U.S. Home Sales Slip in June

National Association of Realtors | July 24, 2019

According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales in the U.S. weakened in June 2019, as total sales saw a small decline after a previous month of gains. While two of the four major U.S. regions recorded minor sales jumps, the other two - the South and the West - experienced greater declines last month. Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 1.7% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million in June. Sales as a whole are down 2.2% from a year ago (5.39 million in June 2018).

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RUBICON POINT PARTNERS ACQUIRES HISTORIC "CROWN JEWEL OF OAKLAND" ROTUNDA BUILDING

Rubicon Point Partners | January 25, 2022

Rubicon Point Partners ("Rubicon"), a woman and minority-owned real estate company specializing in transformative investments, announced its recent acquisition of the iconic Rotunda Building in downtown Oakland from Rotunda Partners II, who have owned the building since 1999 and will continue as a minority owner. Featuring some of the Bay Area's best examples of Beaux-Arts architecture, the building also features a four-story parking garage. Rubicon plans to roll out its "Work From Here" program and put in place a sustainability plan to reduce the building's carbon footprint. The "Work From Here" program focuses on creating workspaces that are amenitized in ways not available at home, emphasizing employee health and wellness while enabling employers to better accommodate a hybrid workforce. Rubicon plans to introduce a state-of-the-art fitness facility, upgraded common areas, hybrid digital conferencing and collaboration infrastructure. We are honored and humbled to be the caretakers of the historic and beautiful Rotunda. We look forward to implementing an improvement plan that will honor its history but also modernize it to allow for a new generation of companies to thrive, We are especially excited to work with key stakeholders to activate Frank Ogawa Plaza and integrate it with the building's indoor space. This indoor-outdoor environment is rare in urban settings like downtown Oakland." Ani Vartanian, Rubicon's co-managing partner. Situated at Frank Ogawa Plaza across from City Hall in Downtown Oakland, the property was built in 1912 and originally designed by Bay Area architect Charles Dickey, who fitted a dramatic elliptical glass dome in the interior atrium. At the time, the dome was said to be the largest of its kind. He was also known for developing a diverse architectural style, fusing elements of Hawaiian and Beaux-Arts design. Dickey's most recognizable California creations, the Oakland Rotunda Building and Claremont Hotel, proudly sit on the National Register of Historic Places. In the early 2000s, prior ownership of the Rotunda reinforced its structure with a full seismic retrofit following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, transforming it into one of the safest historic spaces in Downtown Oakland. We selected Rubicon because of their track record in transforming historic assets and are confident that they will be great custodians of this Oakland jewel." Phil Tagami, one of the managing partners at Rotunda Partners II. Rubicon purchased the eight-story property through the Rubicon First Ascent Fund, seeing an opportunity to simultaneously preserve an Oakland treasure while reducing its environmental impact. The firm has been busily transforming similar historic spaces from California to Washington for the past decade such as 450 Shotwell, the Storek building, 1125 Mission Street and Masin Block. Rubicon plans to continue offering the building to be used as an event space for galas and events that benefit the City and are essential to the success of the people of Oakland. Being good environmental stewards is important to us at Rubicon. In addition to modernizing the Rotunda, we plan to reduce the building's carbon footprint in the process. We hope the Rotunda Building will serve as a blueprint for how historic spaces can remain sustainable for future generations, Our playbook at the Rotunda Building involves investments in the building systems and the deployment of our technology stack, including machine learning utility management systems. All of these serve to increase efficiency while reducing the building's carbon footprint." Razmig Boladian, Rubicon's co-managing partner. About Rubicon Point Partners When workspaces call for out-of-the-box innovations, Rubicon delivers creative, environmentally driven, and socially responsible solutions. Since its inception, the San Francisco-based woman and minority-owned investment firm has transformed over 2 million square feet of space to sustainably house companies of all sizes, making way for future generations of talented leaders, thinkers, and creators.

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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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Embrey Sells The Harper Luxury Apartments In Franklin, Tennessee

Embrey | April 22, 2022

The Harper Luxury Apartments in Franklin, Tennessee, has been sold by Embrey of San Antonio, Texas. The Harper is part of a mixed-use, planned community being developed by SouthStar and Embrey, which are both known for developing highly desirable living and working experiences. It has been a pleasure to be a part of such a well-planned horizontal mixed-use master plan and partnering with SouthStar. Every good development has a great story. This was a very complex transaction and without the collaboration of SouthStar, Gamble Design Collaborative, Kimley Horn Engineers, and HEDK Architects, The Harper could not have been developed." Brad Knolle, Executive Vice President of Development at Embrey The 328-unit property features luxurious interiors such as nine-foot ceilings, open floor plans, granite countertops, large islands and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. Community amenities include a resort-inspired pool with cabanas, an elegant clubhouse with a fireplace and a billiards room, a yoga studio and a fully equipped business center. The Harper is scheduled for substantial completion in July 2022 and the one- and two-bedroom units are now leasing. Embrey Management Services, nationally recognized for providing exemplary residential services, has been selected to manage this property. About Embrey San Antonio-based Embrey 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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ExchangeRight Fully Subscribes $124 Million 30-Property Net-Leased Portfolio

ExchangeRight | April 20, 2022

ExchangeRight, one of the nation's leaders in diversified real estate investments and strategies, has fully subscribed its $124 million Net-Leased Portfolio 50 offering, containing 30 net-leased properties covering 676,976 square feet across 17 states. The portfolio of single-tenant properties was structured to generate consistent investor distributions starting at an annualized rate of 6.12 percent. ExchangeRight has fully subscribed a $124 million 30-property net-leased portfolio focused on essential businesses. The fully occupied portfolio, offered at $124,160,000, includes properties tenanted by CVS Pharmacy, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, First Midwest Bank, Fresenius Medical Care, Octapharma Plasma, Publix, Sherwin-Williams, Walgreens and WellMed. The offering launched with 10-year, fixed-rate, interest-only financing at 3.26 percent. We are grateful for those investors, advisors and representatives who have placed their trust in us to steward the wealth they have invested in Net-Leased Portfolio 50. We are intent on constructing diversified net-leased portfolios for DST investors designed to produce stable income through economic cycles, preserve investor wealth, defer investors' taxes and provide a strategic exit." Warren Thomas, a managing partner in ExchangeRight ExchangeRight and its affiliates' vertically integrated platform features over $4.8 billion in assets under management, diversified across over 1,050 properties, over 19 million square feet and throughout 44 states. More than 6,600 investors have trusted ExchangeRight to manage their capital. All of the company's current and past offerings have met or exceeded targeted cash flow distributions to investors since the company's founding. The past performance of ExchangeRight and its previous offerings does not guarantee future results. About ExchangeRight ExchangeRight pursues its passion to empower people to be secure, free and generous by providing REIT, fund and 1031 DST portfolios that target secure capital, stable income and strategic exits. The company strategically syndicates net-leased portfolios of assets backed primarily by investment-grade corporations that successfully operate in the necessity-based retail and healthcare industries, as well as diversified value-add portfolios of inline and outparcel retail spaces shadow-anchored by strong-performing grocery tenants.

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