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By Michael Ross, Vice President, Asset Management & Entitlements

As Texas land experts, it’s hard to not get excited about the opportunities the Texas Triangle (Houston, Austin, San Antonio) has to offer. This year started off hot as we closed acquisitions in Houston and San Antonio and sold one property in Austin.

In April, we announced the acquisition of a 16.9-acre land tract in New Braunfels, Texas, a booming suburb just north of San Antonio. The property is located at the intersection of IH-35 and FM 306 and will be prepared for multi-family use. Commercial and residential developers have eyes on New Braunfels as it was the second fastest growing city in the U.S. last year.

Also in April we announced the acquisition of a 10.26-acre covered land play in Brittmoore, a popular and rapidly growing suburb in west Houston. The high demand for urban residential properties in the area is gaining the attention of developers. Many of the older, industrial buildings are being removed to make room for residential developments, townhomes, patio homes and more.

Finally, we sold 1.85-acres of our 23-acre Bella Colinas land tract in the Bee Caves area of Austin. The property is home to multiple different pad sites primed for commercial development and located off of Highway 71, across from the Bella Colinas subdivision.

We’re excited to make more announcements in the future as we continue to explore the Texas Triangle and its diverse breadth of land.

 

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This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 11 May 2017 0 comments

By Michael Ross, Vice President, Asset Management & Entitlements

As Texas land experts, it’s hard to not get excited about the opportunities the Texas Triangle (Houston, Austin, San Antonio) has to offer. This year started off hot as we closed acquisitions in Houston and San Antonio and sold one property in Austin.

In April, we announced the acquisition of a 16.9-acre land tract in New Braunfels, Texas, a booming suburb just north of San Antonio. The property is located at the intersection of IH-35 and FM 306 and will be prepared for multi-family use. Commercial and residential developers have eyes on New Braunfels as it was the second fastest growing city in the U.S. last year.

New Braunfels Texas Triangle Real Estate Investment - Rockspring Capital

Also in April we announced the acquisition of a 10.26-acre covered land play in Brittmoore, a popular and rapidly growing suburb in west Houston. The high demand for urban residential properties in the area is gaining the attention of developers. Many of the older, industrial buildings are being removed to make room for residential developments, townhomes, patio homes and more.

Brittmoore Texas Triangle Real Estate Investment - Rockspring Capital

Finally, we sold 1.85-acres of our 23-acre Bella Colinas land tract in the Bee Caves area of Austin. The property is home to multiple different pad sites primed for commercial development and located off of Highway 71, across from the Bella Colinas subdivision.

Bella Colinas Texas Triangle Real Estate Investment - Rockspring Capital

We’re excited to make more announcements in the future as we continue to explore the Texas Triangle and its diverse breadth of land.

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By Beau Ryan, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Rockspring Capital has officially welcomed Michael Kastel to the team and to say he has hit the ground running is an understatement. Michael is not only charged with supporting everything under the investor relations umbrella, but also making sure everyday operations run smoothly.

Michael received his BS in Business Marketing & Sales from Carthage College and his BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to personally meet Michael, see below for details on his background, plans, hobbies and more.

Why were you interested in joining Rockspring?

Real estate investment is an industry I have wanted to enter into for quite some time. Upon learning of this new position for Rockspring from a friend, I flew down to Houston from Boise as soon as I could as this was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up.

What made you interested in investor relations?

The idea of getting to be in such a multi-faceted position. It is PR, marketing, finance and sales wrapped into one place while getting to bring value to others. I love the fact that I get to express both my creative side and interpersonal side within this position.

What’s your primary role?

My primary role is investor relations. This is includes everything from client reporting, investor requests, operations/data management coordination to creating an investor portal that will provide a space for investors to have quick and direct answers to their questions.

What do you enjoy most about your job so far?

Interacting with our investors and the team. I love the opportunity to provide value to other people so I couldn’t be more excited about this new role. On the other side of the table, we have one of the most fun and tight knit group of people here at Rockspring. It makes coming into work something I look forward to.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

The responsibility to over-deliver on customer experience. At Rockspring, it isn’t just about fund raising. It’s about truly creating a customer experience that revolves around our clients and their partners. Jim McAlister understands that as Rockspring continues to scale and grow, we will continue to have a focus on our investor experience. That can be seen in the decision to create an investor relations-focused position and will be demonstrated in the processes that I am excited to soon roll out for our partners.

Tell us about your career and education before Rockspring.

My education was diverse. I played both college basketball and football at the University of Delaware and finished my education at a private liberal arts school called Carthage College just outside of Milwaukee. My experience with collegiate sports provided me with the communication and leadership strategies that directly transition into my career. I started out as a project manager for one of the largest environmental-remediation companies in Chicago, where I built my detail orientation and managerial skills. Following that, I practiced sales with Microbial Discovery Group, a bacillus fermentation company that specialized in bioremediation for wastewater treatment. I started in the back office creating the entire sales process before stepping into a sales role as Account Manager of the West Coast where I led our national team in sales. I am excited to bring the talents I acquired in collegiate athletics and my past professional experiences to Rockspring.

What do you like to do on your spare time?

Fishing, golf, hiking, and focusing on personal wellness.

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By Beau Ryan, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Rockspring Capital has officially welcomed Michael Kastel to the team and to say he has hit the ground running is an understatement. Michael is not only charged with supporting everything under the investor relations umbrella, but also making sure everyday operations run smoothly.

Michael received his BS in Business Marketing & Sales from Carthage College and his BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to personally meet Michael, see below for details on his background, plans, hobbies and more.

 

Why were you interested in joining Rockspring?

Real estate investment is an industry I have wanted to enter into for quite some time. Upon learning of this new position for Rockspring from a friend, I flew down to Houston from Boise as soon as I could as this was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up.

What made you interested in investor relations?

The idea of getting to be in such a multi-faceted position. It is PR, marketing, finance and sales wrapped into one place while getting to bring value to others. I love the fact that I get to express both my creative side and interpersonal side within this position.

What’s your primary role?

My primary role is investor relations. This is includes everything from client reporting, investor requests, operations/data management coordination to creating an investor portal that will provide a space for investors to have quick and direct answers to their questions.

What do you enjoy most about your job so far?

Interacting with our investors and the team. I love the opportunity to provide value to other people so I couldn’t be more excited about this new role. On the other side of the table, we have one of the most fun and tight knit group of people here at Rockspring. It makes coming into work something I look forward to.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

The responsibility to over-deliver on customer experience. At Rockspring, it isn’t just about fund raising. It’s about truly creating a customer experience that revolves around our clients and their partners. Jim McAlister understands that as Rockspring continues to scale and grow, we will continue to have a focus on our investor experience. That can be seen in the decision to create an investor relations-focused position and will be demonstrated in the processes that I am excited to soon roll out for our partners.

Tell us about your career and education before Rockspring.

My education was diverse. I played both college basketball and football at the University of Delaware and finished my education at a private liberal arts school called Carthage College just outside of Milwaukee. My experience with collegiate sports provided me with the communication and leadership strategies that directly transition into my career. I started out as a project manager for one of the largest environmental-remediation companies in Chicago, where I built my detail orientation and managerial skills. Following that, I practiced sales with Microbial Discovery Group, a bacillus fermentation company that specialized in bioremediation for wastewater treatment. I started in the back office creating the entire sales process before stepping into a sales role as Account Manager of the West Coast where I led our national team in sales. I am excited to bring the talents I acquired in collegiate athletics and my past professional experiences to Rockspring.

What do you like to do on your spare time?

Fishing, golf, hiking, and focusing on personal wellness.

 

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This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

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By Jim McAlister IV, CEO, Rockspring Capital

What’s my prediction for the rest of 2017-2018? If energy independence and Dodd Frank Act dismantling are on the country’s agenda, next year’s real estate market in Texas is going to be hot, despite the recuperating oil market. If you’re a real estate developer, you better position yourself now because things are going from very good to ridiculously good.

Here are some recent headlines to prove my point: “Texas economist predicts homebuilding boom, energy rebound will lengthen economic expansion,” “Dallas Fed: Amid oil, trade risks, Texas economy poised to grow,” and as reported in the San Antonio Express News, “A decade-long boom in single-family house construction and a likely comeback for the energy business will extend an already longer-than-average U.S. economic expansion.”

In Houston, perhaps the best summation of our city’s resilient economy was put forward earlier this year by Robert Gilmer at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business’ Institute for Regional Forecasting: “There has been considerable surprise from the public at large at Houston’s economic performance, especially by those who don’t live or work here, and who expected a tremendous crash like the 1980’s. That crash was never in the cards this time around, even if modest luck had not been on our side. There were serious speculative excesses in oil this time around, and some overbuilding in Houston’s residential and commercial real estate. But careful comparisons of the 1980’s to today make it clear that THIS oil bust never had the opportunity to spill into Houston’s real estate and banking sectors the way it did in the ‘80s.”

I couldn’t agree more. Have you looked at Texas’ latest oil rig count? It’s up 80 percent in Texas over the first quarter last year. Drilling permits have doubled, to 1,300. And state oil and gas employment has risen by 9,000 from the trough in September, according to Texas Petro Index, a monthly report on the state’s oil and gas activity released this week. “We still have a long way to go,” said energy economist Karr Ingham, who created the index. “But 2017 is going to be a year of recovery and expansion in the Texas statewide oil and gas exploration and production economy.”

As optimism has crept back into the oil markets, so too has population growth, which has proven to be a tailwind for successful real estate investing. Through 2040, five of the top 10 U.S. cities projected for the fastest population growth will be in the “Texas Triangle,” comprising Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas-Forth Worth. Despite coastal disbelief, people are rushing to live in Texas. Relocation into the state, in record numbers, from around the country and around the world, has created the best possible equation for investing now in Texas real estate: an unbelievably strong housing demand with a very tight supply. In fact, the total supply of lots continues to lag behind the demand for new housing and will lag behind for the foreseeable future, creating an investors’ palette of limitless opportunity.

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Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

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By Jim McAlister IV, CEO, Rockspring Capital

What’s my prediction for the rest of 2017-2018? If energy independence and Dodd Frank Act dismantling are on the country’s agenda, next year’s real estate market in Texas is going to be hot, despite the recuperating oil market. If you’re a real estate developer, you better position yourself now because things are going from very good to ridiculously good.

Here are some recent headlines to prove my point: “Texas economist predicts homebuilding boom, energy rebound will lengthen economic expansion,” “Dallas Fed: Amid oil, trade risks, Texas economy poised to grow,” and as reported in the San Antonio Express News, “A decade-long boom in single-family house construction and a likely comeback for the energy business will extend an already longer-than-average U.S. economic expansion.”

In Houston, perhaps the best summation of our city’s resilient economy was put forward earlier this year by Robert Gilmer at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business’ Institute for Regional Forecasting: “There has been considerable surprise from the public at large at Houston’s economic performance, especially by those who don’t live or work here, and who expected a tremendous crash like the 1980’s. That crash was never in the cards this time around, even if modest luck had not been on our side. There were serious speculative excesses in oil this time around, and some overbuilding in Houston’s residential and commercial real estate. But careful comparisons of the 1980’s to today make it clear that THIS oil bust never had the opportunity to spill into Houston’s real estate and banking sectors the way it did in the ‘80s.”

I couldn’t agree more. Have you looked at Texas’ latest oil rig count? It’s up 80 percent in Texas over the first quarter last year. Drilling permits have doubled, to 1,300. And state oil and gas employment has risen by 9,000 from the trough in September, according to Texas Petro Index, a monthly report on the state’s oil and gas activity released this week. “We still have a long way to go,” said energy economist Karr Ingham, who created the index. “But 2017 is going to be a year of recovery and expansion in the Texas statewide oil and gas exploration and production economy.”

US Oil Rig Count - Texas Real Estate - Rockspring Capital

As optimism has crept back into the oil markets, so too has population growth, which has proven to be a tailwind for successful real estate investing. Through 2040, five of the top 10 U.S. cities projected for the fastest population growth will be in the “Texas Triangle,” comprising Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas-Forth Worth. Despite coastal disbelief, people are rushing to live in Texas. Relocation into the state, in record numbers, from around the country and around the world, has created the best possible equation for investing now in Texas real estate: an unbelievably strong housing demand with a very tight supply. In fact, the total supply of lots continues to lag behind the demand for new housing and will lag behind for the foreseeable future, creating an investors’ palette of limitless opportunity.

The Dallas Morning News caught up with a senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for some interesting insight into recent U.S. Census Bureau data. Although Harris County was dethroned as the population boom king by Maricopa County, Arizona, overall Texas had four counties in the top ten for population growth from 2015 to 2016.

To read the full Dallas Morning News article that covered the report, click here.

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By Michael Ross, Vice President, Asset Management & Entitlements

What better way to close a solid year than to announce the closing of two more properties.

In November, we announced the sale of a 10-acre land tract in Rosenberg, Texas, just south of Houston. The property, located at the northeast corner of FM 2218 and Town Center Boulevard, was sold to commercial real estate company, Gamal Enterprises, to be used for retail development. The population growth in Fort Bend County and the property’s close proximity to Brazos Town Center made the property especially attractive to developers.

 

property-1

 

Additionally, we announced the sale of the Ranches of San Geronimo in Helotes, Texas, a 1,590-acre tract of land. This is the largest asset our firm has currently sold in the Alamo City. The esteemed school district and scenic hill country appeal puts high demand on this northwest San Antonio location. The property was sold to Southerland Communities, which plans to change the name to Canyon Creek Preserve and develop 25-acre+ ranches for residential use.

property-2

 

We look forward to announcing more closings in early 2017!

 

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Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

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By Jim Hynes, Managing Director

There’s buzz in the real estate investment space as to where to find the best opportunistic returns. This was the topic of conversation when speaking with Lisa Brown, editor for the south and west regions for Globest.com, a few months ago. Traditional, income-producing commercial and multi-family assets have been popular investments recently. But their popularity has also caused new acquisitions to be extremely competitive, and as a result, are not yielding the same returns they once did. Our team focuses on assets that get overlooked by most institutions, which potentially result in outsized returns for local market experts. See excerpts of our conversation below.

GlobeSt.com: After years of solid yields, what are investors saying about returns from income-producing real estate?

Jim Hynes: Rockspring has trusted partners throughout North America and overseas, and we often hear they are concerned their real estate investments – traditionally multifamily, office, retail – are not going to generate returns near expectations going forward. For a variety of reasons, too many dollars are chasing too few deals, resulting in irrationally low cap rates and intense buying competition. These properties are simply too efficient on the buy side for opportunistic returns. When you look on the horizon, there’s downward pressure on future values with the risk of an interest rate hike and potentially higher exit cap rates on sale. These issues are weighing heavily on our partners’ minds.

GlobeSt.com: So what does an investor look to for opportunistic returns?

Hynes: The residential and land sectors are well positioned for outsized returns as there’s limited supply and growing demand in most markets. They are fundamentally under-supplied because of the capital markets. The consumer mortgage industry is still not operating well and banking regulations, including the Dodd-Frank Act, have hampered regional and community banks from lending to land developers and home builders. On the demand side, an improving national job market and population growth in the Sunbelt states, especially Texas where we operate, have kept the demand for housing high.

GlobeSt.com: How will land and residential returns compare to the income-producing real estate?

Hynes: Most of our investment partners are being very cautious on new investments to income-producing assets as they are bracing for a decline in the returns of these properties as the flow of money slows and more normal conditions return. They believe they are ahead of the crowd now by investing in land and residential as these sectors are becoming an attractive alternative and will likely stand alone over the next few years as the most compelling real estate play.

 

To read the entire article, click here.

 

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This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

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By Beau Ryan, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Although you may have yet to meet Melissa Showers in person, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her amazing work. Her skills in commercial graphic design and her knowledge of the Texas markets are essential to helping market Rockspring’s properties in select media channels as well as build colorful and eye catching presentations and brochures that are used by the firm’s investment team.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Houston, Melissa’s works help illuminate the firm in several ways and we’d like to now shine light on her with this Q&A.

 

melissa

 

How did you start working with Rockspring?

I initially joined the firm in 2011 to assist the real estate division in marketing properties and then was quickly snagged by managing director Jim Hynes to do “one project” for the capital raise division…and so a second adventure began. I am now marketing director for both teams.

What’s your primary role?

I design and create all the marketing tools used to sell real estate and raise capital, including website design, magazine ads, investor presentations, videos, company brochures, eblasts, and more.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Helping to make capital raise an exciting venture and keeping the potential investor engaged when they are hit with pages of financial information. Marketing tools are constantly evolving, and so I find it compelling when I get to marry current art trends with the professionalism of the financial world. Rockspring gives me the creative freedom to continue to expand my horizons.

Tell us about your career before Rockspring.

Before Rockspring, I handled marketing for Arcan Engineering, an international consultancy company well known globally for its achievements in feasibility studies, basic and detailed engineering, and more. I also worked for several small real estate firms where I focused on branding and advertising. I’ve also done freelance commercial graphic design for more than 15 years with a variety of clients in Houston and New York.

What do you like to do on your spare time?

My skills are also my passion. I have been drawing and painting since I could pick up a brush at 3-years old and never stopped. It has truly helped me become a better graphic designer and opened up my creative passions to the fullest.

I also love the outdoors, especially the Texas Hill Country. My two sons and I are true explorers as we’re always looking for our next adventure.

 

boys

 

What’s your favorite thing about the office culture?

It truly feels like a family here. We all help each other grow and the energy at the office is always light-hearted and down to earth.  We work hard and play hard.

 

art

Art by Melissa Showers – Pictured left to right, A Diamond in Prospect Park (2016), Gazing (2015)

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This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.