It took about six years, three real estate agents and an auction, but a sprawling Springbank estate has finally sold.
The French chateau-inspired property known as Terre Blanche sold at an auction on Monday for $5.88 million — less than a third of the original $20 million asking price.
And according to Mark Evernden, the Century 21 Bamber Realty agent who advised the listing, it’s still the most expensive home sold in Alberta so far this year.
“It’s a very unique home, in regards to not just the size, but the actual finishings throughout the house,” Evernden said.
“It was a full-custom home, built around a family of five children and the parents, and it was their estate.”
Terre Blanche took four years and over $15 million to build, and was completed in 2008.
The 17,500-square-foot property boasts 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, four floors, an elevator, a movie theatre, a basketball court, six fireplaces, a six-car garage and sweeping mountain views.
It was designed by Arthur Fishman, and not built to be sold; rather, Evernden said it was initially intended to be a family home.
“It was really set for a large family to enjoy and entertain,” he said. “It was a very warm and … livable home. You know, at that level, it was very impressive.”
However, life changes, plans evolve, and Everndem said owners of real estate like this often consider moving into one of their other residences — even if it means leaving behind what was intended to be a legacy home.
But when the homeowners eventually decided to list Terre Blanche for $20 million in 2015, it sat.
Then, in 2017, it was listed again — for $15 million — and it sat.
Earlier this year, it was listed a third time, for nearly $10 million.
“They’ve been trying to sell this house, unfortunately, for approximately six years … [but] the market did not support that asking price at that time, and the reductions then followed,” Evernden said.
“You’re dealing with a very small percentage of the population that can afford these types of homes, and the economic landscape of Alberta has definitely put higher pressure on the reduction of these types of properties.”
An auction became the option the homeowners gravitated toward after trying to sell the mansion without success.
It’s a unique process, Evernden said, because instead of waiting around for qualified buyers, they come to you.
“The auction process brings the buyer to the property, as opposed to waiting for the buyer to come to the property. It’s a unique process, and the owners felt that was the path they wanted to go down,” Evernden said.
That doesn’t mean the selling price wasn’t disappointing for the homeowners.
“The abundance of interest was extremely high in this economic landscape. So, we felt we had a really strong opportunity here … we were disappointed, myself included, disappointed in the result,” Evernden said.
“[But] they’re happy it’s sold, they’re happy for the new owners.”
And the new owners, Evernden said, are happy, too.
“They know the value, they’re very savvy as well,” Evernden said. “They’re very, very pleased with the results for themselves, absolutely.”
Planon acquires a majority stake in real estate software company Reasult BV – Canada NewsWire
NIJMEGEN, Netherlands, Jan. 20, 2021 /CNW/ — The Planon Group and Reasult today announced that Planon has acquired a majority share in Reasult B.V., founded in 2000 and headquartered in Ede (the Netherlands). Reasult is a software company that optimizes the financial performance of real estate portfolios and projects. Reasult’s leading software solutions are used by real estate developers, asset managers and housing corporations in the Dutch- and German-speaking markets. Example customers are Amvest, a.s.r. real estate, VolkerWessels and HANSAINVEST.
The Reasult software suite includes solutions for real estate development, asset- and portfolio- management, valuation management and financial planning. Planon will combine the Reasult applications with its own solutions for asset management and tenant management and engagement, into one software suite. By doing so, Planon aims to support real estate owners and investors in optimizing the performance of their property portfolio from a financial, building operations and tenant engagement perspective.
“This acquisition is one of the first steps in Planon’s ambitious goals to accelerate its future growth. Planon firmly believes in the strength of Reasult’s solutions and its organization, both from a technical perspective and due to its extensive market knowledge and experience. It is therefore Planon’s plan to continue to expand the Reasult software suite, as it has done with previously acquired solutions such as SamFM and conjectFM. I am very excited about this acquisition and the possibilities it will offer to customers of both organizations to further develop their current solutions into an end-to-end property portfolio management solution,” said Pierre Guelen, CEO and founder of the Planon Group.
“As co-founder of Reasult 20 years ago, I am very excited about becoming part of a fast-growing global specialist in the field of building operations and service digitalization. With this move, Reasult will be able to further fulfil its strategy of offering a leading platform for optimizing real estate in the broadest sense. As part of a market leading organization, our customers and employees will benefit from this strategic step. The Planon and Reasult solutions are complementary which drives synergy and innovation. This collaboration will allow us to serve our customers in the best way possible and deliver innovative products to help real estate companies be ‘the best in class,'” said Aart Zandbergen, CEO at Reasult.
Medicine Hat's real estate market holds steady in 2020 – CHAT News Today
But as far as sales go, it’s very close to the city’s standard and is comparable to the 10-year average.
House prices have even gone up a little bit. Devine says the 6 percent increase is due to the cost of the new and bigger houses being built.
Meantime, the average residential home price is almost $300,000 for homes in Crescent Heights, Crestwood, and Ross Glen.
Relatively speaking, Devine says our city has been fairly stable during COVID-19 in the housing market and it hasn’t changed a whole lot.
“I think overall, people that have money still have money. COVID doesn’t affect those people too much. Working people, obviously the interest rate makes a big difference. For young people buying their first homes, interest rates make a big difference. I think due to the diversity of Medicine Hat and the economy here I think that’s why there are so many people buying and getting into starter homes.”
Devine expects 2021 to be a busy year for Medicine Hat in the real estate market
“I think the biggest factor is going to be probably people wanting to get out of cities and to a city of our size that has a lot to offer and has room to basically spread out and people aren’t so congested. I think it will be a very good thing for the city a size of Medicine Hat.”
For the December 2020 market trend summary from the Alberta Real Estate Association visit this link.
And as far as real estate goes, Devine says Medicine Hat is probably one of the most stable places in the country.
“Due to the diversity of the city. Obviously, the oil patch has an effect on us, but the size of the city is very good, farming and ranching community, manufacturing community, we have a lot of different things going for us in this area, so it works really good for the real estate market and keeps it very stable.”
Neuberger Arm Commits $320 Million to Asia Capital Real Estate – BNN
(Bloomberg) — Almanac Realty Investors, an arm of Neuberger Berman, has committed $320 million to Asia Capital Real Estate, a private equity firm focused on workforce housing.
The investment, led by Almanac managing director Justin Hakimian, is set to anchor ACRE debt and equity funds that target multifamily properties catering to tenants who don’t qualify for subsidized housing but don’t earn enough to afford homes where they live and work.
It’s a corner of real estate that, unlike hotels and malls, hasn’t been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the firms said Tuesday.
“The uncertainty of the current economic climate has had acute effects for commercial real estate, which is causing many investors to seek out funds with a more secure risk-return profile,” ACRE founding partner Michael Van Der Poel said in a statement.
Since the onset of the pandemic, ACRE has made loans to borrowers such as City Club Apartments for properties in Detroit, Michigan and Cincinnati, Ohio, and to Sovereign Properties for a multifamily project in North Richland Hills, Texas. It has also sold buildings in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia, to Fillmore Capital Partners, among other exits.
“Middle-market multifamily assets offer a more stable long-term outlook than many other areas of the market,” said Van Der Poel, who leads ACRE alongside founding partners Les Menkes and Blake Olafson.
ACRE, which manages more than $1.8 billion, has more than 20,000 apartments in its portfolio. Almanac will own a minority stake in ACRE and anchor its fourth equity fund, which will make bets on multifamily properties in the Southeast, Midwest and Texas.
Other institutional investors have also stepped up their bets on workforce housing. Bobby Turner’s Turner Impact Capital in December said it raised more than $350 million for its second fund, garnering backing from billionaire Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Foundation, among others.
Neuberger last year acquired Almanac, which spun out of Rothschild in 2007, to bolster its real estate efforts. The firm has backed dozens of real estate owners and operators including Mack Real Estate Group, RXR Realty, Slate Asset Management and ReNew Senior Living.
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