Keyes Commercial Leads Full Year 2016 Miami-Dade MLS Ranking

The Keyes Company Commercial #1 Market Share Full Year 2016

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In the  twelve months ending December 31, 2016, The Keyes Company Commercial Division, commonly referred to as Keyes Commercial Realty, once again dominated the Miami MLS market share broker rankings for number of sales transactions of commercial improved properties within Miami-Dade County.  The firm’s impressive 28.6% share among the top 10 brokers of such properties was more than three times that of its nearest competitor and greater than the total share of the next three highest combined.

The Keyes Company has dominated such rankings in every year since at least 2006, which is as far back as the MLS reports are available.  The firm also ranked #1 in sales transactions of commercial land (commercial/agricultural/industrial/business land),  and was #1 combined (commercial improved and land).

View a full size chart and a link to the PDF here.

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January 12, 2017

Jim Costello, Real Capital Analytics SVP, Discusses Commercial Property Lender Sentiment

Jim Costello, Senior Vice President with Real Capital Analytics, appears on The Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss how commercial real estate lenders are feeling in the today’s economic environment. Highlights of this video include:

  • Lenders are currently stuck in same world as equity investors, questioning whether to loan at inflated values as compared to the not so distant history
  • Lending standards are nevertheless remaining firm, but new entrants are increasingly competitive
  • New entrants are less competitive, however, on first mortgages, participating more in mezzanine financing, etc.
  • On regulation; can be a good thing, can be a bad thing
    • Heavy handed response to housing crisis years back has resulted in seemingly over regulated lending
    • This has hindered lending on commercial property
    • Developers are being hit the hardest
  • Thinks fear of supply driven downturns are overblown, but there are nevertheless pockets (of over supply)
  • Office property strength and development is highly market specific
  • Among commercial property segments, lenders are most anxious about retail and likely will be for a while
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July 19, 2017

Miami Commercial Real Estate News July 19, 2017: Downtown FedEx Trades; Terra Going Spec on Grove Office Building; More…

Downtown Miami FedEx Facility Trades, Could Be Redeveloped

A New York investor has invested in the last-mile facility for a major package delivery company in a property with future redevelopment potential. Lalezarian Properties purchased 200 South Miami Avenue, a six-story, 110K SF facility in Downtown Miami that acts as a last-mile warehouse and retail packaging center for FedEx, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Miami-based Fifteen Group sold the property for $37.25 million. Cushman & Wakefield Vice Chairman Robert Given…

Real Madrid to Open First U.S. Café in Miami; Players to Participate in Handprint Ceremony

Real Madrid, possibly the world’s best known Soccer brand, is opening its first restaurant in the United States right in downtown Miami at Met Square, located at 340 SE Third Street. American Franchise Group (AFG) is opening Real Madrid Café as a partnership agreement with the team, with an expected opening date in early 2018. The Spain-based investment group will work with the sports franchise to promote team-based restaurants, cafés, and museums in a five-year…

Optimum Development nabs $22M construction loan for Coconut Grove office building

The race is on: who will complete Coconut Grove’s first new office building in more than a decade? Optimum Development USA closed on a $21.5 million construction loan for a five-story, Class A office building planned for 3480 Main Highway in Miami, property records show. Demolition is underway for the nearly 14,000-square-foot development site, which is on the same stretch as the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Optimum, led by CEO Ricardo Tabet, plans to complete…

BB&T Loan Lets Terra Go Spec On Mary Street Office Building in Coconut Grove

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The Amazon-Whole Foods Deal and Its Impact on Owners and Lenders

On the heels of Amazon’s recently announced acquisition of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, owners and lenders of Whole Foods-anchored properties are waiting along with the rest of the world to see just what Amazon will do with the latest purchase the e-commerce giant has placed in its shopping cart. The addition of hundreds of new properties, largely in upmarket urban areas, looks like a win for Amazon. The deal could potentially help Amazon store food and other goods…

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Lubavitch Educational Center pays $5.1M for building in Golden Glades Office Park

An affiliate of Accesso Partners, a private real estate investment trust based in Hallandale Beach, sold a four-story office building in the Golden Glades Office Park in Miami Gardens for $5.1 million, The Real Deal has learned. The buyer was the Lubavitch Educational Center, whose main campus is less than a mile away. The 48,681-square-foot building at 1525 Northwest 167th Street (birdseye aerial) was the last unsold portion of an eight-building office park built in the early 1970s.

Coconut Grove: Changes at 3480 Main Highway; again

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Matthew Kenney Faces $1.4 Million Lawsuit From Plant Food + Wine Landlord

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Startling new census bureau statistics provide vital perspective on key issues

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Hyatt lease tied to Brickell tunnel staging area

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Here’s what Miami could look like in 2100 

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Fourth new concept to remake Miami River marina

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Miami Beach’s iconic parking garage sells for $283 million

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A New Era In Commercial And Specialty Insurance

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Three Insurance Coverages Commercial Property Owners Shouldn’t Overlook

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Codina Partners Breaks Ground On Phase II Of The Shops At Downtown Doral

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Accelerated rent and traps for the unwary landlord

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University of Miami School of Architecture launches new market, gathering space in Coconut Grove

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Downtown Miami finally gets its park next to American Airlines Arena

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Venevision Studios Sells Finser Corp Bldg in Medley

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Monmouth Acquires FedEx Distribution Ctr in Homestead

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Video: Common’s founder Brad Hargreaves discusses “dorms for adults” emerging multifamily trend

Warning: For those only now getting used to co-working spaces, this emerging multifamily trend is bound to be a shock. Sit down before reading. During a panel discussion in February on the city’s multifamily market, Ofer Yadeni said what the rest of the industry may be thinking about co-living. “If you are a 35-year-old and you live in [WeLive or Common], you are a loser,” the Stonehenge Partners CEO said. “I’m sorry, but if you live with 10 people and you share breakfast or lunch…

ICSC’s Stephanie Ceglieski Discusses Amazon Whole Foods Deal’s Impact on Retail Property Market

This post originally included a video. That video was deleted by its publisher. In the video, Stephanie Ceglieski with ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) joined The Commercial Real Estate Show Michael to discuss the potential impact Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods might have on the retail market. Highlights included: Purchase caught everyone off-guard; Both Amazon and Whole Foods stock rose on announcement, indicating Wall Street support of marriage…

Video: Lessons for Miami: How NYC is tackling rising sea levels

Much of what this video discusses with regard to sea level rise projections and what one city – in this video New York – is doing about it, is highly relevant to low lying Miami, Florida, and the commercial real estate within it.

6 Ways to Save On a Commercial Real Estate Lease

Because everyone loves a good bargain – if the space is right. “Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this – no dog exchanges bones with another.” Economist Adam Smith wrote these words in 1776 in his seminal Wealth of Nations, and this macroeconomic maxim is just as appropriate for today’s CRE market. Everyone loves a good bargain, from BOGOs at their local grocery store to businesses looking to lease office space. Bargain hunting, however, is easier…

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Understanding how to respond to construction disputes

Construction disputes can interfere with the completion of a project and can be costly for the parties involved. In addition, construction disputes can quickly become complex and can involve commercial property owners; residential property owners; industrial property owners; developers; and contractors. Construction disputes can also quickly become costly and can cause significant project delays. A variety of legal claims can be part of construction litigation. Legal claims may include…

CMBS – Commercial Loan Maturity: The “Wall of Maturities” – Status Update

According to reporting by Morningstar Credit Ratings LLC, commercial real estate mortgage borrowers with maturing loans paid them off at a slower rate as of May 2017.  Peter Grant of the Wall Street Journal suggests this slower payoff rate, and the ensuing swell in delinquent/unpaid loans, can be at least partly attributed to 10-year mortgage loans taken out by borrowers in 2007, which got repackaged into commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS).  This mass…

Tax Deed Sales: An Overview

In Florida, as in many other states, properties that fall into arrears on delinquent taxes may eventually be sold at public auction by the county in which they are located.  The process by which this occurs, called a Tax Deed Sale, is detailed in Chapter 197 of the Florida Statutes and can be a little daunting to read through.  We here at Jordan + Pascale, P.L. have years of experience representing clients in Tax Deed Sales; the following is a short overview to help you get acquainted with the…

The Builder Of Florida’s High-Speed Train Is Getting Into The Apartment Business

The developer of Florida’s upcoming Brightline train service is getting into the rental apartment business. Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), the company behind the $3 billion, 235-mile express train system that will eventually connect Orlando to Miami, is launching a new real estate brand, to be called Park-Line. The initial offering will be three towers of rental apartments. The first tower, due in 2018, will offer 290 units ranging from studios to two-bedrooms at Brightline’…

Study: Miami Apartment Demand Exceeding New Supply

Miami’s population boom means that demand for apartments in Miami has been outpacing supply, leading to price increases, according to a new study cited by the Miami Herald. The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies study showed that over 50,000 high-cost units (priced above $2,000) were added to the Miami market in the past 10 years alone, an increase of 148 percent. At the same time, 20,000 low-cost units (priced below $800) were removed from the market…

Juan Carlos Mas And Partner Propose Office Building On Former Kendall Synagogue Site

A three-story, 309,500-square-foot office building may soon be erected on the site of a former synagogue in Kendall. Developer Galloway Road Partners submitted a pre-application to Miami-Dade County for the project in late June, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Bet Breira/Samu El Or Olom Jewish organization sold the 4.4-acre site at 9408 Southwest 87th Avenue and 8790 Southwest 94th Street, near Baptist Hospital, in August 2016 for $5.35 million…

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July 19, 2017

Video: Common’s founder Brad Hargreaves discusses “dorms for adults” emerging multifamily trend

Warning: For those only now getting used to co-working spaces, this emerging multifamily trend is bound to be a shock. Sit down before reading.

During a panel discussion in February on the city’s multifamily market, Ofer Yadeni said what the rest of the industry may be thinking about co-living.

“If you are a 35-year-old and you live in [WeLive or Common], you are a loser,” the Stonehenge Partners CEO said. “I’m sorry, but if you live with 10 people and you share breakfast or lunch… where do you go with your girlfriend?”

As the founder of Common – which has now opened 10 such buildings in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. – Brad Hargreaves could have taken offense. But when he sat down with The Real Deal‘s Konrad Putzier, Hargreaves laughed off the remark, joking that doors have been shut in his face “plenty of times” by landlords and developers.

“But we’re generally pretty friendly people,” Hargreaves said. “So most people would at least listen to us before they told us we’re idiots.”

It looks like co-living isn’t disappearing any time soon, as rising rents are pushing a larger cross section of New Yorkers into shared living arrangements. Pioneer firms like Ollie, Founder House and WeLive weathered the early years, and big players like Boston Properties, Vornado Realty Trust and Rudin Management have either partnered with or invested in these companies.

Hargreaves discussed with Putzier the viability of the business, how Common managed to get some major developers in the mix, and why he thinks co-living is more than just “dorms for adults.”

Given Miami’s reputation for high rents, this seems like a trend soon destined for it.

July 18, 2017

ICSC’s Stephanie Ceglieski Discusses Amazon Whole Foods Deal’s Impact on Retail Property Market

This post originally included a video. That video was deleted by its publisher. In the video, Stephanie Ceglieski with ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) joined The Commercial Real Estate Show Michael to discuss the potential impact Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods might have on the retail market. Highlights included:

  • Purchase caught everyone off-guard
  • Both Amazon and Whole Foods stock rose on announcement, indicating Wall Street support of marriage
  • Have not heard much about it yet from ICSC members
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July 6, 2017

Miami Commercial Real Estate News July 5, 2017: Moishe Mana Nearly Done Assembling for Massive Development; More…

Miami board approves 393-apartment 2000 Biscayne

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board gave a thumbs up to 2000 Biscayne, a 36-story apartment building developed by Verzasca Group. Comprised of 393 units ranging in size from studios to three-bedrooms, the 200,000-square-foot project still requires approval from the city’s Planning and Zoning Department. Dorsky + Yue International Architecture is the project’s designer. Verzasca Group is also behind several other South Florida projects, including…

Moishe Mana Nearly Done Assembling Flagler Parcels For Massive Development

How can someone transform a vacant, 6K SF lot into more than 8M SF of mixed-use properties? Ask Moishe Mana. The developer has purchased a lot at 30 East Flagler St. — the latest in a string of purchases Mana has made along Flagler Street — in what may be one of his last pieces in a larger assemblage in Downtown Miami. Now, Mana has amassed 70,500 SF along Flagler Street sandwiched between South Miami Avenue and Southeast First Avenue. “He’s wrapping it up,” said…

Video: RC Analytics SVP Jim Costello Discusses the Impact of the Amazon Whole Foods Deal on Commercial Property

In this video, Jim Costello, Senior Vice President with RC Analytics, joins The Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss the potential impact of Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and what it could mean for the property investors. He discusses the historical value premiums (low cap rates) for Whole Foods anchored properties due to their strong balance sheet and the desirable demographics of their customer base and the areas surrounding their locations, and how their purchase…

36-story tower replacing City Hall (the restaurant)

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Skyrise Miami unveils new renderings

Skyrise, one of Miami’s most unique projects under development, unveiled new renderings of its observation decks and Sky Plunge in wake of conducting wind tunnel tests, per The Next Miami. The 1,000-foot sleek tower features rotating pods along the outer rims for supreme views of Miami. It has been in the works for a number of years and hasn’t yet begun vertical construction. A little more about the design, per the architect: According to Arquitectonica, the design of the tower…

Miami-Area Retail Asset Trades in $9 million Deal

CBRE completed the sale of a 9,055-square-foot multi-tenant retail property in Surfside, Fla. Related entities Harding Avenue at Bal Harbour LLC, Harding Avenue at Surfside LLC and Surfside Retail Properties LLC sold the asset in a $8.6 million deal to ErikDavid LLC and 9525/37 Harding Avenue LLC. Located between Miami Beach, Fla., and Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., the street-retail property sits on a 0.24-acre site at 9525-9537 Harding Ave. Constructed in 1952, the building…

New Orleans-Based Food Hall St. Roch Market Is Coming to the Design District

The new St. Roch Market food hall will take its inspiration from the New Orleans flagship, which operated for more than 140 years until Hurricane Katrina forced it to shut down. Since reopening in 2015 under the ownership of entrepreneurs Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis, St. Roch has showcased a variety of up-and-coming local food vendors in a communal space offering a cohesive look. An additional three St. Roch locations are set to open around the country by the end of next year…

Preparing For The Next Hurricane Wilma Before It Hits

Almost a decade has passed since a devastating hurricane has hit the Southeast, memories still haunt many commercial real estate owners. Now, hurricane season is upon us again. Globest.com caught up with Jason Wolf, a shareholder at Koch Parafinczuk Wolf Susen in Fort Lauderdale how property owners and managers whose careers began in the region in the past 10 years should prepare for the storm season. We also asked him about the repercussions that are totally…

Gramercy Property Trust Buys Warehouse In Medley For $18M

An affiliate of the New York City-based Gramercy Property Trust paid $18 million for a warehouse in Medley, records show. The 110-acre warehouse at 7321 Northwest 75th Street sold for about $151 per square foot. Property records show the seller, Venevision Studios LLC, an entity of the Coral Gables-based Cisneros Real Estate, paid $10 million for the warehouse in 2005. The seller, also known as Grupo Cisneros, is an international conglomerate of media entertainment…

US Industrial Market Still Has Room To Run

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Florida East Coast Industries CEO Leaves to Launch Real Estate Venture

Vincent Signorello has left the company building South Florida’s $3 billion Brightline express train to launch his own real estate venture. The former CEO and president of Coral Gables-based Florida East Coast Industries has led the company since 2008. FECI is now months away from launching the nation’s first private passenger rail system in more than 100 years with service between Miami and West Palm Beach slated to begin this summer. “After nine years leading Florida East…

South Dade rentals sell for over $4 million

Real estate investor Abiel Ballestros paid $4.125 million for a portfolio of 35 parcels in south Miami-Dade County. Ballestros bought 34 duplexes and one house that had been family-owned since the 1960s. The family that sold the portfolio built the duplexes and operated them as rentals, a practice Ballestros intends to continue. Kurz Real Estate Corp. broker-associate Erick Vargas represented Ballestros, a local investor who specializes in multifamily properties.

New York-Based RE Company To Develop 200,000 SF Office Building In Miami’s Wynwood District

Rose & Berg Realty, a New-York-based private real estate company, has unveiled plans to develop The Gateway at Wynwood, a 12-story, 200,000-square-foot office building located at 2916 North Miami Avenue in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The building will have eight floors of office space above four floors of covered parking. In addition, The Gateway at Wynwood will include approximately 25,000 square feet of retail space being marketed by RKF. Kobi Karp Architecture…

Landlords beware: Your trademark infringing tenant is your problem too

If a landlord learns that trademark infringement is occurring on its premises by one of its tenants and fails to stop further violations, the landlord may be held responsible by the trademark holder for damages relating to the infringement of a trademark. This situation most commonly occurs for landlords that own flea markets or at venues in which goods are sold by a variety of small independent operators.  Typically, in order to assert a claim for damages, the trademark holder…

Here’s how Trump transferred wealth to his son while avoiding the usual taxes

In April 2016, as Donald Trump was on the cusp of clinching the Republican nomination for the White House, he sold two luxury condos near Manhattan’s Central Park for less than half the price his company had said they were worth. The lucky buyer: Trump’s son, Eric. Such family-friendly deals would normally incur hundreds of thousands of dollars…

Michael Comras files suit alleging NJ real estate firm used predatory lending tactics

Commercial real estate developer Michael Comras is in a dog of a legal fight with a New Jersey-based real estate financing company that bought a loan on one of his Coconut Grove retail properties. Comras’ S&C Venture sued Coconut Grove Acquisition LLC in Miami-Dade Circuit Court last month for malicious prosecution and breach of contract for attempting to foreclose on the property, a three-story 36,230-square-foot retail building at 2982 Grand Avenue. Coconut Grove Acquisition…

EastGroup Plans 850 KSF Industrial Park in Florida

EastGroup Properties Inc. just announced its response to the persistent cry for industrial accommodations in metropolitan Miami. The REIT will develop Gateway Commerce Park, an 850,000-square-foot distribution campus in a highly coveted area in Miami-Dade County. Gateway will be erected on what was once the practice track for Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens. EastGroup completed the $26.5 million acquisition of the land, situated at the N.W. 27th exit of the…

Republican Senators to DHS: Whoa, please don’t make EB-5 more expensive!

From TRD New York: A group of Republican senators want the Department of Homeland Security to roll back an Obama-era proposal that would drastically make it more expensive for foreign investors to participate in the EB-5 visa program. In late January, the department proposed a series of reforms to the program, which grants green cards to foreigners who invest in U.S. real estate projects and has been a popular financing mechanism for Miami and New York…

The next Wynwood? Allapattah is Miami’s new hot ’hood

What the new Rubell Family Collection museum, which is moving to Allapattah from Wynwood, will look like on the inside. From the June issue: Lyle Stern had his “aha” moment on a quiet Saturday afternoon last year when he visited Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood with his 11-year-old daughter. Stern, the president of Koniver Stern Group — a leading retail leasing and consulting group based in Miami Beach — took his daughter to a bodega for a $2 fresh fruit shake and to show…

Blue Road LLC Pays $32M for Miami Beach Hotel

Blue Road LLC acquired the 69-room hotel at 1776 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, FL from Levy Family Partners for $32 million, or about $464,000 per room. The three-story, 42,611-square-foot hotel was constructed in 1951 in the Miami Beach submarket. Both parties handled the sale in-house. See CoStar COMPS #3929625 for more information on this transaction…

Video: National Association of Realtors Quant Discusses Commercial Real Estate Lending Trends

George Ratiu, the National Association of Realtors Director of Quantitative and Commercial Research, joins the Commercial Real Estate Show to talk about their 2017 Commercial Real Estate Lending Survey in addition to current trends in commercial property lending.

Lessons for Miami: How NYC is tackling rising sea levels

Much of what this video discusses with regard to sea level rise projections and what one city – in this video New York – is doing about it, is highly relevant to low lying Miami, Florida, and the commercial real estate within it.

Fed Boosts Rates In June: Here’s What Commercial Real Estate Players Need To Know

In a move that was of little surprise to commercial real estate experts, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the third time in six months. The quarter-point move boosted rates to a range of 1% to 1.25%. Though this is the fourth rate hike central bankers have implemented since December 2015, the gradual moves have had…

How can I file a lawsuit for tortious interference?

When businesses enter into a contract, there is an understanding between them that both parties will act in good faith and do their best to hold up their end of the deal. However, when a third party interferes with the contract with the purpose of forcing someone to break a contract or ending a professional relationship, the aggrieved party may file a lawsuit against that party for tortious interference. Tortious interference, or the interference with contractual relations, occurs in many…

Quiet Title Actions: An Overview

Most people never hear of a Quiet Title action until they’re in the midst of one.  Here at Jordan + Pascale, P.L. one of our main focuses is Quiet Title actions. Because we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of effort, the following is an overview of Quiet Title actions in the State of Florida. What is a Quiet Title Action? A Quiet Title action is a civil lawsuit brought in the circuit court to “quiet” any and all claims on a piece of real estate.  Essentially, Quiet…

$2.15 Million Industrial Sale Negotiated

A miami commercial real estate firm announced that Harry Jordan negotiated a 14,808 square foot industrial sale, plus an additional half acre of land for their client, HC Property Company, LLC, located at 512-582 West Mowry Drive in Homestead, Florida. The property sits on 1.25± acres of land in total, and the buyer is First American Exchange Company, LLC. The sale was valued at $2,150,000.

South Florida Among The Top Areas For Investors

Investors have begun to recognize the growth potential of middle markets, but do they know where the best of those markets lie? A recent study by Malartu analyzes America’s top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest-potential middle markets, and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area made the list. Florida markets make up half of the total list of 10 metro areas, including Tampa, Fort Myers, Orlando and Sarasota. Middle markets are fast-growing markets composed…

Six-Year Lease Negotiated For Advanced Vision Care Of Kendalll

A Miami firm announced that its team of Josh Rodstein and Brandon Weiss recently negotiated a 6 year, 1,647-square-foot retail lease for their client, Advanced Vision Care of Kendall, located at 11605 Southwest 88th Street in Miami, Florida. The landlord is Inversiones Cosmos, S.A. Inc. The lease is valued at over $252,000. Advanced Vision Care consists of a team of Board Certified Optometric Physicians and well-trained, friendly staff that are bilingual for the convenience…

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July 5, 2017

Video: Lessons for Miami: How NYC is tackling rising sea levels

Much of what this video discusses with regard to sea level rise projections and what one city – in this video New York – is doing about it, is highly relevant to low lying Miami, Florida, and the commercial real estate within it.

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July 4, 2017

Numbers of Latitude One Office Condos Available from $245K

There are a number of office condos available for purchase in Latitude One, located at 175 SW 7th Street in Miami zip code 33139. Most of these are listed at $338 to $500 per square foot, with the least pricey listing at $245,000, the priciest (and the largest) at $4,397,000. There is a wide variety of sizes and configurations available from well under 1,000 SF to several thousand square feet. Notably, commercial property data provider Costar does not show a sales price over $400 since January 2015.

For more information about available office condominium listings in Latitude One or otherwise, send an email or call.

July 1, 2017

Video: National Association of Realtors Quant Discusses Commercial Real Estate Lending Trends

George Ratiu, the National Association of Realtors Director of Quantitative and Commercial Research, joins the Commercial Real Estate Show to talk about their 2017 Commercial Real Estate Lending Survey in addition to current trends in commercial property lending.

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June 30, 2017

Miami Commercial Real Estate News June 27, 2017: Turnberry Associates Gets $259 Million Construction Loan; SW 8th CVS Sells; More…

Turnberry Associates scores $259M construction loan for Turnberry Ocean Club

Turnberry Associates just scored a $259 million construction loan for Turnberry Ocean Club Residences, the luxury condo tower rising in Sunny Isles Beach, The Real Deal has learned. At least seven months in the making, the loan from Bank of the Ozarks closed on Friday, a spokesperson for Turnberry told TRD. The financing, which has not yet cleared records, ranks among the largest in South Florida so far this year. Turnberry Ocean Club at 18501 Collins Avenue

Bruna Real Estate Acquires Miami CVS for $16.5M

The Astor Companies sold the retail building at 5695 SW 8th Street in Miami, FL to Bruna Real Estate LLC for $16.5 million, or about $1,052 per square foot. The freestanding drug store is fully occupied by CVS on a 25-year, triple-net lease. The 15,683-squarefoot building was built in 2017 in the West Miami submarket. Eric Gaunt and Stephen Gaunt of JLL represented the seller. John Naranjo of Acqua International Realty represented the buyer.

China’s real estate investors on a $200B global spending spree in Miami, other major markete

In 2007 China’s commercial property outflow was less than $1 billion. Now it exceeds $20 billion annually. Individuals and corporations in China still have an estimated $200 billion to invest abroad. Prominent commercial markets include Hong Kong, Australia, the U.K. and North America, particularly Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2015, Wendy Wei Mei Wu, a self-described billionairess housewife, bought a $5 million…

Thor puts Wynwood site on the market for $6.75 million

Thor Equities just put a Wynwood development site on the market for $6.75 million, The Real Deal has learned. The 14,750-square-foot parking lot at 269-285 Northwest 27th Terrace is across the street from Thor’s mixed-use project planned to have rental apartments, retail space and a garage. The price equates to $458 per square foot. The larger site of the planned mixed-use project is not on the market, but also could be available for $45 million, according to a source familiar…

Developer Seeks Miami-Dade Development Boundary Expansion

Homestead, Florida-based developer Marista Holdings has proposed an expansion of the Miami-Dade Urban Development Boundary, which separates urban and rural development areas, by 113.5 acres in the Homestead area. This expansion comes with a request to rezone a 45-acre tract of agricultural land, currently located outside the development boundary, which Marista Holdings purchased for over $10 million in February. Marista plans to build a mixed-use project on the site…

Jorge Perez Slams Developers For Proposing Condominium Projects That ‘Don’t Make Sense’

Related Group’s Jorge Perez thinks that there are condo projects proposed in Miami that “don’t make sense” and “should not be developed.” “Developers have come to Miami from Colombia and Argentina who don’t know the market, and some are proposing projects that wouldn’t work even in a good market,” Perez told The Real Deal. Perez didn’t specify which projects he was referring to, saying he didn’t want to throw anyone under the bus. According to Perez, the strength…

Hines sells Aviva Coral Gables apartments for $100M

Houston, Texas-based Hines just sold a recently completed apartment complex (birdseye view) near Coral Gables for $100 million to the Berkshire Group. Property records show Ponce & Bird Miami Development LLC sold the 276-unit Aviva Coral Gables at 3880 Bird Road to Delaware entities managed by Boston-based Berkshire, BIR Coral Gables I LLC and BIR Coral Gables II LLC. Aviva, completed in 2015 and about 95 percent leased as of April, sold for about…

Macy’s will open its first Miami outlet location at the Falls

Macy’s is set to open a discount store later this summer on the second floor of its existing location at the Falls in south Miami-Dade. Macy’s Backstage The Outlet Store will feature 16,300 square feet of retail space for discounted merchandise, according to the Miami Herald. While many big-box retailers are crumbling at the virtual hands of online retail, Macy’s Backstage is trying to lure customers back to the store with deals of 20 percent to 80 percent off merchandise…

The Weekly Dish: Vegan fast-casual spot opens in Midtown Miami … & more

The Weekly Dish is a TRD recurring feature that showcases the latest in South Florida’s restaurant openings, leases and sales. Miami is getting some new street food, vegan fast-casual, Tex-Mex and more. Chef Todd Erickson of “HuaHua’s Taqueria” and “Haven” is now in Midtown Miami. Erickson designed the menu and kitchen for the vegan, fast-casual spot called GLAM, which stands for…

Coastal Markets Among Most Challenging for Adding New Apartment Supply; Miami Among Toughest Four

Following the release of its findings last week that the U.S. may need millions more apartment units by 2030 if current household formation trends continue unabated, the National Apartment Association (NAA) and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) identified what they see as the hardest and easiest metro areas where new apartment supply can be added. The top four most-challenging places to add new apartments are all coastal markets: Honolulu, Miami…

JLL Chief Economist Ryan Severino, CFA, Shares His View on the Multifamily Market

Ryan Severino joins Michael to discuss the multifamily property market, including demand, supply, performance, trends, and where good apartment investment opportunities may lie. Highlights of this video include: Supply is “certainly at an elevated level”; 2016 to 2017 appears to be high water mark for construction; New inventory making market more challenging; Relative to a few years ago, investors should do more homework; Lender enthusiasm has cooled off a touch; Lots of…

Where’s the Chinese money?

When a Beijing-based partnership scooped up a Brickell Avenue development site for $74.5 million in 2014 and subsequently announced plans for a $1 billion mixed-use complex, it marked the first significant foray by Chinese investors into South Florida commercial real estate. The joint venture between China City Construction and American Da Tang Group appeared to signal that the region was primed for an influx of Chinese capital in the office, hotel and retail sectors.

Lease negotiated or FujiFilm Medical Systems in Doral

A South Florida commercial real estate firm announced today that their associates John Erixon and Harry Jordan recently negotiated a 38-month, 13,815-square-foot office lease for their client, FUJI Film Medical Systems, USA, Inc., located at 11900 SW 128th Street in Doral. The landlord is Flyer Ventures, Limited Partnership. Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. (Fujifilm) is a leading provider of medical image and information products and technologies for acquiring…

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June 27, 2017

1031 Exchange Buyer Seeks $2 to $3 Million Multifamily, Retail, or Industrial

A 1031 tax deferred exchange buyer, i.e. a commercial property investor that needs to complete a 1031 exchange on a timeline, is looking for a multifamily, retail, or industrial property in the $2 million to $3 million range.

If you have a property that meets this requirement, send an email or call.

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June 26, 2017

1031 Exchange Buyer Seeks $3 Million to $8 Million Retail – Perhaps Other Type – Commercial Property

A buyer that needs to complete a 1031 exchange, and is thus a serious buyer with a speedier than normal timeline, seeks a retail property – or perhaps any commercial property – in the Miami / South Florida Area with a price of as much as $8 million but not less than $3 million.

If you have a property that meets this requirement, send an email or call.

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June 26, 2017

Video: RC Analytics SVP Jim Costello Discusses the Impact of the Amazon Whole Foods Deal on Commercial Property

In this video, Jim Costello, Senior Vice President with RC Analytics, joins The Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss the potential impact of Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and what it could mean for the property investors. He discusses the historical value premiums (low cap rates) for Whole Foods anchored properties due to their strong balance sheet and the desirable demographics of their customer base and the areas surrounding their locations, and how their purchase by Amazon may affect their relative valuation.

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June 26, 2017

Miami Commercial Property News June 23, 2017: Grove Bayfront Development to Being in July; New Multifamily Construction to Absorption; More…

New multifamily construction to test the South Florida market

Demand remains robust for rental housing in Miami and the rest of South Florida, among residents and real estate investors alike. But despite the area’s population and employment growth, some market watchers say South Florida’s extended, postrecession rise in monthly rents could slow or stop if overbuilding floods the market with units. National brokerage Marcus & Millichap predicts developers this year will finish construction of 15,200 new apartments across South Florida, including…

Mixed-use Coconut Grove bayfront project to start in July

The next major project to sink millions of dollars of new investment into the Coconut Grove waterfront is expected to begin next month. The long-awaited construction of a mixed-use development called The Harbour is scheduled to commence in July. That’s the latest word from Ignacio Garcia-Menocal, co-founder and CEO of Grove Bay Hospitality Group. Mr. Garcia-Menocal told Miami Today the work will begin in July and major construction should be finished by the end of 2018.

Mayor gutsy in sticking his neck out for 836 extension

As road commutes take longer each day yet new mass transit drifts farther and farther off into the unfunded future, Mayor Carlos Giménez has taken the tough but logical step of asking Miami-Dade commissioners to override a vote to roadblock a new expressway link from West Kendall into downtown. The extension of 836 for a 15-mile curve west and then into South Dade – an extension to be funded not by taxpayers but by tollpayers on five roadways run by the state-authorized Miami-Dade…

Top South Florida developers mix it up

After a dismal 2016, condo developers were ready to put the year behind them. The election, the strong dollar, political instability in key Latin American markets — it all sounded like a broken record. To make matters worse, the first quarter of 2017, which the industry had hoped would prove a turning point, instead revealed an accelerated slowdown. South Florida’s condo developers are increasingly holding off on launch dates, extending timelines…

Aviation Repair Company Does Expansion, Relocation To Medley

A South Florida industrial team today announced it facilitated a new 38,900-square-foot lease for the relocation and expansion of TMC Engine Center at Lucky Industrial Park, located at 8545 NW 79th Avenue in Medley. Transwestern Senior Managing Directors Walter Byrd and Ben Eisenberg, Senior Vice President Thomas Kresse, and Senior Associate Carlos Gaviria represented the Florida-based FAA Repair Station in the transaction. The tenant relocated from a smaller multitenant…

Miami judge partially derails homeowners’ lawsuit against Privé at Island Estates developers

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas handed the developers of Privé at Island Estates a victory this week in their tumultuous legal war with neighboring homeowners. Thomas ruled Tuesday that the statute of limitations had long expired for the Island Estates Homeowners Association and the Williams Island Property Owners Association to challenge a vested rights determination agreement. Lawyers for the developers contend the…

Will Amazon’s Whole Foods Purchase Be Good or Bad for Real Estate Developers?

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods last week sent shockwaves through the grocery industry—and now the real estate industry is fired up. The effects of this major real estate play will unfold in the coming years, and it reinforces the fact that brick-and-mortar retail is not dead. In fact, it’s the key to sustainability in this volatile retail marketplace. Real estate developers and investors are about to get busy thanks to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods. With Amazon’s focus on solving the…

Something’s Brewing In The Craft Beer Industry — And It’s Driving Industrial Absorption

In the mid-2000s, Jeff Heck and some friends from his Bible study class started getting together Monday nights to try their hands at brewing their own beer. By 2011, Heck had turned a hobby that brought 20-plus friends together to sip homemade beer in his backyard into a full-blown business. Today, Heck’s Monday Night Brewing
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Parking authority itching to get into no-parking Beckham soccer stadium

A planned 25,000-seat soccer stadium in Miami with no on-site parking remains a hot topic for those in charge of the city’s vast parking inventory. While the Miami Parking Authority – under the control of the Off-Street Parking Board – plans no formal role in the stadium project, the agency stands ready to assist if asked, said Authority CEO Art Noriega. When board members asked for his thoughts on the stadium proposal, Mr. Noriega made several points. The development group…

Map shows income needed to afford rent in Miami-Dade and Broward

South Florida’s cheapest and most expensive cities have just been mapped out. RentHop looked at the median asking rents of two-bedroom apartments and calculated the required household income, comparing it to the median household income in In Miami-Dade and Broward counties. In Miami-Dade, the median income is nearly $44,000 and in Broward, it’s about $54,000. That means more than half of the population can’t afford average asking rents over the past 12 months, according to…

Too many keys, too few takers in Miami-Dade’s hotel market

Miami-Dade has occupancy issues. As tourism slumps in the wake of last year’s Zika virus threat and the ongoing financial and political unrest in Latin America, hotel development experts continue to warn that the supply of new rooms in Miami-Dade is far outstripping demand, and falling occupancy rates bear that out. Some projects on the drawing board may not break ground, and others in the planning and construction phases will face even tougher financing hurdles in the coming…

Retail buzz surrounds Brickell City Centre

When it comes to the retail sector, much of the buzz surrounds Brickell City Centre and its retail component, which opened late last year. “Drop a pin on Brickell City Centre and you can see the ripples going out, all around the Miami River,” said Robert Granda, a director of Franklin Street of Fort Lauderdale. He points to the Nexus Riverside Central mixed-use development, planned for the 2-acre site of the City of Miami’s office building at 444 SW Second Ave., for which a deal has yet to be…

American Consolidation Logistics in South Florida Logistics Center

Strong efforts by the ComReal team, led by Partner and Managing Member, Edward Redlich, led to the leasing of a third Miami warehouse location for international produce importer, American Consolidation & Logistics (ACL). The 93,799-sq. ft. facility located at 3200 NW 67th Avenue in the South Florida Logistics Center is one of the only…

Amazon Wardrobe is another blow to department stores

Amazon Wardrobe competes with other services like Trunk Club as well as department stores. Amazon.com Inc. isn’t letting a $14 billion deal to buy Whole Foods Inc. distract from its efforts in fashion. With the introduction of Amazon Wardrobe, experts say the e-commerce giant is delivering yet another blow to the already-ailing department store sector. Department stores are already suffering from a number of headwinds, including declines in mall traffic and the need…

What’s Next for Marijuana Warehouses?

Does the growing legalization of recreational and medical marijuana represent a pot of gold for industrial real estate? It could, experts say, but only if investors quickly and carefully pounce on opportunities. The industrial real estate frenzy tied to legalized marijuana is subsiding in Colorado, which has been the country’s hottest market in that category, but it’s primed to take off in California and Massachusetts — two heavily populated states where growing, selling and using recreational…

Coconut Grove Playhouse fight enters Miami commission chamber

The fight to save the Coconut Grove Playhouse ends up in the lap of Miami city commissioners this week, as preservationists try to reverse a decision allowing a partial demolition of the cavernous and aging structure. On the commission’s agenda today (6/22) is an appeal of the city’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board’s granting an application for a special certificate of appropriateness for the partial demolition of the structure (birdseye view), the reconstruction of a theater, and the…

$1.6 Million Miami Retail Lease Negotiated in Pinecrest Village

A Miami commercial real estate firm announced that the team of Edward Schmidt, CCIM, and Timothy Merriman Jr. recently negotiated a seven-year, 5,664-square-foot retail lease for their client, Pinecrest Village Plaza, located at 12455 South Dixie Highway in Miami. The lessee is LBU Lighting (Light Bulbs Unlimited), who are moving from their current location next door. This move will allow them to display their lighting in an open showroom floor. This lease is valued at over $1.6 million.

FECI’s Mike Reininger: Big expectations for Brightline’s success

Brightline hasn’t picked up a train passenger yet or even announced what fares will be when it does, but its former boss says the passenger train service won’t lose money during its first full year in operation. Mike Reininger is executive director of Brightline’s parent company Florida East Coast Industries. Until March, he was the CEO of All Aboard Florida, which will operate Brightline. “We expect that we will be break-even or profitable in 2018,” he told WLRN’s Sunshine Economy.

Assisted living center in West Miami sells for $7.8 million

Pointe North Gables, an assisted living center in West Miami, has just sold for $7.8 million to Hallandale-based Hernandez Family Ventures. Records show the three-story building at 5890 Southwest 8th Street holds 94 units. West Gables Holdings sold the 34,232-square-foot building for $228 per square foot to Pointe Real Estate, an affiliate of Hernandez Family Ventures. The family-owned company is led by Alain Hernandez, Andy Hernandez and Chantel Hernandez. West Gables Holdings…

Chinese investor picks up another South Florida property

Weeks after making its first real estate purchase in the U.S. in Broward County, a Chinese investor picked up another commercial property in South Florida, records show. Jin Yang Real Estate Corporation paid $6.8 million for an office building at 11285 Southwest 211th Street in Cutler Bay following the $4.15 million purchase of a Tire Kingdom-anchored shopping center in Lauderhill in late May. The deal, which includes a development opportunity, is one of a few examples of Chinese investment in South Florida…

Malls Pay the Most on Miami-Dade Property Tax Bills

Miami-Dade County commercial property owners don’t have it easy when it comes to paying taxes. Sweetwater’s Dolphin Mall shelled out more than $10.7 million on 2016 property taxes — the highest paid countywide. That’s much higher than the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, which paid about $4.3 million last year, or the iconic Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, which paid $2.8 million, according to Commercial Cafe. The 1.4 million-square-foot Dolphin Mall

On-street sensors to monitor use of parking spaces

In a pilot program, the Miami Parking Authority plans to install on-street sensors to monitor use of parking spaces in various lots and curbside locations. Changing technology, web-based applications and the proliferation of smartphones have already dramatically altered the parking industry. The parking authority, under the control of the city’s Off-Street Parking Board, prides itself on being a leader in the changing industry. The authority’s adoption of PayByPhone technology several…

Former Lennar executive joins BBX Capital Real Estate

Former Lennar executive David Canfield has joined BBX Capital Real Estate, a division of Fort Lauderdale-based BBX Capital Corp., as managing director, multifamily development. Canfield previously was vice president of development at the multifamily communities unit of Miami-based Lennar Corp., where he was responsible for originating, analyzing, and managing multifamily development and acquisition strategies in Florida. Canfield has more than 20 years of development experience…

Affordable housing a cause of concern for Miami CEOs

This week’s question to the Miami Herald CEO Roundtable: How does the local affordable housing shortage impact your business? What do you think are potential solutions to workforce housing costs? This is one of the most important issues confronting South Florida. When housing costs absorb more that 50 percent of your workforce’s annual income, there is little left to fund consumer economic expansion. Aside from creating massive subsidized housing projects that will not meet…

Miami Realtors Commercial Event Analyzed Technology’s Impact on Real Estate

The Miam Association of Realtors® Commercial Alliance (RCA Miami) analyzed the impact of self-driving cars, the rise of e-commerce, the growth of industrial real estate and the largest proposed mall in the United States at its fifth annual RCA Miam Midyear Update held recently in Coral Gables. “The way we did business 30 years ago or 20 years ago or even 5 years ago is changing,” said RCA MIAMI panelist Jose I. Juncadella, an office and industrial Miami broker and principal…

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June 23, 2017

JLL Chief Economist Ryan Severino, CFA, Shares His View on the Multifamily Market

Ryan Severino joins Michael to discuss the multifamily property market, including demand, supply, performance, trends, and where good apartment investment opportunities may lie. Highlights of this video include:

  • Supply is “certainly at an elevated level”
  • 2016 to 2017 appears to be high water mark for construction
  • New inventory making market more challenging
  • Relative to a few years ago, investors should do more homework
  • Lender enthusiasm has cooled off a touch
  • Lots of new construction in major markets; 4 or 5 years ago about any new project was a home run, not the case today
  • There is a question as to how many people can afford all the premium property coming online
  • Even in New YOrk, there isn’t an infinite pool of people that can afford premium product
  • Land and construction costs are fueling high price points
  • Believes some new premium projects will not hit pro-forma, will miss asking rent levels, “late to the party”
  • Boom in likely to rent millennials not at immediate risk as group is still young with three most common ages in USA at 25, 26, and 24
  • Median first time home buyer age in 31, indicating a few years before a need to worry about transition out of renting into home ownership
  • Supply side is where risk is, not demand
  • Believes underpinnings of “for sale” market remain strong
  • Believes strength in for sale supply  (lack of) supply driven as inventory levels are less than in the housing bubble
  • High housing prices benefit multifamily investors due to lack of affordability of purchase options
  • Loves all multifamily properties today below institutional radar in multifamily, all B+ and even somewhat further below
    • Inventory declining
    • demand increasing
    • Price points attractive
    • Do homework, particularly on capex
    • Proper management can make a big difference in NOI and value

 

June 23, 2017

Miami Commercial Real Estate News June 20, 2017: Dadeland Office Towers Sell; Considering Amazon’s Whole Foods Buy for Commercial Real Estate; More…

Keystone Property Group buys Dadeland office towers for $36M

Keystone Property Group paid $36 million for Dadeland Towers South (birdseye) and inked a lease with the seller, insurance giant AvMed. For Keystone, the deal adds to its holdings in the Kendall-Dadeland area. The commercial real estate firm picked up the two-building, 228,000-square-foot portfolio at 9400 South Dadeland Boulevard  to 9500 South Dadeland Boulevard, plus a 246,300-square-foot parking garage. AvMed leased back 102,000 square feet in a longterm lease, according…

Avra Jain, Bob Zangrillo buy into Miami River development site

A partnership led by Avra Jain and Bob Zangrillo of Dragon Capital paid $5 million for a minority stake in a prime redevelopment site along the Miami River, The Real Deal has learned. Property records show 555 SRD LLC, an entity led by Jain, paid $5 million for partial ownership of the international port at 555 Northwest South River Drive. Oklahoma City-based Zerby Interests is the majority owner, and Jain and Zangrillo now own 45 percent of the site, Jain told TRD. The Miami…

Miami International Logistics Center Sells To Lincoln Property Co. For $27.4M

Dallas, Texas-based Lincoln Property Co. has added the Miami International Logistics Center to its portfolio for $27.4 million – more than two times its last sale – Cushman & Wakefield announced Friday. The two-story warehouse terminal at 725 Southeast Ninth Court spans 500,194 square feet and sold for about $55 per square foot. Cushman’s Mike Davis, Rick Brugge, Michael Lerner, Wayne Ramoski, Gian Rodriguez, Robert Given and Troy Ballard represented the seller, Keating…

Billboard Blight And Mural Ads Are Infecting Downtown Miami

If you live or work in one of the towers wrapped like packages, you could pinpoint your location by saying you’re in the Heineken building or the Verizon building or the Apple Watch building or the “47 Meters Down” building that warns shark-phobes to “just stay out of the water.” If you’re trying to find the bold new Zaha Hadid-designed exoskeleton high-rise on Biscayne Boulevard, it’s next to Ten Museum Park — more easily identifiable as the Sparkling Smart Water building. In addition…

Jorge Perez: Riding the condo roller coaster

When the development firm lead by condo king Jorge Pérez hit the brakes on Auberge Residences Miami, a three-tower, luxury project planned for Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, South Florida’s real estate community took notice. When the king lays off the gas, that doesn’t usually bode well for others. So what’s next for the firm in a challenging economic and political time? Differentiation is key, says Pérez. If a division or market slows down, Related can always focus on another.

How Will the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Affect Retail Real Estate?

The proposed $13.7 billion acquisition of organic grocery retailer Whole Foods Market by e-commerce giant Amazon holds the potential to upset the grocery cart, so to speak. Yet retail real estate investors should cheer the Amazon-Whole Foods deal, experts say. Experts predict Amazon will use the Whole Foods stores, in part, as hubs for grocery pick-up and delivery, helping Amazon resolve the “last mile” dilemma of how to get products from local shipping hubs to nearby customers.

What could Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods mean for the future of retail?

From TRD New York: When Amazon announced its headline-grabbing deal to buy Whole Foods on Friday, the $13 billion question the real estate world asked was: Will the brick-and-mortar grocery chain become more like the e-tailing giant, or the other way around? And while New York City’s retail players stressed they didn’t have a crystal ball into Jeff Bezos’ thinking, they said it’s probably a little bit of both – Amazon is like…

RC Analytics Senior VP Jim Costello Delivers an Update on Multifamily Investment Property

Jim Costello with Real Capital Analytics joins Michael to discuss the multifamily investment market. Highlights include: Deal volume into 2017 has given up ground, down 26% YTD through April; Deal volume down 20 mil from 2016 volume of 60 million; Prices, however, remain high; Believes this says that sellers are pulling back; Owners can’t find a reason to sell as can’t replace with a better investment; There appears to be a disconnect between what buyers will pay and what sellers…

Neighborhood Dive: Sunny Isles Beach, Miami’s new billionaire playground

What do a Mexican mogul, a medical billion CEO and a venture capitalist have in common? They’re all new condominium buyers at Sunny Isles Beach, a tiny barrier island town chock-full of branded condo concepts that is fast becoming one of Miami-Dade’s most expensive places to buy a home. The island was founded in 1920 by a private investor named Harvey Baker Graves, who envisioned Sunny Isles as America’s answer to Venice. Six years later, the “Great Miami” hurricane laid waste…

Pinecrest Whole Foods Is Moving To A New Location

The popular Whole Foods supermarket at 11701 South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest is moving. The 32,300 square-foot store, which employs 180 people, will close its doors at the end of the year and reopen at at 7930 SW 104th Street. The new store, which is currently under construction on the former site of a Winn-Dixie supermarket, will occupy 46,700 square feet and employ 250 people. All current employees at the Pinecrest location will be able to transfer to the new store, which…

Additional In-Line Store Closings to Hit Mall NOIs

The retail industry’s children’s apparel segment took a turn for the worse last week, as The Gymboree Corp. filed for bankruptcy and Ascena Retail Group, parent of tween brand Justice, said it would close stores across its portfolio. San Francisco-based Gymboree is aiming to reduce its debt load t by more than $900 million, and in a statement said it plans to close more than 350 stores as a result of its restructuring (out of a total of 1,281). Ascena is expected to close between 650 and 667…

Opinion: Another part of the real estate market is starting to crumble

While the struggles of mall REITs are no secret given Amazon’s increased dominance of the retail sector, real estate investors may also contemplate putting apartment REITs on their warning lists. That’s because although apartment real estate investment trusts have done well this year — and since the end of the housing crisis, in general — rent growth is starting to slow. To understand the current situation of multifamily rental housing, some recent history is necessary. In the lead-up to the…

Forbes: Miami Owes Its Life To Foreigners

Walter DeFortuna, CEO of Fortune International Reality, is showing me the new Reach apartment building from the outside deck of the sister property called Rise, two high-end residential towers built by Swire Properties of Hong Kong. These twin towers are the kind of place that comes equipped with full spa and weight lifting facilities and Caribbean blue infinity pools. Yes, like the ads, there are bikini clad women, at least two on this sunny hot day in Miami, sitting poolside with their…

South Florida’s war with Airbnb

South Florida is a mecca for all kinds of tourists, but local governments extend little hospitality to Airbnb, HomeAway and other online home-sharing companies active in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area. Consider, for example, the low tolerance for home-based competition with hotels in Miami Beach, where ordinances allow short-term rentals only in limited areas and residents who violate the rules face steep fines. Last year, from March to mid-August, the city collected nearly…

ArborCrowd Now Offering $69.7 Million Commercial Real Estate Deal to Investors in Miami

Online commercial real estate company ArborCrowd announced on Thursday it is now offering a new $69.7 million commercial real estate deal to investors. The Lago Paradiso property is described as a multifamily complex located in Miami, Florida. According to ArborCrowd, investors now have the opportunity to own a piece of a $4 million stake in Lago Paradiso. The property now has a targeted 13 percent to 17 percent Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and a projected hold period of four…

New Times: Five Studies That Prove Miami Renters Are Totally Screwed

Even under ideal circumstances, finding an apartment or house to rent is an utter nightmare. You spend weeks poring over misleading Craigslist ads with retouched photos, haggling over deposits and monthly fees, and trying to please NIMBY condo boards that hold your entire living arrangement in their hands. Renting in Miami, though, is more like a David Lynch-level night terror. The reasons are simple: There’s not nearly enough affordable housing in a market where the population has…

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June 20, 2017

Buyer Seeks Commercial Plaza to $6 Million with 6% Plus Cap Rate

A buyer seeks a commercial plaza / shopping center or the like offering a least a 6% cap rate. The price can be anywhere up to $6 million. If you have a property that meets this requirement, send an email or call.

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June 20, 2017