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Tune in as Blake Thompson, Founder / CEO of Blake Investment Partners, reminds us of the importance of remembering what makes us human in these unprecedented, COVID-19 era times.

05/01/2020

Rachel Maddow points out that with the United States as the world’s coronavirus epicenter, Donald Trump misses the point with his return to his pet concerns over immigration. April 21, 2020 Below is a video link to a segment of the Rachel Maddow Show which aired last night ( April 20, 2020) and featured one of BLAKE partnerships – Topos. ….

04/23/2020

These spots are pouring libations for takeout during the coronavirus pandemic. By Meaghan Habuda and Helen Freund Published Mar. 23, 2020 Updated Mar. 30 Trophy Fish  As part of its new Curbside Cocktail menu, the Grand Central District bar and restaurant is now serving an abbreviated drink list composed of some long-running favorites, including Pistachio Mai Tais, Salty Dogs, Fin and Tonics, and Calm Before….

04/01/2020

Check out the exclusive Metrostudy data underlying many an M&A conversation going on now among builders. Will COVID-19 impact deals? By John McManus One of the English language’s tiniest, 2-letter words contains countless multitudes of meanings. As coronavirus calculus courses through the economy at a rate blistering enough to make even a supercomputer smoke, the word is unavoidable. If. The word,….

03/13/2020

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 BY SYDNEY LAKE Reston-based construction company Stanley-Martin Communities LLC will acquire the home-building assets of Lexington, South Carolina-based home-building company Essex Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina in a deal expected to close by the end of the month. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Stanley-Martin — a subsidiary of a Japanese firm,….

02/27/2020

Transaction Enables Stanley Martin Homes to Expand into Additional Metro Areas in the Southeast RESTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Stanley-Martin Communities, LLC announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire the homebuilding assets of Essex Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina. The transaction is expected to close by the end of February 2020. Columbia-based Essex Homes was founded in 1985 in Aiken, South….

02/18/2020

Builders, remodelers, manufacturers, and market watchers share their predictions for home building in the near future. By Joe Bousquin After briefly peering into the abyss at the start of last year due to the housing pullback of late 2018, home builders were much more upbeat heading into 2020. Indeed, the NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, a measure of builder confidence,….

02/17/2020

City Hall received development proposals for its Municipal Services Center from Blake Investment Partners, Echelon, Lincoln Property Co., and Allen Morris. It asked for proposals after a fifth company, Property Management Group, made an unsolicited bid. The city of St. Petersburg has received two offers for the Municipal Services Center on Central Avenue at Fourth Street N. (Google street view)….

02/03/2020

Expectations for 2020 tempered after housing starts climb to levels not seen in a decade ByWill ParkerDec. 24, 2019 7:00 am ET – Via The Wall Street Journal U.S. home builders benefited from low interest rates this year as housing starts climbed to levels not seen in a decade and new-home sales surged after a disappointing 2018. Builder confidence, as….

01/10/2020

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the spelling of mergers and acquisitions expert Chris Jasinski’s last name. In a rural wedge of Greenville County between the Enoree River and its northern branch lies a swampy, spring-fed haven for a rare plant species — the bunched arrowhead — that lies in the cross hairs of sprawling residential development outside Travelers Rest. Listed….

01/10/2020

Via National Real Estate Magazine 2020 The year 2019 was certainly a step backward for the cannabis industry—publicly-traded cannabis stocks tumbled roughly57 percent year over year as of the third quarter of 2019. Nevertheless, cannabis operators remain bullish and stead-fast in their pursuit to expand their footprint and open new retail locations. State laws, local ordinances and financing restrictions have….

01/09/2020

When the Illinois legislature passed a law last spring legalizing recreational cannabis starting Jan. 1, it set off a dealmaking rush among cultivators and a months-long scramble to secure Chicago retail properties where providers could sell the product. That jostling began even before the city passed its own ordinance in the fall governing sales, with at least several deep-pocketed providers securing….

01/08/2020

Chris Jasinski, managing partner and co-founder of JTW Advisors JTW ADVISORS By Bill Hethcock  – Senior Reporter, Dallas Business Journal Nov 25, 2019, 8:47am EST Publicly traded homebuilders and foreign-owned builders are significantly growing their market share in North Texas as a result of consolidation in the industry. Source: Dallas – Business Journal

01/06/2020

By Bill Hethcock  – Senior Reporter, Dallas Business Journal Dec 2, 2019, 4:05pm EST U.S. home builders benefited from low interest rates this year as housing starts climbed to levels not seen in a decade and new-home sales surged after a disappointing 2018. Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. is outperforming its construction-industry competitors across multiple metrics, according to analysts who have recently weighed in on the Arlington-based….

01/03/2020

For the better part of a decade, Ryan Brandt scoured the country for Murphy Oil, looking for freestanding corner locations for their gas and convenience stores at major intersections, preferably near Walmart. He now hunts those same locations for the nascent, yet wildly expanding, cannabis dispensary business.  “We’ve done 30-plus deals for MedMen across the country. They’re focusing on the….

11/20/2019

Airbnb is tightening its policies on unauthorized house parties in response to the shooting deaths of five people in an Orinda, California, rental home on Halloween.  CEO Brian Chesky announced the new policy in a series of tweets Saturday. Here’s what’s changing:  Airbnb is expanding manual screening of “high-risk” reservations that are flagged by its tech. It’ll take “immediate action” against users….

11/12/2019

Series B, co-led by RXR Realty and GV, will bring first Kitchen United kitchen centers to NYC market PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, the kitchen as a service company built to serve the fast growing world of off-premise dining, today announced it has closed on its $40 million Series B funding round. The round was co-led by RXR Realty – one of New….

09/21/2019

Will build 24 units starting from the high-$200,000s. Atlanta home builder Heatherland Homes has begun construction on the first five townhomes at its Marvelle community in Marietta, Georgia. Marvelle features a crisp coastal-chic style and a combination of single-family and townhomes priced from the high $200,000s. “Single-family homes at Marvelle are selling well,” said James Nash, president of Heatherland Homes. “Now with….

09/05/2019

July 31, 2019 Joseph Pimentel, Bisnow Los Angeles On a recent day this summer, Dana Hathaitham stood in the middle of Kitchen United’s Pasadena location and watched the action unfold.   Delivery drivers carrying satchels with Grubhub written on the sides walked in and out of the kitchen to pick up food. A group of people — a combination of local….

08/01/2019

NoiseAware partners with Booking.com to bring smart home noise detection sensors to property managers and homeowners DALLAS, July 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — NoiseAware has announced a new partnership with Booking.com that will provide Booking.com partners listing homes, apartments and other unique places to stay with NoiseAware’s smart home noise detection technology at their property. Those partners who create a new listing on Booking.com….

07/31/2019

BTech Ventures (a Blake Investment Partners company) has made an investment into NoiseAware, a company that makes indoor and outdoor privacy-safe noise level sensors primarily for short-term rental operators. NoiseAware offers a patented, easy-to-install, easy-to-manage, easy-to-scale, and purpose-built solution that has been proven to detect disruptive guest behavior in real-time and resolve these nuisance issues within 15 minutes of the….

06/01/2019

The residential growth that has more than doubled Groveland’s population since 2010 shows no sign of slowing down, with four new residential subdivisions under evaluation by the city’s Development Review Committee that will bring another 387 homes to the city.   The communities with final plats under development review include: Marsh Pointe, north of County Road 565A and north of the Marsh….

05/03/2019

JTW Advisors LLC served as the sell-side advisor to Level Homes in the sale of their Raleigh division to Lennar.  As a result of the transaction, Lennar owns and/or controls an additional 1,602 homesites in the Raleigh market. Level Homes is the 111th largest builder in America and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA.  Level expanded into the Raleigh, NC….

04/29/2019

St. Petersburg native Blake Whitney Thompson is excited about downtown’s rebirth but also worried that development is driving out the locally owned businesses that give downtown its hip, edgy vibe. ST. PETERSBURG — Creativity is everywhere apparent in Tampa Bay’s urban landscape. In the eye-popping murals all over St. Petersburg. In the repurposed warehouses and cigar factories of Tampa.  ….

02/22/2019

The Mandarin Hide Motto: “Pouring our spirits to raise yours” ROBBIE CAPONETTO     The Mandarin Hide Don’t leave St. Pete without swinging back downtown for a drink along Central Avenue, which pulses with live music at a string of bars where tables spill onto the sidewalk. Check out The Mandarin Hide, a sophisticated speakeasy-style place, or head to Mastry’s….

02/17/2019

Food critic Laura Reiley’s best restaurant picks include close to 100 new and returning spots.   Trophy Fish The Fin & Tonic cocktail, a Spanish style gin and tonic crafted with Hendricks Gin, Thatcher’s Elderflower, citrus peel, juniper berries, cucumber and fresh flowers. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times] By all rights I should be mad at Trophy Fish. They don’t offer….

01/31/2019

While drone technology continues to soar, some Tampa Bay companies are taking it to new heights — literally.   St. Pete-based 5×5 Technologies Inc. and Swampfox Aerial LLC, which is breaking into the Tampa market, both use drone technology to survey buildings and land — which otherwise cannot be reached without, in some cases, risking surveyors’ lives.   “Being able to limit people who have to climb….

12/21/2018

Published November 20 By Justin Grant Times Correspondent You know downtown St. Petersburg is cool when Seminole Heights brings a couple of the city’s well-loved institutions across the bridge. Best of all, they’re bundled together into a single lot, bringing a taste of the ’Burg to Heights residents in a remarkably efficient manner.   Bodega, a no-frills Cuban joint with….

11/29/2018

The Overlook at Hilltop is a 25 lot neighborhood located in eastern Cobb County. The homes will range in size from 2800-4000 square feet with a starting price in the mid $400’s. Offerings will include slab and basement foundations with three sides brick. Schools serving this neighborhood are: Sprayberry HS, Daniell Middle School and Blackwell Elementary School.

10/26/2018

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, a virtual restaurant concept, today announced the closing of a $10 million Series A funding round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). Co-founders Harry Tsao and John Miller (Cali Group) also participated, along with several other investors. Launched in 2017, Kitchen United offers national, regional, and local restaurant chains a value-driven, low-risk opportunity to expand into….

10/10/2018

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Tune in as Blake Thompson, Founder / CEO of Blake Investment Partners, reminds us of the importance of remembering what makes us human in these unprecedented, COVID-19 era times.

05/01/2020

Rachel Maddow points out that with the United States as the world’s coronavirus epicenter, Donald Trump misses the point with his return to his pet concerns over immigration. April 21, 2020 Below is a video link to a segment of the Rachel Maddow Show which aired last night ( April 20, 2020) and featured one of BLAKE partnerships – Topos. ….

04/23/2020

These spots are pouring libations for takeout during the coronavirus pandemic. By Meaghan Habuda and Helen Freund Published Mar. 23, 2020 Updated Mar. 30 Trophy Fish  As part of its new Curbside Cocktail menu, the Grand Central District bar and restaurant is now serving an abbreviated drink list composed of some long-running favorites, including Pistachio Mai Tais, Salty Dogs, Fin and Tonics, and Calm Before….

04/01/2020

Check out the exclusive Metrostudy data underlying many an M&A conversation going on now among builders. Will COVID-19 impact deals? By John McManus One of the English language’s tiniest, 2-letter words contains countless multitudes of meanings. As coronavirus calculus courses through the economy at a rate blistering enough to make even a supercomputer smoke, the word is unavoidable. If. The word,….

03/13/2020

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 BY SYDNEY LAKE Reston-based construction company Stanley-Martin Communities LLC will acquire the home-building assets of Lexington, South Carolina-based home-building company Essex Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina in a deal expected to close by the end of the month. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Stanley-Martin — a subsidiary of a Japanese firm,….

02/27/2020

Transaction Enables Stanley Martin Homes to Expand into Additional Metro Areas in the Southeast RESTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Stanley-Martin Communities, LLC announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire the homebuilding assets of Essex Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina. The transaction is expected to close by the end of February 2020. Columbia-based Essex Homes was founded in 1985 in Aiken, South….

02/18/2020

Builders, remodelers, manufacturers, and market watchers share their predictions for home building in the near future. By Joe Bousquin After briefly peering into the abyss at the start of last year due to the housing pullback of late 2018, home builders were much more upbeat heading into 2020. Indeed, the NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, a measure of builder confidence,….

02/17/2020

City Hall received development proposals for its Municipal Services Center from Blake Investment Partners, Echelon, Lincoln Property Co., and Allen Morris. It asked for proposals after a fifth company, Property Management Group, made an unsolicited bid. The city of St. Petersburg has received two offers for the Municipal Services Center on Central Avenue at Fourth Street N. (Google street view)….

02/03/2020

Expectations for 2020 tempered after housing starts climb to levels not seen in a decade ByWill ParkerDec. 24, 2019 7:00 am ET – Via The Wall Street Journal U.S. home builders benefited from low interest rates this year as housing starts climbed to levels not seen in a decade and new-home sales surged after a disappointing 2018. Builder confidence, as….

01/10/2020

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the spelling of mergers and acquisitions expert Chris Jasinski’s last name. In a rural wedge of Greenville County between the Enoree River and its northern branch lies a swampy, spring-fed haven for a rare plant species — the bunched arrowhead — that lies in the cross hairs of sprawling residential development outside Travelers Rest. Listed….

01/10/2020

Via National Real Estate Magazine 2020 The year 2019 was certainly a step backward for the cannabis industry—publicly-traded cannabis stocks tumbled roughly57 percent year over year as of the third quarter of 2019. Nevertheless, cannabis operators remain bullish and stead-fast in their pursuit to expand their footprint and open new retail locations. State laws, local ordinances and financing restrictions have….

01/09/2020

When the Illinois legislature passed a law last spring legalizing recreational cannabis starting Jan. 1, it set off a dealmaking rush among cultivators and a months-long scramble to secure Chicago retail properties where providers could sell the product. That jostling began even before the city passed its own ordinance in the fall governing sales, with at least several deep-pocketed providers securing….

01/08/2020

Chris Jasinski, managing partner and co-founder of JTW Advisors JTW ADVISORS By Bill Hethcock  – Senior Reporter, Dallas Business Journal Nov 25, 2019, 8:47am EST Publicly traded homebuilders and foreign-owned builders are significantly growing their market share in North Texas as a result of consolidation in the industry. Source: Dallas – Business Journal

01/06/2020

By Bill Hethcock  – Senior Reporter, Dallas Business Journal Dec 2, 2019, 4:05pm EST U.S. home builders benefited from low interest rates this year as housing starts climbed to levels not seen in a decade and new-home sales surged after a disappointing 2018. Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. is outperforming its construction-industry competitors across multiple metrics, according to analysts who have recently weighed in on the Arlington-based….

01/03/2020

For the better part of a decade, Ryan Brandt scoured the country for Murphy Oil, looking for freestanding corner locations for their gas and convenience stores at major intersections, preferably near Walmart. He now hunts those same locations for the nascent, yet wildly expanding, cannabis dispensary business.  “We’ve done 30-plus deals for MedMen across the country. They’re focusing on the….

11/20/2019

Airbnb is tightening its policies on unauthorized house parties in response to the shooting deaths of five people in an Orinda, California, rental home on Halloween.  CEO Brian Chesky announced the new policy in a series of tweets Saturday. Here’s what’s changing:  Airbnb is expanding manual screening of “high-risk” reservations that are flagged by its tech. It’ll take “immediate action” against users….

11/12/2019

Series B, co-led by RXR Realty and GV, will bring first Kitchen United kitchen centers to NYC market PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, the kitchen as a service company built to serve the fast growing world of off-premise dining, today announced it has closed on its $40 million Series B funding round. The round was co-led by RXR Realty – one of New….

09/21/2019

Will build 24 units starting from the high-$200,000s. Atlanta home builder Heatherland Homes has begun construction on the first five townhomes at its Marvelle community in Marietta, Georgia. Marvelle features a crisp coastal-chic style and a combination of single-family and townhomes priced from the high $200,000s. “Single-family homes at Marvelle are selling well,” said James Nash, president of Heatherland Homes. “Now with….

09/05/2019

July 31, 2019 Joseph Pimentel, Bisnow Los Angeles On a recent day this summer, Dana Hathaitham stood in the middle of Kitchen United’s Pasadena location and watched the action unfold.   Delivery drivers carrying satchels with Grubhub written on the sides walked in and out of the kitchen to pick up food. A group of people — a combination of local….

08/01/2019

NoiseAware partners with Booking.com to bring smart home noise detection sensors to property managers and homeowners DALLAS, July 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — NoiseAware has announced a new partnership with Booking.com that will provide Booking.com partners listing homes, apartments and other unique places to stay with NoiseAware’s smart home noise detection technology at their property. Those partners who create a new listing on Booking.com….

07/31/2019

BTech Ventures (a Blake Investment Partners company) has made an investment into NoiseAware, a company that makes indoor and outdoor privacy-safe noise level sensors primarily for short-term rental operators. NoiseAware offers a patented, easy-to-install, easy-to-manage, easy-to-scale, and purpose-built solution that has been proven to detect disruptive guest behavior in real-time and resolve these nuisance issues within 15 minutes of the….

06/01/2019

The residential growth that has more than doubled Groveland’s population since 2010 shows no sign of slowing down, with four new residential subdivisions under evaluation by the city’s Development Review Committee that will bring another 387 homes to the city.   The communities with final plats under development review include: Marsh Pointe, north of County Road 565A and north of the Marsh….

05/03/2019

JTW Advisors LLC served as the sell-side advisor to Level Homes in the sale of their Raleigh division to Lennar.  As a result of the transaction, Lennar owns and/or controls an additional 1,602 homesites in the Raleigh market. Level Homes is the 111th largest builder in America and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA.  Level expanded into the Raleigh, NC….

04/29/2019

St. Petersburg native Blake Whitney Thompson is excited about downtown’s rebirth but also worried that development is driving out the locally owned businesses that give downtown its hip, edgy vibe. ST. PETERSBURG — Creativity is everywhere apparent in Tampa Bay’s urban landscape. In the eye-popping murals all over St. Petersburg. In the repurposed warehouses and cigar factories of Tampa.  ….

02/22/2019

The Mandarin Hide Motto: “Pouring our spirits to raise yours” ROBBIE CAPONETTO     The Mandarin Hide Don’t leave St. Pete without swinging back downtown for a drink along Central Avenue, which pulses with live music at a string of bars where tables spill onto the sidewalk. Check out The Mandarin Hide, a sophisticated speakeasy-style place, or head to Mastry’s….

02/17/2019

Food critic Laura Reiley’s best restaurant picks include close to 100 new and returning spots.   Trophy Fish The Fin & Tonic cocktail, a Spanish style gin and tonic crafted with Hendricks Gin, Thatcher’s Elderflower, citrus peel, juniper berries, cucumber and fresh flowers. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times] By all rights I should be mad at Trophy Fish. They don’t offer….

01/31/2019

While drone technology continues to soar, some Tampa Bay companies are taking it to new heights — literally.   St. Pete-based 5×5 Technologies Inc. and Swampfox Aerial LLC, which is breaking into the Tampa market, both use drone technology to survey buildings and land — which otherwise cannot be reached without, in some cases, risking surveyors’ lives.   “Being able to limit people who have to climb….

12/21/2018

Published November 20 By Justin Grant Times Correspondent You know downtown St. Petersburg is cool when Seminole Heights brings a couple of the city’s well-loved institutions across the bridge. Best of all, they’re bundled together into a single lot, bringing a taste of the ’Burg to Heights residents in a remarkably efficient manner.   Bodega, a no-frills Cuban joint with….

11/29/2018

The Overlook at Hilltop is a 25 lot neighborhood located in eastern Cobb County. The homes will range in size from 2800-4000 square feet with a starting price in the mid $400’s. Offerings will include slab and basement foundations with three sides brick. Schools serving this neighborhood are: Sprayberry HS, Daniell Middle School and Blackwell Elementary School.

10/26/2018

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, a virtual restaurant concept, today announced the closing of a $10 million Series A funding round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). Co-founders Harry Tsao and John Miller (Cali Group) also participated, along with several other investors. Launched in 2017, Kitchen United offers national, regional, and local restaurant chains a value-driven, low-risk opportunity to expand into….

10/10/2018
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05/01/2020

Tune in as Blake Thompson, Founder / CEO of Blake Investment Partners, reminds us of the importance of remembering what makes us human in these unprecedented, COVID-19 era times.

04/23/2020

Rachel Maddow points out that with the United States as the world’s coronavirus epicenter, Donald Trump misses the point with his return to his pet concerns over immigration. April 21, 2020 Below is a video link to a segment of the Rachel Maddow Show which aired last night ( April 20, 2020) and featured one of BLAKE partnerships – Topos. ….

04/01/2020

These spots are pouring libations for takeout during the coronavirus pandemic. By Meaghan Habuda and Helen Freund Published Mar. 23, 2020 Updated Mar. 30 Trophy Fish  As part of its new Curbside Cocktail menu, the Grand Central District bar and restaurant is now serving an abbreviated drink list composed of some long-running favorites, including Pistachio Mai Tais, Salty Dogs, Fin and Tonics, and Calm Before….

Check out the exclusive Metrostudy data underlying many an M&A conversation going on now among builders. Will COVID-19 impact deals? By John McManus One of the English language’s tiniest, 2-letter words contains countless multitudes of meanings. As coronavirus calculus courses through the economy at a rate blistering enough to make even a supercomputer smoke, the word is unavoidable. If. The word,….

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 BY SYDNEY LAKE Reston-based construction company Stanley-Martin Communities LLC will acquire the home-building assets of Lexington, South Carolina-based home-building company Essex Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina in a deal expected to close by the end of the month. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Stanley-Martin — a subsidiary of a Japanese firm,….

Transaction Enables Stanley Martin Homes to Expand into Additional Metro Areas in the Southeast RESTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Stanley-Martin Communities, LLC announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire the homebuilding assets of Essex Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina. The transaction is expected to close by the end of February 2020. Columbia-based Essex Homes was founded in 1985 in Aiken, South….

Builders, remodelers, manufacturers, and market watchers share their predictions for home building in the near future. By Joe Bousquin After briefly peering into the abyss at the start of last year due to the housing pullback of late 2018, home builders were much more upbeat heading into 2020. Indeed, the NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, a measure of builder confidence,….

City Hall received development proposals for its Municipal Services Center from Blake Investment Partners, Echelon, Lincoln Property Co., and Allen Morris. It asked for proposals after a fifth company, Property Management Group, made an unsolicited bid. The city of St. Petersburg has received two offers for the Municipal Services Center on Central Avenue at Fourth Street N. (Google street view)….

Expectations for 2020 tempered after housing starts climb to levels not seen in a decade ByWill ParkerDec. 24, 2019 7:00 am ET – Via The Wall Street Journal U.S. home builders benefited from low interest rates this year as housing starts climbed to levels not seen in a decade and new-home sales surged after a disappointing 2018. Builder confidence, as….

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the spelling of mergers and acquisitions expert Chris Jasinski’s last name. In a rural wedge of Greenville County between the Enoree River and its northern branch lies a swampy, spring-fed haven for a rare plant species — the bunched arrowhead — that lies in the cross hairs of sprawling residential development outside Travelers Rest. Listed….

Via National Real Estate Magazine 2020 The year 2019 was certainly a step backward for the cannabis industry—publicly-traded cannabis stocks tumbled roughly57 percent year over year as of the third quarter of 2019. Nevertheless, cannabis operators remain bullish and stead-fast in their pursuit to expand their footprint and open new retail locations. State laws, local ordinances and financing restrictions have….

When the Illinois legislature passed a law last spring legalizing recreational cannabis starting Jan. 1, it set off a dealmaking rush among cultivators and a months-long scramble to secure Chicago retail properties where providers could sell the product. That jostling began even before the city passed its own ordinance in the fall governing sales, with at least several deep-pocketed providers securing….

Chris Jasinski, managing partner and co-founder of JTW Advisors JTW ADVISORS By Bill Hethcock  – Senior Reporter, Dallas Business Journal Nov 25, 2019, 8:47am EST Publicly traded homebuilders and foreign-owned builders are significantly growing their market share in North Texas as a result of consolidation in the industry. Source: Dallas – Business Journal

By Bill Hethcock  – Senior Reporter, Dallas Business Journal Dec 2, 2019, 4:05pm EST U.S. home builders benefited from low interest rates this year as housing starts climbed to levels not seen in a decade and new-home sales surged after a disappointing 2018. Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. is outperforming its construction-industry competitors across multiple metrics, according to analysts who have recently weighed in on the Arlington-based….

For the better part of a decade, Ryan Brandt scoured the country for Murphy Oil, looking for freestanding corner locations for their gas and convenience stores at major intersections, preferably near Walmart. He now hunts those same locations for the nascent, yet wildly expanding, cannabis dispensary business.  “We’ve done 30-plus deals for MedMen across the country. They’re focusing on the….

11/12/2019

Airbnb is tightening its policies on unauthorized house parties in response to the shooting deaths of five people in an Orinda, California, rental home on Halloween.  CEO Brian Chesky announced the new policy in a series of tweets Saturday. Here’s what’s changing:  Airbnb is expanding manual screening of “high-risk” reservations that are flagged by its tech. It’ll take “immediate action” against users….

09/21/2019

Series B, co-led by RXR Realty and GV, will bring first Kitchen United kitchen centers to NYC market PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, the kitchen as a service company built to serve the fast growing world of off-premise dining, today announced it has closed on its $40 million Series B funding round. The round was co-led by RXR Realty – one of New….

Will build 24 units starting from the high-$200,000s. Atlanta home builder Heatherland Homes has begun construction on the first five townhomes at its Marvelle community in Marietta, Georgia. Marvelle features a crisp coastal-chic style and a combination of single-family and townhomes priced from the high $200,000s. “Single-family homes at Marvelle are selling well,” said James Nash, president of Heatherland Homes. “Now with….

July 31, 2019 Joseph Pimentel, Bisnow Los Angeles On a recent day this summer, Dana Hathaitham stood in the middle of Kitchen United’s Pasadena location and watched the action unfold.   Delivery drivers carrying satchels with Grubhub written on the sides walked in and out of the kitchen to pick up food. A group of people — a combination of local….

07/31/2019

NoiseAware partners with Booking.com to bring smart home noise detection sensors to property managers and homeowners DALLAS, July 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — NoiseAware has announced a new partnership with Booking.com that will provide Booking.com partners listing homes, apartments and other unique places to stay with NoiseAware’s smart home noise detection technology at their property. Those partners who create a new listing on Booking.com….

06/01/2019

BTech Ventures (a Blake Investment Partners company) has made an investment into NoiseAware, a company that makes indoor and outdoor privacy-safe noise level sensors primarily for short-term rental operators. NoiseAware offers a patented, easy-to-install, easy-to-manage, easy-to-scale, and purpose-built solution that has been proven to detect disruptive guest behavior in real-time and resolve these nuisance issues within 15 minutes of the….

The residential growth that has more than doubled Groveland’s population since 2010 shows no sign of slowing down, with four new residential subdivisions under evaluation by the city’s Development Review Committee that will bring another 387 homes to the city.   The communities with final plats under development review include: Marsh Pointe, north of County Road 565A and north of the Marsh….

JTW Advisors LLC served as the sell-side advisor to Level Homes in the sale of their Raleigh division to Lennar.  As a result of the transaction, Lennar owns and/or controls an additional 1,602 homesites in the Raleigh market. Level Homes is the 111th largest builder in America and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA.  Level expanded into the Raleigh, NC….

St. Petersburg native Blake Whitney Thompson is excited about downtown’s rebirth but also worried that development is driving out the locally owned businesses that give downtown its hip, edgy vibe. ST. PETERSBURG — Creativity is everywhere apparent in Tampa Bay’s urban landscape. In the eye-popping murals all over St. Petersburg. In the repurposed warehouses and cigar factories of Tampa.  ….

02/17/2019

The Mandarin Hide Motto: “Pouring our spirits to raise yours” ROBBIE CAPONETTO     The Mandarin Hide Don’t leave St. Pete without swinging back downtown for a drink along Central Avenue, which pulses with live music at a string of bars where tables spill onto the sidewalk. Check out The Mandarin Hide, a sophisticated speakeasy-style place, or head to Mastry’s….

01/31/2019

Food critic Laura Reiley’s best restaurant picks include close to 100 new and returning spots.   Trophy Fish The Fin & Tonic cocktail, a Spanish style gin and tonic crafted with Hendricks Gin, Thatcher’s Elderflower, citrus peel, juniper berries, cucumber and fresh flowers. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times] By all rights I should be mad at Trophy Fish. They don’t offer….

12/21/2018

While drone technology continues to soar, some Tampa Bay companies are taking it to new heights — literally.   St. Pete-based 5×5 Technologies Inc. and Swampfox Aerial LLC, which is breaking into the Tampa market, both use drone technology to survey buildings and land — which otherwise cannot be reached without, in some cases, risking surveyors’ lives.   “Being able to limit people who have to climb….

11/29/2018

Published November 20 By Justin Grant Times Correspondent You know downtown St. Petersburg is cool when Seminole Heights brings a couple of the city’s well-loved institutions across the bridge. Best of all, they’re bundled together into a single lot, bringing a taste of the ’Burg to Heights residents in a remarkably efficient manner.   Bodega, a no-frills Cuban joint with….

The Overlook at Hilltop is a 25 lot neighborhood located in eastern Cobb County. The homes will range in size from 2800-4000 square feet with a starting price in the mid $400’s. Offerings will include slab and basement foundations with three sides brick. Schools serving this neighborhood are: Sprayberry HS, Daniell Middle School and Blackwell Elementary School.

10/10/2018

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, a virtual restaurant concept, today announced the closing of a $10 million Series A funding round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). Co-founders Harry Tsao and John Miller (Cali Group) also participated, along with several other investors. Launched in 2017, Kitchen United offers national, regional, and local restaurant chains a value-driven, low-risk opportunity to expand into….

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05/01/2020

Tune in as Blake Thompson, Founder / CEO of Blake Investment Partners, reminds us of the importance of remembering what makes us human in these unprecedented, COVID-19 era times.

04/23/2020

Rachel Maddow points out that with the United States as the world’s coronavirus epicenter, Donald Trump misses the point with his return to his pet concerns over immigration. April 21, 2020 Below is a video link to a segment of the Rachel Maddow Show which aired last night ( April 20, 2020) and featured one of BLAKE partnerships – Topos. ….

04/01/2020

These spots are pouring libations for takeout during the coronavirus pandemic. By Meaghan Habuda and Helen Freund Published Mar. 23, 2020 Updated Mar. 30 Trophy Fish  As part of its new Curbside Cocktail menu, the Grand Central District bar and restaurant is now serving an abbreviated drink list composed of some long-running favorites, including Pistachio Mai Tais, Salty Dogs, Fin and Tonics, and Calm Before….

Check out the exclusive Metrostudy data underlying many an M&A conversation going on now among builders. Will COVID-19 impact deals? By John McManus One of the English language’s tiniest, 2-letter words contains countless multitudes of meanings. As coronavirus calculus courses through the economy at a rate blistering enough to make even a supercomputer smoke, the word is unavoidable. If. The word,….

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 BY SYDNEY LAKE Reston-based construction company Stanley-Martin Communities LLC will acquire the home-building assets of Lexington, South Carolina-based home-building company Essex Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina in a deal expected to close by the end of the month. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Stanley-Martin — a subsidiary of a Japanese firm,….

Transaction Enables Stanley Martin Homes to Expand into Additional Metro Areas in the Southeast RESTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Stanley-Martin Communities, LLC announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire the homebuilding assets of Essex Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina. The transaction is expected to close by the end of February 2020. Columbia-based Essex Homes was founded in 1985 in Aiken, South….

Builders, remodelers, manufacturers, and market watchers share their predictions for home building in the near future. By Joe Bousquin After briefly peering into the abyss at the start of last year due to the housing pullback of late 2018, home builders were much more upbeat heading into 2020. Indeed, the NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, a measure of builder confidence,….

City Hall received development proposals for its Municipal Services Center from Blake Investment Partners, Echelon, Lincoln Property Co., and Allen Morris. It asked for proposals after a fifth company, Property Management Group, made an unsolicited bid. The city of St. Petersburg has received two offers for the Municipal Services Center on Central Avenue at Fourth Street N. (Google street view)….

Expectations for 2020 tempered after housing starts climb to levels not seen in a decade ByWill ParkerDec. 24, 2019 7:00 am ET – Via The Wall Street Journal U.S. home builders benefited from low interest rates this year as housing starts climbed to levels not seen in a decade and new-home sales surged after a disappointing 2018. Builder confidence, as….

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the spelling of mergers and acquisitions expert Chris Jasinski’s last name. In a rural wedge of Greenville County between the Enoree River and its northern branch lies a swampy, spring-fed haven for a rare plant species — the bunched arrowhead — that lies in the cross hairs of sprawling residential development outside Travelers Rest. Listed….

Via National Real Estate Magazine 2020 The year 2019 was certainly a step backward for the cannabis industry—publicly-traded cannabis stocks tumbled roughly57 percent year over year as of the third quarter of 2019. Nevertheless, cannabis operators remain bullish and stead-fast in their pursuit to expand their footprint and open new retail locations. State laws, local ordinances and financing restrictions have….

When the Illinois legislature passed a law last spring legalizing recreational cannabis starting Jan. 1, it set off a dealmaking rush among cultivators and a months-long scramble to secure Chicago retail properties where providers could sell the product. That jostling began even before the city passed its own ordinance in the fall governing sales, with at least several deep-pocketed providers securing….

Chris Jasinski, managing partner and co-founder of JTW Advisors JTW ADVISORS By Bill Hethcock  – Senior Reporter, Dallas Business Journal Nov 25, 2019, 8:47am EST Publicly traded homebuilders and foreign-owned builders are significantly growing their market share in North Texas as a result of consolidation in the industry. Source: Dallas – Business Journal

By Bill Hethcock  – Senior Reporter, Dallas Business Journal Dec 2, 2019, 4:05pm EST U.S. home builders benefited from low interest rates this year as housing starts climbed to levels not seen in a decade and new-home sales surged after a disappointing 2018. Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. is outperforming its construction-industry competitors across multiple metrics, according to analysts who have recently weighed in on the Arlington-based….

For the better part of a decade, Ryan Brandt scoured the country for Murphy Oil, looking for freestanding corner locations for their gas and convenience stores at major intersections, preferably near Walmart. He now hunts those same locations for the nascent, yet wildly expanding, cannabis dispensary business.  “We’ve done 30-plus deals for MedMen across the country. They’re focusing on the….

11/12/2019

Airbnb is tightening its policies on unauthorized house parties in response to the shooting deaths of five people in an Orinda, California, rental home on Halloween.  CEO Brian Chesky announced the new policy in a series of tweets Saturday. Here’s what’s changing:  Airbnb is expanding manual screening of “high-risk” reservations that are flagged by its tech. It’ll take “immediate action” against users….

09/21/2019

Series B, co-led by RXR Realty and GV, will bring first Kitchen United kitchen centers to NYC market PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, the kitchen as a service company built to serve the fast growing world of off-premise dining, today announced it has closed on its $40 million Series B funding round. The round was co-led by RXR Realty – one of New….

Will build 24 units starting from the high-$200,000s. Atlanta home builder Heatherland Homes has begun construction on the first five townhomes at its Marvelle community in Marietta, Georgia. Marvelle features a crisp coastal-chic style and a combination of single-family and townhomes priced from the high $200,000s. “Single-family homes at Marvelle are selling well,” said James Nash, president of Heatherland Homes. “Now with….

July 31, 2019 Joseph Pimentel, Bisnow Los Angeles On a recent day this summer, Dana Hathaitham stood in the middle of Kitchen United’s Pasadena location and watched the action unfold.   Delivery drivers carrying satchels with Grubhub written on the sides walked in and out of the kitchen to pick up food. A group of people — a combination of local….

07/31/2019

NoiseAware partners with Booking.com to bring smart home noise detection sensors to property managers and homeowners DALLAS, July 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — NoiseAware has announced a new partnership with Booking.com that will provide Booking.com partners listing homes, apartments and other unique places to stay with NoiseAware’s smart home noise detection technology at their property. Those partners who create a new listing on Booking.com….

06/01/2019

BTech Ventures (a Blake Investment Partners company) has made an investment into NoiseAware, a company that makes indoor and outdoor privacy-safe noise level sensors primarily for short-term rental operators. NoiseAware offers a patented, easy-to-install, easy-to-manage, easy-to-scale, and purpose-built solution that has been proven to detect disruptive guest behavior in real-time and resolve these nuisance issues within 15 minutes of the….

The residential growth that has more than doubled Groveland’s population since 2010 shows no sign of slowing down, with four new residential subdivisions under evaluation by the city’s Development Review Committee that will bring another 387 homes to the city.   The communities with final plats under development review include: Marsh Pointe, north of County Road 565A and north of the Marsh….

JTW Advisors LLC served as the sell-side advisor to Level Homes in the sale of their Raleigh division to Lennar.  As a result of the transaction, Lennar owns and/or controls an additional 1,602 homesites in the Raleigh market. Level Homes is the 111th largest builder in America and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA.  Level expanded into the Raleigh, NC….

St. Petersburg native Blake Whitney Thompson is excited about downtown’s rebirth but also worried that development is driving out the locally owned businesses that give downtown its hip, edgy vibe. ST. PETERSBURG — Creativity is everywhere apparent in Tampa Bay’s urban landscape. In the eye-popping murals all over St. Petersburg. In the repurposed warehouses and cigar factories of Tampa.  ….

02/17/2019

The Mandarin Hide Motto: “Pouring our spirits to raise yours” ROBBIE CAPONETTO     The Mandarin Hide Don’t leave St. Pete without swinging back downtown for a drink along Central Avenue, which pulses with live music at a string of bars where tables spill onto the sidewalk. Check out The Mandarin Hide, a sophisticated speakeasy-style place, or head to Mastry’s….

01/31/2019

Food critic Laura Reiley’s best restaurant picks include close to 100 new and returning spots.   Trophy Fish The Fin & Tonic cocktail, a Spanish style gin and tonic crafted with Hendricks Gin, Thatcher’s Elderflower, citrus peel, juniper berries, cucumber and fresh flowers. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times] By all rights I should be mad at Trophy Fish. They don’t offer….

12/21/2018

While drone technology continues to soar, some Tampa Bay companies are taking it to new heights — literally.   St. Pete-based 5×5 Technologies Inc. and Swampfox Aerial LLC, which is breaking into the Tampa market, both use drone technology to survey buildings and land — which otherwise cannot be reached without, in some cases, risking surveyors’ lives.   “Being able to limit people who have to climb….

11/29/2018

Published November 20 By Justin Grant Times Correspondent You know downtown St. Petersburg is cool when Seminole Heights brings a couple of the city’s well-loved institutions across the bridge. Best of all, they’re bundled together into a single lot, bringing a taste of the ’Burg to Heights residents in a remarkably efficient manner.   Bodega, a no-frills Cuban joint with….

The Overlook at Hilltop is a 25 lot neighborhood located in eastern Cobb County. The homes will range in size from 2800-4000 square feet with a starting price in the mid $400’s. Offerings will include slab and basement foundations with three sides brick. Schools serving this neighborhood are: Sprayberry HS, Daniell Middle School and Blackwell Elementary School.

10/10/2018

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, a virtual restaurant concept, today announced the closing of a $10 million Series A funding round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). Co-founders Harry Tsao and John Miller (Cali Group) also participated, along with several other investors. Launched in 2017, Kitchen United offers national, regional, and local restaurant chains a value-driven, low-risk opportunity to expand into….