written by
Rocco Cortese

Intersection Investment Management Acquires Industrial / Flex property in Gilbert, Arizona

Intersection Investment Management is pleased to announce it has acquired a 92,750 square foot multi-tenant flex industrial property in Gilbert, Arizona. Representing brokers, David Bean and Cory Sposi of Commercial Properties Inc., completed this off-market deal bringing the second acquisition in Intersection’s post-pandemic industrial investment strategy. The strategy focuses on $5-$20M projects in markets west of Denver based on post-covid market trend forecasting. The investment was syndicated to a group of Intersection’s high net worth investors. It is the company’s 8th acquisition in total and the fund now has surpassed over $100M in historical deal transaction volume. Anton Myskiw, Intersection Senior Analyst and Phoenix native who sourced the deal says,

“Given the competitive nature of the market for this kind of product, we have to recognize the great work done by our brokerage team at Commercial Properties. They have worked collaboratively with us for months in the Phoenix Metro area and helped us find a great deal off market.”

The Sellers, Golden Key Industrial Park LLC. who previously held and managed the property as private investors, focused upon occupancy rather than driving rental rates. This resulted in an opportunity to hold rents at market while completing significant improvements at the property. This will allow Intersection to focus on tenant experience and make improvements that will improve curb appeal and value-add. Planned renovations include new paint, parking lot resurfacing, landscape upgrades, and, new tenant signage to provide greater visibility. Rocco Cortese, Managing Director with Intersection confirms,

“Multi-tenant flex with a value-add component represents a very good risk profile for our investors. The Southeast Phoenix market has great fundamentals and we can see a clear path to demand for high quality product like KeyWest Plaza. Fundamentally, that is what we set out to do on every deal”

Intersection envisions and intends to create a best-in-class flex industrial asset to meet the demands of the accelerated growth in the Gilbert market. Commercial Properties LLC. will continue to manage and lease the property on behalf of Intersection. David Bean, who represented the seller as broker for Commercial Properties, Inc. notes,

“Intersection is relatively new to this market, but quickly understood where the growth opportunities could be found. We look forward to working with them as they execute the strategy on this property.”

To learn more about this deal please reach out to Rocco Cortese at rcortese@intersectioncre.com or Anton Myskiw at amyskiw@intersectioncre.com

Autumn Valencia is the Marketing Coordinator at Intersection, providing strategic marketing expertise to support business objectives across company divisions. For general and marketing inquiries, please contact Autumn at avalencia@intersectioncre.com 

written by
Kyle Clark

Prominent four-building retail center has been sold in an off-market deal

Senior Director Kyle Clark represented the seller of a prominent retail center in the Sports Arena district in San Diego, the Four-Building property located at 3146-3194 Midway Drive, San Diego CA, 92110 closed earlier the last week of April.

At the time of sale, the property was 95% leased to an array of both local and national tenants, including Taco Bell, Epic Wings, Kyoto Sushi, and Tandoori House. Additionally, National credit tenant Popeye’s Chicken will be opening in the center this Summer operating out of the corner unit that

The purchase was structured to accommodate the amicable dissolution of a business partnership between the two sellers’ families.

“This was an opportunity for our clients to sell the property to settle a jointly owned and operated business they ran for decades but have recently sold in Central California.” -Kyle Clark

The off-market deal was transacted through the outreach of interest through the purchasers. The buyers look forward to continuing operating the property as it has been while anticipating the eventual redevelopment of the Sports Arena site, the former post office headquarters, and the surrounding area which is believed to bring new life to the area.

 

To learn more about this deal please reach out to Kyle Clark at kclark@intersectioncre.com

Autumn Valencia is the Marketing Coordinator at Intersection, providing strategic marketing expertise to support business objectives across company divisions. For general and marketing inquiries, please contact Autumn at avalencia@intersectioncre.com 

written by
Alec Spencer

“Why do I need a Tenant Rep Broker?”

Commercial Tenants will often sign leases without a broker- unfortunately, it’s unlikely those tenants get the best deal. Having a broker advocate for your terms is crucial. 

Commercial landlords have goals for their property and above all, they want maximum returns and higher rent. Property owners typically hire listing brokers who handle the day-to-day leasing activity and get compensated in the form of a commission after the deal is executed. When a tenant searches for commercial space on their own, it is important to remember the lessor broker has a fiduciary duty to the property owner, not you the tenant.

Maybe the most common industry misconception is a tenant operating without broker representation will save the landlord money by eliminating one side of a commission. While that may be true, listing agents are far savvier than that. What actually happens when a tenant is unrepresented, is the listing agent ends up receiving a larger commission for less work on their part as listing agreements typically provide full market commission regardless of whether or not the tenant has a broker.

 

“So where is the value in hiring a real estate professional for Tenant Representation?”

 

Maybe the most valuable is by saving the tenant time and energy. As a business owner, you don’t always have time to search available properties, schedule tours, contact listing brokers, or negotiate rates and terms. An experienced and driven Tenant Rep Broker is there to handle all the busy work so you can focus on your expanding business venture.

Your Tenant Rep Broker also lends their market knowledge and has the ability to effortlessly navigate the moving parts of a lease. A well-versed Tenant Rep Broker knows what is available, who represents the owner and submarket rental rates. A deal is really an equation for these landlords so good Tenant Rep Brokers know how to calculate what is available and suggest where the ‘give’ is for each space. For example, a property with a high vacancy rate may have flexibility in its asking rent, whereas the final vacancy of a property may be firm on the asking price, but willing to offer a tenant improvement allowance to build out the space.

Tenant Rep Brokers also know the complicated dynamics of leasing and facilitate the process from start to finish. Including, finding and touring available spaces, presenting offers and letters of intent with credit statements and proof of financials, negotiating terms to get to a lease draft, reviewing a lease with an attorney when needed, advising on the time and cost estimates if there is a buildout, guidance on required permitting through the city- all these of which are done with the tenant’s best interest in mind.

Lessor Rep Brokers are unconcerned with tenant needs and will not be of use to a prospective or hopeful tenant, which is why it’s important to remember who is on your side.  Working with a professional and having someone advocate for you through such a large life milestone is invaluable.

To learn more about Tenant Representation, please reach out to Alec Spencer at aspencer@intersectioncre.com 

Autumn Valencia is the Marketing Coordinator at Intersection, providing strategic marketing expertise to support business objectives across company divisions. For general and marketing inquiries, please contact Autumn at avalencia@intersectioncre.com 

written by
Rocco Cortese

Intersection is pleased to announce the sale of a fully leased and stabilized internal investment fund property managed by Intersection

Experiential Poway Retail Center Closes for $13.5 M

Senior Directors, Kyle Clark, and Dan McCarthy along with Senior Associate Alec Spencer, represented the seller in the sale of the North County retail center, Old Poway Village at 14005-14055 Midland Road, Poway CA. The 35,191 square-foot award-winning center consists of a selection of carefully curated retail tenants.

The property was sold as a fully leased and stabilized investment. After acquiring the property in 2017, Intersection established a new vision for the center that focused on building a destination lifestyle center for the Poway Community. To accomplish this, Intersection replaced several non-performing tenants with new, carefully curated businesses to create a retail experience conducive to the family neighborhood of Poway and surrounding North County residents.

Artisan Food and Beverage tenants The Hop Stop, Smokin’ J’s, and Mission Cellars anchor the center, and they are complemented with users such as the Bark and Collar, Poway Music Academy, Poway Pilates, and a lineup of other local tenants that support a unique dining and shopping experience.

“This has been a true passion play for Intersection.” Said Mark Hoekstra, Managing Director of Intersection. “I grew up in this neighborhood and always felt that this center could become something special. It has been an amazing journey seeing this property transform”.

The property was sold to a 1031 Exchange Buyer who closed within 45 days of opening escrow. “We positioned this asset to sell with clean triple net leases, good lease term on the rent roll, and have maintained the property impeccably.”, shared broker Kyle Clark “The Escrow was smooth with no surprises.”

The buyer plans to hold the asset long-term drawing upon the stabilized cash flow. “This property performed very well during the pandemic.” Stated broker Dan McCarthy. “Our tenant base was resilient, and the many outdoor areas benefited our food and beverage tenants significantly.”

To learn more about this deal please reach out to Kyle Clark at kclark@intersectioncre.com or Dan McCarthy at dmccarthy@intersectioncre.com

Autumn Valencia is the Marketing Coordinator at Intersection, providing strategic marketing expertise to support business objectives across company divisions. For general and marketing inquiries, please contact Autumn at avalencia@intersectioncre.com 

written by
Anton Myskiw

Intersection Makes First Nevada Acquisition Adding to a Diverse Portfolio of Value-Add Properties in Attractive Growth Markets

LAS VEGAS, Nevada. – Intersection officially announced the close of escrow on a 100% occupied 18-unit flex industrial property in Las Vegas, Nevada for $4,525,000. This property is the seventh acquisition made by the company crossing $70M of total capitalization.

The property, located at 4355 -4375 W. Reno Ave., Las Vegas, NV 92105 is a two-building project in West Las Vegas and was purchased in an off-market transaction from a local ownership group. The deal was sourced off-market through a local broker Erik Sexton of NAI Excel Las Vegas.

“This was a property that needed institutional quality management and an entrepreneurial strategy. Intersection recognized the value and moved quickly.”

Said Sexton. Intersection Senior Analyst Anton Myskiw added, “We have been working diligently to find industrial/flex assets in this market. We’ve already completed 3 new leases and will execute a value-add plan that improves operations as well as the curb appeal of the property.”

The asset is currently 100% leased by a wide cast of both local and regional tenants, with 72% of the building’s occupancy rolling in the next 12 months. Las Vegas is an attractive industrial growth market, given its positioning as a centrally located logistics hub for the Western region of the states. With 8.5M SF of industrial space under construction in the second quarter of 2021- Intersection is confident this property is a prime candidate to attract auxiliary/complementary users servicing the larger projects-general contractors, material vendors, and other development-focused tenants.

To learn more about this transaction or to inquire about how to invest in a portfolio property please contact Senior Analyst Anton Myskiw at amyskiw@intesectioncre.com

Autumn Valencia is the Marketing Coordinator at Intersection, providing strategic marketing expertise to support business objectives across company divisions. For general and marketing inquiries, please contact Autumn at avalencia@intersectioncre.com 

written by
Rocco Cortese

COVID-19: Redefining Our Why

At Intersection, we play dual roles as Property Manager and Asset Manager for the portfolio of properties we manage. Our funds own four properties and we have a very important role as stewards for our investors. However, we also have an equally important role as service provider to our third-party clients. Whether an owner or a manager, COVID-19 has challenged us in ways we could not have imagined.

Back in February, when COVID-19 was peaking in China, we realized that we needed to be prepared for the eventuality that it would find its way to the United States. So, we began the process of evaluating and creating an emergency plan should our people need to work from home. Fortunately, we became a paperless company three-years ago, and have been supplying each of our employees with laptop computers since their onboarding. With this, Intersection was already equipped to make the transition from working in office to working remote. Three weeks from that initial discussion with COVID-19 cases multiplying rapidly, we offered our entire work force voluntary work from home status. Another week later, on March 19th, California mandated shelter in place and only essential businesses could remain open. Other than a core team of people, our entire work force was working remotely. Things can happen fast, but usually not this fast!

It is now April 13th, and we are in a different world from where we were in February. I joke that each day feels like a dog year because so much changes in 24 hours. Our team is working almost seamlessly from home, and our owned and managed properties are operating efficiently. The effort we put into our planning, technology, and in the quality of the people in our organization allowed us to adapt this incredible change.

The story does not end there. In the past few weeks the real work has begun as we deal with several tenants whose businesses have been literally shut down. How can you pay the mortgage and operating expenses when your property depends on rent from businesses that have been forced to close? Even though we were getting our jobs done each day, we had to figure out ways to help our clients and investors maintain  the value of their investments.

We were equally concerned about our own business. Intersection is a small business and a crisis like this one would certainly impact us as well. As such, we closely monitored stimulus activities instituted by the Federal Government. The $2.3 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security act (CARES) includes $349 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses to support payroll, rent and cover certain utility expenses. This is the Payroll Protection Provision (PPP) of the act that is focused upon supporting small businesses. This program would be a key element of our company’s plan to retain people and address major corporate expenses over the next few months.

However, the process of applying for PPP was not simple.  I am so grateful that we have the systems and team to compile the information needed for our lender as we prepared our application.  Through our own application for PPP, we realized that less sophisticated tenants could find the application process challenging. We learned that it is also important to have a banking relationship that has the ability to do SBA loans in order to participate. Many of our tenants who have been shut down did not have these banking relationships nor the resources to get the help they needed. Our unique insight as a small business inspired the empathy to help. Furthermore, we knew our experience could make a difference.

Our team mobilized quickly and put together a COVID-19 Tenant Resource Guide which lists all resources available to our small business tenants (Disaster Relief Direct from the SBA in addition to CARES PPP and other local resources). The two-page package is both simple and useful, and our efforts have not ended there. We have dedicated a team to become experts on CARES PPP and have built a proprietary list of banking relationships that are ready to help.  Although April has been a tough month, we have actually collected more rent than expected. But with so many of our tenants closed for business, we know that May is going to be our most difficult month.  Our CARES team has already put a number of our tenants in touch with SBA lenders and hopefully many of them will get inexpensive, forgivable financing to keep their businesses alive while paying rent, and retaining valuable employees.

It is really difficult to understand what the world will look like when we start to get back to work and social gatherings are allowed again. We can’t control when that will happen, but we can control what we do each day to enhance the lives of those we serve. COVID-19 and the social distancing measures taken to defeat it will never be forgotten. At Intersection, we will remember this point in time when being a small business was a competitive advantage. Our passion for the small businesses that make up our portfolio runs deep and the impact of our values as we support our tenants will be a proud moment in our company’s history. When it is all over and we are in our new normal, our values won’t have changed and the measures we have taken will be remembered. Hopefully, the relationships we care so very much about will be even stronger.

Stay healthy.

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