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Hawkins Commercial Realty is an entrepreneurial boutique commercial real estate brokerage helping business owners and investors in the Miami, Florida area navigate the processes of buying, selling, and leasing property, and providing M&A/business brokerage services. The company’s guiding principles are to always be responsive, to be effectively, steadily assertive, to continuously develop and utilize competency, to be sensibly creative, and to seek to add value to the process. The company was founded and is owned by a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate as a broker or principal… (more)

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May 20, 2020

Miami Commercial Real Estate News June 19, 2024: $668M Construction Loan Secured for Miami Supertall; Dev Site Trades for $39M, 500 Units Planned; More…

PMG Receives $668M Construction Loan for Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences Miami

PMG, a development and investment firm with offices in New York City and Miami, has received a $668 million construction loan for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences Miami. Located at 300 Biscayne Blvd, the building will rise more than 1,000 feet and will house 387 private residences and 205 hotel rooms and suites, as well as retail and restaurant space. The latter component…

PMG, partners score record $668M construction loan for Waldorf Astoria supertall

PMG and its partners secured $668 million in construction financing for the planned Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences in downtown Miami, marking the largest ever condo construction loan in Florida. Bank OZK, the most active construction lender in South Florida, and Related Fund Management provided the financing, according to a press release. The 1,049-foot tower…

PMG Secures Biggest Condo Loan in Florida’s History

Property developer PMG has secured a $668 million residential construction loan – the largest in Florida’s history – for its luxury Waldorf Astoria Residences project in Miami. Bank OZK and Related Fund Management are the lenders. The Financial Times, which reported on the transaction, noted that the closest sized deal in the state is a $600 million loan for the…

Miami’s Waldorf Astoria Set to Be Tallest Building in Florida

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences Miami, set to be the tallest building in Florida and potentially the tallest south of New York City, just broke another record. The developers of the planned 1,049-foot-tall building in downtown Miami recently received a Florida record $668 million condominium construction loan to help build the behemoth structure, which is slated to have…

Foundry, Clarion score $30M construction loan to build Opa-locka industrial project

Foundry Commercial and Clarion Partners are expanding an Opa-locka industrial complex after nabbing $30.1 million in construction financing for two new warehouses. Regions Bank provided the loan to the joint venture, which recently broke ground on two facilities spanning 374,000 square feet on 21.4 acres at Carrie Meek International Business Park, records show.

Terrazul Student Housing at FIU Receives Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) has been approved for Terrazul, a new student housing development for Florida International University (FIU). Developed by AARE Sunbelt, an affiliate of Adam America Real Estate, and JW Capital Management, the project is located at 700 Southwest 107th Avenue in the University City district. Coastal Construction Group served…

‘The Wyn Mood C’ to Offer 72 Apartments at 107, 121, and 127 N.W. 31st Street in Miami

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board will review plans for a low-rise residential venture: The Wyn Mood C. If given the greenlight, the four-story building would comprise 53,401 square feet of new construction, offering 72 apartments. Twenty percent of the homes (about 14) would be reserved as workforce housing. According to the South Florida Business Journal…

48-story Midtown residential tower Midtown 1 wins OK

A developer is bringing a residential skyscraper to the north end of Midtown in Miami. Terra and Lion Development Group are proposing a 48-story mixed-use tower, Midtown 1, with 400 residential units, more than 26,000 square feet of commercial, and a parking podium for up to 500 vehicles, on a vacant site at 3501 NE First Ave. The city’s Urban Development Review Board…

Cargo master plan jets toward Miami International Airport

Conversations about bringing jet fuel and other alternative fuels to Miami International Airport (MIA) continue as part of a cargo master plan. As Miami Today reported in March, Commissioner Raquel Regalado asked the county to study either bringing aircraft fuel to the airport by train or constructing fuel facilities at the airport that would be accessible by rail. This direction…

Peter Kanavos: Leading efforts to revitalize the east end of Lincoln Road

Peter Kanavos started in import-export and shipping. Based in Athens, Rome and Africa, he worked on four continents before returning to the US and founding Flag Development with his brothers. The company built thousands of residential units on Florida’s West Coast, eventually focusing on luxury hotel and commercial development in Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami and New York.

Oak Row to Develop 500-Unit Miami Community

Oak Row Equities has paid $38.5 million for the development site of First & Fifth, a 500-unit, 45-story luxury community in Miami. The company also structured seller financing supported by in-place income. The previous owner of the 0.8-acre site was The Citadel Arena Corp., according to Yardi Matrix information. Colliers and Pastore & Associates brokered the deal…

Oak Row expands footprint into downtown Miami with planned multifamily project

Oak Row Equities is expanding its development pipeline with plans for a multifamily project in downtown Miami. The New York-and-Miami-based firm is proposing First & Fifth, a 700,000-square-foot building with 500 apartments at 49 Northwest Fifth Street and 50 Northwest 6th Street, according to a press release. In an off-market transaction, Oak Row paid $38.5 million…

Site Acquired for 45-Story Residential Tower ‘First & Fifth’ at 49 NW 5th Street in Downtown Miami

Oak Row Equities has acquired 49 Northwest 5th Street in Downtown Miami, where it plans to develop First & Fifth, a 45-story multifamily tower. The site was purchased off-market for $38.5 million with seller financing and is located across from MiamiCentral Station, the hub for South Florida’s major train systems. The 700,000-square-foot tower is being designed…

Oak Row Buys Downtown Miami Site For $39M With Plans For 500 Luxury Apartments

Oak Row Equities paid $38.5M for a Downtown Miami development site where it is planning a 500-unit, luxury transit-oriented development. The investment and development firm has dubbed its planned high-rise First & Fifth at 49 NW Fifth St., across from the MiamiCentral Brightline station and transit hub. Oak Row, which has offices in Miami and New York…

Flex Capital Group Proposes 22-Story Tower for 1401 N.E. 123rd Street in North Miami

Flex Capital Group hopes to get approval for a 20-story tower in North Miami. The venture would offer 76 apartments, spanning the building’s 14th to 20th floors. The South Florida Business Journal reports that plans also call for 139 hotel rooms, beginning on the eighth floor and ending on the 14th. Our sources indicate that the developer hasn’t yet selected a hotel brand…

Plans Filed for Denbora Bay II and III Multifamily Residential Projects in Miami Beach

The Miami Beach Design Review Board has received filings for two new multifamily residential projects, Denbora Bay II and Denbora Bay III. Both aim to enhance the housing options in the Biscayne Point and Normandy Isles districts, respectively. These projects are being developed by affiliates of Lake Worth-based JF Developers, led by Julian Mancinelli. MUVE Architecture…

New Renderings Revealed for 41st Street Corridor Revitalization Project in Miami Beach

New renderings for the 41st Street Corridor Revitalization Project in Miami Beach have been revealed via a filing with the Miami Beach Design Review Board. The board is scheduled to review the updated proposal on July 2. The plans, initially reviewed last year, have been revised following feedback from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The Office of Capital…

Sale of Miami Beach Property Paves Way for New Hotel Development on Washington Avenue

Keyah Real Estate Group, led by Xaver Kriechbaum and Gavin Crescenzo, has acquired a mixed-use property in Miami Beach for $20 million with plans to develop a seven-story, 238-key hotel on Washington Avenue. The project, designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, involves demolishing the existing single-story retail building and a 13-unit apartment building…

FAA Permits Filed For Planned 55-Story Residential Tower ‘Edge House Miami’

Permits have been filed with the Federal Aviation Administration for Edge House Miami, a 55-story tower planned at 1825 Northeast 4th Avenue in Edgewater, Miami. The June 6 filing indicates the tower will rise 637 feet above ground, or 641 feet above sea level. This development, designed by Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design and developed by Peru-based Grupo T&C…

750-Foot Cranes Planned At Brickell Construction Site for St. Regis Residences

Plans were submitted to the FAA on June 3 for two cranes at a Brickell construction site. The cranes are to be installed at the St. Regis Residences property on Brickell Avenue. Two cranes are each planned to rise 741 feet above ground, or 750 feet above sea level, the filing states. Earlier this year, Miami’s Building Department issued a total demolition permit to clear a 17-story…

New 41st Street Design Submitted For Review In Miami Beach

New renderings have been filed for the 41st Street Corridor Revitalization Project in Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Design Review Board is set for a hearing on the proposal on July 2. The board reviewed plans for the project last year, but they have now been reviewed following comments from FDOT. Here’s a letter from the architect Brooks + Scarpa filed with the submission…

Wynwood Design Review Committee Votes To Recommend Against 48-Story Tower

A proposal for Wynwood’s tallest-ever tower did not receive a favorable recommendation from the Wynwood Design Review Committee at a June 4 meeting, according to The Real Deal. The vote is only a recommendation to city planners, who will ultimately make the final decision. The project will also be reviewed by Miami’s Urban Development Review Board. Member’s…

Edgewater Tower Submitted To FAA, With Plans To Rise 641 Feet

A filing with the Federal Aviation Administration last week shows that a new tower is planned to rise in Edgewater. It is the same site where a developer recently announced plans for Edge House, a condo building allowing short term rentals. According to the June 6 FAA filing, the new tower will rise 637 feet above ground, or 641 feet above sea level. According to an April press…

14th Street Tower Getting Taller, Submitted For Zoning Review

Plans have been formally filed for a tower near the Arsht Center, and it is now taller than initial renderings. According to the June 6 filing requesting zoning approval from Miami-Dade, the tower is now planned to rise 30 stories, or 353 feet. In an April filing by the developer as part of a pre-application meeting request, the tower height was listed at 27 stories, or 319 feet. The number…

Pinnacle lands $50M construction loan for 120-unit apartment building near Cutler Bay, as affordable housing financing keeps flowing

Pinnacle scored a $49.9 million construction loan for a 120-unit affordable housing building near Cutler Bay, as financing for below-market rate rental projects continues to flow. Miami-based Pinnacle will develop the five-story building at 10455 Old Cutler Road in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, according to the developer’s news release. The project, called Old Cutler Village…

Berkadia Arranges $400M Construction Loan for Condo Development on Fisher Island

Berkadia has arranged a $400 million construction loan for the development of The Residences at Six Fisher Island, an ultra-luxury condominium property in Miami-Dade County. The 10-story development will feature 50 for-sale condos and high-end amenities on the northeastern shoreline of Fisher Island, a barrier island east of Miami. Scott Wadler, Michael Basinski…..

JV Secures $400M Construction Loan for Fisher Island Project

The Related Group and partners Teddy Sagi, BH Group and Wanxiang America RE Group have secured a $400 million construction loan from Madison Realty Capital. The debt will back the construction of Residences at Six Fisher Island, which is situated on the northeastern shoreline of Miami’s Fisher Island. The loan replaces an $85 million acquisition loan Madison Realty Capital…

Codina Partners Receives Site Plan Approval for 412-Unit Multifamily Development at Downtown Doral

Codina Partners has received site plan approval for Sevilla, a 412-unit mid-rise apartment community coming to Downtown Doral, a 250-acre mixed-use development in Miami-Dade County. The seven-story project will be situated on a 4.2-acre lot at the corner of N.W. 53rd Street and N.W. 52nd Terrace, a block from University of Miami Health Systems’ (UHealth) new Ambulatory…

Miami Vacation Rentals acquires portions of Coconut Grove’s Hotel Arya

A short-term rental firm and a German entrepreneur teamed up to acquire 19 condo-hotel units, a commercial space and 66 percent of the common areas at Hotel Arya in Miami’s Coconut Grove. Miami Vacation Rentals, led by founder Juan Uribe, and partner Florian Hagenbuch paid a combined $16.2 million in nine separate deals at the 22-story condo-hotel, which is also…

Shvo’s Multibillion-Dollar Plans For Opulence Start To Show Cracks

Michael Shvo has built his brand on exorbitant luxury. So much so that he is reportedly struggling to find people willing to pay his prices. After going on a $3B shopping spree, acquiring and rehabilitating some of the most acclaimed properties across the country, he is struggling to fill his buildings, and investors are turning away from the developer’s promises, The Wall Street…

A New York Developer Binged on Trophy Properties. His Wager Is Flailing.

New York real-estate developer Michael Shvo went on a multibillion-dollar shopping spree from 2018 to 2020, acquiring some of America’s most storied properties. He bought Miami Beach’s Raleigh Hotel and announced plans to modernize the art deco building and develop adjoining luxury condos. He reached a deal with Mandarin Oriental to develop high-end condos…

Tishman Speyer Makes $100M South Florida Industrial Debut

The Rock Lake Business Center totals 256,000 square feet across two buildings. Image courtesy of Tishman Speyer Tishman Speyer has entered South Florida with the acquisition of Rock Lake Business Center in Pompano Beach. IDI Logistics sold the 35-acre property for $100.2 million. The industrial campus currently includes two fully leased warehouses totaling 256,000 sf…

Citadel Takes More Space At 830 Brickell As Tower Gets Finishing Touches

Ken Griffin’s hedge fund is looking to spread out in Miami’s most anticipated office tower. Citadel signed on for two more floors at 830 Brickell, the under-construction tower in Miami’s financial district that was a magnet for pandemic-era corporate expansions. The hedge fund will be the largest tenant in the building, with 130K SF across eight floors. A Citadel spokesperson…

Lease roundup: Citadel expands at 830 Brickell; more…

Billionaire Ken Griffin’s Citadel expanded its office at the 830 Brickell tower that is expected to be completed this summer. Citadel leased the 13,100-square-foot 14th floor and the 14,400-square-foot 15th floor at the 55-story tower at 830 Brickell Plaza in Miami, said Brian Gale, who is part of the Cushman & Wakefield team leasing the tower. The deal gives Citadel a total…

Turnberry Associates, Elion Partners and members of the Sredni family are suing Stantec and three subcontractors

A group that developed a Trader Joe’s-anchored mixed-use building in Miami Beach is accusing global architecture firm Stantec of shoddy design work, according to a recent lawsuit. The complaint, filed last week in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, alleges Stantec and four subcontractors are responsible for design flaws that led to $1.8 million in delays and cost overruns during…

What’s Inside The $2.7B Plan To Protect Miami Real Estate From Catastrophic Floods

Streets in Miami are flooding this week, as South Florida kicked off summer with a dayslong deluge that is set to drop up to 10 inches of rain through Friday. As the rain pours in and Floridians take advantage of a hurricane tax holiday, county officials and the Army Corps of Engineers are putting the final touches on a $2.7B plan to protect Miami from storm surge. The plan has been…

Joint Venture Receives $575M Refinancing for Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood

JLL’s Hotel & Hospitality group has arranged $575 in refinancing for the Diplomat Beach Resort, a 1,000-room beachfront resort located in Hollywood, roughly 10 miles south of Fort Lauderdale and 20 miles north of Miami.  Kevin Davis and Mike Huth of JLL secured the financing on behalf of the borrower, a joint venture between funds managed by Trinity Investments…

‘One Hollywood Residences’ to Break Ground in 2025 at 1817 Taylor Street in Hollywood

A now-vacant parcel in Hollywood, Florida, will soon find new life as a 22-story residential venture. One Hollywood Residences will feature 248 units ranging from 517 to 1,425 square feet, with construction expected to start next summer. According to Condo Blackbook, floorplans range from studios to three bedrooms, offering 11 different layout plans. Future residents will…

Developer Completes 281-Unit Apartment Complex At 200 NE 1st Avenue In Pompano Beach

Cavache Properties has completed Old Town Square, a 281-unit apartment complex in the heart of Pompano Beach’s burgeoning Old Town neighborhood. Located at 200 Northeast 1st Avenue, Old Town Square, designed by Fort Lauderdale-based Adache Group Architects, is the first significant project in this historic downtown area where city officials actively…

Construction Tops Off On Selene Oceanfront Residences In Fort Lauderdale Beach

Construction has topped off on Selene Oceanfront Residences, a 26-story dual-tower condominium at 151 North Seabreeze Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale Beach. Designed by Kobi Karp Architects, with interiors by ID & Design International and developed by Kolter Urban, the 194-unit condominium development will offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal…

Developer plans 20-story Fort Lauderdale condo tower, amid surge in South Florida proposed projects

A developer proposes a 20-story boutique condo tower near Fort Lauderdale’s waterfront, amid a surge in South Florida planned projects. New York-based Moore Group, led by Gareth and John Moore, wants to build the 38-unit Amalfi on a 0.8-acre site at 2317-2237 North Ocean Boulevard, according to an application filed to the city last month. Designed by Kobi Karp, condo units…

13th Floor to build 124 condos in Coconut Creek

13th Floor Homes and its partners won site plan approval to build a 124-unit condominium complex in Coconut Creek’s master-planned, mixed-use MainStreet area. The Coconut Creek City Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a site plan for six four-story condominium buildings with 16 to 24 units each on 4.8 acres at the southeast corner of Collum and Banks…

‘Boulevard Gardens’ to Offer 92 Affordable Housing Units in Unincorporated Broward County

Broward County’s getting a new affordable housing development for seniors. Boulevard Gardens will comprise a six-story and three-story building, offering a total of 92 residences. According to the South Florida Business Journal, 90 percent of the units (82.8) will be reserved for those earning 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). The remaining 18 would be for those earning…

Foundry, Wheelock land $52M construction loan for Boynton Beach industrial complex

Foundry Commercial and Wheelock Street Capital scored a $52.3M construction loan to build an industrial complex in Boynton Beach. First Citizens Bank provided the financing for Egret Point Logistics Center, which will consist of two warehouses at 3800 South Congress Avenue, a press release states. A JLL team led by Steven Klein and Melissa Rose represented…

Bark Management expands Boca Raton commercial portfolio with $16M purchase

Boca Raton-based Bark Management expanded its commercial portfolio in its home city after acquiring an office campus for $15.7 million. An affiliate of Bark acquired The Greenhouse, a pair of office buildings spanning 93,000 square feet at 5255 and 5301 North Federal Highway, a press release states. Douglas Mandel and Zach Levine with Marcus & Millichap…

Place Projects, NDT score $84M construction loan for Nora, amid Bank OZK lending bonanza

The developers of the mixed-use Nora District in downtown West Palm Beach landed $84 million in construction financing, marking Bank OZK’s continued lending spree in South Florida. The 40-acre Nora District is a multi–phase project being developed by Miami-based Place Projects, West Palm Beach-based NDT Development and Greenwich, Connecticut-based Wheelock…

Two Good Inflation Reports and Another Steady Fed Meeting

Highlights: May’s Consumer Price Index signaled a continuation of disinflationary progress after largely stalling out in the first quarter.As expected, the Federal Reserve unanimously voted to keep its policy rate unchanged at a 23-year high between 5.25% to 5.50% for the seventh consecutive meeting.June’s summary of economic projections implied one, 25 basis point (bps) cut…

The Impact of Work from Home on Interstate Migration in the U.S.

The annual share of people moving from one U.S. state to another has declined substantially over the past several decades. According to our analysis of data from the American Community Survey (ACS), annual interstate migration among working-age adults (ages 18-64) fell from 2.74% in 2005 to 2.40% in 2019, a decrease of 13%. (See the figure below.) A frequently raised concern…

After shrinking for years, average size of new apartments bounces back

More two- and three-bedroom apartments were added to the market last year, pushing the average size of a new apartment to 916 square feet. That’s up by 27 square feet from one year prior, according to RentCafe. The sharp annual increase bears a stark contrast to the longstanding trend of shrinking apartment size over the past several years. From 2018 to 2022, average…

Multifamily sector nationally ‘a mixed bag’ as rent gains persist, but remain tepid

Yardi Matrix’s Multifamily National Report for May succinctly called the month’s performance “a mixed bag,” with the fourth consecutive month of rent gains, albeit slim. The average multifamily asking rent nationwide grew to $1,733 in May, up $6 month over month and a tepid 0.6% year over year. Rents continue to increase in a normal seasonal pattern as demand remains…

Moving Closer to Consistency with a National Definition of Zero Emissions Buildings

Overview: Defining Zero Emissions Buildings Last week, the US Department of Energy (DoE) released a federal definition of a zero emissions building. By providing a standardized definition with accompanying metrics, the administration aims to help propel the shift to zero emissions buildings in the US. It created the definition and accompanying implementation guidance…

Regulatory Developments Related to Managing the Financial Risks of Climate Change – Q2 2024

Introduction Financial regulators have continued on their journey to address the financial risks of climate change, with US agencies making progress on the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) four step recommendations to build regulatory capacity; fill data gaps; improve disclosure requirements; and finally, assess and mitigate climate-related financial risks.

The Fed: Commercial Real Estate in Focus

Commercial real estate (CRE) is navigating several challenges, ranging from a looming maturity wall requiring much of the sector to refinance at higher interest rates (commonly referred to as “repricing risk”) to a deterioration in overall market fundamentals, including moderating net operating income (NOI), rising vacancies and declining valuations. This is particularly true…

Video: MSCI Executive Director Jim Costello Discusses Industrial Real Estate Insights and Updates

The Discussion: The Evolution and Outlook of the Industrial Real Estate Market Introduction In a recent episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show the spotlight was cast on the industrial real estate sector—a segment that has experienced a dynamic shift from being the “dirty shoe” to a coveted asset class. This transformation, largely fueled by the pandemic…

The Fed on the Broad, Continuing Rise in U.S. Credit Card Debt Delinquency

In August 2023, a Regional Economist article described a recent rise in credit card debt delinquencies. In this blog post, we highlight that the increase in U.S. credit card delinquencies has continued. While the incidence varies, rising delinquency is pervasive across geographies and different metrics. We base our analysis on quarterly data from the Federal Reserve Bank…

JP Morgan: Understanding the real estate capital stack

The capital stack is a useful way to represent a commercial real estate deal’s financial structure and the balance between different types of capital used to finance a property. A commercial real estate property’s capital stack can be critical in determining the investor’s returns and the degree of risk they could take on. What is the capital stack in real estate? The types of capital…

Most U.S. Apartment Markets Recording Occupancy Improvement

A sum of April and May’s month-over-month apartment occupancy increases shows that most markets across the country are seeing signs of improvement in local readings. The nation overall saw April and May combine for a 0.1% increase in occupancy, according to data from RealPage Market Analytics. The same time last year, occupancy rates ticked down by a rounding…

Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill tied to controversial balance of power at condo-hotels

Gov. Ron DeSantis approved a law that addresses the delicate balance of power between residents and investors at condo-hotel complexes. House Bill 1021 mainly deals with the issue of fraud, election meddling, withholding of records and other mismanagement by boards of directors and property managers at condo associations. Yet, the Florida Legislature this session approved…

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June 19, 2024

Video: MSCI Executive Director Jim Costello Discusses Industrial Real Estate Insights and Updates

The Discussion: The Evolution and Outlook of the Industrial Real Estate Market

Introduction

In a recent episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show the spotlight was cast on the industrial real estate sector—a segment that has experienced a dynamic shift from being the “dirty shoe” to a coveted asset class. This transformation, largely fueled by the pandemic and subsequent shifts in consumer behavior, has prompted keen interest and debate among investors and industry experts. Jim Costello, Executive Director of MSCI Research, joined the show to provide insights into the recent developments and future outlook of this sector. The subject matter of this conversation revolves around industrial real estate nationwide, thus it should be noted that insights might have diminished relevance to Miami area industrial property.

Pandemic’s Impact on Industrial Real Estate

The COVID-19 pandemic was a turning point for the industrial real estate market. As lockdowns forced consumers indoors, online shopping soared, driving an unprecedented demand for industrial space to accommodate the surge in e-commerce. Amazon, a key player in this sector, ramped up its leasing to meet the rising need for storage and distribution. Costello noted that this demand spike was partly temporary, driven by the pandemic’s extraordinary circumstances.

As vaccinations rolled out and normalcy began to return, the demand for industrial space stabilized. This rebalancing reflected a return to the pre-pandemic growth trajectory of online shopping, characterized by a slow, steady increase in demand for industrial properties. Costello emphasized that despite the temporary contraction, the long-term outlook remains positive, with steady growth expected as online shopping continues to evolve and expand.

Industrial Property Performance Amid Economic Uncertainties

The industrial real estate market has shown resilience despite the broader economic uncertainties. The Federal Reserve’s measures to curb inflation, including interest rate hikes, have impacted the overall economy but have had a nuanced effect on the industrial sector. While rising rates could potentially dampen investment, Costello highlighted that the industrial market continues to attract investors due to its predictable income streams.

He explained that although inflation has not declined as quickly as anticipated, the specific factors driving inflation—housing and automobile insurance costs—have minimal direct impact on the industrial market. This sector’s performance remains strong, supported by continued investor interest and the relative stability of cap rates. Cap rates, though increasing, have not risen as sharply as interest rates, thanks to the ongoing growth in rental income, which helps maintain attractive investment returns.

Future of Industrial Real Estate

Looking ahead, the industrial real estate market is poised for continued stability and growth. Deal volumes, while slightly down from the previous year, remain high compared to pre-pandemic levels. The sector’s attractiveness as an investment is reinforced by its ability to generate stable income, even in a higher interest rate environment.

Costello observed that the challenge for investors now lies in balancing the costs of new construction with the benefits of existing assets. Inflation has driven up building costs, making new developments less economically viable and thus reducing competitive pressures. This scenario creates a favorable environment for existing industrial properties, which continue to be in demand among investors seeking reliable returns.

Interest Rates and Economic Influences

Discussing the outlook for interest rates, Costello pointed out that the Federal Reserve’s future actions would likely be influenced by ongoing inflationary pressures and broader economic conditions. While predicting exact movements is challenging, the interplay between inflation, economic growth, and political considerations will shape the Fed’s decisions. Investors in industrial real estate should prepare for a potentially stable interest rate environment as the market adjusts to these dynamics.

Conclusion

The industrial real estate market has emerged as a robust and attractive asset class, benefiting from shifts in consumer behavior and economic conditions. Despite challenges such as inflation and rising interest rates, the sector’s fundamentals remain strong, driven by steady demand and investor confidence. As the market navigates these complexities, industrial real estate continues to offer compelling opportunities for investors seeking stability and growth. The insights shared by Jim Costello in this video underscore the sector’s resilience and potential, making it a focal point for investors in the evolving landscape of commercial real estate.

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June 13, 2024

Miami Commercial Real Estate News June 12, 2024: 1,300-Unit MF Planned for North Miami; $6.1B in New Construction in 2023;

$6.1B In New Construction Added In Miami-Dade Over The Past Year

Miami-Dade County Property values rose significantly last year, and new construction helped add to that growth. Overall taxable values in the county were up 10%, according to an official June 1st estimate released by the county’s Property Appraiser office. Total taxable property values in Miami-Dade are now at $469B, up $43B compared to 2023. Of that increase, $6.1B came…

Sunshine Gasoline Distributors expands storage space in Miami-Dade County

Sunshine Gasoline Distributors beefed up its storage capacity by acquiring a Hialeah warehouse. The Doral-based petroleum company is among the top gas station owners and commercial fuel distributors in Florida. In the tri-county region, Sunshine owns 92 commercial properties, a majority of which are service stations, records show. Recently, Sunshine expanded its…

Pérez family’s Related, partners score $400M construction loan for Six Fisher Island

The Related Group and its partners secured a $400 million construction loan for the Residences at Six Fisher Island, an ultra luxury condominium project. The financing adds to more than $2 billion in condo construction loans that have closed over the past year in South Florida. Miami-based Related, billionaire Teddy Sagi, the Toledanos’ Aventura-based BH Group and Chicago…

Resia plans 1,300-unit apartment complex in North Miami Beach, amid record South Florida multifamily construction

Resia advanced plans for a 1,296-unit apartment project in North Miami Beach, amid record multifamily construction in South Florida that threatens market oversaturation. Resia, a subsidiary of Brazilian real estate firm MRV, scored preliminary approval on Monday for the New North Town Center project with five 12-story buildings at 15530, 15540 and 15780 West Dixie Highway…

Winholt Equipment Group To Open Fourth U.S. Manufacturing Facility In Doral

Winholt is set to open a new Florida facility in July. It will become the hot-holding and warming equipment specialist’s fourth national manufacturing facility in the country, adding to existing locations in Pennsylvania, Texas and California. The company said the expansion adds significant manufacturing and supply chain capacity to the Southeast. With the investment in automated…

Retail Asking Rents Trending Up in South Florida

The retail market dynamics in South Florida are pointing to rising rents as available space continues to get harder to find. Robust tourism, including the return of international visitors, and consumer spending that is outpacing the national average are driving the market, with the demand for space outrunning the supply. Retail rental asking rates have increased in South Florida…

Aby Rosen under contract to sell distressed Lincoln Road retail building for $14M

Aby Rosen is under contract to sell his distressed retail building on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road for $13.6 million, The Real Deal has learned. Ben Mandell’s Tricera Capital is the contract buyer of the one-story building at 318-334 Lincoln Road, according to sources. Tricera has partners on the purchase, but the sources declined to identify them. The deal could resolve Rosen’s…

“Simplistic” and “unremarkable”: Board slams 48-story Live Local Act project proposed in Wynwood

Bazbaz Development’s plan for a 48-story tower in Wynwood, the area’s tallest ever planned building, struck out in front of a Miami review board. The Wynwood Design Review Committee voted against the proposal after a roughly two-hour discussion this week. The committee’s vote isn’t final but merely a recommendation. Sonny Bazbaz’s eponymously named firm…

Jolt EV charging stations promised to Coral Gables commissioners as free to all users

Coral Gables commissioners on Tuesday got the chance to hear about the possibly of having Jolt EV charging stations throughout the city. City officials heard from Jolt EV representatives on how the electric charging stations would offer free energy to every user of the charger, which would be about 7 kilowatt hours of energy per user per day. The free energy would be roughly…

Miami Beach 63rd Street Bridge openings may be cut in half

Miami Beach is asking the Coast Guard to cut in half the openings of the 63rd Street bridge over Indian Creek at Allison Island to alleviate traffic congestion. City commissioners asked administration to work with the office of US Rep. Frederica Wilson “to engage in the formal process with the US Coast Guard to modify the current operating of the 63rd Street drawbridge…

Surging South Florida condo demand pushing multifamily developers to pivot

It was the “right time, right place” for PMG when it decided to convert a planned multifamily tower into condos in downtown Miami about two years ago. Ryan Shear, managing partner at PMG, said that demand for condos drove the company’s decision to convert the under-construction Society Biscayne rental tower into The Elser Hotel & Residences about two years ago.

Unanimous OK for a sister tower for Metro at Edgewater

The end of 2023 saw completion of Metro at Edgewater, a mixed-use residential tower a couple of blocks from Biscayne Bay, and now an affiliate of the developer is bringing plans for the next phase, Metro 2. Metro Tower II LLC is the applicant with a proposal for Metro 2 at Edgewater, a 28-story mixed-use residential tower at 3055 NE Fourth Ave. Metro 2 is to rise adjacent…

$29M Forfeiture Sheds Light On How Drug Money Infiltrates Commercial Real Estate

There are documentaries and books outlining how drugs fueled Miami’s real estate market 40 years ago, but a new report shines a light on how illicit funds continue to make their way through commercial properties in South Florida and beyond. Miami-based real estate investment firm Sefira Capital agreed to forfeit more than $29M in assets in 2021 as part of a settlement…

Beacon Council mission to Spain nets 14 hot prospects to come here

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council continues to pave the way for the county’s future with an economic development mission to Spain. “It’s really to engage Spanish businesses and Spanish business leaders in a way that allows us to showcase Greater Miami,” said Juan Carlos Liscano, American Airlines vice president for Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America and Beacon Council…

UHealth buys naming rights to a Metrorail stop

Capping 16 years of effort, Miami-Dade has sold naming rights to a transit station. It agreed to sell the title of the Civic Center Metrorail Station to the University of Miami’s Health System for just over $2.9 million for 20 years. The station will become UHealth Jackson Station on July 1. By federal rules, funds from a transit naming right sale must go to the county’s…

Short-Term Rental Market Will Continue to Grow, Says Miami Developer

Catering to those who seek flexibility and convenience above anything else, the short-term rental sector has only been growing over the past few years. In South Florida, an area known to be a tourist magnet and a sought-after business destination, condo developers have been increasingly embracing the short-term rental model. Rilea Group has been constructing condo towers…

Signature Bridge in downtown Miami closes its first gap

A massive cobweb of steel rods is being woven together by the work crews building a new highway and Signature Bridge in the heart of Miami. The first of six towering arches that will hold and hug the new roadbed that is I-395 has been connected at the top, and a final concrete pour at the end of June will secure that last section – with five to go. Total project completion…

412-Apartment ‘Sevilla’ Planned for Northwest 53rd Street and Northwest 52nd Terrace in Downtown Doral

A new residential development is headed for Downtown Doral. Meet Sevilla, a seven-story apartment building offering 412 homes. Led by Coral Gables-based Codina Partners, the venture would offer one-bedroom to three-bedroom layout plans, with square footage ranging from 720 to 1,708 square feet each. Per the South Florida Business Journal, plans also call for 15,800 sf…

25-Story Residential Tower In Edgewater To Be Named ELLE Residences Miami

Global fashion brand and magazine ELLE has signed its first-ever name branding deal for a condominium project near Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood. Designed by Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture, ELLE Residences Miami is being developed by Urban Network Capital Group (UNCG) and Vertical Development. The 25-story condo will feature 180 units…

Codina plans another apartment building at Downtown Doral

Codina Partners is ramping up multifamily development at Downtown Doral with a planned mid-rise apartment building. The city of Doral recently approved the Coral Gables-based development firm’s site plan for Sevilla, a seven-story building with 412 apartments on a 4.2-acre vacant lot on the corner of Northwest 53rd Street and Northwest 52nd Terrace, a press release states.

Miami Multifamily Real Estate Report Q4 2021

Market Snapshot for Miami Multifamily Real Estate We’ve compiled key statistics (vacancy rates, absorption rates, and rental rates) and property transactions for Miami multifamily real estate in this report. The Miami multifamily report is updated quarterly by our commercial real estate professionals. We also want to cover the bigger picture and provide some…

Doug Levine continues Wynwood sell-off, listing two office floors for $28M

Doug Levine is on a Wynwood selling spree, listing the majority of a three-story office building after recently unloading a trio of properties in the trendy Miami neighborhood. The Crunch Fitness founder placed the top two floors of Wynwood Sky Office Building at 1900 Northeast Miami Court on the market with an asking price of $27.9 million, an online brochure shows.

Hotel coming to South Beach: Keyah buys Washington Ave site for $20M

Keyah Real Estate Group is planning a seven story, 238-key hotel on South Beach’s Washington Avenue. An affiliate of Aventura-based Keyah, led by Xaver Kriechbaum and Gavin Crescenzo, will tear down a single-story retail building and 13-unit apartment building at 1509 and 1515 Washington Avenue that the firm acquired for $20 million, records show. The seller…

3,233-Unit Project With 6 Towers Marks Miami’s Largest Live Local Proposal To Date

A developer is looking to leverage the Live Local Act to win administrative approval for a six-tower project spanning nearly 12 acres in Miami’s West Little River. The plan to build 3,233 residences on a site at 8400 NW 25th Ave. is the largest development proposed in Miami under the state’s recently created affordable housing law. The towers would reach up to 37 stories…

Total Demolition Permit At One Brickell Citycentre Site Back In Review

There’s activity again on a total demolition permit at the One Brickell Citycentre site. The permit to demolish an office building at 799 Brickell Plaza was submitted for its eighth review cycle on June 3, according to Miami Building Department records. A demolition permit was never issued for that building, although it is vacant. A total demolition permit is active for 700 Brickell…

Lease roundup: Action Black fitness brand coming to Brickell

Fitness concept Action Black will open its first outpost in Florida at Brickell’s Panorama Tower. Action Black leased 8,500 square feet on the second floor of the tower at 1101 Brickell Bay Drive in Miami, according to a news release from the tenant’s broker. The fitness center, which will be Action Black’s flagship Florida outpost, will open next year. Jonathan Rosen of JLL represented…

$34.8 Million Mezzanine Financing Secured For Miami Airport Marriott Connection

Driftwood Capital has provided $34.8 million in mezzanine financing for refinancing Miami Airport Marriott Connection, a Marriott-branded complex with three hotels near Miami International Airport. The financing was provided through Driftwood Lending Partners, LP (DLP), to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management and Highgate. Driftwood originated the two-year…

Developer U.G. Investments Files Pre-Application for 46-Unit Complex at Northwest 30th Court and Northwest 54th Street in Brownsville

A Southwest Ranches-based developer has filed a pre-application regarding a 0.36-acre site in Miami-Dade County’s Glenwood Heights/Brownsville neighborhood. The unnamed affordable housing complex would measure three stories above grade and offer 46 one-bedroom apartments, measuring 460 to 612 square feet. There would be no major on-site amenities, but plans…

Rivian to open first South Florida showroom at Aventura Mall

Rivian Automotive, Inc. is on track to open its first South Florida retail showroom at Aventura Mall. On June 4, the mall’s owner, Turnberry Associates, received unanimous approval from the Aventura City Commission, to move forward with its plan to welcome another electric vehicle retailer. Turnberry requested permission to open a Rivian location, which would…

Is the Miami hype waning? In South Florida, defaulted debt volume skyrockets by 100%

The financier of a $7.2 million loan on a three-story office building in Lauderdale Lakes was tired of waiting to get paid. His borrower stopped making debt service payments two months after taking out the loan last spring, according to court filings. In May, the lender sued to foreclose on the note. Meanwhile, over at a 38-unit apartment complex in Opa-locka, the lender filed a $3.9M…

Billionaire Family Builds a Real Estate Empire Fueled by Tequila

The heir to a fortune built on Jose Cuervo tequila has plowed cash into US commercial real estate for the past 15 years, quietly amassing a portfolio that runs from Miami to Minneapolis. Juan Beckmann Vidal, the patriarch behind the tequila maker and other spirits housed under Becle SA, has purchased and developed at least 5 million square feet (464,515 square meters) of mostly…

Amazon’s Zoox To Begin Testing Self-Driving Cars In Miami

Another company has chosen Miami as one of its first cities to test self-driving cars. Zoox, a subsidiary of Amazon, said yesterday that it will soon begin testing here. The company won’t be deploying its custom-built vehicles at first, instead sending a fleet of retrofitted Toyota Highlanders. The fleet will be deployed in a small area near the “business and entertainment…”

Amazon Robotaxi fleet to be cruising Miami’s streets by summer

A new fleet of robotaxis will be introduced to Miami streets this summer, allowing the autonomous vehicles to hone their driving abilities before catering to the public. Zoox, an Amazon subsidiary, announced June 5 that it will begin testing its autonomous technology in two new markets, Miami and Austi, TX. The mobility company says it hopes the deployment in Miami’s…

Morgan Auto adds Hollywood Kia to South Florida portfolio

Morgan Auto Group souped up its South Florida portfolio by acquiring a high-performance Kia dealership in Broward County. As a result, Tampa-based Morgan Auto is now Florida’s largest car dealership owner with 77 across the state. A Morgan Auto affiliate paid $22.5 million for Hollywood Kia at 1640 South State Road 7 in Hollywood, records and real estate database Vizzda.

Tishman Speyer drops $100M for Pompano Beach warehouses, marking its Florida industrial market debut

Tishman Speyer dropped $100.2 million for a fully leased warehouse complex in Pompano Beach, marking its first investment in Florida’s industrial market. New York-based Tishman Speyer bought the 35-acre Rock Lake Business Center 3150-3250 Northwest 33rd Street from Atlanta-based IDI Logistics, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. IDI Logistics…

Developer switch: AMAC, ROVR scoop up 285-unit multifamily site in Pompano Beach

Three years after scoring approval for a 285-unit multifamily project in Pompano Beach, Art Falcone opted to sell the development site for $13.5 million. AMAC, led by Ivan and Maurice Kaufman, and Coral Gables-based ROVR Development bought the 6.2-acre property at 3151-3251 North Federal Highway, said Jeremy Forman, vice president of acquisitions at AMAC. The buyers…

Heafey’s Conrad Fort Lauderdale scores $80M refi

Heafey Group secured an $80 million refinancing of its loan backing the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach condo-hotel, amid a high interest rate environment that’s made it difficult to refinance and secure new debt. Ocean Bank provided the loan to FLB Hotel and FLB Restaurant, two entities managed by the Canadian real estate firm, records show. The 24-story development…

Preparing for a Highly Active Hurricane Season; Implications for Commercial Real Estate

Hurricanes have multifaceted impacts on commercial real estate. Damage from hurricanes is primarily driven by precipitation, wind and storm surge, which all manifest impact in different ways, causing both direct property damage, as well as indirect regional disruption that contributes to business interruption. Wind is often responsible for damage to a building itself…

Video: MSCI Research Executive Director Jim Costello Discusses Retail Investment Property Performance & Market Dynamics

The Conversation: Resilience and Revival; Insights from America’s Commercial Real Estate Show In a recent episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show, the show host delves into the dynamic world of retail real estate, offering a comprehensive analysis of current trends and future prospects.  Among the topics are insights on cap rates, performance…

NYT: What Retail Apocalypse? Shopping Centers Are Making a Comeback.

Shopping center landlords have found themselves in a wholly unfamiliar position: For the first time in 20 years, demand for retail space outstrips supply. That demand has soared recently and, after years of muted construction and a purge of weak-performing properties, met a retail market with less available space. Properties that survived the purge signed up tenants that would draw…

Video: BOMA President & COO Henry Chamberlain on the History of BOMA International

Henry Chamberlain, a notable figure in the building management sector, recently shared an insightful historical overview of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Founded in 1907 as the National Association of Building Owners and Managers (NABOM), BOMA has grown into an international powerhouse within the commercial real estate industry. Chamberlain…

How the real estate cycle can inform multifamily investment strategies

In both good and bad economic times, navigating the real estate cycle is critical to multifamily and other commercial real estate investors’ success. “Understanding the real estate cycle can help multifamily investors not only project the income and capital appreciation of their properties, but also use the best investment strategy to maximize returns,” said Matt Felsot, Central Region…

How defeasance works in commercial real estate

Selling or refinancing a multifamily property before its loan matures often involves paying a prepayment premium such as yield maintenance. Defeasance is an alternative that can be an attractive option depending on a commercial real estate investor’s individual situation and market conditions. But multifamily loan defeasance is a more complex process than…

10 Worst Apartment Occupancy Performers Nationally See Vacancies Climb

Vacancies across the South have climbed in the face of a 40-plus year high supply wave. In May, the worst occupancy performers in the U.S. accounted for more than 749,600 apartment vacancies nationally, according to data from RealPage Market Analytics. Heavily concentrated in Gulf Coast states and the southeast, 11 markets logged occupancy at or below 92%.

Florida Rent Premiums Are Fading Fast

Apartment rent in most Florida cities are trading either at a discount compared to long-term pricing trends or premiums of less than 1%, according to researchers at Florida Atlantic University and two other schools. Just a year ago, nearly all the measured Florida metros were at double-digit premiums. The Waller, Weeks and Johnson Rental Index, a part of FAU’s Real Estate Initiative…

What Are the Long-run Trade-offs of Rent-Control Policies?

When economists evaluate policies, they typically find both positive and negative effects. These trade-offs are at the core of economics, where there is generally no free lunch. The role of the economist is to identify these trade-offs; the policymaker can, then—with full information—determine how to weigh one aspect of the trade-off against another. These trade-offs are apparent…

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June 12, 2024

Video: MSCI Research Executive Director Jim Costello Discusses Retail Investment Property Performance & Market Dynamics

The Conversation: Resilience and Revival; Insights from America’s Commercial Real Estate Show

In a recent episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show, the show host delves into the dynamic world of retail real estate, offering a comprehensive analysis of current trends and future prospects.  Among the topics are insights on cap rates, performance, sales velocity, new supply, and how rising/higher interest rates are affecting the sector. The episode features Jim Costello, Executive Director of MSCI Research, who provides expert insights into the sector’s performance and challenges. The general focus of this discuss is retail investment property around throughout the United States at large. Thus, observations can apply less to Miami and other South Florida markets.

A Vibrant Retail Property Landscape

The discussion kicks off with an overview of the retail real estate market. Despite some lingering challenges from the past, retail real estate is experiencing a notable recovery. According to Costello, while the total deal volume for April was down 11% from the previous year, there are promising signs of growth within certain sub-sectors. Notably, shopping centers have seen increased activity, driven by smaller, individual deals rather than large corporate acquisitions. This indicates a healthy interest in retail properties, particularly those that offer robust income growth potential.

Historically, the retail market was oversaturated with excess space built during the 70s, 80s, and 90s. However, many of these underperforming properties have been repurposed or removed, leaving behind a leaner and more profitable market.

The Evolution of Shopping Centers

One of the key points highlighted in the conversation is the transformation of shopping centers. Historically, the retail market was oversaturated with excess space built during the 70s, 80s, and 90s. However, many of these underperforming properties have been repurposed or removed, leaving behind a leaner and more profitable market. This reduction in supply, combined with a shift in consumer spending towards experiential and service-oriented activities, has bolstered the performance of surviving retail centers.

Impact of Interest Rates and Cap Rates

Interest rates and cap rates are critical factors in real estate investment. Costello explains that while retail property cap rates have increased due to rising interest rates, the growth has been relatively moderate. This stability is partly due to the rising property income, which helps offset the impact of higher interest rates. For example, retail NOI (Net Operating Income) has risen by 8% compared to pre-pandemic levels, reflecting a strong recovery in the sector.

Mixed-Use Developments: A Recipe for Success

The conversation also touches on the trend of mixed-use developments, which are becoming increasingly popular. These projects combine residential, commercial, and retail spaces, creating vibrant, walkable communities that cater to modern lifestyles. Both the show host and Costello emphasize the benefits of such developments, noting that they provide a built-in customer base for retail tenants and enhance the overall appeal of the area.

Consumer Spending and Economic Stability

Despite concerns about potential slowdowns in consumer spending, the retail market remains resilient. Costello points out that consumer spending typically aligns with personal income growth and that the current economic environment supports continued retail activity. Additionally, the episode discusses the broader economic implications of interest rates, with both experts agreeing that higher rates, while challenging, are indicative of a healthy, growing economy.

Future Outlook for Retail and Office Real Estate

The episode concludes with a forward-looking perspective on retail and office real estate. The show host remains optimistic about the office sector, drawing parallels to the retail market’s recovery. He anticipates that a reduction in new supply, combined with ongoing demand and adaptive reuse of existing spaces, will lead to a resurgence in the office market over the next five years.

In summary, the episode offers a nuanced and optimistic view of the retail real estate sector, highlighting its adaptability and growth potential. As retail properties continue to evolve and adapt to changing consumer preferences and economic conditions, they present promising opportunities for investors and developers alike. The insights shared by Costello underscore the resilience of commercial real estate and its capacity for reinvention in the face of challenges.

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June 6, 2024

Miami Commercial Real Estate News June 5, 2024: 3,200-Unit Live Local Act Project Proposed for West Little River; Wynwood 48-Story MXU Planned; More….

Live Local Project With 3,233 Residential Units Proposed in North Part of Miami-Dade

Plans have been submitted to Miami-Dade reviewers for a massive Live Local project. The project is named The HueHub or Holland Park. It is planned to include: 3,233 residential units 57,260 square feet of retail 4,249 parking spaces Multiple towers are planned, with the tallest topping off at 37 stories. The property currently has one-story buildings with residential, office…

3,200-unit project in West Little River marks Miami-Dade’s biggest Live Local Act proposal

A developer wants to build a 3,233-unit Live Local Act project in West Little River, marking the largest proposal under the affordable housing legislation in Miami-Dade County and likely all of South Florida. The proposal is for six towers reaching up to 37 stories on an 11.7-acre site at 8400 Northwest 25th Avenue in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, according…

Civic Center Metrorail Station Could Be Renamed UHealth Jackson Station Under Marketing Deal

A proposed naming rights deal would see a Metrorail station renamed for decades to come. The station currently known as Civic Center would become UHealth Jackson Station. UHealth would pay $120,000 per year for the naming rights, with increases of 2% per year. They would also be required to cover the costs of updated wayfinding throughout the Metrorail system. The deal…

Condos Now Being Proposed At Jungle Island, Along With Park

The leaseholders of Jungle Island are proposing to build condos on the property, according to a statement released to the Herald. The land is owned by the City of Miami, and leased to the operator of Jungle Island for a theme park. ESJ Capital Partners and Terra are in talks with the city to allow the condo project on five acres of the property. ESJ took over the lease from…

North Corridor rapid rail transit still a 12-year wait

Don’t plan to ride North Corridor rapid rail to Hard Rock Stadium until 10 years after World Cup games are played there in 2026. The long-awaited North Corridor is expected to open in 2036, Nilia Cartaya of the Florida Department of Transportation told the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust last week. The trust oversees county transportation tax receipts…

Miami-Dade taxable property values rise in double digits again

As evidence of Miami-Dade’s real estate strength, estimated taxable values of county properties rose by double digits again this year, the third consecutive year of 10% or more gains. This year’s June 1 estimate of annual growth of taxable values was exactly 10%, following last year’s estimate of 12.3% and a 10.2% estimated rise in 2023. Totals are likely to change when official figures…

Miami Beach moves to speed construction of convention hotel

The Grand Hyatt Miami Beach Convention Center Hotel continues to be atop Miami Beach’s project list as plans for the long-awaited hotel advance. Commissioners passed at first reading last month a resolution amending the city code to “authorize the review and approval of certain requests for funding from the Redevelopment Trust Fund of the Miami Beach Redevelopment…

Miami Beach ponders a homeless drop-in center

Miami Beach is mulling options to provide a nighttime drop-in center for homeless and vulnerable populations. A referral to the Public Safety and Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee passed unanimously in this month’s city commission meeting for the “administration to explore and provide options for establishing a nighttime drop-in center in Miami Beach,” says the item’s…

South Dade bus rapid transit coming ‘sometime’ in 2025

The trust that approves transportation tax spending and is one of three funders of the first new Miami-Dade rapid transit corridor asked last week when South Dade’s bus rapid transit will finally open and was told only sometime “in the first part of 2025.” County transportation head Eulois Cleckley could not be pinned down to a narrower time range when passengers…

Blackstone Proposes 128,000-SF Warehouse In Miami Airport West Distribution Area

Amid an ongoing shortage of industrial space, investment giant Blackstone (BX) plans to build a 127,655-square-foot distribution center in Miami-Dade County’s Airport West distribution area. Link Logistics, Blackstone’s industrial unit, has asked county officials to build the warehouse in an unincorporated area near Miami Springs and Medley, areas northwest of Miami International…

Morabito’s Wynwood office-retail project lands $35M construction loan, as office market slows

Morabito Properties advanced its Wynwood office-retail project with a $35 million construction loan, as looming doubts over the neighborhood’s office market viability persist. The Miami Beach-based development firm dropped $14.6 million for the Wyncatcher II project development site at 2150 Northwest Miami Court in Miami, according to Morabito’s spokesperson.

WeWork out: Co-working giant closing outpost in Miami Beach in bankruptcy restructuring

WeWork wants to scrap its South Beach co-working space. The firm, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring in November, put the branch at 429 Lenox Avenue in Miami Beach on the chopping block, according to a notice WeWork filed in court on Thursday. The closing would be the first Miami-Dade County outpost WeWork wants to scrap as part of its restructuring plan.

Back to the voters: Jungle Island owner proposing condo project with Terra

David Martin’s Terra is partnering with the owner of Jungle Island to redevelop part of the city-owned site into a residential project, The Real Deal has learned. The proposal hinges on voters approving the deal, possibly later this year. Jungle Island, a waterfront eco-adventure park on Miami’s Watson Island, would close if the project moves forward, sources told TRD.

Project Peach Four-Story MXU Breaks Ground In Overtown

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for Overtown’s Project Peach, and construction is underway. According to a 2021 presentation, the four-story project was estimated to cost $2.6 million. The developer was requesting $1.3 million in financing from the Omni Community Redevelopment Association to help make it happen. The 2021 filing showed that Project Peach…

Photos: Construction Progress At Overtown’s Block 55

Overtown’s largest mixed-use project in decades is moving closer to completion, a photo shows. Across the street, the 36-story Atlantic Station tower is near top off. The first project is known as Sawyer’s Walk (previously Block 55). It is planned to include: 578 housing units, predominantly for low income seniors; 130,000 square feet of office space; 175,000 square feet of retail…

7410 LLC Proposes Two Projects for 7401 to 7425 Harding Ave and 7410 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach

Miami Beach’s Planning Board is scheduled to hear a proposal for a five-story, mixed-use project. Our sources indicate that, presently, the 30,000-square-foot site in question serves as a parking lot for the adjacent CVS. Yet, if approved by city officials, the new venture would require 60,000 square feet of new construction, with 38,805 square feet (64.7 percent) serving as office space….

Tri-Rail’s New One-Seat Express Service From Downtown Miami Begins July 1

Tri-Rail has announced the start date of a new express service from MiamiCentral that won’t require a change of trains. Service will begin July 1, 2024. The train will stop at just five stations: West Palm Beach Station Boca Raton Station Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach Metrorail Transfer Station MiamiCentral Station Departure…

Community Meeting Planned To Discuss $83M The Underdeck

A community meeting to discuss The Underdeck is planned by the City of Miami tomorrow. The $83M project includes public park space underneath the new Signature Bridge in downtown Miami. A $60M grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation was recently awarded, the largest such award in Miami’s history. Miami commissioners voted recently to recommend…

Quest Expands Miami Coworking Footprint. Again.

Quest’s new Doral location has fully equipped board rooms. Image courtesy of Quest Workspaces Quest Workspaces has opened its second coworking space in Doral, Fla. The company leased 23,454 square feet of office space at Doral Center in December 2022. CBRE represented the owner, Banyan Street Capital, while Newmark represented the tenant in the negotiations.

31-Story Midtown 7 Gets FAA Approval To Rise 352 Feet Above Ground In Midtown Miami

Midtown 7, a 31-story mixed-use building planned at  3001 Northeast 1st Avenue in Midtown Miami, has recently received height approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is progressing in the permitting process. According to a determination letter issued on May 22, the tower is approved to rise to a maximum height of 352 feet above ground…

Plans Filed for Wynwood’s Tallest Tower: 48-Story Mixed-Use Development at 2101 NW Miami Court

Plans for Wynwood’s tallest-ever tower have been filed. Currently known by its address, 2101 NW Miami Ct, the proposed mixed-use development, designed by Arquitectonica and developed by Wynwood Interest LLC, managed by Isaac, Jacobo, Simon, John, and Rosa Bazbaz, is set to rise 48 stories, or 490 feet above ground and 506 feet above sea level. The project would yield…

Juvia to open rooftop restaurant at Standard Residences in Midtown

Juvia Group inked a 15-year lease to open a rooftop restaurant at the Standard Residences, Midtown Miami, The Real Deal has learned. Carlos Rosso’s Rosso Development, Standard International and Alex Vadia’s Midtown Development are developing the 12-story, 228-unit building at 3100 Northeast First Avenue. It’s under construction and is expected to be completed…

Driftwood Capital Provides $34.8M Mezzanine Loan for Marriott-Branded Hotel Complex near Miami International Airport

Driftwood Capital has provided a $34.8 million mezzanine loan for the refinancing of Miami Airport Marriott Connection, a complex comprising three Marriott-branded hotels near Miami International Airport. Driftwood Capital provided a two-year loan with three one-year extension options on behalf of the borrowers, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management and Highgate…

Miami Design District billboard ban could have bigger implications for CRE

A billboard ban in Miami’s Design District did not cause a single-story office building in the chic neighborhood to lose millions of dollars in value, according to a recent court ruling. On May 20, six months after a week-long bench trial, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens ruled that the city of Miami was not liable for property owner Karenza Apartments…

Digital Billboard Battle Just Getting Started; Fights still pending in court and at Miami-Dade County

What was thought to be a victory for the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in a monthslong digital billboard debate has since turned into something quite different. Rather, the real battle has only just begun. In a recent reversal by the Miami City Commission at its May 23 meeting, the body voted to completely repeal…

Moderate Industrial Growth Can’t Stop Miami’s Enduring Appeal

In 2023 and continuing into 2024, Miami’s industrial sector experienced moderate growth due to reduced lease turnover, accelerating interest rates and economic uncertainty. However, the market’s strong industrial fundamentals and international connectivity via Miami International Airport and PortMiami continue to demonstrate its enduring strength and resilience.

Ira Giller planning mixed-use mid-rise in Miami Beach

Ira Giller wants in on his home city’s burgeoning office market. Gateway Group, the family-owned firm led by the Miami Beach architect and real estate investor, is planning a new $21.6 million mixed-use building with three floors of offices in the city’s Mid-Beach neighborhood. On Thursday, the Miami Beach Design Review Board approved Giller Tower, a seven-story…

‘Urbania NoMi 6th Ave’ Proposed for 12830 Northeast Sixth Avenue and 575 Northeast 127th Street in North Miami

North Miami’s Planning Commission will review a proposal for Urbania NoMi 6th Ave, a mixed-use development. Proposed by NoMi Holdings Group 2, the 11-story venture would feature 240 apartments, measuring about 695 to 1,070 square feet each. According to Colombia-based Continua Developments’ website, there would be 97 one-bedroom homes and 143…

Developer Sets Eyes on Imperial Club; $60M sought for rehab of Aventura retirement home

Developers are looking to soon purchase a 14-story senior living facility in Aventura known as Imperial Club. Located at 2751 NE 183rd St., Imperial Club is an assisted living facility that also offers accommodations for independent living. Darren Smith, president of Smith & Henzy Advisory Group, says the real estate development firm plans to convert the building to a completely…

Developer Plans 6-Story Hotel Tailored For Pilots At 4849 NW 36th Street Near Miami International Airport

A developer has proposed a new hotel for pilots just north of Miami International Airport in Miami Springs. The city’s Planning and Zoning Board was scheduled to review the site plan for the Pilot House Suites by Sucre LLC on the evening of May 28. The proposed development encompasses 1.13 acres of vacant land at 4849 Northwest 36th Street, 673 La Villa Drive…

Plans Unveiled For 28-Story Mixed-Use Development ‘Shoma 88’ In Kendall

Miami-based developer Shoma Group has announced plans for Shoma 88, a mixed-use development in Kendall. Designed by PPK Architects, this 28-story project will feature 405 rental units, each offering approximately 920 square feet of space. In alignment with Florida’s Live Local Act, at least 40 percent of the units will be designated for workforce housing.

Shoma plans 404-unit rental tower in Kendall, amid a Live Local Act bonanza

Shoma Group wants to build a 404-unit apartment tower with workforce housing in Kendall, amid a torrent of Live Local Act project proposals. The Coral Gables-based firm, led by married couple Masoud and Stephanie Shojaee, proposes a 31-story tower on a 1.9-acre site at 9525 North Kendall Drive in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, according to an application Shoma…

Construction Starts on ‘Wyn Ave’ and ‘W35’ in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District

South Florida-based ABH Developer Group has announced construction on two mid-rise buildings in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Here’s what we know. The larger of the two buildings is Wyn Ave, a six-story structure comprising 44 apartments, measuring about 425 to 875 square feet each. Our sources indicate that rent will start at $2,400 a month. Communal amenities…

Miami-Dade could lease 10 acres to Terra for workforce housing

Terra is seeking a deal to build up to 675 workforce apartments around South Dade Government Center through a ground lease with Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Housing, Recreation, Culture and Community Development Committee will consider the ground lease for two sites for a combined 10.74 acres surrounding the government complex at 10740 S.W. 211th Street…

Affinius Capital Originates $70M Refinancing for Multifamily Community Modera Skylar in Miami

Affinius Capital LLC has originated a $70 million loan for the refinancing of Modera Skylar, a 263-unit apartment community in Miami. The borrower is a joint venture between Rockwood Capital and Mill Creek Residential. The property includes a 20-story building comprising 166 units and a 10-story building spanning 97 units. Modera Skylar features a mix of studio…

Caroline Weiss’ mother-daughter Blue Lagoon dev site feud ends

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April 2024 Industrial Report: Miami Takes Lead in Rent Growth

At the same time, the U.S. industrial market maintained its upward trend in rent prices. In March 2024, national in-place rents averaged $7.85 per square foot, reflecting a robust 7.3% year-over-year increase. Notably, new leases signed in the last year commanded a premium by averaging $10.43 per square foot. However, the biggest story lies in Miami’s rise: After two years of dominance…

Plans for Live Local towers popping up across Miami-Dade

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There’s a new kind of development going up in Brickell. With granite countertops and a balcony, this building’s 600-square foot units will go for no more than $1,700 a month – not bad for a one-bedroom apartment in Miami these days. Just blocks away from a Metro station and Brickell City Center, this is just the kind of place where many of South Florida’s young professionals…

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The Pros and Cons of a Strong Economy for CRE 

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Video: RXR CEO Scott Rechler; There’s Been A Day Of Reckoning For Commercial Real Estate Nationally

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Industrial Property Trends For 2024

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Video: Costar National Director of Office Analytics Phil Mobley Provides Office Real Estate Forecast, Discusses Performance & Cap Rates

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Is Bank OZK overexposed to real estate?

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June 5, 2024

Video: RXR CEO Scott Rechler; There’s Been A Day Of Reckoning For Commercial Real Estate Nationally

The Conversation: Navigating the Financial Landscape; A Conversation on the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

In this interesting, quick-paced, conversation, Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman of RXR, joins Bloomberg Intelligence to delve into the evolving landscape of interest rates, debt, and real estate, painting a complex picture of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The discussion underscores the industry’s transition through the five stages of grief—moving past denial to acceptance—regarding the reality of persistently high interest rates and their far-reaching implications.

Interest Rates and Market Realities

The conversation opens with a reflection on the industry’s initial optimism last year when the Federal Reserve hinted at a more dovish stance. This optimism was soon replaced by a sobering acceptance that lower interest rates are not on the horizon. The industry now faces the daunting task of managing a trillion dollars of debt maturing this year, with another two trillion in the next three years. Much of this debt was financed at historically low interest rates, which are unlikely to return. Rechler uses a term I’ve not heard in a long while as he notes there is going to have to be a re-equitisation, with pain on the equity side and pain on the debt site. Re-equitisation is deleveraging with some debt exchanged for equity. Yeah, surely there will be some of that, particularly in some of the more troubled office markets.

The Impact on Banks and Commercial Real Estate

As institutions adjust to this new normal, they are busy taking appropriate marks and reserves. The discussion highlights the significant impact on banks, particularly concerning commercial real estate. U.S. pensions are already taking write-offs on commercial properties, and more banks are expected to face similar issues. The current scenario is starkly different from the 2008 crisis, where an injection of capital helped lift all values. Today, structural issues between interest rates and property values present a more complex challenge.

The Future of Office Buildings

The fate of office buildings, especially in the post-pandemic world, is a focal point of concern. Office spaces are undergoing revaluation due to interest rates and changing usage patterns. Some buildings are becoming competitively obsolete, necessitating careful selection and strategic adjustments. Banks need to reconfigure loans, equity holders must inject new capital, and properties must be chosen for their potential success in the new environment.

The Multifamily Sector: An Achilles’ Heel

The multifamily sector emerges as a critical concern, particularly for regional banks with heavy concentrations of such loans. Even if the credit quality remains good, many of these loans are underwater due to interest rate increases. Additionally, new supply entering the market exacerbates the situation, creating significant headwinds for the next few years.

Opportunities Amid Distress

Despite these challenges, the discussion also points to potential opportunities. This period could represent a generational moment to be a buyer in the market, provided one is selective and strategic. The key is not just having capital but also the capability to identify properties that can succeed. The approach should focus on creating value rather than relying on a return to lower interest rates.

Addressing the Housing Shortage

A critical issue highlighted is the housing shortage in the country, exacerbated by the financial crisis of the last decade. Conservative building practices post-crisis and the pandemic-driven home-buying frenzy have left the market with an estimated shortage of six million units. This shortage, coupled with less new construction, is expected to continue putting pressure on housing availability and prices.

Strategic Investment: The Digital vs. Film Analogy

In identifying investment opportunities, the conversation introduces the analogy of “digital” versus “film” buildings. “Digital” buildings are those designed for the modern era, fostering collaboration, accessibility, and engagement—qualities necessary for attracting tenants and ensuring success. The strategy involves investing in these digital properties, even if they have broken capital structures, and then fixing those structures to unlock value.

Conclusion

The conversation concludes with a nuanced view of the future. While there are significant challenges ahead, particularly with high interest rates and a looming debt crisis, there are also strategic opportunities for those willing to navigate the complexities. The key lies in selective investment, understanding the evolving market dynamics, and focusing on long-term value creation. As the industry continues to adapt, these insights provide a roadmap for navigating the financial landscape in the coming years.

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June 3, 2024

Video: BOMA President & COO Henry Chamberlain on the History of BOMA International

A Conversation: The Evolution of BOMA: A Century-Long Journey in Building Management

Henry Chamberlain, a notable figure in the building management sector, recently shared an insightful historical overview of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Founded in 1907 as the National Association of Building Owners and Managers (NABOM), BOMA has grown into an international powerhouse within the commercial real estate industry. Chamberlain serves as its President and COO and has been with the organization for nearly a third of its existence from 1907 to today.

The origins of BOMA are rooted in the early 20th century, a time when local associations in the Midwest sought to collaborate on building operations. These associations aimed to share knowledge on various aspects of building management, such as elevator maintenance costs and optimal staffing levels. This collaborative spirit led to the establishment of several foundational standards. By 1915-1916, BOMA had developed a standard method for floor measurement and introduced the Experienced Exchange Report in 1920 to capture vital operating data.

BOMA’s advocacy efforts have been a cornerstone of its mission since its inception. Early on, the organization tackled significant issues like federal energy policy and tax regulations. While headquartered in Chicago for many years, BOMA’s federal advocacy efforts took on a new dimension when the organization moved to Washington, D.C. in 1975. This relocation enabled BOMA to engage more directly and personally with federal policymakers, enhancing its influence and effectiveness.

In 1968, recognizing its growing international reach, BOMA rebranded from NABOM to BOMA International. This change reflected the organization’s expanding footprint, which included the establishment of BOMA Canada, BOMA Japan, and other global entities like the Property Council of Australia. This international growth has been a testament to BOMA’s enduring commitment to the global commercial real estate sector.

BOMA’s influence extends beyond advocacy into recognizing and promoting excellence within the industry. The creation of the TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Awards in 1985 marked a significant milestone in highlighting industry best practices. This initiative was further bolstered by the BOMA 360 program in 1999, which focuses on high-performance buildings. Recently, BOMA has integrated the BOMA BEST program from Canada into the U.S. market, underscoring its leadership in sustainability. For 17 of the past 18 years, BOMA has been recognized with the Energy Star Partner of the Year award, a clear indicator of its commitment to sustainable building practices.

BOMA’s organizational history is also marked by strategic evolutions and acquisitions. About 80 years ago, BOMA spun off the National Apartment Association, a move that allowed it to focus more sharply on commercial real estate. Some local groups, like AOBA in Washington and BOMA Wisconsin, continue to manage both commercial and residential properties. Recently, BOMA acquired BOMI International, an organization it had collaborated with for 54 years, to enhance its educational and training platforms further.

Chamberlain, who has served as BOMA’s president for a significant portion of its history, expressed pride in the organization’s growth and its pivotal role in the commercial real estate industry. As BOMA continues to evolve, it remains dedicated to advocacy, education, and providing essential business tools, solidifying its position as a leader in the field.

This historical perspective not only highlights BOMA’s rich legacy but also sets the stage for its continued influence and leadership in the future.

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June 2, 2024

Video: Costar National Director of Office Analytics Phil Mobley Provides Office Real Estate Forecast, Discusses Performance & Cap Rates

An In-Depth Discussion on the Future of the Office Market: Insights from Phil Mobley, National Director of Office Analytics at CoStar

Introduction

In a recent conversation with Phil Mobley, the National Director of Office Analytics at CoStar, the host of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show delved into the complexities and current state of the office market. The discussion covered various aspects, including market performance, geographical trends, lease dynamics, and future opportunities. Phil Mobley provided a comprehensive analysis of the office market as it stands at the end of the first quarter of 2024, offering valuable insights into what the future might hold.

Conversation is About Office Property Nationally

Note that the conversation was national in scope, thus observations can apply less or even not at all to Miami and other South Florida markets. Most notably, the significant stress in office properties felt in major markets like New York and San Francisco has not been felt in Miami.

Current State of the Office Market Nationally

Phil Mobley began by addressing the overall performance of the office market. He noted that the headline statistics still appear troubling, with vacancy rates continuing to rise. The first quarter of 2024 saw nearly 20 million square feet of negative absorption, pushing the overall vacancy rate to 13.8%, a record high. Mobley emphasized that the challenges are not uniform across the market, as location, quality, and the type of business occupying the space significantly impact performance.

Geographical Trends

Geographically, major markets are experiencing the most strain, primarily due to the nature of the companies occupying these spaces—large Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies with extensive footprints and multiple locations. Central Business Districts (CBDs) have been hit particularly hard, although suburban areas are also feeling the pressure due to a slowdown in employment growth, especially in professional services, banking, finance, and technology sectors.

Lease Dynamics

One of the notable trends Mobley highlighted was the reduction in average lease sizes. Over the past year and a half, new leases have been approximately 15-20% smaller than those in the late 2010s. This reduction reflects companies’ efforts to rationalize their footprints in response to the hybrid work environment. Companies are consolidating into pre-existing locations or moving into owned spaces, driven by the flexibility offered by new technologies that support remote and hybrid work.

Tenant Activity and Market Fragmentation

Despite the overall gloomy picture, tenant activity has shown some signs of recovery. The number of leases signed has remained relatively stable compared to pre-pandemic levels, albeit with smaller space requirements. Mobley pointed out that this increase in activity is encouraging but can be misleading, as many leases are for shorter terms and smaller spaces.

The market is highly fragmented, with significant differences in occupancy rates and tenant behaviors across different types of properties. Smaller suites in less premium buildings often have higher occupancy rates, while larger, more prestigious properties struggle with underutilization.

Opportunities for Investors and Occupiers

Phil Mobley sees several opportunities in the current market conditions. For owner-occupiers, there are favorable conditions to purchase office buildings at attractive prices. The significant reduction in new supply, which Mobley predicts will fall off a cliff in the next 18-24 months, presents a unique opportunity for developers and investors who can identify underserved markets or submarkets with a dearth of premium space.

He also highlighted the potential for distressed asset acquisition. The downward pressure on rents, particularly in markets like San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle, where early signs of rental market resets are already visible, could offer attractive entry points for investors willing to navigate the complexities of distressed properties.

Office Property Cap Rates and Value Trends

Discussing cap rates, Mobley noted a significant divergence in market behavior. While medical office buildings and single-tenant net lease offices have seen moderate increases in cap rates, institutional-grade properties, particularly those facing distress, are experiencing more pronounced value declines. This divergence underscores the importance of evaluating each property on its merits, considering factors such as future income stream risk and tenant stability.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Phil Mobley emphasized the importance of understanding the nuances of the office market. While challenges remain, especially for large multi-tenanted buildings in major markets, there are also significant opportunities for savvy investors and occupiers. The key is to navigate the market with a clear understanding of the specific dynamics at play, whether it’s the potential for owner-occupied acquisitions, the strategic development of new supply, or the careful selection of distressed assets.

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May 30, 2024

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CGI Merchant’s Gabriel hotels in Miami, South Beach head to UCC foreclosure sales

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31-Story Midtown Miami Apartment Tower Gets FAA Approval, Advances In Permitting

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Downtown Miami could use more businesses. $1 million in grant money is up for grabs

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Self-checkout: Publix expands South Florida portfolio with $59M purchase of retail site anchored by its store

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Industrial property prices and rental rates have experienced substantial increases over the last decade. The onset of the pandemic, which propelled the world into lockdown, shifted consumer habits towards increased online shopping and strained supply chains, thereby elevating the demand for warehousing and, in turn, boosting industrial property and rental values.

Not So Roaring Inflation

Highlights: Tuesday’s PPI report seemed like what would be a continuation of the hotter-than-expected economic trend from the first quarter of the year and while the report did come in above consensus, markets overlooked the report buoyed by downward revisions from the previous month and perhaps along with some help from posterchild meme investor, Roaring Kitty.

Video: Moody’s Analytics Senior Economist Ermengarde Jabir Provides Self-Storage Real Estate Update

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Video: Head of Real Estate Strategy & Research at Cohen & Steers Rich Hill on Current State of Commercial Real Estate

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Video: Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing Co-CEO Lauren Hochfelder discusses firm’s top real estate investing ‘megatrends’

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Video: RealPage Director of Research & Analysis, Market Analytics Presents Multifamily Market Updates & Insights

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Top 3 commercial real estate valuation methods

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May 29, 2024

Florida State Sales Tax Rate on Commercial Leases Drops to 2% on June 1

Florida Senate Bill 50 will go into effect on June 1, 2024. This will result in a reduction of more than 50% in the state’s commercial lease tax from 4.5% to 2.0%. However, this decline does not extend to any fees or taxes at the local level. In Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, the total tax rate will be 3.0%, a drop of near half from the prior combined level of 5.5%.

Benefits for Commercial Tenants

Tenants in commercial properties should immediately benefit – found money, if you will – from the reduced lease tax. Lower taxes mean decreased overall leasing costs, which can improve cash flow and financial stability for businesses. This is particularly beneficial for small and medium-sized enterprises that often operate on tighter margins. The reduced tax burden can also enable businesses to allocate more resources to growth initiatives, such as hiring, marketing, and expanding their operations. Furthermore, with the reduced cost of leasing space, Florida may become a more attractive location for new businesses, fostering a more vibrant and diverse commercial ecosystem.

Benefits for Commercial Real Estate Owners

For commercial real estate owners, the substantial reduction in the commercial lease tax is also a positive as presumably this will lead to higher rent growth than might otherwise be achieved. The fuel for this rent growth would be that more money is available for rent and related expenses as less is required by the tax man.  For a property with NOI that is 60% of gross income, if half of that savings over time was realized as additional rent, then NOI should increase by 2.08% (1.25% / 60%). Additionally, the lower tax burden can make Florida properties more competitive, potentially increasing demand and occupancy rates. One way or another, lower tax obligations should enhance the profitability of property investments, making Florida a more attractive market for commercial real estate.

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May 25, 2024

Video: Moody’s Analytics Senior Economist Ermengarde Jabir Provides Self-Storage Real Estate Update

A Deep-Dive Discussion into the Resilient Self-Storage Market

In a recent episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show the spotlight was on the self-storage sector. The discussion featured Ermengarde Jabir from Moody’s Analytics, who provided valuable insights into the current trends, challenges, and future projections for the self-storage industry. Moody’s Analytics provides financial intelligence and analytical tools, including for commercial real estate.

Self-Storage: A Sector in Transition

The self-storage industry has shown remarkable resilience, particularly during the early 2020s. It was one of the few property types that thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining high occupancy rates and strong demand. However, as the market adjusts to post-pandemic realities, some shifts are becoming evident.

Occupancy Trends: Historically, self-storage exhibits significant seasonality. The first and fourth quarters typically see higher vacancy rates due to lower moving activity during these periods. In the first quarter of 2024, the national vacancy rate for self-storage stood at 13.3%. While this is slightly elevated, it is expected to stabilize around 12.7% by the end of the year, aligning with 2023 figures. Looking ahead, vacancy rates are projected to decrease to the low 12s and high 11s by 2025 and 2026, respectively.

Rental Rates: Both climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled units have experienced a decline in rental rates. The trend started in 2023, with a 3.4% drop in climate-controlled unit rents. This decline continued into the first quarter of 2024 but at a slower pace, indicating that the worst of the rate drops may be behind us. Projections suggest a slight decline of 6% for climate-controlled units by the end of 2024, followed by modest growth in subsequent years.

Supply and Demand Dynamics

One of the critical factors influencing the self-storage market is the supply pipeline. Jabir highlighted a noticeable slowdown in new supply, driven by higher construction costs, labor shortages, and rising interest rates. The number of new units coming online has decreased significantly from previous years. For instance, while 125,000 units were completed in 2023, only 20,000 units were added in the first quarter of 2024. This trend is expected to continue, with completions slowing down to just over 100,000 units by 2025.

Self-Storage Investment and Cap Rates

Despite the challenges, investor demand for self-storage remains robust. Cap rates, although slightly elevated, continue to be attractive, particularly for high-performing properties. The sector’s ability to maintain comparatively low cap rates underscores its perceived stability and long-term viability.

Future Outlook

The future of the self-storage industry appears positive, albeit with moderated growth. As new supply diminishes and demand stabilizes, both occupancy rates and rental rates are expected to improve gradually. The industry’s performance will also benefit from ongoing domestic migration trends, particularly to the Sun Belt regions, and a steady influx of foreign immigrants.

Conclusion

The self-storage sector has demonstrated its resilience and adaptability in the face of economic fluctuations. While the market is currently experiencing a period of recalibration, the long-term outlook remains optimistic. Investors and stakeholders can expect steady, sustainable growth as the sector continues to adapt to changing market conditions.

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May 24, 2024

Video: Head of Real Estate Strategy & Research at Cohen & Steers Rich Hill on Current State of Commercial Real Estate

The Discussion: Real Estate Trust’s Signal; The Worst Behind in the US?

In a recent interview with Bloomberg Television, Rich Hill, Head of Real Estate Strategy & Research at Cohen & Steers, discussed the current state of commercial real estate and the future of office buildings nationally (observations can apply less in Miami). This conversation took place as the Dow Jones historically surpassed 40,000.

Current State of Office Spaces

Nationwide office vacancies are at a staggering 20%, with expectations of further increases. Hill noted a disparity in performance among different office categories. New, clean, and green office spaces, especially in prime locations like New York City, are doing exceptionally well. For instance, Hudson Yards and One Vanderbilt have seen high occupancy rates. In contrast, Class B and C properties, typically built in the 1970s and 1980s and lacking significant capital expenditure, are struggling. Hill emphasized that while office spaces are facing challenges, they only constitute 20% of the commercial real estate market and 3% of the US listed real estate market.

Lending Environment and Property Valuations

The lending environment for real estate investors is a critical issue. Commercial real estate is a heavily leveraged asset class, with most properties purchased with substantial debt. This leverage has led to significant pressure on property valuations. Hill pointed out that property valuations have generally declined by around 20%, with office valuations down by about 35%. This decline is driven not by poor fundamentals but by higher financing costs and reduced availability of debt.

The Role of Lenders and Borrowers

Hill explained the complex dynamics between lenders and borrowers, likening it to a “prisoner’s dilemma.” Banks are not keen on owning office spaces, as regulatory capital charges for owning property on balance sheets are higher than modifying loans at a high loan-to-value (LTV) ratio. This has led to modifications and extensions of loans, a practice some might see as “kicking the can down the road,” but Hill views it as a necessary adjustment in a challenging environment.

Private Credit in Real Estate

The growth of private credit in the real estate market has been notable. In 2015, private credit accounted for about 10% of total lending, peaking at around 20%. Although this market share has slightly decreased, private credit remains a significant player. Hill noted that private credit can fill gaps left by traditional banks, particularly in underwriting and working out loans.

Future Outlook

Despite the challenges, Hill suggested that the feared collapse in commercial real estate lending has not materialized. Instead, the market is experiencing a slow adjustment. While property valuations are expected to drop further, reaching a peak-to-trough decline of 25-30%, this might signal a bottoming out. Sellers capitulating and buyers stepping in could indicate a healthy contrarian signal for the market.

In conclusion, while the commercial real estate market, particularly office spaces, faces significant hurdles, there are signs of stabilization. The strategic modifications in lending practices and the role of private credit provide a framework for navigating these challenges. The market’s slow adjustment, rather than a sudden collapse, offers a cautiously optimistic outlook for the future.

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May 24, 2024

Miami Commercial Real Estate News May 22, 2024: Live Local Act Amended; 1,219-Unit 1.8M sf Overtown Development Approved; $200M+ Fisher Island Dev Site Hits Market; More…

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CP Group, DRA Advisors Execute 40,000 SF of Office Leases at Miami Tower

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850-Foot Residences At Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key To Break Ground In 2025

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1,000-Foot Cranes Approved At Cipriani Construction Site In Brickell

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Deal For Brightline To Build Commuter Rail System Nearly Ready

Negotiations on a deal for Brightline to build a commuter rail system on its tracks are “advancing very nicely,” according to a recent report on the SFBJ. Miami-Dade commissioners will probably vote on the deal in June or July, the report said. While Brightline will build the system, it will likely be operated by the South Florida Regional Transportation Agency, which operates Tri-Rail.

Construction Dates & Additional Details Released For Midtown Miami’s Tallest Tower Ever

The developers planning the Midtown 1 tower have announced an expected construction start date and additional details. The tower is proposed to rise 48 stories, or 596 feet above ground, making it the tallest ever in Midtown Miami. There will be 329 luxury condominium units, according to a statement released by the developers. Arquitectonica is designing the building…

New York Hotel Operator Proposes Two New Hotels At 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive Near Miami Airport

New York-based hotel owner MCR, under the M2 Miami Airport Blue Lagoon, LLC, has unveiled plans for two new hotels adjacent to its Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon. The proposal filed as a pre-application with Miami-Dade County officials concerns the 20.6-acre property at 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, which currently hosts the 14-story, 508-room hotel developed…

WeWork holds onto leases for most of its South Florida portfolio – still unclear on Miami, South Beach outposts

WeWork will hold onto its leases for most of its South Florida co-working spaces, while the future of its South Beach and downtown Miami outposts remains in doubt. The firm, which filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in November, is working to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of May, most recently filing a plan to keep 89 co-working spaces in the U.S. and Canada.

3 firms to relocate to recently renovated Doral building

Three companies secured a total of 14,201 square feet in a Doral office building that recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation. Grupo Eulen, Vanderweil Engineers, and Trust Lending have signed leases and will relocate to the Offices at Doral Square, a 141,246-square-foot building at 8600 N.W. 36th Street. Grupo Eulen will move its Miami office into a 6,026-square-foot…

Developer plans 245-unit senior living facility in Weston

South Florida developer Terry Salzman won site plan approval for the development of a six-story, 245-unit senior living facility in Weston. Fort Lauderdale architecture firm Synalovski Romanik Saye LLC designed the 325,808-square-foot building with 113 units for independent living, 108 for assisted living, and 24 for memory care. A resident of Weston for the last 25 years…

286-Apartment ‘Cypress Crossing’ Could Replace Park-and-Ride in Fort Lauderdale

Oakland Park’s Development Review Committee will review a proposal for Cypress Crossing tomorrow, May 23rd. The mixed-use venture would replace a park-and-ride lot, comprising three buildings: one eight-story building and two 7,500-square-foot retail buildings. According to the South Florida Business Journal, the mid-rise building would offer 286 apartments…

Mixed-Use, 71-Apartment ‘1435 ArtXchange’ Set for 1429 to 1435 Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

Sirrom Commercial hopes to move one step closer to accomplishing 1435 ArtXchange, a mixed-use project in Fort Lauderdale. The city’s Community Development Agency (CRA) board will consider a $6 million forgivable loan for the workforce housing development which, upon completion would deliver 71 apartments, 5,844 square feet of commercial bays (five total), and a 218…

NRIA’s successor proposes 48-story apartment tower in Fort Lauderdale

The successor to the formerly embattled National Realty Investment Advisors proposed a 48-story, 429-unit apartment tower in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village area. A city review panel told a subsidiary of AIRN Holding Company on Tuesday to consider redesigning the ­proposed multifamily tower to address excessive podium height and add visual drama to the roofline.

Former funeral home site in Wilton Manors to be redeveloped as boutique hotel with 123 rooms

The owners of a former funeral home in Wilton Manors won city approval to redevelop the property as a 123-room boutique hotel called the Wilton Hotel. The Wilton Manors City Council unanimously approved a rezoning of the hotel development site during the council’s meeting Tuesday night, along with a developer’s agreement and deed restrictions on the development site.

New Renderings Of Broward Elevated Light Rail That Could Eventually Reach Sawgrass

The Sun Sentinel has published new renderings of a people mover system and an elevated light rail system to be built in Broward County. The light rail system is planned to be elevated. It will run 3.5 miles in a first phase, from an intermodal center at Fort Lauderdale airport to the Broward County Convention Center and Port Everglades. Eventually, it could be extended to Sawgrass Mills.

Pompano Beach senior rental project lands $28M in construction loans, as affordable apartments defy financing slump

A low-income apartment project for senior residents in Pompano Beach landed a $27.5 million construction loan package, as affordable housing remains immune to the multifamily financing slump. The Housing Authority of Pompano Beach and Jacksonville-based apartment developer Vestcor are building the 100-unit Provident Place with a pair of three-story buildings…

Ares drops $140M for Boca Raton apartments in biggest South Florida multifamily sale this year

Ares Management bought a 284-unit apartment building in Boca Raton for $139.7 million, marking the biggest multifamily sale in South Florida so far this year. Los Angeles-based Ares scooped up the eight-story Ceru property at 5205 Congress Avenue from Fort Lauderdale-based Mainstreet Capital Partners, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. The sale defies the…

Brookfield buying big US multifamily portfolio including properties in Coral Springs, West Palm Beach

Brookfield has agreed to pay US$1.55bn for a 7,300-unit apartment portfolio concentrated in Florida and Texas, Green Street News can reveal. The investment behemoth is buying the 23-property package from Starwood Capital, which evidently pieced the portfolio together over the last five years. The deal values each apartment at US$212,000. It’s not clear if Miami Beach-based…

Lease roundup: Financial firms lease at Steve Ross’ West Palm towers, Pura Vida is in expansion mode

Steve Ross’ Related Companies signed six new tenants in downtown West Palm Beach, amid the developer’s hefty bet on the area’s office market. JPMorgan Chase leased space at the 20-story 360 Rosemary building at 360 South Rosemary Avenue, which Related completed in 2021, Bloomberg reported. Also, billionaire hedge funder John Paulson’s Paulson Capital and private equity…

What’s Trending In Industrial Space? Automation In Towering Cold Storage Boxes

Many in the cold storage space are using ASRS to more strategically manage their inventories. In one instance, an occupant called AmeriCold constructs their new buildings around such a system, and in many cases, they stretch 150 feet in height. To put this in context, that is approximately 12 stories high, and roughly four times the height of the modern concrete…

The Supermarket Rental Sweep: Analyzing Multifamily Rent Premiums Generated by Grocery Store Anchors

Across the country, both urban centers and established suburbs have contended with a mismatch between the desire to densify with contemporary mixed-use development and their existing land use patterns of single-use, low-density development. In particular, many grocery stores were built as sprawling, low-density stores in central locations that today present an inefficient…

Multifamily Distress Rate Nearly Doubles Nationally In April

The worst isn’t over for the distress-riddled multifamily industry, according to new monthly financial indicators. The overall distress rate set a new record of 8.35% in April, according to real estate data firm CRED iQ, with multifamily leading the increase. Multifamily’s distress rate increased from 3.7% in March to 7.2% in April, CRED iQ reported. The jump was led by a loan…

DeSantis Signs Live Local Amendments, Boosting Tax Breaks For Developers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law changes to the Live Local Act that are meant to clarify its rules while providing a boost for developers looking to build affordable and workforce housing. The amendments were one of 11 bills DeSantis signed into law Thursday. Among the changes, which are seen as largely favorable to developers, are increased tax breaks for affordable…

Live Local changes could propel workforce housing boom in South Florida

A “coming soon” sign posted at the construction site of an affordable housing development in Hollywood, a market brimming with new projects, prompted an unexpected response. More than 21,000 people applied to live in the 113-unit future development, called Pinnacle 441. Pinnacle opened a lottery for the units March 15 and closed it 10 days later. It’s no secret that South Florida…

The Weekly Dirt: It’s go time for Live Local projects

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed long-awaited amendments to the Live Local Act into law last week, a relief for developers banking on the changes. Senate Bill 328 generally boosts and clarifies developer incentives under the workforce housing law that the Florida Legislature passed in 2023. It took more than two months for the latest bill to make it to DeSantis’ desk in early May.

Video: Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing Co-CEO Lauren Hochfelder discusses firm’s top real estate investing ‘megatrends’

The recent Yahoo Finance episode of “Wealth!” featured Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing Co-CEO, Lauren Hochfelder, who provided an in-depth analysis of current real estate investing trends amidst a volatile market. With shelter prices rising by 5.5% year over year and high mortgage rates coupled with low housing inventory, investors face a challenging landscape. Hochfelder…

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Innovative financing for workforce housing

Half of all U.S. renter households spent more than 30% of their income on rent in 2022, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. In many markets, families are spending the majority of their income on housing costs, leaving limited resources for other needs. When cost burdens are that widespread, low-income renters aren’t the only ones struggling…

U.S. Apartment Transactions Nationally Slump to Lowest Level Since Pandemic

Investments in U.S. apartments continued to decline in 2024’s 1st quarter amid the high cost of borrowing and economic uncertainty. Though the asset class remains an attractive commercial real estate investment, sales have fallen well below pre-pandemic levels. Nearly 1,040 apartment properties changed hands at a value of $20.6 billion during 1st quarter 2024, according…

Bank OZK Has Dominated Construction Lending. Its CEO Has No Plans To Slow Down

No one has handed out more U.S. construction loans over the past year and a half than a midsized bank in Little Rock, Arkansas. In fact, no entity is even close. Bank OZK handed out more than $3B in real estate construction loans in 2023, while its closest competition, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, each originated less than $2B, according to MSCI. As most banks are pulling…

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May 22, 2024

Video: Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing Co-CEO Lauren Hochfelder discusses firm’s top real estate investing ‘megatrends’

The Discussion: Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing Megatrends; Insights from Co-CEO Lauren Hochfelder

The recent Yahoo Finance episode of “Wealth!” featured Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing Co-CEO, Lauren Hochfelder, who provided an in-depth analysis of current real estate investing trends amidst a volatile market. With shelter prices rising by 5.5% year over year and high mortgage rates coupled with low housing inventory, investors face a challenging landscape. Hochfelder, however, sees this as an opportune time to invest, driven by several megatrends reshaping the sector. Note that this discussion is about commercial property throughout the United States. Thus, observations can apply less to Miami area property.

Real Estate Market Overview

The real estate market is undergoing a significant correction, with broad repricing across various asset classes. Hochfelder pointed out that some assets are distressed for valid reasons, but many are performing well in terms of income growth yet are priced 20-30% lower. This, she argues, presents a unique entry point for investors.

Key Megatrends Driving Real Estate Investment

Hochfelder highlighted several key megatrends that are creating substantial investment opportunities:

1. Growth in E-commerce: The continued expansion of e-commerce is driving demand for warehouses. This trend is expected to persist as more consumers shop online, necessitating efficient supply chain logistics to deliver goods quickly.

2. Realignment of the Global Supply Chain: Globalization is undergoing a U-turn, with event-driven supply shocks prompting companies to rebuild their infrastructure. This shift is increasing the demand for warehouses as businesses adapt to the new supply chain dynamics.

3. Aging Demographics: The aging population is changing housing preferences and needs. As people live longer and seek different living arrangements, there is a growing demand for varied housing options, including senior living facilities.

Impact of Interest Rates on Commercial Real Estate

Real estate, being a levered asset class, is significantly impacted by interest rates. Hochfelder noted that many asset owners are currently under pressure due to high interest rates, which make refinancing difficult. However, Morgan Stanley focuses on maintaining durable capital stacks that can withstand any interest rate environment. They invest in properties where income growth can outpace rate expansions, ensuring resilience across economic cycles.

Location Versus Dislocation

Traditionally, real estate investment was guided by the principle of “location, location, location.” However, Hochfelder emphasized that today’s strategy should also consider “dislocation, dislocation, dislocation.” This involves understanding changes in where people live and work. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic led to significant shifts, with people moving from traditional hubs like New York City to emerging markets such as Miami and Dallas. These migrations are influencing where investors should place their bets.

Conclusion

In summary, Lauren Hochfelder’s insights underscore that while the current real estate market presents challenges, it also offers substantial opportunities driven by transformative megatrends. Investors need to consider these broader shifts, focus on durable investment strategies, and be mindful of evolving location dynamics to successfully navigate the real estate landscape.

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May 21, 2024

Video: Developer Don Peebles Discusses Real Estate, Lists Miami Among Cities of Opportunity

The Discussion: The Future of the Housing Market and Commercial Real Estate; Insights from Industry Leader Don Peebles

Introduction:
Recent data indicate that the housing market is beginning to cool, as evidenced by an increase in “For Sale” signs and a rise in new mortgage applications. The market is experiencing a complex interplay of factors that are shaping its trajectory. To provide a deeper understanding, Don Peebles, Chair and CEO of Peebles Corporation, shared his expert insights into the current state of the housing and commercial real estate markets during a recent interview.

Housing Market Dynamics:
Peebles highlighted a noticeable shift in the housing market. Despite a rise in new mortgage demands and an increase in single and multifamily housing starts, the market remains supply-constrained. This limitation in supply continues to drive up prices in most major metropolitan areas across the United States. Peebles noted that 93% of the top 50 metropolitan markets are seeing price increases in both rents and home prices.

However, specific regions like Florida, which has seen significant price appreciation since 2018, are starting to experience a pullback. This moderation is a natural consequence of the rapid price increases over the past few years. Despite this, the overall housing market remains robust due to the persistent supply constraints and high demand.

Challenges in Commercial Real Estate:
Turning to the commercial real estate sector, Peebles pointed out the challenges posed by the lending environment. Regional and local banks, which have significant exposure to commercial office buildings, are facing difficulties as many of these properties are struggling, particularly in major markets. The pandemic has exacerbated these issues, leading to a cautious approach from banks regarding new loans.

At 2:34 in this video, Miami, along with Boston, San Francisco, and Charlotte, is displayed among a list of  “cities of opportunity.”

Opportunities in Private Credit:
Amid these challenges, Peebles identified private credit as a significant opportunity in the commercial real estate market. Since regulatory changes discouraged banks from making high-volatility commercial real estate loans, private credit has stepped in to fill the gap. With banks now hesitant to issue new loans due to rising interest rates, private credit lenders can capitalize on the opportunity to secure high-quality loans without facing as much competition.

Peebles explained that private credit underwriting is more individualized compared to the formulaic approach of banks, allowing for better decision-making and potentially more secure investments. This adaptability and focused approach make private credit a promising avenue in the current market environment.

Regional Market Insights:
Peebles highlighted specific markets such as Boston and the Bay Area as having significant opportunities due to their supply-constrained nature. These regions, known for their high demand and limited supply, continue to perform well. He also mentioned that despite the general trend of a cooling market, some areas still offer attractive investment opportunities due to their unique supply and demand dynamics.

Future Outlook:
Looking ahead, Peebles provided a cautionary outlook for the commercial real estate market. He described the current situation as a “calm before the storm,” with many local and regional banks holding substantial commercial real estate loans that have not yet faced foreclosure actions. As these foreclosures begin to increase, there could be a ripple effect leading to job declines and significant losses in the commercial banking sector by 2025.

Conclusion:
Don Peebles’ insights offer a nuanced perspective on the housing and commercial real estate markets. While the housing market shows signs of cooling, it remains resilient due to supply constraints. In contrast, the commercial real estate sector faces significant challenges, but opportunities in private credit offer a silver lining. Investors and stakeholders should prepare for potential turbulence ahead, especially in the commercial sector, while remaining vigilant for emerging opportunities.

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May 17, 2024

Video: Rooftop Cinema Club Founder and CEO Gerry Cottle, Head of Real Estate Aly Dean on Creating New Revenue Streams from Underutilized CRE Space

Video: Exploring Rooftop Cinema Club; A Unique Fusion of Film and Real Estate

The recent episode of “America’s Commercial Real Estate Show” delved into an innovative concept transforming underutilized urban spaces: Rooftop Cinema Club. This conversation, featuring Gerry Cottle, the founder and CEO, and Aly Dean, the head of real estate development at Rooftop Cinema Club, highlighted the unique blend of cinema and real estate that this company offers.

The Concept: A Cinematic Experience in the Sky

Rooftop Cinema Club began in London in 2011, providing an open-air film experience that quickly gained popularity despite the unpredictable weather. The concept was simple yet novel: classic and contemporary films are shown on rooftops, enhanced by stunning city views and a social atmosphere. By 2015, the concept was brought to the U.S., starting in New York and quickly expanding to cities like Hollywood, San Diego, Houston, and Miami.

Versatility in Venues

One of the standout features of Rooftop Cinema Club is its flexibility regarding venue locations. The company is not tied to a specific type of rooftop. Instead, it can adapt to various structures, including hotels, office buildings, parking decks, and even tennis courts. The primary requirement is a good view, which enhances the overall experience for the audience. This adaptability allows the company to repurpose underutilized spaces, turning them into vibrant social hubs.

Partnership with Property Owners

For property owners, Rooftop Cinema Club offers a unique opportunity to monetize unused spaces. The company typically enters into long-term leases, viewing these partnerships as mutually beneficial. Property owners gain a unique amenity that attracts visitors and tenants, while Rooftop Cinema Club secures a location for their events. The setup process involves some tenant improvements, often shared between the property owner and Rooftop Cinema Club, including structural reinforcements and utility installations.

Creating a Social Cinema Experience

Rooftop Cinema Club differentiates itself from traditional cinemas by offering more than just a movie. It’s an entire evening out, complete with delicious food, crafted cocktails, and a social environment where attendees can play games and engage in conversations before the movie starts. This “social cinema” approach transforms a simple film screening into a memorable event, appealing to a broad audience, from families to date-night couples.

Technological Adaptations

A unique aspect of the Rooftop Cinema Club experience is the use of wireless headphones. This innovation stemmed from a need to avoid disturbing nearby residents and has since become a signature feature. The headphones not only provide high-quality sound but also eliminate common cinema distractions, such as rustling snack bags and talking patrons.

Programming and Audience Engagement

The film selection at Rooftop Cinema Club is diverse, ranging from beloved classics to recent releases. Audience engagement is also a priority, with opportunities for attendees to vote on movie choices. The company supports various film genres, including women in film and black cinema, ensuring a broad and inclusive program. Last year, they showcased 400 movies, emphasizing their dedication to providing diverse and engaging content.

Economic and Marketing Impact

The presence of Rooftop Cinema Club can significantly boost local economies. By attracting hundreds of visitors, often on traditionally quiet nights, they bring new business to surrounding restaurants and bars. Moreover, the visually appealing setup of the cinema is a magnet for social media influencers, providing valuable marketing exposure for both the cinema and its host location.

Future Expansion

Rooftop Cinema Club plans to continue expanding, with a goal of opening 20 more venues across the U.S. in the next four years. This ambitious growth plan underscores the company’s confidence in its unique concept and the demand for innovative entertainment experiences.

Conclusion

Rooftop Cinema Club is a prime example of how creativity and strategic partnerships can revitalize underutilized urban spaces. By offering a unique blend of high-quality cinema, social interaction, and stunning views, it has carved out a niche in the entertainment and real estate markets. For property owners looking to enhance their assets and communities seeking new entertainment options, Rooftop Cinema Club presents a compelling opportunity. As they continue to expand, more cities and property owners will likely find themselves eager to join this cinematic journey in the sky.

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May 16, 2024