Strong Property Performance and Value-Add Options Draws Fierce Bidding
West Palm Beach and Miami Gardens, FL (August 2016) — In a two-part transaction, ARA, A Newmark
Company (ARA Newmark) announced the sale of assets in a South Florida portfolio comprising Serrano in West
Palm Beach and Park Plaza Apartments in Miami Gardens. The portfolio sold for $48.6 million and included a
total of 426 multifamily units.
Executive Managing Directors Hampton Beebe and Avery Klann, Transaction Manager Jonathan Senn and Vice
Chairmen Dick Donnellan and Marc deBaptiste represented the seller, AION Partners. Headquartered in New
York, AION has been involved in the purchase and operation of over 1.5 million square feet of office space and
nearly 7,000 units across the United States.
“The recent renovations of a select number of units and amenities at both properties allowed us to achieve a
significant premium for those units and demonstrate the proven value-add potential to the market,” said Beebe.
“This resulted in highly-competitive bidding with a combined 45 tours and nearly 30 offers received.”
Tampa-based Southport Financial Services, a private multihousing development, acquisition, rehabilitation and
management company, purchased Serrano in the first transaction. Constructed in 1986, the property consists of
234 one-, two- and three-bedroom units with full size washer and dryers, fully-equipped kitchens, walk-in closets
and private screened-in patio/balconies. Community amenities include gated access, a tennis and sport court,
resort-style pool, newly remodeled fitness center, business center and optional covered parking. The property
was approximately 96 percent occupied at the time of sale.
In the second and most recent transaction, EB Real Estate Group –a New York-based owner and operator of
residential, industrial, retail and office buildings — purchased Park Plaza Apartments. Completed in 1972, the
property consists of 234 one-, two- and three-bedroom units located in Miami Gardens with immediate access to
I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike. The property was approximately 98 percent occupied at the time of sale.
About ARA, A Newmark Company
ARA, A Newmark Company is the largest full-service investment advisory firm in the nation that focuses
exclusively on the brokerage, financing and capital sourcing of multihousing properties including conventional,
affordable, distressed assets, notes sales, seniors, student, manufactured housing and multihousing land. ARA
Newmark is comprised of the country’s top investment professionals who leverage a unique and fully integrated
cooperative business platform of shared information, relationships and technology driven solutions. ARA
Newmark’s unified enterprise approach ensures that clients are delivered the broadest asset exposure, effective
matching of buyers and sellers, and the shortest transaction timeframes in the industry. The combination of global
resources, unparalleled market expertise and nationwide presence in the multihousing marketplace has resulted
in an annual production volume of more than $13.7 billion in real estate transactions in 2015. For detailed
information on ARA Newmark’s extensive multihousing investment services, visit www.aranewmark.com.
About Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms. Together with
London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NGKF’s 12,800 professionals operate from
more than 370 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents.
With roots dating back to 1929, NGKF’s strong foundation makes it one of the most trusted names in commercial
real estate. NGKF’s full-service platform comprises BGC’s real estate services segment, offering commercial real
estate tenants, landlords, investors and developers a wide range of services including leasing; capital markets
services, including investment sales, debt placement, appraisal, and valuation services; commercial mortgage
brokerage services; as well as corporate advisory services, consulting, project and development management,
and property and corporate facilities management services. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com.
NGKF is a part of BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate
markets. BGC’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol (NASDAQ:
BGCP). BGC also has an outstanding bond issuance of Senior Notes due June 15, 2042, which trade on the New
York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: BGCA). BGC Partners is led by Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Howard W. Lutnick. For more information, please visit www.bgcpartners.com.