(Bloomberg) — Real estate investment firm Hines has raised $625 million for a new fund dedicated to snapping up properties within the U.S.
Including a $100 million commitment from Hines, the open-ended, or perpetual, vehicle is projected to amass $1 billion by Sept. 30 with a goal of collecting about $1 billion per year in fresh capital in coming years, said Alfonso Munk, the firm’s chief investment officer in the Americas. The fund plans to supplement equity bets with leverage of roughly 40% to deliver so-called “core-plus” annual returns of 9% to 11%, after fees, he added.
The fund, known as Hines U.S. Property Partners, will initially focus on multifamily, industrial and other property types, said Adriana de Alcantara, its manager. Multifamily real estate, viewed as a “necessity” by Hines, offers growth in markets with favorable demographic trends, while industrial real estate — or warehouses — have significant tailwinds due to increased e-commerce penetration and the scarcity of land near large cities, she said. The new vehicle’s first purchase is expected to be a multifamily property in Austin, Texas, for more than $100 million, de Alcantara added.
“We also like niche sectors such as life sciences, data centers and self-storage,” she said, citing their strong performance through the pandemic. Within residential real estate, Hines is also exploring bets on student and senior housing. Unlike many other real estate investment firms, Hines manages its properties, which helps generate additional returns, Munk said.
“We also add value by modernizing and upgrading buildings to improve rents as opposed to buying something that is fully-leased and perfect,” he said, crediting Hines’s team of engineers and architects who facilitate renovations and installations of amenities.
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Hines is seeking opportunities in sub-markets within cities such as Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles and Dallas, Munk said. Its newest fund was backed by public pensions, insurance companies, family offices and non-profits.
The Houston-based, privately owned firm was founded by the late Gerald Hines and has $81.7 billion in assets under management.
Hines’s capital raise comes amid a broader effort by real estate investment managers to tap institutional investors. As of June 30, a record 1,240 real estate funds were seeking to raise an aggregate $360 billion, according to data provider Preqin.
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B.C. ‘clear’ there’s not enough housing as Vancouver encampment ordered dismantled
VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s acting attorney general says the province was “clear” with Vancouver officials that the Crown corporation responsible for subsidized housing does not have enough spaces available for people who are being told to dismantle their tents along a street in the city’s Downtown Eastside.
Murray Rankin, who is also minister responsible for housing, says housing is a human right, and the “deeply concerning scenes from Hastings Street demonstrate how much more work we have to do to make that a reality for everyone in our communities.”
Rankin in a statement Friday says BC Housing has accelerated efforts to secure new housing for encampment residents including pursuing new sites to lease or buy and expediting renovations on single-room occupancy units as they become vacant.
He says BC Housing is aiming to make a “limited number” of renovated units available next week, with more opening later in the fall.
Vancouver fire Chief Karen Fry ordered tents set up along Hastings Street sidewalks dismantled last month, saying there was an extreme fire and safety risk.
Police blocked traffic Tuesday as city staff began what’s expected to be a weeks-long process of dismantling the encampment but little had changed by the end of the week with most residents staying put, saying they have nowhere to go.
The city has said staff plan to approach encampment residents with “respect and sensitivity” to encourage the voluntary removal of their tents and belongings.
Community advocacy groups, including the Vancouver Area of Drug Users and Pivot Legal Society, have said clearing the encampment violates a memorandum of understanding between the city, the B.C. government and Vancouver’s park board, because people are being told to move without being offered suitable housing.
The stated aim of the agreement struck last March is to connect unsheltered people to housing and preserve their dignity when dismantling encampments.
The City of Vancouver may enforce bylaws that prohibit structures on sidewalks “when suitable spaces are available for people to move indoors,” it reads.
The province is not involved in the fire chief’s order or the enforcement of local bylaws, which prohibit structures on sidewalks, but it is “bringing all of BC Housing’s resources to bear to do what we can to secure housing for people, Rankin said.
“I recognize the profound uncertainty and upheaval people impacted by the fire order are facing, and we will provide updates on this work as we have news to share,” he said.
Rankin, who had been serving as minister of Indigenous relations, was appointed acting attorney general after David Eby stepped down to run for leadership of the B.C. NDP.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2022.
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Mismanaged trust accounts have landed a ban on residential real estate conveyancing for a B.C. lawyer.
A Law Society of BC tribunal panel has suspended Surrey lawyer Serf Grewal after determining he unintentionally misappropriated tens of thousands of dollars of trust funds.
Grewal was found to have committed several breaches of law society rules, largely related to real estate. As such he’s also been barred from future residential real estate conveyancing.
“The proven misconduct,” stated the society, “includes unintentional misappropriation of slightly over $42,000 of client trust funds, due to trust shortages and accounting errors, mishandling of a further $3,770 of client trust funds which resulted in a trust shortage that he did not report to the law society, improper withdrawal of $5,500 held in trust for fees before delivering bills to the client, failure to comply with accounting obligations over a four year period, and improperly commissioning an affidavit by not personally witnessing the attestation.”
Grewal’s suspension was said to be curtailed from what may have been a longer one, granted there was “evidence establishing that none of Grewal’s misconduct arose from dishonesty or deliberate misconduct for personal gain.”
As well, “the panel also considered evidence of a clear connection between Grewal’s misconduct and mental health issues related to childhood and personal trauma, and that the consequences flowed from his decision to report that trauma,” noted the society in a statement Aug. 10.
Grewal was also ordered to undertake trust account supervision and educational courses.
He claimed his annual income was in the range of $45,000 to $50,000 and so the tribunal panel afforded him 16 months to pay $9,000 in costs.
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