Banks Tighten Commercial Real Estate Lending and Interest Rate Hikes Are on the Horizon Says the Fed; Opens Window of Opportunity for Alternative Financing

Ascend Capital Partners steps in to fill the void, says Managing Partner Eric Fedewa.

Washington, DC, USA — Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen testified that the Fed will likely continue its plans to implement federal funds rate hikes and balance sheet normalization measures in order to gradually raise short and long-term interest rates.

This, along with the May release of the Fed’s senior loan officer survey, highlights a “closing window of opportunity for affordable financing from commercial lenders,” according to Eric Fedewa, Ascend Capital Partners Managing Partner. The senior loan officer survey indicates that there will be a tightening in traditional lending practices for the commercial real estate sector.

With these factors in mind, Fedewa said Ascend Capital Partners can fill some of the void in traditional financing for commercial real estate by offering financing alternatives such as inexpensive institutional debt, bridge financing, and equity.

“The Fed’s May report concurs with the tightening trends we’ve been observing this year in traditional lending for commercial loans. The need for alternative financing is clear,” said Fedewa.

“The tightening of traditional lending sources comes at an inopportune time for investors as the new administration is trying to heat up the U.S. economy,” said Fedewa, noting that a tightening of monetary policies on behalf of the Fed could raise lending costs for alternative and traditional lenders alike.

“The strengthening economy is creating demand, yet traditional financing practices have tightened. Unfortunately, the window in which alternative lending sources can provide inexpensive financing could be limited as potential Fed rate hikes loom on the horizon,” he said.

Ascend Capital Partners has expanded its financial service offerings and added several new offices with strong teams of financial experts in prime market areas.

“We’ve expanded our Washington, DC area headquarters and are adding offices in Boston, New York City, Sarasota, Florida, Austin, and San Francisco. We’ve added new professionals to the D.C. team who are all top performers in their fields and can provide a broad range of services to our present and prospective clients,” he said.

“We’re not only assisting our customers with financing, but we also offer consulting and strategic advisory services,” said Anne Brensley, an attorney by trade who heads up the firm’s advisory business:

Brensley has been successfully facilitating financial deals, directly providing equity, and consulting on complex real estate matters for the past ten years.

“We’ve been able to assist in changing government attitudes towards projects, walking developers through rezoning issues, and helping owners ‘right-size’ their capital structure. Ascend has seen an unaddressed need for bridge funding with EB-5 projects, and we’ve helped our clients utilize an array of specialized funding vehicles to get their projects completed,” she said.

Ascend Capital Partners provides financing options as well as advisors in several different areas of the commercial real estate financial sector.

For instance, Fedewa and Jud Villa worked together in Florida funding commercial loans. Villa is also an expert in single family home, “fix and flip, and fix and hold” deals. “We have so many ways to assist our borrower/clients, but helping them make smart choices and matching them up with financing,” said Villa.

Rob Merkle and Vince Lane round out the Ascend commercial real estate team. Lane has been a real estate developer, and also has expertise in high tech and international business. He splits time between Austin and San Francisco. Merkle heads up the New York City office, where he has worked for years and overseen billions of dollars in deals in and around Manhattan.

In college, Merkle played football for The University of Notre Dame. He said: “I know about teams, and this is a great one. We cover some of the most dynamic markets in the country, and our people are aggressive and seasoned professionals.”

“In markets like San Francisco and Austin, there’s a huge need for the type of innovative and alternative financing that Ascend offers. Banks are not lending, but we’re picking up the slack,” said Lane.

“We have sources which include debt funds, private equity, hedge funds, and our own managed funds,” said Fedewa. “With our decades of expertise, we will assist in finding the most efficient capital stack for your project.”

For inquiries or information about Ascend Capital Partners financing and advisory services, visit the new website — http://www.ascendcapp.com — or call: (703) 982-0609.

Media Contact:
Eric Fedewa
Ascend Capital Partners
703-982-0609
eric@ascendcapp.com
http://www.ascendcapp.com

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Blumenfeld Group Awarded Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Chairman’s Circle-Diamond Level

The Blumenfeld Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ San Diego Central office has been named to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ esteemed Chairman’s Circle-Diamond Level for 2016.

San Diego, CA, USA — The Blumenfeld Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ San Diego Central office has been named to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ esteemed Chairman’s Circle-Diamond Level for 2016.

In addition, the Blumenfeld Group placed among the top 10 San Diego County teams for transactions and top 20 for sales volume in 2016.

The Chairman’s Circle Diamond designation is presented to the top one-half of 1 percent of agents in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ national network of sales professionals, based on closed transactions. The team was honored for its achievements recently at the brokerage’s national sales convention in Phoenix.

“Joel and his team have exceled by focusing on providing a superior level of service, credibility, and complex understanding of San Diego real estate,” Branch Manager Brent Consedine said. “As specialists in residential properties throughout San Diego County, their personalized approach to real estate has earned them the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Diamond award. It is well-deserved.”

“The tools and training provided by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties are best in class, and the brand recognition is simply outstanding,” Joel said. “As a San Diego native, I am motivated to help sellers and buyers in all of our neighborhoods. Our team loves playing a role in helping our achieve clients the American dream of homeownership.”

Joel employs social media, plus mobile and online advertising to communicate with clients and to promote their properties. He keeps up to date through continuing education and by studying current market statistics and trends. In his free time, he works in underprivileged communities, enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and supporting local organizations to carry out the best advice he ever received: “What you give you will get back tenfold.”

To work with the Blumenfeld Group on the sale or purchase of a home, call 619-508-2192 or visit http://www.theblumenfeldgroup.com.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties proudly supports nearly 3,000 sales associates in close to 60 offices spanning the Central Coast to San Diego. In 2016, our expert agents assisted nearly 12,500 customers in selling or buying a home, with a total closed volume of more than $12 billion.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., and a member of HSF Affiliates, LLC. For more information, visit http://www.bhhscalifornia.com. To learn about career opportunities, call 858-523-4940.

Media Contact:
Glenn Grant
858-523-4835
glenn.grant@bhhscal.com

IPX 1031 Launches Free 1031 Library Portal and APP

Placing everything related to 1031 exchanging at your fingertips.

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San Francisco, CA, USA — IPX 1031, the nation’s largest tax deferred exchange facilitator, today announced the launch of their free 1031 Library web portal and mobile app for investment property owners. The portal and app were specifically designed as a streamlined, customer facing platform for 1031 Exchangers to evaluate their suitability for an exchange, perform property diligence and analysis, ask a quick question of a 1031 expert, or monitor their transaction online.

The new application, available for free through the Apple App and Google Play stores, features multi-dimensional real property oriented analytical tools, educational tutorials and wizards which allow Exchangers to communicate easily with their transactional coordinator and monitor their entire 1031 exchange process from the palm of their hand.

“We’re always looking for ways to save our customers time and empower them before, during and after their 1031 exchange. Usually that centers on our ability to interact with them during the exchange process, but it can also mean providing timely access to information, diligence and expertise” said Jennifer Keen, Executive Vice President of Investment Property Exchange Services, Inc. “The new app and portal will include some never before seen analytical tools and wizards which will help prospective Exchangers to pre-assess their transactions, educate themselves on the process, as well as manage their transaction online.”

For more information on the 1031 Library app, visit http://www.1031library.com.

About IPX 1031
(IPX 1031) Investment Property Exchange Services, Inc. is the largest facilitator of 1031 exchanges in the country and has locations nationwide. They provide their customers with a wide range of tax deferred exchange services. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortune 300 Fidelity National Financial. For more information, visit http://www.IPX1031.com.

Media Contact:
Thomas Bottenberg
1031Library.com
415-696-1076
support@1031library.com
http://www.1031library.com

Richman Signature Properties and Laurel & Wolf Unveil 2017 Trends for Apartment Interior Design

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Designed Model Homes at Aurora in Tampa and Parc at White Rock in Dallas Offer Glimpse Into Trends, Including Individualism, Simplicity, Refuge From Tech.

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Greenwich, CT, USA — Today’s millennials and Gen Xers are forgoing home ownership and flocking toward apartment rentals in record numbers. And while they’re doing so by choice to maintain their flexible lifestyles in live-work-play environments, they are not willing to sacrifice on style. Historically, apartment communities have shied away from allowing residents to individualize their apartments through painting and other customizations, but Richman Signature Properties (http://www.richmansignature.com), a leader in luxury rental communities with properties throughout the U.S., is doing just the opposite. In fact, the company has teamed up with leading online interior design service Laurel & Wolf (http://www.laurelandwolf.com) to create chic interior design options curated specifically for this demographic.

Living room model at Parc at White Rock in Dallas, Texas*

Living room model at Parc at White Rock in Dallas, Texas*

“We’ve worked with Laurel & Wolf designers to uncover the top trends for apartments that feel like forever homes. It’s all part of our mission to reimagine what rental living looks like for our residents. A major differentiator of our communities is the design flexibility each property offers, not typically found in other apartment communities that have stringent rules for decorating,” said Kristen Gucwa, vice president of marketing for Richman Signature Properties. “Our partnership with Laurel & Wolf is a testament to our commitment to give our residents the opportunity to express individuality through on trend, in demand home design.”

Living room model at Aurora in Tampa, Florida*

Living room model at Aurora in Tampa, Florida*

Beyond the design insights, Richman Signature Properties is making the stylish décor options a reality for its residents. Upon moving into one of its luxury communities, residents at all Richman Signature Properties may choose to Live Prettier with a complimentary Laurel & Wolf Signature Design package (http://www.laurelandwolf.com/pricing), customized to complement residents’ individual tastes, lifestyle and budget. The service connects residents to work one-on-one with a designer entirely online.

Bedroom model at Parc at White Rock in Dallas, Texas*

Bedroom model at Parc at White Rock in Dallas, Texas*

To demonstrate the trends and showcase to future residents the stylish possibilities for their new home, Laurel & Wolf has created an entirely furnished look for Richman Signature Properties’ newly completed model homes at Aurora in Downtown Tampa and Parc at White Rock in Dallas.

Following are the top apartment interior design trends for 2017 from Richman Signature Properties and Laurel & Wolf, which can be implemented into any apartment home that needs a refresh.

A Shift in Bedroom Space
With an increase in the use of technology and the bustle of everyday life, renters are feeling the need to make bedrooms a sanctuary for rest and relaxation. Millennials and Gen Xers are moving their home offices and TVs out of the bedroom, and shifting to calming colors and monochromatic palettes. Additionally, articulating sconces are taking the place of traditional table lamps in the bedroom. They offer a more direct source of light, creating more peace in the space, and can be ideal for young professionals and couples with differing bed times.

Maximizing Style with Curated Colors
Millennial and Gen X renters are taking a page out of the history books and looking toward more classical color palettes for their homes. This year, we’ll see a rise in popularity of pairing rich pigmented tones in dusty blues and grays with hunter green and wheat accents. Warm, calming colors will be complemented by natural textures to further tie to the need for home sanctuary.

Simplicity and Originality is a Must
When it comes to millennial renters, the big trend is ‘less is more.’ There’s a desire to streamline spaces – to be uncluttered and less fussy than traditional design. For the pieces they do choose, millennials are open to spending a little more money if it makes their room stand out, especially from their friends.

In addition to simplicity, there is a renewed interest in original furniture pieces and mixing design styles to create a one-of-a-kind, simple yet eclectic look. Driven by the desire to be unique, we can expect millennials to purchase more antiques, vintage and one-off pieces over the mass-produced furniture makers.

Going Green (In Moderation)
Recently, Pantone released its 2017 color of the year: Greenery. Greenery is bright, lush and ideal for residents who want to bring that outdoor feel into their homes. While renters may feel more comfortable sticking with neutrals for wall colors, we’ll see a rise in modern takes on plants, e.g., lush terrariums to add a splash of greenery in the home, similar to the living room model found in Richman Signature Properties’ Parc at White Rock in Dallas.

“Today, millennials desire more than just a space to call home, they want to live in a place that showcases their unique tastes and draws upon their life experiences,” said Leura Fine, CEO and founder of Laurel & Wolf. “So, through our partnership with Richman Signature Properties, we are proud to be able to provide residents the opportunity to create a space that truly reflects their wants and needs – a place that celebrates their individual style.”

In addition to the online interior designers, Richman Signature Properties’ collaboration with Laurel & Wolf provides residents with expert insights on interior design trends and a collection of on-trend paint colors selected exclusively for Richman Signature Properties’ to help residents create one-of-a-kind living spaces.

*Additional high res images available upon request.

Parc at White Rock in Dallas and Aurora in Tampa are part of the fast-growing upscale collection of Richman Signature Properties including The Sedona, Grady Square, and The Epic at Gateway Centre in Florida’s Greater Tampa Bay area, and Azura, Palm Ranch and Portico in South Florida. Additional upcoming communities include Infinity LoHi in Denver, Library Tower and F11 in San Diego, Sage at Cerritos in the Los Angeles area and Biscayne 27 in Miami.

Visit RichmanSignature.com and discover luxury rental communities in top markets across the U.S. Join the conversation on social media @LiveatSignature.

About Richman Signature Properties
With more than 30 years of experience in development, construction, asset management and property management and operations in 49 states, The Richman Group recently debuted a new division of the firm, Richman Signature Properties. With the portfolio of luxury apartment residences, they reimagine rental living with an emphasis on individuality, social connectivity, preferred signature amenities and an accommodating resident-focused culture dedicated to elevating renters’ lifestyles. Richman Signature Properties currently has properties in Florida, California, Texas, and Colorado and plans to continue to grow its portfolio across the U.S. Together, The Richman Group has developed nearly 20,000 residential units and owned or asset managed over 100,000 units. For more information, visit http://www.richmansignature.com.

About Laurel & Wolf
Laurel & Wolf is the leading online interior design service that allows you to connect and collaborate with a professional interior designer to create your perfect space. Founded in 2014 by professional interior designer turned entrepreneur, Leura Fine, Laurel & Wolf is transforming the way people live through the power of great design. For more information, please visit http://www.laurelandwolf.com and follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest @laurelandwolf.

Media Contacts:
Sloane Fistel
rbb Communications for Richman Signature Properties
305-249-1171
sloane.fistel@rbbcommunications.com

Jamie Glushon
Laurel & Wolf
310.734.7950
jamie@laurelandwolf.com

Richman Signature Properties Announces Two Properties Will Open in Tampa Bay Area This Fall

New Westshore and Downtown Tampa apartment communities offer amenities designed for flexibility, style and social connectivity.

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Tampa, FL, USA — Richman Signature Properties (http://www.richmansignature.com), a leader in luxury apartment communities, announces two new properties opening this fall that are reimagining rental living in the Tampa Bay area. Aurora in Downtown Tampa is set to welcome its first residents in mid-October, and Grady Square in Westshore will open in December.

“Today’s home hunters place a high value on convenience, flexibility and social connectivity, and are increasingly attracted to rental options that offer amenities to match,” said Todd Fabbri, president of The Richman Group of Florida. “From the custom art we’ve installed on the exterior of Aurora to the welcome gifts each resident receives to help enhance their lifestyles, every detail of these new communities was envisioned to meet the needs of today’s savvy Tampa resident.”

Grady Square by Richman Signature Properties in Tampa, Fla.

Grady Square by Richman Signature Properties in Tampa, Fla.

Aurora by Richman Signature Properties in Tampa, Fla.

Aurora by Richman Signature Properties in Tampa, Fla.

Located at 124 South Morgan St. in Tampa, the 351-unit Aurora (http://www.richmansignature.com/florida/tampa-bay-area/aurora) offers 15 floor plan options including chic urban lofts, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences ranging in size from 577 to 1,666 square feet. Aurora is nestled in the heart of Downtown Tampa within blocks of the Tampa River Arts District, Amalie Arena, Channelside Entertainment District, University of Tampa and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Preferred amenities include on-demand fitness classes and a yoga/spin studio within a fully equipped fitness center, a tranquil zen garden, electric car charging stations, bark park, BBQ grills and pavilion, and a resort-style pool with sun deck, private cabanas and spa. Additionally, Aurora is the first Richman Signature community to feature a custom-designed art installation on its exterior that enhances the Downtown Tampa skyline and adds to the property’s unique elements.

Located at 2615 North Grady Ave. in the Westshore area of Tampa, the 300-unit Grady Square (http://www.richmansignature.com/florida/tampa-bay-area/grady-square) offers a live-work-play lifestyle in the heart of the booming business district near more than 200 specialty stores and restaurants, Raymond James Stadium where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play and George M. Steinbrenner Field, the spring training home of the New York Yankees. Distinctive floor plans for urban lofts, one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments range in size from 574 to 1,628 square feet, all with elevator service. Grady Square delivers preferred signature amenities to elevate residents’ lifestyles, including a zen meditation room with juice bar, enclosed bark park with pet spa, state-of-the-art fitness center with a yoga/spin studio, a fireside lounge with coffee bar, electric car changing stations and business center. At the center of the community, residents will find a tropical swimming pool with a separate hotel-inspired, two-level clubhouse. Grady Square also features a relaxing waterfront with lush grounds and walking paths.

Richman Signature Properties builds communities in carefully chosen locations that cultivate live-work-play environments and enhance the roster of preferred amenities delivered to residents. Each community offers residents a variety of comfortable floor plans and upscale design options to accommodate residents’ needs along with resort-style amenities and a resident-focused culture that encourages individuality and social connectivity.

All residents can take advantage of partnerships with like-minded lifestyle brands to help them Live Easier, Live Healthier or Live Prettier with complimentary memberships to Shipt, Fitbit fitness gear and interior design services from Laurel & Wolf.

Additionally, Tampa’s Richman Signature residents enjoy exclusive perks with local brands. Located across the street from Grady Square, Neiman Marcus Tampa Bay will offer residents of both properties access to VIP events and programs including the Big Night Out Makeover, invites to launch parties and special offers. Nearby restaurants like Yeoman’s Cask and Lion also offer residents special promotions like special happy hours, a signature “Aurora” cocktail and doorstep delivery exclusively for Aurora residents.

Aurora and Grady Square join the fast-growing upscale collection of Richman Signature Properties in Florida, which includes the following opened properties: The Sedona in Tampa’s Westchase community; The Epic at Gateway Centre in St. Petersburg; Palm Ranch in Davie; and Azura in Miami’s Kendall area. Other Richman Signature Properties slated to open this year include Portico in Sunrise near the famous Sawgrass Mills Mall and The Parc at White Rock in Dallas. Additional upcoming communities include Infinity LoHi in Denver, Library Tower and F11 in San Diego, Sage at Cerritos in the Los Angeles area and Biscayne 27 in Miami.

Visit RichmanSignature.com and discover luxury rental communities in top markets across the U.S. Join the conversation on social media @LiveatSignature.

About Richman Signature Properties
With more than 30 years of experience in development, construction, asset management and property management and operations in 49 states, The Richman Group recently debuted a new division of the firm, Richman Signature Properties. With the portfolio of luxury apartment residences, they reimagine rental living with an emphasis on individuality, social connectivity, preferred signature amenities and an accommodating resident-focused culture dedicated to elevating renters’ lifestyles. Richman Signature Properties currently has properties in Florida, California, Texas, and Colorado and plans to continue to grow its portfolio across the U.S. Together, The Richman Group has developed nearly 20,000 residential units and owned or asset managed over 100,000 units. For more information, visit: http://www.RichmanSignature.com.

Media Contact:
Ana Marquez
rbb Communications
305-967-6668
ana.marquez@rbbcommunications.com

Richman Signature Properties Announces Two Property Openings in South Florida This Fall

New amenity-rich apartment communities in Kendall and Sunrise cater to today’s millennials and Gen Xers seeking flexibility that fits their lifestyles.

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Miami, FL, USA — Richman Signature Properties (http://www.richmansignature.com), a leader in luxury apartment communities, announces fall openings for two new properties that are reimagining rental living in South Florida. Azura in Kendall is set to welcome its first residents on Sept. 1, and Portico in Sunrise will open Nov. 1.

“We’re confident about the growth in the South Florida market with a noticeable increase in apartment hunters choosing to rent versus buy,” said Todd Fabbri, president of The Richman Group of Florida. “Today’s savvy home hunter values convenience, flexibility and the freedom to display their individuality. At properties like Azura and Portico, we’re revolutionizing what it means to rent with amenities that match the lifestyles of value-driven millennials and Gen Xers.”

Azura by Richman Signature Properties in Miami, Fla.

Azura by Richman Signature Properties in Miami, Fla.

Portico by Richman Signature Properties in Sunrise, Fla.

Portico by Richman Signature Properties in Sunrise, Fla.

Located at 1955 NW 136th Ave. in Sunrise, the 417-unit Portico (http://www.richmansignature.com/florida/fort-lauderdale-area/portico) offers residents a prime suburban setting within walking distance or close proximity to several office parks, dining options, Sawgrass Mills Mall and The BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers and a popular venue for major concerts. The new community offers chic urban lofts, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, ranging in size from 662 to 1,430 square feet. Preferred amenities include a meditation room, on-demand fitness classes within a fully equipped fitness center, electric car charging stations, numerous courtyards, bark park, BBQ grills and fire pit, and a stunning resort-style pool deck overlooking the lakeside walking path and kayak boat launch, allowing residents to truly enjoy the outdoors.

Located at 12755 SW 136th St. in Kendall, a suburban neighborhood of Miami, the 240-unit Azura (http://www.richmansignature.com/florida/fort-lauderdale-area/azura) is just minutes from the Florida Turnpike and near an abundance of dining and shopping venues. Distinctive floor plans for one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments range in size from 732 to 1,358 square feet. Comprised of eight, three-story buildings, Azura delivers preferred signature amenities to elevate residents’ lifestyles, including a state-of-the-art fitness center with a yoga/spin studio, a fireside lounge with coffee bar, poolside cabanas, a business center and an enclosed bark park. At the center of the community, residents will find two lush courtyards and a swimming pool with a separate 6,683-square-foot, two-level clubhouse.

Richman Signature Properties builds communities in carefully chosen locations that cultivate live-work-play environments and enhance the roster of preferred amenities delivered to residents. Each community offers residents a variety of comfortable floor plans and upscale design options to accommodate residents’ needs along with resort-style amenities and a resident-focused culture that encourages individuality and social connectivity.

All residents can take advantage of partnerships with like-minded lifestyle brands to help them Live Easier, Live Healthier or Live Prettier with complimentary memberships to Shipt, Fitbit fitness gear and interior design services from Laurel & Wolf.

Azura and Portico join the fast-growing upscale collection of Richman Signature Properties in Florida, which includes the following opened properties: The Sedona in Tampa’s Westchase community; The Epic at Gateway Centre in St. Petersburg; and Palm Ranch in Davie. Other Richman Signature Properties slated to open this year include Grady Square in Tampa’s Westshore area, Aurora in Downtown Tampa and The Parc at White Rock in Dallas. Additional upcoming communities include Infinity LoHi in Denver, Library Tower and F11 in San Diego, Sage at Cerritos in the Los Angeles area and Biscayne 27 in Miami.

Visit RichmanSignature.com and discover luxury rental communities in top markets across the U.S. Join the conversation on social media @LiveatSignature.

About Richman Signature Properties
With more than 30 years of experience in development, construction, asset management and property management and operations in 49 states, The Richman Group recently debuted a new division of the firm, Richman Signature Properties. With the portfolio of luxury apartment residences, they reimagine rental living with an emphasis on individuality, social connectivity, preferred signature amenities and an accommodating resident-focused culture dedicated to elevating renters’ lifestyles. Richman Signature Properties currently has properties in Florida, California, Texas, and Colorado and plans to continue to grow its portfolio across the U.S. Together, The Richman Group has developed nearly 20,000 residential units and owned or asset managed over 100,000 units. For more information, visit: http://www.RichmanSignature.com.

Media Contact:
Ana Marquez, rbb Communications
305-967-6668
ana.marquez@rbbcommunications.com

Joe Robaina is Awarded the First Ever Military Residential Specialist Certification in Miami-Dade County

The Platinum Worldwide Group at the Keller Williams Realty Coral Gables – Coconut Grove market center announced today that Joe Robaina is awarded the first ever Military Residential Specialist certification awarded in Miami-Dade county specifically to better assist Veterans, as well as active service members and their families.

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Coral Gables, FL, USA — The Platinum Worldwide Group is a real estate team at the Keller Williams Realty Coral Gables – Coconut Grove market center in the greater Miami area and they announced today that Joe Robaina, a broker-associate and the team’s leader, has been awarded the Military Residential Specialist certification after completing the first course offered for that purpose in Miami-Dade county.

The Military residential Specialist website (gomilres.com) describes the program as follows:

“The Military Residential Specialist (MilRES) Program offers real estate professionals the opportunity to help ‘military’ clients and their families while growing their own business in this important but under-served market segment.”

“MilRES® was founded in 2010 by nationally known speaker Buddy West. After two years of researching the subject, traveling to military installations and interviewing military officers and enlisted service members, veterans, their families, Congressman and heads of the Veteran’s administration, the MilRES® team was ready with an outline and plan to develop the class. This class was not written by a ‘class writer or developer,’ but from content from the military for Realtors® to serve the military.”

Here is a link to a YouTube video by congressman John Carney on this subject: https://youtu.be/8fhC5jqMR2I

Mr. Robaina had this to say about his reasons for seeking out this certification:

“As a professional real estate adviser, I am always looking for ways to increase my knowledge and ability to help those who rely on my and my team for real estate advice and services. However, in this case, I was especially keen to the opportunity to become better equipped to serve the special needs of Veterans, active and retired military personnel because I feel a debt to them and their families for the sacrifices they all make to serve and protect us.”

Mr. Robaina is currently preparing a series of seminars and webinars designed to inform the South Florida community about the needs and many programs available specifically for Veterans, active and retired members of the military, as well as the National Guard, Reserves, Coast Guard, Fires, Police and other branches of government service personnel line the FBI and CIA through his affiliation with the “Heroes” program which provides additional financial benefits through reimbursement of real estate commissions and reduced fee or no-fee programs offered by affiliated mortgage providers, and other service providers.

Anyone interested in participating or attending one of these presentations or simply learning more about any of these programs can contact Mr. Robaina by visiting his website: http://www.platinumworldwidegroup.com.

Media Contact:
Joe Robaina
Platinum Worldwide Group at Keller Williams Realty
1-306-785-0460
http://www.platinumworldwidegroup.com