Which Were the Priciest Apartment Communities to Sell in 2017?

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CommercialCafe recently did a round-up of the 50 priciest office deals to close in the U.S. last year, in an attempt to see what companies look for and where are their preferred locations when they decide to invest in this type of property. We have now enlisted the help of Yardi Matrix data to analyze an entirely different sector of the commercial real estate realm and see which were the top multifamily deals to close during 2017, focusing both on portfolio and single-asset sales.

What stands out from our research is that the office sector tends to be focused largely on single-asset or single-building deals, and a well-positioned office tower in, say, Manhattan, can have an exorbitant price tag, well over the billion-dollar mark. In the case of multifamily, most of the deals in our top 50 are portfolio transactions–in fact, the 10 largest sales of the year were portfolio deals. Moreover, when it comes to large multifamily sales, portfolios tend to include properties or communities located across various states, as is the case with most transactions on our list.

Nevertheless, the multifamily or apartment sector is becoming more and more appealing to investors, as rental rates and condo prices continue to surge all across the U.S., especially in desirable markets such as San Francisco and New York City. Although this phenomenon affects tenants and residents in a negative way, as many simply cannot afford to keep living in the city core in these uber-expensive markets, rising costs bode well for investors, and they are betting big on this sector. Investing in apartment communities can also be very profitable in the long run, especially if property owners undertake value-add efforts and manage to raise rents.

We’ve put together a round-up of the priciest overall multifamily deals of 2017, including both single-property and portfolio sales across the U.S. Check out the top 20 below:

1 $1,800,000,000* Cross-market portfolio (DC, PA, MD, IL, MA) Harbor Group International Lone Star Funds
2 $1,600,000,000 Cross-market portfolio (CO, MN, PA, GA, FL, SC) Mapletree US Management Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors + Carter
3 $790,500,000* Cross-market portfolio (TX, FL, CA) LivCor (Blackstone) IMT Capital
4 $640,000,000 Cross-market portfolio (WI, AL, IN, FL, WA, CA, NC, VA, IL) Scion Group + GIC + CPPIB CA Ventures
5 $510,000,000 Cross-market portfolio (SC, GA, TN, LA) David Werner + Carlton Associates AVR Realty
6 $509,000,000 Mark Center Portfolio, VA Morgan Properties JBG Companies
7 $429,500,000 Cross-market portfolio (IL, FL, TX, KS) LivCor (Blackstone) TA Associates Realty
8 $330,000,000 Cross-market portfolio (MD, PA, VA) Enterprise Community Partners Shelter Group
9 $324,332,218 Cross-market portfolio (OR, WA, CO, AZ) Starwood Capital Group Holland Partners
10 $277,500,000 NOAH Portfolio, MD-D.C. Corridor Morgan properties Rockpoint Group + Sawyer Realty Holdings
11 $250,000,000 AVR Realty Portfolio, LA El Ad National Properties AVR Realty
12 $231,000,000 Summer House, Alameda, CA LivCor (Blackstone) Kennedy Wilson
13 $229,055,000 Carmel Pacific Ridge, San Diego, CA American Assets Carmel Partners
14 $247,000,000 Rolling Road Portfolio, MD Morgan Properties Harbor Group International
15 $224,936,000 Tower 12, Seattle, WA Weidner Investment Services Continental Properties
16 $222,500,000 Coast at Lakeshore East, Chicago, IL Morguard N American Residential Magellan Development + JP Morgan
17 $210,000,000 Shorewood Heights, Mercer Island, WA Greystar Olympic Investors
18 $207,750,000 Atlantic Point, Bellport, NY Investcorp Pantzer Properties
19 $199,363,200 Cross-market portfolio (CA, WA) Blackstone Group MG Properties Group
20 $199,000,000 Gables Emory Point, Atlanta, GA LivCor (Blackstone) Gables Residential + Cousin Properties

To see the full top 50 ranking and additional details about the biggest deals and how the market fared in 2017, head over to the CommercialCafe blog.

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