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Ron Osborne, Managing Director/Broker of SperryCGA | RJ Realty, represented  GCDC4 LLC, a foreign investor, in the purchase of a 3,200-square-foot, free-standing retail building outparcel located at 9180 W. State Road 84 in Davie, Florida.

The buyer purchased the property from CR Ridge Plaza LLC for $2,400,000.00, representing a 6.2% cap rate.

The deal closed December 16.

The property is currently occupied by Metro By T-Mobile on a corporate lease with 4+ years remaining. Metro has occupied the property for 20 years.

The transaction marks the fifth in which Osborne has represented the investor in the last 12 months. They will continue to acquire prime real estate in which they find strong financial fundamentals. The last two transactions have shown the trend in adjusting capitalization rate increases as interest rates increase.

In October, Osborne represented GCDC LLC in the purchase of a 5,300-square-foot retail automotive repair facility in the same retail plaza. GCDC, LLC purchased the property from CR Ridge Plaza LLC for $2,967,9335, representing a 6.2% cap rate.

Ronald Osborne“We expect the rates to continue to increase over the next several months,” commented Osborne. “This will be in both single and multi-tenant properties. Properties that are not in prime locations will see even a greater increase in rates. We are in a shifting market from a seller’s market to a stabilized market. With the lack of liquidity, a cash buyer that does not need a loan will be able to move quickly and close on transactions at better returns than those seeking financing.”

 

“I also believe the additional cost of windstorm insurance here in South Florida will drive cap rates upward,” Osborne continued. “Buyers that pay cash or those that have a good relationship with their lenders that can waive the windstorm insurance requirement will be critical in the sale of property this coming year. We looked at several STNL properties over the last four months and could not find one in the South Florida market that would offer a reasonable return and future upside. This property offers both and the client hopes to purchase another property in the first Quarter of next year. They will be looking at both single and multi-tenant properties in 2023.”

The property was listed by Stan Johnson Company.

 

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Ron Osborne, Managing Director/Broker of SperryCGA | RJ Realty, represented the Buyer, GCDC LLC, a foreign Investor, in the purchase of a 5,300-square-foot retail automotive repair facility located at 9190 W. State Road 84 in Davie Florida.

The deal closed October 28.

GCDC, LLC purchased the property from CR Ridge Plaza LLC for $2,967,9335, representing a 6.2% cap rate.

The property is currently occupied by Ridge Plaza Auto & Tire Center. The operator has occupied the property for 38 years and has 8+ years remaining on the lease with an annual 2% rent increase.

This is the fourth transaction in which Mr. Osborne has represented this investor in the last 12 months and the first transaction in which the buyer secured financing. Osborne has a fifth purchase under contract and is scheduled to close before the end of the year on an all cash abasis with a cap rat of 6.2%.

Ronald Osborne“As a foreign investor without a US residence, it was extremely difficult to find a lender willing to make the loan even with 50% down,” explained Osborne. “Ultimately, we were able to obtain a first mortgage with the assistance of Manuel Huerta of Interamerican Bank.”

Osborne has represented GCDC, LLC for the last year and they are looking to acquire additional properties this coming year. Due to the higher cost of capital and the cost of Windstorm Insurance, they will be seeking higher returns.

“With the current cap rates lower than in other parts of the country, we believe market will see higher cap rates in the near future, especially here in South Florida, as interest rates increase and the additional cost of Windstorm Insurance,” Osborne added. “Buyers that can pay all cash or have a good relationship with the lender that will waive the windstorm insurance will be critical in the sale of property within the coming year. We looked at several STNL properties over the last 4 months and could not find one in the South Florida market that would offer a reasonable return and future upside. This property offers both and we hope to purchase another property from the same group shortly.”

The property was listed by Stan Johnson Company.

 

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The September CPI Report illustrated a 0.6% monthly increase in core CPI (net of food and gas prices), which came in above expectations. The annual core CPI of 6.6% is the largest jump in 40 years. If you include food and gas, the inflation is over 8.7%!

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise the Fed Funds Rate in the next meeting on November 2nd by another 0.75%. This would set the Prime Rate at 7%.  If your loan is coming due or up for a rate increase, you may have to buy down the rate or add additional equity.

If this is the case, you may want to consider selling your property at this time while the returns that Investors are willing to accept are still at the peak of the market.  We believe that the Capitalization rates will be increasing over the next several months on all property classifications – prices will adjust due to the capital market.

Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates/RJ Realty is equipped with the skills, expertise, and relationships to solve your needs. Please reach out with any inquiries!

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Ron Osborne, Managing Director/Broker of SperryCGA | RJ Realty, represented The Strachman Family in the purchase of a 8,864-square-foot retail property located at 702-706 NE 1 Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The deal closed September 12.

The buyer, Judith Strachman Rev. Living Trust, purchased the property from Barkan Investments for $4,250,000

The property is currently occupied by Chops & Hops Axe Throwing Lodge, a one-of-a-kind bar that pairs the ultra-fun activity of axe throwing with world-class cocktails and live music, Ft. Liquordale Entertainment, and Crossed Keys Society, a quirky, feel-good tattoo studio and creative space.

Judith Strachman Rev. Living Trust purchased the property to complete the exchange of the sale of the Boulevard Center, a retail plaza located at 1504-1538 E Commercial Blvd. in Oakland Park, Florida, earlier this year. Osborne represented Judith Strachman Rev. Living Trust in that transaction. After an extensive search for a single tenant, NNN leased property that would offer a strong return, the trust elected to purchase the subject property which has two tenants, Chops & Hops and Ft. Liquordale, on the main floor and Crossed Keys Society on the second floor.

“With the current rents lower than what we believe market rents could be, this property has nowhere to go but increase in value,” commented Osborne. “We looked at several STNL properties over the last 4 months and could not find one in the south Florida market that would offer a reasonable return and future upside.”

The Buyer was interested in the property due to its location within Flagler Village in Ft. Lauderdale. With the redevelopment of the old SearsTown property only a short distance from the subject property’s location, the Buyer believes that the area is only going to increase in value over time.

“We had no problem obtaining financing for the property thru Locality Bank and both the Buyer and lender agree that the location is one of the hottest markets in Ft. Lauderdale,” added Osborne.

Osborne has represented The Strachman Family as trust advisor over the last 20+ years and, in the last 5 years, helped in repositioning its portfolio of management-intense multi-tenant retail properties. The family is repositioning its portfolio for the future.

The property was listed by Native Realty.

 

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Ron Osborne, Managing Director/Broker of SperryCGA | RJ Realty, has completed 3 major transactions within the automotive real estate sector.

After working through a variety of property and title issues for more than a year, The Taverna Collection, an entity managed by GianMarco Taverna, purchased the Ted Vernon Specialty Automobiles location at 8301 NW 7 Ave. in Miami (pictured above) from TAM Investment Properties, LLC, Both the dealership and property were owned and operated by Ted Vernon. The properties consist of approximately 38,961 square feet of buildings and a total of 3.53 acres of land. The transaction closed at $6,500,000. Xavier Cossard PA assisted in the sale. In a separate transaction. Ted Vernon Specialty Automobiles will be relocating to Greater Orlando in the near future and the purchase will complete its 1031 exchange. This subsequent transaction, which was facilitated by SperryCGA/Flint Brokers, an affiliate office, closed on August 2.

The second transaction involved the sale/leaseback of 500 N. State Road 7 in Plantation. The property sold for $1.7 million. The seller, 500 Ventures, LLC, sold the property and a related company, Car Net Auto Sales, Inc. The tenant leased the property back for 5 years on a triple net basis. The combined value of the transaction was approximately $2.4 million. Osborne stated that the location being situated on a hard-lighted corner along with having legal conforming zoning for auto sales drove the value. The transaction marks the third transaction Osborne has completed with the same buyer, GCDC 3, LLC, for automotive properties in the South Florida area.

The third transaction was the leasing of 770 N. State Road 7, an auto repair facility located in Plantation, owned by GCDC 2, LLC. The lease is a true triple net lease transaction with an approximate lease value of $650,000 for the 5-year term. Osborne supervised the renovations of the property after it was purchased back in December 2021 for $1,450,000.

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Osborne believes strongly that any automotive property in a prime location with legal conforming zoning and an active dealer and repair license will only increase in long term value. He has multiple clients that are always looking for automotive related properties in prime location in the tri-county area.

 

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We have been in a Seller’s market for the last several years. Properties have been sold at values that have not been seen since before the great recession of 2007-2008.  The Federal Reserve has artificially kept the interest rates low and the President in 2020 and 2021 pumped billions of dollars into the economy.  Yes, this helped some people during the pandemic, but also prevented the normal cycle we have seen over the last 40+ years.

In South Florida, every 10 to 12 years, we have seen a down swing in property values, adjustments and corrections for a few years.  The downcycle was due to change around 2020, but, instead, the market heated up.  Why? Due to the movement of large corporations, senior level executives and large private investors moving to South Florida.  This was due in part to the pandemic and no personal income tax.  This kept home prices from declining and values dramatically increasing.  They also sold their investment properties in the high tax states such as NY, NJ, California, Pennsylvania, etc. and purchased replacement properties in Florida.

Why is the market starting to shift now?  Because the Fed is looking at multiple rate increases (4) this year of  75 basis points each meeting. We could see interest rates as high as 6% to 7%, before the end of the year.  This means that Capitalization (Cap) rates must also move up, which will cause the pricing to decline.  We have seen this already occurring in other states in recent weeks.  This will make Buyers happy and put Seller’s in a state of reverse sticker shock, and, in some cases, they may even pass on good sale prices because they do not believe prices are declining.  Buyers are already refusing to accept some of the low cap rates on non-credit tenant transactions.  Transactions will slow in the third and fourth quarter of this year except for seller’s that are now trying to complete their 1031 exchanges.  These only will happen on truly all cash sales with no debt as the current rates are in the 4.75% to 5.5% range from banks and you can’t buy a property with leverage at a 4% to 4.75% cap rate.  The returns are breakeven to negative.

So, I believe we are entering a stabilizing market, we will see adjustments in the next 12 to 18 months, but not a crash.  It won’t be a Sellers or a Buyers’ market, but a market at equilibrium.  This means that both sides will walk away giving a little to make a transaction happen.

If you are a seller there is still time to take advantage of this market, but you need to be realistic and move quickly. Properties need to be properly unwritten with management fees (5%), vacancy and collection rates (5%), reserves for replacements, adjustments for increased property taxes based on sale, and a reasonable cap rate.

SperryCGA can help you still take advantage of the market. We have 60 offices throughout the US, with 8 offices here in Florida.

 

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Ron Osborne, Managing Director/Broker of Sperry CGA | RJ Realty, negotiated the sale of a vacant, single tenant office building at 2100 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The deal closed April 18.

2100 S. Andrews Ave is a free-standing office building consisting of 5,200 square feet on 17,000 square feet of land with 21 parking spaces.  It is situated on the SE corner of Andrews Ave and SE 21 St., ideally located minutes from the courthouses, Broward General Hospital, Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The property was listed at $2,800,000 and was purchased for $2,500,000 or $480 per square foot.  The buyer will eventually relocate some of his staff to the building from its corporate offices in Port Everglades, however, they initially intend to lease it out for 5 years.

“This is the second building purchase I negotiated for the buyer, who is affiliated with Port Consolidated for this purpose,” commented Osborne. “The buyer leased the first building in a long-term lease.”

Osborne will be offering this location for lease with a minimum of a 5-year term at $30.00 NNN.

Osborne went on to state that finding well-located, small-user office buildings with onsite parking in the greater downtown Ft. Lauderdale area is a challenge.

“We are still working with buyers looking for office, retail and industrial properties with long term upside potential,” he added.

The Seller, RFH 2100 LLC, was represented by Brian Batchelder of Berger Commercial Realty.

 

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Ron Osborne, Managing Director/Broker of Sperry CGA | RJ Realty, negotiated the sale of a retail plaza located at 1504-1538 E Commercial Blvd in Oakland Park.

The deal closed March 14.

Boulevard Center is a retail strip center consisting of 5 buildings developed in the 1960s and early 1970s totaling 21,510 square feet situated on a 80,111-square-foot lot with 435 feet of frontage on East Commercial Blvd.

The property was listed at $4,950,000 and within days, multiple full price offers were received – some over list price.  The property closed within 0.5% of list price and a sub 5% capitalization rate.

“Even after the property went non-contingent and buyers were told that the property was sold, we had numerous buyers wanting to put up a backup contract,” explained Osborne.  “We are still working with those buyers looking for retail properties with long term upside.”

Bahr Investments, represented by Jonathan De LaRosa with Marcus and Millichap, purchased the asset.

Osborne added, “This trade illustrates the continued, frenzied demand for small retail properties throughout Broward County Florida.  The lack of well-located retail properties for sale throughout South Florida has driven the price points higher and the return investor will to accept lower.”

 

 

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Irvine, CA-based Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates announced its Sales Recognition Awards for 2021 on January 25th.

Ron Osborne of Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates / RJ Realty was recognized as a Top 5 Producer within the network.

Osborne specializes in representing Seller’s of Office, Retail, Industrial and Automotive Properties in South Florida.  He also will represent Buyers on an exclusive basis.

Currently, he has a 25,000-square-foot office building and a 21,000-square-foot retail plaza available for sale.

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Ron Osborne, Managing Director/Broker of Sperry CGA-RJ Realty, negotiated the sale of an auto repair facility located at 770 N State Road 7 in Plantation, Florida.

Osborne represented both sides of the transaction, including seller, DOXATO LLC, and Buyer, GCDC 2 LLC, in the transaction. Osborne sourced the buyer from Argentina, an entity he had previously worked with.

The property consists of a 17,000-square-foot site with a 4,408 square foot fully functional auto repair facility with 3 overhead doors with room for 7- 8 lifts. The property was formally used as a transmission shop.

The deal closed December 29, 2021.

The total transaction has a value of $1,509,000, or $342 per square foot, which includes the real estate and chattel mortgage on the equipment.

“The Seller approached a neighboring property owner and offered him the property, who is a current client,” explained Osborne. “Knowing that I am the Automotive Property specialist in the area, he referred the owner to me. Our biggest challenge in the sale was tenant’s right of first refusal on the lease, however it was written that the tenant had to match the offer exactly.  Since our Buyer presented an all-cash offer with proof of funds for the purchase price and a very large deposit, that stipulation became a non-issue.”

The deal represented Osborne’s sixth automotive transaction in Broward County in 2021, with all of the sales or leases transactions closing at the top of the market.

Sperry CGA-RJ Realty will be leasing and managing the property.

“The current tenant will be vacating sometime late January and we should be able to deliver the space first of March,” Osborne said.

Offering rent will be $28.00 NNN.