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At the start of the year, there was strong capital activity in the Phoenix market. Tower Capital, for example, closed $27 million in capital transactions and has another $150 million in the pipeline to close in the second quarter. According to the firm, low interest rates, strong population growth and out-of-state investment—thanks to higher yields than in other markets—is driving the increased capital activity in the market.

“There is significant demand from both local investors who can locate the hard to find off-market deals that others may miss, along with significant demand from out of state investors,” Adam Finkel, principal at Tower Capital, tells GlobeSt.com. “We are seeing tremendous activity from investors throughout California, Vancouver, and Toronto, where cap rates are incredibly low. Phoenix has many strong economic drivers as well as warm climate, which keeps activity strong.” Tower’s transactions in the first quarter include acquisition financing, cash-out refinancing and bridge deals. The volume is significantly higher compared to the start of 2018 and higher compared to the company’s historical average. “Our deal volume is up significantly over last year, which was already a stellar year for production,” says Finkel. “This year we have consistently had three to four time more transactions in closing than our historical average, and as soon as one closes another one takes its place. The number of capital advisors we have has grown as well, contributing to the increase in production. But anecdotally all of our capital partners seem to be incredibly busy right now. Last year Tower Capital closed just under $200 million in loan origination volume and this year we anticipate $300-plus million.” Most investors are taking advantage of the low interest rate environment, and Finkel says that most clients are looking to lock in low rates. “Most investors realize we are in an incredibly low interest rate environment,” he says. “On stabilized assets, our clients are mostly seeking to lock in long term, low interest rates, with possibly some interest-only payments on the front end to increase cash flow, which can be applied towards property renovations. In addition, the demand for bridge loans on value-add repositionings is very high.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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