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  • Oct
    22

ARA Newmark Announces the Sale of a 260-Unit, Core Plus Community in Jensen Beach, FL

October 22, 2015

Jensen Beach, FL (October 2015) — ARA, A Newmark Company (ARA Newmark) announced the sale of Pineapple Cove, a 260-unit, luxury, garden-style apartment community located in Jensen Beach, Florida in Martin County. The property sold for an undisclosed price and was approximately 97 percent occupied at the time of sale.

The seller, Ram Realty Services (Ram) was represented by the ARA Newmark team of Executive Managing Directors Avery Klann and Hampton Beebe, Transaction Manager Jonathan Senn and Vice Chairmen Dick Donnellan and Marc deBaptiste, in the transaction.

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail as well as residential properties in the Southeast. Ram has notable history in Martin County, having developed Martin Downs, Martin Downs Town Center, Martin Square Mall, Pineapple Commons, Coquina Cove and Willoughby Cove. Currently, Ram has an active pipeline of over 2,500 units throughout the Southeast including exciting urban infill projects in West Palm Beach, Hollywood, and Doral, Florida.

PCCP, LLC (PCCP), in a joint venture with Silverpeak Real Estate Partners (Silverpeak) and Atlanta, Georgia-based Carroll Organization (Carroll) were the buyers. Carroll is a privately held owner and operator of multifamily real estate with approximately $2 billion of assets under management, and 18,000 units owned and operated. PCCP is a premier real estate finance and investment management firm focused on commercial real estate investments. Silverpeak is a full-service, diversified real estate investment and advisory business with over $10 billion of gross real estate assets under management. The company also manages real estate on behalf of commingled funds, separate accounts and for its own account.

Built in 2004, Pineapple Cove features lush, tropical landscaping and Spanish-style architecture surrounded by more than 55 acres of pristine wetlands. Community amenities include a tiki bar, a sparkling saltwater pool, a spa, a business center and a fitness center. Apartments are thoughtfully appointed with washers and dryers, spacious balconies, walk-in closets, wood plank flooring and vaulted ceilings.

“The acquisition of Pineapple Cove represents a unique opportunity for Carroll to own one of the top performing assets along Florida’s Treasure Coast, also known as Florida’s Research Coast, which consists of Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties,” said Klann. “We have seen a strong trend of South Floridian’s moving north along the coast, resulting in stellar growth in the area. The population within the Research Coast has increased nearly 37% in the last five years, attracting investment with the construction of new retail, entertainment and housing opportunities. Furthermore, incomes in the area are 14% higher than the state average – an excellent economic indicator for the area’s future potential.”

“We are very pleased with the outcome and what it means for our institutional partners; Pineapple Cove was one of Ram’s longest held and best performing assets,” commented Jennifer Stull, Ram Managing Director of Asset Management. “This is a bittersweet moment for us. Ram’s roots are in Martin County, but today we are focused primarily on urban infill projects like The Mark (Boca Raton, FL) and The Alexander (West Palm Beach, FL). To have achieved so much success in Martin County is a great affirmation of our vision, strategy and execution.”

About ARA, A Newmark Company 

ARA, A Newmark Company is the largest full-service investment advisory firm in the nation that focuses exclusively on the brokerage, financing and capital sourcing of multihousing properties including conventional, affordable, distressed assets, notes sales, seniors, student & manufactured housing and multihousing land. ARA Newmark comprises the country’s top investment professionals who leverage a unique and fully integrated cooperative business platform of shared information, relationships and technology driven solutions. ARA Newmark’s unified enterprise approach ensures that clients are delivered the broadest asset exposure, effective matching of buyers and sellers, and the shortest transaction timeframes in the industry. The combination of global resources, unparalleled market expertise and nationwide presence in the multihousing marketplace has resulted in an annual production volume of more than $12.4 billion in real estate transactions in 2014. For detailed information on ARA Newmark’s extensive multihousing investment services, visit www.aranewmark.com.

About Newmark Grubb Knight Frank 

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NGKF’s 12,800 professionals operate from more than 370 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents.

With roots dating back to 1929, NGKF’s strong foundation makes it one of the most trusted names in commercial real estate. NGKF’s full-service platform comprises BGC’s real estate services segment, offering commercial real estate tenants, landlords, investors and developers a wide range of services including leasing; capital markets services, including investment sales, debt placement, appraisal, and valuation services; commercial mortgage brokerage

services; as well as corporate advisory services, consulting, project and development management, and property and corporate facilities management services. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com.

NGKF is a part of BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets. BGC’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol (NASDAQ: BGCP). BGC also has an outstanding bond issuance of Senior Notes due June 15, 2042, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: BGCA). BGC Partners is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick. For more information, please visit www.bgcpartners.com.

About Ram 

Founded in 1978, Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties. Ram is currently investing Ram Realty Partners III LP, a value-added fund targeting retail and multifamily properties in select high growth markets in the Southeast. Since 1996, the company has deployed in excess of $2.0 billion of capital. Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ramrealestate.com.

About Carroll Organization 

Carroll Organization is among the leading privately-held real estate companies in the United States. Founded in 2004 and based in Atlanta, Carroll Organization focuses on multifamily properties, including acquisitions, property and asset management services, and fund management. The firm provides investment vehicles for a broad range of investors to access the multifamily real estate asset class and has raised over $700 million of equity through Carroll Organization sponsored funds and joint ventures. Carroll has successfully purchased and developed over $2 billion of real estate. Carroll Organization’s regional offices are located in Houston and Miami. Today, the company manages approximately 18,000 multifamily units in six states and has purchased other multifamily owner/operators throughout the U.S. The firm has also developed student housing, single-family residential and retail properties, and has overseen $50 million of construction management for both its owned and fee partners. From due diligence to execution, Carroll Organization has the internal capabilities and the external relationships to identify, underwrite, and close transactions. For more info, visit www.carrollorganization.com.

  • Oct
    6

Ram Acquires Doral Site

October 6, 2015

via The Real Deal, by Katherine Kallergis

On the heels of selling a newly completed apartment community in downtown Boca Raton, Ram, a real estate development, management and investment company, has closed on a new development site, records show. And the seller is tied to a Salvadoran billionaire family.

Ram Columbia Doral, an affiliate of the Palm Beach Gardens-based company, paid $19 million for the 17-acre property at 2520 and 2611 Northwest 84th Avenue. Avante Limited, tied to Transal Corp., was the seller, according to Miami-Dade County records. Eduardo Poma is listed on the seller’s corporate records.

The Poma family of El Salvador owns Grupo Poma, an automotive, real estate, industrial and hotel company. Salvadoran billionaire Ricardo Poma was an original investor in Bain Capital.

Ram, which operates in the Southeastern United States, also closed on $48 million in financing for the parcels. PNC Bank is the lender. The firm has plans for a 332-unit, Class-A garden apartment community on the site, according to a press release. The one, two and three-bedroom units will be spread throughout 13 three-story buildings. Amenities will include two pools, green space, a gym, business lounge and condo-quality finishes.

The development site surrounds a cul de sac. The InterContinental at Doral Miami Hotel, at 2505 Northwest 87th Avenue, is sandwiched by the two properties. The hotel was not included in the sale. Previous sales information for the properties was not available.

KAST Construction will break ground this month. Units will be delivered in early 2017, according to Ram.

“The whole purpose of this project is to provide Class-A apartment opportunities for people who work in Doral,” Hugo Pacanins, managing director of residential development at Ram, said in a statement. “People commute from all corners of south Florida to work in Doral, creating immense traffic problems. Intercontinental Village will help alleviate those issues.”

Doral has seen an influx of big name tenants and new developments this cycle. Its urban transformation includes the of addition two mixed-use, master-planned communities: Downtown Doral, developed by Codina Partners, and CityPlace Doral, developed by the Related Group, Shoma Homes and Prudential. Sergio Pino’s Century Homebuilders Group is also planning a mixed-use development, Midtown Doral, a four-phase development near the corner of Northwest 107th Avenue and Northwest 74th Street.

Last week, Ram sold the Mark at Cityscape, a 12-story apartment complex with retail and parking, for nearly $82 million.

  • Sep
    30

Ram Sells Newly Built Boca Apartments

September 30, 2015

via The Real Deal, by Sean Stewart-Muniz

Ram Realty Services, a development company based in Palm Beach Gardens, just closed on the $81.74 million sale of its newly built apartment community in downtown Boca Raton.

The community is called the Mark at Cityscape, at 11 Plaza Real South. It’s a 12-story apartment complex with 208 units, 18,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and an attached parking garage with 686 spaces.

Ram, which finished construction on the complex this month, sold the community to the Monogram Residential Trust, according to Palm Beach County records.

Monogram is a real estate investment trust based in Texas. It specializes in buying and operating multifamily companies and has a portfolio of 54 properties spread throughout 11 states, according to the REIT’s website.

The deal breaks down to $393,788 per unit and $426 per square foot. Both prices set state records for a multifamily rental sale, according to data from commercial brokerage CBRE, which represented Monogram for the sale.

Asking rents at the building are also some of the highest in Palm Beach County, averaging $2,320 per unit. At the time of the sale, Ram said the apartments were nearly 80 percent leased.

The Mark is part of a 4.5-acre development site in the heart of downtown Boca, which Ram has owned for the last nine years. It’s split into three parts: a roughly one-acre parcel where the Kolter Group is building a Hyatt-branded hotel, another one-acre parcel where the Palmetto Park office building sits, and the 2.3-acre site where Ram built the Mark apartments.

Ram first purchased the property for $42 million in 2006 on behalf of a private equity fund, Ram Realty Partners II. The company’s plans to redevelop the property were halted when the recession hit, but Ram re-launched its apartment project in 2013.

This year, the company re-platted the 4.5 acres into three sections and beginning selling them off. In March, Kolter paid $5.5 million for its one-acre parcel where the Hyatt Place Hotel will be built. And in September, Ram sold the office building for $25.7 million to Kireland Management LLC.

“This investment reflects the benefits of being patient and focusing only on high quality real estate. As a direct result of that focus and a conservative capitalization structure, we were able to hold the asset through a difficult economic environment and ultimately deliver a project that benefited our investors and the community,” Ram CEO Casey Cummings said in a statement. “While we have a high level of confidence in the long-term prospects for Boca Raton, we were fortunate to have received a compelling inquiry from a high quality institution like Monogram. We continue to look for other similar opportunities throughout South Florida.”

  • Sep
    25

Florida Firm Completes Second Phase at South Charlotte Apartment Complex

September 25, 2015

via Charlotte Business Journal, by Will Boye

Ram Realty Services has completed and leased the second phase of its Rock Creek at Ballantyne Commons apartment complex in south Charlotte.

The Florida-based development and real estate investment company bought the former Piper Station complex, near the intersection of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Rea Road, in late 2012 for $23.5 million. In 2013, it bought an adjacent 6.6-acre parcel for $4.1 million.

The adjacent parcel became the site for a four-building, 118-unit second phase of apartments. The development firm started construction on the second phase in December 2013 and started preleasing the units last November. The second phase is now fully leased.

Ram also renovated the existing 212 units, clubhouse and pool deck, and it built a new freestanding fitness center. Occupancy for the entire complex is 97%.

  • Sep
    24

Developer Sells Office Portion of Boca Mixed-Use Site

September 24, 2015

Via The Real Deal, by Sean Stewart-Muniz

An office building that’s surrounded by new development in downtown Boca Raton was just sold for $25.7 million.

The building is a mid-rise structure with 73,918 square feet of interior space, according to Palm Beach County property records. It was built in 1997 and was most recently owned by developer Ram Realty Services, which paid $45 million to acquire both the building and the 4.5-acre parcel it occupied in 2006. At the time, most of the land at 120 East Palmetto Park Road was occupied by surface parking lots.

The parcel has since become a major redevelopment site for downtown Boca Raton. Ram has sold or developed much of the original surface parking, with only 1.1 acres remaining for the original office building.

Last week, Ram re-platted the offices to separate them from the other development sites. An LLC titled Kireland Palmetto Park filed a deed Tuesday to acquire the offices, also known as the Merrill Lynch building. The recorded price was $25.7 million. Corporate records show the company is managed by Alex Kurkin, a lawyer in Aventura.

Surrounding the building is a newly constructed apartment tower to the south, and a Hyatt-branded hotel that’s currently being developed to the west.

Ram wrapped up construction on a 12-story, mixed-use building dubbed the Mark at Cityscape earlier this year. It has 208 apartments and 18,052 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. The project occupies 2.3 acres of the original parcel’s southern end. The developer also built an eight-story parking garage with 679 spaces to replace the surface parking it redeveloped. It services the apartments, retail and office portions of the project.

In March, Ram sold roughly one acre of the land to the Kolter Group, where the developer is currently building the 200-room Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton. The recorded price for that chunk was $5.5 million.

  • Aug
    17

Ram works with Loggerhead Marinelife Center to clean Juno Beach

August 17, 2015

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Ram employees and their families participated in the Ram-sponsored beach clean-up, put on by Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Juno Beach, Fla. – August 17, 2015 – Ram Realty Services, a leading developer and real estate investment manager throughout the Southeast, sponsored Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s August beach clean-up in Juno Beach, Fla., last weekend. LMC is a non-profit that promotes conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles.

Ram sent a team of 16 employees and their family members to help clean trash off of the stretch of beach located just outside of the LMC facility on U.S. Hwy 1, where a variety of endangered sea turtles make their nests.

Ram and other community volunteers ultimately cleaned up 70 pounds of litter off of the beach in just one hour.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center holds a beach clean-up every month, with the next clean-up being the International Coast Clean-Up, a national beach-cleaning initiative, held on Saturday, September 19, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. For more information on events at LMC, ocean conservation and sea turtle protection, visit www.marinelife.org.

About Ram

Founded in 1978, Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties.  Ram is currently investing Ram Realty Partners III LP, a value-added fund targeting retail and multifamily properties in select high growth markets in the Southeast.  Since 1996, the company has deployed $1.7 billion in real estate transactions.  Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ramrealestate.com.

About Loggerhead MarineLife Center

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is dedicated to ocean conservation efforts specifically through education and research efforts of LMC staff and volunteers, and is a leading authority in sea turtle education, research, and rehabilitation.

  • Aug
    11

Two-phase value-add strategy at Rock Creek at Ballantyne completed

August 11, 2015

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  • Ram completes two-phase, value-add strategy for existing apartment community
  • Property is 97 percent occupied

Charlotte, N.C., August 11, 2015 – Ram Realty Services, a leading developer and real estate investment manager throughout the Southeast, is excited to announce the completion and lease-up of Phase II of Rock Creek at Ballantyne Commons, an upscale apartment community located in the Ballantyne neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C. Phase II contains 118 new apartment units in four buildings and is 100 percent occupied.

Ram purchased the property, previously named Piper Station Apartments, in December 2012. Upon acquisition, the property included 212 apartments and a stalled townhome development on an adjacent seven-acre property. Ram executed an aggressive two-phase value-add strategy.

Phase I redevelopment began in January 2014 and encompassed renovations to the existing 212 units, clubhouse, pool deck and surrounding landscape, as well as the ground-up construction of a new fitness building. Phase I concluded in July 2014, with the exception of continuous upgrades of apartment interiors.

Phase II construction began in December 2013 on the adjacent lot, including development of three buildings totaling 113 new apartment homes, and the renovation of five existing town homes.

Ram began pre-leasing Phase II in November 2014 to strong market demand. Combined occupancy of both phases is currently 97 percent.

 

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  • Aug
    10

Residential Supply in WPB to Increase by 4,000 Units

August 10, 2015

Via The Real Deal South Florida

West Palm Beach has more than 20 condominium and multifamily projects planned or under construction, and almost all of that is in downtown West Palm.

Thirteen of those are condo projects, with 2,052 units, and at least eight apartment projects with about 2,000 planned or under construction. Most are concentrated in the area between Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard at the north end, Okeechobee Boulevard at the south end, Flagler Drive on the east end, and Australian Avenue on the west end.

Those additional units will generally be welcome in an area where demand exceeds supply, say local real estate pros. “Right now we need more product developed,” Robert Kemp, a Realtor who markets new condos in the CityPlace South Tower, told The Real Deal. “We have only 22 more developer units to sell. Once this is done, there are basically no new condos to offer. Prices will keep going up.”

The most expensive planned condo project is the Bristol, at 1112 South Flagler Drive, across from the Intracoastal Waterway. It has 69 units, with an average price tag of about $10 million. Prices range from $1,350 per square foot to $2,600 per square foot. Al Adelson, a partner at the building’s developer, Flagler Investors Inc., told TRD that more than 20 percent of the building’s square footage has been sold, and he hopes the building will sell out by March.

But Jack McCabe, CEO of McCabe Research & Consulting, is skeptical about the project. “I don’t think that will work — maybe on the other side of the Intracoastal,” he told TRD, referring to West Palm Beach. “That even exceeds the boom-time prices of 2005.” While West Palm needs more living quarters overall, “you can make the case that the upper end of the condo market may see a correction,” because it’s oversaturated, McCabe said.

As for apartments, the 85-unit Alexander Lofts is 55 percent occupied, according to sales staff. It opened in June at 326 Fern Street. Its studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments start at 550 square feet and range in rent from $1,335 to $2,450.

McCabe expects apartment projects to thrive. Aside from Alexander Lofts, “existing apartments and condos for rent are essentially full — 95 percent occupancy and above,” he said. “We are looking at rental rates increasing 10 percent or more annually. There’s growing demand, but finite inventory. Little has been built since 2008 to 2009.”

Veteran real estate attorney Harvey Oyer of Shutts & Bowen said that what might work best in downtown West Palm is a combination of ultra-high end projects like the Bristol and micro apartments, such as 400-square-foot to 550-square-foot units being considered by developer Jeff Greene at his 550 Banyan Boulevard property.

“We need something that’s different in price, size and location,” Oyer said. “We want to see the market get better, but the downside is you’re pricing people out. That’s why building in fringe areas, or denser projects, or smaller units may take hold.”

  • Jul
    29

Ram Expands Retail Leadership with Key Hire

July 29, 2015

  • Ram appoints Brian Maloney as Managing Director of Retail
  • Maloney brings 14 years of asset management, transactional and retail leasing experience to the team

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., July 29, 2015 – Ram Realty Services, a leading developer and real estate investment manager throughout the Southeast, has named Brian Maloney as Managing Director of Retail. Mr. Maloney will lead the retail group’s leasing and investment activities. He will report to Jim Stine, President, and is based in Ram’s Fort Lauderdale office.

In his 14 years in the real estate industry, Mr. Maloney has amassed a broad spectrum of valuable experience. After earning his J.D. from the University of Georgia, Mr. Maloney practiced law with a focus on real estate transactions. In 2005 he joined McGuire Realty as a Development Manager where he directed the underwriting and entitlement of commercial assets. Most recently Mr. Maloney served as Vice President of Retail Leasing with Edens where he was responsible for retail leasing as well as the redevelopment, acquisition and disposition of commercial assets.

“We’re committed to growing our retail portfolio throughout the Southeast US and I believe that Brian has the perfect combination of experience, knowledge, and relationships to lead that effort,” said Ram President Jim Stine. “Brian has a strong track record across all aspects of leasing and acquisition, as well as a strong working knowledge in the markets where we are active. We’re pleased to have him as a member of our team.”

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Chris Kieffer

Ram Realty Services

ckieffer@ramrealestate.com

561-282-4626

 

  • Jul
    23

Ram Sells Florida & Waters Shopping Center

July 23, 2015

  • Ram sells Florida & Waters Shopping Center to Saglo Development Corporation
  • Florida & Waters Shopping Center is a 159,097 SF asset located in Tampa, Fla.

Tampa, Fla., July 22, 2015—Ram Realty Services, a leading developer and real estate investment manager throughout the Southeast, has announced the sale of Florida & Waters Shopping Center to Saglo Development Corporation.

The 159,097 SF center is located on the southwest corner of North Florida Avenue and Waters Avenue in Tampa, FL. Notable tenants include Save-A-Lot, Citi Trends, Magic Mall Flea Market, CAC Medical Center, Wendy’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. Florida & Waters was 87.9% occupied at the time of sale.

Ram acquired Florida & Waters in November 2004 from The Greco Family, LP as part of its Community Reinvestment Partners Fund. Ram completed significant capital improvements in 2009, including an updated façade, roofing, parking lot improvements, and additional signage.

About Ram

Founded in 1978, Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties.  Ram is currently investing Ram Realty Partners III LP, a value-added fund targeting retail and multifamily properties in select high growth markets in the Southeast.  Since 1996, the company has deployed $1.7 billion in real estate transactions.  Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ramrealestate.com.

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