Fourth Annual Real Estate Private Equity Summit

December 14, 2016

Recently EisnerAmper’s Real Estate group hosted the Fourth Annual Real Estate Private Equity Summit.  The event brought developers, investors, owners and operators together at Pier 60 in New York City to discuss what’s happening on the real estate front.  In this brief video we get a great cross-section of what the audience thinks about joint ventures, investment capital and the future of the market.


Transcript

Kenneth Weissenberg: This was our fourth annual EisnerAmper Real Estate Summit. We had incredible speakers. We had incredible people in the audience. We bring together people who are both developing properties, investing in properties, lending to properties, servicing properties. I wouldn't be surprised if there were multiple transactions that had their roots in this building today during our conference.

Paul J. Massey: Investments that make the most sense, our value add projects where we can rehab, release re-tenant a property, and that's really where the action is. 

Daren Hornig: I think the market's going to start moving more towards stabilized cash flow deals that you can underwrite and get flexible debt that you get some yield, but you may not get the pop you wanted before.

Joseph W. DeMatteo: Tertiary markets are going to maybe have some higher returns, but higher risks and maybe a little bit longer term of view. What's going to impact the market going forward are going to be interest rates and how that's going to interact with valuation and cap rates.

Kathy Anderson: Everybody's trying to get ready for the next wave of where they're going to find their money from.

Paul J. Massey:I think investors are going to put their money in multifamily housing, with such a lack of all kinds of housing.

Daren Hornig: I think without a doubt, the election's going to have some influence. When you really look at financing deals, typically we used to look at 60 to 70 percent leverage. Now it's being pushed back to 50 percent, if you could even get the debt.

Thomas V. Bermingham: Choosing the right partner is the most important thing to a joint venture. You really need to understand the goals and objectives of the partner in the investment you're choosing, as well as the aspirations of the fund managers.

Joseph W. DeMatteo:Ethics, trust, market knowledge, execution capability.

Gary S. Master: Real estate execution is key. The key to successful joint venture is trust.

Daren Hornig:I'd rather compromise for trust and relationship more than anything else.

Paul J. Massey:A key to a successful joint venture is aligning interests of all the parties.

Frederic Leffel:To capital partner, there are obvious things, the term, the duration of the investment, the investment returns.

Amy D. Sole: An understanding and synergy and trust with your partner.

Todd Hankin: There has to be two winners, not a winner and a loser.

Lisa Knee:This is not a New York conference, this is our national conference. You have a lot of foreign capital that needs to park it somewhere.

Conlyn Chan:Foreign buyers, they're still coming in and see US as a major market for putting some of your capital versus other markets.

Sam Natapoff: We’re still feeling and we haven't felt the full brunt of Brexit for the values of a London real estate. London real estate has dropped an estimated 15 to 20 percent in the last three months. International real estate investors, both personal and institutional, are much more interested in New York City as a stable high value market. And with the weak dollar it’s a really interesting place for them to be here. They can speculate both on the real estate side and on the currency side.

About Kenneth Weissenberg

Kenneth Weissenberg CPA, Tax Partner in Real Estate Services, is experienced in tax saving strategies and negotiating sales and acquisitions. He represents owners of some of the most well-known real estate properties in New York City.

About Lisa Knee

Lisa Knee is a Tax Partner and Co-Leader of the national Real Estate practice and leader for the national Real Estate Private Equity Group with expertise in the hotel, real estate, financial services, aviation and restaurant sectors and is a member of AICPA, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Bar Association.

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