The evolving landscape of private equity real estate

PERE | October 03, 2019

Favorable market conditions and increasing institutional demand for real estate exposure have fueled significant recent growth in private equity real estate (PERE) funds. The ability of PERE funds to raise capital has been consistently strong, with more than $100 billion secured in each of the past six years. With the growing demand for real assets suitable for private equity investment, and large amount of available capital, the annual number and total value of PERE deals have reached record highs for the past five years. As the industry matures, investors have received greater distributions and sought to re-invest capital in private real estate in search of the same public market outperformance.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

REfresh Is Back - A Virtual Experience for Yardi Breeze Clients

Yardi Breeze | April 04, 2022

Following a very successful inaugural event in 2021, Yardi is hosting the REfresh user conference on April 6-7, 2022. This virtual event is free to Yardi Breeze and Yardi Breeze Premier clients in the U.S. and Canada. With over 6,000 companies now on Breeze or Breeze Premier, thousands of users are once again expected to attend the event featuring more than 85 on-demand classes, spotlight sessions and an exclusive keynote presentation by Nikki Greenberg, an influential real estate futurist and thought leader. The goal is to empower property owners, managers and investors with the information and tools they need to succeed. (And maybe have a little fun while they are it.) Attendees can learn more about their Breeze or Breeze Premier software and see how they can expand their platform with other key Yardi products designed to help them better market their properties, find quality residents and tenants, protect their assets and improve their operations through innovation and automation. Clients are automatically preregistered for REfresh. They only need to log in to their Breeze or Breeze Premier system on April 6-7 and click on the conference link to learn and connect. Attendees can engage with peers and Yardi experts via live chat. Plus, anyone who signs in will find multiple ways to win prizes! Abut Yardi Yardi develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. Established in 1984, Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and serves clients worldwide.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Marcus & Millichap Closes Eight-Asset Reno Multifamily Portfolio Sale for $302 Million

Marcus & Millichap | April 05, 2022

Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in investment sales, financing, research and advisory services, announced the sale of The ERGS Portfolio, a six-property multifamily portfolio spanning a total of 1,077 units across eight assets. The portfolio traded for $302.5 million, or $280,872 per unit. With this purchase, the buyer establishes a strong presence in Reno’s multifamily market. The tremendous upside potential that can be captured through value-add renovations across the majority of the assets in the portfolio, along with the high-value major employers that can be found in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRI Center), made for an extremely attractive acquisition.” Kenneth Blomsterberg, senior managing director investments in Marcus & Millichap’s Reno office Blomsterberg, Ryan Rife and Daniel Winrod represented the seller and procured the buyer. “Over the past five years, the Reno-Sparks region has experienced a rapidly evolving landscape of business development and employment opportunities, and this trend is projected to continue,” added Rife. “Tesla, Apple, Google, Amazon, Blockchain LLC, Switch, and Panasonic are only a few of the major employers that have brought thousands of new jobs to the region. Many of these companies are in the TRI Center, the nation’s largest industrial park, located just a short drive from the ERGS Portfolio.” Built between 1958 and 2021, the assets are: North Peak Apartments, 352 units Silver Lake Apartments, 352 units Sierra Sage Apartments, 232 units Vale Apartments, 40 units Vale Townhomes, 16 units Peavine Peaks, 30 units Oak Manor, 47 units Angel Street Apartments, 8 units “The bulk of the ERGS Portfolio is located in the North Valleys submarket, which is the second-fastest growing employment location in Northern Nevada,” said Winrod. Truckee Meadows Community College is located less than five minutes from the ERGS Portfolio, and the University of Nevada, Reno is nearby. Lake Tahoe, the Black Rock Desert, and North Valleys Regional Park are within a short drive. About Marcus & Millichap, Inc. Marcus & Millichap, Inc. is a leading brokerage firm specializing in commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services with offices throughout the United States and Canada. As of December 31, 2021, the company had 1,994 investment sales and financing professionals in 82 offices who provide investment brokerage and financing services to sellers and buyers of commercial real estate. The company also offers market research, consulting and advisory services to clients. Marcus & Millichap closed 13,255 transactions in 2021, with a sales volume of approximately $84.4 billion.

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INVESTMENTS

Morgan Stanley, Embrey to Relocate Offices To Embrey's Premier 7600 Broadway Development

Embrey | January 31, 2022

Morgan Stanley and Embrey will relocate their current offices in San Antonio, Texas, to Embrey's premier mixed-use development, 7600 Broadway, bringing the office building to 100 percent occupancy. Morgan Stanley will occupy 28,000 square feet while Embrey will move its corporate headquarters into the remaining 25,000 square feet. Tenant buildout has begun immediately with occupancy expected in the summer of 2022. Embrey has designed a unique living and working experience at 7600 Broadway with the highest quality of design and attention to detail, Embrey is proud to make 7600 Broadway our corporate home and pleased to have a company like Morgan Stanley as our neighbor and tenant." Trey Embrey, President and CEO of Embrey. A professionally equipped fitness studio with showers, co-working study and private conference room, a full-featured lounge for entertainment and recreation, elevated pool deck and outdoor terrace, piano bar, and underground parking, highlight a number of luxury amenities thoughtfully curated specifically to create a premier living and working experience. Property management services will be provided by Stream Realty Partners. JLL's Office Leasing team of Mark Krenger and Meredith Howard represented Embrey. Jeff Miller and John Worthen with JLL's Corporate Advisory Group represented Morgan Stanley. We endeavor to align ourselves with the highest quality projects in the marketplace that attract great tenants. 7600 Broadway is truly representative of this. This amazing space will provide the Embrey and Morgan Stanley teams a place where they can achieve their best ambitions, 7600 Broadway is a signature property for Embrey and JLL is proud to partner with them. The highly amenitized and walkable project, at the corner of Broadway and Nacogdoches, stands as a gateway to the Alamo Heights community and is leading the redefinition and revitalization of the historic boulevard." Mark Krenger, Managing Director and Co-Market Lead, JLL. Residential leasing for the development is expected to begin in 2022 with management provided by Embrey Management Services, nationally recognized for its award-winning approach to service. This project represents the highest calling of our profession in terms of concept, detail, innovation and vision, 7600 improves the streetscape at an iconic intersection that creates a more walkable neighborhood and a first-class experience in the heart of San Antonio." John Kirk, Managing Director and Executive Vice President for Development for Embrey. About Embrey San Antonio-based Embrey Partners LLC is a diversified real estate investment company that owns, develops, builds, acquires, and manages multifamily residential communities and commercial assets in targeted markets across the United States. Since 1974, Embrey has developed nearly 43,000 apartments and more than 6 million square feet of commercial property. Embrey is a leading developer in the multifamily sector with more than 4,000 units under construction.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT To Be Acquired By Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate In $3.6 Billion Transaction

Bluerock Residential | December 21, 2021

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) (the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate ("Blackstone") under which Blackstone will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of BRG for $24.25 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.6 billion (the "Acquisition"). Under the terms of the agreement, Blackstone will acquire 30 multifamily properties comprising approximately 11,000 units as well as a loan book secured by 24 multifamily assets. The properties consist of high-quality garden-style assets with significant green space and resort-style amenities, built, on average, in 2000. The majority of the properties are located in Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Denver and Austin. Prior to the Acquisition, the Company separately intends to spin off its single-family rental business to its shareholders (the "Spin-Off" and together with the Acquisition, the "Transaction") through the taxable distribution to shareholders of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of a newly formed real estate investment trust named Bluerock Homes Trust, Inc. ("BHOM"), which will be externally managed by an affiliate of Bluerock Real Estate. BHOM will own interests in approximately 3,400 homes, including 2,000 through preferred/mezzanine investments, located in fast growing, high quality of life and knowledge economy markets across the United States. The Company's shareholders will receive shares of BHOM, with a current implied Net Asset Value estimated at $5.60 (based on the midpoint of the valuation range provided by Duff & Phelps, independent financial advisor to the Company's board of directors), for each share of Company common stock. There can be no assurance that the trading price upon a listing of BHOM will be equal to or greater than this estimated NAV. The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the Company's board of directors and the Acquisition, excluding the value of BHOM, represents a premium of approximately 124% over the unaffected closing stock price on September 15, 2021, the date prior to a media article reporting that the Company was exploring strategic options including a sale. We are very proud to enter into a transaction that delivers tremendous value to our shareholders. We believe the substantial premium to our historic trading price is a testament to our success in building a best-in-class institutional-quality multifamily apartment portfolio in our attractive knowledge-economy target markets, along with the robust process run by the board of directors and management to secure maximum value for our shareholders," Ramin Kamfar, Company Chairman and CEO. Bluerock's portfolio consists of high-quality multifamily properties in markets across the U.S. experiencing some of the strongest fundamentals. We look forward to bringing our best-in-class management to these properties to ensure they continue to be operated at the highest standards for the benefit of tenants and the surrounding communities." Asim Hamid, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Real Estate Completion of the Acquisition, which is currently expected to occur in the second quarter of 2022, is contingent upon consummation of the Spin-Off, as well as customary closing conditions, including the approval of the Company's shareholders, who will vote on the transaction at a special meeting on a date to be announced. The Acquisition is not contingent on receipt of financing by Blackstone. Most members of the Company's senior management, along with certain entities related to them, have agreed to retain their interests in the Company's operating partnership, which will hold the assets related to the single-family rental business upon completion of the Spin-Off, rather than receiving cash consideration. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Eastdil Secured LLC are the Company's lead financial advisors with BofA Securities also serving as an advisor. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank, PLC, and Vinson & Elkins, LLP are serving as the Company's legal counsel. Barclays and Wells Fargo Securities LLC are Blackstone's financial advisors and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is Blackstone's legal advisor. About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) is a real estate investment trust that focuses on developing and acquiring a diversified portfolio of institutional-quality highly amenitized live/work/play apartment communities in demographically attractive knowledge economy growth markets to appeal to the renter by choice. The Company's objective is to generate value through off-market/relationship-based transactions and, at the asset level, through value-add improvements to properties and to operations. BRG has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. About Blackstone Real Estate Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone's real estate business was founded in 1991 and has $230 billion of investor capital under management. Blackstone is the largest owner of commercial real estate globally, owning and operating assets across every major geography and sector, including logistics, multifamily and single-family housing, office, hospitality and retail. Our opportunistic funds seek to acquire undermanaged, well-located assets across the world. Blackstone's Core+ strategy comprises open-ended funds that invest in substantially stabilized real estate assets globally and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (BREIT), a non-listed REIT that invests in U.S. income-generating assets. Blackstone Real Estate also operates one of the leading global real estate debt businesses, providing comprehensive financing solutions across the capital structure and risk spectrum, including management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT).

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