Friday, August 31, 2012

Brandmovers Moves into New Headquarters in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA – Brandmovers, an Atlanta-based firm that works with brands to build consumer relationships across interactive channels, has moved into a new 10,000-square-foot headquarters in Atlanta.

The company’s new office, which houses about 30 employees, is located at 1575 Northside Drive (lower left photo). The firm’s previous offices were located in Midtown Atlanta. The firm has added 10 employees over the past three months. In the past twelve months the company has doubled in size and anticipates the same level of growth in the coming year.

Brandmovers began in the Fulton County Business Incubator in 2003 and now also has offices in London and Mumbai, India. The firm creates interactive digital programs designed to attract and expand a client’s customers.

“We are thrilled about our new, expanded headquarters,” said Brandmovers CEO Andrew Mitchell (top right photo). “The past decade has been one of unprecedented growth for our company, and we are excited about continuing that expansion in a tech-friendly city such as Atlanta, where we have consistent access to great talent.”

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Tony Wilbert
Wilbert News Strategies
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Foreclosure Homes Account for 23% of All U.S. Residential Sales in Q2 2012, According to RealtyTrac®

IRVINE, CA — RealtyTrac® (, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its Q2 2012 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report™, which shows that sales of homes that were in some stage of foreclosure or bank-owned (REO) accounted for 23 percent of all U.S. residential sales during the second quarter — up from 22 percent of all sales in the first quarter and up from 19 percent of all sales in the second quarter of 2011.

“The second quarter sales numbers provide solid statistical evidence of what we’ve been hearing anecdotally from real estate agents, buyers and investors over the past few months: there is a limited supply of available foreclosure inventory to choose from in many markets,” said Daren Blomquist (top right photo), RealtyTrac Vice President.

“Given this shortage of supply and the seasonally strong buyer demand in the second quarter, it’s no surprise that the average foreclosure-related sales price increased both on a quarterly and annual basis.

“Three straight months of increasing foreclosure starts through July may ease the inventory shortage somewhat in the coming months when many of these foreclosure starts translate into listed short sales or bank-owned homes,”

Blomquist added. “The increase in short sales of properties that have not even started the foreclosure process indicates that lenders are moving further upstream to deal with their distressed inventory, thereby avoiding the increasingly complex and lengthy foreclosure process altogether.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release and statistics, please contact:

Christine Stricker
949.502.8300, ext. 268

Michelle Schneider
949.502.8300, ext. 139

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens First Hotel in Iowa

McLean, VA and Moline, IL (Aug. 30, 2012) – DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the newly renovated, upscale, full-service 100-room DoubleTree by Hilton Des Moines Airport (top left photo).

Formerly a Radisson, the hotel is owned and operated by Heart of America Group under a franchise license agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide.

 Rob Palleschi (middle right photo) global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, “The DoubleTree by Hilton Des Moines Airport marks our brand’s entry into Iowa.

"Des Moines is a major business hub for the region as well as a robust market that provides a variety of leisure activities for all ages. We are confident the hotel is well-placed for success in the market and look forward to a long partnership with Heart of America.”

Located adjacent to the Des Moines International Airport (lower left photo) and just minutes from downtown Des Moines, the hotel is accessible easily to Highway 5 and Interstates 35 and 80.  The DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 6800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321.

 For more information, please visit, contact your preferred travel professional or call +1 800 222 TREE.  

 For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Chris Daly
Daly Gray, Inc.
Ph: 703-435-6293
Cell: 703-864-5553

Dart Realty Opens New Office Building at Camana Bay in Cayman Islands


CAMANA BAY, Cayman Islands (Aug. 30, 2012) - Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. said today it has opened 94 Solaris Avenue (top left photo), the newest office building at Camana Bay, with a majority of its space leased.

 With the addition of 94 Solaris, a five-story, 68,000-square-foot Class A office building, Camana Bay continues to build on the momentum DartRealty has created at the Caribbean’s most significant New Urbanism development.

 “The completion of 94 Solaris Avenue is a significant milestone in the development of Camana Bay,” said Jackie Doak (lower right photo), Chief Operating Officer for Dart Realty. “Camana Bay’s office buildings are a critical component to the thriving mixed-use environment at Camana Bay.”

Camana Bay (lower left photo), one of Grand Cayman’s premier destinations with shopping, events, parks, sports facilities and apartments, has emerged as a new commerce center for companies in the finance and insurance industries. As a result, Camana Bay’s office component continues to grow despite current global economic conditions.

Designed by Washington D.C.-based Torti Gallas and Partners with support from local architects, the Burns Conolly Group, the building houses Class A office tenants and offers restaurant and retail on the ground floor.

Anchor tenant Mourant Ozannes, one of the world’s leading offshore law firms, has relocated its offices to the top two floors of 94 Solaris Avenue. The entire second floor is occupied by AON, the largest risk management firm in the Cayman Islands.

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Wilbert News Strategies

Hadley Creekmuir,
 Wilbert News Strategies

HFF marketing for sale 464-unit multi-housing community in suburban Chicago

 CHICAGO, IL – HFF announced today that it has been selected to market the sale of AMLI at Oakhurst North (top left photo), a 464-unit, Class A multi-housing community in Aurora, Illinois.

HFF is marketing the property exclusively on behalf of the seller, AMLI Residential Properties Trust.  The property is listed without a sales price, free and clear of existing debt.

Located at 2800 AMLI Drive, AMLI at Oakhurst North is close to the Westfield Fox Valley Mall and Interstate 88 in the Naperville/Aurora submarket in Chicago’s western suburbs. 

 The property has 29 two and three-story residential buildings with one- and two-bedroom units averaging 1,012 square feet each.  Residents have access to an indoor lap pool as well as an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, business center, picnic area and tot lot.  AMLI at Oakhurst North is 95 percent leased.

The HFF investment sales team representing the seller is led by executive managing director Matthew Lawton (middle right photo) along with managing directors Sean Fogarty (lower left photo) and Marty O’Connell (lower right photo).

“While the apartment homes at AMLI at Oakhurst North are fully amenitized, a new owner has the opportunity to increase rents with particular unit upgrades such as updating kitchen countertops and flooring as well as bathroom and lighting improvements,” said Lawton. 

 “These are spacious homes with unique floor plans located in a very strong apartment submarket, which should be appealing to numerous multi-housing operators.”  

 AMLI is one of the preeminent multifamily companies in the nation. The company is focused on the development, acquisition and management of luxury apartment communities.
 MATTHEW D. LAWTON                      
HFF Executive Managing Director           
(312) 528-3650                                                                    
HFF Associate Director, Marketing
(713) 852-3500

HFF named to market sale of Yorkville Marketplace in suburban Chicago

 CHICAGO, IL – HFF announced today that it has been named to market the sale of Yorkville Marketplace (top left photo), a 111,591-square-foot Jewel-Osco anchored shopping center in suburban Chicago.

HFF is marketing the property on behalf of the seller, a joint venture between affiliates of Tucker Development Corporation and American Realty Advisors.  The property is listed without a formal asking price, free and clear of debt.

Yorkville Marketplace is located on 17.95 acres at the intersection of US Route 34 and Illinois Route 47 in Chicago’s western suburbs.  Completed in two phases in 2002 and 2007, the property is anchored by Jewel-Osco and Office Max.  Additional in-line tenants include Panera Bread, Quizno’s and GNC.

 The HFF investment sales team representing the seller is led by director Daniel Kaufman (lower right photo) and associate director Amy Sands in the Chicago office, and senior managing directors Jim Batjer and Barry Brown in the firm’s Dallas office.

                “We anticipate strong investor interest for Yorkville Marketplace given the quality of the shopping center’s tenancy which features a well-performing Jewel-Osco grocery store.  Jewel is the dominant grocer in the Chicago region, and their store at Yorkville Marketplace is an important location for the retailer at Yorkville’s best retail node,” said Kaufman. 

DANIEL A. KAUFMAN                  
 HFF Director                                       
 (312) 528-3650                                                

AMY L. SANDS                               
HFF Director                                       
(312) 528-3650

HFF Associate Director, Marketing
(713) 852-3500

HFF arranges $46 million financing for Almaden Financial Plaza in San Jose, CA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – HFF announced today that it has arranged a $46 million financing for Almaden Financial Plaza (top left photo), a three-building, 415,000-square-foot, Class A office complex in downtown San Jose, California.

HFF worked exclusively on behalf of the property owner, an affiliate of Embarcadero Capital Partners LLC, to secure the five-year, fixed-rate loan through Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. 

The HFF team representing Embarcadero was led by managing director Peter Smyslowski (middle right photo) senior managing director Gerry Rohm (lower left photo) and managing directors Kevin Redford (lower right photo) and James Fowler.

Loan proceeds were used to refinance a maturing securitized loan and provide additional capital for future building improvements and leasing costs. 

The loan was structured with a three-year, interest-only period followed by a 30-year amortization schedule, and is open to pre-payment at par after 18 months.

Almaden Financial Plaza is centrally located at 1, 55 and 99 Almaden Boulevard in San Jose’s downtown business district, close to Highways 101, 280, 87 and 85, as well as the San Jose International Airport and the HP Pavilion.

Property amenities include an on-site café and close proximity to the restaurants and shops along Santa Clara and San Pedro Streets, city views, efficient floor plates and ample parking in a “state-of-the-art” garage.  Anchor tenants at the project include Bridge Bank, Wells Fargo and Union Bank. 

“Almaden Financial Plaza has enormous upside potential.  As the overall Silicon Valley market recovery continues to accelerate, the property is well positioned to outperform the market,” said Smyslowski.

Embarcadero Capital Partners LLC is a real estate investment and management firm based on the San Francisco peninsula with a large number of assets in dynamic, development-constrained West Coast markets, including San Francisco, San Jose, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Belmont, Pleasanton, Westside Los Angeles and Pasadena.

PETER SMYSLOWSKI                                              
HFF Managing Director                                                
(415) 276-6300                                                              
HFF Associate Director, Marketing
(713) 852-3500

HFF facilitates $59 million ground lease of 177 Huntington Ave. in Boston

BOSTON, MA – HFF announced today that it has finalized the long-term ground lease of 177 Huntington Avenue on the Christian Science Plaza (top left photo) in Boston. 

HFF exclusively represented The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and the Trustees of Church Realty Trust and procured the ground lessee – an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners, LLC (

177 Huntington Avenue is an iconic 26-story, 198,825-square-foot office tower located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

 This modernist landmarked structure was designed by “internationally renowned” architects I. M. Pei & Partners and Araldo A. Cossutta, Associated Architects. 

The building was completed in 1972 to house the Church’s administration departments and is connected to a 550-space underground parking garage.  The Church occupied the building until 2008, when it moved its worldwide headquarters into the renovated Christian Science Publishing House Building, also on the Plaza.

The HFF team representing the lessor was led by managing director Coleman Benedict and director Ben Sayles along with executive managing director John Fowler, senior managing director Riaz Cassum and senior real estate analyst Mark Campbell. 

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:
COLEMAN BENEDICT                                 
HFF Managing Director                                      
 (617) 338-0990                                                    
HFF Associate Director, Marketing
(713) 852-3500