NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ORIX Corporation USA (ORIX USA), the U.S. and Latin America business hub for Tokyo-based ORIX Corporation (ORIX), announced today that it completed the acquisition of Hunt Real Estate Capital, LLC, a subsidiary of Hunt Companies, Inc. ORIX USA will combine Hunt Real Estate Capital with its two ORIX Real Estate Capital brands, Lancaster Pollard and RED Capital Group, to form a full-service entity with the goal of emerging as a top-tier national commercial real estate lender.
“The combined organization will possess the capital, national presence, servicing capability, and range of debt and investment solutions to address the needs of the entire commercial real estate community more flexibly than traditional banks and other lenders,” said Terry Suzuki, ORIX USA President and CEO.
The newly created company will be led by industry veteran James P. Flynn, Hunt Real Estate Capital’s President and Chief Investment Officer. Together, the annual transaction production for Hunt Real Estate Capital and ORIX Real Estate Capital exceeded $9 billion in 2019 with a combined servicing portfolio of more than $40 billion.
“This is an exciting opportunity to create a premier commercial real estate finance platform with a national reach,” Flynn said. “The combined company will benefit from our complementary talents and expertise, our shared culture of high-quality service and our extensive base of loyal clients.”
“ORIX USA will integrate these three companies into a single business unit over the next several months with the ability to provide diverse capital products and solutions for our customers and partners,” Jerry Abrahams, Chief Executive Officer for ORIX Commercial Mortgage Servicing Group said. “We are bringing together the talent of these organizations and are confident that this new business entity is poised for growth and leadership across the commercial real estate space.”
ORIX Corporation USA (ORIX USA)
Since 1981, ORIX USA has provided innovative capital solutions that clients need to propel their business to the next level. ORIX USA and its subsidiaries — Boston Financial Investment Management, ORIX Real Estate Capital (the combined company of RED Capital Group and Lancaster Pollard), NXT Capital, Mariner Investment Group, RB Capital and ORIX Capital Partners—include a team of more than 1,000 employees spanning more than 30 offices across the U.S. and Brazil. ORIX USA and its family of companies have $64 billion of assets under management, administration and servicing (including more than $9 billion held by the company and its subsidiaries).* Its parent company, ORIX Corporation, is a publicly owned international financial services company with operations in 37 countries and regions worldwide. ORIX Corporation is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (8591) and New York Stock Exchange (IX). For more information, visit orix.com.
*All figures are as of March 2019.
Hunt Real Estate Capital
Hunt Real Estate Capital, a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation USA, is a leader in financing commercial real estate throughout the U.S. The Company finances all types of commercial real estate: multifamily properties (including small balance), affordable housing, office, retail, manufactured housing, healthcare/senior living, industrial and self-storage facilities. It offers Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA in addition to its own proprietary loan products. Since its inception, the Company has structured more than $30.6 billion of loans and today maintains a servicing portfolio of more than $16.3 billion. Headquartered in New York, Hunt Real Estate Capital has over 270 professionals in 25 locations throughout the U.S. For more information, visit huntrealestatecapital.com.
ORIX Real Estate Capital
ORIX Real Estate Capital (OREC), the combined company of RED Capital Group and Lancaster Pollard, provides specialized capital solutions for multifamily, affordable, seniors and health care real estate together with its affiliated companies. The OREC companies have financed approximately $100 billion in total transaction amount and originate $6 billion annually, with a servicing portfolio of $25 billion. OREC is a Fannie Mae DUS®, Map- and Lean-Approved FHA, and Freddie Mac OptigoSM Small Balance lender. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the company has approximately 330 employees in offices nationwide. ORIX Real Estate Capital is a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation USA, which provides investment capital and asset management services to clients in the corporate, real estate and municipal finance sectors. For more information, visit orixrealestatecapital.com.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements: These documents may contain forward-looking statements about expected future events and financial results that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on our current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results that differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, those described under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and under “(4) Risk Factors” of the “1. Summary of Consolidated Financial Results” of the “Consolidated Financial Results April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019.”
Toronto Real Estate: Rental Prices Continue to Go Down – RE/MAX News
The Toronto real estate market has a reputation for being hot! Jam-packed with amenities, there are so many reasons why homebuyers and renters flock to this dynamic, metropolitan city.
Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused shifts for some parts of the market. For instance, no longer are certain segments eager to rent in the Toronto market, leading to sliding rental prices. Further, precautions to ensure safety during the virus even caused some to reevaluate their current lifestyles, impacting activity within the Toronto rental market as a whole.
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Toronto Real Estate Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic
A sharp contrast to the purchasing market which seemed to rebound in a few months and had record-high sales in September, the Q2 rental market in Toronto was clearly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has had prolonged effects on this segment of the market overall. By the end of the second quarter, there were 24.8 per cent fewer apartment rentals on the market compared to Q2 of 2019.
State of Toronto Rental Prices
According to the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), in Q2 the average one-bedroom condominium apartment rent was $2,083, down five per cent from Q2 2019. Meanwhile, the average two-bedroom condominium apartment was renting for $2,713, which is a 5.6-per-cent decrease from the same quarter the previous year.
There are several reasons why rental prices are being pushed down in the Toronto market:
- Condo supply has brought a lot of inventory back to the market.
- Job loss during the pandemic could have reduced financial power for renters, causing many to stop searching.
- Restrictions on showing homes could have also halted renters from searching for an appropriate unit.
- Less migration due to COVID-19 border control has resulted in fewer new immigrants renting in the city.
- Students have been spending less time in the city due to post-secondary school closures or the shift toward online learning models.
Rising Toronto Rental Inventory
As the virus raged on, there was a continuation of rental listings versus rental transactions, leading to growth of the overall market. This has resulted in less competition in the market due to increased inventory and perhaps lowered demand thanks to changing housing preferences.
According to the TRREB, the number of condominium apartments on the market was up by 42 per cent year over year. Now that renters now have more choice, this has led to year-over-year declines in average rents in Q2.
Yet, condo owners are considering either turning their properties into long-term rentals or selling altogether. This could result in further supply in the coming years.
Typically, landlords have had the upper hand in this market, often resulting in bidding wars. Yet, for renters who have the financial means, recent conditions allow them to benefit from a more balanced market.
Shifting Preferences Emerge in Toronto Housing Market
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented shift took place. Due to social distancing and other public safety protocols, people were forced to spend the majority of their time confined to their condos.
The boundary between home and workplace was quickly blurred when many businesses pivoted to remote working arrangements and schools shut their doors, prompting parents to homeschool.
Many condo and apartment dwellers were uncomfortable with the shared spaces of a multi-unit living environment such as a lobby, elevators and other facilities. The required close proximity to others induced fear and anxiety.
For those who rent condos in Toronto, the time spent cooped up inside led to increased desire for larger floor plans and access to green space. While the benefits (and glamour) of city-living were long sought after, the limitations of a city lifestyle were quickly realized during the pandemic.
This shift is evident in the increased demand in neighbouring suburban areas like Durham region.
Low Interest Rates
The Bank of Canada slashed its benchmark interest rate to 0.25 per cent; great news for those looking to jump into the housing market. Renters who have been sidelined pre-pandemic due to expensive housing, may now be able to borrow money at a reduced rate. These move up buyers can be another factor explaining lower demand for rental units and the resulting downward trend in rental rates.
The Toronto real estate market has historically been a popular, highly competitive place to rent a property. Yet, demand and activity in this segment of the market have declined. While COVID-19 exposed challenges to city living, there are also seismic shifts in the attitudes people have toward their living arrangements. As homebuyers are setting their sights upon properties and communities promising more indoor and outdoor living space, some renters are also following this trend, leading to decreasing rental demand and prices within the city.
Saint John tenants nervous about Historica real estate deal – CBC.ca
A major real estate transaction in uptown Saint John has many tenants concerned.
Hazen Property Investments has sold 20 of its buildings to Historica Developments.
They include the McArthur on Germain Street and another 12-unit building on the west side to name just a couple.
“My gut feeling was anxiety — stress,” said Jeff Arbeau, who has been renting from Hazen for years.
Hazen is known for good-quality units at reasonable prices.
Historica is known for fixing up older buildings and turning them into luxury units.
We kind of realize there’s probably too many high-end expensive units that most people, we understand, can’t afford.– Keitch Brideau, Historica
Their prices “far exceed” Arbeau’s price range.
Historica rents typically range from $1,200 to $2,000 a month, while Hazen’s are $400 to $700.
“It would have a massive impact ability on my ability to live,” said Arbeau.
Many of his neighbours are also worried.
The information package they received from the new owner asked for debit pre-authorizations for rent payments and promised continued “exceptional” service but didn’t make any assurances about future rental fees.
“They don’t have to worry about it,” said Keith Brideau, president and founder of Historica.
Brideau said his company is not planning to increase rents for any current tenants or to change fees for parking, heat or lights.
That’s because he won’t have to recoup investments for any major upgrades.
“They’ve done an excellent job of taking care of their properties,” said Brideau. “Some of them are real gems.”
As tenants move out, he said, units will get things like fresh paint, refinished floors, and new countertops.
Future tenants, might be charged $50 to $150 a month more than the current rates.
“We definitely aren’t going to be pricing people out of the market,” said Brideau.
Historica is looking to expand into the “middle market,” he said, where rents range from $500 to $1,000 a month.
“We kind of realize there’s probably too many high-end expensive units that most people, we understand, can’t afford.”
Arbeau said another concern of his is about losing the “mom and pop” service he had from Hazen.
“You can contact them with a need, and they’ll get to you right away,” he said. “They know your name. They help you any way they can.”
Brideau said his company is aiming to match or improve the level of service.
“I’ve spent many a Christmas Day in a furnace room trying to get a furnace going with my dad,” said John Hazen, general manager of Hazen Property Investments.
Hazen’s grandfather bought the company’s first building 100 years ago.
Hazen said he had a heavy heart about the sale, but it was a good business opportunity and the right choice for his family.
Hazen had 13 employees. That’s being reduced to about seven.
Some of the people losing their jobs were close to retirement, he said, and all are receiving severance packages based on their years of service.
Hazen still has 270 units, including Regency Towers on the east side, some on Coldbrook Crescent, and one on the west side.
Municipal leaders have been inundated with messages about the Hazen sell-off.
Their buildings are “little micro-communities,” said Coun. Donna Reardon, who represents Ward 3, which includes the uptown and central peninsula.
“Those neighbours will look after each other,” Reardon said. “People who are in them are there for a long time. … If you’re there seven or eight years, you’re one of the newbies in a lot of Hazen’s buildings.
“So, that is upsetting to think that your neighbours may have to move, or you may have to move out.”
Everyone’s “major concern,” she said, “is that rent will go up extraordinarily.”
There aren’t any rent control mechanisms available to the city, but Reardon said she expects the market will control itself to some degree.
“He can skyrocket the rents, I suppose,” said Reardon, “but what will the market bear in Saint John?”
Reardon said she’d be interested in exploring best practices across the country on rent controls, but she is reluctant to do anything that would stifle development and growth.
Information Morning – Saint John22:06Historica developer pledges no rent hikes
Some are worried that Historica may own too big a share of the local housing market and that this will give it monopoly-like power over prices and availability of apartments.
Historica now owns nearly 40 buildings containing a total of about 400 units.
Brideau estimated that represents five per cent or less of the rental market.
Julia Woodhall Melnik’s big concern is potential gentrification — the displacement of people who live uptown because it’s affordable.
“Where are they displaced into?” asked the assistant professor and director of the laboratory for housing and mental health at UNB Saint John.
The north end is one possibility, said Woodhall Melnik, but deficiencies in the public transit system would make it difficult for vulnerable populations to get to uptown services.
Saint John promotes itself as having relatively low housing prices when it comes to buying, she noted, but limited rental stock means rents are less affordable.
Woodhall-Melnik is hoping developers and landlords will take advantage of government funding available for rent subsidies and affordable housing developments.
Information Morning – Saint John15:33We continue the conversation on affordable housing
Brideau agreed affordable housing is a big issue and said he “would like to be part of that solution.”
He said Historica might announce something on that front within the next year.
Brideau said more construction is happening now in Saint John than he’s seen in the last 20 years. He noted one non-profit building is going up now on Wellington Row.
Reardon said affordable housing is “on everybody’s radar.”
She noted there are still many vacant lots in peninsula neighbourhoods.
Toronto's hot real estate market may cool down in coming months – Toronto Sun
A new survey shows the aggregate price of a home in the GTA increased by 11% year-over-year to $922,421 in the third quarter of 2020.
This Royal LePage House Price Survey says the median price of an average two-story home increased 12.2% year-over-year to $1,082,502 in the third quarter of this year.
The price of a bungalow jumped 10.6% year-over-year to $887,156.
During the same period, condominiums in the GTA saw prices rise 6.8% year-over-year to $599,826.
Strong home price gains were seen in Toronto where the price of a home rose 11.1% year-over-year to $975,980.
The median price of a standard two-story home rose 15.5% year-over-year to $1,483,510. And the price of a bungalow increased 11.3% year-over-year to $974,295.
The average price of a condominium increased 4.9% year-over-year to $644,903 during the same time frame.
“Demand from the delayed spring market has continued through the third quarter,” said Debra Harris, vice president for Royal LePage Real Estate Services Limited. “The seasonal slowdown is expected in the coming months, but given the recent strength of September, we will likely see a more brisk fourth-quarter market than the previous year.”
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