Tuesday, March 8, 2016

HFF arranges $10.7 million refinancing for grocery-anchored retail center in suburban Philadelphia, PA

Lionville Shopping Center, 168 Eagleview Boulevard, Exton, PA

PHILADELPHIA, PA –– Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced it has arranged a $10.7 million refinancing for Lionville Shopping Center, a 93,161-square-foot, grocery-anchored shopping center in the Philadelphia suburb of Exton, Pennsylvania.

HFF worked on behalf of the borrower, Brandolini Companies, to secure the long-term, fixed-rate financing through an institutional lender in order to retire existing indebtedness. 

Ryan Ade
The 97-percent-leased Lionville Shopping Center is home to 15 tenants, including Giant Food Store, Carol’s Hallmark, Verizon Wireless, Subway, Wells Fargo Bank, Pet Valu and Sal’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant.

 The center is shadow-anchored by Target, Rite Aid and Wawa.  Located at 168 Eagleview Boulevard, Lionville Shopping Center is at the signalized intersection of Eagleview Boulevard and West Uwchlan Avenue (Philadelphia Route 113) in the Chester County submarket. 

The center is on the “going home” side of West Uwchlan, an almost 50-mile northeast-southwest highway that serves Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties.

The HFF team representing the borrower was led by managing director Ryan Ade. 

“Brandolini Companies engaged HFF on an exclusive basis in order to find the best available rate and terms for a maturing loan on Lionville Shopping Center,” Ade said.  “Lender interest in this financing of a well-located and market-leading grocery store was very high.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Kristen M. Murphy
HFF | One Post Office Square, Suite 3500 | Boston, MA 02109
Main: 617-338-0990 | Direct: 617-848-1572 | Cell: 617-543-4873 | www.hfflp.com

HFF closes sale of two-story retail center in Houston, TX

                                                                                                 Photo by Mabry Campbell

Briar Lake Village Retail Center, 10455 Briar Forest Drive,
Westchase District, Houston, TX

Rusty Tamlyn
HOUSTON, TX – Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced it has closed the sale of Briar Lake Village, a 36,607-square-foot, two-level retail center in Houston’s Westchase District.  

HFF marketed the property on behalf of the seller, Berkeley Land Company.  Briar Lake Village Inc. purchased the property for an undisclosed price.  In 2007, HFF brokered the sale of the property to the seller. 

Briar Lake Village is 85 percent leased to 12 tenants, including Palazzo’s Trattoria, Subway, Tiff’s Treats, Moderno, Newmark Homes, Advanced Orthodontics, Capital One Bank, Comerica Bank, Kolache Factory and Luchi & Joey’s.

 Situated on 4.146 acres at 10455 Briar Forest Drive at the southwest corner of Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway) and Briar Forest Drive, the center is in the Westchase District, one of Houston’s employment centers. 

Additionally, there are more than 183,000 residents with an average annual income exceeding $88,000 within a three-mile radius of Briar Lake Village.

Senior managing directors Rusty Tamlyn and Ryan West led the HFF investment sales team representing the seller.  First vice presidents Todd Casper and Michael Hassler with CBRE represented the buyer.

Ryan West
“Briar Lake Village is steps away from large, well-leased, Class A, high-rise office buildings in Westchase District, an area with a daytime population of more than 250,000 people,” West said.  

“The restaurant theme on the ground level of the center creates a synergistic environment for those nearby office building employees.”

“Westchase District creates an exciting opportunity for businesses to have access to an affluent residential population with close proximity to the Beltway, I-10 and the Westpark Tollway,” Casper added.  

“We are excited to see what’s in store for Briar Lake Village as future tenants choose this retail center to provide their goods and services.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Kristen M. Murphy
HFF | One Post Office Square, Suite 3500 | Boston, MA 02109
Main: 617-338-0990 | Direct: 617-848-1572 | Cell: 617-543-4873 | www.hfflp.com

Capital Square 1031 Announces Formation of Turnaround Management and Restructuring Team for Challenged Real Estate

Michael Waddell
RICHMOND, VA -- Capital Square 1031, LLC, a leading sponsor of replacement property for Section 1031 exchanges, announced the formation of a new team to assist with the restructuring, management, refinancing and sale of challenged real estate, including real estate owned by tenant-in-common (TIC) programs.

Capital Square’s new turnaround management and restructuring team is led by Mike Waddell, Capital Square’s head of asset and property management. Waddell has more than 30 years of acquisition, management, disposition, and finance experience.

Other team members include: Capital Square CEO Louis Rogers, a distinguished attorney with over 30 years of entity structuring and tax experience; Jeff Gregor, general counsel, who has structured hundreds of real estate transactions; and Doug Britton, independent manager and attorney, who specializes in satisfying lender requirements for special purpose entities.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Julie Leber
Spotlight Marketing Communications
949.427.5172 ext. 703

David Tarquin Joins WNC to Lead Company’s New Preservation Equity Funds Product Line

David Tarquin
IRVINE, CA – WNC, a national investor in real estate and community development initiatives, announced that David Tarquin has joined the firm as director of portfolio management for the company’s new Preservation Equity Funds product line.

WNC’s Preservation Equity Funds will exclusively focus on raising equity for investment in existing affordable housing properties that are at or near the end of their tax credit compliance period and are owned by limited and/or general partners seeking to exit their investment. 

Tarquin will be a key member of the team that launches this new WNC initiative and will oversee the new portfolio.

“WNC is committed to the preservation of affordable housing communities throughout the United States – a strategy we believe is paramount to the increasingly challenging effort to retain the nation’s supply in the face of demand that far outstrips current supply,” said Will Cooper Jr., president and chief executive officer of WNC.

“With Preservation Equity Funds, WNC deepens our commitment to preserving existing affordable housing, and I am confident that our efforts will prove successful with a professional the caliber of David Tarquin as part of our team.”

Prior to joining WNC, Tarquin served as vice president, capital markets, and co-portfolio manager with Pacific Urban Residential in Palo Alto, Calif. In this position, he was responsible for coauthoring the company’s investment strategy in the multifamily sector, co-managing the firm’s multifamily equity fund and serving as the lead liaison with the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). 

Tarquin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and is a level III chartered financial analyst candidate.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Julie Leber
Spotlight Marketing Communications
949.427.5172 ext. 703

Top 30 hipster zips for profitable home flips: a RealtyTrac real-world analysis

Daren Blomquist
 IRVINE, CA -- While the definition of hipster continues to evolve — with hipsters always one step ahead of those who try to define them — there remains at least one incontrovertible truth as it relates to the real estate needs of this particular tribe: they need a place to live.

RealtyTrac identified the top 30 hipster zip codes nationwide for profitable home flipping based on average flipping returns along with demographic data from the U.S. Census.

All 30 of these zip codes met five criteria that brand them not only as hipster hot spots but also as highly profitable for home flipping (see criteria list below). RealtyTrac ranked the zip codes based on the share of the population aged 20 to 34 in 2014.

We also created a sharable table of the Top 30 Hipster Zips for Profitable Home Flips (screenshot below) along with a slideshow of fixer-upper and fixed-up homes in some of the top zip codes.
“Hipsters typically aren’t looking for just any place to live; they are looking for a place that matches their particular vision of what a city, a neighborhood and a home should look, sound, feel, smell and taste like,” said Daren Blomquist, SVP at RealtyTrac.

“When they find that vision, they are willing to pay a premium to experience it, which represents a boon for home flippers operating in those areas appealing to the hipster aesthetic — especially given that many of the hipster hot spots are urban core neighborhoods with plenty of older homes in need of major renovation

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

CBRE Hotel Research Reports National Occupancy Reaches New High While local levels Begin to Decline

R. Mark Woodworth
Atlanta, GA, March 8, 2016 – The U.S. lodging industry is forecast to achieve another all-time record occupancy level in 2016, but an increasing number of local markets are starting to show the effects of growing competition.

 According to the March to May 2016 edition of Hotel Horizons®, CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research is projecting a year-end 2016 occupancy level of 65.7 percent, 20 basis points greater than the record level of occupancy achieved in 2015.

“We always caution our clients to pay closest attention to local market conditions, as opposed to broad national trends,” said R. Mark Woodworth, senior managing director of CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research.

 “While the outlook for the overall U.S. lodging industry is solid for the next few years, we acknowledge that a growing number of local markets will begin to experience a decline in occupancy levels.  This is the result of the emergence of new competition that heretofore has been kept under wraps.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Robert McGrath
212 984 8267

Mortgage Bankers Association Releases Research Datanote on Sources of Commercial and Multifamily Mortgage Financing

Jamie Woodwell
Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2016) - The Mortgage Bankers Association(MBA) today released a Research Datanote titled Sources of Commercial and Multifamily Mortgage Financing in 2016.  The paper provides an overview of the market and of some of the key issues that will shape lending in the near term.

“A number of market and regulatory factors are impacting the commercial and multifamily real estate finance markets,” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research.

 “As just one example, in the past month, several Wall Street analysts have reduced their expectations for 2016 commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) issuance by 25 to 30 percent.

“The paper looks at the major sources of commercial real estate lending and at some of the market and regulatory changes that could affect their appetites to lend over the coming year.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Ali Ahmad
(202) 557-2727

Centex Homes plans April opening of Whaley’s Creek in St. Cloud, FL, its Newest Community of Single-Family Homes

Lyndsey Patterson

ST. CLOUD, FL --- Centex Homes will open Whaley’s Creek, its newest community of single-family homes priced from the low $200s in April, featuring two model homes, the Oasis and Citrus Grove.

Lyndsey Patterson, director of marketing for Centex, said Whaley’s Creek, located on Canoe Creek Rd. in St. Cloud will offer 169 home sites with 50 and 60-foot widths for new two to six bedroom homes with two and three-car garages.

Whaley's Creek Homes, Canoe Creek, St. Cloud, FL
Six distinct floor plans will be offered ranging from 1,972 square feet of living area to 3,172 square feet with top included features such as open gathering areas, flex spaces that can be adapted to any homeowner’s lifestyle, along with superior storage.  

Whaley’s Creek is less than three miles from the Florida Turnpike providing easy access to Orlando and is just minutes from popular shopping, dining and entertainment on U.S. 192.

Future residents will enjoy amenities that include a community pool, cabana and playground with no CDD Fees. Whaley’s Creek is also located in a district with desirable and highly rated schools.

To join the VIP list for community updates call 877-215-3323 or visit www.centex.com/whaleysCreek

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644-4142 Lvershelco@aol.com.

Hold-Thyssen negotiates lease at New England Building on South New York Avenue in Winter Park, FL

Darby Hold
 WINTER PARK, FL --- Hold-Thyssen, Inc., recently negotiated a three-year expansion and renewal lease agreement for 1,199 rentable square feet in the New England building at 230 S. New York Ave., Winter Park. 

Darby Hold, lease consultant for Hold-Thyssen, negotiated the agreement on behalf of the local landlord, New England Partners, LLC.

Kracht Law Firm, P.A., who already occupies Suite 101 with 735 square feet renewed and also expanded into another 464 square feet in Suite 100 of the New England Building.     The tenant specializes in real estate, probate, community association and business transaction law.   

The New England Building is currently 100 percent leased.

Hold-Thyssen, Inc. provides commercial property and leasing and management services to institutional and private investor clients nationwide.  The 40-year old firm’s current portfolio includes more that 100 commercial properties throughout the United States.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644-4142 Lvershelco@aol.com.