Broe Real Estate Group Affiliate Recapitalizes Office Complex Near Milwaukee

Broe Real Estate Group, a leading investor and operator of commercial real estate assets across the US, is recapitalizing the One Riverwood Place & Two Riverwood Place offices in Pewaukee, WI, under a managed affiliate. The two office buildings, which were constructed in 1999 and 2001, and total 197,000 square feet of Class A space, are now 72% leased.

As part of the transaction, Broe’s affiliate is assuming a $26.5 million dollar CMBS loan through a recapitalization. Broe will assume all asset management responsibilities and will fund all future capital improvements and leasing costs. The property was originally acquired by a Tenant-in-Common (TIC) group of investors in 2007 for $36.5 million.

“We are excited about the Riverwood recap because it’s a great property in a strong suburban market. The transaction also represents the first of many recapitalizations Broe plans to close in 2015 with our new Equity Solutions program,” said Jim Crawford, Vice President – Acquisitions, Broe Real Estate Group.

The Riverwood recapitalization is part of a $100 million program called “Equity Solutions,” which provides capital to TICs and other capital constrained partnerships that need additional capital for refinancing, capital expenditures, leasing costs, legal fees and other real estate related costs.

TIC structures were popular in the mid 2000’s because they allowed individuals to avoid capital gains taxes by re-investing proceeds from other real estate/asset sales. Many TIC investments soured due to the high prices paid for the properties during the height of the real estate cycle, high fees charged by TIC sponsors and the lack of additional sources to fund leasing costs and capital expenditures when initial reserves were depleted.

The Riverwood TIC members were represented by National Asset Services , a Los Angeles-based asset manager specializing in management of TIC groups across the country. National Asset Services will remain involved in the transaction by continuing to work with the TIC investors and will support Broe in the asset management of the property.

“The Broe team was great to work with. They are solution oriented professionals who helped get the TIC investors out of a difficult situation in a fair and non-predatory manner,” said Karen E. Kennedy, President of National Asset Services. “Broe not only brings capital but also years of experience and know-how that will help turn around the property.”

Broe Real Estate Group hired NAI MLG Commercial in Milwaukee to be the property manager and leasing broker.

Tim Janusz and Rachel Schmidt, both Senior Vice Presidents at MLG, head the leasing team.

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