CANMORE, AB / ACCESSWIRE / May 20, 2014 / Prestigious Properties has completed the sale of its 108 unit apartment building complex in Abbotsford, BC to Mainstreet Equity Corp. ("Mainstreet") (TSX: MEQ) of Calgary, AB for $10.3M. The property was acquired in 2009 from Transglobe for $8.5M.
"This transaction strengthens our balance sheet and allows us to focus and expand our portfolio in Alberta," stated President Thomas Beyer. "We identified Alberta as a market with significant long-term upside potential long ago and it has since become our core focus. The economic fundamentals have played out well over a decade and a half, with 43,000 people moving to Alberta last year just from other provinces, not even counting international migrants. This surge in inter-provincial migration is the biggest in 23 years and bumped Alberta's population up by almost 3%; lowered vacancy rates to approximately 1% in major cities, and resulted in significantly higher rents with no end in sight."
"We look forward to continuing to create value for our investors by positioning them well in this wave of economic growth while optimizing asset performance through re-focusing."
Scotty Grubb, Senior VP Business Development Prestigious Properties, adds: "Echo-boomer demand, in-migration, tightening credit requirements, and higher down payments translates into stronger demand for rental accommodation, lower vacancies and ultimately results in higher rents. We can currently buy apartment buildings for far less than replacement cost, with relatively predictable rental growth and very inexpensive financing. With all the ingredients for a long-term boom in place, we are expanding our proven buy, upgrade and cash-flow model in our core market, which is larger Alberta urban centers where the majority of our Canadian assets are located."
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Bob Dhillon, CEO of Mainstreet states that "This was a smooth close and allows us to accumulate in one of our core holding areas, namely Abbotsford, BC and generate investor returns with operational efficiencies, super low mortgages and rental upside. We are also bullish on small- to medium sized apartment buildings that can often be acquired for far below replacement costs and that provide lower risk with more upside than brand new or much larger often overpriced assets."
Prestigious' impressive portfolio of revenue-generating rental properties and land holdings is still approaching 900 units and 300 acres of developable land, approx. $100 million in asset value and over $50 million in equity in Western Canada and the U.S.
A rising player in the North American rental real estate market, Prestigious Properties has developed a highly successful investment strategy which has drawn an enthusiastic response from over 600 satisfied investors. Company president Thomas Beyer is bullish on the company's business model and pleased by its surging growth profile.
Prestigious Properties is an exempt market issuer. The Company is a privately owned, Alberta-based company which creates wealth for investors by offering well selected real estate investments that provide positive cash flow, tax free equity growth, and hassle-free management, for the benefit of tenants, communities and investors. Investments are sold via offering memorandum through Exempt Market Dealers that provide financial advice. This announcement shall not be construed as investment advice nor as a solicitation for investments. No returns are guaranteed, even with a verifiable and decade long track record. Risks, minimum hold period and redemption restrictions apply and are outlined in the offering memorandum.
For more information, please contact:
Christine Kopr, Director Business Development
Prestigious Properties Group
#912, 743 Railway Ave.
Canmore, AB T1W 1P2 Canada
T: 403-678-3330 or 1-877-434-4345 Ext:102
SOURCE: Prestigious Properties