Keyes Commercial Leads Full Year 2017 Miami-Dade MLS Ranking

Keyes Commercial Leads Miami-Dade in 2017 MLS Commercial Sales

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In the  twelve months ending December 31, 2017, The Keyes Company Commercial Division, commonly referred to as Keyes Commercial Realty, yet 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 22.9% – nealry a quarter – share among the top 10 brokers of such properties was nearly double that of its closest competitor.

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),  with nearly four times the number of sales transactions versus its nearest competitor, and was #1 combined (commercial improved and land).

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March 13, 2018

Video: PwC Partner Mitch Roschelle Discusses 2019 for Commercial Real Estate Investors

PwC Partner & Business Development Leader Mitch Roschelle joins the host of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show in-studio to discuss his analysis of the real estate market in 2019. Among the topics discusses are the current economic climate, including how the United States is linked to developments in other economies around the world, supply and demand conditions in multifamily and other housing, corporate profits, unemployment, GDP growth rates, interest rate expectations, the rollback of Dodd-Frank, and other economic topics that could have an effect on commercial real estate.

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January 22, 2019

South Florida Multifamily Rents Increase 4.5% in 2018 vs. 3.1% Nationally

South Florida Multifamily Rent Growth for 2018: Highest Average Rent; Top Five Fastest Rent Growth; Five Slowest Rent Growth

South Florida Multifamily Rent Growth for 2018: Highest Average Rent; Top Five Fastest Rent Growth; Five Slowest Rent Growth

RentCafe just published its year end rent report. The top line for area multifamily investors again got a boost. In Miami, apartments now cost $1,684 per month, a 4.5% increase from the prior year. By comparison, average rent grew 3.1% nationally.

Within the South Florida area, Doral registered as the city with the highest average rent at $2,156 per month, followed by Miami Beach and Boca Raton. Note that some higher rent districts locals might expect to find in the top spots instead of these are less high when averages are considered for a larger area these premium-areas-known-to-locals areas lie within.

The top area cities boasting the highest rent growth are Coconut Creek with 8.0% (increase in average rent), Davie with 5.4%, Coral Springs with 5.0%, and West Palm Beach with 5.0%, and Miami Beach with 4.8%. Delray Beach, Miramar, and Doral saw some of the slowest rent growth rates of 1.9%, 2.1%, and 2.3%, respectively.

Aggressive increases in the price of apartments throughout 2018 resulted in three Florida cities in the top 10 U.S. mega-hubs with fastest rent growth rates, Jacksonville at number 4 with a 6.3% in rent increase year over year, followed by Orlando at number 5 and Tampa at number 6 with 6.1% and 5.4% year over year rent growth rates, respectively. This strong rent growth, when combined with stable low vacancy rates and compressing cap rates (charts for both below) make for heady times indeed for multifamily investors.

Miami-Dade County Multifamily Capitalization Rate (Cap Rate) 5-Year Chart as of January, 2019 Courtesy of Costar

Miami-Dade County Multifamily Capitalization Rate (Cap Rate) 5-Year Chart as of January, 2019 Courtesy of Costar

Miami-Dade County Multifamily Vacancy Rate 5-Year Chart as of January, 2019 Courtesy of Costar

Miami-Dade County Multifamily Vacancy Rate 5-Year Chart as of January, 2019 Courtesy of Costar

 

January 18, 2019

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Deep examination of the future for Miami River

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‘Great and exciting improvements’ due at Miami Circle

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South Florida Airbnb hosts made $315 million in 2018

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CitizenM pays $11 million for Miami Worldcenter land

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January 16, 2019

Ordinary vs. Inflation Indexed Treasuries “TIPS” Spread Indicates Inflation Expectations Dipping

The difference in yield between that of Treasury Inflation Protection Securities, commonly referred to as TIPS, and the yield of ordinary U.S. Treasury securities with the same maturity dates is referred to as the  TIPS spread.  The chart above shows this spread for various maturites for the past 15 years.

Ordinary U.S. Treasury securities don’t initially take inflation into account, they instead are just bought and sold at some yield. Coupons and principal interest rates of TIPS, however, change based on the CPI (consumer price index). Thus, the spread between the two, the aforementioned TIPS spread, provides insight into the fixed income market’s expectations for inflation. This is also might be referred to as break-even inflation, the inflation rate at which investor in both will realize the same real (inflation adjusted) return.   Stated more directly, the TIPS spread reflects forecasted inflation. The wider this spread is, the more it indicates investor anticipate higher inflation rates in the future. Adding credence to this is that it is not an indication of verbally stated opinions, but instead reflects opinions indicated by investment decisions made, a true case of those with opinions putting their money where their mouths are, Nothing beats market measures where participants have skin in the game.

The graph herein shows that these expected inflation rates spread out at times, particularly during a period of declining inflation expectations, with the shorter maturities seem to have the strongest reactions. This is just a matter of arithmetic. Consider that a 10-year expectation contains the 5-year expectation in that it is the first five years plus five more. Thus, as long as expectations average out over the long run, the shorter-term expectation, in this case the first five years, will be more variable that the longer-term expectation. An exception to this would happen if the market anticipates more normal inflation in the next five years, with less normal or abnormal inflation in the five years hence. That’s unlikely to happen, at least with regard to expectations. Of course, never say never, as they say.

It is worth noting that in the moment these declining expectations would also seem to reflect recent concerns for a slowing economy. Along with this, expectations for rate increases have subsided somewhat for the moment, as would generally be the case in the face of declining inflation expectations given that yields generally include some expectation of inflation to allow them for a yield after inflation. Expectations for inflation and for interest rates are both important to commercial real estate investors, making this TIPS chart, an updated version of which is accessible at the St. Louis Federal Reserve site,  worthy of their ongoing attention.

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January 11, 2019

Miami Commercial Real Estate News January 9, 2019: City Tower May Go Next Door; $1.45 Billion in MIA Improvements Coming; Developer Promotes Passenger Drones; More…

City of Miami office tower site hunt may end up next door

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University of Miami unveils residence complex plan

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Miami prepares for Super Bowl, Democratic National Convention

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Florida plans improved public riverwalk under 836 in Miami

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Editorial: Miami, hold firm against development in our ‘Central Park’

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SeaVee Boats preparing to double manufacturing space

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The what company? WeWork rebrands as SoftBank short-circuits funding

A day after reports emerged that Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group had slashed its planned funding for WeWork from $16 billion to $2 billion, the co-working giant has announced it will rebrand. Under its new name, “The We Company,” led by Adam Neumann, the company will consolidate its businesses into three main arms: WeWork, its well-known flexible office space brand, WeLive, its struggling…

Video: TREPP Managing Director Tom Fink Discusses CRE Financing and Market Trends

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Miami International Airport To Spend $1.45 Billion On Improvements Over The Next Three Years

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SoftBank planned to invest $16 billion into WeWork. That number just got way smaller.

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Craig Robins claims Ugo Colombo bribed juror with promise of condo in trial over private jet: lawsuit

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Waldorf Astoria tower in downtown Miami scores $33 million pre-development loan

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Mast Capital proposes Shipping Ave project near Coral Gables

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Video: Anthony Scaramucci on his Opportunity Zone fund’s $2B deal pipeline

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Watch out, 7-11: Amazon’s new cashless convenience stores may outperform traditional ones

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Owners of KYU Wynwood to open new concept, Laid Fresh, nearby

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Lennar scores $56M construction loan for Doral apartments

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MyBrickell condo owners name Related, Arquitectonica in lawsuit alleging shoddy design and construction

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Sears chairman to offer $1.8 billion for company’s real estate holdings if auction bid fails

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The Lincoln Eatery Food Hall in South Beach Opens With 14 Concepts

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Waldorf Astoria to Open 1st Miami Location

A Waldorf Astoria project in Miami has secured a $33 million pre-development loan, provided by BridgeInvest. Property Markets Group will develop the 98-story luxury condo and hotel at 300 Biscayne Boulevard, which will be branded and operated by Waldorf Astoria. The non-recourse loan will be used by the developer to finalize approvals, market the property and launch residential sales. The new…

Reinsurers want rates raised after natural disasters tally billions in real estate damage

Miami has been hit with hurricanes and Los Angeles has endured devastating wildfires. Those are just two cities that have dealt with recent natural disasters throughout the U.S., which in addition to loss of life, have tallied billions of dollars in real estate damage.
Despite the increasing frequency of these events, insurance companies are resisting a recent push from reinsurers to raise…

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January 9, 2019

Video: TREPP Managing Director Tom Fink Discusses Financing and Market Trends

In this short video, Tom Fink, Managing Director with TREPP. a leading provider of data, analytics, and technology solutions to the global securities and investment management industries, appears on America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to talk about the state of commercial real estate financing. Among the topics discussed are the impact of rising interest rates and regulations, and the effect of pressure from regulators to hold down the amount of construction and development lending. He notes that we’ve not had the overbuilding that we had in the 80s and 90s, which should make the effects of any downturn less drastic. Finally, he talks about interest rate expectations.

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January 8, 2019

Miami Commercial Real Estate News January 2, 2019: Related Sells SLS Brickell Hotel; 1,042 Unit Downtown Rental Plans Filed; More…

Related Group sells SLS Brickell hotel for $43 million

The Related Group sold the hotel component of SLS Brickell for $43 million, property records show. PRH 1300 Hotel LLC and PRH 1300 Shared LLC sold the 124-key hotel at 1300 South Miami Avenue to Brickell Miami LLC, a Delaware company managed by Francois Faber of Fiduciaire Fernand Faber, an accounting and tax firm based in Luxembourg. The deal breaks down to about $347,000 per room. The…

Chinese investors are pulling their money out of the US and Europe

The effects of a retreat in U.S. and European markets by Chinese investors are now being felt, and have stoked concerns of a dip in real estate prices for 2019. During the third quarter, Chinese conglomerates sold off more than $1 billion worth of commercial real estate in the United States, while purchasing only $231 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The pull back follows restrictions imposed…

Melo files plans for 1K-unit rental tower in downtown Miami

The Melo Group is moving forward with its plans for another large-scale apartment project in downtown Miami. The local developer filed a building permit for a 1,042-unit high-rise at 501 North Miami Avenue, next to Christ Fellowship Baptist Church. A spokesperson for Melo said the company hopes to break ground on the 55-story building by 2020. It would rise next to Okan Group’s planned 70-story hotel…

Duke Realty pays $34 million to add to its Hialeah warehouse portfolio

Duke Realty just paid $34.4 to Florida East Coast Industries to buy another warehouse at one of Miami-Dade County’s largest industrial parks. Indianapolis-based Duke Realty bought the 208,000-square-foot facility at Countyline Corporate Park at 3840 West 104th Street in Hialeah for $165 per square foot, property records show. In July, Duke bought three other warehouses at the industrial park for $180…

Mega investors move into South Florida multifamily

While condo developers have long reigned as the kings of South Florida’s development world, new-apartment developers are starting to pose a challenge to the throne. Large out-of-state investors such as Mill Creek Residential and Greystar Real Estate Partners — which is developing the Blu on Marina Boulevard Apartments in Fort Lauderdale — see the area as an attractive destination to build in, due in…

New York Life Provides $170 Million Refinancing Loan for Wells Fargo Center in Downtown Miami

New York Life Real Estate has provided a $170 million loan for the refinancing of Wells Fargo Center in downtown Miami. The borrower, MetLife, owns the 47-story office tower, which was built in 2010 at 333 S.E. 2nd Avenue. The loan has a 10-year term with an undisclosed fixed interest rate. Tenants in the 752,488-square-foot building include Wells Fargo Bank; McDermott, Will & Emery; Greenberg Traurig…

Luxcom buying 71 developable acres in Palmetto Bay from FPL

Real estate developer Oscar Barbara, CEO and chairman of Luxcom Builders, has purchased for $33 million 71 waterfront acres in Palmetto Bay from Florida Power & Light. The site is at 6525 SW 152nd Street, at the intersection of Southwest 67th Avenue and 148th St. “The 71-acre land parcel is the largest most recently on the market east of US 1 and is as close to a developmental anomaly ever presented in…

Miami Design District, city unite to support valet services

An agreement between the Miami Parking Authority and Miami Design District Associates LLC will help financially support a valet parking service in the growing neighborhood of luxury shops and establishments just north of I-195. At its December meeting, the city’s Off-Street Parking Board approved the agreement unanimously. Money from a special trust fund will fund the Miami Design District Associates…

Affordable housing development on track beside Miami-Dade Transitway

A Pinnacle Housing Group affiliate has closed on financing for Verbena, a $31 million transit-oriented affordable housing development just off the Miami-Dade Transitway at Southwest 282nd Street alongside US 1. Construction is to begin this month. The completed project is to have 110 one-, two- and three-bedroom units in two buildings, one five stories and the other six. Ten percent of the units are for…

Miami’s first rules on sea level rise target raised structures

The City of Miami is pursuing changes to the Miami 21 zoning code to address sea level rise, and the proposed legislation is gaining support. City officials’ first attempt at new rules with climate change and sustainability in mind include a proposal to allow new construction and redevelopment to raise habitable structures out of the flood plain with added “freeboard,” up to 5 feet above the Base…

Miami-Dade jobs shoot skyward, led by construction

Late 2018 Miami-Dade jobs data shot skyward in virtually every category, as unemployment fell to its lowest level since at least 2007, the labor force grew but those at work increased even faster, and construction gains put thousands more back to work over the past year. The county’s workforce, which had contracted for several months, grew by 6,600 people in November to 1,364,300, according to the US…

Six big Miami-Dade library projects awaiting state grants

Miami-Dade is waiting on $3 million in state grant funds before proceeding with six library projects expected to cost a combined $31.1 million. Commissioners Dec. 18 approved submission for – and subsequent spending of – Florida public library construction grants for which the county applied in July, as well as a re-submittal of applications approved here in 2017. The grants, totaling $500,000 apiece…

A 1958 scrapbook illustrates today’s infrastructure gaps

As Greater Miami’s population mushroomed over decades, we’ve had no shortage of developers building the places where we live and work. What we’ve been woefully short of is the pivotal public infrastructure that government must provide. That Miami pattern of private advances with vital government contributions lagging far behind is not limited to any generation. It’s not spelled out in the history…

The Closing: Getting to Know 13th Floor’s Arnaud Karsenti

What drives developer Arnaud Karsenti? For one, this bit of wisdom: Anything worth having must be earned. His persistence during the recession is a case in point. The 40-year-old founder of 13th Floor Investments launched his Miami-based private real estate investment and development firm in 2008, focusing on distressed assets amid the downturn. When the market improved, the company turned to…

What happens when an EB-5 project fails?

In 2012, a trio of developers drew up plans to build a 12-story InterContinental hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Las Olas Ocean Resort would include a 12,000-square-foot restaurant from the management company behind Senior Frog’s. To fund the development, the ownership group tapped Bancorp Bank and later, dozens of Chinese investors who poured in millions of dollars through the federal…

Is Hialeah “the next big thing” for real estate investment in SoFla?

Hialeah is hot. The city has been experiencing a surge in real estate investment, bolstering its reputation as an industrial hub while also identifying it as a more welcoming place for multifamily and commercial construction following recent moves to encourage development. But investors drawn to cheaper land prices and those who may be looking to make a quick buck on a flip could find it difficult…

Plotting the future of Miami’s skyline

With more than four years’ supply of luxury condos for sale, it’s plain to most people in the real estate community that the market does not need any more condo projects. Developers have no choice but to hope their existing projects inch closer to selling out while they toil away on plans designed for a better market in the future. Many are now plotting the next batch of supertall towers to grace Miami’s…

The Fed Explains Housing starts

A “housing start” is a new housing unit for which construction has begun. The graph above shows monthly housings starts in the U.S. for the past 20 years (Nov 1998 to Nov 2018) separated into three groups: single-family houses, houses with two to four units, and houses with five or more units. Note that this statistic pertains to the number of housing units and not number of houses/buildings. The graph…

Amazon planning expansion of Whole Foods throughout U.S.

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods last year had the real estate world wondering if the brick-and-mortar grocer would move more toward an e-commerce model or stick with its stores. Whole Foods now says it is planning to build new stores and expand to new markets throughout the United States, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon is seeking to bring Whole Foods to more suburbs and…

New York, Miami show strong demand for self-storage properties

A stream of self-storage properties coming online across the U.S. has been answering demand from smaller markets, along with some big cities like New York. Overall development activity for the properties increased in December compared to November, according to a new report by Yardi Matrix. The large amount of new construction slightly pushed down asking rents on individual units. Demand for the…

Developer Oscar Barbara buys massive undeveloped waterfront property in Palmetto Bay

Developer Oscar Barbara acquired one of the largest undeveloped waterfront properties in Miami-Dade County, with plans to build a mainly residential complex, The Real Deal has learned. Barbara paid $33 million for the sprawling property. Florida Power & Light sold the 71-acre development site at 6525 Southwest 152nd Street in Palmetto Bay to Yacht Club by Luxcom LLC. Barbara, CEO and chairman of…

Where are we in the cycle? Some experts say luxury condo market will remain ice cold in 2019

Entering 2018, Mike Pappas predicted developers would start lowering prices on luxury condos to accelerate absorption in an increasingly oversupplied market. Looking back on the past 12 months, the Keyes Company founder and CEO expects the trend to continue in 2019 as the current cycle winds down with little new construction starts this year. “There was a lot of delivery of units in 2017 and 2018, and it…”

Financing for Fisher Island luxury residential towers reaches $140 million

PDS Development, led by Heinrich Von Hanau, just added $50 million to a previous $90 million bridge loan to finance two luxury Fisher Island condominium projects, property records show. New York-based Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies provided the additional financing to help fund the sellout of the remaining 13 units at Palazzo Del Sol. The mortgage will also be used to complete the…

A wild ride: South Florida’s top real estate news of 2018

It was a tumultuous year for South Florida real estate, which began on an upbeat note when Miami was shortlisted in January in the competition for Amazon’s second headquarters. While Amazon went another direction — north to New York and Virginia — local voters did approve the David Beckham-led bid to build an Major League Soccer stadium and complex at Melreese Country Club. The collapse…

Doral Warehouse Trades For $4.23 Million

Luciano H. Rappa, real estate broker of Kaizen Realty Partners closed a $4.23 million sale of a combination office -warehouse building on December 13, 2018 to an Investment Company, based in Miami, FL. The property, located at 2400 NW 95th Avenue, Doral, FL is a two-story building with office of 8,000 SF and a total of 38,721 square feet. The warehouse component is 30,000 SF. The property was…

Sears to close 80 more stores, full liquidation possible as deadline looms

Sears Holdings plans to close 80 more stores nationwide in March as it teeters on the brink of full liquidation. News of the latest closures comes on the last day for parties to make a bid on the 125-year-old retailer in bankruptcy before liquidators break up the company altogether, according to CNBC. The latest round will affect seven Sears or Kmart stores in Florida, five in California, five in New York, two…

Make sure it’s “well lit for ambiance and seduction”: Nouvel lawsuit against JDS highlights Monad Terrace developer’s demands

The developer of Monad Terrace in South Beach had a few requests while working with French architect Jean Nouvel. For one, the building and grounds “must be well lit for ambiance and seduction.” The pool deck should, of course, “have amazing views above the parking block.” JDS Development Group’s design notes for the Paris-based Atelier Jean Nouvel are included in a recent lawsuit the architecture…

The Fed on Whether an Inverted Yield Curve Can Cause a Recession

An inverted yield curve—or a situation in which market yields on shorter-term U.S. Treasury securities exceed those on longer-term securities—has been a remarkably consistent predictor of economic recessions. However, simply because inversions forecast recessions does not necessarily mean that inversions cause recessions. Why might a yield curve inversion cause economic activity to slow?

Federal Reserve blog discusses method for measuring inflation expectations

What level of inflation do people expect over the next several years? We could look at some surveys to try to answer this question, but nothing beats market measures where participants have some skin in the game. One such method of measuring inflation expectations is to compare how Treasury markets price two types of bonds: “normal” bonds—with a constant nominal interest rate—and “inflation…”

Sterling Bay nabs $81 million construction loan for Wynwood project 545wyn

Sterling Bay closed on an $81 million construction loan for 545wyn, a mixed-use project it’s planning in Wynwood, property records show. Bank OZK, formerly Bank of the Ozarks, is providing the financing for the 10-story development at 537, 545, and 557 Northwest 26th Street and 530-550 Northwest 27th Street. Sterling Bay, a Chicago-based investment firm, closed on the Wynwood assemblage last week…

Toys “R” Us closed 800 locations this year. Now, its stores are flying off the shelves

Former Toys “R” Us stores are selling quickly in the wake of the company’s bankruptcy. The retailer has closed roughly 800 stores this year, and buyers have been scooping them up quickly thanks in part to their relatively long leases and cheap rents, according to the Wall Street Journal. The stores’ wide variety of configurations and sizes is also increasing demand, as it makes them well-suited for new tenants…

South Florida construction starts jump in November

Construction starts in South Florida rose in November, as both residential and commercial sectors saw increases on a year-over-year basis. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, last month’s total building activity spiked 41 percent, up to more than $866 million. Compared to the same month last year, residential construction increased 36 percent to $417.9 million. Commercial construction also increased, up…

Brickell’s Sabadell Financial Center tops list of South Florida’s biggest office deals in 2018

A partnership between Parkway Properties and KKR paid $248.5 million for the Sabadell Financial Center on Miami’s Brickell Avenue in June. The seller was PGIM Real Estate, which bought the property in 2013 for $184.3 million, property records show. The 30-story office tower at 1111 Brickell Avenue, which spans about 520,000 square feet, sold for $478 per square foot. Parkway and KKR financed the…

South Florida by the numbers: The big stories of 2018

“South Florida by the numbers” is a web feature that catalogs the most notable, quirky and surprising real estate statistics. Like most years, 2018 had its ups and downs. Plenty of good news for South Florida (no hurricanes, Brightline launches, Amendment #2 passes), but also some challenges (a condo glut and ballot-counting issues) and tragedies (the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting…

Considering the statute of limitations for construction defect claims

There are many different construction projects in Florida and many different companies and individuals who work on these various projects. There are also many different products used to complete the projects and those products are made by many different companies. So, there are many different people and companies that need to be trusted to do their jobs correctly to ensure that the…

Fort Partners lands $56 million refi for Four Seasons Surf Club in Surfside

Nadim Ashi’s Fort Partners just closed on a $56 million refinance for its Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at the Surf Club in Surfside, property records show. Acore Capital provided the financing for the luxury condo-hotel development at 9001 Collins Avenue. Records show the loan extends the loan period up to 20 years. It is in addition to a previous $135 million loan Acore Capital provided earlier…

South Florida’s CRE Market: What to Expect in 2019

South Florida’s commercial real estate market continues to grow amid population and job gains. “Industrial is by far the best performing sector in South Florida at the moment,” Kenneth Krasnow, Colliers International South Florida’s executive managing director, said in an interview with Commercial Property Executive. He added that the tourism industry, trade and transportation connections, and the…

Video: NAR Chief Economist George Ratiu Discusses Commercial Real Estate Investor Sentiment, Sector Outlook

George Ratiu, Chief Economist with the National Association of Realtors (NAR), appears on America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss the NAR’s 2019 Commercial Real Estate Outlook. Topics discussed in this segment include investor sentiment, capitalization rates (cap rates), and vacancy rates, as well as which sectors within commercial real estate are performing best. He discusses volume, price…

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January 2, 2019

Miami Developer Metronomic Publishes Passenger Drone Concept Video

Headed by Ricky Trinidad, Miami based Metronomic bills itself as a progressive, innovative, and sustainable real estate developer with core values centered on social and economic improvement, community development, and local collaboration that exemplifies industry standards for quality design, planning, and construction. They note that “passenger drones have proven to be a new and safe form of transportation, a time-saving solution for traffic congestion, and a way to reduce hazardous emissions and pollution,” and further that “several passenger drones are now approved and currently flying in Germany, Dubai and China.” Passenger drone facilities appear to be in their plans for upcoming developments, firmly reinforcing the “innovative” aspect of their identity. In this short video, they illustrate conceptually how this might work.

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January 2, 2019

Video: NAR Chief Economist George Ratiu Discusses Commercial Real Estate Investor Sentiment, Sector Outlook

George Ratiu, Chief Economist with the National Association of Realtors (NAR), appears on America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss the NAR’s 2019 Commercial Real Estate Outlook. Topics discussed in this segment include investor sentiment, capitalization rates (cap rates), and vacancy rates, as well as which sectors within commercial real estate are performing best. He discusses volume, price per square foot, and cap rate trends and expectation for these in the face of rising interest rates.

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December 26, 2018

Miami Commercial Real Estate News December 26, 2018: Creative Class A Office Project Coming to Wynwood; Biggest Deals of 2018; More…

Massa Investment pays $11.5M for retail space at Axis Brickell

A company tied to Massa Investment Group just paid $11.5 million for retail space at Axis Brickell in Miami, records show. Lmnr Axis Properties LLC, which is managed by Menin Hospitality’s Keith Menin, sold the 13,724-square-foot property at the ground floor of the condo development. The property at 79 Southwest 12th Street includes the popular Miami taco shop Coyo Taco and Marion Miami…

Sterling Bay Enters Miami With Creative Office Project

Sterling Bay, the Chicago-based developer known for developing urban campuses for companies like Google, McDonald’s, Uber and Tyson Foods in the city’s West Loop and Fulton Market, and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, have completed the purchase of property at 545 NW 26th Street in Miami’s Wynwood district for $18.9 million. To be called 545wyn…

Real estate firms flocked to Israel in search of cheap debt. Now the market’s turning.

After weeks of declines, defaults, and troubling disclosures, bonds issued by American real estate firms in Israel are falling at unprecedented rates. Over the weekend, the Tel Bond Global, an index which tracks bonds issued by American real estate companies, fell four percent, closing with an average yield in the double-digits Sunday, and falling a further two points on Monday. Some of the bonds…

Joe Martinez: Commissioner puts housing atop list of urgent problems

Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez next year will celebrate 35 years in public service, about half of which he spent rising through the ranks of the county police force while earning more than 70 awards and commendations, including two Gold Medals of Valor and numerous “Officer of the Year” honors. The skills he sharpened in law enforcement, he said, informed his approach to legislation and…

Gables Aventura tops list of South Florida’s biggest multifamily deals in 2018

Gables Residential’s sale of Gables Aventura for $149 million to RREEF marked South Florida’s largest apartment deal in 2018. RREEF, a publicly traded real estate investment trust and an affiliate of Deutsche Bank, paid about $372,500 per unit for the apartment and townhome community at 19920 West Dixie Highway near Aventura, property records show. Rents at the 400-unit complex rents range…

European Embassair to develop 10 acres for luxury jets in Opa-Locka

Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport’s luxury services are due to expand, as Miami-Dade commissioners approved without a word an up to 35-year lease with European aircraft company Embassair to develop 10.2 acres on the airport’s south end. The 11-2 vote last week OK’d Barbara Jordan and Sally Heyman’s request to approve a 30-year development lease and five-year renewal option for Embassair to build…

Plaza Coral Gables advances, adds funding for public

The Plaza Coral Gables’ second amended development agreement passed unanimously in the city commission last week with one small change – a $2.7 million gift from developer Agave Plaza Trustee LLC will have its preferred use be for Art In Public Places instead of the city’s new public safety building. The ordinance reads that any amount of it could go to either one, depending on the commission’s…

Makeover of CocoWalk a step-by-step process

Grass River Property Principal Thomas Roth is seeing his vision of a modern take on CocoWalk rise quarter by quarter. He aims to complete the project come the first quarter of 2020, a plaza that honors the village-like style of the community and better serves those who live in the area. The project is organized into two phases with the ultimate plan to expand the 200,000 square feet to about 250,000…

Overtown hotel planned for business travelers

A developer has plans to build a new hotel in Overtown, catering to the business traveler. Central District Miami Redevelopment Group V, LLC has submitted its proposal to build a Cambria Hotel to the City of Miami. The project was reviewed Dec. 19 by the Urban Development Review Board, which recommended approval by the planning director. The hotel is planned for five parcels at the…

Six-phase mixed-use project for Wynwood gets supportive vote from city

The first phase of what promises to be a six-phase mixed-use project for Wynwood, bringing condos, retail stores and hotel rooms to the rapidly evolving neighborhood, has earned a supportive vote from a City of Miami review board… Wynwood Quarter. The developer is ready to start the first phase on what it refers to as Parcel A, at 115, 127, and 139 NW 28th Street and 145, 157, and 161 NW 28th Street…

The Closing: Alan Faena

Alan Faena is known for his artsy taste, for always wearing white and for creating the Faena District in Miami Beach. Faena was born in Argentina, and his life has taken several turns, including modeling, owning a major fashion company and developing the Faena District in Buenos Aires — all before founding his namesake district in Miami Beach with partner Len Blavatnik. Like some other notable people in…

Golf anyone… anyone? Developers reimagine South Florida’s money-losing courses

The Carolina Club, an 18-hole championship golf course in Margate, has served as a qualifying site for the PGA Honda Classic and is known for its fast, well-manicured greens and contoured fairways. But the semi-private club, built in 1971, isn’t making the cut. Miami-based developer 13th Floor Homes plans to acquire the 140-acre facility and completely transform it into a 350-unit residential…

Inside the house of Lennar

The last decade of Stuart Miller’s 20-year-plus tenure as CEO of Lennar was one for the books. Before announcing his move into the role of executive chairman this past April, the Miami native — and the company — had weathered some significantly stormy weather. Miller led Lennar through one of the worst housing collapses in U.S. history, fended off an alleged extortion scheme by a convicted fraudster…

South Florida’s most head-turning lawsuits of 2018

In 2018, South Florida’s real estate industry saw longtime business partners going through bitter divorces, buyers seeking to get out of luxury condo deals by accusing developers of construction delays and false advertising, foreign governments and investors suing local companies over allegedly fraudulent real estate investments and sizzling disputes over allegedly unpaid six-and-seven-figure…

Pinnacle scores financing for Verbena affordable housing in south Miami-Dade

Pinnacle Housing Group just scored $31.2 million in financing to build Verbena, a new 110-unit transit-oriented affordable housing development in Leisure City’s Modello neighborhood in south Miami-Dade. The project will consist of a six-story building and a five-story building that will rise on 2.4 acres of land right off the Miami-Dade Transit Busway at 28140 South Dixie Highway. Records show Pinnacle…

January panel: How transportation is changing the future of the SoFla real estate market

The arrival of Brightline in Miami this year sparked a lot of chatter in the industry about how the new line would impact real estate in the area. To dig deep into the issue for our readers, The Real Deal will convene a panel of experts at MiamiCentral on Jan. 16. Join TRD along with Miami Worldcenter’s Nitin Motwani, Blanca’s Tere Blanca, Terra Group’s David Martin, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s Bob…

South Florida’s largest industrial leases in 2018

The thirst for industrial space led to Nestlé Waters North America’s 257,000-square-foot lease at the Airport North Logistics Park. The company filled an entire building at 8501 Northwest 80th Street, and takes nearly one-third of the space at the 900,000-square-foot, three-building logistics park in northwest Miami-Dade. L&B Realty Advisors, based in Dallas, owns the industrial park. Cushman…

Miami #1, New York City rank among top “dream” retirement destinations: survey

The city that never sleeps may not be a bad place to hang things up. New York City ranked No. 4 among the top destinations where Americans want to live when they retire, according to a new survey. Provision Living, which operates senior-living communities, asked 2,000 people about their dream retirement. Miami, with its warm weather and sunshine, was the No. 1 choice…

Pop-up stores are becoming an increasingly viable option for mall owners

Malls are no longer saying no to pop-up shops. Macerich, a publicly-traded mall landlord that owns more than 50 shopping centers, is now offering leases for 180 days, according to Bloomberg. The company launched a leasing program called BrandBox last month that lets online retailers set up temporary pop-up stores in an attempt to revive a sector hit hard by bankruptcies at former anchor tenants like…

River Landing changes course: adds office, reduces retail

The developers of a $424.8 million mixed-use project on the Miami River are reducing its retail footprint and adding office space. Developer Andy Hellinger, a principal at Urban X Group, and Coralee Penabad are adding 135,000 square feet of office space to River Landing Shops and Residences. The project is under construction and set to open in early 2020 at 1400 Northwest North River Drive.

Baywood sells Quality Inn Miami Airport for $14 million

A Quality Inn-branded hotel in Doral just traded hands for $13.9 million, property records show. A company led by investors Michel and Salvatore Ciniglio and Antonio Pecorelli purchased the three-story Quality Inn Miami Airport at 3959 Northwest 79th Avenue. Records show the buyers financed the deal with a $9.1 million loan from Ocean Bank. Doral Hospitality Inc., which is tied to Baywood Hotels’ Amit…

Triarch Capital expands industrial portfolio with purchase in north Miami-Dade

A Triarch Capital Group affiliate acquired a warehouse in north Miami-Dade County in a off-market deal, adding to its growing industrial portfolio. Aventura-based Triarch’s WH 95 Capital LLC paid $5.85 million for the 61,462-square-foot industrial building. The price for the property, at 17850 State Road 9, penciled out to $95 per square foot. The seller is National Industrial Park, linked to Walston E Helms Jr.

South Florida’s biggest retail sales in 2018

Investment sales in South Florida remain strong despite the latest wave of store closures across the country. The majority of the top deals in 2018 were for new or recently renovated shopping centers in suburban neighborhoods throughout the tri-county region, according to data from brokerages that include Cushman & Wakefield and Colliers International South Florida. “You’re seeing institutional…”

Verzasca scores $26 million construction loan for Aurora Condo in Sunny Isles Beach

Verzasca Group just scored a $25.7 million construction loan for its Aurora condo project in Sunny Isles Beach. The firm secured the loan from New Wave Loans, a nonbank lender based in North Miami Beach, which it will use to build the 17-story, 61-unit condo tower at 17550 Collins Avenue. The project will go vertical in the first quarter of 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020…

French firm partnering with Spanish hotel group to rebuild historic downtown Miami hotel

Paris-based Immocorp Capital is moving forward with its plans to build a new hotel in downtown Miami and is bringing on a Spanish hotel group as a partner, The Real Deal has learned. Dream Downtown Miami LLC filed a permit for a new 168-key hotel at 139 Northeast First Avenue, according to the city’s building department. The company, led by Immocorp Capital, paid $9.2 million for the seven-story…

Edgardo Defortuna joins Peebles, Stern, Karmely and Karp for Future City 2019

We’re thrilled to announce Fortune International’s Edgardo Defortuna will be joining other top South Florida real estate execs including Don Peebles, Michael Stern, Shahab Karmely and Kobi Karp, among others, at The Real Deal’s Future City 2019 in the Bahamas. Future City is an exclusive two-day opportunity for a group of 200 C-level executives in the fields of development, tech, construction, design and…

South Florida’s CRE Market: What to Expect in 2019

South Florida’s commercial real estate market continues to grow amid population and job gains. “Industrial is by far the best performing sector in South Florida at the moment,” Kenneth Krasnow, Colliers International South Florida’s executive managing director, said in an interview with Commercial Property Executive. He added that the tourism industry, trade and transportation connections, and the…

Video: Real Capital Analytics SVP Jim Costello Discusses Office Market Trends

Jim Costello joins this discussion via Skype to discuss trends to follow in the office market. He discusses how office deal volume is switching from central business district to suburban properties, noting it as due to many of the CBD properties having recently traded, higher yields available in suburban locations, and a generational change of preference of labor force location back to the suburbs. Also…

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December 26, 2018

Video: Real Capital Analytics SVP Jim Costello Discusses Office Market Trends

Office Market Trends via RC Analytics
Jim Costello joins this discussion via Skype to discuss trends to follow in the office market. He discusses how office deal volume is switching from central business district to suburban properties, noting it as due to many of the CBD properties having recently traded, higher yields available in suburban locations, and a generational change of preference of labor force location back to the suburbs. Also…

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December 26, 2018

Miami Commercial Real Estate News December 19, 2018: Fed Raises Rates; $425 Million Mixed-Use Coming to Health District; More…

Fed raises rates for fourth time in 2018 amid signs of market slowdown

The Federal Reserve raised rates on Wednesday for the fourth time this year, citing a strengthening labor market and strong economic activity. The Fed raised the benchmark federal funds rate to between 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent. Rates are now at their highest level since 2008 amid many indicators that the housing market is slowing down. In October, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that…

Major Retail Rising Near Miami Courthouse, Health District

The doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the bailiffs and clerks at the Richard Gerstein Justice Building hopefully like hot dogs, because the vendor slinging wieners outside the courthouse is one of the few lunch options around in the so-called Health District, long a retail desert. Bisnow/Deirdra Funcheon Developers Andrew Hellinger and Coralee Penabad of Urban X survey the construction at River…

Saturation nation? Developers to add 68M sf of office inventory in US next year: report

The U.S. office market could turn to slosh next year, as developers plan to add 68 million square feet of space — the highest increase since 2008. The massive development could lead to downward pressure on the country’s office rent growth, the Wall Street Journal reported. Citing a Cushman & Wakefield report, the Journal reported office rents have been rising across the U.S. for the past several…

Brazilian developer sells site of canceled condo tower near downtown Miami

Brazilian developer Rodolfo Ishak sold the former site of his Krystal Tower, a canceled condo project planned for Overtown, near downtown Miami. Property records show Ishak’s Krystal Investment Solution LLC sold the half-acre property at 530 Northwest First Court for $8.55 million to BH Investments LLC, a company managed by Steve Levy and Rainer Viete of Pompano Beach. The buyer financed…

Is WeWork getting too big for its boots as a landlord?

As WeWork continues to shape the face of office leasing, its recent push into real estate investment is prompting a rebuke from landlords and other industry insiders. “A lot of people originally thought of the shared office-space providers as bringing tenants,” Tony Malkin, CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, told Bloomberg. “But I think now we’ve seen — particularly with WeWork and other providers’ expansion…

South Florida’s largest office leases in 2018: World Fuel Services in Doral; More…

Office tenants are increasingly choosing South Florida, despite the region losing out on the bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. Steven Hurwitz of Colliers International South Florida said that making it onto Amazon’s shortlist underscores a growing interest for office space in South Florida. “The biggest change down here has been the influx of tenants from…

Grading Mayor Frances Suarez’s first year in office

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez joined other mayors in Fabens, Texas, in June to call for the reunification of immigrant families. What a difference some digitizing makes. In early October, Miami’s Planning and Zoning Department finally entered the modern age. With the soft launch of Miami’s Electronic Plans Review System, developers, architects and land use lawyers no longer have to schlep over to the…

Brickell City Centre expansion to help fund public housing

It could be two to three years before work starts on the next phase of sprawling Brickell City Centre, but when it does the City of Miami will get $1 million for affordable housing. Developer Swire Properties agreed to the voluntary public benefits contribution as it seeks approvals to expand its footprint in the neighborhood south of the Miami River. The Miami City Commission on Dec. 13 granted…

Downtown Development Authority to help fund Underdeck under I-395

Directors of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority voted Friday to commit $50,000 to the development of the open space under I-395 as the Underdeck, a linear park that is meant to be a community gathering place. It’s part of the redesign of I-395 that’s will create the Signature Bridge. The money will go toward the hiring of a designer for the space, which The Florida Department of Transportation will…

Lightstone Secures Construction Loan for FL Moxy Hotel

Investor/developer Lightstone has closed $73 million in financing for the latest hotel project, the seven-story, 202-key Moxy South Beach, at 915 Washtington Avenue in Miami Beach. Canyon Partners Real Estate and CapitalSource, a division of Pacific Western Bank, provided the loan. The financing package comprises a $55 million senior loan from CapitalSource and an $18 million preferred equity investment…

Purchase approval of Brickell Bank by Benhamou awaited

It seems the sun may be setting on the purchase approval of Brickell Bank this year. Chairman and CEO Frederick Reinhardt, who expected the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s thumbs-up in 2018, remains hopeful about receiving purchase approval soon and expects the influx of capital to serve the company well. The FDIC is weighing Joseph Benhamou’s offer after a public hearing was held with the Office of…

Extension to State Road 836 could carry 92,000 cars a day

Some designs for the southwestern extension to State Road 836 veered too far west. Other routes flanked properties on Southwest 167th Avenue too tightly. Last week, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) showed residents its recommended solution for the Kendall Parkway, which it says is just right. The route, labeled “Corridor 2 Alternative 2” at a hearing MDX hosted Dec. 13 at Archbishop Coleman…

Daniel Kodsi: Developing in second-largest US ongoing urban project

Daniel Kodsi is one of the lead developers in the second-largest urban development in the nation: Miami Worldcenter. But before being a prominent Florida developer, as an 11-year-old and the son and nephew of developers he started working in construction to become accustomed to being on-site. With a passion for modern and classical architecture, Mr. Kodsi received his degree from University of…

Dinner Key Marina may go to bid for private operator

Miami has long run Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove, the state’s largest wet slip marine facility. In January, city commissioners will consider whether to turn over operation to the private sector, along with city-run Miamarina at Bayside. The move comes at the urging of Joe Carollo, who has been pushing fellow commissioners and administrators to find new revenue sources and beef up current revenue…

International Visitors Fuel South Florida Industrial

In addition to supporting retail real estate such as Sawgrass Mills, the second-largest tourist destination in Florida after Disney World, and American Dream Miami, the largest proposed mall in the U.S., South Florida’s international tourism and consumer buying power are fueling an industrial boom and institutional investors are taking note. The majority of industrial users are seeking space to house…

Sterling Bay pays $19 million for Wynwood site, plans mixed-use project

Sterling Bay just bought a Wynwood site for $18.9 million with plans to build an ambitious 10-story, mixed-use development. The Chicago-based investment firm purchased the 500,000-square-feet property at 537557 Northwest 26th Street and 530550 Northwest 27th Street for $37.80 per square foot. Sterling Bay received approval from the Wynwood Design Review Committee for the project…

County wins court appeal on Coconut Grove Playhouse

On December 10, 2018, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court Appellate Division ruled in favor of Miami-Dade County in a case regarding the historic preservation approval granted to the County to rehabilitate the Coconut Grove Playhouse. In April 2017, the City of Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board had approved the County’s conceptual design for the Playhouse rehabilitation…

CRE investors see market slowdown amid shrinking borrowing costs vs. yields

Commercial real estate investors are looking at the difference between long-term interest rates and property yields and are seeing a sign the current market cycle is sputtering out. That spread between rates and yields have reached their narrowest margin in more than a decade. For some market pros, that is enough to predict the real estate market is heading for a downturn, according to the Wall Street…

South Florida’s biggest hotel sales in 2018; Hall South Beach; More…

In the most expensive hotel deal in Miami Beach since 2016, Spain-based Grup Peralada purchased the Hall South Beach hotel for $58.2 million. Rockwood Capital sold the 163-key hotel at 1500 Collins Avenue to Grup Peralada for about $357,000 per room. Grup Peralada is owned by the Suqué-Mateu family and has hotels, casino, wine and other businesses under its umbrella. Rockwood, with offices in New…

TSG proposes Cambria hotel in Miami’s Overtown

A company tied to the principals of Miami-based TSG Group is proposing a Cambria hotel in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. Central District Miami Redevelopment Group V LLC, led by TSG’s Camilo Lopez and Jorge Escobar, is going before the Miami Urban Development Review Board on Wednesday seeking approvals for a 12-story, 192-key hotel at 1313, 1321, 1331 and 1335 Northwest Ninth Avenue

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Edgardo Defortuna tied to Jade Ocean

A Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit against Edgardo Defortuna that alleged the developer lied to lenders by claiming a big loss on the Jade Ocean condominium project in Sunny Isles Beach. The judge’s ruling comes on the heels of a five-year legal battle. Capital Building, Florida Beach Investment and Spartan Lending brought the case against Defortuna. The suit claimed that…

Some Opportunity Zone funds — like one from Kushner brothers-backed Cadre — target gentrified areas

The Opportunity Zones program was crafted as a way to incentivize developers to invest in distressed areas. But recent funds set up by Kushner brothers-backed Cadre and other firms show that money could be heading to already gentrified neighborhoods. Cadre, the real estate crowdfunding platform partially owned by Jared and Josh Kushner, told prospective investors it will only target a small portion…

Construction worker dies after fall at Chetrit project in Miami Beach

A construction worker died after he fell at a project site in Miami Beach. A 35-year-old was killed on Monday morning after falling from the third story to the second story of the Chetrit Group’s redevelopment of the Collins Park Hotel, Miami Beach Fire Chief Jorge Linares confirmed. The worker was punctured by rebar, and transferred to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical…

Google to invest $1 billion in a new Manhattan office campus

Google plans to invest $1 billion in a new 1.7 million-square-foot Hudson Square campus. The tech giant will lease Oxford Properties Group’s St. John’s Terminal at 550 Washington Street and take space nearby at Jack Resnick and Sons’ 315 Hudson Street and Trinity Real Estate’s 345 Hudson Street, Google’s parent company Alphabet announced Monday. “With these most recent investments in…

Tenants may have paid more than $30 million in undue rent increases thanks to Trump’s tax schemes: NYT

Victims of the Trump Organization’s alleged tax-dodging scheme most likely paid tens of millions of dollars in undue rent increases over the past two decades, according to the New York Times. In the 1990s, the future president and his siblings set up sham businesses that allowed them to increase rents on rent-regulated apartments, a Times investigation found. But because those increases…

Marsha Soffer sells Chase branch near Little Havana for $7.5M

A company tied to Marsha Soffer just sold a Chase Bank branch near Little Havana for $7.5 million. Soffer’s company, Chandler Chase LH, sold the 30,928-square-foot property at 801 Southwest 27th Avenue for $242 per square foot to Parkwood Plaza Realty Holdings LLC. Marsha Soffer, who is the daughter of Aventura-based developer and Turnberry Associates founder Donald Soffer, bought the…

South Florida’s priciest industrial sales in 2018

Doral HQ, Bob Chapman and SuperValu, SuperValu and Peter Briger of Fortress Investment Group, and Countyline Corporate Park and James B. Connor Industrial properties in South Florida were in hot demand in 2018, with the top five industrial sales totaling $478 million, outperforming last year’s $401.5 million. The increase stems in part from thriving e-commerce…

AVR Realty spends $239M to buy Telemundo’s HQ

Telemundo’s new headquarters just sold for $239.1 million to AVR Realty, an investment and development firm based in Yonkers, New York. Property records show TM Miami FL Landlord LLC sold the 560,000-square-foot headquarters for the Spanish language network, which is owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal. The seller of the two-building campus at 1 Telemundo Way is controlled by SunTrust Bank’s…

(Over)supply and demand: What Miami’s condo glut could mean for multifamily rents and development

Tour the Panorama Tower overlooking Biscayne Bay, with its “porte cochere,” poolside cafe, wine tasting rooms, pet spa and home theaters, and you might think that you’re sampling Miami’s latest glitzy condominium offering. Rising nearly 900 feet, Florida East Coast Realty’s project is the tallest building in the state. But unlike many of the other towers that dot Brickell, the Hollo family’s development…

Turnberry offices reach 100% occupancy, other news in South Florida leasing

Wells Fargo and IPD Analytics ink leases at Country Club Center in Aventura. Wells Fargo Advisors and IPD Analytics just inked new leases at the Country Club Center office building in Aventura. Wells Fargo renewed its lease and relocated to a 14,095-square-foot space on the ninth floor. The full-floor office layout includes balconies. IPD Analytics is moving into Wells Fargo’s previous space. The company…

Edgardo Defortuna defends in three lawsuits over two of his condo developments

Developer Edgardo Defortuna faces three lawsuits alleging he cheated small sources of project financing and advanced a condo development by blocking the sale of an adjacent property. Unless Defortuna settles first, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge will decide on Monday whether to order an immediate trial in a case brought by three plaintiffs. Capital Building, Florida Beach Investment and Spartan…

Miami church faces $7.1 million property tax bill for leasing space to a for-profit school

The First Presbyterian Church of Miami faces a $7.1 million tax bill because the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser claims the church forfeited its religious exemption by leasing part of its property to a for-profit school. Attorneys for First Presbyterian Church filed two lawsuits alleging the county property appraiser has challenged the church’s religious exemption from property tax because of the high…

Company behind Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior to buy luxury hotel group

Paris-based LVMH, a luxury products company that owns the Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior fashion labels, agreed to acquire London-based Belmond and its portfolio of high-end hotels. The deal reflects a belief at LVMH that “the future of luxury is in luxury goods and luxury experiences,” Jean-Jacques Guiony, the finance chief of LVMH, told stock analysts during a conference call. LVMH, which acquired…

Toll Brothers pays $19 million for site to build luxury student housing near FIU

Global City Development sold a site near Florida International University to Toll Brothers, where both companies are planning to partner on building luxury student housing. The homebuilder paid $19 million for the 1.72-acre property next to the former University Bridge Residences site. Global City CEO Brian Pearl said his firm will stay on as a co-developer. The nearly 400,000-square-foot project calls for…

Melo scores $142M refi for Square Station apartments

Melo Group just closed on a $142 million refinance for apartments in Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District. Freddie Mac is providing the 10-year, fixed-rate loan. Berkadia’s Miami acted as the seller servicer, selling the mortgage to Freddie Mac, according to a press release. Peter Mekras of Aztec Group arranged the financing, which is interest-only during the term of the loan. Melo completed Square Station…

Blue Lagoon could get six new buildings, including two hotels

A hotel and residential project that could transform the landscape at Blue Lagoon near Miami International Airport got an initial seal of approval, despite objections from a neighboring condo association. At a Miami planning and zoning hearing on Thursday, city commissioners approved on first reading a zoning change that would allow the Weiss Group to develop six buildings that would house…

Miami commission gives preliminary nod to Brickell City Centre expansion

Brickell City Centre won the initial green light to expand its footprint, creating two new mixed-use towers within a more than 100,000-square-foot annex to the $1.05 billion project. The Miami City Commission on Thursday approved on first reading an amendment to Brickell City Centre’s special area plan that adds 15 properties owned by Colombian businessman Carlos Mattos, who is partnering with…

L. Milton scores $18M construction loan for apartments near Magic City Casino

An affiliate of L. Milton Construction just scored an $18 million construction loan to build an apartment complex near Magic City Casino.
L. Milton Construction secured the financing from Wells Fargo. The eight-story, 120-unit apartment building, called the Baccarat, will be built on a 39,072-square-foot site at 3930 Northwest Seventh Street, county records show. The 194,695-square-foot development will…

Carlos Mattos buys retail building near Miracle Mile

A company tied to Colombian businessman Carlos Mattos just picked up a retail center on the northwest entrance of Miracle Mile for $16.4 million. The Gables Entrance property at 2209 and 2235-2283 Southwest 37th Avenue in Miami features about 12,400 square feet of leasable space between two, single-story retail buildings. The deal breaks down to about $1,280 per square foot. Coral Way Entrance LLC…

Citizens to increase rates by 8.2% statewide

Citizens Property Insurance is planning to increase rates, yet again. The state-backed insurance company’s board of governors approved a rate increase averaging 8.2 percent in across all of the company’s insurance lines, according to the Sun Sentinel. The rate hike would begin in September 2019. South Florida homeowners will see some of the biggest rate increases in the state. Rates for homeowners insurance…

Video: Reis Economics Barbara Denham Presents Industrial Sector Market Trends

Barbara Denham, Economist with Reis, appears on this commercial real estate show segment to discuss trends and performance in the industrial property sector. Topics include existing supply and delivery expectations, rental rates, and cap rates. She notes that deliveries keep hitting new highs each year, with a slowdown only perhaps coming in a couple of years. She notes that cap rates declined a touch…

Trump boosts federal resources to Opportunity Zones, as real estate investors keep pouring in

For months, real estate investors and developers have been setting up multimillion-dollar Opportunity Zone funds, hoping to cash in on a federal program that offers tax incentives to investors who pour money into properties in designated low-income neighborhoods. On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order to direct resources to state and local municipalities to improve basic conditions…

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December 19, 2018

Video: Reis Economics Barbara Denham Presents Industrial Sector Market Trends

Barbara Denham, Economist with Reis, appears on this commercial real estate show segment to discuss trends and performance in the industrial property sector. Topics include existing supply and delivery expectations, rental rates, and cap rates. She notes that deliveries keep hitting new highs each year, with a slowdown only perhaps coming in a couple of years. She notes that cap rates declined a touch in the prior year, but not much, from 7.6% to 7.2%. Finally, she discussed effects, or lack thereof, of economic trends and expections.

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December 13, 2018

Miami Commercial Real Estate News December 12, 2018: CitizenM Hotel Planned for Perricone’s Site; Big Mixed-Use Development in Hialeah; More…

CitizenM moves ahead with Brickell hotel on Perricone’s site

CitizenM is moving forward with plans for what could be its first Miami hotel. The Dutch hotel chain is seeking a building permit for a hotel at 955 South Miami Avenue, on the site of Perricone’s Marketplace & Café in Brickell. Steven J. Perricone sold the property to citizenM last year for $16.2 million. The deal was part of a sale-leaseback agreement with the hotel company, a Perricone’s spokesperson…

Hialeah Is Getting Its First Major Mixed-Use Project In 20 Years

Miami Beach transformed from a granny paradise to a jetsetter’s playground. Coconut Grove went from bohemian to bourgeois. Could Hialeah — the wonderland of pawn shops, mechanics and Cuban bakeries — be the next to gentrify? Developers say they are planning the first major mixed-use development in the area in more than 20 years. On 9 acres at 2901 West 16th Avenue, the former site of Sunny…

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group Will Soon Have Planes, Trains And Cruise Ships Operating Out Of Miami

Sir Richard Branson might be among the world’s most famous Brits, but he can’t seem to get enough of Florida. Bisnow Archives/Julia Bunch Sir Richard Branson, photographed in Dallas riding a horse in 2016 His Virgin Airlines has been operating direct flights between Miami and London since 1986. It will soon be possible for U.K. travelers to take that flight then hop on a Virgin Voyages cruise through…

Billionaire Buzzkill? Developer Jeff Greene Offers Counterpoint To Sunny Real Estate Predictions

More than a dozen panelists spoke at Bisnow’s State of the Market event in West Palm Beach Tuesday, and their outlook for the economy ranged from “bullish” to “cautiously bullish” to “optimistic” to “cautiously optimistic.” Then there was billionaire Jeff Greene. Bisnow/Sam Markovich Arthur J. Gallagher Area Vice President Lisa Neumayer, BET Investments principal Bruce Toll, independent investor Jeff Greene…

Can the Mooch turn institutional investors on to Opportunity Zones?

Anthony Scaramucci was still joking around with his partners when the microphones went live during a Tuesday afternoon conference call meant to draw in investors for his hedge fund SkyBridge Capital’s plan to raise a $3 billion Opportunity Zone fund. Indistinct male voices cajoled one another: “Come on!” said one man. “If you can’t take it nobody can take it,” said another, as classical hold music played on.

World’s First ‘Robotic Supermarket’ Coming To Miami

It’s the quintessential problem for the modern American supermarket: how to offer the wide selection that customers expect, yet still turn a profit after having to pay for its real estate and operating costs. A Massachusetts company, Takeoff Technologies, has devised a solution and is partnering with Miami-based Sedano’s grocery stores to roll it out. Phillip Pessar via Flickr Creative Commons Sedano’s is a…

Lightstone Closes $73 Million Financing for Moxy South Beach

National real estate investor and developer Lightstone today announced the close of $73 million in financing from Canyon Partners Real Estate LLC® (“Canyon”) and CapitalSource, a division of Pacific Western Bank, to develop the 7-story, 202-key Moxy South Beach. The financing package consisted of a $55 million senior loan from CapitalSource and an $18 million preferred equity investment from Canyon.

Michelle Bernstein opening Little Havana restaurant later this month, other restaurant news

Chef and restaurateur Michelle Bernstein is back with a new restaurant, Café La Trova, a modern Cuban concept in Little Havana. Bernstein and bartender and mixologist Julio Cabrera plan to open the new bar and restaurant at 971 Southwest Eighth Street later this month in a 5,000-square-foot space. Carlos Fausto Miranda of Fausto Commercial Realty brokered the deal, along with Daniel Egipcia…

Video: Deloitte 2019 CRE Outlook; Jim Berry on Investing in Talent and Cyber Risk

Jim Berry, Partner and Vice-Chairman with Deloitte, appears in this episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to talk about his firm’s 2019 Commercial Real Estate Outlook. Topics in this segment include cyber security and talent acquisition with respect to commercial real estate. Among the interesting discussions is that about chart covering appeal of the industry to the next generation…

Brickell City Centre set for OK for two more towers

The continuing evolution of Brickell City Centre is set to be considered this week by Miami city commissioners. On the commission’s agenda today (12/13) is a third amendment to a Special Area Plan (SAP) for Brickell City Centre and a second development agreement for the large mixed-use project that has already taken over several city blocks just south of the Miami River. These latest proposals request…

Coral Gables tinkers with fate of oldest downtown building

The final document to pull a demolition permit for the old LaSalle Cleaners building in downtown Coral Gables at 2341 Le Jeune Road was to be submitted Wednesday of this week, according to the lawyer for Mirella LaSalle, the owner of the building. The demolition plan, the last missing piece, was delayed because of trouble finding a civil engineer to prepare and sign off on the plan. Ms. LaSalle has said that…

Artists find few affordable gallery spaces in Wynwood

Fewer artists are finding affordable gallery and studio spaces in Wynwood, and many are forced to say goodbye to its mural-decorated streets. Some are determined to stay, but most newcomers are looking elsewhere for lower rent. Rents are on the rise as Wynwood gains popularity. Artist and co-owner of Projects Gallery Frank Hyder says the area now is much less affordable. He remembers paying $950…

Grove garage getting new terms, to play key role in Regatta Harbour

Miami’s newest parking garage is expected to be finished next spring, playing a key role in a new development on the Coconut Grove waterfront called Regatta Harbour. The City of Miami and the Miami Parking Authority are partners in the public-private partnership bringing the new garage and related development to the site, and city commissioners are today (12/13) set to consider amendments…

Expense is key obstacle in keeping North Dade rail pledge

When planners last week certified 13 miles of North Dade elevated rail as the future, it symbolized a promise kept. But was it purely symbolic, with little chance of happening soon – or ever? Planners four decades ago promised that Metrorail would run there. But it was never built, and residents are still waiting. Last week, though, they celebrated as rail was pledged to finish the job under a 2½-year-old…

Gun maker pulls the trigger on Miami Gardens building

Gun manufacturer Taurus International just sold a warehouse in Miami Gardens for $12.2 million to a company tied to the home appliance wholesaler Kalorik. Taurus International sold the 120,739-square-foot facility at 16175 Northwest 49th Avenue for about $100 per square foot, property records show. The buyer, Sunway Holdings, is managed by David Murad, who is a principal of the home appliance…

Freshwater under contract to buy Little Havana condos and apartments

Freshwater Group is under contract to pay $12.1 million for the Oleander Park apartment building and units at the Oleander House condominium in Little Havana, Freshwater partner Joseph Sayegh confirmed. The Brooklyn-based real estate investment firm would pay roughly $7.6 million for condo units at the Oleander House at 406 Northwest 22nd Avenue, giving Freshwater control of 42 out of the 52…

City of Miami sues FDOT over long-delayed Flagler project

The city of Miami is trying to pressure the Florida Department of Transportation into completing the long-delayed West Flagler Street construction project by the end of this year. FDOT was supposed to complete the $45 million project, which called for replacing an aging water main, rebuilding sidewalks, adding a bike lane and upgrading drainage to 12 blocks, in late 2017. Construction began in 2016.

Sears hires JLL to shop hundreds of stores, while weighing takeover bid

Sears Holdings hired JLL to market about 500 Sears and Kmart stores in the United States, two months after filing for bankruptcy protection. The brokerage is already drawing interest from potential buyers in major markets while Sears still considers a takeover bid from its chairman. Bids have come in from retailers, mall owners and others interested in potentially adaptive reuses of the stores…

Related files plans for affordable housing projects in Miami

Companies tied to the Related Group recently filed plans for three new affordable housing buildings in Little Havana. Related’s The Gallery at River Parc LLC submitted plans to the city of Miami’s building department for a 150-unit building at 750 Northwest 13th Avenue and its Brisas del Rio Apartments is planning a 168-unit building at 800 Northwest 13th Avenue. The property is currently…

Student housing developer buys site near University of Miami

Masoud Shojaee’s Shoma Group just sold a site in Coral Gables to Landmark Properties, a student housing developer, for $30 million. Shoma sold the site at 1515 San Remo Avenue and 1500 Venera Avenue to Standard at Coral Gables LLC, an affiliate of Athens, Georgia-based Landmark, according to property records. Shoma paid a combined $15.2 million to buy out the 47 condo unit owners…

Lightstone scores $73M loan for Moxy South Beach hotel

Lightstone just scored $73 million in financing to develop its Washington Avenue hotel in South Beach. The New York-based real estate investment company secured the financing from Canyon Partners Real Estate and CapitalSource. The funds will be used to build the first Moxy-branded hotel in Florida, a seven-story, 202-key hotel at 915 Washington Avenue. The financing package includes a $55 million…

The Miami Design District and Wynwood Are Competing for a Tri-Rail Station. Which One Will Win?

Tri-Rail is coming to Downtown Miami sometime next year. When you consider that South Florida’s commuter rail network is finally accessing South Florida’s urban core, this is big news no matter how you slice it. First, Tri-Rail will head into Downtown Miami by taking an east-west rail line at 73rd Street and then heading south on the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) tracks, thereby connecting it with the…

Strip Club Found Liable For Shooting On Property

The recently closed King of Diamonds strip club is known around the world because countless rappers have immortalized it in song. Not far away, though, was a perhaps more notorious club. Google Maps 1430 NW 119th Street in Miami Coco’s over the years had been the site of multiple shootings and the arrest of a drug and weapons dealer named King Dread. One reviewer on Facebook warned in 2016…

Multifamily investors should keep an eye on this market

Multifamily investors looking for places to put their cash may want to consider workforce housing. The market — which is rental communities for low- to median-income workers — has outperformed the broader multifamily market, according to a new CBRE report cited by HousingWire. The segment has gotten a boost from low vacancy rates and above-average rent growth, and, because a small…

Some luxury condo developers add landing pads for flying cars

As the development of personal transportation drones advances, landing pads are emerging as the latest must-have amenity at condominiums for the wealthiest buyers. For example, three luxury condos will feature flying-car landing pads in Miami, where the 1 percent would be able to travel by air while the other 99 percent are stuck in the city’s notorious traffic congestion. “These flying-car…

Inside look: Photos from TRD’s tour of One Thousand Museum

One Thousand Museum is months away from opening and The Real Deal got an inside look. Construction on the 62-story luxury condominium building is expected to wrap up by March 2019. Housing 83 units, the building is 82 percent sold, according to the building’s sales director, Harvey Daniels of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. The development team, which includes Louis Birdman…

Industrial development slowing slightly nationwide, after strong growth: report

The number of industrial buildings coming online nationally slowed slightly in the first nine months of 2018, after several years of strong growth. A total of 237 million square feet of new industrial space was delivered across the country from January through September, down slightly from 243 million square feet year over year, according to a new report by Avison Young. The slowdown follows a major…

EB-5 visa program extended…until Dec. 21

The federal EB-5 visa program received another extension as part of the larger federal spending bill, this time until Dec 21. EB-5 had been set to expire on Dec. 7. Congress now has two weeks to decide whether to extend again or shut down the controversial green card initiative. The program gives foreign investors the opportunity to obtain a green card if they invest at least $500,000 in a project and…

Appeals court overturns Airbnb victory against city of Miami

A new development in the ongoing fight between the city of Miami and Airbnb has both sides claiming victory.The Third District Court of Appeals ruling on Wednesday overturned a lower court injunction that prevented the city from enacting new regulations clamping down on short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods. In a statement, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said the city is pleased with the…

Hundreds of Sears stores could survive in “last-ditch effort” to save chain

Hundreds of Sears stores across the U.S. could be saved in what one analyst called “a last-ditch effort” by company chairman Edward Lampert to buy the company out of bankruptcy. Lampert’ ESL Investments already is Sears Holdings’ biggest shareholder and creditor. On Thursday, he outlined a $4.6 billion bid to take over the rest of the century-old retailer, according to Bloomberg…

Las Vegas billionaire buys 21-acre Casino Miami, plans hotel

Las Vegas billionaire Phil Ruffin is gambling on a new city. Ruffin, who owns the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Vegas and a number of other businesses, bought Casino Miami, a 21-acre casino near Miami International Airport at 3500 Northwest 37th Avenue, according to a press release. Property records show Fronton Holdings LLC, tied to Boston-based Summit Partners, sold the sprawling site. The 200,000…

Chinese investors sold $1B in US real estate in Q3

Chinese investors keep retreating from the U.S. real estate market. They offloaded more than $1 billion in U.S. properties in the third quarter, the Wall Street Journal reported. Meanwhile, insurers, conglomerates and other big investors from the country purchased $231 million of property. “This has to do more with a change in how capital is permitted to behave rather than Chinese investors saying…

Aspen Capital buys apartment complex near North Beach town center

A company tied to private equity firm Aspen Capital just bought a newly renovated apartment complex on Normandy Isle in Miami Beach for $5.25 million. Hervé Barbera’s Bar Invest Group sold the 30-unit building at 69056921 Rue Vendome for about $175,000 per unit. Records show Barbera bought Rue Vendome in 2012 for $2.6 million. The complex recently underwent a renovation that included…

Video: PwC Partners Mitch Roschelle and Byron Carlock on the Top Trends to Follow ~ PwC/ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019

Mitch Roschelle and Byron Carlock, partners at PwC, join America’s Commercial Realty Show in studio to discuss the PwC/ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019 Outlook. Discussions in this segment include the intensifying ongoing transformation of commercial real estate, easing into the future, and 18 hour cities.

Obligations when there is an anticipatory breach of contract

Businesses in Florida enter into contracts every day and by doing so they are agreeing to be bound by the terms of the contract. This means they must perform the obligations they agreed to perform. This could be either to perform certain services, provide certain products or perhaps simply pay for another company’s goods or services. Another aspect of many contracts is that the parties to the…

Once-contentious Sunset Harbour project scores approvals from Miami Beach

Deco Capital Group secured key approvals from two Miami Beach boards over the past week and is moving forward with its plans for a scaled-back development in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood. Bradley Colmer, managing principal of Deco Capital, said the developer has all the city approvals it needs now that it got the OK from the planning and design review boards, but it’s still facing opposition…

Benderson buys shuttered Toys “R” Us store in Doral

Benderson Development Company is creating a niche: It just bought another former Toys “R” Us store this week. Property records show an entity tied to the company paid $8.5 million for a location in Doral. The 44,542-square-foot building at 1645 Northwest 107th Avenue traded hands for $191 per square foot. The property spans 4 acres and sits just west of Miami International Mall. Records show Toys…

Video: Deloitte 2019 CRE Outlook; Jim Berry on Global Capital Flows

Jim Berry, Partner and Vice-Chairman with Deloitte, joins the host of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show via Skype to talk about his firm’s 2019 Commercial Real Estate Outlook. In this segment, topics that are discussed include capital flows and property technology (proptech). He discusses that over 97% of investors surveyed plan to increase their allocation to commercial real estate, but that most…

South Florida Year In Review: The Top CRE Stories Of 2018

The year 2018 is almost a wrap. Commercial real estate pros across the country spent much of the year marveling that the economic expansion has gone on for a decade, wondering how much longer it could possibly last, and enjoying the spoils for as long as it does. South Florida saw high rents, high land costs, continued population growth, and thankfully no hurricane. Plus, climate change hasn’t…

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December 12, 2018

Video: Deloitte 2019 CRE Outlook; Jim Berry on Investing in Talent and Cyber Risk

Jim Berry, Partner and Vice-Chairman with Deloitte, appears in this episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to talk about his firm’s 2019 Commercial Real Estate Outlook. Topics in this segment include cyber security and talent acquisition with respect to commercial real estate. Among the interesting discussions is that about chart covering appeal of the industry to the next generation of talent, and another about a chart showing the distribution of use of analytics data among commercial property investors.

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December 12, 2018

Video: PwC Partners Mitch Roschelle and Byron Carlock on the Top Trends to Follow ~ PwC/ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019

Mitch Roschelle and Byron Carlock, partners at PwC, join America’s Commercial Realty Show in studio to discuss the PwC/ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019 Outlook. Discussions in this segment include the intensifying ongoing transformation of commercial real estate, easing into the future, and 18 hour cities.

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December 6, 2018