LOS ANGELES, CA — MARCH 13, 2019 — The USC Alumni Day of SCervice is an opportunity for all alumni and friends to participate in local service volunteer projects organized by USC alumni clubs, chapters and other affiliated groups worldwide. On March 9, 2019, thousands of USC Trojans gathered across the globe to make a difference in their communities. Members of the Centre Urban team, over the past weekend, participated in furthering our communities with the rest of the Trojan Family.
Eugene Page, Principal and Head of Advisory & Brokerage volunteered with the USC Alumni Real Estate Network and City Plants planted trees in the San Fernando Valley. This year, the Alumni Real Estate Network provided the opportunity to shape a climate-resilient and sustainable Los Angeles by planting over 180 trees within a two-block radius around the Van Nuys Recreation Center. Martin Nguyen, Principal volunteered with the USC Asia-Pacific Alumni Association Young Alumni Council at the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA in downtown Los Angeles. The Young Alumni Council helped mentor high school students as they prepare for college and assisted with youth sports activities through the day.
The Centre Urban team wholeheartedly believes that being a part of the community means truly engaging and participating in the positive efforts it takes to have it grow. Through volunteering our time, mentoring the next generation of leaders, or facilitating the grown of the urban fabric, the Centre Urban team hopes to contribute our part - no matter how big or small - in creating a better Los Angeles for all.
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LOS ANGELES, CA — FEBRUARY 18, 2019 — Centre Urban Real Estate Partners, on behalf of a high-net worth client, closes on the $1.8 million acquisition of a 8-unit multifamily asset located in the expanding submarket of Baldwin Hills Estates. The asset was purchased at a 5.0% cap rate with an average 30% loss-to-lease factor, leaving significant rental upside. The acquisition is the beginning of Centre Urban's effort to re-balance the client's legacy real estate portfolio, which includes a number of out-of-state tertiary assets.
The seller had renovated the property exterior as well as two of the eight units. Centre Urban, cognizant of our client's desire for a stable asset with potential upside, has put into place a business plan that calls for the steady renovation of units as tenants naturally turn over. Centre Urban, along with sourcing and managing the acquisition process, utilized its extensive network to secure a low-leverage bridge loan in order to fund the required soft-story retrofit of the asset, with the intention of refinancing into a permanent loan upon completion of work.
"This property offers our clients a rare opportunity to invest in an urban West LA asset at a comparatively low basis - $218K a unit - yet with significant potential upside. With all the activity in Culver City and West Adams, we are excited to manage and execute this business plan on behalf of our clients" said Eugene Page, Principal of Centre Urban Real Estate Partners. The asset is located within a five-mile radius of the expansive Kenneth Hahn State Park, Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, Baldwin Hills Elementary School, brand new Kaiser Permanente, and the Baldwin Hills Plaza.
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Eugene F. Page
Principal, Brokerage & Advisory
LOS ANGELES, CA — FEBRUARY 5, 2019 — Real estate veterans Eugene Page and Geoffrey Payne have merged their respective companies, Optimal Real Estate, Inc. and Tahiti Partners Properties Corporation, to establish Centre Urban Real Estate Partners, a full-service commercial real estate investment and development group, focusing on innovative place-making in the residential, multifamily, and commercial mixed-use asset classes, with a secondary focus on select hospitality investments. Newcomer Martin Nguyen, a graduate of the Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development program at the University of Southern California and RealtyMogul.com alum, has also joined the firm as a principal.
Page has over 35 years of real estate experience and holds broad expertise in strategy consulting, marketing, workouts, re-positioning, and brokerage. Prior to founding Optimal Real Estate, Page was previously a senior managing director at the Charles Dunn Company, opening the Company’s North Orange County office. Prior, he co-led the worldwide Organizational Strategy practice for Jones Lang LaSalle and directed Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)’ Corporate Real Estate Consulting Service where, most notably, he was a member of the team that represented the creditor during the Rockefeller Center bankruptcy in the 1990s. Earlier in his career, he was a principal at Knight Frank Faulkner and was with Cushman & Wakefield. Page received his MBA from the University of Southern California.
As a lawyer, contractor, accountant, and developer, Payne has been acquiring, developing and managing projects for over 40 years. He founded Tahiti Partners Properties Corporation in 1999 and oversaw the development of over 100 high-end homes in addition to commercial, multifamily, and residential projects throughout the western United States. Prior, Payne practiced law at several firms including Century City-based Cox, Castle & Nicholson, where he focused on land-use and entitlement while representing a number of high-profile real estate clients. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. Prior to practicing law, Payne worked at Hughes Aircraft as a controller for US government defense programs.
Nguyen has accumulated over $2.5 billion worth of finance and underwriting experience through his professional career. He was previously at RealtyMogul.com, in their Los Angeles and New York City offices, where he underwrote national assets ranging from traditional multifamily and commercial properties to specialized asset classes such as hospitality, student housing, and self-storage. Nguyen has covered a number of structured finance products, including joint venture equity, preferred equity, mezzanine debt, and variations of senior debt. While at USC, he was recognized with Honors for Outstanding Performance in both Finance and Design for his Comprehensive Exam and is one of the youngest-ever graduates of the distinguished MRED program.
The merger combines a successful investing track record with established service experience to form a true full-service real estate investment platform. Focusing on innovative investment and development strategies, Centre Urban’s principals take decades of institutional experience and pairs it with an entrepreneurial mindset to further the on-going evolution of Los Angeles’s urban fabric. “By emphasizing placemaking, architectural sophistication, and functionality Centre Urban will maximize enjoyment, use, and livability at all of our projects” Page said. Centre Urban and its legacy companies completed over $500 million in full-cycle transaction value and its principals have over 80 years of combined real estate experience.
Centre Urban primarily takes an opportunistic investment approach, concentrating on non-traditional and unorthodox properties where value can be maximized through innovative thinking. Investment strategies include entitlement joint-ventures with existing landowners, development of micro-units, co-living, or co-working space, value-add/adaptive reuse of existing structures, and general transit-oriented development. In addition to investment and development, Centre Urban will continue to offer ancillary real estate brokerage and advisory services.
Centre Urban is targeting new investment and client opportunities valued upwards of $5 million located in urban Southern California. Centre Urban continues to raise capital from high-net worth individuals, family offices, and various institutional partners.
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