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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 April 7, 2021: Hialeah Industrial Properties Sell for $50 Mil, Acre at Worldcenter for $20 Million; Inflation Expectations Rising; More…

Codina Partners’ plan for Coral Gables rental tower advances with three-way property swap

Codina Partners’ plan for a high-end rental tower in Coral Gables is a step closer… As part of the three-way trade, Codina Partners bought a 1.3-acre development site… bought Coral Gables’ former police building at 2801 Salzedo Street from the city for $16.7 million… had given the city land for its new police department headquarters at 2151 Salzedo Street.

Terreno Realty pays $50 million for two buildings at FECI’s Hialeah industrial complex

Terreno Realty Corp. paid $50 million for two recently completed industrial buildings at Countyline Corporate Park in Hialeah. San Francisco-based Terreno Realty, a publicly traded industrial real estate investor, bought the properties at 4021 and 4071 West 108 Street from affiliates of Florida East Coast Industries, records show. The buildings total 274,000 square feet…

Miami Worldcenter developer sells 1-acre lot to Abbhi Capital, doubling its site

Miami Worldcenter Associates sold another piece of the mega-project to Coral Gables investment firm Abbhi Capital. Abbhi paid $20 million for the 1-acre development site between Northeast 10th and 11th streets along Northeast First Avenue, according to a press release. It’s zoned for nearly 850 residential units and 1.2 million square feet…

Chart: TIPS Spread Indicating Highest Inflation Expectations in 13 Years

The TIPS spread, United States Treasury bond yields less Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) yields, for the 5 years ending April 2, 2021. The TIPS spread is the difference in the yields between United States Treasury bonds and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS). It is a useful and oft-quoted measure of expectations for (CPI) inflation in the financial…

The Fed: Is Inflation Making a Comeback?

The average price level dropped sharply during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and has gradually recovered since then. As a result, annual inflation has remained low: The 12-month change in the personal consumption expenditure (PCE) price index reached 0.5% in April 2020, its smallest increase that year. Core PCE inflation (which excludes food…

Florida lawmakers look to restrict impact fees

Amid a booming real-estate market in many areas, state lawmakers are moving forward with proposals that would place additional restrictions on impact fees that cities, counties and school boards say are needed to help keep up with growth. House and Senate committees Wednesday approved bills that include putting limits on impact-fee increases and defining…

Bank OZK Provides $64.8 Million Construction Loan for Natura Gardens Apartments in Miami

Bank OZK has provided $64.8 million in construction financing to Terra and New Valley, the development partners of Natura Gardens, a multifamily community in Miami. The loan will fund the ongoing construction of the 23-acre community, which will encompass 460 garden-style apartments across 12 three-story residential buildings. The development broke ground…

TM Real Estate sells Miami Gardens office park for $15 million

TM Real Estate Group sold the Lincoln Square office complex in Miami Gardens for $15.35 million. Coconut Grove-based TM Real Estate sold the office park at 18405 Northwest Second Avenue to Preminger Investments, according to a news release. The buyer assumed an $11.5 million CMBS loan on the property with a fixed interest rate of 4.9 percent and about…

$15.4 Million Sale of Lincoln Square Office Complex in Metro Miami Arranged

Aztec Group Inc., a real estate investment and merchant banking firm, has arranged the $15.4 million sale of Lincoln Square, a 116,560-square-foot suburban office complex located at 18405 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami Gardens. Peter Mekras and Brell Tarich of Aztec Group led the transaction. Miami-based TM Real Estate Group ran a marketing process to sell the…

Opportunity Zone investors pour in ahead of key deadlines

This is a critical year for Opportunity Zone investors. Real estate developers, property owners and funds have until the end of December to take full advantage of the federal tax-break program, but have also benefited from a Covid-related deadline extension. Though the coronavirus briefly paused Opportunity Zone investment nationwide, backers…

These US real estate titans made Forbes’ 2021 billionaires list

The world minted new billionaires at a rate of one every 17 hours in 2020 — and some of those came from the real estate industry. Zillow co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink, eXp World Holdings founder Glenn Sanford and his wife Penny, and Florida home-builder Patrick Zalupski were among the real estate industry’s newest entrants into the ranks of the uber…

Foreclosures and evictions could be halted for rest of 2021

An onslaught of home foreclosures and evictions could be forestalled for another year. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking at restrictions on mortgage servicers that would prevent struggling homeowners from going straight into foreclosure. The agency has proposed a measure to stop mortgage servicers from proceeding with…

Office landlords offer discounts to lock in leases

Office landlords in New York, Chicago and San Francisco could be taking a hit in the next few years even if some companies lock in long-term leases. More companies are keeping their offices, but are downsizing those spaces to allow employees to work remotely part-time, according to data from VTS, first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The analysis shows that…

Miami-Dade seeks federal funding for Northeast commuter rail line

Background work for a planned commuter rail linking Miami to Aventura is underway, as Miami-Dade applied last month for federal funding for the project and is in talks with operator Brightline to run the route. If all goes according to schedule, construction of what is known as the Northeast Corridor will be done in 2024, according to Luis Espinoza, spokesman…

State finishes six-year, $260 million Krome Avenue upgrade

After more than six years of non-stop construction to enhance Miami-Dade’s westernmost thoroughfare, the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) $260 million Krome Avenue improvement program is finished. FDOT on Friday announced completion of the 11th and final project in the program, which began in February 2015. The projects…

David Martin: Leads Terra to develop projects based on community needs

David Martin wants to build better neighborhoods. His firm, Terra, has developed more than 5 million square feet of residential, commercial and mixed-use projects. Another 3 million or so square feet are on the way, adding up to more than $8 billion portfolio of assets. In the 20 years since he co-founded Terra with his father, Pedro Martin, the company’s aim…

Miami Industrial Real Estate Quarterly Market Report Released: 1st Quarter 2021

The Miami industrial market’s Q1 vacancy rate was 4.6% at the close of the quarter with a $13.16 per sq. ft. average (gross) lease rate. Industrial vacancies are for Miami warehouses are back below the National Index rate after climbing higher in 2020 for the first time in 20 years. Deliveries have totaled 4.7 million sq. ft. over the past 12 months. After trending…

Terra scores $65 million loan for Northwest Miami-Dade project

Terra is moving forward with its multifamily project in northwest Miami-Dade County, near the planned American Dream Miami mega-mall. Terra and New Valley secured a $64.8 million construction loan from Little Rock, Arkansas-based Bank OZK for Natura Gardens, a 460-unit development planned for a 23-acre site along Northwest 170 Street between…

Miami’s Real Estate Boom: Too Good To Be True?

Every Monday, Mirielle Enlow, executive vice president of operations for Keller Williams in Miami Beach, gathers her top real estate agents for a meeting that she calls the Millionaire Mega-Agent Mastermind. With South Florida now experiencing a well-publicized real estate boom characterized by top-dollar prices and fierce competition for homes, you might expect…

Amol Sarva trashes Newmark after ouster from Knotel

Knotel co-founder Amol Sarva took some shots at its new owner, Newmark, on his way out the door of the flex office company he ran into the ground. In a blistering email Friday evening, Sarva accused the brokerage of using the bankruptcy process to take over the once high-flying Knotel and damaging the company’s relationships. In months leading up to…

Peebles accuses former associate of “anonymous and malicious” smear campaign

Don Peebles is accusing one of his rivals of running a covert smear campaign against him. The Peebles Corporation head claims that former business associate Daniel Hoeg used untraceable Russian servers to send anonymous, defamatory emails to public officials who were reviewing Peebles’ real estate projects, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in…

Big Tech firms led office leasing in 2020

Big Tech keeps getting bigger, and the office footprint of the companies in the sector is keeping pace. Tech firms leased more office space than any other industry last year, according to CBRE’s latest TechInsights report. In total, the tech sector took about 26 million square feet in 2020, which accounted for 17 percent of total office leases. Tech has dominated…

Construction, leisure & hospitality jobs rebounded in March

The leisure and hospitality industry bounced back in March, adding 280,000 jobs to the economy as hotels, restaurants and bars continued to reopen across the country. Bars and restaurants saw the majority of job gains last month, as 175,000 individuals were brought back to work, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hotels added…

Visualizing the CRE Market Timer’s Thought Process

These probability distribution charts are the topic of this article. The first is a normal distribution of returns using a combination of a cap rate of 5% and rent growth of 2% (and assuming an unchanged cap rate a year later) further assuming an annualized standard deviation of returns of 6.5%. The second is how some market participants feel this is in reality now…

Openings From Carbone to Moxy Hotel Enliven the Miami Scene

Things were looking grim last year, when Miami’s hospitality industry took an estimated $3.4 billion hit from March to August 2020, according to a recent study. Fast forward to March 2021, when the city’s hotel occupancy rate hit 80.7 percent, according to data from STR, with many Miami Beach hotels reporting sold-out weekends — and Miami was back as one of…

Video: GSU’s Jon Wiley, PhD and Lynn Mckee on Opportunity Zones and the Office Market

Jon Wiley, PhD, Professor at J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University, and Lynn Mckee, Lecturing Professor at the J. Mack Robinson School or Business at Georgia State University and Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Banker at SunTrust Bank, appear on America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss opportunity zones…

New York Taqueria Tacombi Comes to Miami

Yet another Big Apple institution is coming to South Florida. Tacombi, the popular New York-based taqueria chain, will open two branches in Miami this year. One location is slated to open in October by Lincoln Road, the popular shopping street in South Beach, according to information from the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District. Tacombi has signed up…

Q&A With Yair Levy, Developer Of Miami’s Time Century Jewelry Center

Yair Levy, founder of Time Century Holdings, is the developer behind the Time Century Jewelry Center, a planned epicenter for Miami’s jewelry and diamond trade that will command an entire square block when it opens in mid-2022. Levy is sinking $50 million into the renovation of a lackluster shopping mall in downtown Miami to create his 225,000-square-foot…

Cold Storage’s Explosive Growth Hasn’t Removed Its Risk

The growth in the cold storage sector of industrial real estate over the past 12 months has been simply staggering. Average rent for U.S. cold storage space increased about 15% from the first quarter through the end of last year, CoStar Group reports. Since 2017, rent in the sector has grown by 29%, easily outpacing the still-impressive 21% growth in industrial…

Construction spending fell slightly in February

Thanks to bad weather and pricier materials, construction spending fell slightly last month — though it’s still higher than it was last year. National construction spending dropped 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted estimated rate of $1.516 trillion in February, according to the Census Bureau’s monthly report. In January, spending hit a record rate of…

Wynwood Norte plan aims to spur new affordable housing development

A city of Miami zoning overhaul of a traditionally single-family neighborhood just north of Wynwood is largely aimed at enticing affordable housing development in the area. The Miami City Commission last week unanimously approved the Wynwood Norte Neighborhood Revitalization District, a zoning overlay that proponents claim will…

Canadian investor scoops up Hallandale Beach office building for $17M

A Canadian real estate investor expanding its holdings into South Florida bought a Hallandale Beach office building for $16.5 million. Soliman Corporation, based in Montreal, purchased the 1250 Building from Murray Family Associates, an affiliate of Hallandale Beach-based real estate firm KEI Properties, the buyer said. It’s roughly 80 percent occupied.

CubeSmart buys Weston self-storage for nearly $12M

CubeSmart scooped up a Weston self-storage facility for $11.5 million. The Malvern, Pennsylvania-based company bought the building at 1500 North Park Drive from an affiliate of South Florida real estate investor Leo Ghitis, according to a deed. The 93,182-square-foot storage facility was built in 1991 on 6 acres, property records show. Ghitis, through 1500…

Publix pays $10 million for site of new Fort Lauderdale supermarket

Publix is advancing its plan for a new store in Fort Lauderdale’s Lauderdale Beach neighborhood, buying the development site for $10 million. Deed records show Publix bought 1.4 acres of mostly parking lots and an existing retail building at 2985 North Ocean Boulevard in two separate purchases. In one deal, Publix bought 0.9 acres consisting of two adjacent parking…

Intalex Capital buys Plantation office park for $15M

Intalex Capital bought a Plantation office complex, Executive Court at Jacaranda, for $15 million. Fort Lauderdale-based Intalex Capital, through an affiliate, bought the offices at 7800-8040 Peters Road from Executive Properties, according to a deed. Intalex took out an $11.2 million loan from Pacific National Bank to finance the purchase. Property records show…

Kushner’s Proposed 1M SF Industrial Project in Palm Beach County Could Impact Florida Agricultural Reserve

Palm Beach County, Florida, commissioners in 1980 set aside 21,000 acres in the western part of the county as an agricultural preserve for farmland, wetlands, water resources and open space. Now, New York-based Kushner Cos. intends to build a massive, 1M SF industrial warehouse on 51 acres that had long been the site of a plant nursery. To proceed, Kushner would…

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April 7, 2021

Chart: TIPS Spread Indicating Highest Inflation Expectations in 13 Years

The TIPS spread, United States Treasury bond yields less Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) yields, for the 5 years ending April 2, 2021.

The TIPS spread is the difference in the yields between United States Treasury bonds and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS). It is a useful and oft-quoted measure of expectations for (CPI) inflation in the financial markets. The spread indicates expected inflation.

Real money is buying these bonds. TIPS pay interest every six months, based on a fixed rate that is calculated by multiplying the adjusted principal by one-half the calculated interest rate (i.e. half a year’s worth of inflation at that rate). Thus, a “bet” that an investor makes in with these bonds has real financial implications.

As one can see in this chart, this spread has been on a somewhat rapid and steep ascent since its pandemic related plummet in early 2020. It has not reached its highest level in the 5 year period on this chart. In fact, if one looks back farther, it is at the highest level it has been since July 2008, nearly 13 years prior. That is a concern, but even more of a concern is whether the end of this ascent might be a ways up from here.

Alert level? Yellow.

Watch this.

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April 6, 2021

Visualizing the CRE Market Timer’s Thought Process

These probability distribution charts are the topic of this article. The first is a normal distribution of returns using a combination of a cap rate of 5% and rent growth of 2% (and assuming an unchanged cap rate a year later) further assuming an annualized standard deviation of returns of 6.5%. The second is how some market participants feel this is in reality now, capped by an environment that doesn’t leave much room for improvement. I’ll return to these further down the post.

First, allow me to do a bit of groundwork.

The returns for commercial real estate are affected by multiple factors. First is the earnings of the property in the form of net operating income (NOI). That is money in the bank (well, assuming rent is paid). Rent growth adds to this in the form on additional money-in-the-bank rental income, but also in terms of increased value. Over time, a property can generally be expected to move in line with its rent growth, plus or minus what follows. If a cap rate is unchanged, value moves up exactly in line with NOI growth.

Changes in vacancy rates, or perhaps more accurately changes in assumed vacancy rates, affect NOI disproportionately as not only is rent lost but expense coverage is also lost. For example, if one assumes a building has expenses equal to 35% of gross potential rent, a 5% increase in assumed vacancy from 3% to 8% will decrease that property’s NOI 1.6X as much as the increase in vacancy, like this:

This tends to come into play for all properties. Even a fully leased building with a long-term tenant or tenants should have a vacancy assumption as tenants eventually leave and (sorry to say it aloud) some tenants fail. What assumption is used is a function of what is going on in the markets, thus higher market vacancies will tend to result in higher assumptions for any property.

Then there is the market capitalization rate, commonly referred to as the cap rate. This is the percentage of return buyers demand from earnings (NOI), i.e. NOI / price. Overall market cap rates are affected by a number of things, but the most notable are interest rates and rent growth.

Interest rates affect cap rates as a competing asset class and also by driving demand for property. Commercial real estate does not have only bond like characteristics, however, thus the cap rate does not move exactly in lockstep with interest rates. Over time, cap rates tend to move in line with real interest rates (interest rate less inflation), as cap rates are essentially the real interest rate plus a spread, that of commercial property to some real rate benchmark, generally that of the 10-year US Treasury. on a 1 to 1 basis. In practical terms, over time, this results in cap rates tracking interest rates by about a third. The cap rate to real rate spread moves up and down, but over time is lost in its general trend of tracking real rates.

Rent growth also affects the market cap rate as the more you expect earnings to grow over time the less you are willing to accept now. Miami has experienced and is commonly expected to continue to experience higher rent growth than many markets, and thus has a lower cap rate (i.e. a higher ratio of price to income) than other markets. This growth rate to cap rate relationship tends to be vaguely generalized, but I’d suggest the ratio is about -50%, that for every 1% increase in rent grwoth assumed the cap rate is roughly 0.5% less. If you want to dig deeper into that, I took some time to back that up with some mathematical rationale in a prior post; Quantifying the Effect of Rent Growth Assumptions on Commercial Real Estate Cap Rates. Be warned, there is an Ambien effect.

All this leads to the Goldilocks scenario some believe commercial real estate is in. In order for returns in excess of NOI and rent growth, there needs to be a decline in interest rates either from a decline in rates, an increase in rent growth assumptions, or a decrease in the spread of cap rates to interest rates, or a decline in vacancy rates. Interest rates seem unlikely to go much lower, rent growth seems unlikely to be even stronger, and buildings can’t be more full than full, thus it seems like the return boost possibilities are fairly well all tapped out. The spread of cap rates to interest rates can move, but it does when it does, and there seems no reason to anticipate a move either way, thus I’ll set that one aside. I would also note that buildings can’t get more full than full, but when they want to, rents go up, thus there may be room for rent growth increases. Regardless, on balance, many suggest that the variables that can really push returns are fairly well tapped out. Given this, there is an exchange of ownership underway from those with an inclination toward market timing to carry traders, investors that buy to capture the spread between NOI and interest rates.

Now, to return to the chart at the top, the probability distribution charts. The top one uses 7%, the sum of an assumed market cap rate of 5% and assumed market rent growth of 2%, as a mean return, then plots a normal distribution of possible annual returns using a standard deviation of 6.5%. That SD is more addressed in a paper by S&P Down Indices and another by a trio of University of North Carolina and Indiana University professors. From these, I settled on 6.5%, but I could have chosen a bit higher or lower.

The second chart is this same distribution with some capping math applied as one exceeds the mean return. This is not to show some set of true probabilities, but to graphically note what some investors perceive as the range of possibilities in the current environment. This is how a trading type commonly views trades, that probabilities can be skewed in certain situations putting the odds of taking some position in the trader’s favor. But for that, traders would not trade. I can tell you from conversations with some commercial real estate buyers that some see the current environment as much more left/negative leaning than this. However, not a small number have been saying this for years, if not decades. It may be that they’re eventually right, but it also might only be that eventually reality steps two sigma in the direction of their prediction.

Back in my Wall Street days, a fellow Financial Advisor in my office once commented how much money he had seen lost by people trying to avoid the next bear market. Somewhat contrary that comment is the reply by Bernard Baruch when asked what was the key to his trading success; “I buy my straw hats in the winter time.” What’s the answer? What will actually happen? To “answer” that, I’ll tap into the superseding wisdom of baseball legend and and everyman philosopher Yogi Berra; “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

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April 1, 2021

Video: GSU’s Jon Wiley, PhD and Lynn Mckee on Opportunity Zones and the Office Market

Jon Wiley, PhD, Professor at J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University, and Lynn Mckee, Lecturing Professor at the J. Mack Robinson School or Business at Georgia State University and Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Banker at SunTrust Bank, appear on America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss opportunity zones and how the office market is changing in a post-COVID world. Discussed are effects on opportunity zone values; they note buyers seem best served to concentrate on areas that already have an upward trajectory. They also go on to discuss office properties and what the post-COVID future may be for them, declaring their belief that reality will turn out not to be the best case or worst case scenario, but somewhere in between. These are analytic types that are clearly looking for answers in the data but also are trying to get ahead of the data given that the situation is currently so fluid.

April 1, 2021

Miami Commercial Real Estate News March 31, 2021: Miami Beach’s Tallest to Break Ground; City Furniture Leases 287k sf Industrial; More…

City Furniture leases Miami Gardens distribution center

City Furniture leased a nearly 287,000-square-foot building at Bridge Point Commerce Center in Miami Gardens, another deal marking the strength of South Florida’s industrial market. The Fort Lauderdale-based furniture retailer led by founder Keith Koenig will open a distribution center at Bridge Development Partners’ under…

Bridge Development Lands New Tenant at Miami Industrial Park

CITY Furniture has committed to a 286,991-square-foot, full-building lease at Bridge Point Commerce Center in Miami Gardens, Fla. The agreement brings Bridge Development Partners’ 1.1 million-square-foot, three-building Phase I to 80 percent occupancy. Delivered in two separate phases, with final completion set for early 2023, Bridge Point Commerce Center…

Two Large-Scale Residential Developments Underway in Metro Miami for Combined $695M

Just outside Miami, two large-scale residential developments are underway totaling $695 million. The projects include the Five Park high-rise in Miami Beach and Plantation Walk in Plantation. Five Park. A joint venture between Terra, GFO Investments and New Valley is preparing to break ground on Five Park, a $345 million residential tower located at 500…

4 Industrial Tenants Ink More Than 293K SF of Deals in Miami-Dade

A quartet of industrial leases totaling 293,278 square feet have been inked in Miami-Dade County, with tenants ranging from Crane Worldwide Logistics to PGT Industries, according to information from Cushman & Wakefield. Crane Worldwide signed a six-year lease for 121,656 square feet at Crossroads West, located at 10901 NW 146th Street along the Florida…

SoLé Mia in North Miami scores $32M multifamily construction loan

The multifamily and retail SoLé Mia project in North Miami has secured a $32 million construction loan for its second rental community. Development duo Turnberry Associates, led by Jackie Soffer, and the LeFrak Organization, led by Richard LeFrak, secured the financing through affiliate SM Parcel A, a mortgage…

SALT shakeup: Democrats pressure Biden to repeal tax cap

As President Joe Biden unveils a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal this week, House Democrats are calling on him to repeal the Trump-era limit on state and local tax deductions, or SALT. Rep. Tom Suozzi, who represents parts of Queens and Long Island, along with Reps. Mikie Sherrill, Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell of New Jersey, have publicly…

Cofe Properties sells Pinecrest office-retail plaza for $32M

Cofe Properties sold an office-retail plaza in Pinecrest for $32 million, the same price the investment firm paid for the property six years ago. Property records show an affiliate of Miami-based Orion Real Estate Group bought Pinecrest Town Center at 12651 South Dixie Highway from Cofe’s Cofe Town Center. Coral Gables-based Cofe Properties bought Pinecrest…

Watch: Gil Dezer on guerrilla marketing and working with Donald Trump

For this month’s The Closing, The Real Deal sat down with Gil Dezer, the head of Dezer Development and one of the most active real estate players in South Florida. The family-run firm, which was started in 1970 by Dezer’s father, Michael, is behind flashy projects such as the Porsche Design Tower and Residences by Armani/Casa. The elder Dezer influenced his son’s…

What distress? Dry powder piles up with few discounts in sight

After raising billions of dollars to spend on commercial real estate, distress investors are having a difficult time spending it. Despite projections of massive discounts in real estate prices, few have arisen. Banks have yet to write down loans and commercial property owners have had little incentive to sell. These factors, along with generous stimulus packages…

Miami-Dade regains 21,600 jobs in one-month recovery climb

Miami-Dade gained 21,600 workers on payrolls from January to February, unemployment ticked down and every sector but one added jobs as Covid-19 vaccination broadened. Nonetheless, every sector continued to show a decline from February 2020, the last normal month in the state before the pandemic hit in March. Figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics…

Work to begin on Miami Beach’s tallest building

Terra, GFO Investments and New Valley plan to break ground this month on Five Park, a 48-story, roughly 280-unit tower at 500 Alton Road that will become the tallest building in Miami Beach at 519 feet upon completion in 2023. Construction will be made possible by the largest residential construction loan in South Florida to be funded since the pandemic struck…

Bidding nears for private developers of taller Government Center

Miami-Dade is seeking one more round of public input before requesting a first round of bids from private builders to redevelop downtown Miami’s Government Center area into a taller, denser and more pedestrian-friendly metropolitan neighborhood. The goal, said Eileen Higgins, the county commissioner leading the effort, is to begin preliminary processes this…

Limited-capacity movie theaters fill, add programming

With social distanced automatic seating and ticketing protocols for each showing, several local theaters are reporting uptake of audiences, filling up showings at limited capacity. Still under strict safety regulations, movie theaters throughout Miami-Dade are seeing an increase of moviegoers, who are feeling safer and more confident as the Covid-19 vaccinations…

What Can We Expect From Retail in 2021?

Retail had a turbulent and uneven ride during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a broad recovery should follow once most Americans receive a vaccination. It goes without saying that 2020 was an incredibly challenging year for many brick-and-mortar retailers as pandemic-related restrictions made turning a profit an uphill battle. Although recovery likely won’t be…

Subleases up 40% across US as companies ditch space

JPMorgan Chase, Salesforce and PricewaterhouseCoopers are among a growing number of firms looking to sublease space as the demand for traditional offices diminishes. About 137 million square feet of office space was up for sublease across the U.S. at the end of last year, according to CBRE Group, the Wall Street Journal reported. That represents a 40 percent…

“There will be blood:” VTS’ Nick Romito on why landlords must embrace data

In this installment of the REInterview, TRD’s Hiten Samtani sat down with founder and CEO of VTS Nick Romito. He noted the office sector’s reputation as a steady, stable, unsexy source of income, and explained how all that could change. VTS began as a video-tour company (literally “View the Space”) and is now a cloud-based leasing and portfolio management…

Founders Fund, Atomic and OpenStore ink long-term leases in Wynwood

Is Big Tech here to stay? Venture capital firms Founders Fund and Atomic and e-commerce company OpenStore signed leases for more than 22,000 square feet in Wynwood, while SoftBank and Microsoft are reportedly looking to expand their presence in Miami. Silicon Valley’s Founders Fund, which took a temporary space in Brickell earlier this year, is leasing…

RedSky, JZ sell Wynwood Block at a loss for $24M

RedSky Capital and JZ Capital Partners sold the Wynwood Block retail building at a loss, as they have been offloading their Miami portfolio in recent months. The joint venture sold the one-story retail building at 2621 Northwest Second Avenue to Wynwood Block Realty, led by Joseph Cohen, for $24.2 million. The buyer took out a $12.2 million mortgage on the…

SoftBank Seeks More Miami Space as City’s Tech Industry Expands

SoftBank Group Corp. is looking for a big block of expansion space in Miami in the latest sign that this city’s tech sector is flexing its muscles. The Tokyo-based company, one of the world’s largest tech investors, is searching for as much as 100,000 square feet of space, according to executives in the real-estate and technology industries. A SoftBank spokeswoman confirmed…

Melo Group Breaks Ground on 57-Story Downtown 1st Apartment Tower in Miami

Melo Group has started construction of Downtown 1st, a transit-oriented multifamily development at 22 SW 1st Street in Miami’s central business district (CBD). The 57-story tower will include 560 market-rate apartments, 10,000 square feet of office space and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Completion is slated for 2022. Downtown 1st will include…

Melo Group Breaking Ground On 57-Story Downtown Miami Tower

One of Miami’s busiest developers, Melo Group, has launched construction of Downtown 1st, a transit-oriented development at 22 SW 1st Street in downtown Miami’s central business district. The development comes as Miami’s once-dead downtown is going through a boom. A Brookings report from last year found that Miami’s downtown population decreased…

AquaBlue sells Miami Beach apartment complex for $10M

An apartment complex in Miami Beach sold for $10.4 million, slightly less than its asking price of $13.9 million…. AquaBlue Group, led by Philippe Harari, sold the 30-unit property, called Greenview Courtyard, to an entity led by the Dasilva family. The deal equates to $346,667 a unit. The three buildings span just over a half- acre at 2021, 2025 and 2031 Meridian Ave

Natixis Lends $177M on Blackstone’s MiamiCentral Office Towers Buy

Blackstone Real Estate tapped the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) market for its recent acquisition of two office towers in Downtown Miami, Commercial Observer has learned. Natixis was the lender in the deal, providing a $177 million loan. Shorenstein Properties sold the two recently built, Class A office buildings, 2 & 3 MiamiCentral, to funds…

Miami Heat’s Arena Will Be Renamed After Cryptocurrency Exchange In $135M Deal

The FTX cryptocurrency exchange intends to buy the naming rights for the NBA’s Miami Heat’s arena for $135M, the Miami Herald reported Friday. The downtown Miami venue is called the American Airlines Arena, often referred to as the Triple A. An agreement with Miami-Dade County would last 19 years. In a complex deal, the county would take in $8.2M…

CDC extends national eviction ban through June

A few days before its expiration, the national eviction ban was extended for another three months. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday it will continue the moratorium through June. “Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to…

South Florida by the numbers: Here comes the money

“South Florida by the numbers” is a web feature that catalogs the most notable, quirky and surprising real estate statistics. While Miami continues to reshape itself as the new global hub for technology and finance, it appears the latter industry has taken the lead in terms of decision makers choosing to live here — perhaps for the long term. In the past two…

Q&A With Akerman’s Neisen Kasdin, former Miami Beach Mayor, on Miami’s Rising Star

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Quantifying the Effect of Rent Growth Assumptions on Commercial Real Estate Cap Rates

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March 31, 2021

Quantifying the Effect of Rent Growth Assumptions on Commercial Real Estate Cap Rates

When considering changes or potential changes in commercial real estate capitalization rates (cap rates), market participants tend to most commonly think of interest rates. However, rent growth assumptions also affect cap rates as the more one expect earnings to grow over time the less return an investor is willing to accept now. This is just like growth stocks in the financial markets, the higher a growth ratio the higher the PE (and thus the lower the earnings yield, a calculation for companies essentially equivalent to a cap rate). I know this intuitively, and commonly mention it to commercial real estate investors coming from other markets with lower assumed and historical rent growth; “cap rates are lower here as rent growth assumptions are higher.” I find it is generally not discussed – almost never, actually – by most market participants, but one can nonetheless see such effects in pricing. In writing this article I’m taking my first stab at quantifying the math of it. Here goes.

In the above I’m attempting to quantify a ratio is between rent growth and cap rates. I’ve done this by calculating how much lower a price would need to be assuming 0% rent growth (scenario C) to have the same IRR as if the rent growth rate was 2% for a purchase made at a 5% cap rate. Then, the implied cap rate for the lowered price (scenario C priced lowered to match IRR of scenario A) at purchase is calculated, then the difference in these two cap rates, then the ratio between the difference in rent growth (2%) and this cap rate differential (1.35%). This arrives at a ratio of -68.51%. In other words, according to this calculation, for every 1% change in rent growth assumption, the cap rate should decrease by .69%.

Let me say this ratio is bogus, then add that it is not. First, I’ve never seen this calculation done in practice, thus it seemingly isn’t actively considered, though the effects surely come into play for more sophisticated buyers doing long-term projections. Second, there are numbers of variables that could affect this. Taxes and their effects on investor decisions are ignored in the above, as are transaction costs. Plus, there is nothing magic about the twenty years I’ve chosen above. Change this to a shorter or longer period and everything moves. Finally, improved real estate over a long period of time tends to depreciate to land value, which is evidenced incrementally as cap rates steadily increase as a property ages (and drops in class). That effect is ignored in this. Thus, this is somewhat bogus. However, it isn’t in that it is a calculated measure of the effect on IRR of rent growth, and the adjustments necessary to make returns in the form of IRR equivalent and the resultant affect on cap rates as a ratio of rent growth. What I want to illustrate is not an exact effect, but that there is an effect and that it is not inconsequential. It is not the exact ratio that is valid, it is the general effect.

In practice, I would mark this ratio down to “something approaching half.” This not only serves to pull away some of the effects on IRR of rent growth that are noted in the prior paragraph, it also matches my personal observations as an active market participant. This exercise has provided me me with one calculated mathematical ratio, using a method, likely not nearly the most elegant, of surely many others. In the past, I’ve generally noted that rent growth rates in Miami tends to be assumed to be higher than many markets, and that drives down our cap rates. That is more than what most of my competitors would say, but still just a general approximation that, not adequately substantiated, likely tends to go ear to ear nonstop and out of a listener’s mind without registering. Now, having gone through this exercise, I’m comfortable tightening this general statement to something like: the longer term IRR calculations indicate that cap rates should drop by about half a point for every percent higher rent growth assumed. Much better. Love it.

Note: Do me a favor and check my math. This spreadsheet was put together quickly, thus there could be a formula error within. This wasn’t super complicated and the result was not out of line with what I would expect, thus I didn’t fine-tooth-comb review it. If you find an error in these calculations or with my logic in general, let me have it.

Any and all facts, statistics, financial information, specifications, and analysis provided are on a best efforts basis only, and should not be relied upon for making real estate or investment related decisions. Nothing in this post should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice.

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March 25, 2021

Miami Commercial Real Estate News March 24, 2021: Blackstone Snags MiamiCentral Buildings for $230 Million; Galbut’s NMB MXU Project Scores Approval; More…

Blackstone buys MiamiCentral office buildings for $230 million

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Blackstone Expands in Miami With $230 million Office Buy

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Related wins approval to develop high-rise condo project in Hollywood

Hollywood commissioners approved the Related Group’s proposal to develop a high-rise condominium and community center on city-owned beachfront land. Miami-based Related would rebuild the outdated Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center at 1301 South Ocean Drive, and develop a 30-story, 300-unit condo project on adjacent…

Fort Lauderdale shoots down $1B Bahia Mar condo project on public land

Fort Lauderdale shot down developer Jimmy Tate’s $1 billion Bahia Mar condominium project proposal, but left the door open for Tate to renegotiate his lease for the publicly owned waterfront property. Following Tate’s pitch for 651 condo units during a public meeting on Tuesday, it was clear he didn’t have the needed commission support…

Hollywood approves funding for apartment project with workforce units

Affiliated Development won city approval of its subsidized plan to develop The Tropic, an 18-story apartment building with rent-controlled “workforce” units in downtown Hollywood. The 208-unit, mixed-income apartment building at 1744 and 1753 Federal Highway will have 50 percent of its units reserved for such middle-income tenants as police officers…

Triarch buys Dania Beach industrial property for $10M

Triarch Capital Group bought a Dania Beach warehouse distribution property for $10.4 million, in a deal a broker says set a record price per square foot. Aventura-based Triarch Capital bought the two buildings at 950-952 and 940 Eller Drive as well as a next-door half-acre lot in an off-market deal, according to a press release. Records show the buildings…

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March 24, 2021

Chart: Miami-Dade Commercial Real Estate Sales February 2021

Miami MLS Number of Sales from March 2019 to February 2021 for a) Commercial, Industrial or b) Commercial, Business, Agricultural, or Industrial Vacant Land within Miami-Dade County, Florida

The chart in this post shows the number of closed sales of Miami-Dade commercial properties, including improved commercial property and vacant commercial land, that were recorded in the Miami MLS for the two years ending February 2021. One can see that February was a fairly normal sales month for Miami commercial real estate.

This is only for sales booked in the Miami Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This does not record all commercial property sales, but it records many. Given that it doesn’t record all sales it can’t be said to be perfectly representative of the asset class. Nevertheless, given that it is representative of commercial property sales that have also been so recorded in a prior period versus the current one, i.e. apples to apples, it should be fairly reliable for gauging change.

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March 19, 2021

Chart: Miami Commercial Real Estate Sales to List Price Ratio February 2021

January 2011 to February 2021 Sales to List Price Ratio for Commercial/Industrial Property within Miami-Dade County, Florida and Priced from $1 Million to $10 Million as Recorded in Miami MLS

The sales to list price ratio as reported by the Miami MLS for improved commercial real estate (MLS classification: commercial/industrial) within Miami-Dade county in Florida priced from $1 million to $10 million in January drifted lower to 90.3% from 94.1% the month prior. Though the lowest it has been since September of 2020, this percentage is about the middle of the pack when viewed over recent years.

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March 18, 2021

Miami Commercial Real Estate News March 17, 2021: Coconut Grove Residence Inn Sells; Kushner Breaks Ground on Wynwood Project; More…

Kushner starts construction on first South Florida development, scores $80M loan

Laurent Morali and Charles Kushner with a rendering of their Wynwood project Kushner Companies started construction on its first South Florida development with partner Block Capital Group. The developers are financing construction of their Wynwood project with a roughly $80 million loan from Axos Bank and Fortress. New York-based Kushner, founded…

Kushner Breaks Ground On First Florida Project – in Wynwood

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Interactive Map: Land Sales psf by Miami 21 Zoning Code

To really use this correctly, you’ll need to access this on Google Maps directly. First, read the following. This map was made by using publicly available sales, filtering out sales types that tend to result in errant data. Consequently, though the underlying data was systematically assembled, it is far from complete, and thus is not perfect. Also note that this is intended…

SH Hotels & Resorts to Open 62-Story Treehouse Hotel in Brickell District

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Yardi Releases Winter 2021 Miami Multifamily Report

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Edgewater Assemblage Site Fronting Biscayne Blvd Lists for $49.5M

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HFZ faces lawsuit, unpaid tax bill for Shore Club South Beach hotel

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Hulu unveils trailer for new WeWork documentary

“When you tell a 30-something male he’s Jesus Christ, he’s inclined to believe you.” That’s a line from the trailer for Hulu’s new crime-thrilleresque documentary on WeWork, set to hit the streaming service April 2. The two-and-a-half minute preview for “WeWork: Or The Making And Breaking Of A $47 Billion Unicorn” released Wednesday give…

Retail spending falls in February, but here come stimulus checks

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Citizens insurance seeks rate increase after adding 100K policies over last year

Florida’s state-backed insurer, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., is seeking a rate increase as it grapples with more than 100,000 new customers gained over the past year. Barry Gilway, Citizens’ president and CEO, said an increasing number of private insurers are not writing new policies or are restricting the types of properties they will cover, according to the…

Miami Beach Treehouse nightclub for sale — for cash or cryptocurrency

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Will This Miami Nightclub Be First U.S. CRE Sale In Bitcoin?

A Miami Beach nightclub called Treehouse at 323 23rd Street in South Beach is for sale, and the seller will accept Bitcoin as payment. If a Bitcoin buyer emerges, it could be the first U.S. commercial real estate transaction using cryptocurrency, according to.. “He’ll do part Bitcoin, full Bitcoin. He’ll hold paper. He’ll do a lease with an option. He would probably entertain…”

Bitcoin price – Miami Beach Nightclub for Sale, Open to Bitcoin Buyers

A Miami Beach nightclub is for sale, and open to Bitcoin buyers, which could make it the first known commercial real estate deal to close with cryptocurrency. Treehouse nightclub owner and operator Michael Freundlich put the single-story, 4,322-square-foot property at 323 23rd Street on the market. The nightclub, known for its techno and EDM…

Eric Trump is pushing for the family’s Doral golf resort in Florida to be turned into a casino

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Much Of NYC’s CRE Business Has Moved To Florida. Will It Stay?

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Oasis Wynwood unveils restaurant lineup, Pura Vida opens Abba Telavivian Kitchen on Miami Beach, other restaurant news

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Sluggish hotel market showing signs of life

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Four national, global firms sign Downtown Doral office leases

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Coral Gables sounds out merchants on adding street music

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Melreese soccer development seen as airport safety threat

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Wells Fargo moving Coconut Grove office into city-owned Regatta Harbour garage

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Requiring 68% more costly steel is waste, not patriotism

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AEW sells Miami apartment complex to Grand Peaks for $63M

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Newmark’s bid to acquire Knotel is nearly complete

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Data centers poised for record year of leasing

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Spider nixes plans for Edgewater condo project, disposes of dev site for $7M

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Target moves to hybrid work-from-home model for corporate office

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Residence Inn Coconut Grove sells for $31M, to be converted to apartments

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Hersha Hospitality Trust Sells 140-Room Hotel in Miami’s Coconut Grove Neighborhood

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Record cargo activity at PortMiami; January busiest month in history

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Rotem Rosen wins round in fight with Alex Sapir over Tamir Sapir’s estate

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Biscayne Boulevard dev site hits market for $11M

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The 369-unit multifamily Vesada in Doral begins lease-up phase

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Done deal: Biden signs $1.9T stimulus with billions for real estate

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Bruce and Shawn Chait arrested on charges of extorting Miami based 13th Floor Investments

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AMC reopens 90% of U.S. theaters

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Sunbeam Television buys North Bay Village site next to Channel 7 for $29M

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Lynd buys Margate apartments from Grand Peaks for $51M

San Antonio-based multifamily investor Lynd bought a Margate apartment complex for $50.75 million. Lynd bought the 280-unit Lakes of Margate at 5750 Lakeside Drive from Denver-based Grand Peaks, according to a press release. The sale price equates to $181,250 per unit. Built in 1987, the garden-style community spans nearly 14 acres, according to property…

Raanan Katz buys Publix-anchored Plantation shopping center for $17M

Raanan Katz’s RK Centers picked up a Publix-anchored Plantation shopping center for $17 million, its third South Florida acquisition since September. RK Centers, through affiliate RK Veranda, bought Veranda Shoppes from Regency Centers Corp. affiliate Equity One JV Sub Veranda, according to a deed. Property records show the 47,678-square-foot shopping…

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March 17, 2021

Interactive Map: Land Sales psf by Miami 21 Zoning Code

To use this effectively, you’ll want to filter by zoning. To do that, you’ll need to access this on Google Maps directly using the link later in this post.

First, however, read the following:

This map was made by using publicly available sales from 2018 to 2020, filtering out sales types such as multi-parcel sales that tend to result in errant (or more complicated to infer per parcel amounts) data. Consequently, though the underlying data was systematically assembled, it is far from complete, and thus is not perfect. Also note that this is intended be only vacant land sales. However, to increase the data set size, sales where the county values the building on a property at less than 20% of the total value of the property were also included. That should work fairly well to filter for properties that traded like vacant land given the commercial zoning of these properties, but again, it isn’t perfect. Also, restricted, limited and open (R, L, O) sub-classifications within each zoning type are lumped together. For example, T5 L, T5 R, T5 O are all in T5. This isn’t perfect (sensing a trend?), but I think it is better than a bunch of thinly sliced classifications with small data sets each.

To use this map effectively, each zoning classification map needs to be viewed independently as the gradient ranges are set for each layer. To do this, assuming you’ve carefully read the proceeding, click through to the map on Google Maps here. Once there, you should be able to select and deselect different Miami 21 zoning layers. There is an image at the bottom of this post showing, as an example, what this map will look like if you deselect all Miami 21 zoning classifications except for T5.

For buyers or sellers seeking more comprehensive information, we have tools that can provide more comprehensive and frequently more relevant comparables. For that, contact me.

This is what the map should look like if you deselect all Miami 21 zoning classifications except for T5.
This is what the map should look like if you deselect all Miami 21 zoning classifications except for T5.

OK, the disclaimers…

Any and all facts, statistics, financial information, specifications, and analysis provided are on a best efforts basis only, and should not be relied upon for making real estate or investment related decisions. Nothing in this post should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice.

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March 12, 2021

Miami Commercial Real Estate News March 10, 2021: Miami River Marina Trades; Site for Planned Sports Entertainment Facility Sells; More…

RCI Group sells River Cove Marina in Miami for $11M

Real estate and marina developer and owner RCI Group sold a marina on the Miami River for $11 million. Records show RCI Group affiliate 2000 Miami River Marina sold the 72-slip River Cove Marina to Cove Marina Holding, a Delaware entity. Built in 2009, the marina spans 4 acres and includes a 2,778-square-foot structure for a dockmaster station as well…

David Martin, Avra Jain, Joe Del Vecchio sell Miami industrial dev site for $8M

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Two SPACs led by Russell Galbut and Michael Liebowitz each file for $100M IPOs

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Flight to Florida? Data show few Manhattanites moved permanently

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Ryan Cos. buys Kendall site, scores $28M construction loan for e-commerce warehouse

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Proposed North Miami Beach mixed-use, multifamily high-rise development advances

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Matis Cohen, Russell Galbut score approval for Normandy Isles project in Miami Beach

Matis Cohen and Russell Galbut with the original building and a rendering of the Normandy Isles project Matis Cohen and Russell Galbut’s plans for a mixed-use building in Normandy Isles are moving forward. The Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board on Monday voted 4 to 2 in favor of the certificate of appropriateness, and voted unanimously in favor of five…

Discount chains thrive amid retail meltdown

What retail meltdown? While department and chain stores have been suffering since even before the pandemic, discount retailers — including Five Below, HomeGoods, TJ Maxx and Dollar General — are ramping up to open more stores in the next few months. TJX, the parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshalls, will open 81 stores across its brands in…

Reuben Brothers seeks to foreclose on Zaha Hadid-designed One Thousand Museum

One Thousand Museum, the luxury downtown Miami condo tower designed by the late Zaha Hadid, is facing a foreclosure lawsuit, The Real Deal has learned. Reuben Brothers, the London-based private equity and investment firm led by British billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben, sued to foreclose on the remaining 15 unsold units at the…

Big names vie to build first Miami International Airport hotel in 60 years

Three firms are on a shortlist to build the first new hotel at Miami International Airport (MIA) in more than six decades, and they feature names known to the Miami-Dade development community. The firms were the only ones to respond to a bid request the county issued in October, according to Rita Silva, division director of procurement for Miami-Dade…

Historic Walgreens site to bustle with restaurants

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7-acre Plaza Coral Gables sprints to finish line

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Sorry, boss: 72% of workers don’t want to return to offices full-time

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Lawsuit against Jared Galbut, Keith Menin alleging fraudulent special assessments at Bentley South Beach moves forward

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What real estate gets in Biden’s $1.9 trillion package

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Movie theaters’ future uncertain as studios focus on streaming

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Baptist submits plans for medical offices, Altman multifamily project in Kendall

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A Look at the Post-COVID Recovery of the Hotel Industry

The pandemic is severely challenging the hotel industry, and a bounce-back could take some time. Although the pandemic is causing massive economic disruption and putting numerous sectors in trouble, perhaps no industry is experiencing more significant challenges than hospitality. Consumers aren’t traveling anywhere near pre-COVID levels despite the lift of initial travel…

Does the Hotelization of Offices Work in the Age of COVID?

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Is the Open Office Concept a Thing of the Past?

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Off the grid: Developers eye “virtual power plants” for properties

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Leisure, hospitality big winners in February job gains

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Retailer Burlington plans to double store count

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Mall owner Washington Prime Group prepares for bankruptcy

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Considering Multifamily Construction Costs in Miami

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For multifamily, office landlords, worst is yet to come: Moody’s

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Chilean developer launches first South Florida condo project in Bay Harbor Islands

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Address not applicable: What happens to the HQ in the remote-work age?

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March 10, 2021

Considering Multifamily Construction Costs in Miami

Construction Materials PPI Index for the 5 Years Ending 1/1/21
Employment Cost Index for Construction Workers for the Five Years Ending 10/1/20

Finding myself involved in multifamily development deals of late, I tasked myself with updating my general feel for area construction costs of such projects. What I discovered matched all such conversations of late and can be summed in a word; escalating.

One conversation was with a principal of a substantial area general contractor. When I asked him this question, he pulled up a project they’d recently done to answer the question as $207. That seemed to be a middle of the road development, what the National Building Cost Manual would call Class 3 “High Average Quality.” He quickly added that material costs were up substantially and that he would guess this would be more like $240-270 now.

Similarly, I was discussing with a contractor a price to develop a particular multifamily project. Within the prior year that projects construction costs had been preliminarily estimated at just over $24 million. Now, due to rising costs, that number has increased to $27 million. A back of the napkin calculation, guessing at the percent that is usable, etc., arrived at a similar cost psf to construct.

Bueller? I mean, Powell? Jerome Powell? Mr. Powell?

It should be quickly noted that both of these estimates included costs for architects, etc. It is difficult to standardize these psf estimates. What I find most interesting is the estimates in the increase in the cost of construction. Development land has value based on it development gross margin, developed value less development cost. When development costs increase without an increase in developed value, development gross margin drops. This drop in turn pushes down on the value of development land.

An online source estimated construction costs 2.5 year ago for Atlanta – the factor used by National Building Cost Manual for Atlanta was about 10% higher than Miami in their 2019 manual – at 184 psf for a 4-7 story building, 220 psf for 8-24 stories in the fourth quarter of 2018. That may have been correct then, as costs have indeed risen, though it always seems to me that the real bids are higher than estimating tools say they will be. In any case, costs are higher more now. A quick note for developers from the north, the NBCM area modification factor for New York City is about 30% higher than Miami. For Boston, it is about 36% higher.

Rising constructions costs as a challenge for developers is a conversation that has been active for a while, as evidenced by the charts of construction labor and materials costs herein. Now, however, the problem seems more pronounced, with materials costs in particular surging to ever higher levels.

Bueller?

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March 5, 2021

Hawkins Commercial Realty Listing Gets 37% More Listing Detail Pageviews (on top of Loopnet Premium) at No Additional Cost

Costar/Loopnet Listing Performance Report for 1007 Park Centre Blvd, Miami Gardens, FL 33169
Google Analytics User and Pageview Data for Pages at HawkinsCRE.com related to the Listing for 1007 Park Centre Blvd, Miami, FL 33169

The top image shows various listing performance metrics for a premium listing in Loopnet for the light industrial property at 1007 Park Centre Blvd, Miami, FL 33169. Highlighted is detail page clicks, the number of times users clicked through and viewed the detail page for the property on Loopnet. The bottom image displays the same type of metrics, detail page views, but within HawkinsCRE.com. Not shown is additional views on Costar, commercial MLS, and various syndicated sites, as those page view metrics are not available.

Most commercial brokers will list a property on Loopnet, and most will do it as a premium listing. Few, if any, however, provide the incremental exposure that a site like ours does. This site, HawkinsCRE.com, is likely the most viewed website related to commercial property in Miami second to Loopnet. For our clients, this means additional exposure to qualified buyers.

In the period of these reports, which is the year to 3/5/21, Loopnet users clicked through to the detail pages of this listing 1,794 times. In the same period, users viewed detail pages for this listing on HawkinsCRE.com 667 times. Loopnet generates more, no question. That site, after all, is the leader nationally in the advertising of commercial properties for sale and lease. However, this property, since it was listed with Hawkins Commercial Realty, received 37% more listing details views. This is not a fluke. We did a similar analysis months back for a a property listed at Cypress Creek and found similar results. What does the competition offer in page views on top of and separate from Loopnet? It depends on the broker, but the answer is generally naught or near naught. That is a substantial and quantifiable differentiator, and not the only one, by the way.

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March 5, 2021

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March 3, 2021

Video: Integra Realty Resources’ Viewpoint 2021; Economic Outlook, Capital Markets, and Interest Rates

Integra Realty Resources CEO Anthony Graziano discusses his firms  Viewpoint 2021 report. In this second video, he discusses how industrial property performed during the pandemic, how changes in policy with a new presidential administration may affect industrial assets. He then goes on to discuss multifamily property performance during the pandemic and their status now. From there the discussion goes to office properties, noting office is not dead, then hospitality, and retail. This is the second part of the interview. View part one here.

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February 25, 2021