REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
National Association of Realtors (NAR) | March 28, 2022
Commercial real estate took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, as did many industries. But the market is starting to bounce back this year, largely due to increased investments in industrial properties.
According to research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), commercial real estate transactions of less than $2.5 million fell by 1% in the beginning of 2021 and the value of commercial real estate properties fell by 6% compared to 2020.
Still, there is hope for the future as certain types of commercial properties are driving sales and seeing positive growth from the year before.
Here's a closer look at how industrial spaces are helping commercial real estate bounce back from COVID-19.
Spend on industrial properties and land increased
Sales for all types of commercial real estate decreased in 2021, with the exception of three categories: land (+3%), industrial warehouses (+2%), and industrial flex spaces (+1%).
That means, while businesses were shying away from commercial real estate lending for apartment buildings, offices, retail shops, and hotels, they were still spending money on industrial properties and land on which they could build their own structures.
Prices rose for industrial properties, land, and apartments
The number of commercial real estate transactions may have dropped, but sales prices increased by 2% on average. Specifically, prices for land increased by 6%, industrial flex spaces and warehouses by 5%, and certain types of apartment buildings by 5%. Meanwhile, sales prices declined for retail shops, offices, and hotels.
Industrial and residential construction projects grew
Commercial development projects are also on the rise for industrial and residential properties. Construction activity is up 1% from last year with a whopping 12% jump in construction for industrial warehouses, a 6% increase for industrial flex spaces, and a 6% growth for certain types of apartment buildings.
Vacant malls, for example, are being converted into new types of commercial spaces, such as mixed-use buildings for residential, retail, and office purposes, as well as industrial buildings for distribution and fulfillment processes.
Construction activity for retail spaces, offices, and hotels, on the other hand, dropped. Survey respondents noted certain obstacles to reaching their construction goals, including accessing materials, obtaining permits, and hiring workers.
Office real estate activity shrunk due to remote work
Office spaces, in particular, saw a decrease in real estate activity, largely due to an increase in remote work during the pandemic. Even though some people are heading back to the office, vacancy in these spaces continued to increase, reaching 16.4% from 13% in 2021. What's more, 70% of survey respondents said their companies are moving into smaller offices.
Vacancy in industrial properties, however, declined to 4.9%.
2022 promises more growth
This year may continue to be rocky for the commercial real estate market, with industrial and land investments pulling their weight. Specifically, businesses predict a 5% increase in land sales, a 3% increase in industrial warehouse sales, and a 1% increase in sales of certain types of apartments.
By 2022, however, commercial real estate activity is expected to recover across all categories as more businesses reopen, travel resumes, and people return to the office. Still, sales for land and industrial properties are expected to lead this recovery process, proving their value as part of the commercial real estate market.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
MG Properties | April 23, 2022
MG Properties, a private San Diego-based real estate investor, owner, and operator is further expanding their presence in the Orange County, CA with the acquisition of The Herald Apartments.
Built in 2021, this 215-unit community is a rare opportunity to acquire a "class A" asset in Placentia. The strong demographics of the surrounding area make The Herald's exceptional amenity package and high-quality finishes well suited to the market.
The Herald is ideal addition to our Southern California portfolio. We believe Orange County has strong fundamentals and is positioned well for growth in the near term."
Jeff Gleiberman, MG Properties' Managing Director
The seller, Lyon Living, was represented by Mark Peterson, Joseph Smolen, Geoff Boler and Jonathan Merhut of Eastdil Secured. The property was financed by Affiliates of Apollo Global Real Estate Management L.P., originated by Lee Redmond and Greg Stampley also of Eastdil Secured.
About MG Properties
MG Properties is a privately owned, fully integrated real estate company specializing in the investment, redevelopment, and management of multi-family assets. Headquartered in San Diego, California, MG was founded in 1992 by Mark Gleiberman with the mission to enrich communities. MG's current portfolio is comprised of over 28,000 rental homes in California, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Oregon, including 95 communities.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Walker & Dunlop, Inc. | April 12, 2022
Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it has arranged $70,000,000 in permanent financing for 21 West Street in New York, New York. The 33-story tower includes 293 carefully designed studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Located in the Financial District of Manhattan, the property is proximate to the offices of major financial firms, including Goldman Sachs and American Express.
Jonathan Schwartz, Adam Schwartz, Aaron Appel, Keith Kurland, Michael Ianno, and Triston Stegall led the Walker & Dunlop team in arranging the financing for Rose Associates, a repeat client. Based in New York, Rose Associates is a leading multifamily and mixed-use real estate developer and operator that has overseen the successful residential and retail leasing at the property for nearly 30 years. The 12-year loan, provided by MetLife features an attractive fixed rate and interest-only payments for the entire term, which will ensure continued operating performance for years to come. The Rose Associates team was led by Marc Ehrlich, Chief Investment Officer and Michele Bengelsdorf, Head of Asset Management.
Though the New York City rental market experienced headwinds during the COVID-19 pandemic, the market has successfully absorbed more than 60,000 new units that were delivered over the past four years. With vacancies at near record lows, this lending opportunity was very attractive to the capital markets."
Walker & Dunlop's Jonathan Schwartz
21 West Street blends modern convenience and a classic landmark style with luxurious residences. The property's amenity offerings include a roof deck, fitness center, resident lounge, and children's playroom. With excellent transit access, residents enjoy convenient access to the rest of Manhattan as well as to Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey. New retail offerings, including West of Broadway, Brookfield Place, and Westfield's World Trade Center mall dramatically increase area residents' shopping and dining options.
Walker & Dunlop is the third largest provider of capital to the U.S. multifamily market, originating $49 billion in transactions and lending over $42 billion for multifamily properties in 2021. With one of the strongest networks in the industry, the firm's 2021 brokered loan originations totaled $30 billion, a 170% increase over 2020.
About Walker & Dunlop
Walker & Dunlop is one of the largest providers of capital to the commercial real estate industry, enabling 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 makes 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.
About Rose Associates, Inc.
Established in 1925, Rose Associates is a premier real estate firm specializing in multifamily rental properties in New York City and the tristate area. Focused on the development, acquisition and management of the highest quality assets, the firm is currently developing six properties in the New York City metropolitan area. Rose's management platform incorporates state-of-the-art services to maximize revenue and enhance asset value, ensuring that Rose properties consistently outperform the market. Under the leadership of CEO and President Amy Rose, the firm is a certified Women's Business Enterprise that is currently pursuing a diverse and aggressive growth strategy.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Rubenstein Partners | June 13, 2022
Rubenstein Partners, L.P. (including its affiliates, Rubenstein), a vertically integrated real estate investment adviser focused on value-added office property equity and debt opportunities, and joint venture partner Vision Real Estate Partners, a full-service real estate owner/operator, announced global biopharmaceutical PTC Therapeutics (PTC) signed a new 360,000-square-foot, long-term lease at Warren Corporate Center, within the five-building office campus in Warren, N.J.
PTC is relocating its corporate headquarters from South Plainfield, N.J. to a new facility at Warren Corporate Center. The lease spans two full buildings located at 400 and 500 Warren Corporate Center Drive and, following construction, will include offices, collaboration and conferencing spaces, and research laboratories. The facility will provide flexible and innovative workspaces with the capacity needed to support PTC's long-term growth of its expanding pipeline of products.
Construction activities on the new facility at Warren Corporate Center is expected to begin in June 2022.
Originally built as a headquarters for Lucent Technologies, Warren Corporate Center comprises more than 820,000 square feet of office space across five buildings surrounded by walking trails, a richly landscaped pond and four covered parking structures. Since acquiring the 176-acre campus in 2016, Vision and Rubenstein have set out to reposition Warren Corporate Center as a unique opportunity in the market, with headquarters-quality space that integrates attractive amenities and communal areas within a central location to optimize employee well-being and productivity.
As part of the repositioning, ownership also developed Warren Hill, a 20,000-square-foot lifestyle center located at the center of the campus, featuring numerous amenities including an outdoor amphitheater; indoor and outdoor patio dining; multi-function conference areas; a full-service cafe with coffee bar; a state-of-the-art fitness center with locker rooms; and full-size indoor basketball court. The amenities hub also provides an easily accessible outdoor roof deck for employees to meet and collaborate.
"Since acquiring and repositioning Warren Corporate Center, our goal has been to create the kind of fully-amenitized and differentiated office product high-end companies in the region are seeking," said Stephen Card, Principal at Rubenstein. "PTC Therapeutics is a true global leader and innovator in the biopharmaceutical sector and adding an organization of their magnitude to the roster of tenants at the Warren campus validates the strategic investments we've made at the site."
Warren Corporate Center is a suburban office site designed for the modern employee. The institutional-quality property is a rare blend of full-service amenities, outdoor spaces and experiential features, such as our unique lifestyle center, that separate the property from others in the region. Warren Corporate Center is a singular offering in the highly competitive New Jersey office market, and we are pleased to welcome PTC as the long-term, addition to the campus."
Sam Morreale, founding and managing partner of Vision Real Estate Partners
"Our new headquarters allows us to have a Class-A facility for our growing team, while keeping the new flexible work paradigm in mind," said Doug McLeester, Vice President of Global Facilities at PTC Therapeutics. "As PTC grows into one of the world's leading rare disease companies, our in-house capabilities must similarly grow and adapt. The new facility at Warren Corporate Center, which complements our existing operations at the PTC's Gene Therapy Center of Excellence in Hopewell, is the ideal space for our expected future expansion in New Jersey, a foundational and growing market for biotech in the U.S."
Vision Real Estate Partners and Rubenstein Partners have consistently created premier experiential suburban office properties that incorporate a level of amenities more akin to a hospitality setting than a traditional office environment. The joint venture partnership embarked on a multi-million-dollar renovation that transformed The Crossings at Jefferson Park in Whippany, N.J., into a Class-A office campus featuring The Powerhouse, an 11,000-square-foot, standalone amenities center. A testament to the partnership's success in rebranding the property, The Crossings at Jefferson Park was acquired by Barclays Capital in June 2017. Vision and Rubenstein are also collaborating on Latitude, a 30-acre, approximately 700,0000-square-foot office complex located in Parsippany, N.J.
Jeff Zell and Louis Kluger of JM Zell Partners represented PTC Therapeutics and Robert Donnelly Sr, Robert Donnelly Jr, Paul Giannone, Todd Elfand and Kevin Carton of Cushman and Wakefield represented building ownership in the lease transaction.
About Rubenstein Partners
Rubenstein Partners, L.P. founded in September 2005, is a private real estate investment advisory firm with operations throughout the United States. The firm is led by its founder, David Rubenstein, and a group of senior real estate executives, and is focused on directing and managing office real estate investments in the U.S. Rubenstein Partners' predecessor company, The Rubenstein Company, LP and affiliates, founded in 1969, was one of the largest private owner operators of Class A office real estate in the Mid-Atlantic, owning and operating a portfolio of assets valued at approximately $1.2 billion at the time of its disposition in 2004. Since 2005, Rubenstein Partners has, on behalf of its investors and clients, invested in more than 22.5 million square feet of office real estate assets throughout the United States.
About Vision Real Estate Partners
Vision Real Estate Partners is a full-service real estate owner/operator, specializing in development, property management, asset management and construction. The firm is well known for its deep roots and experience in the New Jersey/New York regional marketplace, and for its track record of identifying properties with great potential and transforming them into superior assets. Vision Real Estate Partners currently is developing or redeveloping more than 2 million square feet of space in its local market. The company has over 100 acres of land parcels available for mixed-use and build-to-suit opportunities. Its Vision Management platform also currently oversees property management, financial reporting and overall operational supervision for nearly 1.5 million square feet of office space on behalf of multiple strategic partners.
About PTC Therapeutics, Inc.
PTC is a science-driven, global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of clinically differentiated medicines that provide benefits to patients with rare disorders. PTC's ability to globally commercialize products is the foundation that drives investment in a robust and diversified pipeline of transformative medicines and our mission to provide access to best-in-class treatments for patients who have an unmet medical need. The Company's strategy is to leverage its strong scientific expertise and global commercial infrastructure to maximize value for its patients and other stakeholders.