Real Estate – What Tends to make A Property Desirable?

Should you were to ask a group of folks hunting for any new dwelling what tends to make a particular city, town or neighborhood desirable real estate, you’d likely get similar answers from each of the respondents. What do these in-demand places have in popular? Take into account the following:

Downtown Living

The closer a person lives towards the center of town, the greater the cost. An individual who wants to become inside walking distance of where the action is will pay a premium cost for the privilege.

Close to Water

If you wish to reside near a body of water, you’ll need to dig deeper into your wallet. Ocean- or lakefront properties are generally more expensive than these situated further inland. Some individuals consider of this purchase as an investment and count on the worth on the property increasing immediately.

House owners may decide to use their house near the water as a holiday get-away place only. The property may be rented out when the owners will not be using it as a solution to defray the cost of owning and preserving the home.

Golf Course Nearby

When hunting for a new household in the event you see a sign indicating that a golf course is nearby, you realize you will be taking a look at a home in a incredibly desirable neighborhood. There is a thing about being close to a golf course that instantly suggests luxurious living.

Older Property

Older houses that make it onto the list of most desirable real estate had been most likely constructed at the very least a century ago. An individual enthusiastic about among these residences just isn’t only buying the constructing and the land it sits on; they’re also purchasing the sense of history that comes with all the house.

To them, older homes have far more character than their contemporary counterparts. The craftsmanship demonstrated by builders in days gone by is just not a thing that can very easily be duplicated today.

Huge Dwelling

When asked to describe their dream dwelling, men and women tend to speak about a spacious residence with significant, airy rooms featuring high ceilings. We want to keep away from the feeling of becoming cramped or obtaining our furniture jammed into a too-small space.

Close to Amenities

Individuals wish to live close for the conveniences of modern day life. The conveniences that are vital to us vary, based on what stage of life we’re in. Individuals with young families desire to reside close to schools. Based on what activities their youngsters are involved in, they might choose to reside close to a swimming pool, skating rink, soccer field, or a dance studio.

No one desires to drive for a extended distance to get to a buying center, day care center, church or synagogue, medical professional, dentist, dance studio mckinney or veterinarian. These individuals who perform out consistently will choose to live close to a fitness center.

The most desirable real estate locations have these elements in frequent. Every single person who photographs his or her dream home will give much more weight to specific things on this want list. Which ones would be in the prime of yours?

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp Rating Reiterated by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (ACRE)

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Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NASDAQ:ACRE)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by equities researchers at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a note issued to investors on Friday, Marketbeat reports. They currently have a $13.00 price target on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods’ target price indicates a potential upside of 4.42% from the stock’s previous close.

In related news, CEO Todd Schuster bought 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 12th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $11.60 per share, for a total transaction of $87,000.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link.

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NASDAQ:ACRE) traded up 0.89% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $12.45. 423,432 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $354.63 million and a P/E ratio of 13.39. The company’s 50-day moving average is $11.78 and its 200 day moving average is $11.71. Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp has a 12-month low of $10.90 and a 12-month high of $12.68.

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NASDAQ:ACRE) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 30th. The company reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.04. The firm earned $12.31 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $20.90 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.23 earnings per share. Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp’s quarterly revenue was up 32.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts anticipate that Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp will post $1.10 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be issued on Thursday, October 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, September 30th will be issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, September 28th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.03%.

Other equities research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. FBR & Co. raised shares of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $12.50 to $13.00 in a research note on Monday, July 6th. Zacks raised shares of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $13.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, May 8th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 27th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $13.17.

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation is a specialty finance company. The Company is focused on originating, investing in and managing middle-market commercial real estate (NASDAQ:ACRE) loans and other commercial real estate-related investments. The Company’s investment objective is to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns for its stockholders, primarily through dividends and distributions and secondarily through capital appreciation. In September 2013, Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation closed its acquisition of EF&A Funding, L.L.C, d/b/a Alliant Capital LLC.

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Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino's family moves from reality TV to real estate

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s family, whose reality TV show, “The Sorrentinos” went off the air a year ago, has found something new in which to invest their time: Manhattan real estate.

The New Jersey family, including mother, Linda, sister Melissa and brothers Marc and Frank, joined the real estate team that is part of Bond New York, one of the city’s largest residential brokerages, according to the Daily News.

“This is our next family venture and we’re in it to win it,” Maximo “Frank” Sorrentino told the News. “We want to sell big, multi-million-dollar penthouses.”

The agency is confident in the tanned clan.

“They’re impeccably dressed, they’re sharp and they’re hungry,” said Bruno Ricciotti, principal of Bond. “They’ll soon realize they can make a lot more money in real estate than from being on TV.”

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Noticeably absent from the team is Sorrentino, who has yet to take the broker exam, the family said. 

“It’s a matter of him putting in the time and effort to pass the test — which is not what Mike would normally do,” said Marc.

Perhaps Sorrentino is just preoccupied. He and his girlfriend Lauren Pesce are among the five “famous” couples starring in the latest installment of “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” which airs Fridays on WE tv.

RELATED: ‘Marriage Boot Camp’ a new reality for ‘The Situation’

While Melissa, who rented out a studio on the Upper West Side on her fourth day on the job, was the first in the family to get a deal, Marc may be the best suited for their new role. 

Marc has a master’s degree in real estate development and construction from New York University. Frank and Melissa, meanwhile, have experience in mortgage lending.

The Sorrentinos are not discounting a return to reality TV — perhaps this time, one centered on their real estate efforts. 

“Given the proper exposure, we are going to be larger than Frederik Eklund,” Maximo said, referring to the legendary star of “Million Dollar Listing New York.”

Sorrentino and older brother Marc are facing federal tax fraud charges. Authorities allege Sorrentino failed to pay taxes on more than $9 million in income that he and Marc amassed through various appearances and endorsements by the reality TV star. They both pleaded not guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States and filing false tax returns for the years 2010 through 2012. They are expected to stand trial later this year. 

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The List: Commercial Real Estate Brokerages

A Miami-based firm ranked first on the South Florida Business Journal’s list of commercial real estate brokerages.

The firm earned the top spot based on its 2014 aggregate dollar volume of sales and leases of $4.65 billion.

To see who topped the list, click through the photo gallery included with this post.

Newcomers or returnees to the list include Cresa South Florida, Fairchild Partners, Franklin Street, Orion Real Estate Group, Taylor & Mathis of Florida and The Keyes Co.

The complete commercial real estate brokers list includes contact information and previous year ranks.

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Provost Investment Trust, Chester Provost, trustee, to Chester Provost, 1294 Bug Hill Road, $1.


Roger Buzzell, also known as Roger S. Buzzell, and Pamela Buzzell, also known as Pam Buzzell, and Pamela T. Buzzell to Roger S. Buzzell Investment Trust, Roger S. Buzzell, trustee, Pamela T. Buzzell Investment Trust, Pamela T. Buzzell, trustee, 43 Martindale Road, $1.

Roger S. Buzzell and Pamela T. Buzzell to Roger S. Buzzell Investment Trust, Roger S. Buzzell, trustee, Pamela T. Buzzell Investment Trust, Pamela T. Buzzell, trustee, 277 South St., $1.


Leroy W. Provost Jr. Trust, Madeleine B. Provost of Holyoke, trustee, and Michelle J. Provost of East Wilton, Maine, trustee, to Madeleine B. Provost, Barns Road, $1.

Lucinda A. Ralston, also known as Ludinda Z. Zarish of Whitingham, Vt., to Michael Thorn of Turners Falls, 45 Bray Road, $82,000.


Carol A. Fowler, formerly known as Carol A. Murray, to Stephanie Gelfan and Wolfe Lowenthal of Amherst, 7 Hawk Hill Road, $270,000.

Marina M. Atwater of London, U.K., to Rotima SA, Inc., of Shelburne Falls, East Oxbow Road and Oxbow Road, land also in Heath, $1.


CR Homes, LLC, by attorney, of White Plains, N.Y., RDS Group, LLC, attorney, to Denis F. Bordeaux, 3 Main St., $12,000.


George R. Marchacos and Nancy J. Marchacos of Greenfield to Peter Cowley and Gina Bordoni-Cowley, 213 Greenfield Road, $267,900.


Paul C. Bassett and Elizabeth A. Bassett to Elizabeth A. Bassett, 204 Old State Road, $1.

Clinton K. Smith and Mary Smith, also known as Mary Gapinskii, to Gerald Gapinski, Mary Gapinski and Michelle Gapinski of Scotland, 24 Prospect St., $1.

Susan A. Sini to Leslie M. Brown, River Road, $53,000.


Jeffrey A. Suprenant and Marie E. Suprenant to Christopher R. Pelletier and Heather L. Pelletier of Northfield, 28 Walnut St., $239,900.


Troy Santerre, also known as Troy M. Santerre of Northfield, to Madeline R. Maxam, 10 Kent Ave., $162,200.

Richard J. DiGeorge and Carol A. DiGeorge of Bernardston to Monica Pfister Stillings of Amherst, 150 Barton Road, $207,000.

Michael R. Valiton of Austin, Texas, and Patricia R. Valiton to James E. Filipkowski and Brenda J. Filipkowski, 19 Emily Lane, Unit 19, Birches Condominiums, $181,665.

Edward Paul Smith, also known as Edward P. Smith, to Lisa Ranghelli, 16 Myrtle St., $190,000.

Country Club Road, LLC, to Valiton Investment Trust, Patricia R. Valiton, trustee, 5 Silver Lane and Silver Street, Unit 45, Silver Crest Condominiums, $262,900.

Charles F. Farrell and Diana B. Farrell of Essex Junction, Vt., to Elizabeth A. Wetherby of Vernon, Vt., 324 Davis St., Unit D, Townehouse Condominiums, $128,000.

Victoria G. Callahan, by attorney, Heather L. Callahan, attorney, to Benjamin D. Simanski and Kathleen K. Simanski, 54 Meadow Lane, $300,000.

Marc Platt and Susan Platt to Alexandra Stein of Oakland, Calif., 17 George St., $154,000.

Jamie Brunaccioni and Andrea Hill, now known as Andrea L. Brunaccioni, to Andre L. Daniere, 82 Meridian St., $180,000.

Casey Larkin and Katie Campbell-Nelson to Margaret E. Roberge of Northfield, 84 Cleveland St., $164,500.


Marina M. Atwater of London, U.K., to Rotima SA, Inc., of Shelburne Falls, East Oxbow Road and Oxbow Road, with 100 acres in Heath, land also in Charlemont., $1.


Aaron P. Somoza and Lisa A. MacCullough of Norwich, Vt., to Patrick A. Logan and Caitlin F. Vaughn, 16 North Leverett Road, $420,000.

Elizabeth W. Scheffey to Maxim A. Chekan and Shelby M. North of Amherst, 267 Shutesbury Road, $198,000.


Ernest F. Bourgeois Jr. Estate of East Haddam, Conn., Beth-Ann Hosking, personal representative, to Tyler A. Filiault of Monroe, 152 Main Road, $134,000.


William C. Wong and Ping Ngan Wong to Williams Wong Jr., Nancy Wong, Edward Wong, Diana Wong Slusarczyk and Sandra Wong Barile, 17 Vladish Ave., $1.

MKS Realty Trust, Vidya G. Patel, trustee, to Vidya G. Patel of Millers Falls, 33 East main St., $1.

Fannie Mae, by attorney, also known as Federal National Mortgage Association, by attorney, Harmon Law Offices, PC, attorney, to Daniel M. Majewski and Cynthia F. Majewski of Sunderland, 7 I St., $70,000.

Bernard J. Zewinski and Nancy H. Zewinski to Bernard J. Zewinski, 20 Norman Circle, $1.


Christopher R. Pelletier and Heather L. Pelletier to Jamie A. Brunaccioni and Andrea L. Brunaccioni, 609 Pine Meadow Road, $255,000.


Jason E. Drake to Jessica D. Drake, 161 Chase St., $1.

Harry E. Smith and Sharon L. Smith to Amy Gelinas, 80 Memorial Drive, $208,000.

Teresa L. Jennings to Teresa L. Jennings and Matthew A. Deleo, 63 Adams St., $1.

Michael Bahery of Medway and Jerome L. Willard to M. JEMMS, LLC, of Chelmsford, 90 West River St., $135,000.

Jean M. Sanborn of Westminster and Peter R. Cellana and Perry J. Cellana to Charles W. Schmieg Sr. and Katherine L. E. Moon, 176 Wheeler Ave. and Wheeler Evenue, Tract 2, $324,000.


James E. Sousa to Andrew J. Sousa of Taunton, 99 Brittingham Hill Road, $1.


Carol L. Mills Estate, Karen A. Shepherd and Stephan L. Shephard, personal representatives, to Barbara J. Watts, 30 Main St., $180,000.


David H. Jean to David H. Jean and Donald L. Babets, 503 Montague Road, $1.


Richard Scott Garant of Bangor, Maine, to Nicolas Naparstek of Sunderland, 163 West St., $85,000.


Brian J. Green and Kathleen M. Glynn to Mark Pereira and Amanda M. LaMontagne of Northampton, 172 State Road, $205,000.

Grace G. Dwight to Grace G. Dwight Revocable Living Trust, Grace G. Dwight, trustee, 167 Haydenville Road, $1.

REITs present attractive M&A option for real estate-heavy providers

Deals between hospital operating companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs) are expected to multiply as more providers realize it’s time to cash in on their bloated real estate portfolios.

Cost-intensive acute-care hospitals are just one piece of the entire continuum of care that health systems need to control. But as demand shifts, providers are determining which pieces of the system they need to own outright, and where they could monetize their real estate.

REITs too are banking on a continuing strong demand for healthcare services, as more people gain insurance and the population ages.

“What’s new is that we’re now seeing two REITs buying into the operations side,” said Mindy Berman, a healthcare practice lead in the capital markets group of JLL, an investment management firm specializing in real estate. “There’s been an increasing amount of competition to own hospital facilities.”

Capella Healthcare, a privately-held, Franklin, Tenn.-based hospital operating chain, earlier this week said it will be sold to a real estate investment trust in a $900 million deal. Medical Properties Trust, which focuses exclusively on acute-care facilities, will own Capella’s real estate, while operations of its 11 hospitals will be jointly owned and managed by the REIT and the chain’s senior management.

Private-equity firm GTCR has owned Capella since its founding in 2005.

“Capella chose MPT because we believe they have a differentiating strategy in acute care,” said Capella CEO Michael Wiechart. “REITs can access the capital markets very efficiently. As a capital partner, they do the heavy-lifting for us.”

Medical Properties Trust, for instance, can provide financing for further acquisitions. In addition, Capella is in the midst of a $26 million project at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs National Park, Ark., which will expand its cardiovascular and emergency department services. At Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Wash., Capella is investing $16 million in an operating room expansion.

The Capella transaction is the second this year in which a REIT purchased a hospital operating company and separated the real estate from its operations. Ventas in April forged a $1.75 billion deal to acquire Ardent Health Services from its private-equity owner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.

Similar to the Capella deal, Ardent’s current management and other investors will own the hospital operations, with Ventas retaining a 9.9% stake.

Medical Properties Trust in May also purchased two former Ascension hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area, St. Joseph Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center, which are currently leased and managed by Prime Healthcare Services.

As more care moves to the outpatient setting, hospitals are often operating with unused capacity in their acute-care wings. A good portion of their assets, meanwhile, are tied up in their facilities and real estate—sprawling complexes, often in attractive downtown locations.

“The question for them is, how much do they have to own, compared to lease,” said Craig Acosta, director of the facility and capital assets practice at consulting firm Kurt Salmon. “The thinking is that, in 10 years, healthcare will look very different.”

Under a value-based reimbursement model, health systems need to develop outpatient and ambulatory care facilities—often in outlying communities away from the main medical center. Leasing outpatient and post-acute-care space provides a lower-risk, lower-cost point of entry into those types of services.

In some cases, hospitals have chosen to partner with real estate developers on ambulatory care centers, with the developer owning the real estate and the hospital holding the lease, Acosta added.

Health systems, many of which operate with thin margins, have been trying to reinvent their business at a time when they also need to invest in other expensive areas such as physician recruitment and information technology. Separating the clinical side from the real estate side gives them more flexibility. “They can use their capital in other ways,” Acosta said.

“It becomes very aligned with this risk-based contracting model,” said Patrick Pilch, managing director and national leader of the BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation.

Until recently, REITs were unable to profit from healthcare-facility operations; they could only generate income by leasing the real estate. But the REIT Investment Diversification and Empowerment Act of 2007 provided the legal mechanism for REITs to participate in the business side of healthcare.

Senior housing has been the most prevalent example of the shift, but larger healthcare REITs seeking to diversify their assets see hospitals as another, independent revenue stream.

“They are all subject to different forces that drive the business,” Berman said.

While the senior housing market is driven by the larger economy—for instance, seniors’ ability to sell their former homes—hospitals’ finances tend to be tied more closely to reimbursement, Berman said.

REITs also see hospitals as a good investment.

“The health system industry has been consolidating, and the expectation is that it’ll continue to consolidate,” Berman said. “In some sense, the REITs are betting on consolidation.”

Judge delays Indian Hill real estate case until '16

Judge Jody Luebbers has delayed until January a civil suit over a $1.2 million Indian Hill real estate deal.

She delayed the case because Crysta Pleatman, the main defendant in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court case, was not in the area and could not attend the trial, according to Pleatman’s attorney.

Luebbers also ordered all parties in the case to meet in 60 days.

In an email to the Enquirer, Crysta Pleatman said at 8:40 a.m. that she would not be in court.

“It is NOT a bizarre move as the Enquirer reported, it is actually a calculated and quite legal protest against the judge. She needs to remove herself from this case,” Pleatman wrote to the Enquirer.

Charles Reynolds, attorney for Grant Troja, who is suing the Crysta Pleatman and her husband Dr. Stephen Pleatman for breach of contract, told The Enquirer the trial could have continued without Crysta Pleatman but the plaintiffs wanted her present.

The second day of the jury trial was set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Pleatman did not attend for the second day in a row. Her husband did attend, sitting quietly in the front row of the gallery.

At the time the case was set to begin on Tuesday, Crysta Pleatman posted a long post on her Facebook page detailing how “an elected judge has continuously made bad rulings in our case against Sibcy Cline.” will update this story.

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Our View: Local real estate market poised in a great spot

The Lake Havasu City area real estate market is looking pretty healthy these days. Sales are up, as are prices.

Better yet, the increases in both are slow and steady, indicating they are sustainable for a while if interest rates hold steady. That’s a different picture than the national outlook, where prices have risen dramatically, perhaps too dramatically.

A recent news report said it’s relatively easy to obtain mortgages in Mohave County, with relative being a key word.

Lenders say post-recession regulations continue to drive up costs and force additional work on both lenders and borrowers.

More noticeably, the demand for homes is skyrocketing around the nation. After years of watching home sales decline, builders are cautious about expanding quickly and in many cases have lost skilled workers so vital to the industry.

Large developments are more cost-efficient to build than individual units, but even large developments are held in check by economics: Though more people are buying homes, they are not “moving up” as much because worker pay hasn’t risen as fast as home prices.

We offer these tidbits because they bode well for the local market, which has traditionally relied very heavily on real estate and construction as an economic driver.

The scenario is this: Lake Havasu City real estate remains a relative bargain, particularly in light of tighter demand in other parts of the state and country. The city offers an alternative to those wanting to live the dream in a warm weather climate and may already have a home elsewhere.

For them, and for those wanting to get into their own house for the first time, the slow and steady growth of the local market should add lots of confidence that prices are affordable now and also won’t head south anytime soon.

The local real estate market is in better shape than it’s been since 2007 to regain its strength and push the local economy forward.

— Today’s News-Herald

Foley Real Estate Boom –

For Sale Foley’s real estate market has enjoyed recent success.

FOLEY, AL – There’s a lot of renewed excitement surrounding the 500 acre sports tourism and entertainment complex on the Foley Beach Express.

It’s still officially called Blue Collar Country, but the Poarch Creek Indians, who are now operating the facility, will change the name and release detailed information about the theme park soon.

The local housing market will benefit from the massive entertainment development. Developers say nearby home values could increase as much as 10 to 20 percent when the complex opens.

“You’re going to create 1,500 jobs, so 1,500 people need a place to live,” says Chuck Corley, operations manager for the facility.

Local realtors are excited about potential growth around the development. Home prices have already increased five to eight percent from 2014.

BRIEF-Aareal Bank and Allianz Real Estate cooperate in high-volume syndicated loan

Aareal Bank Ag

* Aareal Bank and Allianz Real Estate cooperate in
high-volume syndicated loan

* Allianz Real Estate participated in a high-volume
financing of a pan-European office property portfolio arranged
and underwritten by Aareal Bank

* Share of Allianz Real Estate in this senior financing
(totalling eur 630 million) amounts to eur 365 million

* Borrower is Northstar Realty Finance Corp. who acquired
portfolio with a total value of eur 1.1 billion

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