CRE FINANCE WORLD
June 14, 2017: "Non-Bank Lending in an Era of Bank Deregulation"
The decade since the financial crisis has been challenging for our nation overall, but it has been a fertile period for non-bank real estate lenders. The great majority of Americans were angered by what they saw as reckless and sometimes cynical behavior by both commercial and investment banks who profited immensely from lax lending practices, and then needed taxpayer bailouts to avoid bankruptcy. As a result, Congress passed new rules, mostly generated from the Dodd-Frank Act, that greatly restricted bank lending to real estate investors and developers of any kind.
May 11, 2017: "Multifamily Lenders Look To The Coast"
Multifamily lenders are looking to coastal infill markets for multifamily opportunities. Arixa Capital is finding the best opportunities in major coastal California markets, including Los Angeles, where it has more than half of its projects, as well as Orange County and the Bay area. These markets have strong access to job centers, which is one of the firm’s key investment characteristics.
May 9, 2017: "Why Some Lenders Are Still Bullish On Multifamily Builds"
In the last year, banks have tightened construction loans because of fears about overbuilding. Not all lenders, however, are following suit. Arixa Capital is only lending on residential construction projects. To find out more about why the firm is so bullish on multifamily construction and what types of properties that they are focused on, GlobeSt.com sat down with Arixa Capital's Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer Jan Brzeski for an exclusive interview.
May 1, 2017: "Close the Deal With a Little Help"
Small-balance bridge lending in the commercial real estate market exists in a sort of parallel universe to the world of large institutional real estate finance. "Small-balance" is generally defined as a loan under $10 million -- with the cutoff often going as low as $5 million or less. Such loans are the bread and butter of many regional and local lenders, including hard money lenders. These smaller lenders may be like little fish compared to their much larger financing cousins, but they can play a pivotal role in providing a short-term financing bridge to getting the deal done.
LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL
March 27, 2017: "Most Influential Lenders in L.A. County"
Growing your business fiscally and physically can be one of the most challenging things for a business owner to go through. The Los Angeles Business Journal covers how banking relationships and drawing investors might be the key as a small business owner. Jan Brzeski, Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer of Arixa Capital was mentioned in the article as one of the most influential lenders financing the opportunities in redeveloping and rebuilding the World War II-era style homes across California.
December 1, 2016: "Beyond Wall Street - New Ways to Participate in Marketplace Lending"
A monthly webinar educational series for investors seeking new and better alternatives to mainstream investment options. DECEMBER WEBINAR - "NEW WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN MARKETPLACE LENDING" AN INTERVIEW WITH PHILIP BARTOW
Join us to learn about an innovative structure for a closed-end interval fund that invests in loans procured through a number of different marketplace lending platforms.
December 1, 2016: "Focus on Urban Opportunities"
Commercial real estate construction and development tend to be cyclical — trending up and down in line with other economic indicators. Despite the volatile nature of this industry, commercial mortgage originators sometimes may find developers to be overly optimistic, hoping that somehow a new building boom will be different from previous ones and will not end up in a bust.
November 14, 2016: "Mind The Gap—Lenders Approaching"
One active West Coast player in the middle market lending space is finding growing opportunities to answer the question: Why don’t banks fulfill this lending gap in Ca for small scale developers? States Jan Brzeski, founder of LA-based Arixa Capital Advisors (www.arixacapital.com),“The banks are too slow to accommodate the small developers in this space, as the California market dynamics requires them to be both nimble and well-capitalized to turn properties around and resell them into this competitive market.
ALTERNATIVE MARKET BRIEFING - OPALESQUE
October 17, 2016: "Niche, Secured Loan, Real Estate Exposure - Podcast"
Arixa Capital's principals, Jan Brzeski and Greg Hebner, specialize in private lending secured by real estate. Drawing from, and building on their past professional experience, they share how they set up an income-oriented, risk-controlled, capital preservation niche strategy across U.S. west coast real estate ...
HEDGE FUND ALERT
October 12, 2016: "Liquid Home-Building Funds Offered"
A Los Angeles investment firm is seeking to raise a combined $100 million for two funds that provide short-term construction loans to builders of single-family home projects. Arixa Capital is targeting high-net-worth individuals, family offices and other types of investors in its capital-raising drive. Arixa’s founder, Jan Brzeski, hopes to raise the bulk of the targeted $100 million by the end of 2017. The firm’s two open-ended funds — Arixa Fund 1 and Arixa Fund 3 — are able to offer investors liquidity terms that are similar to those available to limited partners in hedge funds.
October 3, 2016: "Satisfying the Need for Speed"
Bridge loans can be ideal for clients needing access to fast financing. A popular video game, “Need for Speed,” features go-fast cars that cost more than the average automobile. Bridge loans for homebuyers are similar in concept. They cost more than traditional financing, but sometimes it’s worth paying a premium for speed. In addition, bridge loans can solve problems for homebuyers, mortgage brokers and Realtors. They can provide financing exactly when and where it is needed, without the complexities and time required to close on a conventional loan.
March 31, 2016: "Find Your Financing Unicorn"
Single-family construction is an untapped market for mortgage originators. In Silicon Valley, a "unicorn" is a private company valued at more than $1 billion based on its most recent round of funding. Such businesses are known as unicorns because, historically, so few private venture-backed companies reached this lofty valuation.
February 2, 2015: "The Rise of Small Builders"
Working capital loans are the building blocks of niche construction. Home Builders are once again becoming an engine of growth for the U.S. economy. Many small builders remain cut off from bank financing, however, and may need help from mortgage brokers who are willing to work with private lenders.
LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL
March 31, 2014: "Homed In"
Hard-money lenders welcome pricey property projects as supply of low-end homes dwindles. The master bedroom is garish pink, a second bedroom deep purple. But to Jan Brzeski of Westwood lender Arixa capital, the small house in the hills of Sherman Oaks is all green.
March 19, 2014: "Oaktree Propels House Flipping Revival With 20% Gains: Mortgages"
House flippers, who stoked the housing bubble a decade ago, are making a comeback with the help of funding from private-equity firms and other non-bank investment companies. House flipper Greg Hebner expects to rake in about 30 percent profit in eight months, more than twice the return of the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index (SPX), as he seeks a buyer for his latest makeover.
February 12, 2014: "'Sober' Happy Days Are Here Again"
Despite the recent slowdown in housing prices and sales volume, as well as the looming specter of higher mortgages, panelists at Arixa Capital Advisors’ recent first investment roundtable in Orange County were surprisingly sanguine about the future prospects for the single-family market
January 30, 2014: "Defining Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Markets"
Deciding which markets are primary, secondary, and tertiary can seem rather arbitrary, but defining those markets was part of the panel "Secondary vs. Tertiary markets: Where Will the Prime Investment Opportunities be in 2014?
November 20, 2013: "Celebs Get Flip With Housing"
Real estate agents in California say Hollywood stars -- including Diane Keaton, Jane Seymour, and Corbin Bernsen -- are getting in on the action when it comes to flipping houses for a fast profit.
October 18, 2013: "Market Watch: Million-Dollar Homes Flipping Like Hamburgers"
Flipping houses was a hot business that cooled off as the financial crisis took hold. Now, it's making a comeback, most notably among million-dollar houses.
September 25, 2013: "High-End Home Market Still Going Strong."
Investors and international buyers have been keeping high-end sales moving. Despite rising interest rates and the subsequent decline in mortgage origination, the luxury home market is still going strong - and not because celebrities are buying trophy homes.
THE FISCAL TIMES
September 5, 2013: "Real Estate Red Alert: The Flippers are Back"
As housing analysts start to worry about the sustainability of the recent run-up in the real estate market, a troubling trend has returned, harking back to the days of the housing bubble: house flipping.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
August 24, 2013: "House Flipping: Stars Get in on the Act"
Celebrity sweat is behind some of the biggest house-flipping projects in L.A. In Tinseltown, even movie stars can be found playing the home-flipping game — and this year they've upped the ante. Celebrity muscle is behind some mega-bucks Westside property turnarounds, part of a boom in the rapid buy-fix-resell mania known as flipping.
August 24, 2013: "Buy, Apply Elbow Grease, Sell: Celebrities House Flip, Too"
Celebrities are not immune to the temptation of making a quick profit on the housing market, real estate agents in California said.
August 16, 2013: "LA's Trophy Homes Starring in Sequel for Luxury Market"
The Reserve is a six-bedroom, 11-bath Art Deco mansion in Los Angeles that Kristoffer Winters spent more than two years rebuilding and decorating down to its monogrammed bathroom towels. His asking price was $25 million.
August 13, 2013: "High-End Home Flips Booming in U.S."
Between 2011 and today, transactions valued at $1 million USD or more are up almost 40%, according to housing data company RealtyTrac. Jan Brzeski stands in a sun-filled, beautifully refurbished living room high in the Hollywood Hills, looking out at a swimming pool and, miles below, stunning views of Los Angeles.
THE SYDNEY MORNING HeralD
August 12, 2013: "Investors See Riches in Luxury U.S. Homes"
The rise of the "flippers" ... U.S. investors who buy a home, refurbish it, and sell it at a profit. Jan Brzeski stands in a sun-filled, beautifully refurbished living room high in the Hollywood Hills, looking out at a swimming pool and, kilometres below, stunning views of Los Angeles.
August 11, 2013: "Insight: Flip that Mansion: Investors See Riches in Luxury U.S. Homes"
Jan Brzeski stands in a sun-filled, beautifully refurbished living room high in the Hollywood Hills, looking out at a swimming pool and, miles (km) below, stunning views of Los Angeles.
PENSIONS & INVESTMENTS
July 22, 2013: "Investing in Housing Going from Tactical Investment to Strategic?"
Managers claim sector's institutionalization is a sign of good times ahead. Single-family housing, which seemed like a good tactical investment a year or so ago, could turn into a staple in investors' portfolios if some money managers have their way.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
May 5, 2013: "Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Makes Malibu Real Estate His Own."
Ellison has bought nearly two dozen properties in the beach community during a decade-long shopping spree, including at least nine homes on coveted Carbon Beach. On busy Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, some well-kept facades conceal a secret. Behind the Mediterranean with wooden doors, the white stucco two-story with a red tile roof, the long wall obscuring a three-structure compound, hides a singular, massive wealth fueled by obsession.
February 2, 2013: "Putting Your Trust in Trust Deed Investing"
Tired of dealing with a bank? Then it might be time to put your money where your house is. Not the one you’re living in, mind you, the fixer-upper that you want to flip for a profit.
FAMILY OFFICE REVIEW
April 20, 2012: "Can You Double Your Money With Single Family Homes."
By now, everyone has seen articles in the national media about the business of purchasing homes at depressed values and holding them as rental properties.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
March 20, 2012: "Main Street's Case Against Wall Street Landlords"
Monday's Journal looked at some of the large investment funds interested in bidding on thousands of homes from Fannie Mae through the federal governments first foreclosure-to-rental pilot program. But a bunch of smaller players say they are a much better fit for the program since they already know the market.
FAMILY OFFICE REVIEW
March 15, 2012: "Single Family Homes as an Attractive Investment"
To riff off those snazzy EF Hutton commercials from the 70s and 80s - When Warren Buffett talks, people listen. Last month, while appearing on CNBC's Squawk Box, Buffett pointed to the US housing market as a sound investment opportunity.
LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL
March 5, 2012: "Real Estate: Flipper Finds Fuller Houses at Auctions"
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October 23, 2011: "What Los Angeles Traffic Can Teach us About Investing in Real Estate Today"
Los Angeles is infamous for its traffic-jammed freeways. I know about traffic from personal experience of travelling on the 405 freeway of “Carmegeddon” fame almost every day. In Los Angeles, instead of saying “Interstate 405” or “I- 405” we just say “the 405”—demonstrating the prominence of freeways in our lives here. On some days, travelling the 11 miles from the Los Angeles Airport to Westwood can take an hour.
LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL
October 27, 2010: "Lending on Distressed Real Estate Notes: Business and Legal Issues"
The great real estate buying opportunity that was expected to follow the recent financial crisis has yet to materialize. While the residential real estate market has thawed somewhat with the help of ultra-low-interest mortgages provided by federal government agencies, the commercial market remains frozen. Income-property values are down about 40 percent from the peak, but transaction volume remains a fraction of what it was a few years ago.
CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE JOURNAL
August 3, 2009: "Recaps Are Not a Snap But Can Be a Worthwhile Alternative to Giving Back the Keys"
Increasing numbers of income property owners are faced with a tough decision: either dig into their own pockets to cover debt service every month, or hand the keys back to their lender, losing 100% of their equity investment to date.
CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE JOURNAL
March 30, 2009: "Turning Distress Into Opportunity"
The liquidity crisis and recession has put the squeeze on the commercial real estate industry but smart owners and experienced investors can stabilize their properties and tap one of the best deal-making markets in a generation.