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Choosing the commercial real estate that is the best fit for you and your success can be tricky. Does the location align with the business’ demographic focus? How will visibility and accessibility positively or negatively influence the business’ performance? What deal structure preserves capital while minimizing long-term risks? These are a few examples of many challenging and complex questions that should be thoroughly analyzed when striking a commercial real estate deal.
Black Diamond can be your commercial real estate parachute. Our team of experts adds value to a buyer and/or tenant representation relationship by providing sound market and experience-driven advice, utilizing resources to thoroughly canvass the market for all assets which potentially service your needs, advocating for your best interests during the negotiation process, connecting you with helpful professionals, and taking a comprehensive, team-oriented approach focused on looking out for your best interests. Our team works hard to service and protect our clients’ interests.
Commercial real estate transactions are complex with many potential hurdles. The information below is intended to expand upon reasons you should consider securing buyer and/or tenant representation when searching for your next commercial real estate asset.
Whether you are in the market for investment assets, office, industrial, land or retail space, we will assist you with finding the right location and property. Clients benefit from our market knowledge, putting them on the inside track to evaluate locations, rental rates and purchase prices, negotiate lease and purchase agreements, and assess other pros/cons. We specialize in finding properties that are off market or not advertised as available, and we can recommend knowledgeable attorneys, architects, engineers, contractors, accountants, and other professionals to assist any purchase or lease transaction.
We understand that every situation is unique, ranging from large corporations to small local businesses, which is why we tailor our approach to meet the needs of each industry. When you choose Black Diamond as your buyer-tenant representative, you will gain support from a brokerage firm that will help you achieve you short or long-term goals.
If your business’s lease is near expiration or you’re looking to relocate or expand, call us today at 304.413.4350 and we will assist you in evaluating a new location for success!
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For David Lorenze and Mark Nesselroad, principals of commercial real estate company Black Diamond Realty LLC, starting a residential brokerage was a no-brainer for the pair. “We grew to be the commercial bridge with national [commercial real estate] firms and had formed a great team,” Nesselroad said. “We saw an opportunity to serve the residential market.” “Our outreach makes us different.” Lorenze agreed. “We are excited to utilize Black Diamond Realty’s presentation, process and people to develop a new organization focused on residential brokerage services,” Lorenze said. “Securing a well-respected, strong leader was a critical first step.”
The result of that opportunity is the recent formation of White Diamond Realty LLC, Black Diamond’s new real estate arm. And to lead their new residential venture as its broker, the principals tapped Melissa Berube, a veteran Morgantown area realtor who was the 2019 president of the Morgantown Board of Realtors.
“Melissa brings to the table a strong reputation, a charming demeanor and an unwavering work ethic, which we are confident will lead to tremendous results. … We are excited to see what the future holds and appreciate the community’s support,” Lorenze said.
At White Diamond, Berube, who has been selling homes for nearly two decades, is being tasked with recruiting and building a team of seasoned agents who know the local real estate market and are tech savvy. The White Diamond agents will be based at Black Diamond’s Stewartstown Road headquarters.
“I am excited to be building something new,” said Berube, who was previously with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Cheat Lake office. “I am working on the foundations now,” she said. “Our goal is to become a boutique agency that emphasizes quality over quantity.”
Berube said she is looking at recruiting more than a dozen agents at White Diamond, a goal she hopes to accomplish by spring. She sees White Diamond’s niche mostly as second-time home buyers, or transition buyers who are new to the area. “Experience is always good, but I would consider a newbie,” said Berube, when asked about the kind of residential agent she hopes to recruit. The agents who join White Diamond will be incentivized and encouraged to work together as a team — a concept important to Black Diamond, she added.
“For us, it’s all about team building,” said Nesselroad, who also serves as the chief operating and legal officer of developer Glenmark Holding LLC. “Starting a residential company has been in the backs of our minds for a while.” It also helps to have Berube as its residential broker, he said. “We have full faith and confidence in Melissa Berube to lead our team.”
Article By: Suzanne Elliott, The Dominion Post
In the coming months, many will begin setting new yearly goals which may include traveling with family and friends, pursuing new business ventures, giving to charity or sculpting your body. Many things in life, goals included, require time and/or money. In our professional careers, each of us is consistently trading time for money. What if the opposite could be true?
Money is an empowering tool that, if utilized properly, can enact positive change and help facilitate positive outcomes. Money is necessary to live your life and allow you to enjoy adventures, conquer goals and achieve dreams. Is there a way to trade money for time? How do you get out of the rat race while making enough money to live your life on your terms? There is no easy answer but diversifying your investments to include real estate could offer passive income. Passive income can help you achieve financial freedom (more money coming in each month than your expenses) and “buy” more time.
According to The College Investor, “Over the last two centuries, about 90 percent of the world’s millionaires have been created by investing in real estate.” This is a staggering statistic: 9 out of every 10 millionaires created their wealth through real estate investing. Real estate investing is not a “get rich quick” scheme. Real estate investing utilizes leverage, compounded over time, to an investors’ advantage resulting in long-term wealth. If purchased and managed correctly, an income producing asset should be working for you every second of every day.
With the above in mind, it is imperative to fully understand there is risk associated with real estate investing. Commercial real estate investing is a complex process with many potential pitfalls. We recommend consulting with trusted advisors before solidifying your next investment. Black Diamond Realty’s tips are meant to guide your real estate investments toward positive cash flow, wealth creation and passive income. The tips below provide some general guidelines to consider as you expand your portfolio or kick things off in a successful real estate investment venture.
Following the guidelines outlined in this article should help avoid investment pitfalls during ownership. Knowing when to buy, hold and divest is another critical element of real estate investing. We highly recommend consulting with a real estate professional, with strong expertise in the investment field of your choosing, before pulling the trigger. At Black Diamond Realty, we have sold tens of millions of dollars in real estate investments. Our firm is building a market niche in this space. Our Black Diamond Realty team invites the opportunity to meet with you and your partners to discuss your goals with the purpose of helping you achieve financial freedom.
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Mon Health EMS officials were at The Gateway on Sept. 20 to show off their new digs — a two-story, 15,780 square-foot facility that serves dual roles as doctor’s office and EMS substation.
While the majority of the building houses Wedgewood Family Practice, roughly 1,000 square feet of the building contains a drive-through vehicle bay large enough for two ambulances and the needed accommodations — a day room with a kitchenette, seating and television, office space with multiple work stations, storage and restroom facilities.
Mon Health EMS Director Dave Custer saidEMS operations began rolling out of the new facility earlier this month. “This is replacing and upgrading our station we had in Osage,” he said. “It’s a better location for us to respond, not only to the interstate quickly, but to Star City, Westover and the Blacksville area.” Custer said one ambulance is operating out of the new building, but a second could be added permanently or temporarily in the event of anticipated traffic disruptions or other circumstances. He went on to say that Mon Health EMS is looking at the Grafton Road area and the Pierpont/Cheat Lake area for additional ambulance staging locations.
The agency already has an agreement with the Blacksville Volunteer Fire Department that allows an ambulance to be staged at the fire station. “By having stations out in all four quadrants of the county, we really can cover this county pretty well,” Custer said. Mon Health invested $5 million to build and equip the entire facility.
Ben Conley, The Dominion Post
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“It’s unbelievable,” Dr. Jodi Lindsey, center director, said of the 9,000 square foot space on Baker’s Ridge Road. Lindsey said there’s always been a need for this type of service in West Virginia and her dream, even before medical school, was to build a center like this. The center brings all levels of child neurodevelopmental disability treatment under one roof including diagnosis and evaluation, medical workup and treatment and therapy services she said.
Albert Wright,president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System, said the center was designed for a very specific purpose – helping pediatric patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Those disabilities include Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and Tourette Syndrome. The best treatment is “intensive and early behavioral intervention,” Nikki Shriver, an applied behavior analyst (ABA), said.
There are 10 individual rooms where ABA’s can work with their patients one-on-one and help build skills. Shriver said helping improve communication skills is a big focus because the ability to ask for what one wants and needs is important. The early part of “intensive and early” refers to the age patients start treatment. Shriver said the best time to work with kids is between the ages of 2 and 6 when their minds are still growing. She said anyone can learn, but the younger treatment starts the better. Intensive refers to the amount of time patients spend at the center. Some patients spend the equivalent of a school day in treatment – five days a week, Joseph Shane, ABA, said.
The goal of treatment is to prepare patients for the next environment they will be in and for most that means getting them ready for school he said. The center also has a large play area where kids can work on group skills such as sharing and taking turns, Shane said. Kids will also eat lunch in the play area during their treatment and lunch is another opportunity to work on skills. If treating patients is the primary goal, one that’s almost as important is training the next generation of care providers.
There are two assessment rooms used by pediatric psychologists connected by an observation room. Jenna Wallace, pediatric psychologist, said the observation space is about double the size of the previous space. Lindsey said she hopes that this center becomes a model used across the state where a team based approach is used in treatment.
By William Dean, The Dominion Post
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To some, it can be an overwhelming process. At Black Diamond Realty, we educate our clients about what to expect while working diligently to prevent “deal potholes,” such as transactional surprises. When selling your commercial property, it is important to be prepared for the process and informed about the fees associated with the deal.
Selling a parcel for $1,000 does not mean you get to deposit $1,000 into your bank account. Below is a list of some of the standard commercial real estate transaction fees you can expect in West Virginia (other states have additional nuances – for example, PA has school taxes that run on a 7/1 – 6/30 basis) with a notation indicating which party is typically responsible. A common saying in commercial real estate also applies to this list…everything is negotiable.
Closing Costs (State Customs) First American
Generally speaking, all due diligence expenses are the buyer’s responsibility. On the seller side, transfer taxes/stamps and the real estate brokerage commission are the primary line items in closing a commercial transaction. Real estate transfer taxes (aka stamps) are taxes imposed by states, counties and municipalities on the transfer of the title of real property within the jurisdiction. Real estate transfer taxes (aka stamps) are taxes imposed by states, counties and municipalities on the transfer of the title of real property within the jurisdiction. Each state has varying regulations which affects the responsible party. In addition, the rate can vary from county to county within any given state. In WV, the transfer tax is the seller’s responsibility. The rate is $1.65/$500 ($1.10 state, $0.55 county). A county may levy an optional excise tax up to $1.65. On the brokerage side, you get what you pay for. Black Diamond Realty adds value via presentation, process (aggressive/teamwork approach), and our people (knowledge, skills, abilities). Black Diamond’s clients are happy to pay the transactional fee. Brokerage commission rates can be fairly standard but some percentage adjustment can be expected based upon the value and scope of the project.
The Crossings at Morgantown is managed by Harmony Senior Services. Harmony is a fully integrated management service company led by proven senior care professionals with a record of providing great care and service at numerous senior living communities across the mid-Atlantic.
The Crossings at Morgantown will provide independent living, assisted living and memory care on a private campus located within 4 miles of the area’s three main hospitals. The facility has not yet obtained a license from the state of West Virginia. Pursuant to WV Code § 16-5D-6(a), no assisted living – including memory care – can be occupied until such license is obtained.
Employees are actively taking tours at the welcome center, located below the construction site. This is a 79-unit senior living community with 84 suites for independent living 59 suites of assisted living 36 secured memory care suites. The independent living suites have 32 floor plans to choose from and are either one bedroom one bathroom, or two bedroom and two bathrooms.
“With affordable monthly costs and no large buy-in, all it takes is a one-time deposit to secure your suite in our independent living community,” said Kelly Drayer, director of Sales and Marketing. She added the apartments are the region’s largest. The Crossings at Morgantown prides itself on the many resort-like amenities included in month-to-month leasing. The community extends the living space with common areas, outdoor courtyards and access to popular amenities, such as a movie theater, pup, salon, billiards, library and bistro. “March-Westin is our construction company on this project, between their reputation for solid workmanship and consistently staying within our timelines, we are on schedule to open this fall,” Drayer said.
For more information, contact The Crossings at 304.212.4939 or visit thecrossingsatmorgantown.com.
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Historically, the commercial real estate market tends to slow during the winter season. At Black Diamond, we can confidently report the trend is quite the opposite this year. The new year has brought a vibrant market filled with deal making attitudes. For example, Black Diamond Realty has gained nearly 100 unique leads between industrial, investment, office, land and retail. These statistics are from folks who specifically reached out to us. There are countless others our team has targeted for product specific offerings.
Leads translate into deals. Deal velocity is trending up. In quarter 1, Black Diamond Realty closed five deals in 2016 versus eight deals in 2017. With several weeks to go, Black Diamond Realty has already closed (leases and sales) 12 deals with a strong pipeline. Check out next month’s newsletter to get a snapshot of our Quarter 1 deals.
Leads and deals have picked up across all sectors of commercial real estate, but there are shining stars setting the pace. Black Diamond Realty’s Top 5 Performers are revealed below. These statistics are provided by LoopNet and represent a 90 day period from December 1, 2017 through the end of February.
Investment: 160 Fayette Street in Morgantown, WV
45,146 Search Displays
743 Listing Views
Special Purpose/Event Center/Land: Heston Farm (Upper Level) in Pleasant Valley, WV
42,462 Search Displays
401 Listing Views
Industrial Land: Ventura Drive in Fairmont, WV
20,460 Search Displays
289 Listing Views
Sabraton Plaza: 1397 Earl Core Road in Morgantown, WV
18,202 Search Displays
219 Listing Views
Industrial/Land: 1524 Grafton Road in Morgantown, WV
17,590 Search Displays
171 Listing Views
A “search display” means a property was displayed as a potential fit based upon the criteria input by a specific buyer/tenant. A “listing view” means that an individual clicked specifically on the property. All of Black Diamond Realty’s Loopnet listings are directly linked to its website (www.blackdiamondrealty.net) which generates even greater exposure.
At Black Diamond, we feel the regional market is heading in a positive direction on many different fronts. Momentum is quickly building with tremendous economic excitement to come in the months and years ahead. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
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Construction continues on a new senior living community on Point Marion Road.
Scheduled to open in fall 2018 near The Pines Country Club, the 8.9-acre Crossings at Morgantown will include 175 senior living units — 84 of them independent, 59 units of assisted living and 32 secured units of memory care. The Crossings at Morgantown will be operated by Harmony Senior Services, a management services company with experience in senior living based in Roanoke, Va.
The Dominion Post reached out to the company to find out if anyone has yet expressed interest in the community, but representatives from Harmony Senior Services declined to comment, noting that advertising for the Crossings hasn’t begun yet.
According to the Crossings’ website, the community’s amenities will include an on site fitness center, a pub, beauty/barber shop, library, and a computer lab. According to Black Diamond Realty, this $35 million development will create about 45 full-time-equivalent jobs initially. The Crossings at Morgantown is expected to generate 100-130 part-time and full-time jobs over time.
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Our team is often asked, “How is the market?” Some brokers may respond with a generic, “good”. If you are interested in a general response, we are happy to report the market is currently “great.” Black Diamond Realty’s pipeline is the busiest it has been in its four-year history. That said, we suspect you are more interested in a sophisticated, detailed response. Look no further; we have your answers.
At Black Diamond Realty, one of our competitive advantages is our thorough and detailed process. We track every single lead. This allows us to present you with accurate statistics that serve as a reflection of market demand across all sectors. Keep in mind our statistics are influenced by Black Diamond Realty’s current inventory of assets. The following statistics provide the number of sector leads since January 1, 2017:
Do you believe in the mantra that tells you to focus on what you can control? We do, too. However, we also believe it is not wise to bury your head in the sand. It is critical to think about how macroeconomic factors influence regional market demand. Two positive influencers are currently in play.
Historically speaking, interest rates remain near all-time lows. This bodes well for investors looking to get into investment opportunities. Although cash is king, we are seeing a lot of companies and individuals levering up to take advantage of favorable bank rates. Refinances have flocked through banks’ doors. Sellers also like low interest rates because funds are cheaper to secure which results in higher valuations while still clearing bank debt-coverage ratios.
The second macroeconomic factor relates to the reenergization (pun intended) of Marcellus Shale activity. Oil and gas pricing is fluid, literally and figuratively. Pricing has seen nominal rises over the past 12 months. However, recent industrial space demand leads us to believe many companies on the front lines sense prices moving north in the coming years. We suspect their goal is to get established in this area while industrial real estate values are still relatively inexpensive. This will heighten their ability to capture the market and capitalize on contracts as things ramp up. Many articles reference cracker plants and pipelines as the saving grace to lowering the current supply glut. These two variables are currently progressing in a very big way. The O&G industry has potential to replace job losses from coal. Time will tell if this is a long-term regional industrial revolution.
Jobs drive economic growth, and there are plenty of jobs coming to two booming exits along the I-79 corridor. University Town Center/West Ridge and White Oaks Business Parks are the two distinct front runners when considering development hubs in north central WV. University Town Center and WestRidge, both located at I-79, Exit 153, lead the charge as driving forces behind retail and office development in Monongalia County. Simply put, this new exit has created significant buzz in Monongalia County which is expected to remain in play for the next three to five years. A lot of announcements will happen in the coming months. 2018 is slated to be a heavy construction year for this development.
Thirty miles south of Morgantown, White Oaks Business Park is leading the development charge for Harrison County. Numerous Class A office buildings, spanning a plethora of services, hotels, retail space and several restaurants round out the line-up for this state-of-the-art development. White Oaks is an upscale development, which includes sidewalks throughout and pristine landscaping, while serving as “the talk” of Harrison County as it capitalizes on close proximity to the interstate, UHC and FBI’s Campus. Growth and positive economic announcements are projected to continue in the coming years.
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Are you putting all of your eggs in one basket? What is the first rule of thumb your financial advisor will work hard to instill into your investing DNA? Diversify your assets! Parents often gloat when they feel their kids are well-rounded; the same holds true for your investments. In theory, a portfolio with stocks in multiple sectors can better withstand one industry tanking, if another sector rises.
Investors encouraged to pick investments that are a comfortably balanced between risk and reward. Have you considered real estate investments? Do you currently own some assets and want to expand your portfolio?
Income-producing assets can offer a nice diversification play to your portfolio. The bullet points below highlight the key perks to real estate investing.
At any given moment, Black Diamond Realty has on and off market investment opportunities. Call us to explore the concepts above further and/or to discuss our current inventory of income-producing assets.
As real estate professionals, the BDR team is often asked these two questions: How are things going in our market and what are you seeing? Here’s what we have to say in response to these popular questions:
BDR has experienced unseasonable demand during what is traditionally the slowest time of year in commercial real estate. Although demand has increased in all sectors, the industrial sector is leading the charge in 2017. There are so many factors that affect a market. Most of these factors are outside of our regional control. Each sector under the commercial real estate umbrella is different and driven by varying economic forces which can also be directly affected by macroeconomic factors stemming from federal policy and regulation.
Many believed Trump’s surprising presidential election would result in pro-business policies. Time will tell on that one. Many also thought Trump’s election would result in pro-energy policies. In less than two weeks in office, we are already seeing this bear some truth. Within his first week of office, President Trump signed an executive order to encourage federal review folks to pass Trans Canada’s resubmittal of the Keystone Pipeline project in the Dakotas. According to Marcellus Drilling News, “On January 19, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted to approve and issue a certificate to Columbia Pipeline’s Leach Xpress and Rayne Xpress pipeline projects. This is fantastic news for the Marcellus/Utica region.” While traveling in Morgantown, have you looked over at the acres upon acres of green pipe being stored in Morgantown Industrial Park? We are not getting the world’s longest water slide, but we will begin to hear about progress relating to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile interstate natural gas transmission line. The project will begin in 2017 and stretch from Harrison County, WV to Chesapeake County, VA and Robeson County, NC.
What does all of this mean for the region? Commodity pricing has been suppressed due to an oversupply of natural gas in the market. Two factors will increase demand: Pipelines and cracker plants. We have already touched on pipelines. There are currently three cracker plants being consider in the region. One is moving forward in Monaca, PA with two additional cracker plants still in the planning stages. Cracker plants effectively isolate the molecular components (think chemistry class) in natural gas which are then used in other manufacturing processes such as the development of various plastics. Due to high usage needs and the expense of transportation, many believe manufacturing will follow and locate within close proximity of the cracker plants. This results in more jobs for the region and will undoubtedly have a trickle-down economics effect on various sectors. When looking to open a location, many energy companies have a need for industrial space.
How can you tell demand has increased in the industrial sector? Black Diamond Realty records and tracks every lead that comes into our office via phone and internet. Since Election Day (November 8, 2016), there have been 27 unique leads that have come into our office. This number is in line with the number of industrial leads we typically see in an entire year. Things are looking bright for the industrial sector. Act now before pricing increases.