Origin Insights: Private Deals Data | Virtual Showings | Lab Space

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The latest news and updates from Origin Investments  |  May 2, 2020




Annamarie Bjorklund, Origin Associate


8 min read


Six weeks ago, amidst market uncertainty, we walked away from $241 million of private real estate deals representing 1,680 hours of work. In this article, Origin Associate Annamarie Bjorklund explains what the data shows after tracking 200 deals and breaks down what we’ve learned to determine if walking away was the right call.

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Virtual Showings Are Now Private Real Estate’s Most Important Tool


Marc Turner, Managing Director of Investment Management & Aaron Maas, Vice President of Multifamily Operations


5 min read


We recognized early on that leasing center hours don’t always fit everyone’s work or weekend commitments and incorporated virtual property tours at our multifamily properties years ago. Today, virtual showings are not a nice-to-have, they’re an imperative. In this article, Origin’s Managing Director of Investment Management Marc Turner and Vice President of Multifamily Operations Aaron Maas explain the benefits of virtual property tours.

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Why Demand for Lab Space REITs Will Continue to Grow


by Geoff Shaver, Director of Public Securities


As the pandemic continues, we think lab space is one property type that will continue to grow in demand, due to a push in virologic research that will almost certainly be performed in a lab environment. In this article, Path Director of Public Securities Geoff Shaver highlights the key REITs in this space – and shares which markets to find them in.

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Data Center REITs: Powering Connectivity Through the COVID-19 Era and Beyond


by Geoff Shaver, Director of Public Securities


With Zoom’s recent burst in popularity, the utilization of data bandwidth has never been higher. In this article, Path Director of Public Securities Geoff Shaver shares why data center REITs are well positioned for the COVID-19 era and beyond.

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Please join us for our continued series of monthly webinars discussing what is happening in the private and public REITs markets today and taking any questions you have. Unable to join us live? Register and we’ll send you a recording of the webinar.


May 5 at 1:00 PM CT


On this webinar, we’ll share how our company was founded prior to the 2008 real estate market crash and explain how we were able to take advantage of some unprecedented buying opportunities during that time. Origin Principal David Scherer will be joined by Managing Director of Acquisitions David Welk to discuss where pricing in the private market is heading and what lessons we’re applying from 2008 to position ourselves to play offense.



May 7 at 2:00 PM CT


Publicly traded REITs are a great way to generate passive income, but will COVID-19 change this? On this webinar, Origin Principal David Scherer and Path by Origin Director of Public Securities Geoff Shaver will discuss recent trends they’ve seen in the public REITs market, which sectors of REITs are most likely to cut dividends in the coming months, and what this all means for your portfolio.





Connect at First Creek | Origin Fund III


Connect at First Creek is a 150-unit, Class A multi-family community in the rapidly growing Gateway submarket of Denver. Construction to this once ground-up development is nearly complete and above are some clubhouse construction photos. To learn more about this Fund III asset, log-in to your Origin account or create a new account.


Caring For Our Caregivers Campaign


We are currently in the process of hanging banners like the above at our multifamily communities to show support for our frontline workers.


Virtual Leasing Efforts


The investment management team at Origin is working hard to ensure all virtual marketing and leasing efforts continue at our multifamily communities by reviewing team sales performances, evaluating website tour videos, and conducting secret shopper campaigns.





Bill Luhmann, Software Engineer


Bill joined Origin’s technology team to continue to improve our online investing tools. Before coming to Origin, he worked as a technology consultant helping clients in the financial sector. While he is originally from St. Louis (and a big Cardinals fan), Chicago has been his home since 2011 when he moved here for college at Loyola University. During non-lockdown times, he enjoys riding his bike, seeing friends and taking advantage of as much of Chicago as possible.


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