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Mogul Minute 07/13/2016

Here at, we keep our finger on the pulse of all things real estate, from finance to technology and everything in between. We make a point of sharing interesting articles and think pieces among staff to help our team stay abreast of the market, and ahead of the curve.

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Student Housing Sector Continues to Outperform (National Real Estate Investor)

  • $2.6B was invested into the student housing sector in 1Q16 – the largest quarter since 2006. About half of this total is coming from foreign investors with $1.4B coming from the huge portfolio deal between Scion, Canada Pension Plan, and GIC.
  • With regards to demand drivers, the article cites the most crucial elements of student housing as “real enrollment numbers, location, sponsor strength, and site operation experience.”
  • On average, the student housing sector is seeing cap rates just north of 6.0% - however, core Class A product (enrollment of 30,000+ students) are trading at a 100 basis point premium.
  • Texas A&M was named as one of the few schools that is seeing oversupply.

Demand for Apartments Bounces Back in Second Quarter (National Real Estate Investor)

  • An interesting trend is developing between Class A and Class B/C apartments as the vacancy rate continues to widen in Class A properties and narrow in Class B/C properties. As of 2Q16, the vacancy rate for Class A is up to 6.1% versus the vacancy rate of 2.7% for Class B/C apartments.

2016’s Best Large Cities to Live in (WalletHub)

  • WalletHub compared the largest 62 cities across 31 different metrics including “measures of livability, health and education system quality, economic growth, and tax burden.”
  • Here are the top 10:
    • San Francisco
    • Seattle
    • Raleigh
    • Colorado Springs
    • Denver
    • San Jose
    • Austin
    • San Diego
    • Minneapolis
    • Washington DC
  • Followed by the bottom 10:
    • Chicago
    • Riverside
    • New Orleans
    • Indianapolis
    • Baltimore
    • Philadelphia
    • Fresno
    • Cleveland
    • Memphis
    • Detroit
  • A map showing the geographical distribution of the cities – blue are the cities with the lowest ranking (the best) and orange are the cities with the worst rankings (worst livability scores):

Google, LinkedIn strike stunning 'grand bargain' for property swap in Mountain View, Sunnyvale (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

  • Two huge rivals, Google and LinkedIn have agreed to swap real estate in a transaction that will better consolidate their operations and help expedite each company’s vision for a corporate campus. The move includes 1 million square feet of existing real estate and over 2.4 million square feet of future development capacity.

Brooklyn Office Project Gets Push Forward with NYC Zoning Votes (National Real Estate Investor)

  • Brooklyn is getting its first brand new office building in more than a generation as the New York City Council has approved the plans to build a 480,000 SF office and light-industrial development near the Williamsburg waterfront at 25 Kent Avenue. Toby Moskovits’s Heritage Equity Partners is co-developing the building with Rubenstein Partners, a Philadelphia-based real estate investment firm.


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Tim evaluates investment opportunities as well as performs due diligence and writes content for various equity and debt transactions. Outside of the office, Tim is an avid sneaker collector, a passionate health and fitness advocate, and a dedicated podcast enthusiast.

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