Monday, May 16, 2016

Multi Housing Advisors Brokers $25 Million Sale of Apartment Community in Macon, GA

Thomaston Crossing Apartments, Thomaston Road, Macon, GA
Robert Stickel
ATLANTA, GA — Multi Housing Advisors (MHA) has arranged the $25 million sale of Thomaston Crossing, a 250-unit apartment community located in Macon, Georgia.

Robert Stickel, who leads MHA’s central to coastal Georgia deal team, represented the sellers, Sierra Development Group and SPP Residential. Maxus Properties Inc. purchased the property.

“Thomaston Crossing is truly a top-tier asset and the newest multifamily delivery in Macon. As the Central Georgia economy continues its expansion, job and wage growth have emerged,” Stickel said. 

“Multifamily properties are a prime beneficiary of Macon’s development with 4.9% year-over-year rent growth since December 2014, making it the fastest growing Georgia market outside of Metro Atlanta.”

Thomaston Crossing is located on Thomaston Road in the path of growth in West Macon. Built in 2014, the property is the newest and highest quality multifamily product in the area. Residents benefit from convenient access to I-75, which enables them to quickly access over 50,000 quality jobs.

Thomaston Crossing, Thomaston Road, Macon, GA

Multi Housing Advisors (MHA) has become known as a solid leader in the multi housing industry. 

The company, founded in 2002, was established to bring a focused brokerage platform to growing markets throughout the Southeast. 

Since that time, MHA has created value for clients in virtually every sector of the multi-housing market. 

The MHA team works hard to build and enhance value by leveraging strong attention to detail, accessing an active investor base and capitalizing on its vast market knowledge in ways that benefit every aspect of the transaction process.

MHA enjoys a total sales transaction volume that has surpassed $5.9 billion, representing over 143,000 units and nearly 850 individual transactions. MHA serves local, regional and national clients and has become known for its effective multi-office platform, excellent transaction history and rapid growth.

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

Deborah Rogers
Multi Housing Advisors

Wyndham Hotel Group Multiplies Wingate and Hawthorn Footprint in Canada

Chip Ohlsson
PARSIPPANY, NJ (May 16, 2016) – Committed to expanding the Canadian presence of two of its top-performing midscale brands, Wyndham Hotel Group today announced multi-unit agreements with PHI Hotel Group to develop 25 Wingate by Wyndham hotels over the next 25 years and 15 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham hotels over the next 15 years.

The agreements multiply Wingate’s footprint in Canada by five times its current size and establish Hawthorn’s presence in the country. PHI Hotel Group has already executed on three Wingate hotels for development in 2016, and has another eight hotels in its existing portfolio currently under construction.

Half of Canada’s population identifies as middle class, a demographic that desires to travel but has a limited budget. According to Phocuswright, Canadians are traveling domestically more frequently, making midscale hotel brands such as Wingate and Hawthorn an ideal travel solution.

The hotels, most of which are new construction, will open as soon as 2017 and reside in top Canadian travel markets such as Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, and Halifax.

Sukhi Rai
“These agreements demonstrate our steadfast commitment to continued growth in Canada,” said Chip Ohlsson, Wyndham Hotel Group’s chief development officer. “We’re targeting Canada’s leading cities - where travelers really want to be - with two incredible brands that guests embrace for their convenience, quality, and experience.”

“Wingate and Hawthorn stand out for us and for our guests, offering thoughtful, consistent experiences under a trusted name,” said Sukhi Rai, president of PHI Hotel Group. 

“This collaboration is a natural fit, bringing Wyndham Hotel Group’s powerful scale and industry-leading technology efforts to life through two brands that travelers adore. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship together.”

Wyndham Hotel Group’s hotels in Canada represent approximately 6% of its global portfolio – and that number is growing quickly. Wyndham Hotel Group boasts a robust pipeline of 46 hotels with more than 4,000 rooms in Canada, gearing up to surpass 550 hotels in the country. Currently, 11 of the company’s 16 hotel brands have a presence in Canada, including Baymont Inn & Suites®, Days Inn®, Dolce Hotels and Resorts®, Howard Johnson®, Knights Inn®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Ramada®, Super 8®, Travelodge®, Wingate by Wyndham® and Wyndham Garden®.

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham is an extended-stay brand offering guests a home away from home designed to help them maintain their routine whether their stay is for a week, a month or a year. Wingate by Wyndham offers guests everything they need to stay connected, on-schedule, productive and ready for whatever comes next.

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

Gabriella Chiera
Wyndham Hotel Group
22 Sylvan Way,
Parsippany, NJ, 07054
(973) 753-6590

Investors Pursue Strengthening Southwest Industrial Market; JLL closes $66 million sale of Phoenix, AZ Metro Portfolio

Bo Mills
 PHOENIX, May 11, 2016 – A large portfolio of industrial space located in one of the country’s fastest growing metro areas is bound to attract significant investor attention: the proof is in the sale of the three-property Phoenix Metro Portfolio.

JLL’s Capital Markets experts closed the $66 million sale on behalf of Duke Realty Corporation. Exeter Property Group purchased the assets.

Managing Directors Bo Mills and Mark Detmer led the JLL team on the transaction.

“Phoenix’s industrial market is increasingly on investors' radar due to its connectivity and favorable yields compared to tier one markets,” said Mills. “This portfolio represented an incredible opportunity to acquire a critical mass of institutional-quality warehouse product in a business-friendly market.”

The three properties total 937,655 square feet and are leased to six, diverse tenants:

• Riverside Business Center, totaling 603,909 square feet of cross-dock distribution space
• Estrella Buckeye, totaling 250,157 square feet of distribution space
• 2021 S 51st Avenue, a truck terminal totaling 83,589 square feet
For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Stacey Hershauer
 +1 480 600 0195

MBA Opens Doors Foundation Launches “Text-to-Give” Feature at National Secondary Market Conference in New York

Debra Still

 NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2016) – The Mortgage Bankers Association Opens Doors Foundation (MBA Open Doors) today announced that it is accepting “Text-to-Give” donations.

MBA President and CEO David H. Stevens, CMB, made the announcement during his opening remarks to the conference. 

MBA Opens Doors is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to families with a critically ill or injured child by making their mortgage or rent payment.

Any Opens Doors Foundation supporter with a cell phone can text “ODF” to the number “20222.” 

Once the donor confirms the return message a donation in the amount of $25.00 is made to the Foundation. A one-time $25.00 donation is charged to the donor’s wireless bill or prepaid balance.

“The attendees at MBA’s conventions have already been very generous. 

More than $20,000 has been raised at MBA’s meetings in 2016 alone, through small donations of individual members moved to give by the stories of families that Opens Doors has helped,” said Debra Still, Foundation Chairman and CEO of Pulte Mortgage. “By using ‘Text-to-Give’ we can streamline that process and make it much easier for individual members to give not only at our conferences and meetings but throughout the year.”

David H. Stevens

Opens Doors is currently able to pass on 100 percent of the donations it receives to families in need of assistance. Potential recipients of the grants are identified through the Foundation’s ongoing relationship with children’s hospitals in Washington D.C., Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and Houston.

Opens Doors is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible. For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, please go to
For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Ali Ahmad
(202) 557-2727

Michigan State Students Cameron Armstrong and Di Wang Win 2016 Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA) Student Case Competition

Kim Gauthier

BOSTON, MA, May 16, 2016—The Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA) today announced that senior Cameron Armstrong and junior Di Wang of Michigan State University were selected as the 2016 winners of the Tenth Annual HAMA Student Case Competition.

 The MSU team was chosen from a select field of top hotel schools that also included the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Denver.  

Di Wang
Student teams researched and prepared a case study from a list of topics that currently impact the hotel industry. 

Wang and Armstrong presented on “How to Best Reach Chinese Millennials via Social Media,” a task they noted was all the trickier due to China’s restrictions on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

 The University of Denver’s Chris Allmann and Jon Willis focused on the “Minimum Wage Increase on the Lodging Industry” and how to mitigate its impact.  Samantha Martin and Charles Garber were chosen to represent The Pennsylvania State University and researched, “Out of Control Third Party Commissions,” offering insights into how best to work with OTAs.

“Each year, I continue to be more impressed by the level of sophistication and insight from tomorrow’s future hotel leaders,” said Kim Gauthier, HAMA education chair and senior vice president of Hotel Asset Value Enhancement.  

“While these students still are in the learning phase of their very young careers, their perspectives shine new and interesting light on problems that we deal with on a daily basis as professional asset managers.  

It is HAMA’s goal to embrace and nurture these young minds as they grow into our industry.”

Samantha Martin
                Working with a HAMA member and their respective university professors, student participants were required to give a multi-part presentation, complete with research paper and accompanying PowerPoint, over the course of two sessions that included initial and revised findings.

 Topics included “Rising Minimum Wage,” “Rising Health Care,” “Social Media Management Issues and Trends,” “Room Design – What Does the Future Room Look Like,” “Out-of-Control Third-Party Commissions (Primarily Group Airbnb/VRBO),” “Alternatives for Room Service,” and “Wi-Fi Solutions.”

  Winners received an all-expense-paid trip to HAMA’s Spring Meeting in Boston to meet and network with some of the industry’s leading hotel asset managers. 

  In addition to the award presentation, the two-day event also hosted a number of informational sessions and group meetings to discuss the latest industry trends and share best practices.

                “With governmental restrictions on sites like Facebook and Twitter, it is a challenge to reach Chinese Millennials via social media,” noted Wang.  “That being said, there certainly are Chinese equivalent sites that allow hoteliers to reach this hugely profitable traveling segment.”

                “Our goal was to find alternatives that allow socially proactive organizations to place better advertising and interaction opportunities in front of this target audience,” added Armstrong.

 “This competition has been a huge learning experience for us, not just regarding this immediate issue, but through working with established asset managers and seeing things from that discipline’s viewpoint.  This award really validates our decision to pursue careers within the hospitality industry.”

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

Chris Daly, media
(703) 435-6293

The Preiss Company Acquires Two Student Housing Properties in New Joint Venture; Brings to Seven Acquisitions Year-to-Date

Donna Preiss
 RALEIGH, NC, May 16, 2016—Officials of The Preiss Company, the nation’s third largest, privately-held, student housing owner-operator, today announced that it had formed a joint venture with a private investment group to acquire two student housing complexes in Raleigh, N.C., for an undisclosed amount. 

The transaction brings to seven the number of properties transacted by Preiss year-to-date.  Both student housing units -- the 440-bed College Inn and the 288-bed University Village at 2505 -- will continue to be operated by The Preiss Company.

“Preiss previously was a joint venture partner in these properties,” said Donna Preiss, founder and CEO of The Preiss Company.  “Our former partner had achieved its objectives with these assets and wanted to harvest the return on their investment.  

“We have a diverse number of strategic partners with different investment criteria.  This allowed us to work with another of our investor partners to acquire these assets which still have great upside,” she said.

“Coming into 2016, Preiss set a goal of adding 10 properties,” she noted.  “We have the largest pipeline in our history and could exceed that goal by as early as this summer.

“ Based on our current rate of acquisitions, we will have an exceptional year, perhaps a record. There are a large number of properties on the market, ranging from those that would benefit from major renovation/repositioning to those that need more focused management. 

“There also remains opportunities to develop new properties.  Financing remains attractive, and we see continued demand growth.  We continue to believe this is an excellent time to be investing in student housing.”

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

Amy Barger, Vice President of Marketing
The Preiss Company
(919) 532-1114

Atlantic | Pacific Companies Partners with Rockpoint Group to Develop Two New Luxury Properties in South Florida

Alex Lastra
MIAMI, FL – Miami, Florida Atlantic | Companies (A|P Companies), is pleased to announce the affiliation with The Rockpoint Group for two properties in South Florida: The Atlantic | Cypress Creek and The Atlantic | Delray Beach, which are anticipated to begin leasing in fourth quarter 2016.

Alex Lastra, Senior Managing Director of Atlantic | Pacific Development remarked “We are excited to partner with Rockpoint Group on these two quality south Florida developments. 

These developments will be ‘best in class’ assets that will provide residents at both communities with all of the amenities of a luxury home within your apartment and the latest in cutting edge amenities within the resort style clubhouse and throughout the Community.”

Previously stated in the announcement of the groundbreaking which was made in February 2016, the two properties are ideally situated.

 The Atlantic | Cypress Creek between I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike along Commercial Blvd (one of Broward Counties most traveled arteries) and The Atlantic | Delray Beach, which is minutes from the vibrant Atlantic Avenue, which is the heart of Delray Beach.

 The Atlantic | Cypress Creek will be a 420-unit luxury apartment community and The Atlantic | Delray Beach will have 346 luxury apartment homes.

For more information about A|P and its array of real estate services including development, property management, affordable housing and construction, visit or call (800) 918 – 1145.

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

Jessica Wade Pfeffer | Jessica Wade Inc. | 305.804.8424
Margie Sernik | Jessica Wade Inc. | 786.200.2516