What Happened with Forest City’s Potential Sale

National Real Estate Investor | March 26, 2018

After nearly six months, Forest City Realty Trust Inc. announced that it has ended its strategic review process—and it did not result in a sale of the company. Instead, the Cleveland-based REIT, which had been facing activist pressure to boost shareholder value, reconstituted its board to increase the number of independent directors and reduce the influence of the Ratner family. Nine directors resigned and James Ratner, former board chairman, was named interim chairman until a substitute will be selected. The company’s former controlling shareholder RMS agreed to change its director nomination rights to two designees from four Ratner family members.

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STAIRCASE LAUNCHES LANDMARK CREDIT WATERFALL TECHNOLOGY FOR MORTGAGE LENDERS

STAIRCASE | August 19, 2022

Staircase, the company building an integrated, digital infrastructure to accelerate tech-enabled mortgages, has launched Credit Waterfall, a new application program interface (API) that empowers lenders to streamline originations by providing access to all credit providers serving the mortgage market. Credit Waterfall enables lenders to easily switch between credit providers to get the best pricing every time and to securely share a borrower's credit data throughout their other systems. The new API also lets lenders toggle between soft and hard credit pulls so they are able to better control expenses while protecting their leads from trigger credit pull alerts at other lenders. Currently, most lenders order a borrower's credit through hard-wired connections between a single credit provider and their point-of-sale (POS) system or loan origination system (LOS). This strategy fails to provide lenders with the best credit option for a particular scenario and prevents them from sharing a borrower's credit data with their other systems which drive up costs. "Pulling a borrower's credit to determine their eligibility for a loan is an essential part of the mortgage process, but also one of the largest sources of lender costs, With Credit Waterfall, lenders now have the full breadth of choices when it comes to pulling a borrower's credit, with the best possible option chosen every single time, automatically. There's nothing else on the market like it." -Soofi Safavi, Staircase cofounder and CTO Most lenders are struggling to reduce expenses, especially given today's tight housing market, Yet, they are typically hamstrung by poor technology integrations and lack of credit options when qualifying borrowers. By performing a soft pull on a borrower's credit, Credit Waterfall enables lenders to check a borrower's credit earlier in the application process without tipping off competitors that their customer is in the market for financing,said Staircase CEO and cofounder Adam Kalamchi. Credit Waterfall is available through Staircase's low-code credit API, which allows lenders to switch from their current credit provider in just minutes. With Credit Waterfall, lenders are only charged $1 to access any given credit provider. For $2, they can create a credit "waterfall," which uses dynamic business logic to choose the best solution from multiple credit providers. In less than a month, Credit Waterfall develops a logical sequence to provide lenders with the optimal credit workflow for their organization's needs. Lenders pay nothing if Credit Waterfall does not return any results. Our customers on average reduce their credit expense by 33% right away and realize further savings with just a few weeks of fine tuning, Kalamchi said. Beyond Credit Waterfall, Staircase's unique waterfall technology has numerous applications, enabling lenders and servicers to create automated, integrated loan processing workflows using the optimum service partner or partners. If a partner does provide adequate results, Staircase automatically goes to other partners in waterfall fashion until the process is complete. About Staircase Staircase is an API and low-code marketplace which automates complex technologies and makes them self-serve for the U.S. residential mortgage industry. Focused on providing automation for complicated mortgage functions, it allows for the integration and orchestration of all U.S. mortgage industry technology providers and enables all parties throughout mortgage origination, insurance, and servicing to easily communicate with zero friction. Staircase is based in Philadelphia, with employees in over 20 countries.

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Nitya Capital Continues Global Growth, Opens Investment Opportunities for UAE

Nitya Capital | September 26, 2022

Nitya Capital, a U.S. real estate investment firm, announced that it is expanding to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of its continuing global growth strategy. Nitya plans to open an office in January 2023 to grow its investor base and provide opportunities to directly invest in U.S. real estate amid shifting global economies and stock market fluctuations. Following the recent opening of Nitya’s India office in 2020, the expansion to the UAE underscores the increase in global demand for reliable alternative investment opportunities found in U.S. real estate, particularly multifamily. Nitya’s UAE branch plans to reach a newer, locally sourced investor base, specifically family offices, institutions, and high-net-worth investors. “Opening our first branch in the Middle East is an exciting stepping stone in Nitya’s growth, The Middle East is a very important hub for Nitya given our recent successful capital raises in the region, and we can’t wait to offer the best in real estate services to Middle Eastern institutions and high-net-worth investors. I’m very grateful for the love and hospitality I’ve experienced during my many visits to the UAE and it’s an honor to be working with the investment community.” -Swapnil Agarwal, CEO of Nitya Capital Nitya leadership recently executed successful overseas investment deals with one of UAE’s largest institutional groups, as well as attributed meaningful investments with Middle East families in the past. With this expansion, the company will continue the momentum and meet increased demand from local investors who want to explore a new wave of recession-resilient real estate ventures through a direct presence within the region. Nitya’s Middle East Partner and Managing Director for the new UAE location, Rasheed Chahal, will oversee all internal and regional developments across the branch, work with investors on all levels (high-net-worth individuals, family offices, institutions) for U.S. real estate deals as well as help to grow the UAE office. Chahal has more than 15 years of experience in various roles in real estate development, investment management, and capital markets across North American and Middle Eastern regions. Multifamily real estate in the United States remains to be a lucrative investment as it continues to see increase in demand for housing given continued population growth and shortage of supply, despite global economic shifts. We want to bring these investment opportunities directly to the UAE investment community, Our expansion will provide local investors with in-area, on-the-ground representation and can help them take advantage of exceptional real estate opportunities without taking on major risk. With all the uncertainty and rising inflation taking place across national economies, real estate continues to be a powerful hedge and very attractive place to put your money,stated Chahal. Nitya Capital has experienced historic growth since 2020, has partnered with large institutions across North America, explored several successful new student housing portfolios, opened an India office, and increased its total assets under management. The company currently oversees assets in excess of $3b. Overall, it has successfully exited over $2.5b in assets with 25%+ in total generated net returns for its investors since the company’s launch in 2013. Its latest extension into the UAE region marks a substantial diversification in its growth across national waters, allowing for local investors to seize profitable real estate opportunities with safe and stable returns. About Nitya Capital Nitya Capital is a privately-owned national real estate investment firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. As active investor-operators, Nitya Capital takes a disciplined approach across all avenues pre- and post-acquisition. Our team of dedicated professionals works thoroughly to monitor key performance indicators and optimize asset performance, engaging in in-depth market research and data analysis. We additionally provide a thorough due diligence process and a holistic, hands-on asset management model, maximizing our attention to detail on all ends of the spectrum.

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JDM PARTNERS REACQUIRES STAKE IN DOUGLAS RANCH MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY FROM THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION®

The Howard Hughes Corporation | August 23, 2022

The Howard Hughes Corporation® announced today that JDM Partners has exercised their remaining option to reacquire a stake in Douglas Ranch, the recently launched large-scale master planned community in Phoenix's West Valley. The community was acquired by The Howard Hughes Corporation from JDM Partners and El Dorado Holdings last October for approximately $541 million. On August 18, JDM Partners exercised its second option to buy back into Douglas Ranch, acquiring an additional 2.8% interest in the Douglas Ranch joint venture for approximately $15 million. The transaction brings the aggregate of JDM Partners' investment in Douglas Ranch excluding Trillium, the community's first 3,000-acre village to approximately $65 million, which equates to approximately 12% of the joint venture. JDM Partners and El Dorado Holdings are 50/50 joint venture partners with HHC on Trillium. Land sales at the master planned community are expected to begin this fall. About The Howard Hughes Corporation® The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages, and develops commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country's preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport in New York City; Downtown Columbia®, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi; and Douglas Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona. The Howard Hughes Corporation's portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC.

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Faropoint Sells Portfolio of 109 Institutional-Quality Last-Mile Warehouses For $481M

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. About Faropoint 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.

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