REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
City Office REIT | January 03, 2022
City Office REIT, Inc. (NYSE: CIO) ("City Office" or the "Company") announced today that it has closed the acquisition of Bloc 83, a premier two-building office complex located in Raleigh, North Carolina, for a gross purchase price of $330.0 million exclusive of closing costs.
The 494,000 square foot, newly built Class A complex possesses a prime location, market-leading features and strong tenancy. Bloc 83 is situated in the Glenwood South submarket, a preeminent live-work-play district of downtown Raleigh. Glenwood South has attracted a population of young professionals relocating from larger metro areas and is the epicenter of Raleigh's dining, shopping and entertainment district.
Bloc 83 features best-in-class, modern tenant buildouts, common areas and amenities. Highlights of the property include state-of-the-art fitness centers, a rooftop sky lounge, a yoga studio, various retail amenities and expansive lounges. The first building was delivered in 2019 and is currently 93% leased with a weighted average lease term remaining of approximately 10.3 years. The second building was delivered in 2021 and is in its initial lease-up phase at approximately 67% leased as of closing.
Adding Raleigh to our footprint of high growth markets in the south and west strategically enhances our portfolio, Raleigh's highly educated workforce has been a driver for growth in the STEM and life science industries. The region's tier one research universities, high quality of life and diverse economy positions it favorably over the long term."
James Farrar, the Company's Chief Executive Officer.
About City Office REIT, Inc.
City Office REIT is an internally-managed real estate company focused on acquiring, owning and operating high-quality office properties located in leading 18-hour cities in the Southern and Western United States. City Office currently owns or has a controlling interest in 6.2 million square feet of office properties. The Company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
BioMed Realty | April 18, 2022
BioMed Realty, a leading provider of real estate solutions to the life science and technology industries, announced the acquisition of Denny Park South in Seattle, Washington. Located in the highly amenitized and talent-rich South Lake Union/Denny Triangle district, the 1.6-acre property consists of two adjacent parcels in close proximity to industry-leading life science and technology companies and research institutions. The proposed 616,000-square-foot development will provide additional optionality for prospective and existing BioMed tenants as they seek purpose-built buildings to accommodate research.
BioMed continues to be focused on growth and expansion in our established core markets, like Seattle, where market fundamentals remain strong and innovation ecosystems are thriving. We now have the ability to double our footprint in the Seattle market and continue investing in mission-critical lab infrastructure needed to meet strong tenant demand as life science and technology companies grow and scale in the region.”
Tim Schoen, CEO of BioMed Realty
The Denny Park South acquisition will allow BioMed Realty to grow its existing 1.2 million-square-foot portfolio in Seattle which includes the recently completed flagship Dexter Yard project in South Lake Union. This acquisition of Denny Park South, along with the T6 Innovation Center at 200 Taylor Avenue North, represent an additional 1.2 million square feet of development potential. The Company anticipates investing an additional $700 million to develop these new facilities over time and expects to create nearly 850 new local construction jobs.
BioMed’s local network of best-in-class life science and technology properties, along with its development pipeline now represent 2.4 million square feet in the region to provide companies with the flexibility to grow or establish a presence in the Seattle community. The Company’s local tenants include blue chip companies seeking to be connected to the region’s talent, capital and research institutions. Notable tenants include the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Novo Nordisk, Omeros Corporation, InBios International, Inc., Lyell Immunopharma, Inc., Shape Therapeutics and Tableau.
“The South Lake Union/Denny Triangle cluster where Denny Park South is situated is flush with renowned research institutes like UW School of Medicine, Gates Foundation, Fred Hutch, and the Allen Institute, as well as large tech users such as Amazon, Meta and Apple,” said Jon Bergschneider, President of West Coast markets at BioMed Realty. “As demand from life science and technology companies in this neighborhood remain strong, BioMed is well-positioned to provide much-needed sustainable facilities that enable our tenants to continue their critical, and life-saving, work.”
BioMed Realty will continue to prioritize its local community engagement initiatives, expanding on its ongoing efforts to create a more equitable, inclusive and climate-resilient Seattle, with organizations such as the Downtown Seattle Association, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce and the University of Washington.
About BioMed Realty
BioMed Realty, a Blackstone portfolio company, is a leading provider of real estate solutions to the life science and technology industries. BioMed owns and operates high quality life science real estate comprising 14.5 million square feet concentrated in leading innovation markets throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, including Boston/Cambridge, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Boulder and Cambridge, U.K. In addition, BioMed maintains a premier development platform with 3.7 million square feet of Class A properties in active construction in these core innovation markets to meet the growing demand of the life science and technology industries.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Zillow | March 25, 2022
The housing market is expected to return to pre-pandemic, 2019 norms — at least in terms of inventory and the share of purchases made by first-time home buyers — by 2024 according to a panel of housing market experts polled in the latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey.
The dwindling supply of homes for sale has been a key driver of the recent explosion in U.S. home values, which have risen 32% in the past two years. Total inventory has fallen from a monthly average of 1.6 million units in 2018 and 2019 to just over 1 million in 2021, and monthly figures in 2022 are lower still.
Inventory should return to a monthly average of 1.5 million units or higher in 2024, according to the largest group (38%) of respondents to Zillow's survey. But many are more optimistic — the second-largest group (36%) believes supply will bounce back to pre-pandemic levels in 2023, while 2025 earned the third-highest share of votes with 12%.
Inventory and mortgage rates will determine how far and how fast home prices will rise this year and beyond. We are seeing new listings returning to the market, slowly, as we enter the hottest selling season of the year, but this supply deficit is going to take a long time to fill."
Jeff Tucker, Zillow senior economist
Return of the first-time home buyer
The pandemic ushered in record-breaking price growth alongside rent hikes that made saving for down payments even more difficult. As a result, the share of first-time home buyers dropped from 45% in 2019 to 37% in 2021, according to a Zillow survey of recent buyers.
First-time buyers should regain their pre-pandemic share of the market in a couple of years, according to the majority of experts polled, with 26% pointing to 2024, and 25% liking 2025. Eighteen percent of the experts polled did not believe the share of first-time buyers will rise above 45% until after 2030, despite millennials — the largest U.S. generation ever — aging well into their prime home-buying years before that time.
Inflation has already begun eroding the bottom lines of American households, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics noting rising costs for energy, housing and food as prime factors driving it to a four-decade high.
Of the six categories considered, survey participants expect energy prices to increase the most over the course of 2022, followed by house prices, residential rents and food costs. Employee wages and stock prices were ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, rounding out the list.
Price growth projections
Pulsenomics founder Terry Loebs said the panel's average projections for home price growth in 2022 have been revised upward, from 6.6% three months ago to 9% in this survey.
"Against the backdrop of tightening Fed policy and increasing mortgage rates, this more bullish outlook for home values suggests that home inventory shortages will remain the dominant price driver this year," Loebs said. "If price increases this year for homes, rents, energy, and food each exceed wage growth – as the panel expects – home affordability challenges will intensify further, especially for low- and moderate-income renters."
Zillow economists forecast a 16.3% rise in typical home values from February through December.
1 This edition of the Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey surveyed 109 housing market experts and economists between February 16 and March 2, 2022 to gather their predictions for the outlook of the housing market in 2022 and beyond. The survey was conducted by Pulsenomics, LLC on behalf of Zillow, Inc. The Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey and any related materials are available through Zillow and Pulsenomics.
About Zillow Group
Zillow Group, Inc. is reimagining real estate to make it easier to unlock life's next chapter. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow® and its affiliates offer customers an on-demand experience for selling, buying, renting or financing with transparency and ease.
Zillow Group's affiliates and subsidiaries include Zillow, Zillow Offers, Zillow Premier Agent, Zillow Home Loans, Zillow Closing Services, Zillow Homes, Inc., Trulia, Out East, ShowingTime, Bridge Interactive, dotloop, StreetEasy and HotPads. Zillow Home Loans, LLC is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #10287.
Pulsenomics LLC is an independent research firm that specializes in data analytics, opinion research, new product and index development for institutional clients in the financial and real estate arenas. Pulsenomics also designs and manages expert surveys and consumer polls to identify trends and expectations that are relevant to effective business management and monitoring economic health. Pulsenomics LLC is the author of The Home Price Expectations Survey, The U.S. Housing Confidence Survey, The Housing Confidence Index, and The Transaction Sentiment Index. Pulsenomics, The Housing Confidence Index, The Transaction Sentiment Index, and The Housing Confidence Survey are trademarks of Pulsenomics LLC.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
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.