August 2017 -
RealtyShares recently closed two industrial real estate financing transactions on both coasts of the United States.
The recent projects, located in the San Francisco and Boston metropolitan areas, highlight the company’s capacity for both debt and equity capital sourcing, as well as for faster and easier financing for a full range of commercial asset types. (article continues below)
In San Francisco, RealtyShares secured an $8.7 million loan for a mixed-use industrial warehouse located in the city’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. Total financing for the project, which was structured to include both institutional and crowdfunded capital, was comprised of $6.6 million from an institutional partner and $2.1 million raised from the RealtyShares’ crowdfunding platform.
This project marked the first commercial real estate investment in San Francisco for which RealtyShares sourced debt from an institutional lending partner. It also represented a unique opportunity for the RealtyShares network of accredited investors to participate in a commercial real estate transaction in an attractive market.
The 30,000 square foot facility is located in San Francisco’s rapidly growing SoMa submarket, an area in high demand for tech office space according to data from CBRE
“The competitiveness that we're seeing in the San Francisco market today makes this investment opportunity particularly unique," said Bryan Schultz, Vice President at RealtyShares.
“We were able to leverage our institutional partnerships to participate in a desirable project with high-caliber sponsorship,” he continued. “By doing so, we gave our network of individual investors the opportunity to invest alongside institutional capital in a quality commercial property—a project that would otherwise be nearly impossible for them to access." (article continues below)
Elsewhere, in Littleton, Massachusetts, RealtyShares deployed an additional $1.5 million common equity investment for a large warehouse and distribution facility located just 30 miles outside of Boston.
The investment was sponsored by Novaya Real Estate Ventures, an owner/operator of investment real estate throughout New England. The 480,000 square foot modern warehouse and distribution facility is located to the northwest of Boston with easy access to major cities in the region.
“We’re focused on finding opportunities to acquire properties at an attractive basis, add value and exit in a relatively short time frame,” said James Alden, Principal at Novaya.
“The shift in retail from in-store to online shopping is changing the face of distribution,” he continued, “with many companies moving their warehouse facilities away from the middle of America and establishing end-of-the-line fulfillment facilities closer to major cities. As a result, we are seeing growth in industrial real estate in New England, with increasing sales and rents coupled with relatively low improvement and leasing costs.”
The New England Distribution Center represented an opportunity for RealtyShares investors to diversify their real estate portfolios with an attractive industrial asset located in a market showing growth in reaction to shifts in traditional retail.
“To be able to work with a reputable operator such as Novaya, in a transaction like this, highlights RealtyShares’ flexibility and sophistication in providing liquidity to top-notch sponsors,” said Ashby McElveen, Senior Director at RealtyShares.
“By leveraging the capabilities of our sponsor partners, we’re creating unique opportunities for our investors to participate in projects that might otherwise be inaccessible to them.”
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