CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Trilogy Investment Group and Pinnacle Partners are underway on a 68-unit build-to-rent townhome community in the North Davidson (NoDa) market of Charlotte. This marks the second development for the joint venture, which purchased the project from Pulte Homes during construction. Pulte will continue to serve as the construction manager, with the community scheduled for completion in phases through the fourth quarter of 2024. Monthly rental rates begin at $2,800, according to the property website.
Berkadia Arranges $37.5M Acquisition Loan for Single-Family Rental Development Underway in Port St. Lucie, Florida
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. — Berkadia has arranged a $37.5 million forward acquisition loan for Tavalo Tradition, a 216-unit build-to-rent development underway in Port St. Lucie. The buyer, an investment vehicle managed by GTIS Partners, is purchasing the townhome-style development from K. Hovnanian, which will deliver units through mid-2024. Scott Wadler and Matt Nihan of Berkadia arranged the financing through an unnamed national bank on behalf of GTIS, which will obtain the capital in draws. Tavalo Tradition will be situated within the 2,500-acre Tradition master-planned community. Units will come in two- and three-bedroom townhomes and average 1,387 to 1,494 square feet in size. Amenities will include pickleball courts, a fitness center, swimming pool, dog park, over 500 acres of lakes and 300 acres of parks.
HUTTO, TEXAS — Arizona-based developer Empire Group of Cos. has broken ground on Village at Hutto Station, a 276-unit build-to-rent residential project that will be located on the northern outskirts of Austin. Village at Hutto Station will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom homes with private backyards. Residential amenities will include a pool, outdoor grilling areas, a fitness center, walking paths, community clubhouse and a dog park. Construction is expected to last about two years and is being financed by a $62.4 million loan from Arbor Realty Trust. Tower Capital, an Arizona-based boutique advisory firm, arranged the construction debt. Empire Group of Cos. acquired the 30.6-acre site last fall for $11 million.
OAK CREEK, WIS. — Heyday has broken ground on Heyday Oak Creek, a 130-unit build-to-rent community in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek. The project marks Heyday’s second build-to-rent community in Wisconsin. Floor plans come in one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts ranging from 832 to 1,701 square feet. Each residence features an attached two-car garage with personal electric vehicle charging outlets. Private patios or covered porches accompany each home. Residents have access to bike and walking paths as well as a dog parka and community garden. Leasing is slated to begin in early 2024.
GEORGETOWN, TEXAS — A partnership between two Phoenix-based developers, Mosaic and NexMetro Communities, will build Avilla Berry Creek, a 224-unit build-to-rent residential community that will be located in the northern Austin suburb of Georgetown. The total development cost of the project is $66 million. Avilla Berry Creek will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom detached homes and duplexes that will range in size from 690 to 1,265 square feet and will include private backyards and front patios. The 25-acre site will also house communal amenities such as a pool, clubhouse, community garden and a dog park. Completion is slated for summer 2025.
139-home build-to-rent (BTR) residential community located at 2882 Rosebud Road in Loganville. Matthew Putterman, Danny Kaufman, Chris Knight and Ware Shipman of JLL represented the sponsor, a joint venture between Landeavor and LAMB Properties, to secure the five-year, floating-rate loan through a regional bank. Upon completion, Rosebud Place will include three- and four-bedroom homes ranging from 1,833 to 1,854 square feet. Homes will feature stainless steel appliances, in-home washers and dryers and attached two-car garages, and community amenities will include a resort-style pool, large dog park, children’s play area and walking trails.
WESTFIELD, IND. — CenterSquare has acquired Casey Corner, an 80-unit build-to-rent townhome community that is under construction in Westfield, a northern suburb of Indianapolis. The acquisition of completed homes will occur in stages as the project is built. The final deliveries are slated for February 2024. Units average 1,750 square feet with three bedrooms and attached two-car garages. The seller and purchase price were undisclosed.
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Single-Family Rental, Built-to-Rent Investment Sales Outlook Remains Positive Despite Economic Challenges
The multifamily sector is under general disruption from a variety of factors, such as falling valuations, financing difficulties, questions about forward net operating income, shifts in regulations and more. Chris Town, who works in commercial sales and leasing at NAI Latter & Blum in Baton Rouge, La., is an expert in single-family rental (SFR) and built-to-rent (BTR) investment sales. Town says that there are challenges, but a solid future ahead for the sector. The overarching challenges take the form of the Federal Reserve interest rate hikes. “It’s the major factor behind the immediate slowdown of home construction and home buying,” Town explains. “Another factor, of course, is land. These are true whether you’re talking true multifamily or the submarkets of BTR and SFR.” A combination of factors has created a tug-of-war among incentives. High interest rates, with home prices at or near historical highs, mean millions of people need places to live. Many of these potential homeowners have families and want the ameliorations and amenities of a detached single-family housing. “Depending on the metric and organization’s research used, you could say the country is five to six million units short on single-family homes,” Town says. The Larger Economy’s Impact on …
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When Zelman & Associates’ 2023 Virtual Housing Summit opens in September, Alex Virtue will take the stage as a newly appointed managing director who has been charged with expanding the firm’s investment banking coverage of multifamily and other commercial real estate property sectors. Virtue joined the institutional research advisory and investment firm in May with over two decades of experience in mergers and acquisition transactions and capital raising across real estate sectors in both the public and private capital markets. His resume includes senior positions with Merrill Lynch, Eastdil Secured/Wells Fargo Securities, CBRE Capital Advisors and Xebec, an industrial developer and asset manager. Zelman & Associates, founded in 2007, was acquired by Bethesda, Md.-based commercial real estate finance and advisory firm Walker & Dunlop in 2021. “My focus at Zelman and Walker & Dunlop is broadening the firm’s reach on entity-level transactions in multifamily and related housing sectors such as single-family rentals, built-for-rent, student housing, affordable housing and manufactured housing communities, as well as other commercial real estate sectors,” says Virtue “I would characterize my concentration as bringing traditional banking investment expertise, knowledge and services across the Walker & Dunlop platform and working with my colleagues to bring these advisory …
ASHBURN, VA. — A partnership between American Real Estate Partners (AREP) and GreenBarn Investment Group has acquired a development site in Ashburn, located in Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C. The site is fully approved for the construction of 200 build-to-rent homes. The price was $120 million. National homebuilder Dream Finders Homes originally acquired and entitled the site before selling it to the partnership. Genesis Capital, a subsidiary of New York City-based REIT Rithm Capital Corp., provided an $86.4 million loan to the partnership to fund both acquisition and construction costs. Rithm Capital is also an equity partner on the project. According to the property website, CityHouse Ashburn Station will consist entirely of three-bedroom units with an average size of 2,000 square feet. Preleasing for Phase I of the project is currently underway, and the development team expects to fully complete the community within the next 15 months. Residences will offer attached private garages, large island kitchens, full-size washers and dryers and various pieces of smart home technology. Residents will also have access to sports courts, communal green spaces, pet-friendly facilities and indoor/outdoor entertainment areas. Rents start at around $4,000 per month. “With this acquisition, …