Trulia founder Pete Flint backs real estate startup Modus

Trulia | October 31, 2019

The founders of Seattle-based Modus cold-emailed Pete Flint, the founder of Trulia and a current managing partner at the venture capital firm NFX, for months, to no avail. In a last-ditch effort, Alex Day, Jai Sim and Abbas Guvenilir sent one more message to the investor whose real estate listings tool sold to Zillow in 2014 for $3.5 billion. They were at a coffee shop below his San Francisco office, was he interested in meeting? Fortunately for them, he was. Modus, a real estate startup focused on title and escrow services, is today announcing a $12.5 million Series A financing co-led by NFX’s  Flint and Niki Pezeshki of Felicis Ventures. Liquid 2 Ventures and existing backers, including Mucker Capital, Hustle Fund, 500 Startups, Rambleside and Cascadia Ventures, also participated in the round.

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Yardi Bringing Clients Property Management Software Innovation in Person

Yardi | June 10, 2022

Yardi is excited to welcome clients back in-person to the Yardi Advanced Solutions Conference (YASC) this summer, marking a return to real time after successful interactive virtual events over the last two years. YASC, scheduled for Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 in San Diego, combines classroom learning with networking and entertainment in a beautiful seaside setting. More than 280 classroom sessions and dozens of product experts will give thousands of professionals in attendance insight into Yardi software solutions that improve efficiency in marketing, leasing, acquisition, energy management, investing and other real estate operations. Panel sessions will examine key industry trends. Exclusive live outdoor entertainment and fun social activities comprise other elements of a memorable experience at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, the new host resort on San Diego's waterfront. We're proud that our clients continued to gain value from virtual gatherings but there's nothing like meeting face-to-face with colleagues. Our software is designed to connect people and communities, and we look forward to continuing that effort in San Diego." Kevin Yardi, the company's vice president of global solutions Virtual YASC events will continue on an annual basis, with dates for 2023 to be announced soon. Ready to join a conference that will provide immediate takeaways? Sign up to attend YASC San Diego and see what's planned for regional in-person YASCs around the world in 2022. About Yardi Yardi develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. With 8,000 employees, Yardi is working with our clients globally to drive significant innovation in the real estate industry.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

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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Bonaventure Sells Luxury Multifamily Community in Williamsburg, Virginia for $100 Million

Bonaventure | June 27, 2022

Bonaventure, an integrated alternative asset manager focused on the development, construction, and property management of innovative lifestyle multifamily communities in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions, today announced the sale of a 289-unit garden-style multifamily property Williamsburg, Virginia, to Illinois-based The Inland Real Estate Group. We are very pleased with the outcome of this transaction. The price we were able to command reflects the asset’s high quality and the strong investor appetite for stabilized multifamily communities in markets with solid employment fundamentals. We take great pride in our proven ability to create meaningful value for our residents and investors.” Dwight Dunton, founder and CEO of Bonaventure The property is extremely well located at 401 Bulifants Blvd. and features a diverse collection of two- and three-bedroom floor plans with in-unit washers and dryers and private balconies or patios. The luxury community’s many amenities include a swimming pool, a fitness center, a business center, a clubhouse and a dog park. The property benefits from its proximity to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and the shops and restaurants near Route 199 and Interstate 64. As one of the nation’s largest and most active developers and owners of multifamily communities, Bonaventure has established a track record of delivering exceptionally well-designed and highly amenitized properties that residents want to live in and investors want to own. This strategic disposition further demonstrates how Bonaventure’s vertically-integrated platform is capable of generating compelling risk-adjusted returns for its investors. Drew White, Senior Managing Director of Berkadia D.C. Metro, and Carter Wood, Senior Director of Berkadia Norfolk, facilitated the sale of the community on behalf of Bonaventure. About Bonaventure Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia Bonaventure is an integrated alternative asset management firm specializing in multifamily design, development, construction, investment and property management. Bonaventure has over $1.5 billion of assets under management, is an expert at utilizing low-cost financing, and manages over 6,000 apartment units across 31 communities primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Since its founding in 1999 by Dwight Dunton, with the intent to create best-in-class capabilities connecting capital to assets, the focus of the firm has been to generate excess returns on a risk adjusted basis while building enduring value through ingenuity.

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Innovative Industrial Properties Acquires Massachusetts Property and Enters Into Long-Term Lease with TILT

Innovative Industrial Properties | May 17, 2022

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP), the first and only real estate company on the New York Stock Exchange focused on the regulated U.S. cannabis industry, announced that it closed on the acquisition of a property comprising approximately 104,000 square feet of industrial space in Taunton, Massachusetts. The purchase price for the property was $40.0 million (approximately $384 per square foot), which is fully built out and operational as a regulated cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing facility. Concurrent with the closing of the purchase, IIP entered into a long-term, triple-net lease agreement for the property with a subsidiary of TILT Holdings Inc. (TILT). TILT was a tenant of the prior owner of the property, and executed a purchase agreement with the prior owner to acquire the property for $13.0 million (approximately $125 per square foot). In addition, during TILT’s tenancy with the prior owner, TILT invested in excess of $27.0 million (approximately $260 per square foot) of its own funds in improvements to the building. IIP’s investment of $40.0 million consists of the original purchase price for the approximately 12-acre site and standard industrial building to the prior owner and a portion of the costs invested in the building by TILT for buildout of the facility, which included the HVAC, electrical, plumbing, cultivation, extraction and processing room buildouts and other building systems infrastructure necessary to support regulated cannabis cultivation and processing. The property consists of approximately 60,000 square feet of cultivation space, 8,000 square feet of production space (including a full commercial kitchen and extraction facility), 2,400 square feet of retail space and mechanical, office, administrative and storage space. The property currently produces a wide variety of form factors, both in-house and with third-party branded partners, including packaged and pre-rolled flower, concentrates, edibles and vaporizers. As the pioneering real estate investment trust (REIT) for the regulated cannabis industry, IIP partners with experienced, regulated cannabis operators and serves as a source of capital by acquiring and leasing back their real estate assets, in addition to offering other creative real estate-based capital solutions. TILT is a vertically integrated enterprise with a portfolio of companies focused on inhalation technology and regulated cannabis operations, and in 2021 generated approximately $203 million in revenues. Jupiter Research LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TILT and leader in the vaporization segment, focuses on hardware design, research, development and manufacturing with customers across the United States, as well as Canada, Israel, Mexico, South America and the European Union. TILT also conducts regulated cannabis operations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York (through its partnership with the Shinnecock Indian Nation). TILT owns a vertically integrated license in Massachusetts, with its Taunton facility dually licensed for both medical and adult-use cultivation, product manufacturing and retail. In addition to the Taunton facility, TILT operates a dispensary in Brockton that is licensed for both medical and adult-use cannabis, and expects regulatory approval soon for an additional medical-use dispensary in the city of Cambridge. TILT’s products recently were awarded first-place gold in “solvent concentrates” and second-place silver in the “edibles category” at the 2022 NECANN Canna Competition in Boston. According to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, 2021 regulated cannabis sales in Massachusetts were approximately $1.6 billion. Including this property, IIP owns nine properties in Massachusetts, comprising approximately 879,000 rentable square feet (including square footage under redevelopment) and representing a total investment, including commitments to fund future improvements, of approximately $282.7 million (approximately $322 per square foot). As of May 16, 2022, IIP owned 110 properties located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, representing a total of approximately 8.2 million rentable square feet (including approximately 2.4 million rentable square feet under development / redevelopment). As of May 16, 2022, IIP had committed approximately $2.2 billion across its portfolio, including capital invested to date (excluding transaction costs) and additional capital commitments to fund future construction and improvements at IIP’s properties. These statistics do not include an $18.5 million loan from IIP to a developer for construction of a regulated cannabis cultivation and processing facility in California and up to $55.0 million that may be funded between June 15, 2022 and July 31, 2022 pursuant to IIP’s lease with a tenant at one of IIP’s Pennsylvania properties, as the tenant at that property may not elect to have IIP disburse those funds and pay IIP the corresponding base rent on those funds. About Innovative Industrial Properties Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. is a self-advised Maryland corporation focused on the acquisition, ownership and management of specialized industrial properties leased to experienced, state-licensed operators for their regulated cannabis facilities. Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, commencing with the year ended December 31, 2017.

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