a national leader for technology, data, and education in the multifamily industry. Balfour Beatty Communities received honors in three categories: National Company Award for overall military housing, National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing, and National Property Awards across its military, multifamily, and student housing portfolio, which numbers close to 50,000 units. We are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts to provide exceptional service across our military, multifamily, and student housing properties. These awards are a testament to the dedication of our employees who embody our mission-driven culture through the hard work and high-quality services that they provide to our residents, partners, and communities every day.” Chris Williams, Balfour Beatty Communities president The SatisFacts surveys measure the resident experience from move-in to move-out and include resident scores on their interaction with office and maintenance staff on a 5-point scale. The SatisFacts Index allows Balfour Beatty Communities to benchmark resident satisfaction compared to other residential management companies. Balfour Beatty Communities then uses the scores to enhance resident satisfaction, retention, and overall community performance. This year, SatisFacts received over 40,000 survey responses from Balfour Beatty Communities military housing residents and scored in the top percentile for both move-in and work order performance. These high scores resulted in the company receiving the National Company Award for overall military housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its military properties. For Balfour Beatty Communities’ military housing installations, current reporting indicates the company scored: 4.41 out of 5 on overall move-in performance 4.61 out of 5 on overall work order performance Balfour Beatty Communities received similarly high scores across its 18-property multifamily and student housing portfolio, obtaining over 4,200 survey responses from its residents and performing highly on both move-in and work order experiences. The company was awarded the National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its multifamily and student properties. About Balfour Beatty Communities Balfour Beatty Communities is an active owner and operator of residential real estate in the multifamily, student and military housing sectors across the United States. Since its inception in 1999, Balfour Beatty Communities has invested in nearly 100 properties representing more than $7.9 billion of gross asset value. Our broad in-house expertise includes decades of acquisition, development, finance, renovation, leasing and property/facility management experience. Leveraging this extensive expertise and a customer service-focused approach, Balfour Beatty Communities seeks to create value in its real estate projects while delivering exceptional living experiences. Balfour Beatty Communities is a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty Investments, Inc. and Balfour Beatty plc, a leading international infrastructure group.

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RADCO Acquires Skyhouse Midtown High-Rise Multifamily Building in Atlanta for $131 Million

RADCO | February 21, 2022

The RADCO Companies (RADCO), one of the nation's leading opportunistic real estate developers, announced the acquisition of Skyhouse Midtown, a 320-unit, 23-story luxury high-rise multifamily building prominently located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, for $131 million. The deal marks the first high-rise multifamily building RADCO has acquired in its current investment cycle and complements the firm's existing portfolio of multifamily and commercial real estate. The property has been renamed "The M by Radius." Radius is RADCO's highest brand and joins nearby Radius West Midtown to bolster the company's in-town presence. RADCO previously owned the 53-story Four Seasons hotel, office, and residential tower just blocks away from The M by Radius. Built in 2013, the newly branded The M by Radius was one of the first buildings constructed in Atlanta coming out of the Great Recession. The property offers a prime location at the corner of West Peachtree and 12th Street, the new epicenter of the city with offices, retail, and entertainment nearby. The ground floor includes 8,658 square feet of retail space. The M by Radius is the closest high-rise to the I-75/85 connector in Midtown and one of the most visible buildings in the Atlanta skyline, offering exceptional signage or art opportunities on its half-domed roof. The property features frontage on Spring Street, 12th Street, and the bustling West Peachtree Street. The building consists of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and luxury "amenities in the sky" including a rooftop pool and lounge, fitness center, and grills all with 360-degree views overlooking Atlanta's skyline. The unit interiors at The M by Radius have modern, open floorplans with ample room for value-add expansion. RADCO is pleased to announce we have acquired Skyhouse Midtown, our first high-rise, late vintage property acquisition in this cycle, As residents and capital migrated to the suburbs during the pandemic, the cost of buying suburban apartment assets also substantially increased. There's been a recent shift back to the urban core making in-town residential an attractive investment once again. The M by Radius offered everything we were looking for in an urban multifamily asset and as always, we intend to invest in this incredible building and significantly improve the resident experience. RADCO intends to seek out additional urban residential investments throughout the Southeast." Norman Radow, CEO of the RADCO Companies. The M by Radius sits directly across from 1105 West Peachtree, a fully-leased, newly constructed office building that is the planned new regional headquarters for Google, part of its recently announced expansion in the Atlanta market. In addition, the property is across the street from the culinary-themed Epicurean Hotel, Northside Hospital's in-town campus, SCAD, Georgia Tech, and other business and cultural attractions. Skyhouse was first created by the visionary developer Jim Borders and his Novare Group. The deal represents the 100th transaction for RADCO during the current real estate cycle. The Northmarq team led by Jason Nettles and Megan Thompson brokered the transaction. The RADCO Companies RADCO was founded in 1994 with the mission of "Building Better Living." Based in Atlanta, RADCO is a national real estate company that specializes in the acquisition and redevelopment of value-add multifamily and hospitality investments across the Southeast and Central US. Over the past 10 years, the firm has acquired and invested in approximately 30,000 units in 15 markets and completed more than 90 deals totaling $3.1 billion.

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Nuveen Real Estate Launches Global Impact Investing Sector Focused on Community Revitalization, Resident Well-Being

Nuveen | May 11, 2022

Nuveen Real Estate announced the launch of a comprehensive global impact investing sector that will focus on building the vitality and sustainability of entire communities by enriching the lives of their residents. Nadir Settles will serve as Global Head of Impact Investing and Pamela West as Senior Portfolio Manager, Impact Investing. Nuveen Real Estate is one of the world's largest real estate investment managers with more than $152 billion of assets under management. Building on Nuveen's proven 50-year track record in impact investing, the new global real estate sector will provide strategies that address some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the U.S., Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), supporting growth goals of up to $15 billion in real estate AUM by 2026. Specifically, the mandate is designed to improve communities by providing supportive services, enhancing residents' quality of life and financial outcomes, and ensuring affordable, sustainable and climate safe housing, while at the same time supporting Nuveen Real Estate's commitment to making its global property portfolio net zero carbon by 2040. Nuveen is a pioneer in impact investing and we are competitively positioned to deliver a market-leading sector globally and at scale. Under Nadir and Pamela's leadership, I am confident that this new sector will address some of the most pressing challenges in local real estate across the globe, while creating an avenue for investors to have a significant impact through their capital investment. I look forward to working with a seasoned team of experts to build on Nuveen's incredible work in the industry." Chris McGibbon, Global Head of Real Estate at Nuveen Expanding Affordable Housing While Regenerating Communities The new real estate impact sector will invest in early-stage projects and take an impact-led approach to increase the supply of social and affordable housing by targeting low-income and disadvantaged populations, while also focusing on regeneration projects within healthcare, education, and transportation services. "By leveraging Nuveen Real Estate's industry expertise, we are going beyond just affordable housing to focus our attention on community revitalization," said Nadir Settles, Global Head of Impact Investing at Nuveen Real Estate. "We see an immediate opportunity to scale our strategy and leverage our leading position in the industry to support tenant well-being and create a more sustainable future. I am honored to have been chosen to lead such a significant sector." Nadir Settles will report directly to Carly Tripp, Global Chief Investment Officer and Head of Investments at Nuveen Real Estate, and lead an international team across the U.S., Europe and APAC in identifying and pursuing relevant real estate impact investments, while growing the overall sector. Settles will also continue to lead investments as Head of New York Office. Pamela West brings 25 years of industry experience, of which nearly a decade has been dedicated to deploying capital into affordable housing strategies and addressing social and environmental issues. She will continue to oversee the framework's strategy, portfolio construction, and client relationships. West reports to Shawn Lese, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Funds Management, Americas at Nuveen Real Estate. Building on Established Impact Track-Record The real estate global impact investing sector builds on Nuveen's overall efforts in impact. Last month, the firm expanded its range of impact investing strategies to Europe with the launch of the German living impact platform, led by portfolio manager Tanja Volksheimer, to deliver social and environmental impact through affordable housing. The news also comes on the heels of the final close of the firm's first global private equity impact platform, which targets investments that promote energy efficiency and an expansion of services for underserved communities. Nuveen made its first investment in impact in the 1980s and has since invested over $500 million in direct and indirect private equity capital across over 200 portfolio companies in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Today, Nuveen manages over $5.8 billion across all of its public and private markets impact investing strategies. "We have been very intentional about bridging our core competency in real estate with community impact," said Ms. West. "Our portfolio is dedicated to creating change by placing environmental and social impact at the heart of our investment strategy, which ultimately drives better outcomes for residents and inclusive communities while delivering a healthy financial return." The new impact investing sector will add to Nuveen Real Estate's existing sector specialist expertise, ­­­­ including retail, office, housing, industrial, alternatives and debt. Nuveen Real Estate Nuveen Real Estate is one of the largest investment managers in the world with $152 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2021. Managing a suite of funds and mandates, across both public and private investments, and spanning both debt and equity across diverse geographies and investment styles, we provide access to every aspect of real estate investing. With over 85 years of real estate investing experience and more than 725 employees located across 30 cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, the platform offers unparalleled geographic reach, which is married with deep sector expertise.

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Barings and Ocean West Acquire Smoky Hollow Flex Industrial Campus

Barings | March 04, 2022

Barings, one of the world's leading investment managers, announced that it has partnered with Ocean West Capital Partners to acquire the Smoky Hollow Flex Industrial Campus, an approximately 136,610 square foot flex industrial campus located in the desirable and supply constrained Smoky Hollow submarket of El Segundo, California, in an off market transaction. The Smoky Hollow district is a historic industrial district that has evolved as a unique, amenity-rich neighborhood dominated by small brick-and-timber creative office and flex product, attracting a wide range of dynamic users. The Smoky Hollow campus is currently comprised of three separate industrial flex buildings and surface parking lots on 5.1 acres. Barings' industrial strategy is to create value through leasing and by executing at meaningful spreads over core acquisition yields. Barings and Ocean West intend to implement an extensive repositioning, including the construction of a new flex industrial building and 266-stall parking structure, and performing enhancing renovations to the three existing buildings including upgrades to the exterior, building systems, and constructing outdoor recreation spaces. The joint venture repositioning of the Smoky Hollow Flex Industrial Campus represents a new partnership between Barings and Ocean West, This investment is a prime example of Barings' value-add real estate investment strategy which focuses on creating uniquely competitive real estate that attracts innovative tenants." Chris Black, Barings Head of Real Estate Acquisitions, Western U.S. Given the prevalence of smaller sized properties and almost complete lack of large development sites throughout Smoky Hollow, the site represents an extremely rare acquisition. The project will provide tenants with distinctive, high demand features including ceiling heights up to 31 feet, brick-and-timber architecture, low-rise building layouts, ample parking, and multiple tenant access points. Smoky Hollow's distinct charm and walkable footprint has attracted an increasing number of entertainment, tech, media and aerospace firms, and has emerged as one of the most desirable creative hubs in the South Bay and Lower Westside markets. This project is conveniently located in close proximity to dining, shopping and entertainment. Additionally, the site has convenient access to LAX, the Metrorail Green Line, and 405 and 105 Freeways. We are looking for opportunities where we can apply active management – whether it be through development, renovations, or re-leasing that allow us to create additional value in an asset. This project provides us the opportunity to renovate a large-scale, creative flex industrial campus in one of the region's most desirable areas." Chris Berry, Portfolio Manager on the Barings Real Estate Equity platform. About Barings Barings is a $391+ billion* global investment manager sourcing differentiated opportunities and building long-term portfolios across public and private fixed income, real estate, and specialist equity markets. With investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, the firm, a subsidiary of MassMutual, aims to serve its clients, communities and employees, and is committed to sustainable practices and responsible investment.

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