Monday, January 23, 2017

KTGY-designed Muir Pointe in Hercules, CA Expects to Open Models in Early 2017

Muir Point, Hercules, CA

OAKLAND, CA -- International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Muir Pointe featuring 144 single-family homes within two neighborhoods, The Cove and The Tides, will be the newest residential community to open at the 106-acre Bayside master-planned community in the city of Hercules, Calif.

Built by Taylor Morrison, a leading national homebuilder and developer, and designed by KTGY, Muir Pointe’s waterfront location offers easy access to freeways and public transportation and provides a convenient commute to major employment centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Models for the new community are currently under construction and are slated to open in February 2017.

Situated on the beautiful San Pablo Bay and surrounded by parks and natural open spaces, Muir Pointe offers a timeless collection of five highly customizable home designs to choose from in a variety of architectural styles. Muir Pointe features a stunning all-new collection of two- and three-story homes ranging in size from 2,017 to 2,651 square feet with three to four bedrooms, two-and-one-half to four bathrooms and a two-car garage.

Jill Williams

The new homes of Muir Pointe are designed to capture the charm and appeal of the historic neighborhoods in the area. Most of the homes will feature large decks or porches allowing the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living.

The plans offer traditional first-floor living and dedicated bedroom suites, perfect for guests or multi-generational families. The three-story homes are ideally situated to take advantage of Bay views with a double balcony, great rooms, and master bedrooms situated to the front. Some of the community amenities include children’s play area, soccer field, picnic and community garden areas and outdoor exercise area.  

“The new homes of Muir Pointe encapsulate all that we have learned from years of devotion to developing the charm and appeal of Central Hercules,” said KTGY Chairman Jill Williams, AIA. “We walked the existing neighborhoods with the City’s Design Review leaders and collaborated on how to build upon the City’s success.”

Williams adds, “Muir Pointe was a great opportunity to merge historical references with energy efficient, current design trends. The new homes are one more step forward to achieving the City of Hercules’ vision for a vibrant TOD.”

For more information on this new waterfront community, see Muir Pointe sales center is located at 625 John Muir Parkway, Hercules, CA 94547.

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

Anne Monaghan                                             
Monaghan Communications                        

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NAI Realvest Names Andrew McCaw Vice President of Tenant Representation


Andrew (Andy) McCaw

Robin L. Webb
 ORLANDO, FL --- NAI Realvest, one of central Florida’s largest commercial real estate services companies, named Andrew (Andy) McCaw, FMA, Vice President of Tenant Representation.

Robin L. Webb, CCIM, managing director at NAI Realvest said McCaw has 32 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.  For the past 20 years, he has specialized in serving the needs of local, regional and national corporate tenants and buyers.   

A graduate of Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management, McCaw also holds a Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) designation. 

In his new role at NAI Realvest, McCaw will serve as an advisor to office tenants and buyers and represent them in the leasing and purchase of properties.

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

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142

Illustrated Properties Welcomes Dina Shiber as Relocation Manager

Dina Shiber

PALM BEACH, FL,  Jan. 23, 2017 – Illustrated Properties, a Keyes Family Company, is proud to announce Dina Shiber has joined the company as Relocation Manager. In her new role, Shiber will facilitate the seamless relocation of individuals and families to the markets Illustrated serves.

Born in Portugal, Shiber has lived in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Cuba, Timor, Brazil, Namibia, Jordan and Qatar.  She holds a business degree in Hotel Management, which she acquired in South Africa. She is fluent in three languages: Portuguese, Afrikaans and English. She moved to the United States two years ago, after spending the previous 16 years working in Qatar in the Middle East.

Denise Talboy
Shiber managed an expat relocation division for one of the biggest Architect/ Project Management firms in Qatar. She was responsible for settling in and housing all expat employees’ families. 

Dina has relocated and housed more than 3,000 expat employees in Qatar and she prides herself in providing professional counseling and personal attention for all her relocating families.

As Shiber has lived and worked around the world, as well as relocated herself, she understands just how stressful a move can be and is always making sure that each transferee’s relocation is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

“We are excited to have Dina join our team. Her track record of success speaks for itself and we know she will be able to assist our customers with the best service,” said Denise Talboy, Vice President, Global Relocation and Corporate Services.

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

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142

NAI Realvest's Paul P. Partyka Earns Prestigious CCIM Designation

Paul Partyka

ORLANDO, FL  -- Paul P. Partyka, partner at NAI Realvest and former Mayor of Winter Springs, recently received the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the CCIM Institute recognizing him as an expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate.  

He also serves on the Central Florida CCIM Board.

Partyka completed all of the requirements including the Institute’s comprehensive studies and testing, and demonstrated a vast portfolio of experience.  

CCIMs must be proficient in the areas of investment analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis and financial analysis for commercial real estate.

With more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate in Central Florida focusing on tenant representation, brokerage, investment, development, sales and leasing, Partyka was named one of the Top Ten Producers in 2015 by Central Florida Commercial Assn. of Realtors. 

Among the more than 150,000 commercial real estate professionals in the United States, only an estimated 6 percent hold the CCIM designation.     CCIM members are responsible for an approximate US$400 billion annually of real estate transactions globally. CCIM Institute is a commercial affiliate of the National Association of Realtors and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142

NAI Realvest Negotiates Office Leases in East Orlando, FL Totaling More than 14,000 Square Feet

Mary Frances West
ORLANDO, FL--- NAI Realvest recently negotiated office leases in East Orlando totaling 14,182 rentable square feet, including a new lease to a Sturbridge, Mass.-based mortgage firm for its new Orlando location at La Vina Marketplace, 9161 Narcoossee Rd. 

Mary Frances West, CCIM, Vice President at NAI Realvest, represented Landlord, Ripley’s International, LLC in the transaction.   The tenant, Northpoint Mortgage, Inc., leased Suite B-200 with 2,097 square feet.

At The Citadel III, 5950 Hazeltine National Drive, West negotiated a lease renewal on behalf of Landlord Citadel Partners, LTD.  The tenant Air Transport IT, who occupies 12,095 square feet is an IT consultant serving airports and airlines.

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

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142

HFF completes acquisition of Leon Partners in London

Michael Kavanau
DALLAS, TX –– HFF, Inc. (NYSE: HF) (HFF) announced today that it has successfully launched its U.K. operations with the completed acquisition of Leon Partners Limited (Leon Partners), a London-based independent real estate advisory firm focusing on investment banking and corporate finance. 

The opening of the London operation represents HFF’s 24th office location and the first outside of the U.S.

David Church and Raj Somchand, founding members of Leon Partners, bring their collective 50 years in the business, recently with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Leon Partners, to lead the London office’s corporate finance and investment banking business.

In addition, Michael Kavanau, senior managing director and former co-head of HFF’s Chicago office, has relocated to London.  Mr. Kavanau brings his 30 years of experience with HFF in the U.S. to lead the London office’s equity and debt placement business.

In second quarter 2017, Jamie Pope will join the firm to co-head the London office alongside Mr. Kavanau and Mr. Church, in addition to leading the investment platform.

Mr. Pope was most recently managing director of CBRE’s Central London Investment division and has more than 21 years of experience.  He will be joined by his colleague, John Starkie, who will also specialize in the acquisition, disposal and strategic consultancy of commercial property within the Central London market. 

 “We are incredibly excited about HFF’s expansion into London and the broader U.K. market given London’s pre-eminent position among the worlds’ great financial and commercial real estate centers,” said Mr. Kavanau.  

“The HFF London office offers an extraordinarily talented team of individuals and we look forward to providing the U.K. market a unique alternative for commercial real estate financial service needs.”
Jamie Pope
HFF’s London office offers a full spectrum of commercial real estate capital markets transaction services in the U.K., including investment banking/corporate finance, investment transactions and debt and equity placement.

 As one of the largest and most successful commercial real estate intermediaries, HFF incorporates capital markets knowledge with local real estate expertise to successfully complete a diverse mix of real estate transactions, regardless of size or complexity. 

HFF’s business model is solely focused on providing capital markets services to its clients, and therefore does not invest, lease or manage real estate assets, thus mitigating conflicts of interests with its clients. 

 HFF, Inc. was ranked in Fortune magazine's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies for four years: 2012 – 2014 and 2016, and with its predecessor companies has closed in excess of $610 billion in transactions since 1998. 

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

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

HFF secures financing for San Antonio, TX apartment community

Cortney Cole

 OUSTON, TX –– Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced it has secured financing for French Place Apartments, an 84-unit, garden-style apartment community in San Antonio, Texas.

HFF worked on behalf of the borrower, Venterra Realty (Venterra), to secure the seven-year, fixed-rate loan through Freddie Mac’s (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) CME Program.  The securitized loan will be serviced by HFF, a Freddie Mac Multifamily Approved Seller/Servicer for Conventional Loans.

French Place Apartments is located at 109 West French Place in San Antonio’s Monte Vista neighborhood just north of downtown and just west of Brackenridge Park.  

The property is proximate to some of San Antonio’s top attractions, including The Alamo, Riverwalk, The Pearl Brewery mixed-use development, Northstar Mall and local schools, including Trinity University, University of Texas at San Antonio’s Downtown Campus and San Antonio College. 

The property’s units feature one- and two-bedroom floor plans with fully-equipped kitchens, walk-in closets and patios/balconies.  Common area amenities include a swimming pool, barbeque grills, courtyards, laundry facility and covered parking.  The property was 97 percent leased at the time of closing.

The HFF debt placement team representing Venterra was led by managing director Cortney Cole.

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

Olivia Hennessey
Public Relations Coordinator
HFF | 9 Greenway Plaza Suite 700 | Houston, Texas 77046
tel 713.852.3403 | fax 713.527.8725 |