Commercial Property Borrowing Cost Quarterly 2021 Q1: 5-Year Yield Up from Zero-ish, Approaching 1%

U.S. Treasury 5 Year Nominal Rates for the Five Year Period Ending March 31, 2021

Yields on 5-year U.S. Treasury Notes edged up to 0.92% by the end of March. This is low, to be sure, but up from the barely-keeping-its-head-above-naught 0.36% yield booked at the prior year’s end. This yield is considered to most closely track commercial real estate financing cost, and those are of particular interest to investors in commercial property.

This cheap money environment continues to be a powerful force on commercial real estate prices. There are of course ongoing concerns about what follows from here, but that is unknown. What is known for sure is that lower interest rates means lower debt service. Also, real estate income becomes relatively more attractive to fixed income investments.

The interest rate environment has the ability to affect commercial real estate values in a number of different ways. Borrowing cost, i.e. debt service, is of course affected directly, as higher interest rates increase the cost of borrowing and thus negatively affecting demand. Cap rates tend move over time, but not always in the short term, in line with interest rates, with considered analyses generally concluding that cap rates move on average in the same direction as 10-year rates, but by about a third as much. Interest rates also affect the economy, which in turn affects vacancy and rental rates.

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April 23, 2021

Miami Commercial Real Estate News April 21, 2021: Two Multifamily Trades Near $100 Mil; Two Industrial Prop Sales Exceed $25 Mil; Miami Attracting Big Tech, NY; More…

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

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Chart: Miami-Dade Commercial Real Estate Sales March 2021

The chart herein displays 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. March, as can been seen, was a record for the past two years. Looking back farther than the data in this chart, March…

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Sentinel Real Estate Corporation Acquires Miami Beach Multifamily Portfolio for $96.57 Million

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Alliance Consolidated sells Hallandale Beach medical office building for $6M

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April 21, 2021

Chart: Miami-Dade Commercial Real Estate Sales March 2021

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

The chart herein displays 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 March 2021. March, as can been seen, was a record for the past two years. Looking back farther than the data in this chart, March was a record for the past 10 years. March’s sales were 12% higher than the next highest, which was June 2017. This is only for sales booked in the Miami Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which does not record all commercial property sales, but does many.

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April 20, 2021

Miami Commercial Real Estate News April 14, 2021: Miami-Beach 7-Eleven Sells for $11 Million; Dezer Partnering with Bentley for Sunny Isles Development; More…

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Echoing Pre-COVID Times, Fed’s Beige Book Returns to Describing Modest Growth

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Estate Companies scores $30M construction loan to turn Hialeah Ramada into multifamily

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Ronny Finvarb plans boutique hotel on Alton Road site in Miami Beach

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Lease roundup: Iberia Foods takes 78K sf space in Hialeah; more

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Michael Stern’s tower site deemed brownfield, paving way for tax breaks

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McDonald’s to shutter hundreds of Walmart outposts

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Owners of historic Shelborne hotel in South Beach seek approval for renovation

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Mall vacancy rate hits all-time high

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Astor Companies scores $32M construction loan for Miami apartments

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Planet Cellular Purchases Doral Office/Warehouse Facility

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Continental Realty buys LA Fitness-anchored shopping center near Wellington

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Koda Interstate buys Riviera Beach industrial park for $13M

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Pair Of 300-Foot Towers Will Be Tallest On Fort Lauderdale Beach

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April 14, 2021

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

January 2011 to March 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 March came up a bit to 93% from 89.5% the month prior. Though off of highs in the past 10 years, this percentage is nonetheless in the upper half of where it has been over the past ten years, as is evident in this chart.

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April 14, 2021

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

For Sale: 10,000 sf / 0.23 acre T4-O “West Design District” Development Site; 151 NW 38 Street, Miami, FL 33127

M3 Concepts Conceptual Office Development at 151 NW 38 St
Medical/Legal/Corporate Offices
See “Development Potential” Below

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Zoning Information (Miami T4-0)

  • Types of T4
  • Specific to T4 (density, setbacks)
  • Parking & Landscape Standards
  • T4-O Allowable Uses
    • Allowed by Right: Single Family Residence; Community Residence; Ancillary Unit; Two Family Residence; Multi Family Housing; Home Office; Live – Work; Bed & Breakfast; Inn; Office; Entertainment Establishment; Food Service Establishment; General Commercial; Recreational Facility; Religious Facility; Research Facility.
    • Allowed by Warrant: Administrative Process – CRC (Coordinated Review Committee): Community Facility; Community Support Facility; Infrastructure And Utilities; Marina; Public Parking; Transit Facilities; Childcare.
    • Allowed by Exception: Public Hearing – Granted By PZAB (Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board): Dormitory; Alcohol Beverage Service Estab.; Elementary School; Learning Center; Middle / High School; Pre-School; Special Training / Vocational.
  • Complete Miami 21 Zoning Code
  • Interactive Map: Land Sales psf by Miami 21 Zoning Code

Development Potential

M3 Concepts Conceptual Office Development at 151 NW 38 St
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This property will likely be developed into office, retail, lodging, or multifamily. Michael Noll of M3 Concepts considered the possibilities for this conceptually as an office property. He estimates that approximately a property could be built with approximately 7,000 sf of rental building area, 6,000 sf usable. The profit potential for a developer, roughly considered, might look something like the following:

Essentially, per Michael, one can build 7,000 square feet maximum on the site for office, with the limiting factor being parking restrictions/code. He estimates hard costs of (7,000 sf x $225) $1,575,000 and soft costs (roughly 20% of that number) of 315,000. If the 7,000 sf rental were to lease up at $35 psf NNN, assuming a 3% vacancy rate and a 5% cap rate, the property developed would have a value of $4,286,545. That is $821,000 more than asking price of the land and the approximate costs noted above. If you’re interested in more specific details, contact me and I’ll make an into to Michael for you or just contact Michael directly.

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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

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

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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

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Bidding nears for private developers of taller Government Center

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Limited-capacity movie theaters fill, add programming

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What Can We Expect From Retail in 2021?

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Subleases up 40% across US as companies ditch space

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

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

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

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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

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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…

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CDC extends national eviction ban through June

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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…

More than 1 in 5 company execs plan to slash office space

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Subway inks lease at Miami’s Waterford Business District, plans to bring 100 employees

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Bridge Development Secures $78.2M Construction Financing for Bridge Point AVE Industrial Park in Opa-Locka

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Harbor Group International buys Boca Raton apartments for $81M

300 West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton with PGIM Real Estate executive Eric Adler, Harbor Group International CEO Jordan Slone and president T. Richard Litton Jr. (Google Maps) PGIM Real Estate sold a 248-unit apartment community in Boca Raton for $81 million. Norfolk, Virginia-based Harbor Group International bought the Heritage complex at 300…

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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

Blackstone Group paid about $230 million for the office buildings at Brightline’s MiamiCentral station, marking one of the largest investment sales to close in South Florida this year. Funds managed by New York-based Blackstone Real Estate bought 2MiamiCentral and 3MiamiCentral from San Francisco-based Shorenstein Properties, according to a news release….

Shorenstein Properties Sells Miami Office Complex for $230 million

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Blackstone Expands in Miami With $230 million Office Buy

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Shorenstein Properties Sells 2 & 3 MiamiCentral to Funds Managed by Blackstone Real Estate

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Newmark’s acquisition of Knotel is approved

A bankruptcy court has approved the sale of flex-office provider Knotel to brokerage Newmark. Newmark officials said they expected the deal to close quickly, Commercial Observer reported. The brokerage provided $20 million in debtor-in-possession financing after Knotel filed for bankruptcy in January, and its stalking-horse bid of $70 million brought it closer…

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…

Midtown Miami Triptych dev site owner files for Chapter 11 amid foreclosure

The owner of a development site, planned for the mixed-use project Triptych, near Midtown Miami, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid foreclosure. The companies that own the property at 3601 North Miami Avenue are controlled by HES Group CEO and managing partner Francisco Arocha, and managing partner Alberto Abilahoud. Those companies filed…

Data center demand — and rent — surge in secondary markets

As new technologies, streaming and remote work drive demand for data centers across the country, smaller markets with relatively limited supply are attracting more attention. Data center space in secondary markets rented at a rate of $134 per kilowatt per month in the second half of 2020, a significant premium from the average primary market rent of $121…

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…

Woerners buy historic Paramount Theatre in Palm Beach for $14M

The historic Paramount Theatre building in Palm Beach, which opened in 1927 as a silent film cinema and later morphed into a mixed-use retail and office landmark, sold for $14 million. The family investment firm, Woerner Holdings, through its affiliate WEG Paramount, bought the property at 139 North County Road from Paramount Church, a deed shows. Paramount…

JB’s on the Beach site in Deerfield sells at a discount for $11M

JB’s on the Beach oceanfront restaurant site in Deerfield Beach sold for $11 million, more than a year after it hit the market for $18 million. Ark Restaurants, which already owns and runs the restaurant, bought the 1.5-acre property from Boyle Beach House, led by John Boyle, according to a news release. JB’s on the Beach includes a 9,777-square-foot building…

PrivCap sells assisted living facility in Hollywood for $10M

PrivCap Companies sold the Midtown Manor assisted living facility in Hollywood for $9.7 million. Boca Raton-based PrivCap, through affiliate Midtown Manor Holdings, sold the property at 2001 Polk Street to Midtown Al Propco, led by Moshe Soskin and Joseph Hirsch, according to a deed. The buyer took out a $7.5 million loan from Israel Discount Bank of New York.

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 February 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

Kushner Cos. broke ground Thursday on its first development project in Florida, where the company has been purchasing land over the past few years. Wynd, formerly called Wynwood 27 & 28, will be a mixed-use complex in Miami composed of two buildings at 130 NW 27th St. in the Wynwood arts district. Designed by Arquitectonica and developed…

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

SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group led by Barry Sternlicht, will open the Treehouse Hotel in Miami’s Brickell district in 2023. Rockwell Group and SHoP Architects are the designers of the development, which will be the first U.S. Treehouse Hotel. The first Treehouse Hotel debuted in London in 2019. Treehouse…

Yardi Releases Winter 2021 Miami Multifamily Report

As Miami continues to navigate the health crisis and ensuing economic hardship, the metro became an example of resilience in the face of adversity, according to a study by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center. The report commended Miami’s efforts to repurpose existing strategies—already tested against coastal…

Edgewater Assemblage Site Fronting Biscayne Blvd Lists for $49.5M

A commercial assemblage spanning almost three acres in Miami’s blooming Edgewater neighborhood was recently placed on the market with a price tag nearing $50 million. The site includes a commercial building as well as 54 apartments. According to property records, the assemblage, located at 3333 Biscayne Boulevard, is controlled by Miami Sunrise Properties…

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

A partner in HFZ Capital Partners’ Shore Club in South Beach filed a lawsuit against the hotel’s owners, as HFZ’s financial and legal troubles continue to mount. A company tied to The Clark Estates, the family of the late newspaper publisher and businessman Stephen Carlton Clark, is suing the Shore Club’s owners to block the sale of the hotel without the approval…

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

Retail sales in February dropped 3 percent from January, a sharper decline than expected, but reflecting the timing of stimulus payments. Sales in January had surged 7.3 percent after $600 stimulus payments were deposited into consumers’ bank accounts at the end of last year. Spending then fell in February, but was $33 billion higher than in February 2020…

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

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…

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

Eric Trump is pushing for the Trump Organization’s financially struggling Miami Doral Resort in South Florida to be turned into a casino to help boost revenues, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Florida state legislature is considering pursuing legislation that would allow real estate developers to grant gambling permits to properties without needing…

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

Miami has come to be known as the sixth borough of New York City, flourishing through the pandemic as moneyed Northeasterners have made a well-publicized move south. High earners, who in any other year would be packed into subways on their way to Midtown skyscrapers, are instead filling the Miami restaurants and buying pricey Florida houses and…

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

The Oasis, a mixed-use development in Wynwood, unveiled its food and beverage lineup. Coyo Taco co-founders Sven Vogtland and Alan Drummond are managing the 35,000-square-foot outdoor space. The Oasis is set to open next month and it will include six dining concepts, a tower bar, and a stage for live performances. Sandwich shop Alidoro, Buya…

Sluggish hotel market showing signs of life

Hotels are receiving an injection of new guests as more Americans receive the Covid-19 vaccine and consider traveling again. U.S. hotel occupancy hit 49 percent in the week ending March 6, its highest level since last August, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing data from STR. That’s down from 65 percent in March 2020 before the effects of the pandemic were fully felt.

Four national, global firms sign Downtown Doral office leases

The Offices at Downtown Doral, a mixed-use office campus within the suburban town center of Doral, has announced leases for four new tenants at 8333, the campus’s class “A” office building. A spokesperson for Codina Partners said the four new tenants are Paramount Residential Mortgage Group Inc. (PRMG), HDR Engineering Inc., Ekman Group and Kia Motors…

Coral Gables sounds out merchants on adding street music

Coral Gables city commissioners favor possibly easing noise prohibitions near and around the Central Business District. During their March 9 commission meeting, Commissioner Michael Mena brought up a discussion on whether restaurants or venues residing at the Central Business District should have lighter restrictions to play live music. Mr. Mena said he has…

Melreese soccer development seen as airport safety threat

Several county departments have joined the agency that runs Miami International Airport (MIA) in citing safety, traffic and commercial concerns with a soccer stadium complex proposed on nearby City of Miami-owned Melreese golf course. While there is reason for concern, said Lester Sola, Miami-Dade Aviation director, county staff still needs more information.

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

Regatta Harbour, the mixed-use development at the helm of Coconut Grove’s waterfront revitalization, has attracted a notable tenant. Project developer The TREO Group– a Miami-based, privately-held real estate investment firm – announced Tuesday a signed lease agreement with Wells Fargo, the diversified, community-based financial services company…

Requiring 68% more costly steel is waste, not patriotism

With the aim of patriotism, Miami-Dade commissioners just signed a blank check to raise costs to taxpayers on an unknown number of infrastructure projects by an unknown percentage with an unknown total price. They missed their target. Their unanimous vote requires that the county use iron and steel products that are made in the USA. Only if suppliers couldn’t…

Blackstone, Starwood strike $6B deal for Extended Stay America

A long-in-the-works deal for an extended-stay hotel chain is finally coming to fruition. Blackstone Group and Starwood Capital Group have acquired Extended Stay America for about $6 billion, Bloomberg News reported. The two private-equity firms are paying $19.50 per share for the hotel operator, according to the report. Both companies have previously invested in the…

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

Cascades at the Hammocks with Grand Peaks CEO Luke Simpson and AEW CEO Jeff Furber (Google Maps) AEW Capital Management sold the Cascades at the Hammocks multifamily complex in southwest Miami-Dade County for $63 million. Records show AEW’s affiliate, Cascades at Hammocks LLC, sold the apartments at 10605 Hammocks Boulevard, to Grand Peaks Properties’ affiliate Cascades Hammocks Apartments LLC. Denver-based…

Newmark’s bid to acquire Knotel is nearly complete

Newmark’s bid to acquire Knotel is nearly complete. The bankrupt flex-office provider was scheduled to be sold on Friday afternoon in an auction, but no other qualified bidders submitted an offer, the Commercial Observer reported. A subsidiary of Newmark, which established a stalking-horse bid in advance of the auction, became the winner, according to the report.

Landlords, condo associations sue to end ban on eviction writs in Miami-Dade

A group of Miami-Dade County landlords, condo associations and others are pushing to end the moratorium on executing residential writs of possession filed during the pandemic. The county has suspended police enforcement of such writs for evictions filed since March 2020. The Miami-Dade Police Department executes writs of possession. Six landlords, three condo…

Data centers poised for record year of leasing

Data centers appear poised for record growth this year. A recent CBRE report found that demand is strong, and preleasing suggests 2021 a sustained surge, CNBC reported. Data centers https://therealdeal.com/chicago/tag/data-centers/ — essentially large warehouses filled with computing and data storage systems — are…

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

Spider sold an assemblage in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood for $7.25 million, after scrapping plans to build a 12-story condominium. Spider, led by Andres Goldenberg and Alejandro Eskenazi, sold the 28,000-square-foot site to Edgewater investor Jehad Audy, according to a press release. The two lots are at 113 and 123 Northeast 25th Street, and include a 1926-built…

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

Target is making moves to take its corporate workforce remote after a banner year in sales. The company will cease operations at the City Center building in downtown Minneapolis and will find alternative office accommodations for its 3,500 workers, the New York Times reported. More than 25 percent of the big-box retailer’s Minneapolis-area corporate…

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

Hersha Hospitality Trust sold a Marriott-branded hotel in Coconut Grove for $31 million…. The Philadelphia-based hotel real estate investment trust sold the three-building, 140-unit Residence Inn by Marriott to AB Asset Management, led by Getzy Fellig and Sam Zalmanov. The Miami Beach-based buyer plans to upgrade the property at 2835 Tigertail Avenue in…

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

Hersha Hospitality Trust has sold the Residence Inn by Marriott, a three-building, 140-room hotel at 2835 Tigertail Avenue in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. John Crotty, Michael Fay, David Duckworth, Brian de la Fé, Emily Brais and Berkley Bloodworth of Avison Young represented the seller in the transaction. AB Asset Management purchased the hotel for an…

Record cargo activity at PortMiami; January busiest month in history

PortMiami, one of the top ports in the U.S., processed 113,835 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2021, an increase of 21.02 percent from the 94,064 TEUs processed in January 2020, the most active month ever recorded. Between fiscal year to date, Oct. 1, 2020, through Jan. 31, 2021, PortMiami processed a total of 420,838 TEUs representing the busiest…

The future of commercial real estate in Miami Beach

One year after the pandemic shut everything down the region is seeing a pop of activity in residential sales and interest from companies in having some kind of a presence in South Florida. If and how long that lasts is unpredictable, but four local industry leaders shared their thoughts on what’s ahead for commercial real estate in Miami Beach.

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

Rotem Rosen has won the most recent courtroom skirmish in the protracted war for more than $100 million of the estate of his former father-in-law, the late Tamir Sapir. The dispute, now in its second year in New York Surrogate’s Court, was nearly settled last year. But then the late real estate titan’s son and executor of his will, Alex Sapir, reversed course at the…

Biscayne Boulevard dev site hits market for $11M

A multifamily and commercial development site at 11240 Biscayne Boulevard near North Miami hit the market for $10.5 million. Owner Alex Silberman purchased the 3.2 acres of land at 11240 Biscayne Boulevard in August 2012 for $2.9 million from Biscayne 114 Center of New York, property records show. The asking price shows a significant uptick in valuations since then.

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

LMC has kicked off leasing at its second community in Doral, Fla. Leasing opportunities for Vesada will be available through the leasing office that opened earlier this month alongside virtual and online alternatives. Scheduled to see its first move-ins in March, the 369-unit Vesada will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans. The units…

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

President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion stimulus package on Thursday, aggressively expanding federal aid to renters, homeowners, small businesses and more. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said before signing the bill, “and giving the people of this nation, working people, the middle-class folks, people…

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

Father and son real estate duo Bruce and Shawn Chait were arrested on charges they tried to extort millions of dollars from Arnaud Karsenti of 13th Floor Investments, in connection to Tamarac housing communities the firm developed on golf courses once owned by the Chaits. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested…

AMC reopens 90% of U.S. theaters

The show is going on for AMC. The international movie theater chain has reopened nearly 90 percent of its U.S. cinemas. AMC Entertainment Holdings said Wednesday that 527 out of 589 domestic theaters have reopened since last year’s shutdown. They include theaters in New York City, and theaters in Los Angeles are set to reopen soon. Internationally…

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

Sunbeam Television Corp., owner of WSVN-Channel 7, bought property next to the TV station in North Bay Village for $29 million. Records show Sunbeam Television, led by Andrew Ansin, bought two lots next to Channel 7 from Isle of Dreams, led by Andre Radandt. The property at 1415 Northeast 79th Street now has a two-story, 17,426-square-foot utility…

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