U.S. Home Sales Uptick 1.3 Percent in August

National Association of Realtors | September 20, 2019

According to the National Association of Realtors, U.S. existing-home sales inched up in August 2019, marking two consecutive months of growth. Three of the four major regions reported a rise in sales, while the West recorded a decline last month. Total existing-home sales completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops rose 1.3% from July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.49 million in August. Overall sales are up 2.6% from a year ago (5.35 million in August 2018).

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Now that we’re nearing the end of summer, it’s a great time for an update on our Nashville market. Every month our team studies the Nashville market and we have some good news: the market is up between 7% and 8%! Not only that, interest rates have again hit all-time lows, which is a win-win situation for both buyers and sellers.


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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Armada Venture Partners Acquires Park Hill Industrial Building

Armada Venture Partners | December 30, 2021

Armada Venture Partners, a local boutique commercial real estate investment and development company, announced it has purchased a 46,000 square-foot warehouse in Park Hill. The vacant Denver warehouse, located at 3939 Kearney Street, will be renovated and leased in 2022. We are being intentional in acquiring and redeveloping in-fill opportunities across various asset classes to support growing companies and drive economic growth in our city, Park Hill is one of the gems of Denver. It is known for its architectural diversity, relaxed suburb-in-the-city vibe, and the easy access it affords to major thoroughfares, transit and downtown." Ryan Arnold, principal of Armada. Evan Makovsky, Byron Johnson and Craig Myles of NAI Shames Makovsky facilitated the transaction on behalf of the seller. The purchase price was $6,320,000. About Armada Venture Partners Armada Venture Partners, a creative boutique commercial real estate company founded in Denver in 2021, brings value to properties and investors by integrating acquisitions, capital markets and structured finance, in addition to offering asset management solutions for projects in Colorado and other high growth regions. Armada's principals have acquired, developed and asset managed over $200M in real estate assets since 2014.

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REAL ESTATE ADVICE

REXFORD INDUSTRIAL ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF ANGELA KLEIMAN TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

REXFORD INDUSTRIAL | December 28, 2021

Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. (the "Company" or "Rexford Industrial") (NYSE: REXR), a real estate investment trust focused on creating value by investing in and operating industrial properties located in Southern California infill markets, today announced that Angela Kleiman has been appointed as an independent director to the Company's Board of Directors effective December 31, 2021. Ms. Kleiman is currently Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Essex Property Trust (NYSE: ESS), a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) and an S&P 500 company. Essex acquires, develops, redevelops and manages multifamily residential properties in select West Coast markets. Ms. Kleiman leads operations, which includes asset and property management, technology and data analytics, research and redevelopment. Ms. Kleiman previously served as the Essex Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2015 to 2020 and managed the Essex Private Equity platform from 2009 to 2015. Prior to joining Essex, Ms. Kleiman held roles in institutional investment management and investment banking including Senior Equity Analyst and Vice President of Investor Relations at Security Capital and Vice President within J.P. Morgan's Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking Group. Ms. Kleiman began her career in real estate development management in 1991. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. She is a member of NAREIT and the National Multifamily Housing Council. We are excited to add Angela to Rexford Industrial's Board of Directors, Angela brings a wide breadth of real estate industry knowledge and valuable experience in the areas of operations, finance and real estate investments. We look forward to benefiting from her engagement and guidance as we continue to grow our platform and create value for our shareholders by investing in the infill Southern California industrial market." Diana Ingram, Director and Chairperson of the Company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. In connection with Rexford Industrial's ongoing pursuit of enhanced board diversity and refreshment, Peter Schwab will be retiring from the Board at the end of his current term and will not stand for re-election. Mr. Schwab's decision was not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to its operations, policies or practices. We are thankful for Peter's many years of service to the Company, having served on the board since 2014. At the same time, we look forward to Angela joining the Board as we continue to add new perspectives and expertise." Richard S. Ziman, Chairman of Rexford Industrial. About Rexford Industrial Rexford Industrial, a real estate investment trust focused on creating value by investing in and operating industrial properties throughout Southern California infill markets, owns 288 properties with approximately 36.1 million rentable square feet and manages an additional 20 properties with approximately 1.0 million rentable square feet.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Shopoff Realty Investments Sells Iron Horse Shopping Center in Sparks, Nevada for $18 Million

Shopoff Realty Investments | April 28, 2022

Shopoff Realty Investments, a national manager of opportunistic and value-add real estate investments, announced the company has sold Iron Horse Shopping Center, a 185,890-square-foot neighborhood center, located in Sparks, Nevada for $18 million. When Shopoff purchased Iron Horse Shopping Center, the property was in very poor condition having been foreclosed on by the lender and under the management of a receiver for several years. Through our team's efforts, the property made a major transformation, with the addition of many new tenants, the reworking of leases with existing tenants, extensive improvements, and the addition of a new retail pad. The asset is now a positive resource for the surrounding community, rather than a blight." William Shopoff, Shopoff Realty Investments president and chief executive officer When Shopoff purchased the property, it was a distressed, lender-owned asset and only 33% occupied, with a former Target store space representing over 100,000-square-feet of vacant space. Shopoff was able to make significant capital improvements to the center, including new paint and column architectural features, enhanced signage, landscaping, repairing and replacing of the asphalt in the parking lots. Additionally, a new 7,151-square-foot pad was also constructed on the property. Ultimately, the Shopoff team was able to increase the occupancy of the center to 75%, signing several key long-term leases. In addition to the main center, there are two retail pads on the property that are being sold separately. One of the pads is 3,008-square-feet, and currently houses a Jack-in-the-Box fast food restaurant, and the other is the aforementioned 7,151-square-foot pad constructed by Shopoff, which has several tenants including Starbucks, Super Chix, Roberto's and Freeway Insurance. About Shopoff Realty Investments Shopoff Realty Investments is an Irvine, California-based real estate firm with a 30-year history of value-add and opportunistic investing across the United States. The company primarily focuses on proactively generating appreciation through the repositioning of commercial income-producing properties and the entitlement of land assets. The 30-year history includes operating as Asset Recovery Fund, Eastbridge Partners and Shopoff Realty Investments (formerly known as The Shopoff Group). Performance has varied in this time frame, with certain offerings generating losses.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Balfour Beatty Communities Receives Multiple National Resident Satisfaction Awards for Excellence in Military, Multifamily, and Student Housing

Balfour Beatty Communities | April 07, 2022

Balfour Beatty Communities, a national residential real estate investment and management company, received national honors for its military, multifamily, and student property management services based on an independent satisfaction survey conducted by SatisFacts, a national leader for technology, data, and education in the multifamily industry. Balfour Beatty Communities received honors in three categories: National Company Award for overall military housing, National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing, and National Property Awards across its military, multifamily, and student housing portfolio, which numbers close to 50,000 units. We are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts to provide exceptional service across our military, multifamily, and student housing properties. These awards are a testament to the dedication of our employees who embody our mission-driven culture through the hard work and high-quality services that they provide to our residents, partners, and communities every day.” Chris Williams, Balfour Beatty Communities president The SatisFacts surveys measure the resident experience from move-in to move-out and include resident scores on their interaction with office and maintenance staff on a 5-point scale. The SatisFacts Index allows Balfour Beatty Communities to benchmark resident satisfaction compared to other residential management companies. Balfour Beatty Communities then uses the scores to enhance resident satisfaction, retention, and overall community performance. This year, SatisFacts received over 40,000 survey responses from Balfour Beatty Communities military housing residents and scored in the top percentile for both move-in and work order performance. These high scores resulted in the company receiving the National Company Award for overall military housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its military properties. For Balfour Beatty Communities’ military housing installations, current reporting indicates the company scored: 4.41 out of 5 on overall move-in performance 4.61 out of 5 on overall work order performance Balfour Beatty Communities received similarly high scores across its 18-property multifamily and student housing portfolio, obtaining over 4,200 survey responses from its residents and performing highly on both move-in and work order experiences. The company was awarded the National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its multifamily and student properties. About Balfour Beatty Communities Balfour Beatty Communities is an active owner and operator of residential real estate in the multifamily, student and military housing sectors across the United States. Since its inception in 1999, Balfour Beatty Communities has invested in nearly 100 properties representing more than $7.9 billion of gross asset value. Our broad in-house expertise includes decades of acquisition, development, finance, renovation, leasing and property/facility management experience. Leveraging this extensive expertise and a customer service-focused approach, Balfour Beatty Communities seeks to create value in its real estate projects while delivering exceptional living experiences. Balfour Beatty Communities is a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty Investments, Inc. and Balfour Beatty plc, a leading international infrastructure group.

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Now that we’re nearing the end of summer, it’s a great time for an update on our Nashville market. Every month our team studies the Nashville market and we have some good news: the market is up between 7% and 8%! Not only that, interest rates have again hit all-time lows, which is a win-win situation for both buyers and sellers.

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