REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Taconic Capital Advisors | May 23, 2022
Taconic Capital Advisors, a global institutional investment firm, announced that it has closed its third real estate fund, Taconic CRE Dislocation Onshore Fund lll (TCREDF III), with $500 million in capital commitments. The fund comprises investments from a diverse group of existing and new investors with flexibility to tap into an overflow vehicle for more concentrated transactions.
One year into its investment period, TCREDF III has already committed or closed on $300 million of investments across 15 distinct transactions. Taconic believes the COVID pandemic accelerated pre-existing trends and distress in the CRE market. A combination of aggressive pre-COVID financing and transaction assumptions, oversupply in specific markets and COVID-related societal and demographic shifts should continue to apply significant pressure on the CRE market providing ample investment opportunities. Taconic anticipates that hotel and office assets will comprise the majority of the fund’s investments.
We are pleased to build on the performance of Funds l and ll with the close of our third real estate fund, TCREDF III. Our team has a proven ability to identify inefficiencies and dislocated investment opportunities across a host of market sectors, positioning our funds to maximize value for new and existing investors."
James Jordan, principal and portfolio manager of Taconic Capital Advisors’ CRE investments
About Taconic Capital Advisors
Taconic Capital Advisors is a global institutional investment firm that pursues an event-driven, multi-strategy investment approach designed to generate strong, risk-adjusted returns over multiple market cycles. Taconic was founded in 1999 by former Goldman Sachs partners Frank Brosens and Ken Brody. The company has roughly $8 billion of total assets under management with offices in New York, London, and Hong Kong, and more than 100 employees worldwide.
Taconic’s full-service commercial real estate platform invests in all asset classes and across the capital structure in both public and private markets. The strategy’s broad mandate offers flexibility to capitalize on shifting market opportunities, creating uncorrelated risk-adjusted return profiles for investors. Rooted in distressed and opportunistic investing, the team applies high-touch asset management capabilities to drive strong asset-level performance and capital market executions. Well-established relationships drive Taconic’s unique and diverse transaction sourcing channels which including local operating partners, investor partners and a broad network of lenders, CMBS special servicers, trading desks and brokerage houses. Taconic’s series of closed-ended real estate funds are fully discretionary and have received over $1 billion in capital commitments. Investments to date across all Taconic funds total over $3 billion of gross asset value across roughly 165 distinct transactions.
BROKERAGE,MORTGAGE AND LENDING
Radius | August 04, 2022
Radius, the tech-enabled brokerage, today announced it has launched a mortgage brokerage in California. The mortgage launch comes on the heels of the company's $14 million Series A fundraise and recent expansion to Texas, Florida and Washington.
Radius is a full service, modern brokerage that provides real estate professionals and their teams with the support and tools needed to grow their business — with a simplified and modest flat fee commission structure. The brokerage empowers entrepreneurial real estate professionals with integrated technology, mentorship, recruiting, financial services and marketing resources to build and amplify their own brand.
With the addition of a mortgage brokerage, Radius agents and their clients in California will have access to a more seamless and transparent lending experience. With access to real-time status updates and critical documents in their client dashboards, Radius agents will be able to provide quality information about the lending process to their clients — while being supported by a dedicated team. Radius' mortgage arm will be led by Director of Mortgage Michael Bardales, a 20-year veteran of California lending and Senior Lending Manager Grace Davis, a 17-year real estate veteran and top lending officer in the state.
"We're building Radius Mortgage from the ground up to be a premier lender in California, For far too long, the lending process has been frustrating and burdensome for agents and their clients alike. By keeping cost structures low and bringing transparency to the entire lending process, we hope to help real estate professionals deliver a better client experience and grow their businesses."
- Sam Kasle, Radius' Chief Revenue Officer
Dedicated to developing the whole agent, Radius helped real estate professionals and their teams close more than $400 million in sales in the first quarter of 2022, while the referral network has generated $25 billion in referral commissions in the last three years. The company has doubled revenue in the last five months, and seen 300 percent revenue growth year-over-year.
Radius now operates in California, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon, Texas, Florida, and Washington. Building on its real estate social network of more than 85,000 agents nationwide, Radius plans to further expand across the U.S. by the end of the year.
Radius is the premier tech-driven brokerage firm for real estate professionals eager to grow their brands and profits. From networking opportunities, branding/marketing resources, to white-glove services for buyers and sellers, Radius is poised to help real estate professionals grow their businesses while saving them time and money. Founded in 2015, Radius is backed by the founders of Trulia, Zillow and Roofstock.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Faropoint | July 06, 2022
Faropoint, a leading real estate investment firm focused on last-mile industrial properties in high population growth markets, today announced the sale of 109 institutional-quality, last-mile logistics buildings to a private buyer for $481 million. The portfolio consists of 6.8 million square feet of warehouse space largely concentrated in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston and Memphis.
The close of this portfolio sale in the current market climate further demonstrates Faropoint’s successful strategy as an aggregator of individual warehouses in growth markets across the U.S. The firm leverages a proprietary origination platform to collect data from its team of investment professionals across nine U.S. offices. This curation of data arms Faropoint with actionable insights and analytics to identify mostly off-market opportunities to acquire last-mile industrial buildings.
“This deal marks one of the largest portfolio sales of last-mile urban logistics centers in recent years and positions Faropoint to continue to provide significant value to its investors through its last-mile industrial funds,”
Faropoint Chief Relations Officer Raz Rahamim
The 109-building portfolio includes multi-tenant warehouse and light industrial properties, with each building averaging 62,000 square feet. The portfolio is 98 percent leased and occupied by approximately 200 local, regional and national tenants. During the firm’s 3-year hold period, Faropoint executed 120 leases across the portfolio, significantly increasing NOI and lease commitments.
“Our firm is extremely bullish about last-mile industrial and we are optimistic that fundamentals will remain strong in this segment of the market long-term due to constrained supply,” said Faropoint Chief Investment Officer Ohad Portat. “We will continue to closely monitor market conditions and adjust our strategy as needed in response to macroeconomic trends and future volatility.”
This disposition follows a record-breaking year of activity in 2021, during which time Faropoint acquired 148 buildings in 85 separate transactions.
“Transacting at such a high volume across nine offices and aggregating data from thousands of deals allows our team to act with much more accuracy and certainty when vetting and underwriting deals.” said Faropoint Chief Executive Officer Adir Levitas. “As the current macroeconomic climate evolves, we will continue to assess market conditions, and are well-capitalized to act when the right opportunities present themselves.”
Eastdil Secured advised Faropoint on the sale and financing of the portfolio, and Duval & Stachenfeld LLP served as legal advisor.
Faropoint is a vertically integrated, data-driven real estate investment manager that leverages data and deep market relationships to achieve superior risk-adjusted returns. Faropoint targets inefficiencies in the marketplace that can be solved with technology and scaled to create meaningful positions using cutting-edge, proprietary, real estate underwriting and portfolio management methods. The company invests in markets with strong demographics and high construction barriers to entry, such as Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, Northern New Jersey, Chicago, Tampa, Miami, and Memphis. Faropoint currently owns and manages more than 20 million square feet of industrial assets.
About Eastdil Secured
As the most relevant and trusted advisor in the commercial real estate capital markets, Eastdil Secured creates value for clients through creative, actionable ideas and flawless execution. With an unrivaled combination of capital markets expertise and in-depth understanding of real estate fundamentals, Eastdil Secured delivers best-in-class advice on mergers and acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, debt placement, structured credit and loan sales to investors around the world. Headquartered in New York, Eastdil Secured has a broad global footprint to support clients with offices across the United States in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orange County, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and internationally in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Dublin, Dubai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
YourHomeHub | June 01, 2022
In October 2021, a likely source emerged with the first ever property tech franchise—MooveGuru. Through its automated data capture and delivery platforms, MooveGuru has been perfecting the consumer experience during the moving process. In January, the robust platform announced extended support for consumers with services throughout the homeownership lifecycle with a franchise model aimed at real estate service providers in brokerage, title and mortgage.
Franchises have been selling faster than homes in red-hot housing markets.
To date, MooveGuru has sold 28 regional proptech franchise territories, selling out 26 states in the process.
No doubt, our experience and trust in the real estate community and a focused approach in identifying them as a target franchise audience has played a role in the rapid success of initial franchise sales. While a lot of franchises take the approach that anyone can be their own boss, with our organization we've emphasized the value of additional revenue streams for real estate professionals and it's paying off. We've created a buzz the real estate community can't get enough of. It's why we've sold more than half of the states in the U.S. in less than a year."
Scott Oakley, CEO of MooveGuru
The MooveGuru franchise enables franchisees to deliver a home ownership portal called YourHomeHub that allows homeowners to gain access to preferred local services at a discount. The success comes from being local. YourHomeHub, is the first consumer portal that is "Everything Home," meaning it allows homeowners to manage both the financial details and physical elements of their home.
Consumers can monitor extensive information about their home and local market conditions, store important documents, generate accurate estimates for home repairs and find a local contractor for over 1,000 different home service categories. Each YourHomeHub is sponsored by local real estate brands, driving top of mind marketing and revenue from consumer purchases. The platform, provided by real estate professionals, gives a powerful homeowner resource to their customers.
"We have expanded our franchise coverage area to 26 states in eight months—this is unprecedented in the franchise industry," said Kathleen Kuhn, President of MooveGuru, who brings more than three decades in the home services franchise industry to the organization. "While there are still opportunities in some major markets, the window is closing for those looking to be regional territory owners."
Opportunities are still available for ownership in key markets such as Nevada, New Jersey and Illinois.
Franchise owners' trend towards real estate brokerages who have experience with operating affiliate companies, followed by mortgage and title companies. Mortgage brokers typically partner with their top real estate agents for co-branding and split the opportunity fifty-fifty for RESPA compliance. Title companies are offering the service on all their title closings. The franchise pays 10-20 percent of net subscription to franchise owners. The more subscriptions to YourHomeHub and the more leads generated for service pros, the more the franchise owner makes.
Recent regional owners include owners in real estate brands such as RE/MAX, Keller Williams, EXP, ERA and also include owners in mortgage and title.
MooveGuru Inc. is based in Roswell, GA. In 2016 the company launched a free mover engagement program to real estate agents and brokers with the idea of connecting home buyers and sellers to convenience and savings on moving services. Using just-in-time delivery through artificial intelligence algorithms, MooveGuru Inc. ensures consumers receive agent-branded savings and convenience from national and local retailers and utility connections as they step through the relocation process. Today, more than 2,000 brokerages, 316,000 agents, and millions of homeowners are connected to the MooveGuru and YourHomeHub platforms.