Multi-Housing News and The Registry Feature New Standard Equities’ Third Successful Refinance of Bremerton, Washington, Apartment Community

Multi-Housing News and The Registry reported on New Standard Equities’ $19.8 million refinancing secured for Village Fair Apartment Homes, a 120-unit multifamily community in Bremerton, Wash. Read the articles below as well as more about our approach to increasing revenue and controlling expenses to deliver strong returns to investors.

New Standard Equities Completes Third Successful Refinance of Bremerton, Washington, Apartment Community in Challenging Market Environment

Asset Has Achieved 92.89% Improvement in Net Operating Income Since Acquisition

Encino, Calif. (March 31, 2023) – New Standard Equities (NSE), a Los Angeles-based, full-service multifamily investment and management company, completed a $19.8 million refinance of Village Fair Apartment Homes in Bremerton, Washington, on March 31, 2023, continuing its strong focus on delivering equity back to investors, even in a challenging real estate market. This was the third refinance of the 120-unit property since its purchase for $13.1 million in December 2016. Its appraised value today is $30.6 million.

The property was first refinanced in 2018 and underwent a second refinance of $18.6 million in 2020 that continued the repatriation of equity to investors and positioned the asset for additional long-term growth. NSE has spent over $2.2 million in capital improvements including renovating 90 percent of the units.

“In executing the Village Fair business plan, our emphasis every step of the way has been on increasing revenue and controlling expenses to move our net operating income in such a way as to make refinancing possible,” said NSE Founder & CEO, Edward Ring. “We are pleased this property has achieved a nearly 93 percent improvement in NOI from year one and our percentage of expenses of gross revenue is down to the current level of 38% which is considered best-in-class operations. We beat our projections by a significant amount.”

NSE closed the refinance with a 5-year, fixed rate, interest only loan at 5.63%. The lender was Fannie Mae through M&T Bank and sourced by Brian Eisendrath at IPA.

Built in 1984, Village Fair Apartment Homes is a garden-style apartment community located in close proximity to Silverdale, one of the fastest growing submarkets of Kitsap County. The community provides easy access to the Kitsap Mall, downtown Bremerton and the Bremerton Ferry Terminal, allowing residents to travel to downtown Seattle in as little as 30 minutes. The property caters to both individuals and families and offers spacious 1×1, 2×1, 2×2 and 3×2 floor plans. Kitsap County is home to Naval Base Kitsap, one of the largest employers in the area, as well as St. Michael Medical Center and an Amazon delivery center that boosts local employment.

New Standard Equities is a leading, vertically-integrated real estate investment and asset management firm that specializes in the acquisition and operations of multifamily properties located throughout the Western U.S. Founded in 2010, NSE is known for its best-in-class creativity, consistent investment process to deliver strong cash flow and asset appreciation, and institutionally-trained executive team with extensive operational expertise. NSE is able to deliver outstanding returns to investors by providing the ideal living experience for residents through “Just Right” Living™ – matching every dollar residents spend on rent with the delivery of what they truly value.

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Bisnow Interviews Edward Ring on Impact of High Interest Rates and L.A.’s New Real Estate Sales Tax on Multifamily Investment

Los Angeles’ multifamily market is already experiencing uncertainty from rising rents and dropping vacancy, but high interest rates and the city’s looming tax on real estate transactions are adding to it. Bisnow spoke with New Standard Equities Founder & CEO Edward Ring on how this could impact L.A. multifamily investment in 2023.  

During a recent attempt to acquire a property in North Hollywood, Ring saw firsthand some sellers attempt to exit the market before Measure ULA goes into effect and how this compares against an uncertain market and a buyer pool that expects to get an urgency discount.

“Everyone swarmed on this one property thinking it was going to be a deal, but instead, we came up pretty short in terms of where we thought value would be,” Ring commented. “Ultimately, the seller found out where the market believes the values to be and has elected not to sell,” he added.

The rising cost of borrowing is also putting pressure on the market but from a historical perspective, interest rates are “not too terrible,” adds Ring.

Read the full Bisnow article here.

Edward Ring Examines the Pros and Cons of Rent Control in Interview with Multi-Housing News

Despite historically staunch opposition from the multifamily industry, rent control is unquestionably gaining traction in municipalities around the country. Multi-Housing News interviewed New Standard Equities Founder & CEO Edward Ring on the silver lining of rent control in California but how poorly written laws could have adverse consequences in other jurisdictions.

“Rent regulation and the COVID moratoria helped keep rents from soaring out of control in California in recent years. This has forced cap rates down to unprecedented levels in the trendier markets,” commented Ring. “It may help the state stabilize through the next recession and a faster pace given the nature of tech employment and a persistent lack of housing supply. California doesn’t have that far to fall and recovery won’t take long.”

If cap rates compress by 250 points in the Sun Belt, it may cause pain for those who bought at peak pricing. California investors who bought similar product—but at a cap rate that compressed by 100 points, as the evidence suggests—may be rewarded for their investment in the Golden State, especially as wages are higher than average in California and supply tends to be constrained.

Despite these potential results, operators in cities that are implementing new rent control laws or make their laws too strict, may struggle to work under these constraints, explains Ring.

Read the full story “How Rent Control Ballot Measures Are Mounting,” here.

Real Estate Remains a Preferred Investment Vehicle Despite Lower Returns – Edward Ring Interviewed on KNX News Radio

With increasing interest rates, rising unemployment and other factors, real estate investors may have to settle for less profit in the long run, Founder & CEO Edward Ring told KNX News Radio in an interview.

“The days of buying property with near zero interest rate loans and expecting big profits could be over for a while,” Ring said. “You might need to be satisfied with a 10-12% annualized return with your appreciation.”

Although, he noted that even with a lower profit rate, when compared to the volatility or downsides of stocks or other investments, real estate will remain a preferred investment vehicle.

Listen to the interview here.

H2 2022 Investor Update

H2 2022 Investor Update

2022 was a challenging year for real estate. Record-breaking rent growth and sizable deals were the norm a year ago, but they have since been supplanted by historically high interest rates, investor hesitation, and a pall cast by turbulent international markets. In times such as these, it could seem impossible to focus on the long run and not let fear cloud one’s judgment. But being myopic rarely pays off. Though we cannot control most factors that exert influence over the market, we can depend on strong submarket fundamentals across the portfolio and reasonable investment horizons. The holding period for a typical New Standard Equities property, which is usually between five and seven years, is long enough to outlast a typical recession and emerge on the other side without deviating from the overall business plan.


Repositioning Apartments with Minimal Risk – Edward Ring Interviewed on Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever Podcast

Interviewed on the Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever podcast, Founder & CEO Edward Ring discussed the difference between a value-add and repositioning business plan, how he cautiously approaches repositioning apartment buildings, and which apartment interior updates have led to the most success for his business.

When discussing if there is a difference between a value-add business plan versus a repositioning business plan, Ring said: “I do think there is a difference. I believe you can have a value-add apartment project and understand you can make some upgrades like [renovate or add] a fitness center, but that’s the extent of it. However, you can also find a project in a B class position and there are no other B+ or A- luxury properties in the submarket, so in those circumstances, there is a true repositioning play. It’s a rebranding – taking your community previously be known as X and creating a new space for it as Y.”

Edward Ring Discusses Market Dynamics for Class A and B Assets on How to Scale Commercial Real Estate Podcast

Founder & CEO Edward Ring joined How to Scale Commercial Real Estate podcast to discuss market dynamics for Class A and Class B assets in the multifamily sector. Ring covered a range of topics including why there is value and opportunity on the west coast, how rent control is a major issue for the California multifamily industry, the dynamics of pricing in different markets, and more.

Listen to the full episode here.

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Market Insights September 2022

Market Insights September 2022

Now that the dust has settled on the first half of 2022, it is important to take a moment to consider the climate surrounding commercial real estate, specifically multifamily. The record-breaking transactions and high rates of returns of 2021 have given way to a much less steady investing environment, which resulted in a slower, but not stalled, rate of capital movement. 


COO Julie Blank Joins Claire’s Place Foundation Board of Directors to Raise Awareness for Cystic Fibrosis

Honoring her late husband’s cystic fibrosis journey by assisting others, COO Julie Blank has joined the Board of Directors with Claire’s Place Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF).

“In 2007, my husband passed away from CF, our twin boys were just three years old,” Julie said. “I am now in a place in my journey where I am ready to devote my time to a cause that honors my husband and other CF warriors. In my research, I found Claire’s Place Foundation. After reading Claire’s story and learning about her foundation, I did not have to search any further. Her energy, selflessness and love of life mirrored my husband.”

“It was a clear and unanimous decision to elect Julie to our board,” commented Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Yeager. “Not only does she bring her personal experience, but also a wealth of professional experience. We are honored to have her join us in fulfilling Claire’s mission here at Claire’s Place.”

Claire’s Place Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis. The foundation is named in honor of Claire Wineland who lived with CF her entire life and died at the age of 21. She was an activist, author, TEDx Speaker, social media star and received numerous awards. Claire’s foundation was a way for her to assure that others living with CF enjoyed the same hope, strength and joy that she enjoyed. Recipient of Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Small Nonprofit of the Year” and “Fundraiser of the Year” for its annual Glow Ride, the foundation provides grants to families affected by CF, offering both emotional and financial support. Learn more: