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Mobile Loaves & Fishes receives NorthMarq Community Involvement Grant, courtesy of Austin office

An Austin, Texas-based non-profit

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (Nov. 23, 2020) – Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a social outreach ministry that has been empowering communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless since 1998, received a 2020 grant from NorthMarq’s Community Involvement program after being nominated by the NorthMarq office Austin.

The Austin-based non-profit has grown from a one-person operation founded by former commercial real estate broker Alan Graham to one of the most impactful providers of services, in addressing the homelessness crisis in the Austin community. In addition to serving more than 5 million meals, Graham is the visionary behind MLF’s Community First! Village—a 51-acre master-planned development in northeast Austin that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

“MLF offers help to the homeless of Austin in an uplifting way with compassion, care and dignity. We are proud to support this amazing organization in its critical work to the homeless population in Austin,” said Chase Johnson, vice president – debt and equity, who suggested the non-profit to Managing Director John Morran.

Since its founding, MLF volunteers have served more than 5 million meals with a side of hope to homeless men and women living on the streets of Austin, and the organization has spawned similar food truck ministries in other cities across the U.S. Learn more @mlf.org.

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Austin Q2 Multifamily Market Report: Austin’s Ability to Attract Companies Supports Market Outlook


Austin Multifamily market report snapshot for Q2 2020
  • The Austin multifamily market posted strong performance during the first half of 2020, despite economic volatility. Developers have continued to bring new units to the market, but absorption has been positive and is expected to gain momentum in the coming months.
  • The local multifamily vacancy rate ended the second quarter at 5.9 percent, identical to the figure in the first quarter. Year over year, vacancy has ticked up just 10 basis points.
  • Asking rents finished the second quarter at $1,314 per month, 2.8 percent higher than one year ago. Annual rent growth has averaged 4.9 percent during the past five years.
  • The Austin investment market produced fairly steady results in the first half of the year. Sales velocity slowed with uncertainty in the greater economy, but fundamentals remained strong. Cap rates have averaged 4.9 percent, nearly identical to the average in 2019.

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NorthMarq expands investment sales team in Austin

Multifamily experts Diane Sogal and Justin Chambers join the office

AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 20, 2020) – NorthMarq continues its expansion in Austin with the addition of Diane Sogal and Justin Chambers to Scott Lamontagne’s investment sales team, which has $8 billion in transactional experience. Industry veteran and managing director Lamontagne joined the company in May to build the team and collaborate with the office’s five debt and equity experts on behalf of multifamily property owners.

Sogal, vice president – Investment Sales, has worked in Austin’s CRE market for more than five years, completing numerous complex transactions, including the procurement of a $43 million multifamily development. Previously, she worked at the global real estate firm Engel & Völkers where she specialized in premium residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and aircraft. While working with Engel & Völkers, she offered both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of services.

“Diane has developed strong relationships in Austin and surrounding areas,” said Lamontagne. “As part of a deep roster of both debt/equity and investment sales professionals, Diane will be able to offer her clients a full spectrum solutions for multifamily properties.”

Chambers, associate vice president, previously worked for Greysteel and Marcus & Millichap. He is responsible for a full range of services including start-to-finish deal execution, overseeing the due diligence process, transaction analysis, and production of offering memoranda. His primary focus will be representing buyers and sellers of multifamily investment assets primarily in the Class B/C space in the Austin MSA.

“Justin has worked hard to develop relationships with owners, lenders, and other commercial real estate professionals,” said Lamontagne. “We are excited to add him to the team, where he can leverage those relationships and his previous transaction experience.”

NorthMarq’s Austin and San Antonio offices both added investment sales capabilities in the last few months, expanding the platform into 13 offices across the country. In business since 1960, NorthMarq has grown to more than 600 employees through more than 20 acquisitions, a $62 billion loan servicing portfolio and access to hundreds of capital sources.

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Morran, Lamontagne serve as guest speakers during ULI – Austin Capital Markets webinar

John Morran, senior vice president/managing director – debt/equity, and Scott Lamontagne, managing director – investment sales, shared their insight about the state of the capital markets in Austin with members of the local chapter of ULI on Tuesday, June 30.

Topics covered by Morran and Lamontagne included an Austin multifamily update, a multifamily investment sales update, current programs from agency lenders, and what lies ahead. The 45-minute presentation was followed by a Q&A session with the attendees.

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NorthMarq expands Texas multifamily investment sales with Austin market-leader Scott Lamontagne

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (May 20, 2020) — NorthMarq continues its coast-to-coast expansion of multifamily investment sales with the addition of Scott Lamontange as managing director-Investment Sales in Austin. He will work to build a team in Central Texas and collaborate with debt and equity experts in NorthMarq’s four Texas offices to offer financing to clients.

Jeffrey Weidell, chief executive officer, NorthMarq, said, “Scott is the ideal leader for investment sales in Austin, completing our vision of adding the full complement of services to this market following our opening in 2019.”

Trevor Koskovich, president-Investment Sales, leads the multifamily investment sales platform’s growth, and looks for professionals who are interested in leveraging the company’s entrepreneurial culture and debt and equity expertise. “Scott is a market leader in Austin, and will be a perfect fit for our growing team of investment sales experts in Texas and in the company. He brings deep experience in institutional investment sales, new development, equity structures, and land acquisition.”

Lamontange comes to NorthMarq after 18 years of multifamily investment sales, most recently with JLL as Managing Director and previously with Institutional Property Advisors, a Marcus and Millichap company, covering central Texas. During the last 18 years, his transaction volume exceeded $7 billion, with more than 50,000 apartment units sold. Lamontange is an Austin market expert, speaking at local and regional real estate conferences, and serving as an advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Beige Book publication.

Lamontange has worked on several high-profile multifamily sale transactions including:

  • Project Catalyst, an infill Austin, class-A, 10 million sq. ft., mixed-use re-development site near downtown Austin.
  • The Catherine, a downtown Austin iconic high-rise that garnished the highest per unit price in Texas history.
  • Tacara Steiner Ranch, a Class A+ suburban garden asset overlooking Lake Travis in Austin.
  • Tribute at the Rim, a San Antonio mid-rise luxury asset that was the city’s largest single transaction in 2019.

He will join the NorthMarq Austin office located at 1209 West Fifth Street, Suite 300, and collaborate with the debt and equity team, including John Morran, managing director, Matt Counts, sr. vice president; Jim Lemos, sr. vice president; Chase Johnson, vice president; and Jesse Lemos, vice president. NorthMarq added the Austin office in April 2019 when the company acquired Texas Realty Capital.

Austin becomes NorthMarq’s 12th office to add investment sales. In business since 1960, NorthMarq has grown to more than 600 employees through more than 20 acquisitions, a $61 billion loan servicing portfolio and access to hundreds of capital sources.

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NorthMarq’s Austin office presents grant to Foundation Communities

AUSTIN, TEXAS (December 26, 2019) – NorthMarq’s Austin regional office recently presented Foundation Communities with a grant to fund the nonprofit’s affordable housing initiatives.

Foundation Communities provides affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with kids, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.

“The stories of hope and community made possible by Foundation Communities are truly incredible,” said John Morran, managing director of NorthMarq’s Austin office. “In the effort to end homelessness and address the affordable housing crisis, Foundation Communities has been successful and impactful in Austin. We couldn’t be more proud to support them in their efforts.”

The organization recently celebrated the opening of The Jordan at Mueller, a family community and home to its 14th learning center. They own and operate 23 communities all over Austin and in North Texas.

The Austin office’s grant is part of NorthMarq’s larger initiative to support organizations addressing homelessness and affordable housing. NorthMarq awarded grants to 12 organizations in 11 different cities across the county. Check out the story here.

L to R: John Morran, Walter Moreau (Executive Director, Foundation Communities) and Matt Counts (Senior Vice President, NorthMarq – Austin).
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NorthMarq acquires Austin-based Texas Realty Capital

Adds $900 million of loan servicing in new high-growth market

MINNEAPOLIS (April 2, 2019) — NorthMarq, a leader in commercial real estate capital markets, announces the acquisition of Texas Realty Capital, an Austin, Texas-based commercial mortgage banking firm. The firm’s principals, Jim Lemos, John Morran, and Matt Counts, will join NorthMarq along with all of the firm’s five additional employees. The office becomes the company’s fourth location in Texas and adds a servicing portfolio of $900 million, bringing NorthMarq’s servicing portfolio to more than $56 billion.

Texas Realty Capital, founded in 2006 when its principals left GMAC Commercial Mortgage, has placed more than $3 billion in loans on commercial, multifamily, and hotel properties, working as a life company correspondent with nearly 30 capital sources.

“Austin is an excellent growth market with opportunity for us, and we knew that the culture Jim, John, and Matt have developed with borrowers and lenders would be an ideal fit for NorthMarq,” said Jeffrey Weidell, president-NorthMarq. “As with our previous acquisitions, we are careful to find the right team that will benefit from our growing platform and integrate easily with our business.”

“NorthMarq’s commitment to best-in-class service and putting their client’s interests first aligns seamlessly with the business principles we established when founding TRC,” said Lemos. 

Morran, who will be the office’s managing director, said, “We’re excited that the NorthMarq platform will help us deliver even better solutions to our clients and support our team as we continue to grow within the rapidly expanding Central Texas market.”

Lemos started his real estate career at Keystone Mortgage Capital in 1984, and Morran joined him in 1992. Prior to Keystone, Morran was a project manager for development and acquisitions with Cencor Realty Services/The Weitzman Group in Austin, Texas. TRC has been a leader in the Austin community through its Funding the Future initiative with more than $600,000 donated to local organizations such as DELL Medical Center, Women & Their Work, The Trail Foundation, Explore Austin, and many others. In business since 1960, NorthMarq offers debt, equity, investment sales, and loan servicing, and has grown to more than 550 employees through more than 20 acquisitions. During the past 12 months, the company also added six investment sales offices, most recently in San Diego: https://www.northmarq.com/northmarq-adds-multifamily-investment-sales-in-san-diego-california/

About NorthMarq
As a capital markets leader, NorthMarq offers commercial real estate investors access to experts in debt, equity, investment sales, and loan servicing to protect and add value to their assets. For capital sources, we offer partnership and financial acumen that support long- and short-term investment goals. Our culture of integrity and innovation is evident in our 60-year history, annual transaction volume of $13 billion, loan servicing portfolio to more than $56 billion and the multi-year tenure of our more than 550 people.

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